Michel Ayoub's holy racket begins each day at 2am, when he steps into
the cobbled streets of Acre's old city with tambourine in hand, awakening
Muslims for Ramadan. His role as the city's "Mesaharati" is a
traditional one during the sacred fasting month, but Ayoub is by no means a
traditional holder of the position: He is Christian....
Whether we are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or of any other religion that
looks to sacred books for guidance and inspiration from God, we can look
deeper, with a more spiritual eye at our holy texts. We can find there marching
orders, not to go to war against our fellow human beings, but to go to war
against human greed, oppression, and injustice in all of its forms....
I listen to him and explain that not everything in the Christian faith
was written down verbally and literally in the Bible. While the Quran for a
Muslim is the exact word of God—in Arabic—for a Christian, the Bible was
written by humans under inspiration from God....
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
In an age of extremes, it is easy to be an extremist. The real religious
hero is the one who takes the road less travelled, showing that faith heals,
not harms. That is what Islam did in the great age of Al Andalusia and La
Convivencia in Spain, and it won the admiration of the world. Who will do it
Love God and love your fellow human beings. Live by the truth, live with
compassion. Do not do what is evil and say what is false, but follow God’s
commandments and engage in good deeds of useful service for others Anyone who
reads the scriptures of Islam or of Christianity with love for God and love for
fellow human beings at heart will find these things taught there in many ways,
and through many examples...
“2-in-1” is an apt metaphor for the way in which I now relate to the
fact of religious plurality. It wasn’t always this way, though. Over the years, I have had the good fortune
of being exposed to many religions. On the way, I went through various phases,
during which I identified with and sought to follow (albeit in a partial and
only semi-serious way) various religions, one after another....
And no matter how many different ways we may hear God’s voice, it is the
same message being given through all the religions of the earth: Love God and
love your fellow human beings. Live by the truth, live with compassion. Do not
do what is evil and say what is false, but follow God’s commandments and engage
in good deeds of useful service for others...
A garden’s beauty is enhanced by the sheer variety of trees and flowers
that it hosts. In the same way, our lives, at both the personal and the
collective level, can be greatly enriched when people from different
backgrounds—class, ideological, ethnic, religious, national and so on..
Typically, religionists see their religion’s dogmas and rituals as the
core of their religions, believing theirs to be the only, or the best, or the
most suitable and sensible ones. Since the various religions differ in matters
of dogma and ritual, this difference serves as a basis for setting off one
religious community from the others, which, in turn, can be used to foment
supremacism and conflict with others, as has indeed happened through much of human
According to local and British historians, Dara Shikoh had given orders
to build the mausoleum of Mian Mir Shikoh. He was a Mughal prince with Sufi and
mystical inclinations. He strongly believed in social harmony and a peaceful
This requires us to take it upon ourselves to research and learn about
traditions and viewpoints which are practiced and yet foreign to us. It asks
that we see the world in others’ eyes, from time to time. And, like travel,
perhaps experiencing Ramadan as a non-Muslim can be just as rewarding.....
To help overcome Islamophobia and foster mutual respect, acceptance and
understanding, teachers, parents, community leaders and librarians can use
books like these to educate children about Muslims while enhancing religious
From Catholic to Christian to Muslim to Jewish, a dozen speakers
representing a variety of religions and organizations from the city spoke
before a packed house. Every seat was filled and people lined the walls of the
Akbar S Ahmed
Most notably, Lord Sacks told of how Rabbi Moses Maimonides, “the
greatest rabbi of the Middle Ages”, was inspired by Islam. He explained, “Not
only his philosophy, but almost every aspect of his work was influenced by and
stimulated by Islam. His creation of this magnificent legal code was inspired
by Shariah codes.”...
“The people I
meet in Taking Heart programs are all very committed to their communities, the
greater good and interfaith encounters,” she said. “I loved learning more about
what makes Islam and Muslim practice unique, but also really appreciate how
‘ordinary’ they are...
Devraj was Hindu, and my grandfather was Muslim, but they both spoke
Sindhi and shared familial roots. Theirs was not a unique story. Unlike in
Punjab, where partition brought bloodshed on an unprecedented scale, the Sindh
province to the south saw little or no communal violence. The Hindus of Sindh
largely stayed behind. Muslim and Hindu families shared bonds that reached back
generations; a sense of respect for community prevailed. ..
Rabbi Allen S. Maller
And if Jews and Muslims throughout the world became closer, then maybe
Palestinians and Israelis could overcome and pass over the terrible plagues
that have afflicted them in our generation. Then the world would have another
miraculous event to celebrate...
Jesus, in the Gospel of John, predicts the coming of a future prophet he
calls “the spirit of truth”: “I still
have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit
of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on
his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the
things that are to come.” (John 16:12-15, NRSV)...
This is a unique feature of Islamic spirituality, where Sufi men present
themselves as females to their deity, who is imagined to be a male figure.
Using references from the iconic Punjabi love legend they refer to themselves
as Heer while God is referred to as Ranjha. This is similar to the Bhakti
tradition of Krishan-devotion, where the devotee presents himself as Radha, the
perfect lover, to Krishna, the deity.....
Muslims in Dudley and elsewhere must be given the right to bury their
dead with peaceful dignity. This is called showing basic human decency. It is
called loving our neighbors, for you Christians out there. ....
Living together with people of different faiths can teach you many
things, including the art of cordial interfaith coexistence, which is something
that reading about other faiths or brief encounters with people from other
religious traditions at interfaith meetings simply cannot....
Miteri relationships seem to be disappearing as times change. I feel as
if Nepalese society is turning more self-centric, religion-centric and caste-
and ethnicity-centric, one sign of which is the hate speech you can find on
social media. But there is still a reason for me to be happy. My 10-year-old
niece has also been in a "Miteri relationship" for the last four
years. My niece, like me, is a Muslim, but her "blood sister" is a
As we watch the rise of both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism across the
U.S. and around the globe, we must all bear in mind the foreboding poetry of
German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident Martin Niemöller:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.....
Now, in the 21st century, it is high time for Christians to acknowledge
how wrong we have been. Islam is the second-largest religion on the planet and is
an integral part of human civilization as we know it. Islam is a beautiful,
complex religion that supports human dignity, arts and sciences, spirituality,
economic, environmental and racial justice, and so much more. As Christians
today we are called to acknowledge the integrity of Islam and embrace Muslims
as brothers and sisters in faith. And the key, I believe, to making this
paradigm shift is choosing to see Muhammad differently, in light of our faith.....
In Jesus’ farewell discourse in the Gospel of John (chapters 14 to 16),
Jesus speaks about the coming of the “Spirit of Truth” or “Advocate” (in Greek,
Parakletos). For centuries Muslim interpreters have seen Muhammad as
this “Advocate,” based on Qur’an 61:6, a verse in which Jesus predicts the
coming of a future prophet named Ahmad: “O Children of Israel! Truly I am the
Messenger of God unto you, confirming that which came before me in the Torah
and bearing glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me whose name is