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Fasting Is the Way of All the Revealed Religions
S. Arshad, New Age Islam

Their teachings might have been distorted over time but indeed they belong to the category of revealed religions. The Quran gives testimony to this fact. Different religions had different ways of fasting. In some religions, ways of fasting were distorted and were directed towards deities and false gods but the presence of ritual of fasting in them hint towards the fact that originally they were followers of prophets of God and revealed religions....

Many of the Names of God in Muslim Tradition Appear In Jewish Tradition Also
Rabbi Allen S. Maller

The Qur'an tells us (17:110) “Say, "Call upon Allah or call upon Ar-Rahman/Ha Rakhaman, the Most Merciful. Whichever [name] you call - to Him belong the best names." And do not recite your prayer [too] loudly or [too] quietly, but seek a way in between.” For those religions that trace their prophets back to Prophet Abraham, and his two sons Ishmael and Isaac; the many names or appellations (titles and descriptions) of God simply describe different aspects or attributes of the one God's multifaceted personality....

 

Thus, mainstream Ulema also have to place an emphasis on building interreligious relations by condemning violence and hate speech that is delivered through political campaigns, mosque pulpits and television programs. Likewise, the media need to stop pandering to the despicable tendency of many Muslims who consume narratives of religious discrimination as a way to “strengthen” their faith....

 

“What do we need for spiritual life enjoined in every tradition?  “Three things: truth, spiritual practice, morals.” What is Truth?  “Pure and unveiled truth coincides with metaphysics; the religious dogmas are symbols of metaphysical truths; the deep understanding of religious symbolism is esoterism. Pure metaphysics is hidden in every religion.”...

 

Why These Muslims Are Fighting Anti-Semitism
Harry Bruinius

Indeed, as anti-Muslim violence continues to rise in the United States, and as public, unabashed anti-Semitism begins to stalk Europe and the US once more, religious leaders in all three Abrahamic faiths have been trying to get beyond ideas of simple “tolerance” and uphold a deeper commitment to the civic ideals of a life shared together, each invested in the mutual dignity and equality of the other....

 

Making of a Composite Culture: Lively Interactions between Hindus and Muslims Were the Hallmarks of Seven Centuries before Colonial Rule
Hamid Ansari

Imperatives of ultra-nationalism and geopolitics in recent decades have resulted in projecting the Muslim as ‘the new Other’ and this Otherness is being perceived as a spectre haunting the world very much like radical ideologies of earlier ages. This drift into apprehension and intolerance has to be resisted and reversed; sanity demands that all of us pull back from the precipice and anchor thought and action on civic virtues national and global....

 This was truly interfaith harmony in action: A Hindu and a Muslim woman bound together by a relationship based on love and mutual service that began more than half a century ago and is still going strong! I don’t think I’d witnessed anything like this before! I don’t suppose Uma and Bibi Jaan have ever heard of the phrase ‘interfaith harmony’, but that’s something they’ve been living out together, over many, many years!...

The Quran insists on the virginity of Mary when she conceives her son Jesus, whom the Quran calls Messiah. God will teach him “the Scripture and the Wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel”. But the Quran forcefully states that although Jesus is a prophet, “God is not one to take to Himself any son.”...

 

Jerusalem and Muslim-Christian Relations
Radwan al-Sayed

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco and Jordan and their religious authorities have great moral and political power in Arab and Islamic societies as well as in the international community. Palestinian and Arab parties should thus work together in solidarity with the Arab Christians to complement their role towards the world’s religious and political parties....

 

Passages from the Bible Discovered Behind Qur'an Manuscript
Alison Flood

Qur’anic palimpsests are “extremely rare”, according to Christie’s, with only a handful having been previously recorded, none of which were copied above a Christian text. Other examples of Qur’anic palimpsests include two leaves from a seventh-century Hijazi Qur’an, which is copied above an earlier version of the Qur’an. “We think this is because the Qur’an is such an important text and although vellum was very expensive, the Qur’an was always written on new material. It’s highly revered and so they would use brand new material,”...

 

Saudi Arabia and the Vatican Preach Message of Peace and Tolerance
Maha Akeel

One of the most important steps taken by the OIC in this area was the establishment of the Sawt Al-Hikma (Voice of Wisdom): Centre for Dialogue, Peace and Understanding. This aims to address the discourse of hatred by promoting self-revision, correcting misconceptions and extremism, and spreading the principles of coexistence and mutual understanding among different nations and civilizations....

 

Righteous Christians and Muslims Saved Jews in the Time of the Holocaust
John A. Elzufon

We honour, as we should, not only those who died in the Holocaust and those who rescued Jews and other victims of the Holocaust, but also all men, women and children, past and present, who have died as a result of hatred and bigotry and all men and women, Jews, Christians, Muslims, of all faiths and of no faith, who have then and continue now to fight evil of whatever nature....

If fraternity is the soul of the demos, then that was slaughtered last week in the ‘city of brotherhood’. Who did it? Which particular section of our society? Well, one part of our soul killed the other, each of us was diminished and when the heart-wrenching outcries of people were piercing the sky, the dark forces were talking of “appeasement’ and electoral gains. Today, I saw the entry gate of Asansol again, the engravings are still there, bright, emblazoned in full glory – nobody talked of that though except Imam Rashidi, who executed it in perfection and in spite of his irreparable loss, secured the spirit of the city (democracy) – co-living....

Hindu and a Muslim Started Living Together, What Happened Next Won’t Surprise You
Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

Kush said residing among Muslims also made him increasingly conscious of certain things the majority community never do. “For instance, sweets are distributed in my office during Diwali, like every other office. Though there are a substantial number of Muslim employees in my office, sweets are never distributed during Eid. I began doing it and it is now an office ritual.”...

A Mahatma in an Imam
S Gopalakrishnan

A Mahatma in an Imam
S Gopalakrishnan

In 2018, Sibtulla Rashidi, a boy who just appeared for his Class 10 board examination was killed in Asansol. His father, the imam of a Masjid in the city, in all likelihood, did not know what Gandhi had done in a similar situation in the past. But he interpreted his son’s death for the cause of peace....

Deen, Dharma and Quran: Words in the Holy Book Indicate Semitic Contacts with Other Civilisations
Khaled Ahmed

Nadwi holds that there are Sanskrit words in the Quran, which point to the Arabs’ realisation that India was the origin of perfumes and medicines. The first word is “Zanjbeel”. It is referred to in verse 76:18 when Allah describes the bounty of paradise. The inhabitants of Paradise will drink form cups mixed with “Zanjbeel”. Nadwi says it comes from Sanskrit “Zaranjaber” — being the name of the common berry in India. Zanjbeel is ginger. The other Sanskrit word found in the Holy Quran is Kafur. Verse 76:5 further explains the quality of the wine in paradise: It will smell of Kafur....

Non-Muslim Heroes of Pakistan Movement
Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

Only a few people know that the Pakistan Resolution was penned by Sir Zafarullah Khan, who belonged to the Ahmadi community. Many may not know that the first national anthem of Pakistan was composed by a Hindu poet, Jagan Nath Azad, on the personal desire of the Quaid. It was broadcast on Radio Pakistan on August 14, 1947 and was officially used during the first one-and-a-half years....

 

God and Caesar Clashing In Jerusalem
Harry Hagopian

Jerusalem is a holy city that is precious to all three Abrahamic faiths. So in this conflict between God and Caesar, Palestinians can draw strength from the biblical story of David defeating the giant Goliath of Gath. If it were done then in admittedly different circumstances, surely it can also be done today....

Interfaith Conference: Opportunities for Dialogue and Challenges of Conflict
Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Interfaith dialogues must be based on scientific and not diplomatic standards. Diplomatic speeches are important sometimes but when religious representatives and figures sit in one hall, they must be frank enough to clearly talk to one another and debate each other. They must begin dialogues with discussing religions, their fates and areas of differences as focusing on what religions have in common does not lead to a debate that offers knowledge but to holding a mere friendly meeting....

 
A Different Perspective on Valentine
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

A Different Perspective on Valentine
Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander, New Age Islam

Also in every religious tradition love has been cherished. Islam is no different. The stereotypical image of Muslims as invaders and bloodthirsty warriors have even rendered many Muslims oblivious to the fact that Sufism in Islam is the highest epitome of Love. We also have the tradition of Yusuf-Zulaikha, Shireen-Farhaad, and Laila-Majnoon as the manifestations of true love. We cannot turn a blind eye to these chronicles that are a part of our history. So we need to celebrate Love as it is what makes us the highest creation of God. Love for an opposite gender can be the first stepping stone towards the eternal love for God....

Albanian Muslims Saved Jews
Cnaan Liphshiz

Owing partly to what locals call Besa, a local code of honour and neighbourly conduct, the rescue and survival of approximately 2,000 Jews by Albanians for decades had remained largely unknown. But thanks to recent studies and films, it is taking its place as a rare ray of light during otherwise dark times....

 

Christians and Muslims Must Work Together For Peace

The concluding section of the document insists that "our very eternal souls are all also at stake if we fail to sincerely make every effort to make peace and come together in harmony." "Let us vie with each other only in righteousness and good works," the authors add. "Let us respect each other, be fair, just and kind to another and live in sincere peace, harmony and mutual goodwill."...

 

A Jain and A Muslim Family Break Bread And Barriers Together In Meerut
Betwa Sharma

This is how it works: the Khans never cook non-vegetarian food when the Jains come over for a meal, and they eat only vegetarian food when they pay a visit. When hosting a party, the Khans prepare a few dishes without onion and garlic. And when they all go out to a restaurant, the Khans just don't order any meat. And really, if it's that simple, it makes one wonder why has "Muslim food" become a bone of contention? ....

Bhai Mardana Born In a Muslim Family, Was a Life-Long Companion of Guru Nanak
Kulbir Kaur

I reside where you reside O Mardana!” says Guru Nanak. In Sikh history and religion it is impossible and rather unthinkable to remember Guru Nanak without Mardana. The relationship and bond between Guru Nanak and Mardana is very symbolic and significant. It is sacred but reflects upon the everyday mundane life as well.....

Teach More, Not Fewer World Religions in Schools
Aref Assaf

It would be difficult to teach art, music, literature and most social studies without considering the impact of religions. No one would have learned that it was Muslims who invented Algebra!  It is both allowed, if not encouraged, to teach objectively about the role of religion in the history of the United States and other countries

In the case of our town, the “Stop Muslim Lessons” was intended to stir trouble and fester fear mongering. It instead, and thankfully, fostered greater empathy and solidarity with this fellow Muslim. That’s my America.....

 


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