Faith: Muslim

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    “Islam believes fundamentally that the spiritual and material worlds are inextricably connected. Faith is a force that should deepen our concern for our worldly habitat, for embracing its challenges, and for improving the quality of human life.” More

    March 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “When it’s time for prayer we say, am I clean?” explains Imam Talib Shareef of the Masjid Muhammad Mosque in Washington, DC. The ritual ablution a Muslim performs before prayer, he says, starts with intentions: “I intend to make the ablution for preparation to stand in obedience before my Lord.” More

    February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “A headscarf isn’t meant to hurt you; it’s what’s meant to protect you. You’re modest in the sense of God looking at you, but you’re modest to other people as well,” says Umand Weerasinghe, a young Buddhist woman in Maryland whose Muslim friend Sofia Amir loaned her a scarf to wear for Hijab Day. More

    January 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    Recent ISIS-linked bombings in Istanbul took place near two of the city’s top tourist destinations, which are also two of the city’s most important religious monuments: Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Watch scenes of both as author and Ottoman scholar Scott Rank, who lives in Turkey, discusses their historic spiritual and political significance for Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, and for Christians and Muslims. More

    January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

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    “For us it’s very important to hold onto our faith and to do that in a space where it’s encouraged, to engage your intellect but also to remember it goes with your faith, and they are not separate,” says Aisha Ibrahim, a student at Zaytuna. More

    December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

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    “If ISIS is allowed to define the terms of this engagement then they’ve pretty much won the battle. We have to understand them and meet them where they’re coming from but not capitulate, not really surrender to the terror they’re trying to spread, because that’s the victory they are looking for,” says Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of the Interfaith Alliance. More

    November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

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    “People are going back to the basic texts, and they’re stripping away centuries of culture and tradition and looking for what they see at the heart of the religion,” says American journalist Carla Power, author of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran. More

    November 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

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    “We are event-driven in this ghastly tango with the jihadis, and what we don’t hear from are the peaceful, everyday Muslims who are going to work and bringing over kabobs for their neighbors and helping out in doing charity.” More

    November 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

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    “Jerusalem is a place historically if there is something different about us, let’s fight about it. That’s basically the vibe. And so we and the chorus are trying to create an alternate reality,” says conductor Micah Hendler. He founded the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus, an ensemble of Israeli and Palestinian high school singers. More

    October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

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    “We have to go back to the 17th century and ask what healed all that harm? And of course the simple answer is that what wins wars is weapons but what wins peace is ideas.” More

    August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

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