There is increasing scrutiny on Muslims in the US military after the tragedy at Fort Hood, even while the Muslim community strongly condemns the shootings. “Actually, according to Islamic law, what [Major Nidal Hasan] did was criminal, immoral, and unethical and against the teachings of Islam in every way, shape, and form,” says Imam Yahya Hendi, who has met Major Hasan. More
Watch highlights of the September 25 event at the US Capitol where 3,500 Muslims prayed “for the soul of America.”
In the world's largest Muslim nation, says Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, "there seems to be a greater willingness both to be openly religious and to be modern and educated at the same."
People of many faiths and religious backgrounds joined Muslims on September 3 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC for a prayer service and Ramadan dinner to celebrate interfaith service projects.
"Ramadan is that really intense, focused way of fasting and working on our own selves," says Rahima Ullah, "and then working on our relationships to others and ultimately to God."
"You can’t say that religious opinions made over 1, 000 years ago are valid for all times," says Gamal al-Banna, a reformist Muslim cleric in Egypt. "We must have a revolution in the understanding of Islam, a revolution almost like Martin Luther’s."
"He deserves to pray. He has a right to faith, too," says Safiyyah Muhammad of her autistic son, Sufyaan. Their mosque in Irvington, New Jersey and other houses of worship are working to accept and include people with disabilities and special needs.