Faith: Muslim

  • AMANDA-LINDHOUT-FEAT

    “Of course I was angry for everything that was happening to me, but as time went on in captivity, I just realized for my own self, for self-preservation, that I couldn’t stay trapped in that emotion, that I had to try to find ways to let it out, and that’s when I started developing practices like choosing forgiveness in captivity.” More

    August 1, 2014 | Comments

  • Latino-Muslims-FEAT

    “I just felt that the minute I put my head down to the ground I was really talking to God,” says Nadia Echevrria. More than half of all Latino converts to Islam are women. More

    July 25, 2014 | Comments

  • India-Mental-Health-FEAT2

    With millions of people in India suffering from mental illnesses and only five thousand psychiatrists to treat them, many seek out faith healers to fill in the gap. “Access to care is not there, lack of professionals, lack of medication, lack of awareness, lack of knowledge, so all this leads to only one thing,” says mental health advocate Milesh Hamlai. “You go to the easiest and the most available source of help.” More

    July 18, 2014 | Comments

  • Mideast-Trip-Report-v1-FEAT

    Pope Francis visited sacred sites recognized by Muslims, Christians, and Jews, including the Western Wall. He met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and a range of other religious leaders, made unexpected stops at a terror memorial and at the separation wall that surrounds the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and he inserted himself into the peace process with a surprise invitation to a prayer summit at the Vatican. More

    May 30, 2014 | Comments

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    Programs to vaccinate children here have been hampered by a suspicions about the purpose of the vaccinations, violence from extremists, and critics who say Pakistan has more pressing problems to deal with. More

    May 30, 2014 | Comments

  • pope-francis-trip-final-FEAT

    The pope’s pilgrimage is intended on one level to commemorate the 1964 meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras that ended a thousand years of estrangement between Eastern and Western Christianity. But there are other agendas as well: interfaith dialogue, the Middle East peace process, the diminishing Christian presence in the Holy Land, encounters with Jewish and Palestinian religious and political leaders. More

    May 23, 2014 | Comments

  • Justice-for-Women-FEAT

    Of all the social issues facing our world, President Jimmy Carter says the abuse of women and girls is the greatest injustice of all, and that the pretext is often religion. “The [male] leaders of the great religions select verses from the Holy Bible or from the Qur’an that show women should be relegated to a secondary position in the eyes of God,” says Carter, author of A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power, “and this gives a potential abusive husband or an employer who wants to pay less to women employees than men an excuse.” More

    May 9, 2014 | Comments

  • Jimmy-Carter-Extended-Interview-FEAT

    “I have great respect for the Catholic Church, but I have always been a bit uneasy about the Catholic Church ordaining that a woman can’t be a priest or a deacon. … I just believe that whenever women are treated as inferior in the eyes of God this is a misinterpretation of what Jesus Christ taught.” More

    May 9, 2014 | Comments

  • Jordan-River-v5-FEAT

    The Jordan River is the central location for many sacred stories of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Modern Christians in particular are known to journey to the site some consider to be the religion’s actual starting point. “Why did they insist to build their churches here? Depending on the Bible, depending on the pilgrims’ accounts and the archeological studies,” says Rustom Mkhjian, assistant director of the Jordan River baptism site, “we know this is the spot where Jesus was baptized and Christianity started.” More

    May 8, 2014 | Comments

  • NAT_GEO_JERUSALEM-d4-FEAT

    A new National Geographic film about Jerusalem attempts to transcend the city’s reputation for conflict with sweeping imagery and personal stories of why the city is so loved. “Jerusalem to me is more than a city.” says Farah Ammouri, a young Muslim woman featured in the film. “Its beauty, its spirit, also my religion–but most importantly, it’s my family.” More

    April 25, 2014 | Comments

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