Category: Interfaith

ISNA Responds to the 2015 State of the Union Address

Xinjiang Visit by U.N. Counter-terrorism Official Provokes Outcry (U.N.???)

Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march calling on the European Union to do more on China's crackdown against Uighurs, in Brussels on April 27, 2018.A planned visit to China’s Xinjiang province this week by a Russian national who serves as the United Nations’ top counterterrorism official has infuriated human rights advocates and some Western governments, who fear Beijing will use the trip as propaganda.

The visit by Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov marks the first high-level visit by a U.N. official to the predominantly Muslim territory since Beijing began forcing an estimated million local members of the Uighur minority into detention camps,..MORE:  oreignpolicy

Sudan – The Delivery

Sometimes you can’t do anything except supporting. Your silence is lethal. Spreading awareness through social media is not a waste. Do it with pure intentions of helping rather than criticizing.

Muslim Members Of Congress Host A Historic Iftar In The Capitol

On Monday evening, three Muslim members of Congress ― Reps. André Carson (D-Ind.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) ― hosted a historic iftar in the U.S. Capitol to recognize the holy month of Ramadan and honor the contributions of the Muslim American community. The gathering to break that day’s Ramadan fast was the first iftar….MORE:  huffpost

Sri Lanka: Muslims must be protected from reprisal attacks | Amnesty

Image result for amnesty“The Sri Lankan authorities must protect the country’s Muslim minority as it is being targeted by mobs in horrific attacks on their homes, mosques and businesses in the wake of the Easter Sunday massacre.

“These attacks did not emerge out of a vacuum. There were clear signs that a backlash against Muslims was underway, and the authorities could have acted on reports of threats earlier, potentially preventing much of the violence over recent days….more: Amnesty

Laws that limit religious rights embolden racists, particularly Islamophobes

Charles Taylor, co-author of the Bouchard-Taylor report, speaks at a legislature committee studying a bill on secularism on May 7 at the legislature in Quebec City.Last week, parliamentary hearings began on Quebec’s Bill 21, which would ban public employees in “positions of authority” from wearing religious symbols. In his testimony, the philosopher Charles Taylor stated that he and Gérard Bouchard were wrong to propose restrictions on religious symbols in their 2008 report on reasonable accommodation.

Taylor affirmed he had been “very naïve” for not foreseeing that such proposals would stigmatize religious minorities and feed intolerance. ..more: THESTAR

For Western leaders, Ramadan is a time to reassure the world of Islam

AT LEAST since 1805, Western heads of government have been making delicate judgments over how exactly to signal their respect for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. On December 9th of that year, Thomas Jefferson changed the time of a White House dinner from the usual 3.30 pm to “precisely at sunset”. The shift was made to accommodate the religious obligations of a guest from Tunis who was playing an important role in… ..more: economist.com

A Ramadan etiquette guide for non-Muslims

It’s Ramadan, the holiest month of the Muslim calendar. But what if you’re not a Muslim — just a caring, considerate person. Is there anything you should do so you don’t come across as insensitive to your fasting friends in the US? Short answer: No. Long answer: No. But you can earn some cool points if you follow these 10 tips….more: CNN