Category: Interfaith

ISNA Responds to the 2015 State of the Union Address

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“All the war-propaganda,All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting. - George Orwell

all the screaming and lies and hatred,

comes invariably from people who are not  fighting.”  

George Orwell

A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace

Dear WorldA story of love and courage amid brutality and terror, this is the testimony of a child who has endured the unthinkable.” —J.K. Rowling

“I’m very afraid I will die tonight.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 2, 2016
“Stop killing us.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 6, 2016
“I just want to live without fear.” —Bana Alabed, Twitter, October 12, 2016

When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in….more:  simonandschuster

Why Jefferson’s vision of American Islam matters today

Image result for Thomas Jefferson quotesDespite his criticism of Islam, Jefferson supported the rights of its adherents. Evidence exists that Jefferson had been thinking privately about Muslim inclusion in his new country since 1776. A few months after penning the Declaration of Independence, he returned to Virginia to draft legislation about religion for his native state, writing in his private notes a paraphrase of the English philosopher John Locke’s 1689 “Letter on Toleration”:…more:  wtop

Theguardian: Turkey Condemns Austria’s ‘racist’ Move to Close Mosques

Ä°brahim Kalın, Turkey's presidential spokesmanTurkey’s presidential spokesman has lambasted Austria’s decision to expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and shut seven mosques as an “anti-Islam” and “racist” move.“Austria’s decision to close down seven mosques and deport imams with a lame excuse is a reflection of the anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave in this country,” İbrahim Kalın said after Vienna announced the move in a crackdown on “political Islam”…MORE:  .theguardian

Would You Dare to Question Who You Really Are?

Abu Nadrah reported: I heard the sermon of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, during the middle of the day at the end of the pilgrimage. The Prophet said, “O people, your Lord is one and your father Adam is one. There is no virtue of an Arab over a foreigner nor a foreigner over an Arab, and neither white skin over black skin nor black skin over white skin, except by righteousness. Have I not delivered the message?” They said, “The Messenger of Allah has delivered the message.” (Musnad Ahmad -Sahih)

CNN: Hundreds in months-long Gaza protests crippled for life by Israeli gunfire

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza, more than, 3,600 people have suffered gunshot wounds, nearly 60% to the lower limbs, during the weekly protests known as the Great Marches of Return along the fence that separates Gaza from Israel. Israeli gunfire has killed more than 120 people, including children, health workers and journalists. But it’s not just the high casualty figures that have drawn attention. It’s the nature of the wounds.,..CNN

Supreme Court Rules for Christian cake Baker

Supreme Court rules for Christian cake baker but voices support for gay rights tooThe Supreme Court upheld both gay rights and religious freedom Monday with a narrowly written decision in favor of a Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

 By a 7-2 vote, the court said Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker, was treated with hostility and bias by a state commission that concluded his actions violated a state anti-discrimination law. ..MORE: latimes.com