Category: Interfaith

ISNA Responds to the 2015 State of the Union Address

The Benefits of a Gratitude Journal and How to Maintain One

… “According to a study by researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida, having participants write down a list of positive events at the close of a day — and why the events made them happy — lowered their self-reported stress levels and gave them a greater sense of calm at night.” When I read this line, it only seemed natural to start a gratitude journal and document the positive events that had happened in my day or week. Lower stress levels and feeling calmer at night? Yes, please!…more: huffpost.com

Proclamation—Day of National Thanksgiving

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”…more:  presidency.ucsb.edu ..more: Discussion Guide Begin by reading George Washington’s “Thanksgiving Proclamation…more: Thanksgiving and Muslim Heritage 

 

U.S. Recognition of Settlements Will Harm More Than It Helps

A view of houses in the Israeli settlement of Kedumim in the West Bank.Secretary Mike Pompeo’s announcement on Monday that the United States has reversed a four-decade-old State Department legal opinion that regarded Israeli settlements in the West Bank as contravening international law was hardly surprising. If there have been two running themes to U.S. policy onr…more: fp

Liberalism According to The Economist

….“On Liberty” (1859), as a “numbskull.” In colonized Asia and Africa, critics—such as R. C. Dutt, in India, and Sun Yat-sen, in China—pointed out liberalism’s complicity in Western imperialism. Muhammad Abduh, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, wrote, “Your liberalness, we…

80% of terror victims Muslims: French group

80% of terror victims Muslims: French groupThe head of a French group said most victims of terror are Muslims and it is crucial Europe is reminded about this fact. “Muslims are the first to suffer the consequences of terror attacks,” Guillaume Denoix de Saint-Marc, who chairs the French Terror Victims Association (AFVT), told Anadolu Agency before the start of the International Congress for the Victims of Terrorism being held in Nice….more: AA

Ukraine’s Anti-Russia Azov Battalion: ‘Minutemen’ or Neo-Nazi Terrorists?

…The congressional letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and pushed by freshman Rep. Max Rose (D-NY), portrays Azov as part of an ultra-right-wing “global terrorist network” analogous to al Qaeda or the so-called Islamic State, but one bent on attacking Muslims, Jews, and people of color. The letter notes that the man who carried out the mosque massacres in New Zealand last March, killing at least 50 worshippers, claimed he trained with the Azov…more: hedailybeast