Category: Interfaith

ISNA Responds to the 2015 State of the Union Address

Edward Said On Orientalism

“Orientalism hit the right note at the most momentous occasion when the postcolonial world at large most needed it – when the condition of coloniality needed a thematic and theoretical decoupling from the framing of capitalist modernity at large.”…more: aljazeera
…”Orientalism” as a critical concept to describe the West’s commonly contemptuous depiction and portrayal of “The East..more:wikipedia

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias

… A car passed, the driver’s window rolled down and the man spat an epithet at two little girls wearing their hijabs: “Terrorist!”

It was 2001, mere weeks after the twin towers at the World Trade Center fell, and 10-year-old Shahana Hanif and her younger sister were walking to the local mosque from their Brooklyn home.

Unsure, afraid, the girls ran.


Obituary: Syed Ali Shah Geelani was symbol of Kashmir resistance

Geelani speaks during a press conference in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir [File: Mukhtar Khan/AP]…His family told Al Jazeera the police “snatched his body and forcibly buried him” in a quiet pre-dawn funeral on Thursday.

New Delhi had reasons to be apprehensive: For decades, Geelani was the symbol of popular resistance for the Kashmiris who either want to carve an independent country out of the Himalayan territory or merge with neighbouring Pakistan…more:aljazeera


Lebanon (Muslims and Christians) Mourning the Loss of the Grand Mufti Al-Mays

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The President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, expressed his pain for the passing away of the Grand Mufti of Zahle and Bekaa, Sheikh Khalil Al-Mays, announcing that he was awarded the National Cedar Order of the rank of Commander in appreciation of his spiritual, social, educational and humanitarian contributions…more: imlebanon

“The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Elie Ferzli, mourned the loss of the Grand Mufti of Zahle and the Bekaa, Sheikh Khalil Al-Mays, and stated in the obituary: “The State of  Bekaa, Lebanon and the Arab and Islamic world, are grieving the loss  of the giant, the creative and eminent scholar, the most virtuous Sheikh of the sheikhs, the unique and venerable scholar, the ascetic and devout worker, the noble scholar, the intelligent shining reverent, the Grand Mufti Shaykh Khalil Al Mays, brilliant orator and upright scholar , articulate, eloquent, silver-tongued, builder  of  prominent  palaces for science and knowledge. The  builder and mentor of  national unity  and moderation. Grief and sorrow are occupying  my soul and  my  eyes. Eye shedding tears and crying for the departed. His light like a glance penetrates our thoughts and conscience. May God bless him with his vast mercy and make him dwell in the vastness of heavens and make him in the highest” alkalimaonline