Category: Interfaith

ISNA Responds to the 2015 State of the Union Address

Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China’s Xinjiang policy

Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China's Xinjiang policy…China has been accused of detaining a million Muslims and persecuting ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, and 22 ambassadors signed a letter to the U.N. Human Rights Council this week criticizing its policies….As well as Saudi Arabia and Russia, the letter was signed by ambassadors from many African countries, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Belarus, Myanmar, the Philippines, Syria, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.more: reuters

Bosnia Marks Srebrenica Genocide Anniversary as More Victims Buried

….Lars Gunnar Wigemark, chief of the EU’s delegation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, said that mothers of Srebrenica victims had lived for 24 years now with the fact that their sons, husbands and fathers were systematically exterminated. “Srebrenica is a deep wound that is opened each time the responsibility for crimes committed is denied and perpetrators are glorified,” Wigemark said….more: balkaninsight.com

CJ: Life Inside a Saudi Detention Centre for Rohingya Refugees

CJ Werleman documents his conversations with Faisal Thar Thakin, a Rohingya Muslim who has been held in the kingdom’s notorious Shumaisi detention centre for the past six years.
For several months, I have been holding regular conversations with Faisal Thar Thakin, a 20-year-old Rohingya Muslim asylum seeker who has been detained and separated from his parents in Saudi Arabia’s notorious Shumaisi detention centre since 2013.
“We would rather die now than be kept in here forever or sent to Myanmar or Bangladesh,” Thakin told me in early April when explaining why he and upwards of 1,000 Rohingya detainees had decided to launch a hunger strike in protest against their indefinite detention and threats by Saudi Arabia to deport them….MORE: bylinetimes.com

Prevent is stopping free speech on campus and demonising Muslims

…Since its inception, students and staff have warned about the potential for Prevent to have an impact on free speech on campus, in particular that of Muslim students and staff. The latest statistics regarding university events and speakers affected by the Prevent duty not only demonstrate that it must be scrapped, but that politicians and the media must listen to and amplify the voices of students rather than dismiss them as “snowflakes” when they speak…..more” the guardian

Syrian Running Away to Unknown Midʹi·an …

Moses was afraid. He knew that Pharaoh had found out what he had done to the Egyptian. Pharʹaoh heard about it, and he sent men to kill Moses.That is why Moses had to run away from Egypt and fled into the desert to Midʹi·an …we have the  same story here where Syrian are  running away from Bashar Asad and his Army but to unknown Midʹi·an

Pope Francis seeks more freedom in theology, dialogue with Islam

Pope Francis seeks more freedom in theology, dialogue with Islam Pope Francis called Friday for a reform of the way theology is taught in Catholic schools, saying students must learn about dialogue with Judaism and Islam, and that overall there must be greater freedom in theological research and academic pursuits.The Jesuit pope made the call during a speech at the Jesuit-run theology university in Naples. It follows his outreach this year to the Muslim world with the signing of a joint statement with the imam of Cairo’s Al Azhar, the seat of Sunni learning, establishing the relationship between Catholics and Muslims as brothers, with a common mission to promote peace….more:  wnd

Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent online in a town in Lebanon, southeast of Beirut.
The 27-year-old journalist called the number and asked the owner when they could drop by to take a look. He was stunned by her response: Muslims are not allowed to settle in the town, she said.
The apartment owner apologized to Awwad, saying she wouldn’t mind renting to people of any sect but officials in the town of Hadat issued orders…more: WP

Fear in Sri Lanka as monk calls for stoning of Muslims

A Muslim woman reacts next to a burned motorbike and her house after a mob attack in Kottampitiya, Sri Lanka in May [File: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]Muslims in Sri Lanka say they fear new attacks after a top Buddhist monk called for violence against members of the religious minority, claiming a Muslim doctor had sterilised thousands of Buddhist women. Activists, politicians and members of the Muslim minority said Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero’s speech last week was likely to fan communal tensions, weeks after Buddhist mobs attacked scores of Muslim homes and businesses…Aljazeera