Category: Interfaith

ISNA Responds to the 2015 State of the Union Address

Interview: William Montgomery Watt “The whole house of Islam, and we Christians with them…”

Related imageWhat about the attitude of Muhammad (peace be upon him) towards women? It is true that Islam is still, in many ways, a man’s religion. But I think I’ve found evidence in some of the early sources that seems to show that Muhammad made things better for women. It appears that in some parts of Arabia, notably in Mecca, a matrilineal system was in the process of being replaced by a patrilineal one at the time of Muhammad. Growing prosperity caused by a shifting of trade routes was accompanied by a growth in individualism. Men were amassing considerable…more: Montgomery-Watt-Interview.pdf – or: articles _watt.htm

Nostradamus: Predictions of Things Past

…Nostradamus couched his quatrains in such vague terms that people read whatever they want into them. Nostradamus did not in fact make predictions (statements that are read and known about before they happen); instead he made post-dictions (statements that appear to come true only after the events already happened). If Nostradamus had truly predicted the September 11 attacks, World War II, or the Challenger shuttle accident, for example, the world should have known about them decades (indeed centuries) before they occurred. Predictions that only make sense after the event they foretell are no predictions at all…..more: livescience

Expert on Australia’s decision to close detention center in Melbourne

The Australian government has announced the closure of a detention center in Melbourne, one of the nine facilities used to lock up immigrants who arrived in the country without papers. The government called the decision to close the facility a “milestone in the ramping-down of Australia’s onshore immigration detention network”.

China Passes Law to Force Muslims to Leave Their Faith

The Chinese national flag flies outside a mosque in Urumqi, XinjiangThe plan was “not about changing the beliefs, habits or ideology of Islam but to make them compatible with socialist society”, Gao Zhanfu, vice-dean of the Beijing-based China Islamic Institute, told the newspaper. But the World Uyghur Congress, an exile organisation, said Beijing was using sinicisation to erase Islam from China. It added: “Practising Islam has been forbidden in parts of China, with individuals caught praying, fasting, growing a beard or wearing a hijab … facing the threat of arrest….more: independent