Tag: Islam

What is Islam?

This short 5 min video provides brief answers to what is Islam,what it stands for and what has been its contribution to civilization. . .

Constitutional – High-school unit on Islam did not violate Constitution

Image result for nclawyersweeklyA school did not violate the Establishment or Free Speech clauses by presenting an 11th-grade history unit that provided information about Islam, and tested a student’s understanding of that knowledge through a test. Background During the 2014-2015 school year, Caleigh Wood was an 11th-grade student at La Plata High School. As part of the “Muslim World” unit …more:   nclawyersweekly

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, this religion is vast, so enter its depth with gentleness.”  Musnad Ahmad

عن أنس بن مالك قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: “إِنَّ هَذَا الدِّينَ مَتِينٌ فَأَوْغِلُوا فِيهِ بِرِفْقٍ” صحيح الجامع

The British Museum Offers a Revelatory New Look at Islam and Art

A new gallery of Islamic arts at the British Museum broadly explores the cultural impact of Islam on everyday life through art and material objects from the many lands and societies the religion has affected across continents and centuries.
With innovative curatorial direction and displays, the new Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World brings together objects from the museum’s collection dating from the seventh century to the present day, and originating from Nigeria to Indonesia….more:  al-fanarmedia

Dutch Second Ex-PVV Politician And Former Anti-Muslim Converts to Islam

A former member of Geert Wilders’ far-right Dutch party announced Monday that he has converted to Islam. Joram Van Klaveren said he made the switch from critic to convert while writing a book about Islam. “During that writing I came across more and more things that made my view on Islam falter,” he told Dutch radio. Van Klaveren was a member of parliament for the Freedom Party (PVV) from 2010 to 2014, but quit the party after Wilders’ asked supporters during a rally in 2014 if they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, to which the crowd chanted “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!”…MORE: politico.eu

History shows the folly of China’s paranoia about Islam

It is a shame that so few Chinese remember General Bai Chongxi, a brilliant tactician during the war against Japan in 1937-45. He showed China that it is possible to be at once a patriot and a devoted Muslim. Bai was a complicated figure. A warlord capable of ruthlessness, he was also a reformer who wanted education to free his fellow Chinese Muslims from isolation and poverty. As a commander of Kuomintang (or Nationalist) troops, he was involved in massacres of Communists. Still, when Chaguan this week visited Bai’s home town in Guangxi province, in the south, locals praised his victories over the Japanese. ..MORE:ECONOMIST

What Explains the Contemporary Geographic Distribution of Islam?

Stelios Michalopoulos is an associate professor of economics at Brown University, Alireza Naghavi is a full professor of economics at the University of Bologna and Giovanni Prarolo is an associate professor of economics at the University of Bologna found:
“What explains the contemporary spatial distribution of Muslim communities worldwide? Our study’s contribution is twofold.
First, we investigate the role that ancient trade routes have played in facilitating the spread of Islam. Motivated by numerous case studies on the historical relationship between trade and Islam….more: blogs.lse.ac.uk

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