Tag: Religion

WASHINGTONPOST: Islam “is” a Religion of Love, and the Taj Mahal Proves it

Muhammad, who Muslims believe modeled the love of God for humanity, was called (and is called) ‘the beloved of God’; the funerals of Sufi saints were called ‘weddings,’ because after a lifetime of preparation for meeting God, the moment was at hand.

But, of course, for a theme of religion as love to make sense, people had to be comfortable with love in all its manifestations.

This Muslim emperor will put your Valentine’s Day gift to shame…MORE:WASHINGTONPOST.COM

Independent.uk: This is how the Quran proves that Islam is a peaceful religion

Here are some of the terms and conditions: first, Muslims cannot pre-emptively initiate a war. They are only allowed to act in defense. Muslims have permission from God to fight back only when they are expelled from their houses or lands. War can be waged if there is a situation where defenseless people are under attack and ask their Muslim allies for help. The last reason for a just war is when war breaks out between two groups of believers and one party does not intend to stop it in spite of a proposed truce…more: .independent.co.uk

Beyond Nationalism and Religion: From Sunni Grievances …

…Arab political culture is implicitly tasked by its own stated ideals with highlighting and enabling the shared common identity while managing and containing factional identities. However, the failure of states and cultures in the Arab world in realizing this common identity has reduced it to a mere thin cover that barely hides the fragmented factional. The primary expression of factionalism in the Arab world, notably in its eastern part, is communitarianism. Yet an important transformation has affected the character of Arab communitarianism as it slides toward sectarianism….more:  washingtoninstitute.org

Should all Muslims be singled out for the actions of a few? (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Muslim organizations have tirelessly condemned terrorist acts committed by individual Muslims in Political blogger Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative's Houston-based founder, speaks at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, which is sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, in Garland, Texas on May 3, 2015. Two gunmen opened fire on Sunday at the art exhibit in Garland, Texas, that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and featured caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and were themselves shot dead at the scene by police officers, city officials and police said. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mike Stone  *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-LAWRENCE-COLUMN, originally transmitted on May 6, 2015.Political blogger Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative’s Houston-based founder, speaks at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, which is sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, in Garland, Texas on May 3, 2015. Two gunmen opened fire on Sunday at the art exhibit in Garland, Texas, that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and featured caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and were themselves shot dead at the scene by police officers,  more : RELIGIONNEWS.COM

Mirror.co.uk Christian pastor slammed after calling Islam ‘religion of hatred’

A Christian church leader has been slammed after calling Islam a ‘religion of hatred’ and likening gay people to paedophiles in a ‘disgusting’ Sunday sermon.

Pastor Steve Crosthwaite, of Wythall’s Hollywood Christian Life Steve CrosthwaiteCentre in Birmingham, told his 60-strong congregation ‘homosexuality is wrong’ and criticised same sex relationships.

During his 30-minute sermon, branded ’highly offensive’ by a local minister, pastor Crosthwaite said: “Islam is not a peaceful religion. Islam is a religion of hatred, the Birmingham Mail reports.

“Islam teaches there are permissible sins. For a Muslim to tell you ‘I love you, I’m a peaceful guy’ and it be a lie, well, Allah forgives that sin….more:  mirror.co.uk

America welcomes Christians, Jews; atheists, Muslims not so much – Religion News Service

It’s not really clear if this is good news or bad news. People of faith are predisposed to welcoming other people of faith. So I’ll give this the best possible interpretation — that people are hoping they are welcoming,” he said.

(RNS) “When we ask people about what America thinks, what America is like, their answers are influenced by what is flashing in their minds. The news. The…more:

Noor Tagouri: Actively changing perceptions

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“This has been my dream ever since I was a kid.”

Noor Tagouri, a 19-year-old college student, wants to become the first Muslim hijabi anchorwoman in America. Two weeks ago, she was a relatively unknown entity on Facebook who posted a picture of herself sitting at the presenter’s desk at ABC News. Since then, Tagouri has become somewhat of a celebrity, with nearly 7,000 subscribers ….more  chicagomonitor