Tag: ties

China Joins Russian Drills in Sign of Growing Military Ties

Chinese and Russian troops began joint maneuvers Tuesday, marking the first time Moscow has invited a country outside a tight circle of former Soviet allies to its largest annual exercises and offering Chinese generals rare and valuable experience training outside their country’s borders….more:  wsj

Meet the Muslim Memoirist Who Works With Zionists to Try and Forge Islamic-Jewish Ties

“I first discovered Haroon Moghul when I noticed him following me on Twitter. Normally, this wouldn’t have attracted my attention, except that I was pretty sure that he disagreed with most of what I was writing…” more: tabletmag.com

mog harunHaroon Moghul said in his face book page: “I’ve been called a sell-out, a House Muslim, a traitor to the ummah, all because of my work with MLI, a program that takes North American Muslim leaders to Jerusalem to study Judaism, Zionism and Israel with leading Jewish scholars, American and Israeli. Not in order that we agree, but so that we might learn, appreciate, and engage more sincerely…more:facebookhs

(صَنَائِعُ الْمَعْرُوفِ تَقِي مَصَارِعَ السُّوءِ , صَدَقَةُ السِّرِّ تُطْفِئُ غَضَبَ الرَّبِّ , وَصِلَةُ الرَّحِمِ تَزِيدُ فِي الْعُمْر” (صحيح الجامع .

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Good works protect from evil fates. Charity in secret extinguishes the wrath of the Lord, maintaining family ties increases life span,”

(Sound Hadith)

Nytimes: Confronting Academia’s Ties to Slavery

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In 1976, archivists at Harvard’s natural history museum opened a drawer and discovered a haunting portrait of a shirtless enslaved man named Renty, gazing sorrowfully but steadily at the camera. Taken on a South Carolina plantation in 1850, it had been used by the Harvard biologist Louis Agassiz to formulate his now-discredited ideas about racial difference…more: nytimes.com

When in Rome, do as the Romans do: National Police in Las Vegas forge close ties to the city’s Muslim community

Now, Larkin and a cadre of officers are regular guests at a half-dozen mosques across this gambling mecca as part of a concerted outreach effort to the Muslim community. They grasp the tensions between Shiite and Sunni factions and have learned to observe key Islamic customs — officers remove their shoes, and female officers don hijabs during Friday prayer sessions. In an effort to build trust, they have emerged as empathetic problem solvers, helping religious leaders cut through city red tape, responding to reports of vandalism and cleaning up trash and abandoned…more: washingtonpost.