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Hussaini Brahmins, Various Hindu Figures Mark Muharram
Khalid Alvi

This seemingly inter-religious nomenclature is not an indication of a lack in Brahmanical sentiment but it is very true that they not only participate in the Muharram processions and mourning, but also abstain from social celebrations like marriages during the month of Muharram. The sect is also not as remote as one might imagine. It boasts of a number of well known names amongst its followers. Film star Sunil Dutt and Urdu writers such as Kashmiri Lal Zakir, Sabir Dutt and Nand Kishore Vikram are some of the better known Hussaini Brahmins....

 

The battle of Karbala: Shia and Sunni Alike Mourn Shahadat of Hussain Ibne Ali
Syeda Mehr Mustafa

What have the battlefields of Islamic history not seen? From the victory of 313 out-numbered believers at Badr, the liver of Hazrat Hamza eaten in Uhud by Hind, to the Prophet’s youngest wife atop a camel in the Battle of Jam’al? However, no battlefield has altered the course of Muslim history like Karbala and no sacrifice is remembered like the sacrifice of Hussain Ibne Ali in 680 C.E. No memory from early Islam has cast such darkness upon the Muslim world than of this horrifying massacre. No tragedy has provoked such haunting questions in the heart of Islam as Karbala does....

 

The Judeo-Islamic Tradition Has Deep Historical Roots That Zionism and Islamism Have Tried To Erase: Yum Kippur and Ashura
Hamid Dabashi

From Saadia Gaon (882-942) to Yehuda Halevi (1075-1141) to Maimonides (1135-1204), the leading luminaries of Jewish philosophy were in enduring conversation with their Muslim counterpart - Avicenna (980-1037), Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111) and Averroes (1126-1198).  This Judeo-Islamic philosophical tradition was real and not created out of any political convenience or necessity. Today, militant Zionism, puritanical Islamism and evangelical imperialism are collectively invested in concealing these historical facts and either denying or else catapulting the profound heritage of Judeo-Islamic philosophy back into "ancient times"....

The Earliest Chinese Contact with Islam Was Reported to Be Some Years after Prophet Muhammad’s Passing
Muhammad Syafiq Borhannuddin

Other major Muslim personalities who made an impact on the cultural legacy of Islam in Chinese history include Syed Umar Shams al-Din (Sayyid al-Ajall) (1279). He was said to be the 27th generation of Prophet Muhammad’s descendent and a highly regarded Muslim official during the Yuan Dynasty. He was appointed imperial minister of finance, as recorded by Marco Polo in the 13th century. Sayyid al-Ajall was subsequently tasked with governing Yunnan and was described by one contemporary historian to have brought “civilisation” to Yunnan....

 

Islamist Base in Tunisia Has Come Back To Life Over Inter-Religious Marriages
Frédéric Bobin

The battle over inter-religious marriage is, in fact, raging across the country. In Marsa, another village in northern Tunisia, the mayor, Slim Meherzi, a modernist with no party affiliation, has just celebrated a mixed marriage: a Tunisian woman with a Portuguese Catholic. He's very proud of it and is preparing to do it again in one month, this time with a French groom....

 

A rabbi, a minister, and an imam walk into a bar. No, really. Since 9/11, three religious leaders in Seattle have been meeting for sometimes “vigorous” discussions, lecturing together, and even doing joint spiritual teaching. Rabbi Ted Falcon is founder of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, Reverend Don Mackenzie is minister and head of staff at the University Congregational United Church of Christ, and Jamal Rahman is a Muslim Sufi minister at the Interfaith Community Church. And that time they walked into a bar?...

 

This year, for the first time in 33 years, the solemn days of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Muharram (the Islamic New Year) juxtapose. In both faiths, the advent of the New Year is a time for introspection and self-examination. The upcoming holiday season for 16 million Jews and 1.6 billion Muslims offers the opportunity to reflect on the current state of Muslim-Jewish relations, how far we have come and the journey as we venture forth....

 

Jesus Christ's Sermon on the Mount and Islamic Perspective
Ejaz Naqvi

God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. Matthew 5:5

And the servants of Most Gracious (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant [in reference to pagans of Mecca] address them, they say, ‘Peace!’ [Salaam] The Qur’an 25:63...

In Agra’s Roman Catholic Cemetery Lies A ‘Red Taj’ Built By A Wife
Rana Safvi

The Taj Mahal has unnecessarily become a standard for all tombs in India. Each monument is unique, yet the comparisons continue. The tomb of Shahnawaz Khan, son of Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khanan, in Burhanpur is called the ‘Black Taj Mahal’. The tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II in Bijapur is called the ‘Taj Mahal of the Deccan’. And I discovered recently, much to my horror, that the exquisite tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula in Agra, also made of marble, is called the ‘Baby Taj’...

 

For Khwaja Hasan Nizami, an Islamic Scholar, To Publicly Show His Regard for Krishna, Without the Threat of Blasphemy, Tells Us A Lot about How We as a Society Have Deteriorated Over the Last Hundred Years
Saquib Salim

Here, pitching his Islamic belief to prove the stature of Krishna, Nizami writes that poor have purer hearts and hence Allah grants the custody of his chosen one to poor women. Haleema, a poor paturer just like Yashoda, was a foster mother to Prophet Muhammad. For a devout Muslim like Nizami this comparison means a lot. Muslims consider Muhammad next only to God.

Nizami was not the only Muslim who held such a high regard for Krishna or Rama. Hafeez Jalandhari, Iqbal and Mohani are a few to name....

"Jews and Muslims have always had good relations here," says Navras J. Aafreedi, a scholar on India's Jewry. "There are no political issues like in the Middle East. And remember, the number of Muslims in South Asia is much larger than in the Arab world." Nakhoda Masjid, an impressive mosque, is a short walk away from the modest synagogue. ...

 

After being turned away by several landlords for months, Aftab Alam and his three friends, all of them doctors, finally found a place to rent in south Kolkata. Their elation, however, was short-lived. Soon after moving in, a neighbour told their landlord that they ought to be evicted, arguing, “Four Muslim men staying in a predominantly Hindu neighbourhood is problematic.”....

 

This is a time of unity and mutual love. A time when everyone should be in solidarity with the ones hit by disaster, the Imam says. “With that in mind, there were brothers from the Hindu religion to help clean the Masjids. And there were Muslims helping to clean the temples. That shows the unity of people. The message of this festival is to create oneness. And through the disaster, it’s happened. This unity should now last forever in our lives,” the Imam adds....

Prejudice, unfortunately, can be found in all corners of society, and spreads like a virus. It is often caused by a lack of knowledge and false interpretations, despite what Britain ultimately stands for, which is mutual respect, liberty and tolerance. But our lived reality shows that while there is hate and discrimination that certainly needs to be tackled, there is also huge compassion, cross-community understanding and shared values in our brilliant Britain....

 

Prophet’s Prohibition against Two Deens Has Been Mistranslated: Deen Means Religious Authority, Not Religion
The Economist

Chroniclers record the existence of a synod in a diocese called Beit Qatraye, near Jubail, in 676AD, more than 40 years after the Prophet’s death. Moreover, the peninsula’s six other countries all have churches. Qatar, which follows the same Wahhabi school of Islam as Saudi Arabia, let one be built a decade ago. Bahrain did so in 1906. This year it broke ground on Our Lady of Arabia, a new cathedral....

If believing in Jesus as a messenger of God implies believing in Christianity, then all believers in Islam are also Christians. Everyman knows the existence of a Supreme Being. But how to reach the Supreme Being is the problem. As for Muslims and Christians, the status of Jesus is basically the difference. No Muslim can claim true belief without believing in Jesus Christ who was one of the five “exalted” prophets of God. There is also the belief of Muslims in destiny which implies that the creation of Muslims and Christians to coexist in Nigeria by God is not a mistake....

 

Why Muslims Believe the Ten Commandments Are Very Islamic
Ejaz Naqvi

The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Torah-in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. It is important to point out that there are no universally accepted parallels in Islam to the Ten Commandments and this is but one view of a set of Commandments in the Qur’an. Just like the Hebrew Bible, the Qur’an does not limit the Commandments to ten. Like the Hebrew Bible, there are numerous additional Commandments that are spread throughout the Qur’an....

 

With the claims of marginalization by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria (SCSN), who are those in majority then in the Buhari-government? Maybe non-Muslims and non-Christians! Buhari is then vindicated. No citizen in Buhari’s government will claim to belong to any religion other than Islam and Christianity. On that note, the two bodies have, therefore, justified that Buhari is just, transparent and politically willed to take Nigeria to the Promised Land....

 

Our Faith in Hindu-Muslim Unity Only Strengthens When We See Allama Iqbal Calling Ram Imam-e-Hind
Mohammed Wajihuddin

Yes, mob lynching is abominable and institutionalized biases are worrisome but India is too strong to get split by such incidents. Didn’t we see recently how a man received flak from both Hindus and Muslims when he claimed on the social media that he refused to ride an OLA car he had booked because the driver was a Muslim? Our social bonding is not so brittle as to break so easily. Unless, of course, the people become complacent and the state remains a mute witness or become complicit in the acts of violent vigilantism....

The Laws of God Were Being Violated, Let Muslims and Jews Carry the Message of Peace to the People
Tariq A. Al-Maeena

“Rabbi, you say your name is Yosep?” I inquired. “Yes, like the Christians have Joseph,” he responded “Ah, like we have Yusuf among the Muslims. The same name except perhaps interpreted differently. Much like we all have the same God. So, you are a religious man, a man of the cloth so to speak, and whom we address as Sheikh in our country.”...

 

We Need To Listen Very Hard To the Average Muslim Neighbour, Not the Extremist Voice, To Acquire Knowledge about Each Other
Akbar Ahmed

Acquire knowledge and think for yourself. The first step for both Muslims and non-Muslims is to acquire knowledge about each other and be encouraged to think for themselves when considering items in the media, as we live in a world of fake news and false information. This suggestion follows the almost universal advice given to us in the field: to use our own common sense...

 

Jewish Mosul:  Iraq Is Aware Of the Power of Culture to Bring Back Hope and Peace
Seth Frantzman

From the ruins has emerged a vibrant desire by local residents to revive the city’s history, cultural life and diversity. Residents who suffered under ISIS rule, as well as returning refugees, want to bring a new energy to the city as a way of showcasing both the diversity of the past and a future that will never again surrender to the extremism of groups like ISIS....

 

Prophets and Saints like Muhammad, Jesus, Mary, Buddha or Rumi Belong to All Humanity, rather Than a Particular Religion or Ideology
Daliah Merzaban

Moments of insight like these remind me that journeying on the Sufi path puts me in direct contact not only with my living teachers, but with a lineage of saints, prophets and friends of God. In my own tradition of Mevlevi Sufism, rooted in the teachings of Maulana Rumi, I sometimes imagine the dialogue between Shams of Tabriz and Rumi happening within me....

Marvellous and Courageous Collaboration between Jewish and Muslim Communities during the Holocaust
John Elzufon

So intense was the Nazi preoccupation with killing Jews that towards the end of World War II, when German rail capacity was limited and Hitler had to choose between using trains to transport troops to fight to save his Third Reich or using trains to transport Jews to the death camps, Hitler chose to kill Jews...

 

His battles were not fought against other religions, but against those who had attacked and oppressed the young Islamic community. We could equally show other examples from history, which would include the Buddha going on missions to prevent war during his life, or Francis of Assisi setting out on a peace-building mission during the height of the crusades to speak with the Muslim leader Salahuddin Ayubi, better known in the West as Saladin.....

 
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