Browsing All Posts filed under »Positive Relations«

What role for Sharia in the West?

February 10, 2008


Feb 9th 2008 From STEEPED in a culture of emollience, gentility and the avoidance of hard arguments, England¹s established Church has little knowledge of how to handle public opinion when it suddenly finds itself in the eye of a gigantic storm. And, for better or worse, the country¹s politically-active Muslims are capable of showing […]

Good Samaritan 101–Americans helping Iraqi Children

January 17, 2008


Rescuing a little Iraqi boy who needed drastic medical help Day to day Americans are among the most philanthropically minded and generous people on earth. Please click here to watch the story of an American soldier who worked very hard to help a little Iraqi boy who was in dire need of help: the child […]

Islam urges neighborly relations and feeding the hungry

January 2, 2008


 Rafik Beekun  Statistics on Poverty and Inequality from The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) reported in 1998 that the world’s 225 richest people now have a combined wealth of $1 trillion. That’s equal to the combined annual income of the world’s 2.5 billion poorests people. The wealth of the three most well-to-do individuals now […]

Muslims Against Anti-Semitism: Ways to Promote Common Values

December 30, 2007


by Tariq Ramadan Mosque. Photo/Horst Rutsch The situation in our societies is becoming more and more difficult insofar as the increasing public expression of anti-Semitism and racism. We all know—Governments, official institutions, as well as citizens—that if we remain passive, the situation will worsen and drive us towards a new troubled era of racist and […]

Merry Christmas to All Our Christian Neighbors

December 25, 2007


Muslim scholars send Christmas greetings, accept dialogue invitation By John Thavis Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — An international group of Muslim scholars has accepted an invitation from Pope Benedict XVI for a major dialogue session at the Vatican.Meanwhile, the group has issued a message of Christmas greeting to “our Christian neighbors all over […]

In the U.S., Jews and Muslims Set Up Big Interfaith Effort

December 16, 2007


By Michelle Boorstein Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, December 16, 2007; A09 Two major Jewish and Muslim organizations unveiled an interfaith dialogue curriculum yesterday and are urging their hundreds of thousands of members to use it. Both sides say it is the broadest Jewish-Muslim interfaith effort in the continent’s history. Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president […]

Hassan Askari, Muslim Hero, attends Hanukkah Celebration

December 15, 2007


Hassan Askari, the Muslim who defended Walter Adler, a Jewish man who was being attacked by a gang of ten on the New York City subway, was invited to and attended a Hanukkah celebration with Walter. Congratulations to both Hassan and Walter. God Willing, may all of us be like Hassan and Walter. Peace on […]

Good Samaritan 101: Muslim helps Jew Attacked on New York Subway

December 12, 2007

1  The New York Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating Friday’s incident on the Q train.  Friday’s altercation on the Q train began when somebody yelled out “Merry Christmas,” to which rider Walter Adler responded, “Happy Hanukkah,” said Toba Hellerstein. “Almost immediately, you see the look in this guy’s face like I’ve called […]

A Muslim-Christian handshake

December 7, 2007


 Christian Science Monitor An unprecedented outreach from top Islamic leaders to Christians is meeting a positive response. This budding dialogue has the potential to correct misunderstandings and foster trust among each faith’s followers – which the world sorely needs. The overture began in October with a letter from 138 Muslim clerics and scholars addressed to […]

Fatwa from Fiqh Council of North America Against Terrorism

December 2, 2007


Fiqh Council of North America and ISNA In the spirit of this Season of Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday, the Fiqh Council of North America states its unequivocal and unqualified condemnation of the destruction and violence committed against innocent men and women. This condemnation of violence is deeply rooted in true Islamic values based on […]

Partnership of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Americans who oppose terrorism

December 2, 2007


11/30/2007 1:00:00 PM NPC Luncheon with Fmr. Washington Archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Fmr. Archbishop of Washington is the main speaker on the topic “Partnership of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Americans who oppose terrorism.” Other speakers include: Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society; Right Reverend Samuel Lloyd, Dean of the Washington, DC […]

Please pray for rain to help the fire victims in California

October 23, 2007


CAIR urged American mosques to offer special Islamic prayers, called Salatul Istisqa (sal-AT-al-istis-KA), which the Prophet Muhammad traditionally offered during times of drought. In Salatul Istisqa, the Prophet would offer supplications such as: “O God, give us rain that will replenish us, abundant, fertilizing and profitable, not injurious. Grant it now without delay…Send down rain […]

Jewish Voice for Peace against Intolerance and Islamophobia

October 20, 2007


No to intolerance and Islamophobia!  On October 22-26 the so-called Terrorism Awareness Project, will send extremist speakers to campuses across the country to spread a message of intolerance and Islamophobia, in a campaign billed as “the biggest conservative campus protest ever.” The list of speakers include: Ann Coulter Robert Spencer Rick Santorum  David Horowitz   These and […]

My Islam: Freedom and Responsibility

October 19, 2007


Dr. Ingrid Mattson  Muslims in America today seem to have lost the right to be individuals. We are treated as a collectivity – responsible as a group for any crime committed by another Muslim or done in the name of Islam. Shortly after 9/11, I wrote an article stating that Muslims have the greatest obligation […]

Muslim Leaders Send Peace Message

October 16, 2007


 Time Magazine It is time that Muslims and Christians recognized just how similar they are — the fate of the world depends on it. That’s the message being sent out today by 138 Muslim leaders and scholars in an open letter to their Christian counterparts saying that world peace hinges on greater understanding between the […]

Empire State Building Lit Up Green to Celebrate Eid

October 16, 2007


NEW YORK (AFP) – New York’s iconic Empire State Building was lit up green from Friday in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid, the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar marking the end of Ramadan, officials said. “This is the first time that the Empire State Building will be illuminated for Eid, and the […]

U.S. Postal Service reissues Eid Stamp: Please support it by purchasing and using it.

October 7, 2007


< WASHINGTON, DC — On September 28, 2007, the U.S. Postal Service reissued the Eid stamp in the Holiday Celebrations series. First issued in 2001, the stamp commemorates the two most important festivals in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. On these days, Muslims wish each other “eid mubarak,” the phrase featured in […]

US CONGRESS passes Ramadan bill

October 3, 2007


This is HISTORIC for American- Muslims and Muslims around the world. This is the first time in history that the United States Congress will commemorate and recognize the month of Ramadan as the Islamic holy month. The language from the bill text is below for your viewing. The Congress passed the resolution with 376 voting yes, […]

Ye Hum Naheen: Muslim-to-Muslim Video against Terrorism

September 29, 2007


Yeh Hum Naheen has become a truly unprecedented musical movement. Featuring the vocal talents of some of Pakistans biggest music artists, including Haroon, Ali Haider, Ali Zafar, Shufqat, Strings, Shuja Haider and Hadiqa Kiani, uniting to sing out the message the world needs to hear. Written by Ali Moeen, Pakistans foremost lyricist, with music composed […]

A Ramadan Letter to Osama bin Laden

September 18, 2007


 Sheikh Salman al-Oadah, Sheikh Salman b. Fahd al-Oadah, the general supervisor of, delivered the following address to Osama bin Laden live on NBC television on 14 September, 2007, which corresponds to the second say of Ramadan in Saudi Arabia: Brother Osama:How much blood has been spilled? How many innocent children, women, and old […]

Doctors should not eat in front of Muslims during Ramadan

September 14, 2007


by Joanna Sugden Doctors and nurses in Scotland should refrain from eating in front of their Muslim patients and colleagues during the month of Ramadan according to the Scottish NHS. Staff in hospitals north of the border were advised by the Scottish Executive and the Scottish NHS to avoid “working lunches” and to move food […]

Blessed Ramadan and Happy Rosh Hashanah

September 13, 2007


We wish a blessed Ramadan to all Muslims. We wish a happy Rosh Hashanah to all Jews.

How a Muslim Billionaire Thrives in Hindu India

September 11, 2007


By YAROSLAV TROFIMOV September 11, 2007; Page A1, Wall Street Journal BANGALORE, India — The world’s richest Muslim entrepreneur defies conventional wisdom about Islamic tycoons: He doesn’t hail from the Persian Gulf, he didn’t make his money in petroleum, and he definitely doesn’t wear his faith on his sleeve. A native of Mumbai, Azim Premji […]

Turkey is vital to Europe’s future

September 6, 2007


The Daily Telegraph (LONDON)David MilibandSECTION: FEATURES; Comment; Pg. 20 In the 20th century, Britain’s national security came under threat from hostile nations. Today, the threat is from terrorist groups, such as al-Qa’eda, operating within failed states, seeking to fracture the world along religious lines. The response by the police and the Army, at home and […]

Islam, the American way

September 3, 2007


The Economist Aug 30th 2007 Why the United States is fairer to Muslims than “Eurabia” is IN PITTSBURGH, a Turkish group, pious but peaceful, decides to rethink its plans for an Islamic centre after an angry public hearing. In Clitheroe, a town in northern England, a plan to turn an ex-church into a mosque wins […]

The Prophet of Moderation: Tariq Ramadan’s Quest to Reclaim Islam

August 19, 2007


By JONATHAN LAURENCE The New York Times June 18, 2007 Source; Foreign Affairs In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons From the Life of Muhammad. Tariq Ramadan. Oxford University Press, 2007, 242 pp. $23.00. Most Westerners have a pretty clear idea of what comes to the mind of a Danish cartoonist when he imagines the […]

Along a Brooklyn avenue, a melting pot — and peace;

August 15, 2007


Rick Hampson USA Today NEW YORK — What is it about Coney Island Avenue? That’s what Brooklyn College sociologist Jerry Krase wonders as he rides the B68 bus along this 5-mile commercial strip, which is populated at various stops by pockets of West Indians, Latinos, Pakistanis, Indians, Orthodox Jews, Chinese, Russians, Israelis and Ukrainians. How […]

America was built on diversity. The same is true of Islam.

July 26, 2007


By Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy Khan Newsweek, July 30, 2007 INTERNATIONAL section; Guest Column; Pg. 32 U.S. Edition It’s strange that the United States and the Muslim world so often seem to be in conflict. The more you know about America’s basic ideals and those of classical Islam, the more similarities you see. […]

Muslims must hold fast to flexibility in their tradition

July 24, 2007


Sheikh Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt Irish Times, July 24, 2007 Almost two years ago the citizens of London were victims of a great atrocity. Those who perpetrated those crimes would like you to believe that they were inspired by the religion of Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is nothing […]

Diverse Muslim identity must replace the stereotypes

July 21, 2007


Niall Crowley, The Irish Times, Opinion Section, July 21, 2007, p. 15 Reducing all Muslim people to a singular, all-encompassing unit justifies inequality and discrimination and does not serve the emergence of an integrated society, writes Niall Crowley. A man stands up in a Dublin bus, points at an Irish Muslim girl and shouts “terrorist”. […]

Good Samaritan 101: Jews come to the help of Muslims in building new mosque

July 16, 2007


By Tim Townsend ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH A FAMILIAR STORY IN THE 1950s • Temple Israel bought land in Creve Coeur. The city amended its zoning to block the temple’s efforts to build. The case went to the Missouri Supreme Court, and Temple Israel prevailed. NOW • In Lemay, the Islamic Community Center bought 4.7 acres […]

Good Samaritan 101: Dr. Jessica Stern’s Speech on Double Standards Among Terror Critics

July 12, 2007


 Source: Heather Robinson from the New York Sun A lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government claims there is a double standard by which Muslim clerics are criticized for not condemning Islamist terrorism when “rabbis are not condemning the violent settlers’ movement.” Jessica Stern‘s lecture and those of other participants sought to […]

University of Michigan-Dearborn Installs Footbaths for Muslim Students

June 6, 2007


Source: Detroit Free Press and In order to accommodate its growing Muslim student population, the University of Michigan-Dearborn plans to install footbaths in its restrooms, officials said Monday. The move comes after an increasing number of students were found washing their feet in restroom sinks before prayers. Islamic tradition requires Muslims to wash their […]

Islam Is Against All Forms of Terrorism and Extremism

June 2, 2007


Source: ISNA Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Extremism Task Force Against Terrorism and Religious Extremism: Muslim Position and Responsibilities I. Our Position on Terrorism Humanity lives today in an interdependent and interconnected world where peaceful and fair interaction, including interfaith and intra-faith dialogue, is imperative. A grave threat to all of us nowadays is the scourge of religious […]

Marketing to Muslims in the USA

May 2, 2007


Source: New York Times Louise Story… [Read more…] Grocers and consumer product companies are considering ways to adapt their goods to Muslim rules, which forbid among other things, gelatin and pig fat, which is often used in cosmetics and cleaning products. Retailers are looking into providing more conservative skirts, even during the summer months, and mainstream […]

Good Samaritan 101–Jews and Israelis Seeking to Help Palestinian Trade

April 10, 2007


Source: BIG April 2, 2007 The latest report of the International Development Select Committee regarding the Occupied Palestinian Territories (31 January 2007) makes for very distressing reading. In its section on trade, it refers to the ongoing restrictions in movements and access faced by the OPT, citing an OXFAM report which points out “that transaction […]

Finland Issues A Stamp Commemorating Ahmad Deedat

April 4, 2007


A Short Biography of Sheikh Ahmed Deedat Sheikh Ahmed Hoosen Deedat was born on the 01 July 1918 in the Surat district of India in 1918. His father emigrated to South Africa in 1927 with him. Ahmed Deedat was a very bright student and excelled in school. Lack of finance interrupted his schooling and at […]

Target Stores Offer Muslim Employees Acceptable Alternatives

March 20, 2007


Steve Karnowski, Associated Press, 3/19/07 Muslim cashiers at some Minneapolis Target stores who object to ringing up products that contain pork are being shifted to other positions where they don’t need to, the discount retailer said Saturday. The Star Tribune reported last week that some Muslim cashiers at local Targets had declined to scan pork […]

Muslims Look To Athletes As Faith Ambassadors

March 19, 2007


By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service… [Read more…] “It can be a struggle growing up Muslim in America,” said Saleem, whose family emigrated from Pakistan shortly before he was born. “So when you see other Muslims doing and succeeding at the sports you love, that can’t help but give you a lift.” In their primes, Ali […]

Interfaith Group Breaks Down the Wall of ‘Islamophobia’

February 26, 2007


By: NICOLE SACK – Staff Writer TEMECULA —- When U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison was sworn in as the first Muslim member of Congress in January, the Minnesota Democrat took his oath of office on a copy of the Quran that had belonged to the author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the […]

New BBC Poll Finds Significant Middle Ground between Islam and The West

February 19, 2007


VIEWS OF RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MUSLIM AND WESTERN CULTURES Can find common ground Violent conflict inevitable France 69% 23% Germany 49% 39% Great Britain 77% 15% India 35% 24% Indonesia 40% 51% Italy 78% 14% Kenya 46% 35% Lebanon 68% 26% Nigeria 53% 37% Turkey 49% 29% US 64% 31% By Roger Hardy BBC Islamic affairs […]

US Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison shakes the hand of Virgil Goode

January 5, 2007


In spite of Islamophobic attacks by Congressman Goode on him, Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the US Congress, went to shake his hands during the inauguration ceremony. Goode’s back is towards the camera. Congressman Ellison’s behavior models that of the Prophet (s) who asked how the woman who had been putting trash on […]

Good Samaritan 101: Rabbis for Human Rights

December 31, 2006


This video highlights the strong emphasis on social and economic justice in Judaism, and the courageous work being done by Rabbis for Human Rights to safeguard the human and economic rights of all, including Palestinians, within Israel.

Tolerance towards others (Part 1)

December 27, 2006


From Rafik Beekun:  The following hadith is narrated by Abdur Rahman bin Abi Laila in Sahih Bukhari, volume 2, hadith 399: Sahl bin Hunaif and Qais bin Sad were sitting in the city of Al-Qadisiya. A funeral procession passed in front of them and they stood up. They were told that funeral procession was of […]

Good Samaritan 101: Two US Lawmakers defend Keith Ellison and American Muslims

December 21, 2006


One US Congressman nd one US Senator have come to the aid of the first Muslim elected to Congress, Keith Ellison. Here are their letters defending Congressman Ellison and American Muslims in general: Rep. Honda’s Letter to Rep. Goode - 12/21/06 Dear Congressman Goode: I was surprised and offended to hear about a constituent letter […]

Yusuf Islam sings “Peace Train” again

December 4, 2006


A wonderful new version of “Peace Train” sung by Yusuf Islam according to Islamic parameters regarding music, and by the Grace of Allah, he is as moving as ever.

Good Samaritan 101: Harper Community College accommodates Muslim Students

December 4, 2006


1. In October 2005, an art exhibit that included photographs of nude Muslim women wearing only a head covering was taken down just hours after opening for public viewing at Harper College in Palatine. Administrators were opposed to the nudity in the art display and said the artist, Amir Normandi, misled them. “The artist misrepresented […]


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