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NY: Jews, Muslims, Christians Help Katrina Victims

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NY: JEWS, MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS HELP KATRINA VICTIMS

After the five Muslims prayed during a break from gutting a house, after they went through their rituals and recitations, one of the Protestants said: "Point of information."

That's the phrase a group of University at Albany students took with them to New Orleans to signal they wanted to ask a question about religion. The students went for a week in February to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, but they also went as an interfaith group -- five Muslims, five Jews, 10 Protestants and 11 Roman Catholics -- to learn about each other's faith.

Discovering similarities became the theme of the week.

"We all believe in one God," says Shaun Bennett, a Jewish student from Westchester County. "The different religions have their prophets, and they all have their teachings and their writings. Sure, they have their differences, but everything is so closely related -- the Quran, the Bible, the Torah. It's all the same teaching, just different wording, different characters, different stories, different fables."

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4 April 2007
Jewish Christian And Muslim Sacred Texts Exhibition At BL

The British Library is proud to announce that HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, are the royal patrons of its forthcoming exhibition, Sacred: Discover what we share, which presents some of the world’s earliest-surviving, most important and beautiful religious texts from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths.

This groundbreaking exhibition is funded by donors representative of all three faiths, including the Coexist Foundation, The Moroccan British Society and Saint Catherine Foundation.

Rare and exquisite examples from the Library’s collections - considered to be one of the greatest in the world – will be presented alongside treasures on loan from other institutions. These include three Qur’ans from Morocco’s Royal Library in Marrakech, as well as other loans from its national collections.

Many of the lavishly illustrated or decorated books and manuscripts have never, or seldom, been on public display while others will be on show for the first time in the UK. Sacred also marks the first time that texts from these three faiths will have been displayed and explored together, side-by-side, in a major UK exhibition.

The exhibition offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the general public to see so many of the Library’s sacred texts showcased at the same time, with around 230 manuscripts, texts and other objects displayed in a unique and compelling modern context.


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Lecture explores Jesus’ role in Islam - Texas

Students packed into a standing-room only lecture hall Tuesday to attend the Muslim Student Association’s event “Jesus: What did he actually say?” featuring guest speaker Imam Siraj Wahaj.

“Our purpose tonight is not to argue or debate,” said Wahaj at the beginning of his lecture. “It is not to say that Christians are wrong or anything like that at all. Our purpose is to give the Islamic perspective of the great Jesus.”

Wahaj, a prominent Islamic activist, devoted much of his lecture emphasizing Jesus is well loved and respected in Islamic faith. Much of the information provided in the Bible as to the life of Jesus, Wahaj said, is mentioned in very similar terms in the Quran. Wahaj cited several references to Jesus and miracles he performed during his lifetime in the Quran that the Bible does not mention.

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German Imams, Priests in Joint Prayers

HAMBURG — German priests and imams reciprocated Friday, April 7, goodwill feelings with each group visiting the place of worship of the other and saying prayers jointly in a rare magnificent scene of Muslim-Christian fraternity.

"Our joint prayers today demonstrate the goodwill and reciprocal feelings," Pastor Kay Kraack told tentative Muslim audience at Hamburg Central Mosque.

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Organizers hoped bringing Shakir to OU would help create the necessary “dialogue that is critical to justice and peace and harmony, which all of us – every human being – wants,” said Barbara Boyd, director of outreach for the Religious Studies Program. She said she could not imagine a more difficult topic that is “near and dear to our humanity.”

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Shakir was the keynote speaker for the Islamic Alliance for Justice’s Religious Sensitivities and The First Amendment program. The program was birthed in November of 2006, when inflammatory cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad were published in a Danish newspaper, causing an uproar in the Islamic world.

“Muslims were justified in their distress over the matter in seeing their beloved Prophet degraded,” wrote Adeel Khan in a letter to the audience, “but the ungainly response of misguided riots and indiscriminate violence did little to help resolve the issue and in fact only further deteriorate between the Islamic world and West.” Khan, an OU student, is the president and founder of IAJ.

The IAJ is a predominantly Muslim student organization that aims to raise awareness and coordinate effective response to issues of global, social, economic, and political justice. The goal of the program is to “hold productive and intellectually-stimulating responses to confrontational situations and materials ... with an interfaith spirit which fosters the harmony so needed in today’s divided world.”

Along with the Religious Studies Program, The Muslim Students Association and The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Islamic Alliance for Justice brought Imam Zaid Shakir “as a voice for Oklahoma’s group of thoughtful individuals, both Muslim and non-Muslim, seeking to build bridges across islands of strained relations,” Khan wrote.

Shakir is among the most respected and influential Islamic scholars in the West. Born in Berkeley, Calif., he became a Muslim at the age of 20, while serving the United States Air Force. He received a bachelor’s degree in international relations at American University in Washington, D.C., and later earned a master’s degree in political science at Rutgers University. In 2001, he graduated from Syria’s prestigious Abu Noor University and he currently teaches Arabic, Islamic law, history and Islamic spirituality at Zaytuna Institute in California.
                  
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DC: CAIR Director Attends Interfaith Passover Seder

DC: CAIR DIRECTOR ATTENDS INTERFAITH PASSOVER SEDER

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/6/07) - CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad yesterday attended an interfaith Passover Seder hosted by the group Washington Area Jews for Jewish-Muslim Understanding. The fifth annual event was designed to observe Passover and to promote mutual understanding between Jews, Arab-Americans and American Muslims. Last year, the same event was hosted by a local mosque.

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CAIR-CA: Heal Islam-West Rift with Education

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CAIR-CA: MEND GROWING WEST-ISLAM RIFT BY READING, TAKING TRIPS ABROAD

With the rapid spread of misinformation on the Internet and TV, and the destructive conflict in the Middle East, no one can afford to ignore a widening cultural, religious and political divide between the West and Islam. ...

Unfortunately, people fear what they don't know. So, the key to bridging the cultural and religious gap between Muslim countries and the West is to facilitate discourse, support interaction and reject stereotyping. This will foster the right atmosphere to resolve the political grievances.

For starters, we should encourage tourism and student exchanges. Americans should break bread and sip tea with Muslims, and visit countries such as Turkey, Egypt and Morocco that are rich in cultural history. ...

Another effective tool in bridging the divide is good, old-fashioned reading. Read books by Rumi, Ibn Khaldun, Mark Twain and Maya Angelou. Read the Quran. Read the Bible. We should step out of our comfort zones and explore the world beyond our street corners. ...

In the Quran, God tells people, "O mankind! Lo! We have created you from a male and a female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Lo! The noblest of you, in the sight of God, is the best in conduct." (49:13)

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Muslims Build Bridges With US Elders

WASHINGTON —  As part of an unrelenting drive to reach out to all segments of society, American Muslims are building bridges with elders to remove misconceptions and show the true image of Islam.

"We want to show them that Muslims are peace loving and caring people," Shakil Ahmed, President of the Islamic Association of Cary, North Carolina, told IslamOnline.net.

The association is cooperating with the Elderhostel group to give its members the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Islam and interact with Muslims across the country.

The "Building Bridges to Islam" is a nationwide one-day program organized by Elderhostel, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing learning opportunities for people 55 and over.

It gives members the the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Islam and interact with Muslims across the country.

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US Students on Know Muslims Tour

Seeking common grounds that could repair damaged West-Islam ties, a group of curious American students toured nine Muslim countries, an eye-opener experience that changed some long-held misperceptions about ordinary Muslims, Christian Science Monitor reported on Thursday, April 19.

"Stereotypes I had that Muslims were ignorant of what was going on in the world, that they hated Americans were very much challenged," said Texan Hailey Woldt, a junior at Georgetown University in Washington.

The unprecedented trip was organized and led by Akbar Ahmed, an anthropologist on contemporary Islam at the American University in Washington.

The students, a Muslim and three non-Muslims, visited Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Qatar, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and finally Egypt.

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CAIR-Tampa: Catholic Leader Visits Burned FL Mosque

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CAIR-FL: MUSLIM COMMUNITY GETS SUPPORT FROM CATHOLIC CHURCH

Tampa – The Muslim community of Tampa is getting support from the Catholic Church.

Almost 2-weeks ago, someone set fire to the Islamic Education Center of Tampa on Rockpointe Drive. The fire caused more than $100,000 in damage. The FBI is investigating the case as a possible hate crime.

Sunday, a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops toured the burned out mosque, denouncing the crime. Rev. Francis Tiso called his stop, a sign of solidarity.

Rev. Francis Tiso, Catholic Church:

“It gives me a perfect opportunity to visit and express solidarity with the Muslim community here and to let people know that the Catholic Church is standing with any house of worship that is being damaged, burned, smeared with graffiti or anything like that.”

The Executive Director of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says the mosque will be rebuilt, but it could take 18 months or longer for that to happen.

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Exchanging Cultures

Muslim students build bridges in America

By CHERIL VERNON
The Palestine Herald

PALESTINE — One could say that life is about relationships, learning to understand one another.

In a post-9/11 world, understanding doesn’t always come automatically — it takes time, patience and learning.

Since 2003, the Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, has brought young people aged 16 to 18 from countries with a significant Muslim population to live with American families and attend high school for an academic year or semester. The exchange students learn about American society and values while helping to educate others about the customs and culture of their homelands. Only a small number of students are chosen for the program each year.

Through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) exchange student program, four Muslim teens are currently staying with local host families. This includes Palestine High School students A.B. Nour, 16, of Jordan, and Leila Younes, 16, of Lebanon, and Westwood High School students Nomi Rao, 16, of Pakistan, and Sasha Mani, 17, of Tunisia, Africa. The students arrived Aug. 13, 2006 to start the 2006-07 school year.

“There is a lot of fear about Muslims here in the United States and I think it is important to see that these students are normal teenage kids,” CIEE local coordinator Cindy Westley said. “They are here to learn about our culture. They are all living in Christian homes, and they are all active in church and the community.”

As part of the program, the students are required to do 16 hours of community service.

“They have all gone over that and two of them have been helping with Relay for Life,” Westley said.

Nour said it took a little while for people at school to get acquainted with them.

“When we first came, people questioned us and some were afraid to talk to us,” Nour said. “But now they see we are like the other students and we haven’t had any problems.”

Nour is from Jordan where 96 percent of the population are Muslim and the other 4 percent are Christian.

“I’ve been learning a lot about Christianity. Before I came here, I thought Jesus was a Prophet,” Nour said. While here, a local church presented Nour with his own Bible.

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CAIR-PA: High School Students Visit Mosque

CAIR-PA: CONESTOGA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS VISIT UPPER DARBY MOSQUE

(PHILADELPHIA, PA, 4/30/07) - The Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA) recently participated in a presentation about Islam and Muslims to Conestoga High School students at Masjid al-Madinah in Upper Darby, Pa.

"Visits by American high school students to local mosques are part of the outreach efforts organized by Muslims through their mosques in the Delaware Valley. The visits provide an insight to Pennsylvania students about their neighbors' faith traditions," said CAIR-PA Board member Mohammad Abdul-Aziz.

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Understanding Islam
 
A very positive, brief introduction to Islam written for a Christian audience by Orthodox priest, Father Theodore Pulcini.
 
On their course evaluation forms, two students in my "Introduction to Islamic Civilization" wrote remarks that I found especially gratifying.
 
The first wrote, "When I signed up for this course, I had nothing but disdain for Muslims; now I am actually able to see the beauty of their religion."
 
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