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German Mosques Build Bridges

BERLIN — An annual Muslim campaign to open mosques for non-Muslim visitors is drawing more curious Germans, particularly as it falls this year during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

"I wanted my five-year-old kid to get answers for his questions about different faiths," said Kirstin, who took her son Anton on a tour of a Berlin mosque on Wednesday, October 3, as part of the Open Mosque Day.

Accompanied by Muslim guides Pinar Cetin and her husband Ender, a group of 100 non-Muslim visitors toured the mosque, asking questions about the Islamic faith and how Muslims practice their rituals.

Organized by the umbrella Coordination Council of Muslims in Germany (KRM), nearly 2,000 mosques and prayer halls took part in the Day this year.

Shows and exhibitions have been organized by Muslim organizations to promote the "Mosques…Bridges for Common Future" annual event.

Groups of Muslim guides were also formed to answer questions by curious visitors and make presentations when needed.

"The Open Mosque shows that Muslims are part and parcel of society," says Bekir Alboga, a spokesman for KRM.

Launched in 1997, the Day usually draws thousands of non-Muslim visitors every year.

The curious visitors ask questions about Islam, Islamic teachings and how Muslims practice their faith.

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White House Iftar for Muslims

US President George W. Bush and top officials hosted Thursday, October 3, an iftar banquet at the White House for a galaxy of Muslim minority leaders and Muslim ambassadors to the United States.

"Tonight we celebrate traditions of Islamic faith, which brings hope and comfort to more than a billion people," Bush told nearly 90 guests at the iftar banquet in the State Dinning Room.

Ramadan "is a time for charity and service to those less fortunate. It's a time to celebrate Islam's learned and vibrant culture, which has enriched civilization for centuries," Bush added.

The iftar was attended by Muslim minority leaders and ambassadors as well as First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Cherto.

A sundry of US Muslim women who have contributed to the United States' science, education, arts, and culture were also present.

"Ramadan is also a good time for Americans of all faiths to reflect on the values we hold in common -- including love of family, gratitude to the Almighty, devotion to community, and a commitment to religious liberty," said Bush.

"Let us celebrate the millions of Muslims that we are proud to call American citizens. And let us honor the many Muslim nations that America is proud to call friends. We wish you a blessed Ramadan."

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WASHINGTON DC INTERFAITH FAST EVENTS

On October 8, as Muslims celebrate the "Night of Power," the holiest night in Ramadan, in small and large communities around our nation, people of faith will join with the Muslim community in fasting.  Leaders of many religious traditions have joined together to call their communities to fast under the theme "from conquest to community, from violence to reverence.”

Events in Washington DC will serve as anchors to the nationwide fasts.  On the night of Sunday, October 7, religious leaders will come together at Medina Center, 9426 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Md. from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Some religious leaders will begin the time of fasting and prayer following that meal and continue through the following day while others will fast from sunup to sundown on October 8.

On the evening of Monday the 8th, religious leaders will again gather at the ADAMS Center, 46903 Sugarland Road, Sterling, VA 20164 to break the fast together from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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250 Attend CAIR-Cincinnati Interfaith Iftar
 
(CINCINNATI, OH, 10/8/07) – More than 250 people of different faiths turned out on Sunday for the CAIR-Ohio, Cincinnati chapter third annual “Sharing Ramadan" iftar, or fast-breaking meal, held at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

Members of the American Muslim community, Muslim community leaders, interfaith leaders, members of law enforcement, representatives of peace and justice groups and elected officials took part in the event.

Speakers at the iftar dinner included Jeanne Smith of the Wesley Foundation, Rabbi Gary Zola of the Hebrew Union College and Ernest Britton of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Each speaker expressed appreciation for benefits Ramadan brings to Ohio's Muslim families as well as the value of the interfaith gathering.

“American Muslims have a duty to reach out to their neighbors of all faiths to build bridges of understanding," said CAIR-Cincinnati Director Karen Dabdoub. “This event provided an opportunity for Ohioans from all walks of life to share a meal together.”

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Archbishop's response to A Common Word

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, today received a copy of a key letter from Muslim scholars and religious leaders addressed to Christian religious leaders.

Dr Anas S. Al-Shaikh-Ali, Chair of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, and one of the signatories to the letter, presented it to the Archbishop at Lambeth Palace.

The Archbishop welcomed the letter as a clear reaffirmation of the potential for further development of existing dialogue and common action between Christians and Muslims and other faith communities:

“The theological basis of the letter and and its call to “vie with each other only in righteousness and good works; to respect each other, be fair, just and kind to another and live in sincere peace, harmony and mutual goodwill”, are indicative of the kind of relationship for which we yearn in all parts of the world, and especially where Christians and Muslims live together. It is particularly important in underlining the need for respect towards minorities in contexts where either Islam or Christianity is the majority presence."

The Archbishop said that the letter’s emphasis on the fundamental importance of belief in the unity of God and love of neighbour is welcome. He said ”the letter rightly makes it clear that these are scriptural foundations equally for Jews, Christians, and for Muslims, and are the basis for justice and peace in the world.

Dr Williams continued:

“There is much here to study and to build on. The letter’s understanding of the unity of God provides an opportunity for Christians and Muslims to explore together their distinctive understandings and the ways in which these mould and shape our lives. The call to respect, peace and goodwill should now be taken up by Christians and Muslims at all levels and in all countries and I shall endeavour in this country and internationally, to do my part in working for the righteousness which this letter proclaims as our common goal."

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CAIR-LA, FOX Co-Host ‘Hollywood 101’ Workshop

(LOS ANGELES, CA, 10/8/07) - The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) and FOX Television recently co-hosted a "Hollywood 101" workshop and studio tour to introduce aspiring Muslim writers, directors and actors to the entertainment industry. The event, held at FOX Studios in Century City, was also designed to help promote a positive change in Hollywood's portrayal of Muslims and Arabs.

Those taking part in the event included students and entry-level professionals hoping to build contacts in the industry and seeking tips on advancing their careers. Participants were given a tour of the studio lot, a presentation on FOX internships and a one-hour interactive seminar featuring five industry professionals.

One participant, Nadia Afghani, said the unique event introduced her to the possibilities awaiting Muslim artists in the entertainment industry. "The CAIR Hollywood 101 seminar was phenomenal...I walked away that day feeling inspired, motivated, and hopeful for the Muslim (community)," said Afghani.

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Major initiative launched on understanding Islam in US

Acclaimed scholar Akbar S Ahmed, taking part in the launch of a major initiative on understanding Islam in the United States, has emphasized that dialogue and understanding between the Muslim world and the West provide the only way out of current turmoil affecting the globe. “Now more than ever, it is imperative for the West and the Muslim world to talk to and understand each other. The only way forward is to forge a path of dialogue, understanding and mutual respect,” he stated.

He was speaking at Washington’s National Press Club at an event where a leading American provider of quality interactive online education, Jones Knowledge Group introduced a new course ‘Understanding Islam’, which addresses the misperceptions, apprehension and lack of knowledge about the Islamic faith.

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UK Jews, Muslims Fight Drugs

British Muslims and Jewish community leaders are joining hands in a first-of-a-kind interfaith service aimed at counseling drugs addicts and breaking a culture of silence on additions in both communities, The Guardian reported on Wednesday, October 24.

"We'd like to expand into other communities and offer support in more languages at different times," said Christina Ball, operations director at the addiction support charity Drugsline.

Muslim community leaders in the east London Borough of Redbridge are working with the Jewish-run charity to fight drugs addiction.

The Joining the Loop partnership was established in April between Drugsline - whose director is Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin - and Imam Haroon Rashid Patel, from the local Muslim alcohol and drugs voluntary organization QALB.

The idea came after a recent report on drug use in Redbridge Muslim community by the League of British Muslims, a national organization that supports Muslim-led voluntary and community organizations across the UK.

"The findings were very much what Rabbi Sufrin had found in his community," noted Ball.

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US Town Sponsors `Eid Gala

CARY, North Carolina — Two weeks later, the town of Cary in North Carolina state sponsored the first-of–a-kind festival to mark `Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, in an effort to bring closer faith communities.

"This event is part of our effort to build bridges between people from various faith and cultural backgrounds," Lyman Collins, Representative of the Town of Cary, told IslamOnline.net.

"By sharing their rich cultural heritages, Muslims are contributing in promoting a message of tolerance, acceptance, and living in harmony with the rest of society."

The "Festival of Feast" was organized on Sunday, October 28, to celebrate the Muslim religious holiday, which actually fell in the US on Saturday, October 13.

People from around the southern state came to join the carnival at the main soccer square in the town. 

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KY: 'Children of Abraham' Gather for Interfaith Thanksgiving

They chanted prayers in English, Hebrew, Arabic and Latin. They read from their scriptures and shared a Middle Eastern meal.

The format has changed little in the more than a dozen years that organizers have held the "Children of Abraham" thanksgiving gathering, named in honor of the patriarch that Christians, Jews and Muslims all honor.
 
Last night's service drew about 100 people to James Lees Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clifton.

Organizers said it's precisely because interfaith relations are so delicate -- both locally and globally -- that they have stayed with a tried-and-true format.

"We have altered these services very little since its inception, yet we are painfully aware that in these same years we have witnessed terrible violence and tragic loss of life, enmity and discord," G.A. Shareef, a Muslim, said at the service. "Though the causes are many, sadly, religious threads run through our tragedies."

Rabbi Stanley Miles of Temple Shalom added: "We all are, as people of faith … children of the same God and our brothers' and sisters' keepers."

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St Anne’s College Oxford University October 29, 2007

Lecture by Mohamed H. Hikal (Famous Egyptian Writer)

There is no such thing as a clash of civilisations.

History offers ample testimony to the existence of a single human civilisation to which all cultures have added during times of their own fecundity and from which all cultures have drawn in times of drought

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Humanity Never Achieved Global Consensus on Anything Other Than:

A Love for the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth 

Which is the Core of All Religions

Lets Confirm it Now

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The New Testament, The Old Testament & The Qurán

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Toledo mosque welcomes guests to its new home

Members of the Masjid Saad are inviting the community to check out their new home in Sylvania with an open house Nov. 10.

But the Muslims who worship at the mosque or who study at the Toledo Islamic Academy, located on the same West Alexis Road property, have already gotten to know many of their neighbors - one positive outcome of a very negative incident.

On Sept. 20, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and shortly after the TIA opened for the new school year in its new facility, vandals spray-painted swastikas on the school's entry doors and on eight trees, and painted a "White Power" slogan on a truck in the parking lot.

In an outreach to the community, Masjid Saad held a free dinner two nights later and received words of support and encouragement from many Toledo-area officials and residents. Among them was U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), who visited the mosque and said, "We wrap our arms around you today."

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Studying Islam for a more peaceful world

Today, the Graduate Theological Union will open a Center for Islamic Studies in Berkeley that will focus on Islam as a living world religion in a setting that includes the study of Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and other religious traditions.

The center will build an academic platform to help scholars and students of many faiths understand Islam as a world religion with a theology of pluralism and rich scholarly traditions. It also will sponsor conferences to build bridges across religions and cultures, and it will serve as a community liaison with Bay Area Muslims. In all of these activities, it will offer students and the larger community the opportunity to face differences and cooperate so even those who strongly disagree on issues might find enough common ground and a safe space to work together on projects for the common good.

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