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America’s Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow

WASHINGTON -- They are young, enlightened, outspoken and determined to change the face of Islam in America and the world.

"We are the next generation of Muslims," Rushda Majeed, director of the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow group (MLT), told IslamOnline.net.

The MLT was launched in 2004 by a group of young, civic-minded Muslims who championed a revolutionary network.

Majeed, who grew up in Northern India, said the founders wanted to address the vacuum of leadership among Muslim communities whether in the US or Europe.

"The aim was to cultivate the next generation of Muslim leaders."

She believes they are not filling the vacuum of Muslim leadership per se, but rather making such leadership visible.

"We do have community activists working in all fields of life. But people do not know much about Muslim leaders and community activists. What the MLT is trying to do is to make sure people know about them."

The MLT gradually expanded and is now a global program and a grassroots movement that groups hundreds of Muslims from across the world.

Its second conference was held in Copenhagen in 2006 with the participation of some 175 Muslims from more than 25 countries.

"In 2009 when we held the third conference in Doha, Qatar, we decided to make the program truly global," said Majeed.

Today the MLT is the biggest group of its kind, with some 250 members from 70 countries.

"We have all groups with diverse ideologies, and different cultural and professional backgrounds," she noted.

All MLT branches work to create a platform for informed, collective and sustainable action true to the diversity and advancement of the Muslim Ummah.

"The MLT is very value-based, and we ask the members to subscribe to six core values of Islam: freedom, justice, pluralism, intellectual development, creativity and leadership," asserted Majeed, saying they welcome Muslims aged 20-45 who commit to these values

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MLT’s focus in the US is not only to create Muslim leaders but to build bridges between their community and the bigger society.

"The biggest challenge is to build bridges between ordinary Americans and Muslims," said Majeed, who graduated with a Masters in International Relations from Columbia University. ...

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UK Churches Fight Islamophobia, Racism

Defying rightists speaking in the Christian voice against Islam, a major British church has set up a new project to fight racism and anti-Muslim sentiments in Britain.

“The root of the project is the recent relative success of the BNP [British National Party] and the English Defence League,” the Rev Vernon Marsh, chairman of the Sheffield Methodist District, told The Times on Saturday, February 27.

The BNP, a far-right and whites-only political party, is notorious for attacks against immigrants and British Muslims, estimated at nearly two millions.

The EDL is also playing anti-Muslim rhetoric to draw support in Britain, leaving Muslims at the focus of unprovoked attacks by rightists.

“There is a high percentage of the Muslim population in our part of the world, and because the BNP is specifically targeting Islam they try and take the right of speaking as a Christian voice against Islam,” said Marsh.

“But as Christians we live in a multi-cultural, multi-faith part of the world and we enjoy good relationships with other faiths and want to build on these relationships and work together against those who won’t do that.”

The project, set up by the church in partnership with the Methodist district of Sheffield, aims to challenge racism and bring together groups that don’t ordinarily mix.

“A lot of the work to be done is in communications, to try over time to get good stories into the media,” he said.

“We also want to create faith spaces where people can talk about the things that attract them to parties like these.”

He said the project also aims to delve into the root causes pushing people to the far-right parties.

“We know it is affected by what is happening economically and by messages in the media. But its no good berating people without talking to them,” he said.

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The church project also eyes support of British Muslims to stand up against rightists ...

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Ireland Hails Muslim Contributions

Ireland’s President Mary McAleese has praised Muslim students' contributions to Irish society and economy, saying they are good ambassadors for the Islamic faith, The Irish Times reported Saturday, February 27.

“It is important to acknowledge here the very positive contribution that Islamic students make to Irish society and to our economy,” McAleese said late Friday at a ceremony marking the end of the Islamic Awareness Week at the Royal College of Surgeons.

She said studies and scientific researches by Muslim students have largely enriched Ireland.

“They are helping to advance the frontiers of science, medicine and research," she said.

"It is their encouraging experience of Ireland that helps our higher education institutions compete for students and recognition in this globalized world.”

Irish universities and educational institutions are favorite destinations for Muslims students, particularly from Gulf and Asian countries.

Every year, Muslim students associations organize an Islam Awareness Week at universities to raise awareness about Islam and Muslims.

“(This event) plays an important part in educating our society about itself and its members," McAleese said.

"The spirit of this week is the path to understanding and I hope that as the week comes to a close more and more people will have joined the journey of mutual understanding which is so essential for the development of a tolerant, peaceful, safe and nurturing society.”

Ireland is home to some 50,000 Muslims, making up about 1 percent of the total population.

“Ireland’s Muslim population, though still relatively small, has been augmented by inward migration and by a large international student population," said McAleese.

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The Irish President also extolled the Muslim students’ role in promoting the values of coexistence and respect of the other.

“The Islamic and Muslim Student Societies are very active in colleges across the country, promoting awareness and fostering relationships across different cultures," said McAleese.

“That investment, which I hope is matched by a curiosity and a welcome from those who know little about Islam, is essential if we are to fully live our claim to be a place of many traditions.”

The Irish leader also praised the Muslim students' role in forging ahead Ireland’s relations with all Muslim countries.

“Historically Ireland’s links with the world of Islam have been relatively modest," she said.

“They have largely been forged by Muslim students from many countries who paid us the compliment of undertaking their academic and professional studies here."

McAleese thanked the Muslim students for being good ambassadors for their faith in Ireland and for the European country over the world.

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Muslim Prayer Opens Congress

WASHINGTON -– The silence in the great hall of the Congress was deafening as imam Abdullah Antepli started delivering the opening prayer for the House of Representatives on Wednesday, March 3.

"Asalam alaikum… peace be with you," Antepli, the Muslim chaplain at Duke University, told the attendees who stood and bowed their heads in respect.

"O God of all nations, look with favor upon this esteemed Congress. Guard these important decision-makers with your divine light," he said.

"Be the source of strength and comfort. Enable them to serve you and glorify your names by serving the citizens of this great nation and to the entire humanity regardless of their gender, ethnicity or religion." ...

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Bridge Building Between Christians and Muslims

While there are theological differences, some of which might be significant, there are nonetheless other important areas of belief that are shared by both communities: belief in Allah, or God; belief in revelation, in prophets, in the Holy Books of Allah; in the life hereafter and in a divinely inspired moral code organizing and regulating human life during our earthly journey to eternity.

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Institutionalizing of Muslim-Christian Dialogue

Contrary to Samuel Huntington's postulation of a clash of civilizations, Gülen advocated a cooperation of civilizations, which attracted political and academic interest. He encouraged people to engage in dialogue, and establish centres of dialogue in order to meet this global imperative.

This paper will examine Nostra Aetate and Gülen's views regarding an advanced stage of dialogue

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Let's Talk with Dr. Idris Tawfik - IOL Radio

In this week's episode of "let's talk”, Dr. Idris Tawfiq talks first of all to Rev. Les Acklam, the chaplain to Lincoln University in the UK.
 
His second guest is another Christian Minister, Rev. Dr Stephen Sizer, on the phone from Bethlehem talking about Christian Zionism

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Danish and American Scholars Discuss Fethullah Gülen

World-renowned Muslim spiritual leader Fethullah Gülen has taught people how to live together despite their differences, Jill Carroll from Rice University said while speaking during a panel discussion on the role of Gülen at the Dialog Forum Foundation in Denmark on Tuesday.

In conjunction with Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen, the Dialog Forum Foundation brought Danish and American scholars together to discuss Fethullah Gülen's contributions and his ideas on the art of living together. Carroll, who wrote a book about Fethullah Gülen titled "A Dialogue of Civilizations: Fethullah Gülen's Islamic Ideals and Humanistic Discourse" in 2007, took part in the event. Carroll's presentation attracted a great deal of interest. More than 100 influential guests from a wide range of fields attended.

Speaking before the start of the event, Dialog Forum Foundation Chairman Mustafa Gezen said they organized the panel discussion to increase awareness about the well-known Turkish intellectual in Denmark. "As they have elsewhere in the world, Fethullah Gülen's ideas will provide the means for the integration of people in this society and contribute to peace in Denmark," Gezen said.

Beginning her presentation by talking about how she came to know about Fethullah Gülen, Carroll said everything began after two doctoral students invited her to visit Turkey. "I have visited many cities in Turkey in order to understand Fethullah Gülen and have conducted research on the teachings of Gülen," she explained.

Noting that thousands of people are impressed by his ideas, Carroll said Fethullah Gülen is a scholar who teaches people how to live together. She stressed that Fethullah Gülen's approach is unprecedented. "We cannot be the same. We cannot even be similar. However, we have to live together in this world. Gülen shows us how we can live together in peace," Carroll said.

Speaking to the Cihan news agency following the panel discussion, University of Copenhagen student Adrian Jensen said that if Fethullah Gülen's ideas had been widespread before, there would have been no caricature crisis in Denmark. (Emre Oğuz)

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Common Ground: Islam, Christianity, and Religious Pluralism
 
The Rumi Forum presented "Common Ground: Islam, Christianity, and Religious Pluralism" with author Paul L. Heck.

The idea of Christian-Muslim common ground remains controversial. There are calls for harmony, but there are also unique truth claims that cannot be ignored. There are positive examples of interfaith action, but events show that religion can divide as well as unite. What is clear is that a powerful spirit of truth is a work in religious communities, offering guidance and meaning to millions of believers.

If the power of God is guiding one community, is it guiding all communities? The approach we take to this question will have undeniably important consequences for the way Christians and Muslims live and act together. Scholars have a contribution to make here. By exploring the mechanics of faith traditions, by examining the way communities think about and respond to the spirit of God, by describing in detail the way believers live out of a God-consciousness on a daily basis, scholars can point to ways in which the hearts of believers are similarly moved.

Common Ground: Islam, Christianity, and Religious Pluralism is one attempt to put the scholarly enterprise at the service of one of today’s more pressing issues, demonstrating that the highest standards of academia are essential part of the way religious communities fully appropriate the prompting of God’s spirit in their lives.

*To read more about Common Ground: Islam, Christianity, and Religious Pluralism please visit http://www.press.georgetown.edu/detail.html?id=9781589015074

 
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ISNA President Delivers Seventh Annual Lecture at the Lake Institute

(Plainfield, IN - March 31, 2010) Dr. Ingrid Mattson, ISNA President, was the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Thomas H. Lake Lecture of the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving.

The primary topic of the presentation was the traditional role of Zakat in enhancing cohesion  among Muslim communities through its charitable distribution. She further discussed the ways in which trends of contemporary society are facilitating and inhibiting the influence of zakat on American-Muslim community cohesion.

This prestigious annual event, which is usually highlighted by a lecture delivered by a distinguished scholar on faith communities and giving as a keynote, was followed with an elegant reception and book signing. Immediately after, Lake Institute Board and staff hosted local Muslim community leaders, as well as supporters of the Lake Institute, with Safaa Zarzour, ISNA Secretary General providing the opening invocation of the meal. Dinner was complemented by two discussants, Scott Alexander of the Chicago Catholic Theological Union and Shakeela Hassan of Harran Productions, furthering the discussion of the earlier lecture with Dr. Mattson and facilitating a question and answer session.

"This event is one more step in the growing relationship between ISNA and the Lake Institute to study and promote faithful giving among Muslims individuals and groups to better serve the needs of the Muslim community and society at large" said Ahmed ElHattab, Executive Director of the ISNA Development Foundation.  

The Lake Institute offers a public forum for exploring the connections between individual philanthropy and faith and fostering a greater understanding of the ways in which faith both inspires and informs giving.
 

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South African Peace Conference Sends Messages of Hope
 
The Cape of Good Hope lived up to its name as nearby Cape Town played host to a conference on the potential contributions of the Gülen movement’s ideas and practices to reconciliation in South Africa.

The dialogue-based philosophy of Fethullah Gülen, which has already gained traction in America, Europe and Asia, has lately been discussed by important thinkers from almost every walk of life in Africa. A volunteer movement inspired by Gülen that carries out events around the world in the name of peace brought together members of the South African community, which continues to struggle with racism, at a conference titled “Potential Contributions of the Gülen Movement’s Ideas and Practices Toward Reconciliation of South African Society” at Cape Town’s Westin Grand Hotel. Despite ending of the apartheid system and holding democratic elections for the first time in 1994, bringing Nelson Mandela power, total societal reconciliation has still not been achieved in South Africa.

Social scientists, politicians, academics, members of the clergy, bureaucrats, students and other Cape Town notables of different races and religions gathered at the Gülen conference.

Halil Yurtsever, Cape Town director of the Turquoise Harmony Institute, which organized the conference, said: “Despite being born in Turkey, the Gülen movement, which concerns itself with universal problems, has gained an international identity. The ideas and works of Fethullah Gülen are pioneering a new revival in art, literature, thought and knowledge, which have been stuck in a 1,000-year interregnum.

One of the many speakers at the conference, Father Msizi Gareth Micholson, said in his speech: “I have the same dream as Gülen; no distinction made between the rich and the poor, an end to conflict, peace between East and West and a world where cultures and religions embrace one another and people value other people because they are people.

 
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Dialogue is a Religious Obligation

To accept the idea of dialogue is to admit to the existence and legitimacy of a diversity of opinion. It is to admit that there are disagreements. It is not an admission that all the viewpoints expressed are correct, just that they deserve to be looked into and discussed.

Many people do not understand this, especially when it comes to interfaith dialogue. They see interfaith dialogue only as an attempt to bring various belief systems closer together by having people of various faiths sacrifice certain aspects of their religious beliefs for the sake of bringing their various religions to a common middle ground. By contrast, real interfaith dialogue is a search for points of exiting commonality, so that people of different religions can work together in matters where they have shared interests. They can, for instance, cooperate in combating corruption and in defending human rights.

We can have no doubt that Islam encourages cooperation of this sort, which advances the values of Islam and the welfare of the Muslims. Our Prophet (peace be upon him) spoke about the type of covenants and agreements the Arabs used to engage in before Islam in which they would cooperate with each other in their mutual interests. He then said: “If I were invited to do the same after Islam, I would do so.”

This global dialogue is the way the world communicates and the way we as Muslims must communicate with the world. It is the way we will express our religion’s values and principles to the world. ...

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Besa: "Muslims who saved Jews -The Untold Story”
 
The exhibition gives the message that no one should stand by during human suffering.
 

 

This little-known chapter of history is the focus of the photographic exhibition Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust , which kicked off in July at the Holocaust Museum Houston and continues through February.

The exhibition displays photographs taken by Norman Gershman, a Jewish photographer based in Colorado, who traveled to Albania in 2003 to research the topic.

“The Albanian Muslims derived inspiration from their religion to save Jews,” she said. “They were so different from those who perpetrate violence in the name of the same religion.”

Unknown history

These stories have remained unknown for decades, even to students of the Holocaust. Rob Satloff, director of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy in Washington, D.C., offers an explanation.

“First, we — Jews, Israelis, Western historians — didn’t look very hard,” Satloff said. “And second, they — Arabs and Muslims, even those who rescued Jews — often did not want to be found. The result is a tacit conspiracy of silence about this lost chapter from the Holocaust.”

Satloff wrote the book Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands.

Ellen Kennedy, interim director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, believes these stories remained untold because many surviving Jews and Albanians were reluctant to share them.

“When survivors first began speaking about their experiences in the years immediately after the war, they were met with disbelief,” Kennedy said. “The public simply could not imagine that such horrors occurred.”

Gershman’s work is an attempt at building bridges between Muslims and people of Jewish faith.

“Islam and Judaism are Abrahamic faiths, and we have lot of things in common,” said Dr. Aziz Siddiqui, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. “We must strive to highlight these as Gershman has done and avoid everything that tends to divide us.”

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