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Topic: Positive Muslim / Non-Muslim Relations
Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Subject: Positive Muslim / Non-Muslim Relations
Date Posted: 06 September 2009 at 1:50pm

An excellent recent audio interview with Roger Morgan from The Virgin Islands on positive Muslim / Non-Muslim relations

http://www.iolinteract.com/ramadanen/?p=646 - http://www.iolinteract.com/ramadanen/?p=646
 
This is the link to listen to the full interview:
 
http://www.iolinteract.com/ramadanen/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/interveiw-with-roger-w-morgan-interact-at-ramadan.mp3 - http://www.iolinteract.com/ramadanen/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/interveiw-with-roger-w-morgan-interact-at-ramadan.mp3

It's very interesting to see how better information about each other removes a lot of misunderstandings, and leads to positive relations

What do you think?


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 September 2009 at 3:48pm
You are very right Brother Tarek...This is not only an excellent initiative but a very healthy and positive way to remove misconceptions and wrong perceptions about each other...very interesting and heart warming really to hear this positive dialogue...Thank You for posting it...
 
Like the gentleman said...the change has to begin in the hearts...and the key is honest communication and bringing no fears or judgements to the table...The false sense of intimidation some people feel from Islam is totally unfounded...and the suspicions and fears can only be removed by active participation from both sides...


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 September 2009 at 8:22pm

There are a whole lot of religious people in America, including the majority of Democrats. When we abandon the field of religious discourse -- when we ignore the debate about what it means to be a good Christian or Muslim or Jew; when we discuss religion only in the negative sense of where or how it should not be practiced, rather than in the positive sense of what it tells us about our obligations toward one another; when we shy away from religious venues and religious broadcasts because we assume that we will be unwelcome -- others will fill the vacuum. And those who do are likely to be those with the most insular views of faith, or who cynically use religion to justify partisan ends.

-Barack Obama



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Posted By: keithnurse
Date Posted: 06 September 2009 at 8:30pm
Thanks for posting this.  I just listened to the interview.  Very interesting.  At the end the interviewer asked "What can Muslims do to have better relations or understandings with nonMuslims?".  I have been absolutely convinced for a long time that most Muslim individual people are peace loving and decent people.  A question I think needs to be addressed forthrightly is:  To peaceful Muslims:  Are you peaceful BECAUSE of Islam or IN SPITE of Islam?   The reason I ask this is because Muslims on a regular basis say "you have to separate Islam from Muslims.  Muslim people may do bad things but Islam itself is perfect.  The problems are with Muslims, not Islam itself". 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 September 2009 at 10:23pm
For the majority of mainstream Muslims, no doubt that it is Islam which tought us the way to inner peace and tranquiity, it is the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad peace be upon him, who tought us good manners and generosity, and it is Allah who guided us through the Qur'an to His love and the love of all what surrounds us .....
 
Better relations between Muslims and non-Muslims start when prejudice, negative stereotypes and misconceptions are put aside, and when understanding based on knowledge of others is properly formed .....
 
And this applies both ways by the way, as also Muslims need to make a better effort to build better bridges with non-Muslims based on fairness and respect
 
And this is what happened with Morgan
 
Once he put aside prejudice and misconceptions, and learned from the Muslims he dealt with the true basics of Islam, his understanding and perceptions of Muslims changed 180 degrees
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 September 2009 at 10:50pm
Some examples and cases studies of positive initiatives for bridge building and positive relations:
 
Ramadan-Fasting Pastor

Everyday before sunrise, American pastor Ben Ries wakes up to eat before starting his fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

"It raises your awareness about hunger in the world," Ries told The Bellingham Herald on Monday, August 31.

Ries, 30, the pastor of the Sterling Drive Church of Christ in Bellingham, has decided to join Muslims in fasting Ramadan to get a better knowledge of the Islamic faith.

He says fasting can help him become a better Christian as well as a better pastor, husband, father, and member of a diverse world often fractured along religious lines

"Part of my reflection is, 'Who am I in this world?'" said Ries, who became pastor of his small Bellingham church two years ago.

"I'm not so narcissistic to think I have everything figured out."

As he knows little about Islam, Ries sought to find someone to help him observe the holy Muslim month.

Googling the internet, he found Monem Salam, the president of Saturna Brokerage Services, a subsidiary of Saturna Capital Corp., in Bellingham.

The American pastor immediately e-mailed the Muslim leader, asking him to be his mentor during the dawn-to-dusk fasting month.

"It seemed like it could be a good partnership," Salam said.

"We could both learn from each other." ..........

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1251021326352&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1251021326352&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout

 



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 October 2009 at 9:43am
 

Muslim-Christian Common Word Needs Action

WASHINGTON — Religious scholars, politicians and experts agree that a Muslim dialogue initiative for the Christian world needs action to address all the challenges still standing between the followers of the two Abrahamic faiths.

"I think what we are addressing… is how to develop out of A Common Word a common work together and common partnership," John Esposito, professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, told IslamOnline.net.

Esposito was among a galaxy of international religious scholars and experts participating in a two-day conference sponsored by Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the office of Georgetown University President.

The conference, "A Common Word Between Us and You: A Global Agenda for Change", is a follow-up on an October 2007 letter from Muslim scholars to the world's Christian clergy urging dialogue to declare the common ground between Islam and Christianity.

But many believe that it is high time to move forward from ideas and initiatives to action.

"I think what’s missing is that the ideas being discussed need to be brought to the masses," Dalia Mogahed, an advisor on President Barack Obama’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood partnership, told IOL.

"It is something that has been discussed over and over, though it is the difference between success and failure."

The 2007 letter, signed by 138 Muslim scholars and dignitaries from 43 countries, called for the two faiths to reach a better understanding based on two common principles: love of God and love of one’s neighbor .........

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1254573469016&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1254573469016&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 October 2009 at 3:35pm
The official web site of (The Common Word Between Us and You)

The Common Word initiative was launched in 2007 by 138 Muslim scholars and intellectuals from around the world, including the US, with the patronage of the King of Jordan, to find more common grounds between Muslims and Christians for better understanding and peace

http://www.acommonword.com/ - http://www.acommonword.com/



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 October 2009 at 1:00am
 

US Food Festival Unites Religions

CAIRO – US Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders are coming together this week in the south-central state of Oklahoma to break bread at an interfaith festival.

"We celebrate the differences between us, and all that we hold in common as well", Rev. Wendy Lambert, an associate pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church told NewsOK paper Saturday, October 10.

The church will host the “Food and Festival of Faith” on Wednesday, October 14, to showcase joint traditions between followers of the three faiths.

Participants will feature samples of different foods consumed by followers of the three faiths.

They will also learn about various Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions.

The participants will also come together at a workshop service combining the three faiths.

"We really believe that God calls us to live as people of peace," said Lambert.

Common Ground

The planned food festival is greeted as an engine for promoting integration.

"In order for us all to get to know each other and to get to know our traditions,” said Marjan Seirafi-Pour, a member of the Oklahoma City-area Muslim community.

“I think it’s very important to have events like this."

Seirafi-Pour reiterated her pleasure to be part of the festival bringing the three Abrahamic faiths together.

She believes such festivals help in bringing ideas and traditions closer to share a common ground .......

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1254573482262&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1254573482262&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 October 2009 at 4:28pm
A paper on Muslim-Catholic relations:
 
Muslims, Catholics and the Common Purpose of Justice and Peace

It is the argument of this paper that Muslims and Catholics are natural partners in the work of justice and peace. This partnership comes from their mutual respect for each other's religions, that allows them to identify commonalities in beliefs and values. It also comes from the common ground of the belief they share in the unity of God, and in his attributes of mercy, compassion and forgiveness. Finally it comes from the example of Muhammad and Jesus themselves, who advocated and practised peace, and from the Holy Books that guide the lives of Muslims and Christians. This paper identifies a common platform of belief which puts Muslims and Catholics together in a world where the work for justice and peace is paramount. Then it identifies four particular areas-human dignity, freedom of religion and conscience, the drive to eradicate poverty and the search for peace- in which Muslims and Catholics are natural collaborators. In doing this it draws on the words of Fetullah Gulen as he speaks of these four areas of social justice

http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/gulen-conference-in-melbourne/3446-muslims-catholics-and-the-common-purpose-of-justice-and-peace.html - http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/gulen-conference-in-melbourne/3446-muslims-catholics-and-the-common-purpose-of-justice-and-peace.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 October 2009 at 2:47pm
Leaders and Scholars Discuss Interfaith Challenges
By Lauren Burgoon, Georgetown University News   
Thursday, 08 October 2009
 
World political and religious leaders -- including former British prime minister Tony Blair -- called for believers to seize upon interfaith commonalities to address global issues of peace and security at a two-day conference on Muslim-Christian relations this week.

“The best hope for faith in the 21st century is that we confront all of this together,” Blair said during the opening panel of the conference on Oct. 7. The conference, sponsored by Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and the office of Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, will run through Oct. 8.

“This is not because we intend to have the same faith -- we don’t. Our separate beliefs will remain. But our coming together will allow us to speak in friendship to one another about our own faith,” added Blair, whose Tony Blair Faith Foundation promotes interfaith respect and understanding.

The conference, “A Common Word Between Us and You: A Global Agenda for Change,” stems from an October 2007 letter from Muslim leaders to Christian churches and communities. The letter called for the two faiths to reach a better understanding based on two common principles: love of God and love of one’s neighbor.

This year’s conference, the fourth such gathering of the Common Word initiative, seeks to move the conversation forward from words to action, said javascript:void%280%29;/*1254947402786*/ - Kjell Magne Bondevik, former Norwegian prime minister; Sheikh Mustafa Efendi Ceric, grand mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina; and Dato’Seri Anwar Ibrahim, former deputy prime minister of Malaysia.

Religious and world leaders face an uphill battle in bringing faiths together so long as people’s minds are not in tune with their souls, Ceric said.

“Today’s world has a great amount of knowledge. It possesses a surplus of information, but lacks the insightful sense of wisdom,” he said. “There is a deep discrepancy between the mind’s perception and the human soul’s insight. … The soul is almost choked by the knowledge of the human senses.”

Ceric noted that 70 percent of world refugees are Muslim, most of the current wars are in Muslim lands and Muslims believe their rights are not secure, he said.

“We are serious about Common Word. We are serious about dialogue,” Ceric said. “For us, it’s not a political game -- it’s a question of existence. And we believe we have the right to exist in this world.”

The Common Word conference continues Wednesday and Thursday with panels on religious pluralism in the 21st century; religion, violence and peace-building; and the role of international nongovernmental organizations in a pluralistic world.

“I think the single most important thing is the translation of words into action,” Blair said of the conference. “If we show by our actions that we are committed to understanding and respect and justice, that is how we will succeed. That is how we will overcome not just the extremism within religion but the cynicism outside of it.”

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(October 7, 2009)
http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=45111 - http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=45111


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Posted By: keithnurse
Date Posted: 14 October 2009 at 3:13pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

 

US Food Festival Unites Religions

CAIRO – US Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders are coming together this week in the south-central state of Oklahoma to break bread at an interfaith festival.

"We celebrate the differences between us, and all that we hold in common as well", Rev. Wendy Lambert, an associate pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church told NewsOK paper Saturday, October 10.

The church will host the “Food and Festival of Faith” on Wednesday, October 14, to showcase joint traditions between followers of the three faiths.

Participants will feature samples of different foods consumed by followers of the three faiths.

They will also learn about various Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions.

The participants will also come together at a workshop service combining the three faiths.

"We really believe that God calls us to live as people of peace," said Lambert.

Common Ground

The planned food festival is greeted as an engine for promoting integration.

"In order for us all to get to know each other and to get to know our traditions,” said Marjan Seirafi-Pour, a member of the Oklahoma City-area Muslim community.

“I think it’s very important to have events like this."

Seirafi-Pour reiterated her pleasure to be part of the festival bringing the three Abrahamic faiths together.

She believes such festivals help in bringing ideas and traditions closer to share a common ground .......

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1254573482262&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1254573482262&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout

I would be very interested to see what is involved in the interfaith worship service.  The Muslims and Jews will certainly offer prayers in the tradition of their religion.  Will the Christians also pray in the way THEY believe in? i.e. in the name of Jesus  or in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit?  I hope all 3 religions are presented accurately.  My experience with Muslims is that they want everyone to bend so as not to offend them but the Muslims won't bend at all so as not to offend nonMuslims. 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 October 2009 at 3:33pm
The followers of each faith should of course pray in the way they normally pray
 
This is another Jewish/Muslim initiative taking place next month
 

2nd Annual Weekend of Twinning of Mosques and Synagogues

 


On November 13-15, 2009, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), will sponsor the the 2nd Annual Weekend of Twinningsm. On that weekend, mosques and synagogues across North America will link up with each other to hold one-on-one programs dedicated to exploring commonalities in our religious practices, customs and traditions, and to building ongoing ties of friendship and trust between Jews and Muslims across the continent. 

Last November, during our inaugural Weekend of Twinningsm, 50 Jewish and 50 Muslim congregations and organizations across the United States and Canada held one-on-one programs in cities across the continent, making the event the largest-ever gathering of Jews and Muslims anywhere in the world. This year, we expect an even larger number of participating mosques and synagogues, including members of those congregations which took part last year and many new people who may not have known about the last year's event. 

The Weekend of Twinningsm of Mosques and Synagogues Across North America has the endorsement of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), as well as other organizations like the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims (CAJM).

The theme for the 2nd Annual Weekend of Twinningsm will be "Building a Common Agenda." In addition to getting to know each other better and discussing commonalities, the twinned mosques and synagogues will devote time during the upcoming Weekend of Twinningsm to a discussion of issues on which they can work together fruitfully in the coming months and years. Among the societal issues which may be discussed include combating Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, saving the environment, fighting poverty, immigration reform, expanding health care coverage, and improving education in our communities.  In addition, we urge synagogues and mosques participating in the 2nd Annual Weekend of Twinningsm to involve their young people in the proceedings .....

http://www.lastprophet.info/en/flash-news/2nd-annual-weekend-of-twinning-of-mosques-and-synagogues.html - http://www.lastprophet.info/en/flash-news/2nd-annual-weekend-of-twinning-of-mosques-and-synagogues.html



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Posted By: The_Seeker
Date Posted: 15 October 2009 at 6:52pm
Asalaam Alaikum!

Great post, I wish we had more like this.

A recent national poll taken (I'm trying to find, but no luck so far) suggests that people view Islam in a more positive light when they actually meet and interact with Muslims on the basis of mutual respect. This seems to agree with everything Al-Cordoby has posted.

Keithnurse: As far as an interfaith prayer goes. I would not expect Christians to take part in an Islamic prayer, just as I wouldn't take part in a Christian prayer. I don't think it is so much the actual act of praying together, rather, it's gaining a mutual understanding of another belief system. At least, that is my own opinion.

The only potential risk I can see is Muslims/Christians/Jews getting into a heated debate about which religion is the 'true path.' Nothing good comes from that.

Peace!




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Posted By: The_Seeker
Date Posted: 15 October 2009 at 6:54pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

 

US Food Festival Unites Religions

CAIRO – US Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders are coming together this week in the south-central state of Oklahoma to break bread at an interfaith festival.

"We celebrate the differences between us, and all that we hold in common as well", Rev. Wendy Lambert, an associate pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church told NewsOK paper Saturday, October 10.

The church will host the “Food and Festival of Faith” on Wednesday, October 14, to showcase joint traditions between followers of the three faiths.

Participants will feature samples of different foods consumed by followers of the three faiths.

They will also learn about various Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions.

The participants will also come together at a workshop service combining the three faiths.

"We really believe that God calls us to live as people of peace," said Lambert.

Common Ground

The planned food festival is greeted as an engine for promoting integration.

"In order for us all to get to know each other and to get to know our traditions,” said Marjan Seirafi-Pour, a member of the Oklahoma City-area Muslim community.

“I think it’s very important to have events like this."

Seirafi-Pour reiterated her pleasure to be part of the festival bringing the three Abrahamic faiths together.

She believes such festivals help in bringing ideas and traditions closer to share a common ground .......

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1254573482262&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout -



Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 16 October 2009 at 12:22am

Yes me too....excellent initiatives...

Thank You Brother Tarek for posting them...


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 21 October 2009 at 3:10am
Fethullah Gulen is one of the leading Turkish writers and thinkers who promote the concepts of tolerance and peaceful co-existence.
 
This is one of his recent writings I found today:

Muslim-Christian Relations: Reinventing the Common Ground to Sustain a Peaceful Coexistence in the Global Era

Finding common ground between Muslims and Christians is not simply a matter for polite ecumenical dialogue between honorable selected religious leaders. All adherents of Islam and Christianity all over the world should carefully and seriously read and study the documents, especially those who are community and religious leaders living in the grass roots level and even the politician, member of parliament in the country, teachers and lectures in the university.

Christianity and Islam are the largest and the second largest religions in the world and in history. Christians and Muslims reportedly make up over a third and over a fifth of humanity respectively. Together they make up more than 55% of the world's population, making the relationship between these two religious communities the most important factor in contributing to meaningful peace around the world. If Muslims and Christians are not at peace, the world cannot be at peace.

The challenge of humanity today does not only come from the terrible weaponry of the modern world, global worming and environmental crisis but also comes from the intended or unintended impact of promoting the idea the clash of civilization by Huntington's thesis in l990, which is in essence is the clash between Christian and Muslim civilizations. Today, with Muslims and Christians intertwined everywhere as never before, no side can unilaterally win a conflict between more than half of the world's inhabitants. Thus our common future is at stake, the very survival of the world itself is perhaps at stake.

Love of God and Love of the Neighbour

A careful study on the Bible and Qur'an, as the document of A Common Word between Us and You http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/gulen-conference-in-melbourne//3441-muslim-christian-relations-reinventing-the-common-ground-to-sustain-a-peaceful-coexistence-in-the-global-era.html#_ftn1 - [1] tells us, delineates that these two religions similarly emphasize the primacy of Loving God and Loving the neighbour. These principles are found over and over again in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbour is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity. The following are only a few examples ...........

http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/gulen-conference-in-melbourne//3441-muslim-christian-relations-reinventing-the-common-ground-to-sustain-a-peaceful-coexistence-in-the-global-era.html - http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/gulen-conference-in-melbourne//3441-muslim-christian-relations-reinventing-the-common-ground-to-sustain-a-peaceful-coexistence-in-the-global-era.html

 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 October 2009 at 3:08am

The Gulen Institute Tackles World Problems

This panel organized by the Gulen Institute discussed how government and media can use common values to address problems, and identifying common grounds in religion to create a set of moral actions that can be used to mitigate global and local problems of society

Dialogue among people of different backgrounds contributes to world peace, as better understanding and tolerance

http://www.youtube.com/user/GulenMovement#p/u/8/AlsxcE2ceIE - http://www.youtube.com/user/GulenMovement#p/u/8/AlsxcE2ceIE

(4 minutes)

This is the Gulen Institute web site, located at the University of Houston, Texas

http://www.guleninstitute.org/ - http://www.guleninstitute.org/



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 October 2009 at 1:32am

Reflections on European Multiculturalism, Islam and Peaceful Coexistence: Tariq Ramadan and Fethullah Gülen

The Islamic scholars Fethullah Gülen and Tariq Ramadan are two major personalities whose ideas and views are admired and valued by the Muslim community, especially its younger generations, in Europe.

These two thinkers are calling for a better understanding of civilizational and religious pluralism, a moderate way of practising Islam, and the coexistence of different ethnic and religious affiliations. Their ideas promote universal human rights, tolerance and forgiveness among European peoples in contexts marked by mistrust, intolerance and fear. ...

This paper analyses the circulation of their ideas among the younger generation, their education and dialogue initiatives, and the cassettes of lectures that have opened up a space where ideas about human civic responsibility, democracy, citizenship, pluralism, dialogue and tolerance can take root.

http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/peaceful-coexistence/2503-reflections-on-european-multiculturalism-islam-and-peaceful-coexistence-tariq-ramadan-and-fethullah-gulen.html - http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/peaceful-coexistence/2503-reflections-on-european-multiculturalism-islam-and-peaceful-coexistence-tariq-ramadan-and-fethullah-gulen.html



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Posted By: Cornelius
Date Posted: 24 October 2009 at 2:58pm
As I have said many times before, I really don't care what you believe. What I care about is individual freedom and that is something that the Muslim world is not ready to release. If you are born Muslim you must remain Muslim in punishment of death.
As I have mentioned many times before, Europe went through a terrible time under Catholic rule. Most Europeans are not ready to become enslaved again by another religion. Indeed, the respect of he church is now minimal in Europe. For Muslims and others moving to Europe, they are free to believe what ever they like, but they have to accept that others don't believe as they do.
Christianity can and is criticized regularly, we must have the right to criticize Islam without fear of being put to death.


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 October 2009 at 10:12pm
(For you is your religion, and for me is my religion) (The Qur'an, 109:6)
 
(And say the truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills let him believe, and whoever wills let him disbelieve) (The Qur'an, 18:29)
 
Clear guidelines for the freedom of religion
 
It's a free personal choice
 


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Posted By: The_Seeker
Date Posted: 24 October 2009 at 11:44pm
Originally posted by Cornelius

As I have said many times before, I really don't care what you believe. What I care about is individual freedom and that is something that the Muslim world is not ready to release. If you are born Muslim you must remain Muslim in punishment of death.
As I have mentioned many times before, Europe went through a terrible time under Catholic rule. Most Europeans are not ready to become enslaved again by another religion. Indeed, the respect of he church is now minimal in Europe. For Muslims and others moving to Europe, they are free to believe what ever they like, but they have to accept that others don't believe as they do.
Christianity can and is criticized regularly, we must have the right to criticize Islam without fear of being put to death.


Asalaam Alaikum!

If I'm not mistaking, the original intent for punishing Muslims with death for leaving Islam was because during the Propht's (peace and blessings be upon him) time, his enemies would 'convert' to Islam to spy on the Muslim community and then return to use this against Muslims. It's basically treason, which is also punishable by death in the US.

As for those who criticize Islam, I say let them. Muslims who kill those who criticize Islam are not representative of the entire Ummah. Even the Prophet (pbuh) did not kill those who criticized Islam, because some of his fiercest critics and haters eventually embraced Islam on their own. There are always people who take texts like the Quran out of context and twist it to agree with whatever actions they want.

It's really a shame we only hear about the negative actions of certain Muslims and never about all the good Muslims do - like charity, helping others, hospitality, and countless other good deeds Muslims perform every day.

For example, a group of Muslims from my university go to a poverty-stricken, violent part of Chicago every Sunday. They hand out food to anyone who is hungry. No questions asked. If someone is asked about Islam, of course they will answer all questions, but they don't force it on anyone.

Why don't actions like that make the news?

I think all religions should concentrate on what they have in common, rather than their differences. We need to stop this 'them vs. us' mentality.

Peace!




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 November 2009 at 12:22pm

The Dialogue Society - London, UK

Founded in 1999 as a registered charity, the Dialogue Society is an organisation of research and civic engagement working to develop and deliver new ideas for dynamic, effective and meaningful dialogue to advance intercultural dialogue, community cohesion and proactive citizenship.

The Dialogue Society is interested in ‘developing & delivering’ ideas and projects, respectively, in the following areas:

* Community cohesion and multiculturalism
* Identity and integration
* Family, education and youth
* Media, culture and communication
* Human rights and civil liberties
* Theology and religious studies
* World cultures and societies
* Peace-building and conflict resolution
* International relations and diplomacy

The Dialogue Society was founded by second generation British Muslims of Turkish background. The original and continuing motivation for the Dialogue Society comes from Islam which the founding and existing directors of the Society maintain as necessitating dialogue, diversity, community cohesion, equal access to human rights and freedom of belief for all, proactive citizenship, loyalty to the law of the land and democratic engagement.

 

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 November 2009 at 12:04am
The Question of Lifestyle in Interfaith Relationships
Alphonse DOUGAN


Acommon expression used in “explaining” an apparent animosity among the members of different faiths is to say that “they are opposed to our lifestyle.” While this phrase is used often and carelessly, few people seem to stop and think what it really means and if it is an accurate assessment. Questions such as “Who are they?”, “What is our lifestyle?”, “How much do they know about our lifestyle?”, “Does our lifestyle have any impact on them?”, “How different is their lifestyle from ours?”, “Are they opposed to every group of people who practice the same lifestyle?”, and “Are there people who benefit from framing conflicts in this way?” are seldom asked. Consequently, these questions are almost never answered in a systematic, objective way. In this article we will try to explore some of these issues and shed light on some hidden answers in the context of Christian-Muslim relations.

Stereotypes and Identities: Who are “They”?

In the context of conflicts that are faith-related or that appear to be faith-related, the term “they” typically represents a media-driven stereotype of a group of persons who seem totally out of “our” world. They speak a different language, they look different, they dress differently, and their values are different. Let’s examine these factors: The fact that some people look or dress differently is not a problem for most. Mexicans speak a different language than Americans. They look and dress differently. The same can be said of Chinese or Japanese. Yet these differences, in and of themselves, do not carry any negative connotations. How about the values? Do Muslims have essentially different values than Christians, Jews and Buddhists? Not really. Indeed, the vast majority of the fundamental values are shared by all these faiths. ..........

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Posted By: keithnurse
Date Posted: 03 November 2009 at 2:19pm
Originally posted by The_Seeker

Originally posted by Cornelius

As I have said many times before, I really don't care what you believe. What I care about is individual freedom and that is something that the Muslim world is not ready to release. If you are born Muslim you must remain Muslim in punishment of death.
As I have mentioned many times before, Europe went through a terrible time under Catholic rule. Most Europeans are not ready to become enslaved again by another religion. Indeed, the respect of he church is now minimal in Europe. For Muslims and others moving to Europe, they are free to believe what ever they like, but they have to accept that others don't believe as they do.
Christianity can and is criticized regularly, we must have the right to criticize Islam without fear of being put to death.


Asalaam Alaikum!

If I'm not mistaking, the original intent for punishing Muslims with death for leaving Islam was because during the Propht's (peace and blessings be upon him) time, his enemies would 'convert' to Islam to spy on the Muslim community and then return to use this against Muslims. It's basically treason, which is also punishable by death in the US.


Peace!


Yes, this is the claim Muslims usually make to defend Islams barbaric apostasy laws.  To say the changing from one religion to another is treason because of damagingor betraying the Islamic state, to me, is absolute  proof that separation of religion and state is one of the best ideas ever thought of.  If religion and state are separate then leaving a religion won't have anything to do with treason.  Every American should be made aware of Islams evil apostasy laws.

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Posted By: Daisy
Date Posted: 03 November 2009 at 3:37pm
How about my marriage? So long as I do as I'm told!!!!
 
Me - Welsh
She - Iranian (via Lebanon)
 
Being shouted at in English, Arabic, Farsi and French all at the same time is enough to reduce any grown man to tears interspersed with grovelling apologies.........
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
........Coming dear!!!


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 November 2009 at 12:56am
US Conference Discusses Gülen Movement Contributions to Peace

Officials from the US Department of State, a retired ambassador, academics and others gathered at the University of Maryland, College Park campus, on Thursday to participate in a Rumi Forum Maryland conference on the Gülen movement's contributions to world peace.
 
http://en.fgulen.com/press-room/news/3499-us-conference-discusses-gulen-movement-contributions-to-peace - http://en.fgulen.com/press-room/news/3499-us-conference-discusses-gulen-movement-contributions-to-peace
 


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 November 2009 at 11:14pm
Changing the present and dreaming the future
by Tariq Ramadan
07 November 2006
 
London — It is my perception that we have continued the process of interfaith dialogue among ourselves without taking into account the reality of our present world. Our world has changed tremendously, especially during the last 10 years. We are going from one crisis to another: social, civilizational and cultural.

As we represent the faiths of the people, we have to deal with this reality and we have to face up to our responsibilities in dealing with these crises. If we are speaking about hopes, we have to start by being realistic and face up to the responsibility. If we want something to happen, we should try and change not only the way we are dealing with each other but also the way we are dealing with the world we are living in. When we speak about hopes and dreams, there is the Prophet’s peace upon all who are dreaming the future and transforming the present. It should not be the other way around. By dreaming the present you are not helping me to deal with my problems.
Therefore, dream the future, change the present and this is the way we have to deal with our values, with our teachings.

If I, as a Muslim man, try to share my views with fellow citizens of Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu or indigenous spiritual traditions, I, and others like me, are very often perceived as naive people, dreamers, far from reality. Is this true? If many perceive us like that, elementary psychology is telling us that we have to ask ourselves if there is any truth in this perception. I think there is. Our discourse is sometimes far removed from the reality of people’s lives. We speak about love but as soon as we seek to promote love in this world, it becomes difficult. To love is difficult. We speak about peace, but to get peace, inner peace and collective peace, that is difficult. We speak about the importance of family. But people want concrete answers on how to build a family in this world, today, within this reality of social and psychological crises. We are living in a world where we need to give answers.

We are not secure and we do not feel secure. In the United States, there is a great deal of fear after 9/11. In Israel, Palestine, India and other parts of the world, fear is everywhere. It is not only a state of mind which we are witnessing. Fear is also used by politicians and by religious people, people of faith. If we are true and understand the meaning of faith, we will have to deal with fear. Then we can begin to understand that we live in a world where emotions are promoted, and emotions have nothing to do with spirituality —— in fact they are its opposite.

Emotions are superficial reactions. Not superficial in a bad way, but the first reaction surfacing when something happens. Spirituality is something different. It is about effort, about something that you experience deep in your heart. Spirituality is the way to master your emotions, not to be, or to submit yourself to, your own emotions. It is of vital importance to talk about our spiritual teachings. What do they tell us of mastering emotions?

Why is it so important to go beyond our emotions? Because they put us in a position where we perceive “us” versus “them” and where we have to defend our identity. That mindset is perverse, it is vicious in the world that we are living in to see each other as separate, always protecting myself from you and you protecting yourself from me. It makes dialogue quite impossible.

Spirituality has nothing to do with naivety. Spirituality has nothing to do with dreaming. It has to do with a critical mind enabling us to make an effort, a spiritual effort to maintain a distance from our emotions and to try to understand the world. It means to learn to listen, and it is not easy to listen when we are emotional.

I was in Sarajevo a few weeks ago and there, ten years after the war, an Eastern European was asking a Western European: “Let me ask you one thing: after what happened and us being Muslims, how can I trust you?”

This question of trust is essential. How are we committed to promote this mutual trust? We must network at the local level to understand this global strategy and ideology of fear, and we must create spaces for mutual trust.

When we do that, we are changing the present and dreaming the future.

http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=3101&lan=en&sid=1&sp=0 - http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=3101&lan=en&sid=1&sp=0




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 08 November 2009 at 12:36am
Muslim And Christian Leaders Seek a Global Agenda for Change
By John L. Esposito, The Huffington Post   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Last week more than 80 religious, political and NGO leaders from around the world spoke to packed audiences at Georgetown University's Common Word conference, at a time when engagement with the Islamic world is more urgent than ever.

In contrast to the past, the world of the 21st century is both transformed and threatened by the impact of globalization, a source of integration and fragmentation in international affairs, economic and social development and inter-religious or multi-religious affairs.

Islam and Christianity are far and away the two largest global religions (1.5 and 2.1 billion respectively). Together they make up well over half of the world's population. Today, more than ever before, they co-exist or encounter each other in 57 Muslim countries and in Europe and America and beyond. Despite significant doctrinal differences, they also share much in common in matters of faith, values and interests. If religion has too often been part of the problem, it must also be part of the solution.

The Muslim initiative "A Common Word Between Us and You" and the response by major Christian and Muslims global leaders to this document reflects the deep awareness of today's precarious and dangerous world of global politics and the need for Muslims and Christians to work together. As the document reminds us: "Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians."

http://www.acommonword.com/en/a-common-word-in-the-news/19-new-news-items/375-muslim-and-christian-leaders-seek-a-global-agenda-for-change.html - http://www.acommonword.com/en/a-common-word-in-the-news/19-new-news-items/375-muslim-and-christian-leaders-seek-a-global-agenda-for-change.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 09 November 2009 at 12:39am

Melting-Pot Dinner Achieves Kinship Amid Diversity

A Turkish-American group in Las Vegas invites you to a dinner of dialogue and friendship. You've never heard of the group. Could it be a front for something nefarious? Do you go?

In a heartbeat.

The thought of talking history, politics and, yes, religion, with members of Las Vegas' small Turkish community made this a rare opportunity.

A clue this was a group wanting to foster dialogue and friendship, just as advertised, was the guest list that ran the gamut of religions. Muslims, of course. But also Catholics, Christians and Jews.

The real clue the Pacifica Institute, which sponsored Monday's dinner, was legit? The presence of Steve Martinez, head of the Las Vegas FBI, at the head table, along with an assistant special agent in charge, Mark Doh. They're a couple of careful guys, and they wouldn't be going to something that wasn't on the up and up. Unlike me, they'd check it out first because they have reputations to protect. ....

It's a way to send a message without words and without anyone else in the room realizing.

Hard to beat an evening where the goal is accepting each other despite our differences.

Our political arena could use a dose of that.

http://en.fgulen.com/press-room/columns/3503-melting-pot-dinner-achieves-kinship-amid-diversity - http://en.fgulen.com/press-room/columns/3503-melting-pot-dinner-achieves-kinship-amid-diversity



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 November 2009 at 12:31am

Islam Awareness Week (UK): Walk the Talk

Islam Awareness Week (IAW) was initiated by the Islamic Society of Britain and has been taking place across the UK in the third week of November for the last 15 years. Initially the aim was simply to provide a platform for British Muslims themselves to help remove misconceptions about Islam, which is now the UK’s second largest faith.

Since then, it has also become an opportunity for people of all faiths -and none- to come together in a spirit of understanding and co-operation. IAW is also about helping to build links between people, a celebration of art and culture and getting people to work together for the common good.

The theme for IAW in 2009, 'Walk the Talk', has been chosen to mark the occasion of the first ever Inter Faith Week in England, which is taking place at the same time as IAW this year, from 16th to 22nd of  November.  ........

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1256909854801&pagename=Zone-English-Euro_Muslims%2FEMELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1256909854801&pagename=Zone-English-Euro_Muslims%2FEMELayout



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 November 2009 at 2:20am

Interreligious Dialogue as a Spiritual Practice

Interreligious dialogue was not a twentieth century development in the history of relations between Christians and Muslims. There are numerous examples when Christians and Muslims joined in public dialogues, some of which are rather famous episodes in the annals of dialogue. There are these famous examples; yet, countless theologians, scholars, and religious and political leaders have met in public conversation and have communicated by letter and in private conversation down through the centuries.[1] If one considers the most common form of interreligious dialogue, namely, the dialogue of life, when believers have lived as neighbors and associates, the instances would be too numerous to count. Christians and Muslims have lived side by side in relationships of dialogue for centuries and in numerous cultural settings.

Pope John Paul II spoke eloquently of the dialogue of life on his historic visit to the Umayyad Great Mosque of Damascus on May 6, 2001:

Interreligious dialogue is most effective when it springs from the experience of "living with each other" from day to day within the same community and culture. In Syria, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for centuries, and a rich dialogue of life has gone on unceasingly... The positive experiences must strengthen our communities in the hope of peace; and the negative experiences should not be allowed to undermine that hope

http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/gulen-conference-in-washington-dc/3100-interreligious-dialogue-as-a-spiritual-practice - http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/gulen-conference-in-washington-dc/3100-interreligious-dialogue-as-a-spiritual-practice

 



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 November 2009 at 12:30am
 

Compassion Unites World Faiths

SAN FRANCISCO — Religious leaders from around the world launched Thursday, November 12, a platform for harmony and compassion among followers of different faiths.

"The charter is a summons to action, it is not just a feel good thing," US faith scholar Karen Armstrong told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

"It calls upon people to find creative ways of implementing... to work energetically for the good of humanity in one's own community."

The Charter for Compassion calls for the peoples around the world to bring back compassion and tolerance back into societies.

"The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves," the Charter reads.

"We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the center of morality and religion."

The 330-word document exhorts peoples to promote understanding and shun violence.

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1256909956654&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1256909956654&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 November 2009 at 3:16pm

US Muslims, Christians Team Up For Needy

American Muslim activists teamed up with Christian colleagues to fundraise and build a house for a homeless family in Longview, Washington, showing the true face of Islam at a time the nation is recovering from a deadly killing spree blamed on a Muslim army soldier.

"They have all come together fundraised $45,000 to build this home," Sabrina Kirkland, a resource development coordinator with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization helping people build affordable housing, told News13 on Sunday, November 15.

Muslim and Christian activists are working side by side, hammering and shoveling to raise the walls of a new building to house the family of Mercedes Andrews

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1256910020290&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1256910020290&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 November 2009 at 12:57am

Islam, Dialogue and the Gülen Movement in Australia

The story of the Gülen movement in Australia has never been documented in detail and consequently is not well known. It deserves study for a number of reasons, not least being that the pioneering nature of the hizmet, as it likes to refer to itself (hizmet means service) and the fact that 'New World' Australian society is frequently at the leading edge of social change on many issues.

With around 60,000 people identifying as Turkish-Australians the absolute size of the community is several fold smaller than that of the Turkish-American community but represents a significantly larger proportion of the national population (0.3 percent of the Australian population of 21 million). Australia is fifteen times smaller than the USA but, leaving aside New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the cities of Melbourne, Victoria, and Sydney, NSW, are comparable with large American cities, and with Turkish populations in excess of 26,000 and 22,000 respectively, are home to Turkish communities larger than most, if not all, those found in US cities. At the same time, whilst less than one in five Muslim-Australians have Turkish heritage, their national profile, thanks in large part to the work of the hizmet, is much greater than these numbers would suggest.

Evidence of this can be found in recent activities such as the several dozen public Ramadan iftar fast-breaking dinners held in September 2008. In Melbourne these included the first ever iftar held at Government House, hosted by the Governor of Victoria, the second Australian Federal Police iftar, the fourth Victoria Police iftar, the first Turkish Consulate public inter-faith iftar, the first Masonic Lodge iftar, and so forth. 2008 also saw the commencement of the Fethullah Gülen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations at the Australia Catholic University and a similar, hizmet sponsored, Lectureship in Islamic Studies at Monash University.

Turkish migration to Australia began in 1967 with large numbers of Turks settling in the 1970s and 1980s, with inflows peaking in 1976 but continuing in a steady stream thereafter through to the present. In the first two decades Turkish migrants to Australia came predominantly from rural Anatolia. At that stage, influenced by the experience of Germany, most expected to 'come for two years and then return to Turkey'. Most settled permanently and raised families.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s the dynamic started to change as significant numbers of urban Turks begin to arrive. Amongst these urban Turkish migrants were followers of Fetullah Gülen. As has been general the pattern around the world, hizmet activities in Australian initially focussed on education .....

http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/gulen-conference-in-washington-dc/3109-islam-dialogue-and-the-gulen-movement-in-australia.html - http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/gulen-conference-in-washington-dc/3109-islam-dialogue-and-the-gulen-movement-in-australia.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 November 2009 at 1:53pm
Interfaith Prayer Celebrates Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON – In the United Christian Parish church in Reston, Virginia, the scene on the eve of America’s national celebration of Thanksgiving was so sublime with feelings floating in the air.

It was the night Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities from all across Virginia came together for one thanksgiving prayer to God.

"It is embracing the interfaith connection in this community," said Rev. Joan Bell-Haynes, pastor of the church.

"We came together just to say thank you, regardless of what faith you are, what background you are. We came together to say thank you to God for who we are."

The service started with the ringing of the church’s bell, then a rabbi blew his horn and finally a Muslim raised the call to prayer.

After that the congregation sang a number of songs thanking God for His blessings.

"It is a very moving service," says Farhanahz Ellis, Interfaith Director at the ADAMS Islamic Center, has been participating in the service since its launch nine years ago.

"We when organize our calendar, we know that the night before thanksgiving we are not going to commit to anything because it is dedicated for this."

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday observed on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, it falls on the second Monday of October.

Americans trace their traditional Thanksgiving holiday to one celebrated in 1621 at the Plymouth Colony, now in the state of Massachusetts.

"It is wonderful to get to come together with people of other Abrahamic traditions, and this is interesting to find common unity and peace," said Lawrence N. Uman from Shoreshem Jewish community.

"There is such a feeling of peace and collaboration here that could solve the world’s problems." .........

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1258880575026&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1258880575026&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout

 



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 December 2009 at 12:32am

Launch of the Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations - Australia

The Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) in conjunction with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) held the official launch of the Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic relations last Friday 23 November at the Central Hall, ACU.

The launch marks the important step the AIS has taken to establish an important academic professorial Chair that will assist second and third generation Muslims with learning Islam correctly from its true sources, increase academic research in the field of interfaith dialogue and provide a means for community related activities and take the important message of dialogue to the wider Australian community. .......

http://www.intercultural.org.au/events_2007/gulen_chair/index.htm - http://www.intercultural.org.au/events_2007/gulen_chair/index.htm



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Posted By: kudzu
Date Posted: 03 December 2009 at 6:19am
Fatah Embarrassed About Accepting Trees from JNF


Reported: 08:59 AM - Dec/02/09

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(IsraelNN.com) The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority has expressed displeasure that the Israeli media publicized the contribution of 3,000 trees by the Jewish National Fund to a new Arab city near Ramallah in Samaria. The PA leadership has requested that such reports, which portray pro-Israel organizations as contributing to the well-being of local Arabs, be minimized so as not to create the impression that Israel or its supporters do anything to benefit local Arabs. Fatah also expressed fears that the media reports on the gift may fuel a negative reaction among Arab states for accepting “Zionist” assistance.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/175695


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 December 2009 at 8:45pm
 

Islam Focus of World Religions Parliament

MELBOURNE – Eight thousand people representing the world’s different faiths are meeting in Melbourne on Thursday, December 3, to discuss interfaith harmony, with a special focus on Islam and its relationship with the West.

"There are going to be 40 programs on Islam and the West," Dirk Ficca, director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, told the BBC News Online.

The American Presbyterian minister said speakers would seek to clear misconceptions about the Muslim faith.

"And so we want to give reputable Islamic scholars and leaders the chance first of all to share what they believe Islam is all about."

The week-long event, which is held every five years, features 800 speakers in nearly 700 panels, workshops and lectures, plus worship and music events.

It aims to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world.

Leading among attendees are Swiss Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney George Cardinal Pell, former US President Jimmy Carter and Tibet spiritual leader Dalai Lama ........

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1258880711259&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1258880711259&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout

 



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 December 2009 at 12:38am
 

Melbourne 2009

A Meeting Point of All Faiths

Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions

Religious and spiritual coexistence is always in a higher plane. In fact, it is not an easy catch! The "one community" target has always been featured in most of the international human and interfaith initiatives. Seemingly this goal is half accomplished; therefore, the call for interreligious harmony is going on continuously.

One of such initiatives hits the ground running today, December 3, in Australia's big city Melbourne, until December 9. It is Parliament of World's Religions.

The Parliament of World's Religions, which began in 1893, toured around five countries. It had been held three times in Chicago, US. With a set and very clear agenda, the Parliament aims to bring humanity together, whatsoever religion or faith, to "foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world," as mentioned in the official website ..........

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1258880712344&pagename=Zone-English-ArtCulture%2FACELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1258880712344&pagename=Zone-English-ArtCulture%2FACELayout



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 December 2009 at 1:03am

Christmas a time for bridge building

Christmas is an annual Christian religious holiday commemorating the birth of Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him. For many Muslims who do not even celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, it becomes an issue of what stand they should take.

There have been a number of legitimate criticisms of the holiday from Muslims and non-Muslims based on theological and cultural considerations. However, this cannot be used to disregard the holiday as merely an exercise in ancient pagan practices, for instance, or excessive consumerism. Muslims have to remember that for practicing Christians, Christmas really is about Jesus

Prophet Muhammad, was so accommodating of Christians that according to the two earliest Islamic historians, Ibn e Saad and Ibn Hisham, the Prophet even allowed a delegation of 60 Byzantine Christians from Najran in Yemen to worship in his own mosque in Madinah. Lead by their bishop (Usquf), they had come to discuss a number of issues with him. When time of their prayer came, they asked the Prophet's permission to perform this in the mosque. He answered, "conduct your service here in the mosque. It is a place consecrated to God." 
   
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 25 December 2009 at 11:25am
Peace on earth, goodwill toward men: two places where it worked
 

by http://www.gadling.com/bloggers/sean-mclachlan/ - Sean McLachlan ( http://www.gadling.com/bloggers/sean-mclachlan/rss.xml - RSS feed ) on Dec 24th 2009 at 9:30AM

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We hear a lot about peace and friendship over the holidays, but the reality is that different religions and peoples are constantly fighting. It seems we can never get along.

Or at least that's what the history books would have you believe.

History focuses on change, and change usually means conflict, but there have been many times in the past when different religions and ethnic groups have lived in harmony. Here are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites you can visit that are testimony to the idea that people can achieve great things by working together.

Toledo, Spain

For most of the Middle Ages Spain was not a country; it was a patchwork of different states fighting amongst themselves and staving off invasions by the Muslim Moors from North Africa. There was a centuries-long war between Islam and Christianity, with the Jews being stuck in the middle as second-class citizens in both societies. But under the Caliphate of Córdoba, which ruled much of the Iberian Peninsula in the tenth and eleventh centuries, the three cultures lived and learned together. Córdoba and
http://www.ayto-toledo.org/ - Toledo were the two main cultural centers. Many books from ancient Greece and Rome, lost in Europe during the Dark Ages but preserved in Arabic translations in the Middle East, were translated into Latin and Hebrew and helped start a rediscovery of Europe's Classical heritage.
The Christian kingdoms were slowly pushing out the Muslims, however, and in 1085 King Alfonso VI captured Toledo. He realized the relationship among the three cultures, called La Convivencia ("The Coexistence") was a good thing and kept it going. He even established a translation center to copy books from each culture into Latin, Spanish, Arabic, and Hebrew, so everyone could benefit from each other's learning. Philosophy, astronomy, architecture, mathematics, and a dozen other arts and sciences flourished.

It didn't last. In 1492, when the last Moors were kicked out of Spain, the Jews were kicked out too, and any non-Christian who wanted to stay had to at least pretend to convert. But La Convivencia left an enduring intellectual an artistic legacy for all three cultures and some impressive monuments that can still be seen today.

Gonder, Ethiopia

On a different continent in different century, people came to the same conclusions that the people of Toledo did. In the northwest of what is now Ethiopia is the city of
http://www.ethiopiantreasures.toucansurf.com/pages/gonder.htm - Gonder . It was founded by the Emperor Fasilides around the year 1635. Ethiopian emperors traditionally moved from place to place to watch over their people, but Fasilides saw an advantage to having a capital city for his empire. Soon a large urban center had sprung up, with palaces and castles and places of worship.

Gonder became the center of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, but it was also home to Muslims and the Beta Israel, the Ethiopian Jews. Artisans and thinkers from all three religions flocked to Gonder to work in the market or palace. The Beta Israel were often craftsmen. Because only a Christian could sit on the throne, the Jews often served as trusted advisers and bodyguards to the emperor. The Muslims, with their connections to the Red Sea and other parts of Africa, set themselves up as merchants.

All three cultures worked together to make Gonder a center of art and learning, just like in Toledo. The ruins of some of the castles and palaces are still visible today and many people call Gonder "Africa's Camelot". The most famous monument is Fasilides' castle, shown here. Check out the gallery for more attractions in Toledo and Gonder.


Maybe Toledo and Gonder have given us more than pair of interesting tourist attractions.
 
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 December 2009 at 12:08am

Fighting Poverty With Faith and Green Jobs.

I was surprised to see how many Christian and Jewish leaders and organizations  are really embracing the green movement; in fact the church which we held the conference at was in the midst of installing it’s own solar panels.  In total, about 33 national faith-based groups co-sponsored the event, including Islamic Relief.   All of the faiths put their differences aside to call to a common interest;  fighting poverty and saving the environment.


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 January 2010 at 12:48am

Muslim-Baptist Friendship in US Movie

Showing off commonalities between American Muslims and their non-Muslim compatriots, a US documentary is exploring into the Muslim-Christian friendship in America.

"We hope the documentary provides positive narratives for relationships between Baptists and Muslims, narratives that begin to challenge the negative narratives that dominate American culture," Robert Parham, head of the Baptist Center for Ethics, told the Tennessean Saturday, January 2.

The hour-long documentary, "Different Books, Common Word", features five friendships between Muslims and Baptists across the US.

It showcases how Muslims come to the help of non-Muslims in crises, providing aid and shelters for hurricane victims.

The movie also highlights how Christians rush to help and show solidarity with Muslim neighbors after their mosque were burned by White supremacists in 2008.

The documentary further features American Muslims as compatriot people who also have a sense of humor.

"We’re working together to try to get people to see we have more commonalities than differences,” said Orhan Osman, executive director of Institute of Interfaith Dialogue in Oklahoma City.

"We want to help people to understand both faiths and make new friendships.”

The documentary, produced by EthicsDaily.com, an affiliate to Baptist Center for Ethics, is part of a series of movies meant to reconcile spiritual and political conflict.

The film will be aired by the ABC affiliate TV stations this month and in February ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 January 2010 at 11:06am

The Axis of Good: 
Muslims Building Alliances with Other Communities of Faith

By Ingrid Mattson, Ph.D.
Hartford Seminary
mailto:imattson@hartsem.edu - This is my story.  It is also the human story.  Muslims believe that the children of Adam do not inherit sin from their ancestors.  But we do inherit the good that our ancestors have bequeathed to us, and we are burdened with repairing what they have damaged.  In our time, in every place that Muslims live, whether the Muslims are the majority or the minority, there are serious societal problems that need to be addressed.  The environment needs to be restored, indigenous and other minority groups need to be relieved of the burden of years of systematic injustice, children and the poor need daily support and meaningful opportunities for advancement .......

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 January 2010 at 1:51am
Islam at the Parliament of World Religions

The PWR was held in Australia last December

This is one summary by a non-Muslim writer on Muslim contributions:

http://blogs.abc.net.au/religion/2009/12/islam-at-the-parliament.html - Islam at the Parliament

I confess I didn't get to much of the Islamic stream of events at the Parliament.  It seemed a little reiterative and there was so much else on offer. But this was in fact the largest single component of the Parliament, under the banner 'Islam in the Global Context', and designed to 'break down stereotypes and misunderstandings,' as the programme put it.  Thus the Islamic stream included six events titled 'Islam 101 Series' and several dozen other lectures, panel discussions, presentations. 

Sure, there was a certain diversity in the topics and speakers, but along with some innovative framing of discussion, in terms of the environment or sustainability for example, they included a quota which were a form of apologetic or going over old ground. 

The major event, Islam and the West: Creating an Accord of Civilizations, turned again to the perennial question, Are Islam and the West hopelessly opposed?, and arrived at perennial answers, including Tariq Ramadan's, that Islam is a Western religion. http://blogs.abc.net.au/files/tariq-ramadan.mp3 - Download Tariq Ramadan  (Size: 2.95 MB; Dur: 6.27) That was in part because the speakers at this session are perennial presences on the post 9/11 circuit.  (I'm referring to http://www.tariqramadan.com/ - Tariq Ramadan , http://www.just-international.org/index.php/profile-of-dr-chandra-muzaffar.html - Chandra Muzaffar , http://www.cordobainitiative.org/who_we_are.html - Feisal Abdul Rauf ).

The session Islam and Politics: Faith, Governance and Society, was in effect an opportunity for Muslims to talk across significant differences amongst themselves about the role of Islam in a Muslim majority society. (Here, http://www.anwaribrahim.com/ - Anwar Ibrahim and Malaysian reality were under scrutiny...

As to the Islam 101 series, the first addressed 'Reverence for the Virgin Mary and Jesus in Islam'.  Perhaps it's time for discussion that moves beyond this kind of 'reassuring' purpose (which ends up being an argument against Christian theology) to the more difficult idea that the Virgin Mary and Jesus in Islam are not the Virgin Mary and Jesus of Christianity.  Nor indeed of Judaism.  As the Abraham of Islam is not the Abraham of either Judaism or Christianity.  In other words, even where the story details are similar, profoundly different interpretative moves are being made.  And what are we to make of that?

This new kind of discussion was alluded to in the session on Interfaith Education for Religious Leaders,  where http://www.abdullahsaeed.org/ - Abdullah Saeed talked about the transition he made from a training focus 'very much about us - this is what we are' in a religious school in Saudi Arabia.  In the broader context of Australia the question becomes 'how do you engage with people who are not of your faith?'  http://blogs.abc.net.au/files/abdullah-saeed.mp3 - Download Abdullah Saeed  (Size: 2.02 MB; Dur: 4.25)

Finally, a panel of relatively young Muslim men from various countries talked about leadership among Muslim males.  http://www.ahmedrehab.com/ - Ahmed Rehab told of his initiatives in Chicago and of his self-understanding not as a Muslim American, but rather as an American citizen. http://blogs.abc.net.au/files/ahmed-rehab.mp3 - Download Ahmed Rehab

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 January 2010 at 1:39am

http://macdonald.hartsem.edu/ - Oldest Christian-Muslim Relations program in the U.S.

The Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations is the country's oldest center for such study.

The Macdonald Center challenges scholars, students, the media and the general public to move beyond stereotypes and develop an accurate awareness and appreciation of Islamic religion, law and culture.

It is committed to the premise that through intensive study and academically guided dialogue, mutual respect and cooperation between Muslims and Christians can and must develop.

The Macdonald Center is an academic unit within http://www.hartsem.edu/ - Hartford Seminary dedicated to scholarly research, teaching and publication. It is responsible for the Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations Master of Arts program, a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations, the Islamic Chaplaincy program, the Ph.D. program in Islamic Studies and numerous global study tours. ........

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 January 2010 at 12:38pm

On respect, thinking and dialogue

Professor Tariq Ramadan is a European Muslim who advocates reform in Islam and promotes interfaith dialogue. Born in Switzerland and the grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan Al Banna, the European academic has been named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most important innovators of the century.

He told ZAKIAH KOYA during his recent visit to Kuala Lumpur that Muslims must make an effort to move from mere formalism – a fixation on ritual – towards a committed spiritual and social presence.


MUSLIMS say that their religion is perfect and it is because of this many are against interfaith dialogues. What is the point they ask? So why are you promoting interfaith dialogues among religions?

We have a perfect religion, yes, but we are not perfect. Dealing with other religions means that we are challenging the very meaning of ours. When we have a dialogue, sometimes when we meet Jews, Christians, Buddhists, agnostics or atheists, the way they are helps you to better your religion as they may make you see something which you have neglected to see.

For example, when I was in South America, the priests there were talking of love. So, I learnt to also talk of the spiritual dimension of love in Islam and its importance in life. So the experience of others is helping you to have other viewpoints of your religion.

When we talk about values, when we speak about dignity and solidarity and when we talk about racism, dialogue can be very important because at the end of the day when dealing with Christians and Buddhists – why do they have to listen to me? – because together we want to change the world for the better. We want to make our world a better place. ........

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 January 2010 at 2:24am

ISNA Works with the Secretary of Agriculture

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack applauded efforts initiated by Ohio Interfaith and Ligh (OhioIPL) to inform and educate communities on energy conservation as a faith-based moral obligation.

Dr.C.Azeez Haque, in the Advisory Board of OhIPL, also represented the Noor Islamic Cultural Center of  Columbus and  the Islamic Society of North America, Interfaith Division.  One effort at the meeting with a very large group of senior citizens living in an assisted- home apartment complex was to distribute energy saving electric bulbs to replace existing bulbs, to considerably reduce energy consumption, at a much lower cost and, lasting for over 5 years. Secretary Vilsack and others were impressed with Islamic values that emphazise reverance to nature, avoidance of waste and nurturing of God's creation.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 January 2010 at 9:55am

Towards a Better Understanding of Islam and Its Culture

The Qatar Islamic Cultural Center (Fanar), hosted a five-day expo which began at the Doha International Exhibition Center from November 19 to November 24 2009.


The event provided a panoramic view of Islamic arts and culture. It highlighted the contributions made by Islam to world civilizations.


Mohamed bin Ali Al-Ghamdi, the director of the Fanar Center, said this exhibition was the first of itstype that provides both Muslims and non-Muslims with the opportunity to enter the six meter-high replica of the cubical structure of the Kabah, located at the center of the exhibition.


Al-Ghamdi said, while visiting various Islamic countries, he did not find any exhibitions that dealt with various aspects of the Islamic religion. So, this expo aimed to represent details without losing the message.

 

He added, for example, we can talk about Prophet Muhammad and other prophets, but in an hour's time, the visitor can read the poster boards and learn about all the prophets of the Old and New Testament and their link to Islam and how the Quran introduced them.

 

Numerous questions about the Kabah were simply being answered by allowing the visitors to experience it themselves from the outside and the inside, while they could read and see pictures on the poster boards of the history of the Kabah starting from Prophet Abraham's time.

 

Also, the center tries to show similarities in Abrahamic religions, rather than differences, to bring a closer understanding of Islam compared to these faiths, Al-Ghamdi pointed out.



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 January 2010 at 12:41am

Interfaith Dialogue a Moral Duty to Finding Common Ground

The common ground Muslims are asked to seek with the followers of other religions is a society in which people are free to worship God. In such open society Muslims must display positive attitude and unwavering respect of the followers of other faiths. Dealing with respect and positive engagement does not mean that differences in doctrine and interpretation do not matter. Rather, it means that those differences must be addressed through free and open dialogue.

It is this open, free, and dignified dialogue that allows the followers of various religious traditions to affirm their diversity and discuss their similarities and differences, and it is what Islam requires from its followers. Muslims have a moral and religious obligation to engage in interfaith dialogue with other communities of faith, and they must do that by maintaining ethical standards required by the Qur'an, including the directive to "argue with [the follower of the revealed books] in ways that are best and most gracious."

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 February 2010 at 12:35am

Cultural Open Days Introduce Islam to Spain

MADRID – Spanish Muslims are opening mosques and Islamic centers across the European country to non-Muslims to build bridges with the mainstream society and clear misconceptions about their faith.

“The Cultural Open Day is the most important window for many mosques and centers to communicate with the mainstream society,” Dr. Alaa Said, chairman of the Islamic Union of Imams and Preachers in Spain (IUIPS), told IslamOnline.net.

Mosques and Islamic centers hold Open Days to educate the Spanish public about the Muslim culture and traditions.

The Day sees discussions about Islam’s position on different issues such as co-existence and pluralism.

It also witnesses exhibitions featuring traditional Muslim clothes and foods and art activities.

During the Day, Muslims hold outdoor prayers to give the public a glimpse about their rituals.

“It has drawn a successful and positive response from the public,” said Dr. Said.

Outside a mosque in the Catalonia province, a group of curious Spaniards stood watching the muezzin while blaring out the call for prayers.

“Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest),” resonated the Adhan across the open air before stepping into the mosque to visit a book fair held inside.

“Almost every mosque across the country has held or is to hold a Cultural Open Day for the public,” said Daw Al-Treki, media officer at the Islamic League for Dialogue and Co-existence.

Spain has a Muslim minority of about 800,000 people out of a total population of 40 million.

The southern European country has recognized Islam through the law of religious freedom, issued in July 1967.

Outreaching

The Open Day helps enhance dialogue and co-existence between Muslims and non-Muslims in the country.

“Meeting non-Muslims in such events helps bolster co-existence,” Dr. Said, the (IUIPS) chairman, said.

"This leads to mutual respect and disperse fears from Islam and Muslims.”

The Muslim leader said that the Open Day has helped change the views of many Spaniards about Muslims.

“We felt major changes in the views of many Spaniards who have attended these events.” ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 February 2010 at 8:05am
Building West-Muslim Bridges
 
Sitting firmly in his seat with a determined look in his eyes, American Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf appears resolved to bridge the gap between the West and the Muslim world.

"My purpose is to spread harmony and peace between the West and the Muslim world," Imam Abdul-Rauf, chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, told IslamOnline.net in an exclusive interview.

"My role is to see how can my work help improve this relationship."

With that in mind, the American imam founded the Cordoba Initiative in 2003 to clear mutual mistrust.

"First (we seek) to identify the sources of conflict between the Muslim world and the West," he said.

"We have developed under this initiative a number of projects which we believe are effective in creating this discourse about these particular arenas," he said, citing projects in political, religious and cultural arenas.

"(They aim) to help reduce the conflict inshaAllah and solve it as well."

According to its website, the Cordoba Initiative aims to achieve a tipping point in Muslim-West relations within the next decade, steering the world back to the course of mutual recognition and respect and away from heightened tension.

Born in 1948, Imam Abdul-Rauf is a well-known figure in the field of West-Muslim relations.

In 1997, he founded the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), reportedly the first Muslim organization committed to bringing US Muslims and non-Muslims through programs in academia, policy, current affairs and culture.

An imam of Masjid al-Farah in New York, Abdul-Rauf also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of New York and serves as an adviser to the Interfaith Center of New York.

He authored three books on Islam and its place on contemporary Western society.

Support

Imam Abdul-Rauf is currently on a State Department-sponsored tour to build bridges.

"This is part of it as the work is huge and can't be done by one person or one organization," he said. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 February 2010 at 12:55am

Welsh Faiths Unite Against Extremism

Welsh Muslim and Christian leaders are coming together this weekend to coordinate efforts on fighting extremism and improving social cohesion.

"(We want to) prevent intolerance, isolation and marginalization created by extremist parties, such as the BNP [far-right British National Party] and Welsh Defense League (WDL)," Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales Saleem Kidwai told the BBC News Online Saturday, February 6.

The two-day meeting in the northern village of Hawarden, Flintshire, will focus on extremism and its impact on the society.

Leading speakers at the event are Bishop of St Asaph Gregory Cameron, Muslim scholar Abdalla Yassin Mohammed and Chairman of the WAG Community Cohesion Unit Joanne Glenn.

The meeting is a part of an ambitious initiative, the Finding A Common Voice, co-launched in 2007 by the Muslim Council of Wales and the Church of Wales.

Previous events have addressed a number of hot issues such as the role of women in religion; religious stereotypes, citizenship; and global challenges ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 February 2010 at 12:19am

Gülen's Contribution to a Middle Way Islam in Southeast Asia

TCC organized another trip to Turkey in June 2007 for Christian community leaders in Singapore. Participants were taken to visit several institutions linked to the Gülen movement. They also met and had dinner with supporters of the Gülen movement. During such events, they developed an understanding of the Middle Way Islam that Gülen is advocating and gained an insight into why many people devoted their time and effort for the movement (Yap, 2007).

One of the participants, Reverend Yap Khiam Hoe, former Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore and Malaysia said that Gülen is indeed a gifted Muslim renewer who will change the world's impression of Islam through his enlightened ideals (Yap, 2007).

After the trip, Reverend Yap has become an even stauncher supporter of TCC. He has promoted the ideas of Gülen to his Muslim friends and has requested the author to address members of the Contemporary Centre for Islamic Studies on Gülen's ideas and on the movement ...
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 February 2010 at 1:39am

Inter-Cultural Dialogue

Last year one of the formations that was realized within the foundation was the Intercultural Dialogue Platform. As its first activity, the Platform organized an international symposium on April 13-16, 2000 in Şanlıurfa and Istanbul entitled "Abraham: A Symbol of hope and a Bond of Unity in Dialogue for Jews, Christians and Muslims," the purpose of which was to introduce to other nations the Anatolian tradition of tolerance that has sprung from the heritage of culture and belief and from the depths of our history.

We believe that such meetings have a distinct importance in relation to spreading our country's and state's message of love and tolerance. Starting from the point of the life and prophetic experience of Abraham, the common "symbolic personality" of three great world religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the Symposium aimed to contribute to the spread of peace and trust among nations in the 3rd millennium. Holding the symposium in Istanbul, Turkey, a crossroads of belief, culture and civilization, and Sanliurfa/Harran, the place accepted as the area where Abraham was born and lived, makes it even more meaningful. Distinguished social scientists from the international academic community, theologians and spiritual leaders attended the symposium

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 26 February 2010 at 12:26am

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

Building Bridges

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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Date Posted: 27 February 2010 at 9:16am

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.

Muslim Support

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

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 February 2010 at 12:13am

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.

Islam Ambassadors

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 March 2010 at 12:25am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 07 March 2010 at 12:10am

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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Date Posted: 12 March 2010 at 1:22am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 March 2010 at 12:46pm

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 March 2010 at 2:23pm

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)

http://www.fgulen.org/press-room/news/3599-danish-and-american-scholars-discuss-fethullah-gulen.html - http://www.fgulen.org/press-room/news/3599-danish-and-american-scholars-discuss-fethullah-gulen.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 March 2010 at 1:27am

Common issues for Muslims and non-Muslims

An interview with Imam Khaled Griggs produced by Why Islam

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 31 March 2010 at 4:00pm

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 - http://www.press.georgetown.edu/detail.html?id=9781589015074

 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 06 April 2010 at 1:51am

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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 April 2010 at 10:32am
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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 April 2010 at 12:37pm
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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Date Posted: 18 April 2010 at 2:40pm
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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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 18 April 2010 at 5:35pm
Thank you sister for this post
 
This web site from Turkey has more details on topics related to Muslim Jewish relations:
 
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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 April 2010 at 1:51am

Islam teaches respect for all religions: Yusuf

MUSCAT - Islam teaches all to respect other religions and their gods. Muslims should discuss issues with people of other religions nicely, said Hamza Yusuf, an American Islamic preacher, in his lecture at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Auditorium here on Friday.

Yusuf is in Muscat on an invitation from the Diwan of Royal Court to deliver a series of lectures on different aspects of Islam and related issues. He has already delivered two of his lectures. On Friday, he spoke on ‘How just is Islam to followers of other religions’ This was his third and concluding part of the lecture series.

Yusuf said that Islam taught us that we do not need to compete with others in anything other than the best deeds as God did not see how you look, but he saw only your intentions.

He said that verses of the Holy Quran tells us not to fight with those who do not fight with you and let you live in your houses peacefully. Allah hates transgression, he said.

He said: “Islam demands cordial discussions and invites people of other religions to show unity on common grounds. Islam warns people against judging about each other’s fate in the life after death. Who will be in heaven and who will be in hell, the decision will be taken by Allah.”

Yusuf was born in a Greek orthodox family of Walla Walla, Washington. He grew up in Northern California and embraced Islam at the age of 17 in Santa Barbara. Then he studied Islamic jurisprudence, philosophy and spiritual psychology with scholars from the Muslim world.

He moved to the UAE in 1979 to continue his study in the Islamic Institute of Al Ain for four years

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 April 2010 at 12:23pm
Preachers of Dialogue: International Relations and Interfaith Theology

 While the appeal of 'civilisational dialogue' is on the rise, its sources, functions, and consequences arouse controversy within and between faith communities. Some religious leaders have attempted to clarify the religious foundations for such dialogue. Among them are Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of Britain and the Commonwealth, Edward Idris, Cardinal Cassidy of the Catholic Church, and Fethullah Gülen.

The paper compares the approach of these three religious leaders from the Abrahamic tradition as presented in their scholarly works - Sacks' The Dignity of Difference, Cardinal Cassidy's Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue, and Gülen's Advocate of Dialogue. The discussion attempts to answer the following questions: Can monotheistic traditions accommodate the dignity of followers of other monotheistic and polytheistic religions as well as non-theistic religions and philosophies? Is a belief in the unity of God compatible with an acceptance of the religious dignity of others?

The paper also explores their arguments for why civilisational and interfaith dialogue is necessary, the parameters of such dialogue and its anticipated consequences: how and how far can dialogue bridge the claims of unity of God and diversity of faiths? Islam's emphasis on diversity and the Quran's accommodation of earlier religious traditions put Islam and Fethullah Gülen in the best position to offer a religious justification for valuing and cherishing the dignity of followers of other religions ...


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 24 April 2010 at 2:14pm

Islamic Prospects for Inter-Religious Dialogue: The Contribution of Fethullah Gülen

Abstract

Countering extremist ideology may be a problem primarily for the Muslim world, but it has major implications for, and so the interest of, the wider world. Although it might seem that it is the strident militant voices that are gaining ground in the Muslim world, there are also strong voices from within Islam seeking to proclaim the Muslim priority for peaceful and harmonious relations with the wider world, including with religious neighbours. Such a voice is that of Fethullah Gülen.

This paper seeks to understand the prospects and appropriate contexts for dialogue: what enables, and what hinders, good interfaith relations?

The paper addresses the issue of Islamic paradigms for inter-religious relations and dialogue, then analyses and critically discusses the views of Fethullah Gülen. The intention is to identify a perspective that will encourage future inter-religious dialogue and enhance the relations of Islam to other faiths, a perspective indicative of transitions within the Muslim world and one that gives cause to be hopeful for the recovery of the true way of peace.

http://www.fethullahgulen.org/conference-papers/contributions-of-the-gulen-movement/2469-islamic-prospects-for-inter-religious-dialogue-the-contribution-of-fethullah-gulen.html - http://www.fethullahgulen.org/conference-papers/contributions-of-the-gulen-movement/2469-islamic-prospects-for-inter-religious-dialogue-the-contribution-of-fethullah-gulen.html

 



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 26 April 2010 at 2:32pm
Reflections on the Meeting Between Catholics and Muslims At the Pontifical Council for Interreligious
 
In our world of mass communications, those who seek to reach out to engage meaningfully with members of other faiths bear a particularly heavy responsibility. Ours is a wounded world. Its tragedies are those of an unbridled individualism and materialism, manifested in the decay of family values and in the love of neighbour. Humanity, say our scriptures, suffers when denied the love of the One God, and the love of neighbour. We are, as religions, facing a common threat and challenge in a way that may be historically unique, and we must see this as an opportunity, under Heaven, for real cooperation. We are accountable to God for the sincerity with which we seize this opportunity.

Ours is a world wounded also by misapprehensions about religion. Research suggests that a leading factor for the decay of faith in God is now not problems of the existence of God, or the nature and source of evil, but rather the widespread sense that religion brings discord rather than healing to the world. The reality of engagement between believers of different traditions is overwhelmingly one of conviviality; but extremists on all sides veil this by using language of exclusion and contempt. The Vatican has worked to overcome the negative perceptions caused by some in the West who use religious language to veil political or cultural hatreds, but this is not always noted in the Muslim world. On the Muslim side, the dozens of international conferences of religious leaders who condemn terrorism and unjust war are likewise underreported by the media. In consequence, too many in our world are unaware of the quieter, but immensely hopeful story, of real theological, personal and spiritual respect which exists between members of the Abrahamic faiths.

It has not escaped the attention of the Pontifical Council, likewise, that our document is addressed to all branches of the Christian family. We have been heartened by the warmth of the speedy response from very many Christian church leaders and thinkers from the Reformed tradition, and we have agreed to meet their representatives for a significant theological engagement in Yale this July. The response from the Anglican Church has been warm and heartfelt, and we look forward also to our forthcoming meeting with Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and other Anglican theologians later this year in Cambridge. We are also grateful for the energy with which Georgetown University has set in train arrangements for our meeting there in January of 2009. Likewise, the particular demographics of many Middle Eastern countries ensures that relations with the Orthodox Churches will be vital to our concerns, and initial reactions from Moscow and Istanbul have already demonstrated the importance of the Common Word initiative in those important centres of Christian ecclesial life.

Finally, on behalf of the Muslim delegates, may I reiterate my appreciation for the Holy See’s warm sense of the importance of the Common Word initiative, and for the generosity and frankness of the opening remarks by Cardinal Tauran, and the subsequent rich discussions, which have led, by the favour of God, to the joint decision to proceed with a first seminar of the Christian-Muslim Forum.

‘And success is from God’.

Sh.Abdal Hakim Murad
 
http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/reflections_on_the_meeting_between_catholics_and_muslims_at_the_pontifical_/ - http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/reflections_on_the_meeting_between_catholics_and_muslims_at_the_pontifical_/


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 April 2010 at 12:38am

American Muslims and Protestants, Can we talk?

Last week, the Pentagon rescinded their invitation to speak at a National Day of Prayer event for pastor Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham, because of his past and current sentiments about Islam. Speaking about the decision, Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said, "This Army honors all faiths and tries to inculcate our soldiers and work force with an appreciation of all faiths and his past comments just were not appropriate for this venue.” ...

American Muslims and Protestants have a lot of work to do. There needs to be more dialogue between the two faith communities: not to convert each other's flock, but to promote increased mutual understanding. American Protestants need to understand that their American Muslim neighbours do worship the very same God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Moses, and Jesus. They need to understand that the name, "Allah," is just the Arabic form of the Aramaic "Alaha," which is what Jesus Christ called God. American Protestants should know that Islam reveres and honours Jesus Christ, who is mentioned more by name in the Quran than the Prophet Muhammad himself. ...

http://islamonline.com/news/articles/2/American-Muslims-and-Protestants-Can-we-talk-.html - http://islamonline.com/news/articles/2/American-Muslims-and-Protestants-Can-we-talk-.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 April 2010 at 12:07am

Gülen's Response to the 'Clash of Civilizations' Thesis

Tolerance means closing our minds to the faults of others, respecting ideas with which we disagree, and when attacked verbally, responding with mildness or as the Qur'an says, with 'gentle words.' Interfaith dialogue involves stressing the commonalities between the world religions, rather than past polemics and historical differences.

In regard to compassionate love Gülen calls the universe a symphony of compassion because without compassion everything is in chaos. Souls filled with love are in Gülen's view, the greatest heroes in the cosmos. The way of love is the way of the prophets. Part III contains my own views on the clash of civilisations. Written in the spirit of Gülen, I argue that in contradistinction to Huntington, the Muslim world is not monolithic, that many of the past wars and clashes were within the same civilisation, and that the real clash is between extremists of all types and moderates within the same culture or civilisation. I also highlight the ecumenical message of Islam, namely, that all religion deserve respect and courtesy, that followers of different religious traditions should compete with one another in piety, and that the rope that links us to God also links us to one another (Qur'an 3:103).

"The differences of opinion among the learned within my community are (a sign of God's) grace." (The Prophet Muhammed) "The variety of religions belongs to the beauty and richness of the human situation because it is only the entire rainbow that provides a complete picture of the true religious dimension of Man." (Panikkar 1999: 17).

http://www.fethullahgulen.org/conference-papers/contributions-of-the-gulen-movement/2470-gulens-response-to-the-clash-of-civilizations-thesis.html - http://www.fethullahgulen.org/conference-papers/contributions-of-the-gulen-movement/2470-gulens-response-to-the-clash-of-civilizations-thesis.html



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 May 2010 at 12:47pm
The Gülen Movement as a Mechanism for Integration of the Muslim Community in Europe: Potentials and Constraints

This paper discusses the potential of the Gülen movement to serve as a mechanism for, in the medium term, the integration of the Turkish community in Europe and, in the long term, the Muslim community as a whole, taking into consideration the obstacles to this process, given the composition of different communities.

Although many of Gülen's ideas are far from conventional theologically, the real novelty of his work is that it motivates people who are at least sympathetic to his ideas to put them into practice: the ideas do not remain theory and aspiration but become a charter or action-plan implemented by members of the movement. The movement's influence on Muslim community is examined from both a theoretical perspective (i.e. the position of Gülen's ideas within Islamic understanding of dar al-Islam and dar al-harb) and a practical perspective (i.e. the activities of the movement in western Europe that have actual and potential effectiveness in bringing about integration). ...

http://www.fethullahgulen.org/conference-papers/contributions-of-the-gulen-movement/2458-the-gulen-movement-as-a-mechanism-for-integration-of-the-muslim-community-in-europe-potentials-and-constraints.html - http://www.fethullahgulen.org/conference-papers/contributions-of-the-gulen-movement/2458-the-gulen-movement-as-a-mechanism-for-integration-of-the-muslim-community-in-europe-potentials-and-constraints.html



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 03 May 2010 at 8:03am
Europe-Level Meeting on Religious Freedom and Extremism Held in Cordova

 
03 May 2010
 
"International Conference on Religious Freedom in Democratic Societies", a high-level meeting on religious freedom and radicalism in Europe is being held today and tomorrow in the Palacio de Congresos de Córdoba (pictured), in Cordova, Spain.
 
Organised by the Spanish Presidency of the EU and the Alliance of Civilisations, it is being attended by around 150 European experts, together with politicians, religious leaders and opinion makers.
The objective of this meeting is to serve as a platform for debate in order to analyse the current situation and the perspectives of freedom of religion and beliefs in democratic societies, as well as to present suggestions for enriching research into this subject.
 
Scheduled to attend are the Spanish Secretary of State for the EU, Diego López Garrido; the Spanish Justice Minister, Francisco Caamaño; the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilisations, Gilles De Kerchove, Counter-Terrorism Coordinator of the EU; Jorge Sampaio; the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain, Jacobo Israel Garzón; the advisor to Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Hadi Adanali; French academic and expert in Islamic Studies, Olivier Roy; and Tariq Ramadan, from the Euro-Muslim Network.
 
Cordova is the choice of venue because it is a city steeped in the traditions and symbolism of the three cultures (Christianity, Islam y Judaism).
 
The Alliance of Civilisations is a United Nations initiative, co-sponsored by Turkey and Spain, whose objective is to work towards overcoming existing rifts in international society that are connected to religious and cultural differences.
 
This initiative is concerned with eradicating prejudices and errors of perception and creating a world-wide movement which, reflecting the wishes of the majority of the population, rejects extremism in any society.
 
http://en.islamtoday.net/artshow-229-3605.htm - http://en.islamtoday.net/artshow-229-3605.htm
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 05 May 2010 at 12:10am

An Islamic perspective on Interfaith dialogue

Dialogue is not about trying to defeat others, but about understanding and learning about them. The Qur’an insists that the world’s beauty lies in its racial and religious pluralism, otherwise God would not have created it so (10:99 and 5:48). The Qur’an states: “O mankind! Lo! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another” (49:13).

The process of dialogue forces people to examine and reconfirm their own religious identity and to strengthen their own beliefs while respecting those of others with patience and dignity.

In this sense, interfaith dialogue can provide a platform to understand and cooperate with each other. For this dialogue to move forward successfully, representatives of different faiths engaged in active dialogue should agree on the following three principles: forced conversions are not condoned; followers of all religions are free to lead lives in accordance with their own beliefs; and the values inherent in all religions — especially patience and tolerance – that allow their followers to coexist with one another peacefully are respected ...

http://islamonline.com/news/articles/2/An-Islamic-perspective-on-Interfaith-dialogue.html - http://islamonline.com/news/articles/2/An-Islamic-perspective-on-Interfaith-dialogue.html



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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 08 May 2010 at 1:09pm

Compassion Comes First

On Saturday, April 24, 2010, the Mayor and the City Council of Seattle signed a document making Seattle the very first city in the United States to take on a ten-year commitment to become a more compassionate city.

Seattle is the first city to join the 10-year Campaign for Compassionate Cities in support of the Charter for Compassion.

The event itself was wondrous, coordinated by the Compassionate Action Network and hosted by the Center for Spiritual Living in Seattle. We three /blogs/interfaith-amigos/interfaith-amigos - Interfaith Amigos were delighted to participate both in the morning and the evening programs, and to learn from all who participated. Karen Armstrong proved to be a particularly inspiring teacher, with an incredible grasp of the history of religious thought and the common pursuit of compassion.

The Abrahamic religions, as Karen Armstrong has often expressed, each focus on compassionate action in the world. A central text in Judaism was quoted by Jesus(pbuh), and forms the basic impulse to compassionate action in both traditions: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 7:12)

Compassion is love in action, and love in action begins with loving oneself. The Golden Rule, celebrated by all religious and humanistic traditions, is itself an expression of compassionate awareness. It has been taught in different forms: “Do not do to others that which is hateful to yourself,” was taught by Hillel in the early part of the first century CE; “Do unto others that which you would have them do unto you,” was taught by Jesus(pbuh). “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” (Hadith) Each formulation is significant, and part of a single whole.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/interfaith-amigos/compassion-comes-first - http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/interfaith-amigos/compassion-comes-first


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 09 May 2010 at 8:55am
Cordoba Initiative
 
Our Mission: Cordoba Initiative aims to achieve a tipping point in Muslim-West relations within the next decade, bringing back the atmosphere of interfaith tolerance and respect that we have longed for since Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in harmony and prosperity eight hundred years ago.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 10 May 2010 at 2:57pm
Al-Azhar Establishes International Advisory Body with Russian Orthodox Church
 
Al-Azhar has agreed to set up a joint advisory body with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill offered to Al-Azhar chief Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb to set up a joint advisory body during his visit to the Al-Azhar University in Cairo on Monday, an Interfax-Religion correspondent said.

"We have long wanted to establish relations with your university, which is the most important center of Islamic learning in the world," said Patriarch Kirill, adding that the Al-Azhar University is well known in Russia as "a very strong theological school."  ...
 
http://islamtoday.com/artshow-234-3581.htm - http://islamtoday.com/artshow-234-3581.htm
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 May 2010 at 4:19pm

Delegates from 40 Countries Attend "European Imams" Conference in Vienna
 
The Third Conference for European Imams and Religious Advisors has come to its conclusion in Vienna with 120 Muslim scholars from 40 European countries attending.

The two-day gathering, which was organized by the Islamic Religious Authority in Austria, explored ways to improve the situation of Muslim communities in Austria and Europe at large.

"It is part of the ongoing dialogue between the Muslim and the Western communities aiming to counter Islamophobia in Europe and remove unfair stereotypes about Muslims,"explained tha head of the authority Anas Al-Shaqfa.

"The Muslim communities constitute a source of enrichment to the societies they live in, not a threat as the right-wing parties and extremist Christian groups allege," Al-Shaqfa underscored.

The conference discussed a range of topics pertinent to being imams and religious leaders in Europe: such as moderation as a crucial part of the practical Islamic thought, how imams should deal with domestic violence, and how to promote the role of women as influential members of the European Muslim community.They aslso explored ways and means to communicate to the broader European community Muslim views about current and future European issues, and how to build relations between European Muslims and their fellow citizens by promoting dialogue and peaceful social interaction.

An extensive draft resolution presented at the end of the conference declared that European Muslims want to "be perceived as part of Europe."

The Imams argued for a positive, pro-active participation in society. By using "integration through participation" European Muslims could improve their public image. "Role models" should be presented to a wider audience. "Muslims will then not be perceived as a problem but as part of the solution of modern challenges," the paper said.

The resolution also called for programs to promote the education of Muslim girls and women and said every mosque should have a female contact person for women's issues.

It also expressed concern about a Swiss referendum late last year to ban the construction of new minarets and stressed that the practicing of Islam encompasses the respect of people from other religions or who hold different world views. ...

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 June 2010 at 4:24pm
Peaceful Muslim–Non-Muslim Co-existence in a Secular Context

Abstract


This paper is about the conditions of inter-ethnic, inter-religious and inter-class relations in Gülen schools and looks into their operation in non-Turkish and non-Muslim settings. It aims to examine the relations among young people coming from different groups.

The initial and main steps of the integration processes among different ethnic and religious entities are well observed at school - we hypothesize that it is much easier to transfer knowledge and values to young people with the same or closely similar identities. The field of research is in Russia because Russian society offers an interesting context for the observation of inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations. There we observe the strong ethnic identity arising after the collapse of the Soviet Union with concomitant rise in social rivalry among different groups.

The students at Gülen schools are initially selected on academic merit, and the results then obtained by the schools make their reputation. That reputation increases the attractiveness of the schools and the best young people from different ethnic groups try to get places in them. However, the major focus of my research is to check the level of social integration rather than of academic success and to observe how Muslim-based schools can transmit values in non-Muslim context.

The example of these schools could be useful for ethnically changing societies like the French one. French society should be reassured by the 'republican school' model, and should question the academic and social effectiveness of its methods and approaches rather than the ethnic or religious beliefs of the young French students who attend such schools.

http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/peaceful-coexistence/2521-peaceful-muslimnon-muslim-co-existence-in-a-secular-context - http://en.fgulen.com/conference-papers/peaceful-coexistence/2521-peaceful-muslimnon-muslim-co-existence-in-a-secular-context



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 June 2010 at 3:10pm
Gulen Schools

Fethullah Gülen , Turkish Islamic scholar, has been voted the world's top intellectual in a poll organised by the British magazine, Prospect, and Foreign Policy, a US publication - attracted more than 500,000 votes to find the leading 100 thinkers.

The top 10 individuals were all Muslim and included two Nobel laureates, the novelist Orhan Pamuk, who is also Turkish, at No 4, and the Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, in 10th.

Gülen, the author of more than 60 books, is credited with establishing a global network of schools which preach Islam in a spirit of tolerance. He has been praised in the west for promoting dialogue and condemned Osama bin Laden as a monster after September 11.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 June 2010 at 12:37am
Prince Charles Speech at The Oxford Institute for Islamic Studies, UK

Another excellent initiative by Prince Charles for Bridge Building between the Western and Muslim world through a speech he gave last week at Oxford titled (Islam & Environment)


http://www.tariqramadan.com/Discours-du-Prince-de-Galles-sur-l.html - http://www.tariqramadan.com/Discours-du-Prince-de-Galles-sur-l.html

The last speech he gave there in 1993 was titled (Islam and The West)




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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 21 June 2010 at 3:27pm
Great speech...
 
Bridging divides beyond traditional media
 
The way mainstream media has covered major events of the past two decades leaves much to be desired. After the 9/11 attacks, rigid, insular debates and discussions too often replaced free and open discourse, creating an environment ripe for the rise of blogs.

The prominence of a “good” versus “evil”, “us” versus “them” discourse and the “clash of civilisations” theory made famous by political scientist Samuel Huntington, which claimed that Islam and the West were headed for conflict, limited the range of views covered by traditional media. Simultaneously, facing tough financial constraints, media has been increasingly consolidated in the hands of a few.

In response, there has been an unprecedented rise in blogs and social networks on the Internet, corresponding with the emergence of new technologies. This shift gave birth to a new kind of media – “citizen media” – which has created a paradigm shift in the way information is exchanged and opinions are expressed.

Blogs allow an increasing number of Internet users from different geographic and cultural backgrounds to participate in intercultural, transnational understanding – and to discover that we aren’t so different after all.
 
The polarised debate in mainstream media left little space for the mainstream voices that were desperately looking for common ground between those on both sides.

In this context, blogs provided an unexpected opportunity. More than just information sources; they became platforms for all points of view. By commenting on articles and posts, bloggers discovered commonalities as they connected with each other. They agreed, for instance, that terrorism is in essence counter to all religions' teachings, including Islam.
 
http://www.altmuslim.com/a/a/b/3671 - http://www.altmuslim.com/a/a/b/3671
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 June 2010 at 12:52am
Bridges Foundation Director's Interview by the Jewish Christian Pastor Ben Kok‏

Pastor Ben Kok is one of the biggest Zionists in Europe, a Dutch Jewish Christian Pastor who caused Dutch Muslims a lot of troubles

This is a recent interview he had with Bridges Foundation Director in Amsterdam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2Z5vBmbSI - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2Z5vBmbSI




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Posted By: shamstar
Date Posted: 28 June 2010 at 11:05am
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

Bridges Foundation Director's Interview by the Jewish Christian Pastor Ben Kok‏

Pastor Ben Kok is one of the biggest Zionists in Europe, a Dutch Jewish Christian Pastor who caused Dutch Muslims a lot of troubles

This is a recent interview he had with Bridges Foundation Director in Amsterdam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2Z5vBmbSI - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2Z5vBmbSI




Good vid.

Jazak Allah khair


Posted By: Grotham
Date Posted: 28 June 2010 at 11:36am
Originally posted by shamstar

Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

Bridges Foundation Director's Interview by the Jewish Christian Pastor Ben Kok‏

Pastor Ben Kok is one of the biggest Zionists in Europe, a Dutch Jewish Christian Pastor who caused Dutch Muslims a lot of troubles

This is a recent interview he had with Bridges Foundation Director in Amsterdam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2Z5vBmbSI - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2Z5vBmbSI




Good vid.

Jazak Allah khair


How in the world can a person be a "Jewish Christian Pastor?  That just isn't possible.  If that is the claim of this person, I would hold him and anything he says/preaches suspect. 


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 28 June 2010 at 5:34pm
I agree that a "Jewish Christian Pastor" sounds a bit strange

But the dialogue itself is interesting, as despite the many differences between both sides, they managed to dialogue objectively and some misconceptions were cleared.

They also ended the talk in a positive way, which is very important




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Posted By: TugErbil
Date Posted: 29 June 2010 at 1:24am
Born in Turkiye and Fetullah Gulen is known as a conspirator with the US Government.  No one follows Sufism in Turkiye except for high ranking followers of Gulen (Erdogan and Gul/AKP party) 
Gulen is wanted in Turkey for trying to break down the secular progressiveness that is why he lives seculded on 25 acres in Poconos, PA.  The Americans have kept him around becuase of his connections with all the Central Assian Turkic countries where he has sprung up schools.
Gulen is public enemy to the Moslems.  he is worth $25 billion, a puppet of the Americans, he was the first Imman to give a interview in America about how the Turkish flotilla was not behaving correctly by breaking the Yahudi blockade.
I wouldn't send my children to any of his schools, he has over 600 schools worldwide to creat a 1 world order of Sufi.  Gulen is also from Southeast Turkey and there is reports he is Kurdish.  
My friend's cousin was promised a teaching job with him, but it was a strange arrangement.  For Hizmet the brothers have to pay part of their salary to Gulen. 
He is big besides schools he owns Media (Zaman, Fountain, ERBU TV and more)  which he is thought to control propaganda, he works along the arteries of the system, in the schools, media, poltiics and corporations.   Careful, I smell some problems here.  Check online to EX-Turkish Translator Sibel Edmond's whistleblower statements about Heroin smuggling from Turkey and funding the schools.
http://www.charterschoolwatchdog.com - http://www.charterschoolwatchdog.com
 
Our cultural center offers a good school for our children, it works out perfect because the parents are involved. 
 


Posted By: TugErbil
Date Posted: 29 June 2010 at 1:42am

Majority of my Turkish people don't like or follow Gulen, this is why he has been hiding in seculsion in the USA with his $25 billion empire, in schools, media and banks he owns.

Besides being tied into the US and turkish government I would never trust him and his Sufism from Kurdish turkey.
I knew I remembered something else about Fetullah, it seems that this big scholar has NO EDUCATION beyond the 12th Grade.   If you like at the references scroll down in this article to number 51 - this was the big scandal with Gulen was his lawsuit Gulen Vs. US Homeland Security.  they would not give him a special status of educator but word is Gulen had friends at the American CIA that vouched for him .  
I don't trust this guy he is a tool of the American government and is all about the money and power.
http://www.meforum.org/2045/fethullah-gulens-grand-ambition?gclid=CNG64KC7xKICFRX_iAodejzjoA - http://www.meforum.org/2045/fethullah-gulens-grand-ambition?gclid=CNG64KC7xKICFRX_iAodejzjoA


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 June 2010 at 3:33am
You may disagree with the Gulen movement if you don't like it

But the fact remains that the movement have offered quality education inside and outside Turkey, and have done a lot of social work for the poor

They are skilled in inter-faith dialogue, and this is important for good relations between Muslims and non-Muslims

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 30 June 2010 at 12:37am

30 Days as a Muslim

An episode of the reality television show 30 days

It talks about a devoted Christian who had to spend 30 days with a Muslim family. See what is his point of view after and before this experience.

http://islamicmultimedia.blogspot.com/2007/01/30-days-as-muslim.html - http://islamicmultimedia.blogspot.com/2007/01/30-days-as-muslim.html

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 03 July 2010 at 1:24pm
Interfaith Activities During ISNA's 46th Annual Convention

http://www.youtube.com/isnavideos#p/u/14/fyxGcdRLgOw - http://www.youtube.com/isnavideos#p/u/14/fyxGcdRLgOw

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 11 July 2010 at 10:58am
UAE & Spain Forge Cooperation Agreement to Preserve Andalusian Cultural Heritage
 
 
 
A delegation from the UAE's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dhabi arrived in Madrid with the intention of putting a cooperation agreement into writing. The agreement was with major Spanish institutions in the fields of Arab-Andalusian knowledge, focusing on manuscripts, art, and Islamic architecture.

Muslim rule in Andalusia has historically been depicted as a golden era for the area, and has been credited for having fostered a peaceful coexistence amongst its people. It was thought to have promoted a culture of tolerance, a mutual understanding between civilizations and an exchange of science and views; essentially it served as a bridge linking Muslims to other cultural hubs. ...
 
 
On this occasion, Al Kaabi said: "Andalusia has been famed since old times for being rich in science and art. It is representative of the achievements that have helped to shape our universal quest to serve humanity. Andalusia has an important place in human history as it is seen as a region that encourages tolerance, coexistence and love between different civilizations. That's why it has been described as the 'Jewel of the World', a title that it has earned due to its spirit of coexistence and continuing cooperation."

In contrast to Spain's modern reputation for being inward-looking, Spaniards actually are curious about their North African past. Many wish to trace their ancestors back to the Moors and are proud of the magnificent Islamic architecture scattered across the country.

http://en.islamtoday.net/artshow-236-3699.htm - http://en.islamtoday.net/artshow-236-3699.htm



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Posted By: Nura
Date Posted: 11 July 2010 at 12:47pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

30 Days as a Muslim

An episode of the reality television show 30 days

It talks about a devoted Christian who had to spend 30 days with a Muslim family. See what is his point of view after and before this experience.

http://islamicmultimedia.blogspot.com/2007/01/30-days-as-muslim.html - http://islamicmultimedia.blogspot.com/2007/01/30-days-as-muslim.html

Thanks for brother Shamstar for the link



I have seen a similar reality show in Germany. Sadly the Muslim family taught the German lady some false things about Islam, for example they gave her amulets to protect her from demons! Anyway she saw they were good people and living with them helped her dispelling all her prejudices about Islam, most of all about the "submission" of Muslim women, but also the relationship with other faiths.

Here is a positive comment posted after your video:

I found this show very open and honest. I am a non muslim married to a muslim for a little over a year now. I have learned a LOT about this religion that is completely the opposite of all I heard about it. I have recently return from a solo trip to visit my in-laws in the middle east, so I understand his minority feeling! And after have visited this place I feel like I have honestly SEEN how they are and refuse to LISTEN to how they are ever again.

People don't understand until they actually sit, listen, and learn about these people and their religion. When I actually took the time to befriend a muslim (despite all the stereotypical things being pounded into my head at the time) I found a friend that has changed my life and been a very solid rock for me to lean on. And has been more of a "FRIEND" then I have ever had before.


Alhamdulillah.


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Spare me the political events and power struggles, as the whole earth is my homeland and all men are my fellow countrymen. K.Gibran


Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 July 2010 at 5:57pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

30 Days as a Muslim

An episode of the reality television show 30 days

It talks about a devoted Christian who had to spend 30 days with a Muslim family. See what is his point of view after and before this experience.

http://islamicmultimedia.blogspot.com/2007/01/30-days-as-muslim.html - http://islamicmultimedia.blogspot.com/2007/01/30-days-as-muslim.html

Thanks for brother Shamstar for the link

 
Jazakh Allah Khair to Brother shamstar...I saw the video today and I think it was great...


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La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah



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