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Ramadan Reflection Day 8: Reflections Through Sickness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In that moment I took a breath in, I felt more spiritually connected to God than I had ever before. The realization of a blessing is as simple as breathing.

9 Things You Should Know About the Women's Mosque of America -- and Muslim Women in General

M. Hasna Maznavi | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
M. Hasna Maznavi

Instead of being seen as a celebration of Muslim women, the Women's Mosque of America was erroneously being framed as a "liberation" from Muslim men.

When the "G" Word Doesn't Work

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Dennis Merritt Jones

Because they come from our heads (intellect) rather than our hearts, perhaps all words referring to God do nothing but get in the way, building a sense of separation from It. Perhaps Divinity lives so fully in our hearts as a feeling that the minute we name or label It something we automatically limit our experience of It by drawing boundaries around It.

Why Cartoonists Get Killed

James Heffernan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

What happened in Paris surely reminds us of one thing: Pictures move us in ways that language cannot, and no matter how sophisticated we think we are, we will never fully control their impact.

The Muslim, the Christian, and the Bull

Leona Foxx | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Leona Foxx

"My mother is Orthodox Christian and my father is Muslim," said my new friend, Ismail.

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL (Part 2)

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

Whether ISIL fighters are "brain-washed" or self-inculcated via the internet, the ISIL brand of radical Islam is turning men into remorseless killers.

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

The appeal of the Caliph's simple end times narrative forms the foundation of an Islamist movement which is driving men to commit unthinkable acts of murder, genocide and suicide attacks against strangers with different religious beliefs.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Growing up, my understanding of God was always tainted by a negative framing. Through Sunday schools and Friday sermons, I learned that God was watching me, but only later on in life I understood that God was watching over me-- two very different things.

Malaysia Court Upholds 'Allah' Ban For Non-Muslims

AP | EILEEN NG | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court weighed in Monday on the country's longstanding fight over the word "Allah," saying non-Muslims c...

Exploring Incredible Istanbul

Jamal Hammadi | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
Jamal Hammadi

My most recent exploits took me all the way to Istanbul and it was quite the adventure. Founded in 660 BC as Byzantium, in 330 AD it became Constantinople when it was overtaken by the Roman emperor Constantine.

The Supreme Court Rules That Christianity Is Not Christian

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The Supreme Court ruling is another giant leap toward theocracy. We are descending to new lows, where non-Christians are openly scorned, made to stand up in public to be identified as outcasts.

'Ultraman' Superhero Threatens Malaysian Public Security?

AP | Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia has banned an Ultraman comic book because it uses the word "Allah" to describe the Japanese action hero. The...

Interview on Scholar's Spiritual Journey Into Islam and the Life of Prophet Muhammad

Craig Considine | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

"If I could give one piece of advice to Christians and Muslims worldwide it would be that peace is possible, although it is not always profitable."

The Quran of Pacifists and the Quran of Warmongers

Akbar Ganji | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion
Akbar Ganji

The fundamentalists have transformed the Quran to a book for war and terrorism. But, the pacifists and those who love peace invoke human dignity, peace, justice, and the Prophet as an exemplar of grace, and present a peace-loving interpretation of the Quran.

Besmirching Allah's Name By Trying to Protect It

Imam Muhammad Musri | Posted 03.09.2014 | Religion
Imam Muhammad Musri

I'm fully convinced that the Malaysian court's decision runs counter to the core values and spirit of Islam. Moreover, I call on the Malaysian high court when it hears the appeal on February 24, to correct what I believe is a tragic mistake.

Anyone Can Say 'Allah', Not Only Muslims

Harun Yahya | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Harun Yahya

Such a decision cannot be accepted and defended even if it was directed at one newspaper or a single person. This decision, which is completely against Islam, a religion of peace and brotherhood, must be reversed and there must be freedom of expression for everyone.

Four Reasons Why You Are Probably Not Going to Hell

Brett Gallaher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Brett Gallaher

This may come as a shock, but despite what your ex says about you, you're probably not going to Hell. Relieved? Good! But I hate to break it to you that your ex isn't going to Hell either.

Who Owns Allah, the God? The Malaysian Muslim Fitna

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

There are thousands of names and attributes for God because of the many languages, cultures, and religions.

Malaysia Says Only Muslims Can Use This Word

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A court in Muslim-majority Malaysia ruled Monday (Oct. 14) that only Muslims are permitted to use the Arabic word “Allah” to describe God, o...

A Jain Scholar's Perspective on God

JAINA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
JAINA

An avatar is the being of Ishwar himself when he comes back and takes birth in a human body. In Jainism, everyone has the potential to become a bhagwan. Furthermore, the position is not reserved for any one person.

Egypt & Bali: Opposites Attract

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 11.03.2013 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

For me, having been to Egypt nearly 20 times and to Bali over a dozen, they are the perfect Yin/Yang complement to each other -- the masculine and feminine sides of spirituality.

The True American Gods: Comic Book Heroes

Carl Pettit | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment
Carl Pettit

These fictional men and women, who wear inappropriately tight-fitting spandex costumes and only exist in our imaginations, bring hope to millions of real people on a daily basis, and have become an integral part of American cultural life and identity.

Allah Or God, It Doesn't Matter To Me

Craig Considine | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

I'm a Catholic / but I think Islam is beautiful / Some think I'm interested in converting / No, I'm not / it just makes me think of the one above