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A Message to Pakistani Muslims Who Attack My Fellow Christians

Craig Considine | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

My Pakistani Muslim friends are peace-loving people. I admire their strong sense of honor and the respect that they show for my Catholic beliefs. The relationship that I have with these Pakistanis makes Sunday's attack even more appalling to me.

Finland's National Radio Will Air Readings Of The Entire Quran

AP | Posted 03.08.2015 | Religion

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's state radio channel YLE is broadcasting readings of the entire Quran in Finnish to improve knowledge of Muslim culture in ...

The Retreat From Universalism: How Identity Politics and Old Time Religion Corrode Human Rights Progress

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Amid the ashes of World War II, with the stench of industrial-scale genocide in their nostrils, the nations of the world pledged to do better. They signed onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

How to Drive the Internet Highway Fearlessly, to Promote Religious Harmony

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 02.24.2015 | Religion
Molly Alexander Darden

If religious leaders are to help influence society to live harmoniously, they will have to take courage and learn this 'new' way, or they can sit back and know they are probably not meeting their full potential.

Exploring Purity And Sexuality In Muslim Communities

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion

As part of HuffPost Live's Deep Dive series on sex and religion, host Nancy Reed spoke with Muslim leaders and authors to unpack some of the myths abo...

Can Islam Be Reformed?

Akbar Ganji | Posted 02.11.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

The many problems that Muslim masses and Islamic countries have been grappling with, coupled with the terrorism perpetrated by radical Sunni Muslims, have given rise to the idea that Islam as a religion cannot be reformed, and that Islam's basic tenet is problematic.

Reading The Bible Like We Read The Quran

Zack Hunt | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Only 0.6% of the population in the United States is Muslim. Most of us in the 99% haven't even held a Quran in our hands. Yet, remarkably, we are a country full of Islamic experts; many of whom are self-professed Christians.

What's the Harm? The Ongoing Effects of Biblical Ideas

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

As long as people continue to read the Bible (or the Qur'an), there will be a need to have this conversation.

The Quran's Voice: Blessing or Terrorizing?

Akbar Ganji | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Akbar Ganji

It is true that there are verses in the Quran in which violence is permitted. Islamic fundamentalists have given such verses a central role in how they interpret the Quran, practically marginalizing the rest. But, enlightened Muslims reject such hermeneutics.

When Disagreements Turn Destructive

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

When we deal with the likes of Netanyahu, let us remember that they are obstacles to our pursuit of justice.

Why Secularism Is Compatible with the Quran and Sunnah -- And an 'Islamic State' Is Not

Akbar Ganji | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

It must be emphasized that true secularism is not opposed to religion, and a secular democratic state will not only eliminate ethnic and religious discrimination, such as pitting Shiites against Sunnis, but will also create the conditions for the religious people to practice their beliefs free of the government. Islam and secularism are completely compatible. In fact, a true "Islamic state" is not only unjustified, but also impossible to establish.

The Challenge of Exclusivity

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

With apparently religiously motivated murders spilling innocent blood across our news screens this past week come serious concerns about the role of religion in our world. And when fear rules the day, increased violence is never far behind.

Closer Than Your Jugular Vein

Aamir Hussain | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

I find it interesting that the Quran mentioned critical veins of the head, rather than those of other organs that are just as important. Indeed, severing other large veins in the thigh, heart, or liver, for instance, would also cause death.

Prophet Muhammad's Example Is the Key to Stopping Terrorism

Qasim Rashid | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Unfortunately, with the world still reeling from the horrific attacks in France that left twelve innocent people dead, anti-theists have jumped on the opportunity to continue their anti-Islam onslaught.

To Prevent Another Charlie Hebdo, Reconsider the Example of Muhammed

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Fathima Imra Nazeer

Accusations of racism or false analogies with racist cartoons do not make much sense either. Islam or Muslim is not a race, it is simply an ideology. Muslims belong to almost every race and ethnicity. This is about Muslims being unwilling to face criticism of Islam and Muhammed.

Charlie Hebdo and the Islamic Debate About Free Speech

Harris Zafar | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Harris Zafar

When you hear extremists such as Anjem Choudary claim that people who mock Islam are required to be killed, tell him to go read the Quran and educate himself on the faith to which he claims allegiance but of which he remains ignorant.

Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and Company: The Critical Problem with the Prophet System

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

You can claim you talk to God in your prayers, but if you want to remain a member of one of the major religions you cannot claim that God has provided you with a revelation that contradicts the views of the accepted prophets of your religion.

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

Quran Is Not for Muslims

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

God is not the God of Muslims and no where he claims that in Quran. He is creator of the universe(s), which is within and beyond our imagination. Quran is a book of guidance to preserve the cohesiveness within and what surrounds us; people and the environment.

Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Honored by PEN Canada

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

So, proudly, claims the official website of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. If you were to ask imprisoned liberal Saudi writer Raif Badawi, you may hear otherwise. Or not. He may not be able to tell you what he really thinks.

Woman Arrested For Tweet Showing Red Stilettos On The Quran

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

A woman was arrested in Turkey this week after she posted a photo on Twitter of red-stilettoed feet standing on the Quran. The unnamed woman in her...

On Non-Violent Islamic Extremism (2/3)

Elham Manea | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Elham Manea

The absence of real reformation has paved the ground for the re-Islamisation process and the rise of political Islam, and from its womb ISIS.

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL (Part 3 of 3)

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

How do you convince the globe's Islamic radicals, and ISIL in particular, that life -- for its fighters, supporters, and its persecuted victims -- is in fact far better than death?

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.

On Non-Violent Islamic Extremism (1/3)

Elham Manea | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Elham Manea

I have a problem with two arguments in this whole debate on the rise of ISIS and Islamic extremism. One says Islam is not the problem and the other says Islam is the problem. Both fail to look at the roots of extremism.