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How ISIS Is An Apocalyptic Cult, And What That Means

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.23.2015 | World

(RNS) Many experts agree that terrorists in the group that calls itself the Islamic State believe they are waging an end-times battle against the Wes...

As a Muslim, ISIS's Religion Is Not My Religion

Sana Tayyen | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Sana Tayyen

In what sense is ISIS Muslim? They are the fringe and extreme minority yet the most radical and furthest away from Islam and Muslims. They have named themselves Islamic, robbed the language of the Quran, and donned on 7th century dress and symbols.

To Eat (or Not to Eat) Unclean Meat

Steve Gertz | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Steve Gertz

My wife and I, both of whom are Christians, once had some Muslim friends over for a meal, and we made the mistake of offering them meat that was not halal. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, halal means 'permissible' in Arabic.

6 Awesome Things About the Quran

Ro Waseem | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Ro Waseem

When I first started reading the Quran, my paradigm was drastically different to what it is now. Back then, whether a particular interpretation or belief was rational or not wasn't a prerequisite for believing in it. "It was the word of God, after all!", I thought, "Dare I question it?"

Without Nostra Aetate, I Wouldn't Be Catholic

Jordan Denari | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Jordan Denari

If I had never encountered a five-paragraph document, with a Latin title, written 50 years ago, it is very unlikely that I would still be Catholic today.

Sinner, Savior, or Both: Reflections on Jesus, Salvation, and Phyllis Tickle's Memorial Service

Eric Elnes | Posted 10.20.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

Most Christians claim that Jesus cannot be both sinner and savior. Yet when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, Luke tells us plainly that this baptism was for "repentance for the forgiveness of sins." Why would someone without sin undergo a baptism of repentance?

Carson's Comments About a Muslim President Weren't Islamophobic

Stafford Betty | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

Carson has said he would require any Muslim candidate for the presidency to address the question of sharia and explicitly renounce any belief in it. After such repudiation Carson would be quite willing to support a Muslim candidate. I suspect that most Americans, once made aware of the foregoing facts, would feel that way, including many Muslims.

Muslims Can Serve

David L. Phillips | Posted 10.08.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

A critical distinction exists between a Muslim and a radical Islamist. Muslims may serve. Radical Islamists who reject constitutional democracy and allegiance to the US Constitution may not.

8 Banned Books To Celebrate Blasphemy Day

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Not only is Wednesday (Sept. 30) International Blasphemy Rights Day, it’s also midway through Banned Books Week. For millennia, gove...

This Is Why Muslims Hold Muhammad in Such High Regard

Atif Rashid | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Atif Rashid

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through his majestic spiritual power, brought man from barbarity to humanity. From ordinary human beings, he made them into highly developed moral beings.

Carson's Far Right Christian Attack on the Constitution

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

There is no ambiguity in Carson's statements during his Meet the Press interview on September 20. He's clearly stated his belief that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with the Constitution.

Fragments Of Ancient Quran Could Be Older Than Muhammad

HuffPost UK | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion

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In The World's Largest Muslim Country, Some Millennials Are Questioning Their Faith

Nick Street | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
Nick Street

A few of the young men and women I met in Yogyakarta said they had experienced ostracism and even threats as a consequence of their questioning the faith.

The Truth About Islam and Sex Slavery History Is More Complicated Than You Think

Kecia Ali | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Kecia Ali

Islamic State atrocities, including systematic rape of captive Yazidi women and girls, have prompted debates over Islam and slavery. Simplistic claims that Islam accepts or forbids slavery ignore complex issues of interpretation and implementation. They also obscure both the lasting impact of slavery on Muslim sexual ethics and the troubling ways that only some violence merits notice or condemnation.

Islam: What's the Problem? It's Not Faith -- It's the Neighborhood Which Restricts Muslim Women's Rights

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Islam gets a bad rap -- mostly because it is not understood by large populations of uneducated followers who misinterpret the content and context and are guided primarily by the cultural context of the countries where they reside -- the neighborhood if you will.

New Light on the History of the Quranic Text?

Joseph E. B. Lumbard | Posted 09.07.2015 | Religion
Joseph E. B. Lumbard

If Western scholarship wishes to establish a viable empirical approach to the historicity and meaning of the Quranic text, it must first account for the vast literature on these topics in the classical Islamic tradition. Anything less is academically irresponsible.

Why the Oldest Qur'an Is so Important for Muslims

Nafees Syed | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion
Nafees Syed

Professor Thomas has sharply noted why this is discovery is so monumental for Muslims. It appears to affirm what Muslims to believe is the greatest miracle of Islam--that it is unchanged from its point of revelation and to the end of time.

Student Finds Old Parchment In University Library, Turns Out It's Probably The World's Oldest Quran

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

A Ph.D. student who stumbled upon several ancient pieces of paper hidden in another book may have inadvertently discovered pages f...

Eid al-Fitr 2015: A Celebration At The End Of Ramadan

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion

One of the most joyous days in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Fitr, also known as Eid ul-Fitr or Eid, is a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan&nbs...

On Belief vs. Identity: Letter to a Young North American Muslim

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Remember, your religious beliefs are not you. They are simply part of the medium you were cultured in when you were raised.

Pluralism in Islam -- Between Scripture and Praxis

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Muslim scholars, political leaders and civic society must emphasize the pluralistic message of the Quran and urgently address the pervasive exclusivist attitude among many Muslims.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Lessons Learned on Healing From a Recovering Alcoholic

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Do I believe that most mosques today would let recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak to their congregations? Probably not. Do I think there is a problem with that? Yes, definitely. Our failure to engage diversity in our communities, inclusive of diversity in terms of life experience, leaves us potentially stunted in our individual and communal growth.

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.

Ramadan Reflection Day 4: How to Be Truly Rich -- On Surat al'Adiyat Part 2

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

For those who missed my last reflection, I had started to discuss the profound impact the 100th chapter of the Quran, Al 'Adiyat, had on me. At a time when I felt quite isolated and confused, I found solace in it like I had never found in the Qur'an before and it helped me to read the Quran in an entirely different way. It helped me to understand the human condition, my own condition, in a deeper way.

Walk Not Exultantly Upon the Earth: An Islamic Response to Pope Francis' Encyclical

Joseph E. B. Lumbard | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Joseph E. B. Lumbard

For Muslims and Christians, the place of human beings is not to subdue the earth. It is to hear the patterns already established within nature and live in harmony with them, had we but eyes to see and ears to hear.