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The Bible And Quran Are More Similar Than You May Think

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion

Islamophobia has become frighteningly commonplace in the U.S. There's a lot of hatred, misinformation and misplaced fear being directed at Muslims and...

A Corrective to Islamophobes and Muslim Bigots

Kabir Helminski | Posted 03.08.2017 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

The common misperceptions about the Qur'an's message (among Islamophobes and Muslim bigots) are just as extreme as the misperceptions of some Christians about the message of Jesus.

How Muslims Can Win America's Heart

Stafford Betty | Posted 02.18.2017 | Religion
Stafford Betty

Joining in with other Americans, being flexible, yielding a little here and there, sharing stories, taking classes on something other than the Quran, participating in interreligious dialog--all this helps.

Conservative Fear-mongering Hurts Muslim Assimilation

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.16.2017 | Politics
Dale Hansen

It is human nature to fear things we don't understand. Unfortunately, too often, rather than recognizing this issue and taking steps to become informed, many look for opportunities to justify their fear and the bigotry it creates.

Sandow Birk's Fresh Take on the Qur'an

Michael A. Moodian | Posted 02.11.2017 | Arts
Michael A. Moodian

Southern California has a thriving and eclectic fine arts scene, and the husband-wife team of painter Sandow Birk and ceramicist Elyse Pignolet are tw...

Why We Forgive With Love in Romance, Family and God

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 02.08.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Anhvinh Doanvo

To feel the searing pain of betrayal through a broken heart and continue to love in spite of it is the manifestation of what differentiates love's profundity in all of its forms.

How Would Jesus Read the Difficult Verses of the Qur'an?

John Barton | Posted 02.08.2017 | Religion
John Barton

Fairness toward our Muslim neighbors requires fair treatment of the Qur'an, including its difficult passages. This can be done by considering mainstream Muslim interpretations and exploring context.

According to the Qur'an, Can Jews and Christians 'Partake in the Blessings of Heaven and Earth?'

Kabir Helminski | Posted 01.29.2017 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Many Christians and Jews, ignorant of what the Qur'an proposes, instead project on Islam a version of intolerance and aggression from their own religious history.

Why a Christian Can View Muhammad As A Prophet

Craig Considine | Posted 01.26.2017 | Religion
Craig Considine

Muslims are't at risk of anything when they say "I believe in Jesus." However, if someone says "I'm a Christian and I believe in Muhammad as a prophet," people might start to question one's credibility as a self-professed Christian.

Does the Qur'an Deny The Truth Of Other Religions?

Kabir Helminski | Posted 01.19.2017 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Intrinsic Qur'anic values are not some barbaric medieval system of dogma and rigid rules; these values are fundamentally harmonious with the best of Western Civilization.

Muslims May Have Regressed But Here's What's Really to Blame

Atif Rashid | Posted 01.19.2017 | Religion
Atif Rashid

Muslims claim their religion teaches peace, harmony, love and goodness while the actions of some so-called adherents to the faith prove contrary. How can it be that on the one hand, the religion teaches good while some Muslims commit evil?

The Best Answer to Bad Guys With Qur'ans Is Good Guys With Qur'ans

John Barton | Posted 01.19.2017 | Religion
John Barton

The geopolitical and theological stakes are too high to be distracted by caricatures and reductionism. To move forward, we must embrace our shared and complex humanity, and honor one another's virtues.

Despite Saudi Women's Historical Vote, Saudi Arabia Still Opposed to Democracy

David Oualaalou | Posted 12.31.2016 | Politics
David Oualaalou

True, more than 80 percent of Saudi women showed up at the polls on Dec. 12. But anyone assuming the kingdom is at long last liberating its women is deceived.

To Jews, Christians and Muslims: Let's Stop Drinking the Poison!

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 12.30.2016 | Religion
Yehia Ghanem

As we condemn these shameful crimes and criminals, we must also consider the root cause, the real reasons for their twisted minds.

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.28.2016 | Religion
Michael Shammas

ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.

Fifty Shades of Muslim

Hannah Khan | Posted 12.16.2016 | Religion
Hannah Khan

It has come to the point where laughter is no longer the answer to Trump's stupidity. The rhetoric about Muslims has gotten disgusting, and this filth continues to linger on every social media network, every news channel, every newsfeed, every tweet, and every wall post on Facebook.

The Eternal First Spring: Births, Re-Births and the Cycle of Time in Sufism

Ali Z. Hussain | Posted 12.14.2016 | Religion
Ali Z. Hussain

"And such days We hand out in turns to mankind!" Qurʾan (3:140) "Indeed, time has circled in its original form on the day God created the heavens an...

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.13.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.

The New Center: Between the Right's Bigotry and the Left's Apologism

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I was raised in a Muslim family, in the Muslim cultures of three different countries -- Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. I grew up mostly in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a US ally with almost unconditional Western support, living there for close to twelve years.

What Everyone Should Know About Islam

Andrea Oranday | Posted 12.11.2016 | Religion
Andrea Oranday

When reading the Qur'an and learning about what Islam truly is, I do not see the terrorists in the news or oppressive societies in the Middle East; I see the family from across the street that has never hesitated to help mine in times of need.

3 Issues to Consider Before Assessing the Qur'an

Nick Santulli | Posted 12.08.2016 | Religion
Nick Santulli

What I learned from my introductory Qur'an course is that the text is not absolute and that its meaning is mostly determined on an individual basis.

Let Muslims Wish You a Merry Christmas

Steve Gertz | Posted 12.05.2016 | Religion
Steve Gertz

As we draw this study to a close, we see both the promise and the limits of the Christmas Christians and Muslims share. Clearly, Muslims and Christians do not understand Christmas in the same way. But it's a place to begin, and for that I am grateful.

Here's What Happens When People Think Bible Passages Are From The Quran

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 12.13.2015 | World

How do people perceive Bible verses if they think they're coming from the Quran? Dutch YouTube duo Dit Is Normaal decided to conducted a social experi...

Before We Condemn Islam, Let's Consider Our Own Faiths

John Backman | Posted 12.02.2016 | Religion
John Backman

Their scriptures may imply that God ordered genocide. Their extremists preach hate and destroy artifacts from other traditions. Most of the clergy insist that theirs is a religion of peace. Yes, Christians are in a quandary these days.

These Chilling Interviews Expose Western Stereotypes About the Arabic Language

Brian Hanley | Posted 11.26.2016 | Religion
Brian Hanley