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Quran Is Not for Muslims

Mike Ghouse | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 10.16.2014 | 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 10.16.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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.

Terrific Tashkent

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 10.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

Uzbekistan is an amazing place with very friendly people. Enjoy Tashkent, explore the city by foot and make an effort to meet some of the locals.

An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

Islam needs reformers, not moderates. Yes, it's wrong and unfair for anyone to judge a religion by the actions of its followers, be they progressive Muslims or al Qaeda. But it is appropriate and intellectually honest to judge it by the contents of its canonical texts.

Confronting ISIS Has No Military Solution

Akbar Ganji | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

History teaches us that military attacks and repression cannot eliminate ideas, particularly religious ones, from any society.

Sacrificing of Myself Rather Than Animal This Eid al-Adha?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Current year's Eid al-Adha calls for a conversation among Muslims and all global citizens. We intend to prompt the global conscientiousness regarding the need to help the needy as well as confront those committing crimes against their fellow man and our shared earth.

To Counter ISIS Propaganda, Let's Stop Treating the Quran as Infallible

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Fathima Imra Nazeer

Well-meaning Muslims claim that these Islamists have simply 'misinterpreted' the Quran. But have they?

Rebranding the 'Islamic State'

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

While these terrorists insist they are governing under Islamic law and are carrying out their atrocities in the name of Allah, they are nothing but thugs and assassins who are desecrating a religion and blaspheming the name of Allah.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

Does Islamic State's Brutality Really Have Nothing to Do With Religion?

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Fathima Imra Nazeer

It's time we take our blinders off and started openly talking about the connection between ISIS's brutality and Quranic literalism.

Would You Be Happy in Heaven?

William Irvine | Posted 10.28.2014 | Religion
William Irvine

What would life in heaven be like? The Bible repeatedly assures its readers that heaven is where they want to go, but provides almost no information about what life would be like there.

An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Objectively, there's no denying that today Islamic extremism poses more of a threat than other types of religious fanaticism. There are complex historical, social, and cultural reasons for this. But this is not a matter of the text of the Qur'an being inherently more susceptible to intolerant interpretations than the Bible.

The Decadence of Persecuting Deviance

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.

Muslim Leadership Must Act for World Peace

Qasim Rashid | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Who can argue that greed and deceit has polluted the religions of the world? Islam is no exception. Because of their fear of losing power and control, Muslim leaders have shown shameful complacency and duplicity.

The Coming of Eid al-Fitr

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The pursuit of justice is a good deed in Islam, appropriate for Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr alike. Justice has so far been mocked in the MH17 case. Muslims everywhere should therefore join the appeal for a thorough investigation and punishment of the perpetrators.

6 Convincing Reasons Debunking the Myth of Islam Promoting Hatred of Jews and Christians

Ro Waseem | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Ro Waseem

A common misconception about the Quran is that it promotes hatred of Jews and Christians, and asks Muslims to not be friends with them.

Ramadan Reflection Day 22: Lessons for Life from a Fight with My Wife

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was constantly doing good for people, whether they were his supporters or not. It's one thing to be good to people who are treating you well. It's another to be good to someone who isn't.

Ramadan Reflection Day #20: Selfless Worship -- What Have I Done This Ramadan? (Video)

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I serve as a University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU. Earlier today, I delivered a short sermon that I was recommended to share with you by some of my community members as today's reflection.

Ramadan Reflection Day 17: Organized Evil vs. Disorganized Righteousness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The Muslim community has no federation or established systems of networks of any kind. On a local, state, or national level, there is virtually no communication or strategy being employed whatsoever. Moving aside from building coalitions external to the broader Muslim community, the development of intra-community coalitions is necessary.

Muslims Must Sustain Israel, for the Sake of Palestine

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

For Middle east peace to come to pass, our world needs nothing more than Israel as God wants it to be.