Intolerance and Racism: Don’t forget, don’t look away, don’t remain silent: Maas and Çavuşoğlu remember the victims of Solingen |Videos

Together with his Turkish counterpart, Foreign Minister Maas took a stance against intolerance and racism in remembering the arson attack perpetrated by right-wing extremists. Foreign Minister Maas and his Turkish counterpart Çavuşoğlu at the memorial to the victims of Solingen., © Xander Heinl/photothek.net Twenty-five years after the arson attack by the extreme right in Solingen,…

“We’ve reached this situation where things are very, very tense, and obviously will affect students here,”— ‘Muslims wonder what’s ahead’|

Muslims wonder what’s ahead: As rhetoric rises nationally, members of Harvard community ponder how to safeguard and support the rights of all — Harvard Gazette When he was in school on Long Island, N.Y., Yaseen Eldik was just another kid. Then 9/11’s hijacked jets crashed into the twin towers, and life changed for the American-born…

‘Time of looking away over’: Germany warns Saudi Arabia to stop funding radical Islamists — RT com

German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel © Stefanie Loos / Reuters Germany has publicly warned Saudi Arabia against further financing religious radicals globally. German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel’s demand to cut money flowing to the Wahhabis comes as some lawmakers are growing weary of Saudi-funded radical mosques. Gabriel stressed that the Saudi regime…

Merkel pledges to protect Muslim faith in an ‘undivided’ Germany |Hollande: Muslims are ‘victims of fanaticism’ — Deutsche Welle de

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has addressed the recent Paris attacks, describing the freedom of the press as one of society’s greatest treasure. She also said that Islam belongs to Germany as much as Judaism. Opening her address to the German parliament on Thursday morning, Angela Merkel said that the Germany stood alongside France in solidarity…

The German Muslim community’s protest against extremism "No" to hatred and injustice — Qantara / Deutsche Welle article by Bettina Marx

***** Read article in Deutsch: Bundesweiter Aktionstag deutscher Islamverbände — Stimme gegen Hass und Unrecht *****   The German Muslim community’s day of action against extremism and injustice was a strong appeal for tolerance. It was also a demonstration that there are many, many Muslims who are not willing to allow their religion to be…

James Foley ‘beheaded’: Isis video shows militant with British accent ‘execute US journalist’ – and warns Obama of more to come — The Independent UK

Islamic extremists destroying mosques in Iraq. A bulldozer destroys Sunni’s Ahmed al-Rifai shrine and tomb in Mahlabiya district outside of Tal Afar AP Militants from the Islamic State have released a video showing a jihadist speaking with a British accent beheading an American journalist in what it says is a revenge killing for the ongoing…

SFU summer program explores Muslim cultures — Simon Fraser University,Canada

Amir Koushkani, Persian ethnomusicologist, composer and musical director, shown here playing the tar, will be a special guest speaker during a summer program on Muslim cultures that focuses this year on popular culture and mysticism. (…) A more accurate understanding of Muslim cultures Now in its seventh year, a summer program at SFU takes on…

Interfaith harmony: Scholars join hands against extremists — Tribune com Pakistan

The bishop of Karachi and Balochistan, Sadiq Daniel, urged religious scholars and civil society members to promote interfaith harmony at a joint press conference on Wednesday. PHOTO: REUTERS KARACHI: Muslim scholars from different schools of thought and civil society members have joined hands with the Christian community in their time of sorrow. They have also…

Tragedy in Nairobi Brings Grief to Kenyans and People All Around the World: Pictures and Stories from Al-Jazeera and the Washington Post — Simerg com and Ismaili Mail

Kenya’s grief is our grief. The unimaginable and unthinkable has happened in Nairobi, where dozens of people, including Canadians, are dead or injured in a brutal attack against civilians in a mall. The victims included children. We feel as if humanity has been taken in its entirety. The preceding statement has its basis in the…

Sunni-Shia Relations: “Plea for a Muslim Peace” — Common Ground News article on learning Lessons from the history of Catholics / Protestants peace treaties of 1648 from Münster, Germany as well as Shi’a Fatimid Dynasty’s Sunni-Shi’a cohabitation of year 970 from Cairo, Egypt

The Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia-Herzegovina Sheikh Mustafa Cerić looks to the past for lessons on improving Sunni-Shi’a relations in today’s Middle East. They are the key to regional stability, he says Today, it’s undeniable that the Middle East is seeing a period of rising sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi’as, especially in Egypt, Syria,…

Video: Mehdi Hasan | Islam Is A Peaceful Religion | Oxford Union

Mehdi Hasan gives his argument for Islam being a peaceful religion. Muslim journalist Mehdi Hasan, political editor of the Huffington Post, warns Anne-Marie Waters that her “astonishing claims” might endanger her future as a Labour Party candidate, but assured her “don’t worry, the BNP will take you”. Hasan asks why, if Islam is “responsible for…

Reza Shah-Kazemi: Defining Without Confining — Ismaili web Amaana

Defining Without Confining: Reflections on a prophetic usage of sacred space. Reza Shah-Kazemi INTRODUCTION In this article I intend to show that, in traditional Islamic consciousness, to define the space of the sacred (the mosque, the qibla, etc.) does not confine the sacred (wherever ye turn there is the face of God), and thus that…