July 26, 2015: On Thursday, July 25, Dr. Hussein Rashid, founder of Islamicate, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency, discussed the relationship between the Enlightenment in Europe and how the state of violence is used to reinforce existing power structures. For more information about Chautauqua Institution visit: http://www.ciweb.org Continue reading Dr. Hussein Rashid: Religion & Violence | Chautauqua Institution
By Hussein Rashid Introduction: It is a question that seeks to understand religion through unitary and static prescriptions. At its core, the question is about what is “Islamic.” Such a question is problematic because a community of believers decides what the religion means. Because human beings are involved, there will be differences. While there are boundaries for who a Muslim is, such as belief in monotheism, … Continue reading Images of Muhammad – What does Islam say about images?
(RNS) Ostensibly, the horrific attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris was because of the publication’s satirical images of the Prophet Muhammad. But to view the assault as simply about images of Muhammad is to accept a long-standing narrative about Muslim sensitivity to portrayals of Muhammad, which plays into conceptions of Muslims as superstitious savages. Just as important, arguing that this attack is about free speech … Continue reading Commentary Dr. Hussein Rashid: Why the Charlie Hebdo attack is not about images or free speech
Excerpt: At the heart of this program, was a roundtable discussion held by the academics along with artists, Salim & Sulaiman of Bollywood as well as Ali Ramzi and Hamin Honari of Qalandar. The roundtable sought to facilitate a dialogue that offered the audience new modes of thinking and articulating narratives of inclusivity in the wider community. There exists a variety of diverse ways in … Continue reading Ismaili Institutions for Canada: Rethinking Identity and Music in Muslim discourse with Salim-Sulaiman, Karim Gillani & Hussein Rashid
Q1: How does your faith group play a role in #GivingTuesday? — #GivingTuesday (@GivingTues) December 2, 2014 My faith says that we should give so that other can be achieve their potential as people and believers. #GivingTuesday — Hussein Rashid (@islamoyankee) December 2, 2014 My faith teaches that being attached to the world detaches you from God. Need balance btwn din (religion) & dunya (world) … Continue reading #GivingTuesday Chat with Dr. Hussein Rashid
An enlightening presentation and discussion on music and identity. This program will help ‘rethink’ modern understandings of Muslim identity in the contemporary world. Through an exploration of music, the presentations will shed light on the cultural/political forces behind the (re)creation and negotiation of identity and forms of expression and their socio-cultural implications. EVENT: Narratives of Expression DATE: Saturday, November 1, 2014 TIME: 9:00 a.m. to … Continue reading Event – November 1 | Ismaili Centre, Burnaby: Hussein Rashid & Karim Gillani – Narratives of Expression: Rethinking Identity & Music in Muslim discourse
Hashtags: #Quran #ttquran #Ramadan Traditionally, Muslims read the Qur’an in its entirety over this time, in a section a day. The Qur’an is split into thirty sections, called juz’, and one section is read each night. This year is the 6th year I am inviting people to tweet the Qur’an for Ramadan. via islamicate: Tweeting the Qur’an #Quran #ttquran #Ramadan 2014/1435. All related Hussein Rashid: https://ismailimail.wordpress.com/tag/hussein-rashid/ Continue reading Islamicate: Tweeting the Qur’an 2014/1435
The Rev. Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham delivers the annual McGinley Lecture. It is followed by responses from Rabbi Daniel Polish, Ph.D. , Professor Hussein Rashid, Ph.D. Usury: A Moral Concern for Jews, Christians and Muslims Text (PDF) | Watch Video Response of Rabbi Daniel F. Polish (PDF) Response of Professor Hussein Rashid (PDF) http://digital.library.fordham.edu/cdm/ref/collection/mcginley/id/10 Continue reading Usury: A Moral Concern for Jews, Christians and Muslims
I was recently at a talk at Yale, where the Chaplain’s Office hosted a tea for me with students. It was a wonderful opportunity to speak to a rising generation of young folks who are interested in religion, and inter-faith interaction in particular. They wanted to know what I got out of the work and why I thought it was important. Some heavy questions that … Continue reading State of Formation – Learning from Others – Intra-Faith Engagement
Following my previous post on putting the Aga Khan’s speech at Brown in a historical context, I want to spend some time on his discussion of technology and human interaction. Rather than speaking only to the Nizari Ismaili community, or to concerns that affect only Nizari Ismailis, he is addressing a larger human concern. If, as the Qur’an states, the Prophet Muhammad was sent as … Continue reading State of Formation – The Aga Khan and the Human Connection
Recently, the Aga Khan gave a speech at Brown University. As the head of a community of Muslims spread throughout the world, a community to which I belong, the speech needs some reflection. As the Imam, or Divinely appointed head of the community, it would be a mistake to read his comments as a concern for the moment.
In the beginning of his speech, he congratulates Brown on its first quarter of a millennium, a nod to the fact that as the current holder of the Office of Imam, there is a continuity going back nearly 1400 years to Imam Ali (d. 661), and 250 years is a small fraction of that time.
During this span of time of the Imamate, the message has been amazingly consistent. Continue reading “State of Formation – Understanding the Aga Khan’s Speech in History, by Hussein Rashid”
By Hussein Rashid, Special to CNN Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bomb suspects, reportedly wrote that “an attack against one Muslim is an attack against all” on the wall of the boat in which he was hiding from police last month. Variations of this refrain seem to be common among angry young Muslim men, especially those who are attracted to violence. However, such a … Continue reading Hussein Rashid writes for CNN: My Take: What Tsarnaev gets wrong about Islam
AN INTRODUCTION TO NAAD-E-ALI By Hussein Rashid Who is the Ali, the universal hero of Islam? The last of those who are known as the Rightly Guided Caliphs, the greatness of Imam Ali (a.s) is best represented by story of Khaybar. The story begins that Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s) laid siege to the fort of Khaybar, but the walls were so well-fortified that the army could not break … Continue reading The Naad-e-Ali in Ottoman Calligraphy, and Other Shia Inscriptions
Many people, myself included, believe that art can build bridges. But the same day that a new festival started in New York that was supposed to do just that, the world was aflame because of another piece of art. I have been to a fair number of programs where an artistic expression is considered a panacea. There is little thought to curation, conversation, or contemplation. … Continue reading Hussein Rashid: Locating the Sacred in a New York Church