By Hussein Rashid, Hofstra University The international flow of music has also introduced Muslim musics to the American soundscape. Qawwali artist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan worked on the soundtrack for The Last Temptation of Christ, and performed with Eddie Veder of Pearl Jam on Dead Man Walking. Bruce Springsteen, on the track “Worlds Apart,” from The Rising, includes qawwali music as a way to consciously … Continue reading Muslim Voices in America: The Making of a Modern Music Scene
From Almoonir Dewji’s blog The next meeting of the IFNC for this year will be hosted by Calgary’s Sikh Community on Wednesday, February 12th 2009 at the Sikh Society Gurdwara (Old Banff Coach Rd. & 81 St. SW) at 7:30pm. The issue for discussion will be “Engaging our youth” The theme for this year is: Issues Arising When Practising Your Faith in 21st Century Calgary … Continue reading Calgary Canada: Engaging our Youth
Professor Azim Nanji Abstract In the last half of the twentieth century, Muslim communities in North America have been increasingly recognised as an established minority rather than a ‘mere exotic presence’. Their ‘encounters’ with their host communities have been multidimensional and consist of a diverse set of experiences. This article explores three dimensions through which Muslims have interacted with their communities of adoption: a) the … Continue reading A Changing Religious Landscape: Perspectives on the Muslim Experience in North America
By: The Citizen Local Muslim youth head up blood donation drive “This is a way for youth to help locally,” says Aga Khan Youth and Sports organization member Sophia Dayani. The group’s Blood and Bone Marrow Drive for American Red Cross held Sunday at the South Jamatkhana worship center on Flat Creek Trail just outside Peachtree City delivered again this year. Donors gave 55 pints … Continue reading Local Muslim youth head up blood donation drive
Don Cayo , Canwest News Service Published: Monday, November 24, 2008 The spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims says he sees real prospects for new bridges and better relations between Muslim states and the West. The Aga Khan, touring Canada as part of his celebration of 50 years as Ismaili Muslim leader, said despite the West’s “failure” in Iraq and ongoing conflicts … Continue reading Canada: Aga Khan sees hope for Muslim-West relations
The Western Muslim Magazine will be hosting its first Arts and Culture exhibition at Art Central on October 25, 2008. The Muslim Art Movement will feature a display of 50+ painting and photography pieces from local artists as well as live spoken word and musical performances ranging from traditional to jazz to electronica. Come interact, socialize, and mingle while experiencing the work of some of … Continue reading Calgary’s First Muslim Art Show
There are some amazing photographs of Muslim Spaces of Worship and Gathering available at the source if you click on the picture below (including photographs of Gwadar Jamatkhana in Pakistan). While the mosque is the site most often associated with Muslim expressions of piety, there are a range of spaces used by Muslim communities – Shi‘a and Sunni – for their worship and gathering. These … Continue reading Muslim Spaces of Worship and Gathering
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As the divides between the Muslim and non-Muslim world, and within the Muslim world itself, seem to be getting worse – not better – it is time to hear the story of an Islamic spiritual leader who has persevered for fifty years to bridge them. This is the story of His Highness the Aga Khan and the community he leads, the Ismailis, told for the … Continue reading Aga Khan Film will premiere at the Beirut International Film Festival
Article # 1 The secret life of a doomed hotel: remembering Islamabad’s Marriott By Mark Corcoran of ABC’s Foreign Correspondent It’s hard not to get emotional and very difficult to play the dispassionate journalist as I sit here, watching the Marriott Hotel burn on my computer screen courtesy of online news. Initial reports say rescuers still can’t reach the upper floors. How many colleagues, friends, … Continue reading Miscellaneous and Interesting Articles
Charity during Ramadan: 200 volunteers from 36 mosques will help with downtown event Over the last few days, Muslims from across metro Atlanta have gathered in homes and mosques to prepare food and care packages for the city’s hungry and homeless. It’s all in preparation for a giant feast today in downtown Atlanta. Organizers are hoping to feed 1,000 people. The local effort has brought … Continue reading Atlanta: Muslim group feeding 1,000 homeless on Saturday
Interview with Malaysian Newspaper. America’s first ever US special envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Conference, Sada Cumber, was in Kuala Lumpur recently. He talked to NISHA SABANAYAGAM about how the Muslim world has moved from an open society to a closed one. Q: You have visited many countries in recent times. What have you discovered about the Muslim world? A: There are 1.5 billion … Continue reading 5 million US Muslims seek voice in OIC – Interview with Sada Cumber, US special envoy to OIC
By John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed Published: September 05, 2008, 00:21 What do the world’s one billion Muslims really think? What does the silent majority of Muslims want for their lives, and in their politics? Why are the aspirations of the vast majority of Muslims in direct contrast to most of the world’s impressions of Muslims? In this five-part series, carried every Friday during Ramadan, … Continue reading Who speaks for Islam: Part I – Gulf News
Last weekend, I traveled to Richmond, Virginia to shoot an Ismaili wedding. Ismailis are a sect of Shia Muslims, and these folks in particular were mostly of Pakistani/ Indian origins. It was a very interesting experience. everyone was incredibly hospitable, and I really enjoyed observing a different culture. travel updates « andrew r. slaton | photographer images © andrew r. slaton | photographer 2008 Continue reading Ismaili Wedding – Andrew R. Slaton | Photographer
From Almoonir Dewji’s blog You are invited to join us in building a common future founded on trust and understanding. Let’s make Calgary a city that shines with hope for future generations. Come to an evening of hospitality hosted by members of the Muslim and Christian communities in Calgary in conjunction with Initiatives of Change – where we hope to bring the lens through which … Continue reading Calgary Canada: Bridges To a Common Future
Complete article at New York Times. Some more relevant and informational links below Timbuktu Hopes Ancient Texts Spark a Revival The geography that has doomed Timbuktu to obscurity in the popular imagination for half a millennium was once the reason for its greatness. It was founded as a trading post by nomads in the 11th century and later became part of the vast Mali Empire, … Continue reading Timbuktu, Mali
The modern concept of the hospital was introduced by Muslims. The medicine of the medieval Islamic civilization was built primarily on Greek medicine, in particular the writings of Hippocrates and Galen. The most significant contribution of the Islamic civilization to medicine was the establishment of the hospital for the treatment of patients and for training of physicians. Hospices for the sick, poor, travelers, and orphans … Continue reading The modern concept of the Hospital was introduced by Muslims
Florida State University’s College of Social Sciences, the Claude Pepper Center for Intercultural Dialogue, and the Shepard and Ruth K. Broad International Lecture Series welcomed Eboo Patel, author and activist for religious pluralism, Friday, Feb. 22 to speak to the FSU community regarding “The Faith Line: The Need for a Different Conversation on Religion.” Patel studied on a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford University, where he … Continue reading Florida State University welcomes author and speaker Eboo Patel
From Institute of Ismaili Studies February 2008 Dr Amira Bennison of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Cambridge spoke on the urban life of three pre-modern cities under Muslim rule, as responses to specific social, political and religious needs. ‘The Umma in the City: Cordoba, Marrakesh and Isfahan’, was delivered at The Institute of Ismaili Studies on 14 February 2008. Dr Bennison … Continue reading Contemporary Islam(s) & Muslims series lecture on ‘The Umma in the City’
By Dr. Nur Amersi
Los Angeles, CA
The weight of the Muslim Ummah rested on my shoulders as I warmly greeted Rabbi Mark Diamond, the Executive Vice President of Southern California, who had organized our religious and interfaith mission to Rome, the Vatican and Jerusalem.
Tall and formidable, Roman Catholic Archdiocese’s Bishop Edward Clark, who was the co-leader of our mission, smiled at me reassuringly as if he understood my predicament as I glanced around at the 27 faces in our group.
I am not a religious cleric but did have 12 years of Religious Institutional and Foundational experience to draw upon.
Religion had always been simple to understand, theological conflicts within and between faiths always perplexed me. It is our collective “human condition” that has always interested me. It is us, we the people, with all our imperfections who have done the greatest damage to the integrity of the Divine Revelations to mankind.
Arriving in Rome, our family bonding within the group began. Reciting Muslim prayer before every meal was my singular duty, followed by Christian and Jewish Blessings. Rabbi Stewart Vogel, Rabbi Ronald Stern and Stephen Salzman and I shared copies of the International Herald Tribune. Dr. Jerry Campbell, President of Claremont School of Theology, constantly engaged me on intellectual subjects while Bishop Mary Ann Swenson and Fr. Alexei Smith kept me smiling. Jonathan Freund’s solemn duty was to round me up as I was always lagging behind and Jo Zito had to deal with my early morning namaz rituals.
The eminent Monsignor Laurence Spiteri, legal counsel to the Vatican, accompanied us throughout our visit to the Vatican. The Vatican Museums founded by Pope Julius II in the 16th Century have the most exquisite Christian Art history and sculptures, the Sistine Chapel frescoes depict the strong relationship between the Judeo-Christian world and I soon realized how crucial this visit was to have a comprehensive understanding of Christianity. Walking around the restrictive space of the Vatican and touring the breathless paintings in St. Peter’s Basilica whilst listening to the historical intriguing plots about Rome, the Vatican and the Church made our Shia-Sunni Civilization conflict appear quite pale in comparison!
Meeting Pope Benedict was an unforgettable experience, especially as Patrick Powers and Wanda Rizzo intimately shared with me their Roman Catholic beliefs and the spiritual significance of the Papacy. The Blessings of the Spiritual leader should be held in the highest reverence, and the sanctity of the audience will always reverberate with me. Among the Vatican officials we met was Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue specifically with Muslims. His brilliant personality and compassionate humility won my admiration and thus began a lifelong friendship. We had a formal meeting with Cardinal Turan in the Vatican Offices and then dinner later that night where to my delight I found myself seated next to him.
I took him on a whirlwind tour of all my observations of my Muslim world and like biblical Joseph, he interpreted all I saw with accuracy, profundity and visionary insight. I wish I had a kingdom to gift him, but I think he already has one! The Head of Christian Unity and Catholic-Jewish Relations, Cardinal Walter Kasper, has an ever-smiling cherubic expression and I was glad I would never have to confront him on contentious issues. Undersecretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Fr. J. Augustine DiNoia is a serious man with a complicated philosophical project. The technical discussion of Christian doctrinal issues passed over my head but his philosophy had universal applications.