Muslim Voices in America: The Making of a Modern Music Scene

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

Calgary Canada: Engaging our Youth

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

A Changing Religious Landscape: Perspectives on the Muslim Experience in North America

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

Local Muslim youth head up blood donation drive

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

Aga Khan, the hereditary leader of the world's 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims pictured during an interview in Toronto.

Canada: Aga Khan sees hope for Muslim-West relations

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

Calgary’s First Muslim Art Show

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

Muslim Spaces of Worship and Gathering

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

Aga Khan Film will premiere at the Beirut International Film Festival

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

Miscellaneous and Interesting Articles

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

Atlanta: Muslim group feeding 1,000 homeless on Saturday

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

5 million US Muslims seek voice in OIC – Interview with Sada Cumber, US special envoy to OIC

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

Who speaks for Islam: Part I – Gulf News

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

Ismaili Wedding – Andrew R. Slaton | Photographer

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

Calgary Canada: Bridges To a Common Future

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