Interfaith / Islamophobia News

16 03, 2014

MABDA Report 16/03/2014

March 16th, 2014|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

RISSC Report 16/3/2014
A pastor and an imam once tried to kill each other — now they work to heal Nigeria
In the Nigerian town of Kaduna, two religious men were out to kill each other. And they almost did.
But now Pastor James Wuye and the Imam Muhammad Ashafa work side by side trying to heal the divide between Nigeria’s Christians and Muslims. They are the heads of the Interfaith Mediation Centre, which is housed in a brick building here in Kaduna along the frontline that straddles the Muslim neighborhoods to the north and the Christian neighborhoods to the south.
http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-03-10/pastor-and-imam-once-tried-kill-each-other-now-they-work-heal-nigeria

Doha Hosts Conference on Islamic Ethics
Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), a member of Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS), will be hosting its second annual international conference on ‘Ethics in a Changing World: Contemporary Perspectives’ this weekend.
“We are pleased to introduce the program of CILE’s second annual international conference on “Ethics in a Changing World: Contemporary Perspectives,” CILE website said in a statement released on Thursday, March 13.
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/middle-east/470253-doha-hosts-conference-on-islamic-ethics.html

‘Of Many’ Film Produced By Chelsea Clinton To Premier At Tribeca Film Festival, Featuring Muslim-Jewish Relations
Directed by Linda G. Mills, with Clinton as its Executive Producer, the film "Of Many" documents the extraordinary friendship between two religious leaders — one Muslim, one Jewish — and the rewards and costs of their uncommon alliance.
The film opens with footage of bombings from the Gaza conflict in 2012, followed by images of college students attending Palestinian and Israeli rallies and counter-rallies that serve as a stark reminder of the the volatile and painful tensions between Muslim and Jewish communities on many American university campuses.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/12/chelsea-clinton-of-many-_n_4942499.html?utm_hp_ref=interfaith

Abraham as the bond between the Muslims, Jews and Christians topic on Wednesday
Despite worldwide religious strife, Muslims, Jews and Christians all hark from faith traditions that originate with the prophet Abraham. That fact is being promoted as a peace-building bridge at an event on Wednesday at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island in New Brighton.
Appreciation for both the similarities and the differences between the three major religions will be explored from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The event is sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Center of Staten Island, the Peace Islands Institute and the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Church.
http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/hold_for_worship_315_abraham_a.html

 

 

9 01, 2014

MABDA Report 8/1/2014

January 9th, 2014|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

RISSC Report 8/1/2014
Flowers Cover Swastikas in Sweden Mosque
Members of Stockholm mosque who were shocked last week by graffiti of swastikas on their worshiping house’s doors arrived early on Monday, January 7, to another surprise, though it was a nice one this time.
“I thought society was moving the wrong direction. But now my view changed 180 degrees,” Omar Mustafa, chairman of the Swedish Islamic Association, told The Local.
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/europe/467859-flowers-cover-swastikas-in-sweden-mosque.html

Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot
For the first time, German public schools are offering classes in Islam to primary school students using state-trained teachers and specially written textbooks, as officials try to better integrate the nation’s large Muslim minority and counter the growing influence of radical religious thinking.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/world/europe/germany-adds-lessons-in-islam-to-better-blend-its-melting-pot.html?_r=0

Muslims and Jews sing, talk and protest their way to interfaith cooperation
A program inside a theater on Chicago’s North Side feels a little like a talent show, or maybe a family reunion. Performers step up from the audience to recite original poetry, do interpretative dance or sing.
The sound quality’s spotty. The pacing’s a little off. But this isn’t about slick production values or seamless performances. The goal here is far more ambitious: to bridge the divide between Jews and Muslims in Chicago.
http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/muslims-and-jews-sing-talk-and-protest-their-way-interfaith-cooperation-109452

 

31 12, 2013

MABDA Report 16/12/2013

December 31st, 2013|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

RISSC Report 16/12/2013
Prince Charles and Prince Ghazi of Jordan to celebrate Christian Community from the Middle-East
Prince Charles is known for his keen understanding and study of the various religions that are practiced not only in Britain but abroad. He is recongnised for fostering a dialogue between the West and Islam. In a speech titled “Unity in Faith” at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt in March 2006, The Prince of Wales said: “We may have a human weakness to criticize and to compete with each other. But what we have in common, as people of faith, calls us beyond this towards mutual respect and understanding.”
“In the season of Advent, when Christians look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ and the season of peace and goodwill to all men, The Prince of Wales wants to draw attention to the importance of harmony and understanding between people of all faiths,” noted Clarence House.
http://www.royalcentral.co.uk/charlesandcamilla/the-prince-of-wales-and-prince-ghazi-of-jordan-to-celebrate-christian-community-from-the-middle-east-21051#.Uq6_7jjxvrd
OIC chief praises pope’s efforts to revitalize interfaith dialogue
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has commended the efforts exerted by Pope Francis to revitalize interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
Ihsanoglu made the comment during his first meeting with the pope at the Vatican on Friday.
The secretary-general pointed out that today the presence of Muslims in historically Christian countries has expanded, while some OIC countries either have native Christian communities or have witnessed in recent years the arrival of Christians as guest workers.
http://www.arabnews.com/news/492916

UAE Plans Mosques for Foreigners, Deaf
Deaf and non-Arabic speaking Muslims will now be able to better understand their faith after UAE’s Sharjah religious authorities announced their plans to offer Friday’s sermons in five languages, along with translating them into sign language.
“The department, geared up to meet needs of all segments of society, has hired and dedicated 48 mosques to give the Friday sermon in Urdu, Malayalam, Pashto, Tamil, and English languages,” Shaikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Chairman of The Department of Islamic Affairs in Sharjah (DIAS), told Khaleej Times on Sunday, December 15.
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/middle-east/467041-uae-plans-mosques-for-foreign-deaf-muslims.html

 

31 12, 2013

MABDA Report 8/12/2013

December 31st, 2013|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

RISSC Report 8/12/2013
Muslim Scholars Pay Tribute to Mandela
A leading international Muslim organization has paid tribute to late South African leader Nelson Mandela, sending Muslim scholars’ condolences to South Africa government and people, as well as supporters of freedom and dignity in Africa and worldwide.
“The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), chairman, secretary general and members, send their condolences to South Africa government and people in the departure of Nelson Mandela, an icon for struggle towards freedom, justice and human dignity,” IUMS said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net on Saturday, December 7.
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/global/466663-muslim-scholars-pay-tribute-to-mandela-.html

World Muslims Pray For Mandela
World Muslims worldwide have paid tribute to the late international icon Nelson Mandela, as South Africa Muslims called for prayers for the former president, his family and friends.

“The greatest gift one can give to a human being is freedom and that is what Mandela did for all South Africans,” Ganief Hendricks, a leader of Al Jama-Ah political party, said in a statement cited by South Africa’s Independent.
http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=486819

Clergy Beyond Borders takes interfaith dialogue on the road
A caravan arrived at All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunderland one Saturday morning in October. In modern times, a caravan usually means a traveling circus or carnival. This caravan, however, comes a little closer to the term’s original meaning, a company of travelers, often pilgrims, banded together to travel through areas where they might encounter antipathy or ill feeling from that region’s natives.
This caravan is made up of members of the clergy from three of the world’s major religions, banded together to endorse and encourage interfaith dialogue. Clergy Beyond Borders is a group of religious leaders who have formed a non-profit organization in response to the increase in hate crimes in the name of religion that have grown in number each year since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The group hopes this educational mission will help to counter the passive, and sometimes aggressive, animosity that has been shown to American citizens who are Muslim.
http://www.somdnews.com/article/20131206/NEWS/131209390/1059/clergy-beyond-borders-takes-interfaith-dialogue-on-the-road&template=southernMaryland
Spain Regulates Halal Food
In a bid to normalize, regulate and control the Halal market in Spain, the Cordoba-based Halal Institute has cooperated with the Spanish standardization authority to develop new regulations related to the growing halal market.
“This is the first time that a Technical Committee on Standardization, addresses technical and religious aspects,” a press release obtained by OnIslam.net quoted Hanif Escudero, the director of Halal Standardization, as saying.
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/europe/466607-spain-regulates-halal-food.html

 

31 12, 2013

MABDA Report 1/12/2013

December 31st, 2013|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

RISSC Report 1/12/2013

German President Praise Islamic Theology
German President Joachim Gauck has praised the Muslim community as a part of the German society, asserting Germany as a common land for all its citizens.
“Over two thousand sanctuaries and mosques have been built in different cities of the country,” President Gauck was quoted by Anadolu Agency on Thursday, November 28.
The president was speaking during a Thursday’s visit to Munster University’s Islamic Theology Center.
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/europe/466451-german-president-praise-islamic-theology.html

A beacon for interfaith peace
In Indonesia, the Nahdlatul Ulama preaches the spirit of brotherhood to maintain peaceful coexistence among the country’s Muslim-majority, diverse ethnic society.
THE Global Peace Festival (GPF) Malaysia recently interviewed Dr H. Marsudi Syuhud, fondly known as Pak Marsudi, on his views about Indonesia’s diversity and interfaith experience. He is currently general-secretary of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the largest Muslim organisation in Indonesia, and is an influential force in Indonesia’s peaceful coexistence among its Muslim-majority, diverse ethnic society. The following are the edited excerpts of the interview.
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/12/01/A-beacon-for-interfaith-peace.aspx

Progressive Mosques Gain Ground in America
At first glance el-Tawhid Juma Circle doesn’t look like a mosque. After all, it is only a conference room at a local business somewhere in Toronto. The location is kept private to protect community members from possible harm since the mosque is the frequent target of online taunts and threats.
Chairs are pushed up against the walls under windows where glaring sunlight marks geometric shapes along the floor. Every inch of the formal leaf-patterned carpet is covered with bed sheets in all shades of purple and orange and an occasional ruby red and highlighter green.
http://www.theislamicmonthly.com/progressive-mosques-gain-ground-in-america/

31 12, 2013

MABDA Report 24/11/2013

December 31st, 2013|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

RISSC Report 24/11/2013

New Zealand to Open First Muslim Forum
Extending harmonious relations with the Muslim community, New Zealand’s Ethnic Affairs Minister has welcomed the opening of the Muslim World Forum to discuss the minority’s rich contributions in her country.
“This Forum is a fantastic opportunity for the Muslim community to reflect on its journey so far and discuss its future contribution to New Zealand,” Judith Collins said in a New Zealand Government press release on Friday, November 22.
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/asia-pacific/466237-new-zealand-to-open-first-muslim-forum.html

Venice councilman changes view on Muslims and terror
After a speaker denounced Muslims at a 9/11 memorial service in Venice this year, City Council member Emilio Carlesimo said he agreed with the sentiments that Muslims were unapologetic for terrorism and that they were working to infiltrate Western governments. He called the speech “rousing.”
But Carlesimo has a different view today. For the past two months, Carlesimo has met with a representative for the Council on American-Islamic Relations and a Port Charlotte imam to discuss the faith and Muslims in America.
The change in Carlesimo was evident this week when the keynote speaker at the controversial 9/11 event, Tom Trento, who heads the group The United West, returned to the area to speak to the Nokomis, Osprey, Venice Area Republican Club.
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20131121/ARTICLE/131129913/-1/sports?p=1&tc=pg

Jewish-Muslim Outreach In Vienna, Courtesy Of New York Interfaith Activists Rabbi Marc Schneier And Imam Shamsi Ali
New York Rabbi Marc Schneier won a small but significant victory on a recent visit to Vienna – a promise from the head of Austria’s Islamic community to promote Holocaust education among the country’s half a million Muslims.
Invited to an interfaith lunch along with his years-long partner in Jewish-Muslim outreach, Imam Shamsi Ali, Schneier found himself having a “very, very frank exchange” of views with Muslim leader Fuat Sanac, whom the Austrian Jewish community was hosting for the first time.
Dismayed at the apparently low level of awareness among Muslim children about the Holocaust, Schneier asked Sanac whether he would be willing to address this by allowing Jews to carry out an education program in the Muslim community, and, to his surprise, Sanac agreed.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/23/jewish-muslim-outreach-vienna_n_4318871.html?utm_hp_ref=interfaith

 

10 11, 2013

MABDA Report 10/11/2013

November 10th, 2013|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

RISSC Report 10/11/2013
Religious leaders come together for interfaith seminar
Representatives of Christianity, Islam and Judaism convened for a panel discussion about their respective holy books at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro Sunday night.
The seminar, entitled “God’s Books: Reading Scripture in Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” featured six speakers who discussed the similarities and differences between the three Abrahamic traditions.
The speakers were: Jamal Badawi, an Egyptian Muslim scholar who resides in Canada; Ossama Bahloul, the imam, or religious leader, of the ICM; Frederick Bauerschmidt, a Catholic theologian at Loyola University in Baltimore; Sally Holt, an associate professor of religion at Belmont University who identified herself as Protestant; John Oliver, pastor at St. Elizabeth Orthodox Christian Church in Murfreesboro; and Rabbi Rami Shapiro, an author and blogger in Murfreesboro.
http://www.dnj.com/article/20131104/NEWS01/311040031/?nclick_check=1

 

US Art Expo Explores Muslim Life
Portraying Muslims daily life through the lens of art, students in a leading American university have inaugurated a multimedia expo about Islam, which will be running through November.
“Islam is a religion that can be interpreted in so many ways and through so many different passions,” Layla Quran, a junior student at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and co-organizer of the expo at Chapel Hill, told the Daily Tar Heel.
“There’s so much room for possibility — you can interpret it in a way that fits your lifestyle.”
http://islam.ru/en/content/story/us-art-expo-explores-muslim-life

Religious heads meet for peace
As the world continues to get increasingly polarized by infighting and animosity between religious groups, members from several faiths and communities attended ‘Interfaith dialogue for Modern Era’, a meet for peace and harmonious co-existence organised by the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. A decision to organise another similar conference in the near future was taken at the meet.
 The two-day meet attended by members of 10 faiths is part of the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Swami Vivekan and, who enthralled the Parliament of World religions in 1893 in Chicago. “Peace, love, harmony and brotherhood have always been the language of Pirs, Fakirs and Saints alike. People remember them more than any ruler because they have spread the religion of humanity. They lit a candle in one through the efforts of another. We will make sure that this effort is taken forward andanother such interfaith dialogue is organised,” said Maulana Syed Ather Ali.
http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-religious-heads-meet-for-peace-1916689

3 11, 2013

MABDA Report 3/11/2013

November 3rd, 2013|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

Turkish MPs enter parliament wearing headscarves
The lawmakers — Sevde Beyazit Kacar, Gulay Samanci, Nurcan Dalbudak and Gonul Bekin Sahkulubey — attended the chamber on Thursday wearing the hijab, which is traditionally worn by many women in Turkey.
The four are all members of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).
"I will no longer take off my headscarf," Sahkulubey was quoted as saying by Turkey’s Milliyet newspaper, noting that "I expect everyone to respect my decision."
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/31/332325/turkey-mps-enter-parl-with-headscarves/

Pope urges inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar
Pope Francis called for inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar on Monday at an audience for Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in which the two also discussed her long campaign for democracy.
Francis "expressed his appreciation for the opposition leader’s non-violent engagement in the cause of peace and democracy" during the meeting, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said.
"The pope said he would pray for Myanmar, for inter-religious dialogue in the country. He also said the Church would be at the service of everyone in Myanmar without discriminating."
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pope-urges-inter/865184.html

Southern California Mosques Open Doors To Fight Islamophobia
Mosques from San Diego to Los Angeles opened their doors to people of all faiths on Sunday.  Now in its 12th year, Open Mosque Day is sponsored by the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.  The event aims to dispel Muslim stereotypes and Islamophobia that still persist in the U.S. more than a decade after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
On a Sunday, when Christians attend church, Muslims invited the public to step inside their place of worship to take a tour and ask questions.  Ahmed Asim Buyuksoy is the Director of Religious Affairs at The Islamic Center of Southern California.
http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=476536

Why-Islam Expands in Mexico
After notable success in the US, a leading Muslim organization has expanded its awareness campaign to Mexico to present an accurate image of Islam and create new opportunities for dialogue with a new community.
“We should be ready to welcome them and have resources available to them to further their understanding," Nouman Ali Khan, a community leader participating in the one month tour of Mexico, was quoted as saying in a statement issued on Wednesday, October 30.
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/465575-why-islam-expands-in-mexico-.html

27 10, 2013

MABDA Report 27/10/2013

October 27th, 2013|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

Event held in UK to boost understanding of Islam
Followers of different faiths have held an interfaith event in Gloucester, southwest England, to boost Britons’ understanding of Islam and Muslims.
During the event, titled Engaging with Islam and organized by St James’ and Christ Church, Gloucester’s first Muslim Sheriff Said Hansdot said the recent murder of a British soldier in Woolwich, London, and the ensuing arson attack on the city’s mosque showed the need for greater efforts to introduce people to Islam.
"Until what happened a few months ago, we had thought we were doing a great job in engaging with the community but obviously a lot of work still needs to be done," Hansdot, told The BBC.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/21/330526/interfaith-event-in-uk-focuses-on-islam/

Interfaith dialogue goes to the Far-east
Leader of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Archbishop of Pec Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, Patriarch Irinej, is in Jakarta to attend the Indonesia-Serbia Bilateral Interfaith Dialogue (ISBID) II at the Religious Affairs Ministry on Wednesday. The dialogue lasts from Oct.22 until Oct.26 and will be attended by government representatives and religious figures from both countries. The event has been organized in an attempt to reflect both countries will to live in peace.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/23/interfaith-dialogue.html

The man behind Malaysia’s interfaith tours
Uthaya Sankar was raised a Hindu, but as a child, he often went to Sunday school at a Christian church and even sometimes played at mosques.
"We had colouring contests, we went looking for the Easter eggs… and it was fun meeting people from different religions," said Mr Uthaya.
But by the early 1990s, things had changed, he said. People refused to visit other religions’ places of worship and he felt Malaysia’s political parties began to emphasise religious differences – rather than similarities – for political gain.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24583935

22 09, 2013

MABDA Report 22/9/2013

September 22nd, 2013|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

Pope Francis’ Letter To Grand Imam Of Al-Azhar Calls For Mutual Understanding Between Christians And Muslims
Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, considered one of the most important centers of learning in Sunni Islam, announced yesterday that Pope Francis has sent a personal message to the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al Tayeb.
Pope Francis conveyed his good wishes to Al-Tayeb via a face-to-face meeting between the Grand Imam and the Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt, Mgr. Jean-Paul Gobel, reports Catholic website Abouna. Gobel personally delivered Pope Francis’ Ramadan greetings to the Muslim world as well as a message to Al Tayeb expressing his hope for greater dialogue between Muslims and Christians.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/18/pope-francis-letter-al-azhar_n_3948461.html?utm_hp_ref=interfaith

Religious leaders and Syrian refugees meet in Lebanon
Halba, Lebanon –Here, in the northern Lebanese district of Akkar, Catholic-Maronite, Sunni, Greek-Orthodox and Alawi villages are scattered all over the landscape. The Syrian border is a 15 minute drive to the north of the northern Lebanese town of Halba, and residents can hear shelling in Syria at night and episodes of sectarian strife occurring regularly.
http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=33212&lan=en

Dalai Lama Urges Burma Muslims Protection
Saddened by increasing sectarian violence in Burma, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has sent a new outcry to Buddhist monks to stop prosecuting Burma Muslims, urging them to adhere to ‘Buddhist principles’.
"Those Burmese monks, please, when they develop some kind of anger towards Muslim brothers and sisters, please, remember the Buddhist faith," the Dalai Lama said at the annual human rights conference in the Czech capital.
http://www.onislam.net/english/news/asia-pacific/464528-dalai-lama-urges-burma-muslims-protection.html

8 09, 2013

MABDA Report 8/9/2013

September 8th, 2013|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

King calls on church leaders to help end sectarian strife

In an address to a gathering of Western and Arab church leaders in Amman, King Abdullah urged clergymen to play a greater role in curbing extremism and sectarian tensions that have emerged across the region.

The meeting came as Christian and Muslim religious leaders on Tuesday started a conference on challenges facing Arab Christians, which was opened by HRH Prince Ghazi, King’s chief adviser for religious and cultural affairs and personal envoy, deputising for the King.

http://www.themuslimtimes.org/2013/09/countries/jordan/king-calls-on-church-leaders-to-help-end-sectarian-strife#ixzz2eHXWdb9w

 

Jordan’s King Abdullah Invokes ‘Duty’ to Protect Mideast Christians

Jordan’s King Abdullah, speaking at a two-day conference on the plight of Middle East Christians, declared that it is a Muslim’s “duty” to protect Christians.

The two-day conference in Amman on “The Challenges Facing Arab Christians” brought together more than 70 high-ranking representatives of Middle Eastern churches. The conference was organized by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs, who has a long history of interfaith work.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/09/07/jordan%E2%80%99s-king-abdullah-invokes-%E2%80%98duty%E2%80%99-to-protect-mideast-christians/

 

Sunni-Shia relations the key to regional stability

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, Iraq and Lebanon. On 20 August, King Abdullah II of Jordan addressed Sunni and Shi’a religious leaders at a Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought conference, speaking about the “danger of manipulating religion for political purposes and sowing the seeds of hateful ethnic and intra-religious sectarian division.”

Historically, the region has not suffered from the gross religious and denominational intolerance that was seen in Europe between Catholics and Protestants, especially in the 1500s and 1600s. In Europe, the way out was the series of peace treaties that comprised the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, referred to by some contemporaries as the “Peace of Exhaustion”.

http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=33180&lan=en

 

California Pastor Fights Islamophobia

Searching for years for the truth about Islam, a California Presbyterian pastor has been on a mission to debunk stereotypes about Islam, fighting Islamophobia and false fiction about Muslims.

“Islamophobia is out there and it comes as a result of our fear, the fear of Muslims and Islam, which has been with us a long time,” Pastor Ben Daniel of San Jose’s Foothill Presbyterian Church told San Jose Mercury News.

http://onislam.net/english/news/americas/464350-california-pastor-fights-islamophobia-.html

 

Vatican to Investigate Ritual Slaughter Ban

Following a meeting with world Jewish leaders, Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into the recent ban on ritual slaughter in Poland, receiving complaints about its huge effects on the country’s Muslim and Jewish minorities.

“The pope specifically expressed concern about the bans on kosher slaughter in Poland,” the World Jewish Congress said after the meeting.

http://onislam.net/english/news/europe/464325-vatican-to-investigate-ritual-slaughter-ban.html

 

1 09, 2013

Mabda Report 01.09.13

September 1st, 2013|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

Seeking a world full of peace through dialogue: A meeting between His Majesty King Abdullah II and Pope Francis

Dialogue and negotiations are “the only option for putting an end to the conflict and violence” in Syria, said Pope Francis and Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

As Western leaders expressed strong convictions that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack against its own citizens and vowed to take action, Pope Francis met King Abdullah and Queen Rania at the Vatican.

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2013/08/29/pope-francis-and-king-of-jordan-say-negotiations-are-the-only-option-for-syria/

US Presbyterian Church Teaches Islam

Bringing both faiths closer, a Farmington Presbyterian church in the southern US state of New Mexico is planning classes on Islam to introduce a true image of the much debated faith to its congregation.

“Ever since 9/11, we who did not understand very much about the Muslim faith certainly have been exposed to it,” Rev. Glenn Perica of Farmington’s First Presbyterian Church told Farmington’s The Daily Times.

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/464259-us-presbyterian-church-teaches-islam.html

Youth generate unique multi-faith community in Bosse, Switzerland

Young people of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths have recently created a unique community at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland. Together they seek to break religious stereotypes, promote mutual respect and enhance their understanding of religions beyond the conflict paradigm.

Taking part in a summer course titled “Building an Interfaith Community”, these young adults were hosted by the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Switzerland from 12 to 30 August 2013.

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/18932

Vatican cardinal: peace among religions possible in Middle East.

The cardinal who heads the Vatican’s interreligious dialogue department said that religious differences in the Middle East do not necessitate violence.

“This is the place where the three monotheistic religions meet, and they have the possibility to build up society,” Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran told CNA on Aug. 29. “The problem is when religion becomes politics.”

Cardinal Tauran was secretary of the Vatican’s nunciature to Lebanon from 1979 to 1983 and participated in special missions in Beirut and Damascus in 1986. He is currently president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-cardinal-peace-among-religions-possible-in-middle-east/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20catholicnewsagency/dailynews%20(CNA%20Daily%20News)&utm_term=daily%20news

25 08, 2013

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21 04, 2013

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April 21st, 2013|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

 

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14 04, 2013

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7 04, 2013

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31 03, 2013

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24 03, 2013

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17 03, 2013

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6 03, 2013

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25 02, 2013

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16 12, 2012

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9 12, 2012

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2 12, 2012

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25 11, 2012

Mabda Report 26.11.12

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12 11, 2012

Mabda Report 11.11.12

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4 11, 2012

Mabda Report 04.11.12

November 4th, 2012|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

 

Vatican joins King Abdullah intl center for cultural, religious dialogue

The Vatican joined an international organization for cultural dialogue, founded by Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, as a founding observer on Thursday.

The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), founded in 2011 and headquartered in Vienna, moves to promote mutual understanding among followers of different religions and cultures.

An official from the Vatican, representing the Holy See and the Catholic Church, joined the group as they convened on Thursday. The forum was attended by Saudi vice minister of foreign affairs, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, as well as delegates from Spain and Austria, also founding members of the group.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/02/247279.html

 

Fighting Islamophobia in schools

How can schools promote tolerance and mutual respect, in today’s increasingly diverse, globalized world? Education professionals and policymakers from several European countries and the United States will meet to explore the question of “Globalization, diversity and social cohesion in educational settings” at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters on 5 November.

 

Fashioning new ways to live together in an age of diversity starts on the benches of schools, as UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stressed last month in New York, while speaking on education on human rights. “Through education, we can teach children not to hate from the very young age. Through education, we can raise tolerant leaders. Through education, we may establish a lasting culture of peace.”

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/resources/in-focus-articles/fighting-islamophobia-in-schools/

 

Islamophobia rally to be held in London

British anti-war campaigners will hold a protest against the rise of Islamophobia in Britain and across Europe in London.

The Stop the War Coalition said the protest will be held at London Muslim Center to raise awareness about the “ugly phenomena” of anti-Muslim hatred.

“Islamophobia or anti-Muslim hatred is reaching worrying heights in Britain and across Europe. This ugly phenomena gained currency in part due to the popular thesis … about an impending clash of civilization between Islam and the West,” the group said.

http://presstv.com/detail/2012/10/31/269805/islamophobia-rally-to-be-held-in-london/

 

 

21 10, 2012

Mabda Report 21.10.12

October 21st, 2012|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

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14 10, 2012

Mabda Report 15.10.12

October 14th, 2012|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

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7 10, 2012

Mabda Report 07.10.12

October 7th, 2012|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

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Five-Year Anniversary of ‘A Common Word’ Initiative

October 13, 2012 marks the fifth anniversary of the ‘A Common Word’ Open Letter sent by 138 Muslim scholars and leaders to Christian leaders worldwide. In this time, ACW has become the most successful interfaith dialogue in history between Muslims and Christians. This month sees the launch of a new website (acommonword.com), a new booklet (‘ACW: Five Year Anniversary Edition’) and several high-level conferences in the UK and the USA (see website for details).

www.acommonword.com

Saudi Arabia: preparations for interfaith centre completed

Preparations for the Saudi king’s centre for interfaith dialogue have been completed in Vienna, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Watan reported Friday (October 5th).

The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue is scheduled to be inaugurated November 26th, Al-Watan quoted Faisal bin Muammar, advisor to the Saudi Royal Court, as saying.

More than 600 people from all over the world representing Islam and other religions will attend the inauguration, he said.

http://al-shorfa.com/en_GB/articles/meii/newsbriefs/2012/10/06/newsbrief-07

New York Peace Walk: Religious, Interfaith Leaders March To Promote Harmony In The Middle East

In a world fraught with violence, is it too bold to say that peace is possible between people of different religious, national and ethnic backgrounds? One group of religious leaders and peace activists does not think so.

On Oct. 7, 16 leaders adhering to Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim traditions and no tradition in particular, will lead a silent peace walk around Central Park in New York City to show that peace is possible between Israelis, Palestinians, Muslims and Jews in the Middle East.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/new-york-peace-walk-religious-interfaith-leaders-promote-middle-east-harmony_n_1938187.html?utm_hp_ref=interfaith


Saudi Arabia: Islamic leaders urge Muslims to engage other faiths

Muslims have all the potential to engage in dialogue with other faith communities and they should do it effectively in order to bring about communal harmony and strengthen global peace and stability, said Professor Zaleha Kamaruddin, rector of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

She made her remarks yesterday while addressing an international symposium on the significance of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue Initiative. The initiative was organized by the Madinah Islamic University in association with IIUM.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=354191

Culture minister makes pitch for interfaith dialogue

UAE Minister of Culture Abdul Rahman Al Owais emphasised on Friday the importance of interfaith dialogue so that the world could understand how Muslims see Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and how lovingly they speak about him.

Speaking shortly after opening the UAE’s Burda Award exhibition at the Dolma Pasha Museum in Istanbul, the minister of culture, youth and community development also said that the gallery of collections owned by the Award reflects an ideology and a civilised cultural style for interfaith dialogue.

http://gulftoday.ae/portal/9c365154-48c7-4592-af99-2f423a0b30f6.aspx

30 09, 2012

Mabda Report 30.09.12

September 30th, 2012|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

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23 09, 2012

Mabda Report 23.09.12

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16 09, 2012

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9 09, 2012

Mabda Report 09.09.12

September 9th, 2012|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

Holy See to address international interfaith conference in Istanbul

Muslim and Christian perspectives on the Arab Spring and peace in the Middle East are the theme of an international interfaith conference in Istanbul, Turkey September 7-8. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will deliver the opening address of the conference, held under the auspices of the Turkish Religious Foundation Center for Islamic Studies and the Marmara University Institute for Middle Eastern Studies.

The Conference aims to “bring together eminent regional figures such as scholars, intellectuals, community and religious leaders from across the Middle East and North Africa with a view to enhancing interfaith dialogue for the preservation of peaceful co-existence among all communities from various religious, sectarian and ethnic backgrounds, against the backdrop of the recent political developments in the region.”

http://www.news.va/en/news/holy-see-to-address-international-interfaith-confe?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=catholiclisa

Muslims, Jews gather in Paris for interfaith parley

Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, told Jewish and Muslim leaders on Tuesday that “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” referring to recent rulings in Europe against circumcision and ritual slaughter.

Speaking at the opening session of the Second Gathering of European Jewish and Muslim Leaders in Paris, Kantor added that such attacks were against “all people of faith,” and contradicted not only the principle of free expression but also the very basis of modern European society.

http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=284198

History of food, not politics, unites Jews and Arabs

Every week for the past five months, a group of Arab and Jewish women from neighboring towns near Haifa, Israel have come together to cook. Each week, they meet in a different woman’s home, discovering their commonalities and differences by sharing recipes, culinary traditions and childhood memories.

These weekly meetings take place through an initiative called Cooking for Peace, one of many projects initiated by the Givat Haviva Education Center. Cooking for Peace is part of its new holistic model for peace education called Shared Communities, which was developed in response to profound changes within Jewish and Arab societies in Israel in the past decade and has provided a new way to bridge deep divides.

http://www.commongroundnews.org/article.php?id=31969&lan=en&sp=0

2 09, 2012

Mabda Report 02.09.12

September 2nd, 2012|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

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26 08, 2012

MABDA Report 26.08.12

August 26th, 2012|Interfaith / Islamophobia News|

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12 08, 2012

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6 08, 2012

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29 07, 2012

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22 07, 2012

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