RISSC Report 24/5/2015
First Imam for German Army
In a positive reaction to the growing number of German Muslim soldiers, the German army has decided to recruit its first imam to cater for the need of these soldiers, local media reported on Saturday.
"Islam has become the third largest religion in Germany and we are trying to figure out whether it would be possible for our Muslim soldiers to have their own chaplain," a Bundeswehr spokesman told the Bild newspaper, as reported by the Turkish Daily Sabah.
Bihar’s Muslims Donate Land to Help Build World’s Largest Hindu Temple
Muslims in Bihar, in a stellar demonstration of communal harmony, have donated land to help build the world’s largest Hindu temple which will have the capacity to seat a staggering 20,000 people.
"Muslims have not only donated land, they have also provided land at a nominal rate for construction of the world’s largest Hindu temple. Without help of Muslims, it would have been difficult realise this dream project," Acharya Kishore Kunal, secretary of the Patna-based cash-rich Mahavir Mandir Trust that is undertaking the ambitious project, told IANS.
U.S. Islamic leader praises Vatican II tome on religious dialogue
Catholic Church leaders and scholars are not the only ones praising the 50-year-old church document “Nostra Aetate” (“In Our Time”), the Second Vatican Council’s declaration on relations with non-Christian religions.
During the first part of a May 19-21 symposium on the document at The Catholic University of America, it also got high marks from a U.S. Muslim leader who said “Nostra Aetate” helps different faiths “recognize common roots and build a new sense of direction.”