Islam's influence on the Founding Fathers
By Mona Shadia
a reporter for Times Community News
Even though I wasn't born or raised here, there's a reason I feel at home in America. America's principles align with Islam's teachings. In fact, America's principles are not just based on Judeo-Christian values, but Judeo-Christian-Islamic values. After all, the three religions share the same father, Abraham, and the same God.After some research and a chat with a friend, who shared with me the work of a few authors and scholars, I'm convinced that this relationship and compatibility between Islam and America is not a coincidence. There's no doubt that when the Founding Fathers were forming the Constitution, they relied heavily on thinkers like John Locke.
UNDERSTANDING ISLAM’S WAR AND PEACE SIGNALS
Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D. 1,2
On reading reports of terrorist attacks such as 9/11, Bali bombing, and Mumbai massacre, people often conclude that Islam is a religion of war. But Muslims emphasize Islam is a religion of peace. Which side is correct? Depending upon the Qur’anic verses and Hadith followed, both are correct. This is because passages extolling both war and peace exist in these sacred Muslim texts. Read in isolation and without knowing their contextual background, therefore, it is relatively easy to make a snap judgment supporting war, terrorism, and suicide bombing. In this article, I will present my views on what causes this fork in the Muslim road and discuss how we can move from war to peace. I should emphasize that, wh...