Archive for April, 2013

Place of dogs in America and in Islam

Place of dog in America and Islam M. Akhtar, Ph.D President, MCA , author of a book and many articles on 'identity' issues The problem: In American culture dogs have special place at home. They are endeared like another child and member of the family. Muslims came as migrants from other cultures which had one common denominator: dogs are bad, keep away from them, they bite and above all they are dirty and prohibited in Islam. Coming here with that frame of mind, now Muslims are supposed to acculturate in America, befriend with Americans and like their dog as well. That poses the problem. The key to integration is to live like Americans. There is a saying in URDU ‘if you have a sweet heart that you love very much then you have to endear even her dog”. Simply put it...

Chinese connection to Islam

The Chinese Emperor's Poem about the Prophet Muhammad (s w s) (It is amazing to find out that Islam had reached China way back, Chinese emperor was favorably inclined towards Islam and wrote Eulogy for its prophet. Edior) Hong-Wu (also known by his given name Zhū Yuánzhāng, died 24 June 1398) was the Emperor of China between 1368 - 1398 CE. He was the first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, leading an Army that conquered the country and defeated away the Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty. Despite being a non-Muslim, Hong-Wu ordered the construction of several mosques in Nanjing, Yunnan, Guangdong and Fujian. He rebuilt the Jinjue Mosque in Nanjing and large numbers of Hui (Muslim Chinese) people moved to the city during his rule. ... He had around 10 Muslim generals in his army, includi...

Muslims Helped Save Old English Synagogue

Muslims Helped Save Old English Synagogue According to the Times of Israel March 15,2013,,there is some good news of Jewish - Muslim collaboration. — A Muslim organization in northern England announced it would raise funds and lobby for the preservation of the last remaining synagogue in Bradford. The Bradford Council for Mosques recently began working together with the local authority to raise funds for the Bradford Synagogue, to ensure the building remains a sacred space for future generations, the Telegraph reported on March 5. “When the chair of the Bradford synagogue approached the Muslim community for help and assistance towards the maintenance of this building, it was a challenge which didn’t take us l...

Islam’s Forgotten Road to Interfaith harmony

ISLAM’S FORGOTTEN ROAD TO INTERFAITH HARMONY Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D. Board Member,MCA, President, Pacific Institute for Islamic Studies, Honolulu, and President, All Believers Network, Honolulu. While Muslims consider Islam a religion of peace, many non-Muslims equate it with terrorism. After all, the Qur’an carries passages such as: 1. Do not trust Jews and Christians (Qur’an 5.51); and 2. Fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them. Seize them, beleaguers them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war) (9.5). In response, Muslims point to other Qur’anic messages, such as: 3. Those who believe (in the Qur’an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians, and the Sabians ...

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