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From Walt Hickey of the Five Thirty Eight Newsletter: “When people claim to be Christian and commit violence in the name of Christianity, according to a recent poll, 75 percent Americans say that person wasn’t really Christian. But when people claim to be Muslim and commit violence in the name of Islam, 50 percent of Americans […]
Religious Conversion This article, published in The Economist (one of the great magazines out in the world, by the way) discusses the fraught issue of religious conversion and how it sometimes creates complications the convert (and his/her community) did not anticipate.
Ramadan is not a holiday, but a holy month. It is the ninth month of the Muslim year, in which “the Qur’an was sent down as a guidance for the people” Read more ….
The season of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and lasts for 29 or 30 days, depending on the year. It is marked by fasting; Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during the day, focusing upon prayer and submission to God in all things. This year Ramadan begins June 18 and ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr. […]
Whether you are a Muslim needed to know to date of a holiday this year or simply need to know when your Muslim friends might be celebrating, our Muslim holiday calendar might come in useful …. with links to lots of additional information about Islam. Check it out now.
We are constantly updating our series on the major religions of the world and their relationship to Christianity. Given its prominence in the news, we take a look at Islam with maps, charts, the basic statistics, beliefs, primary holidays and practices, as well as some comparison with Christianity. More …. The source of all Muslim […]
Paintings and Pictures of Muhammed In the context of yet another crisis following satirical treatment of Mohammed, it is often stated that paintings or other visual images of the Prophet are forbidden within Islam. This view not withstanding, there is a rich history or art in which Muhammed is portrayed. We look at some outstanding examples.
Those Atheist Terrorists In the aftermath of today’s violence in France, again associating the words “Muslim” and “terrorist,” it is important to note that the major motivation for terrorist attacks across the last two decades has been political, rather than religious. In fact, the leading sponsor of terrorism in the modern world has been a movement that is inspired by […]
Milad un Nabi or Milad an-Nabi, or Mawlid al-Nabi, is a holiday celebrated by some Muslims as the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. It takes place on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwa.. In 2015, the holiday begins on the evening of January 2 and continues until the evening of January 3. For the full […]
Eid ul-Fitr, Eid al-Fitr, Id-ul-Fitr, or Id al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr), sometimes shortened to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity,” while Fiṭr means “breaking the fast”. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or […]