July 26, 2018

You are a hungry observant Muslim looking for a halal food restaurant and you see a sign for Kosher food. Would you eat it?  You are an observant hungry Jew, looking for Kosher food and see a sign for Halal food. Would you eat it? What are the Muslims suppose to do when they can only find kosher items? What are Jews supposed to do when they can only find halal food? Can the Muslims eat kosher food and can… Read more

July 24, 2018

The Jews and Christians are very familiar with the Ten Commandments. I had published a post as to why Muslims believe the Ten Commandments are very Islamic as well as a set of Ten powerful lessons in one chapter in the Qur’an. Recently I came across another set of ten verses that have been dubbed ‘The Ten Moral Commandments” in the Qur’an by Solomon Nigosian, a historian and a research associate at the Victoria College, University of Toronto, that revolve… Read more

July 20, 2018

Like most Muslims, I believe Jesus was taken up to heaven and will return before the Day of Judgment to bring peace and justice to the world. I often wonder if I am lucky enough to ever meet him, and have the honor and opportunity to talk to him (which frankly speaking I don’t qualify for but it is OK to dream, I guess), I would like to ask him some questions. Of course I would first like to kiss… Read more

July 16, 2018

Are Muslims really forbidden to have friendship with Jews and Christians? A careful review of the verse in the Qur’an that is used to support it, along with other passages allowing interfaith marriages and sharing meals, would reveal the true picture. In a verse that has been flashed on TV screens and is equally misused by critics of the Qur’an, as well as by Muslims themselves, Muslims are supposedly forbidden to have “friendship” with Jews and Christians. Let me first… Read more

July 9, 2018

To a varying degree, all of us suffer from ‘I am right, so you must be wrong’ syndrome. I don’t have any issues with the first part since we all believe that the faith tradition we follow is the right path. The trouble is that we often take it to mean that the ‘others’ must be wrong- in fact ‘all wrong’. But how do we define who is “right” and how do we define what is ‘righteousness’? Here is how… Read more

July 5, 2018

A while back I published a post on the Golden Rule. But is the Golden Rule the panacea of the best human interaction? Does the Platinum Rule, attributed to Dave Kerpen, trumps the Golden Rule? To that I may ask, does the ‘Diamond Rule’ trump both of them? The Golden Rule basically states that you should treat others like you want others to treat you. It implies the basic assumption that other people would like to be treated the way… Read more

June 29, 2018

Back in medical school, every time I studied Anatomy and Physiology, I was awe-struck to learn the complex systems we have in place working in perfect harmony and collaboration. The study of Embryology and development of various faculties was even more fascinating.  Even at its most macro level, the intricacy and complexity of the formation of a human never ceased to amaze me. As I continue to learn, and with advancement of medical knowledge and technology this amazement persists to… Read more

June 23, 2018

Can you imagine the reaction if congressman Keith Ellison, the first Muslim in the U.S. congress, proclaimed that he is a Muslim first and American second? How about other Muslim, Jewish, or Hindu leaders stating that they are working to establish the Sharia law, the law of Moses or Gita in the United States? Yet the current administration is doing exactly that: establishing a theocracy based on ultra conservative Christian beliefs. But few people are as alarmed as they should… Read more

June 17, 2018

‘Glad tidings’ are often associated with the Gospel. What is not as well-known is that the Qur’an also refers to the glad tidings rather frequently. The Qur’an also frequently warns of the consequences of evil deeds. Do the Gospel not provide warnings? However it is worth mentioning at the outset that the interpretation of glad tidings/good news may not be the same in Islam and Christianity. The Qur’an mentions Injil (Gospel) repeatedly, though the Injil in the Qur’an refers to… Read more

June 15, 2018

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID) released a message on Friday greeting the world’s Muslims on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr to mark the end of month of Ramadan. It also provides guiding principles for meaningful Christian-Muslim dialogue to improve relations between the world’s two largest religious groups. Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims rejoice in a gesture of giving thanks to the Almighty for all the blessings. The… Read more

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