Muslims observe Lent in show of solidarity with Christians

From The Independent: In a show of solidarity, Muslims are standing with Christians and giving up guilty pleasures for lent. For Christians, Lent is a period of self-restraint, marked by fasting, repentance, prayer and self-control. Luxury or rich foods, such as meat and dairy are often avoided by those taking part. Abstention from personal “bad habits” [Read More...]

Court rules Catholic Church cannot use “Allah” in newspaper

View image | gettyimages.com From Bloomberg:  Malaysia’s top court dismissed a final bid by the Catholic church to use the word “Allah” in its newspaper, highlighting a debate on non-Muslims using the word in a climate of rising religious tensions. The Federal Court will not review the case because there was no procedural unfairness when [Read More...]

Reversal: Citing “serious and credible” security threat, Duke cancels Muslim call to prayer

It made big news this week, and now it’s not going to happen: Duke University canceled plans Thursday to begin a weekly Muslim call to prayer from the campus chapel this week, an initiative that had set off debate on social media. A school spokesman and a Duke Muslim leader said that a serious and [Read More...]

Vatican, French imams issue joint declaration condemning Paris attack

From AP:  Four leading French imams and the Vatican issued a joint declaration Thursday denouncing the Paris newspaper massacre and warning that the world is a dangerous place without freedom of expression, but urged the media to be respectful of religions. The Vatican’s office for interreligious dialogue said the four Muslim spiritual leaders, who were [Read More...]

“Religious accommodation”: Duke University chapel to have Muslim call to prayer every Friday

Duke University Chapel via Wikipedia / Public Domain The university’s press release:  Members of the Duke Muslim Students Association will chant a weekly call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower beginning Friday, Jan. 16. The chant, called the “adhan,” announces the start of the group’s jummah prayer service, which takes place in the chapel basement [Read More...]

Letters reveal Winston Churchill’s family feared he would convert to Islam

Winston Churchill in 1904 (photo: Imperial War Museum / Wikipedia) From The Daily Telegraph:  In the public eye, Sir Winston Churchill’s long political career earned him a place among the greatest of Britons. But what may come as a surprise is that he was a strong admirer of Islam and the culture of the Orient [Read More...]

The Muslims who are condemning ISIS—UPDATED

They are out there—and they are becoming more vocal. From CNEWA’s Rev. Elias Mallon, S.A., Ph.D:  Faced with the unrelenting reports about the sufferings of Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, even Christians who are friendly toward Muslims can be perplexed and ask, “Why aren’t Muslims speaking out against these atrocities?” The answer [Read More...]

Report: wife of Boston bomber converted to Islam over Catholic sex abuse scandal

Details from the Irish Times:  A search for a religion with ‘more morals’ than the Catholicism she was raised in led Katherine Russell, 24, the widow of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to convert to Islam, her husband’s former friend has revealed. According to the Boston Globe, retiree Donald Larking, 67, commenced an unlikely friendship with Tamerlan in 2011 when the [Read More...]

Pope sends greetings to Muslims at close of Angelus

Details from Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis spoke to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square about how God’s love is our greatest treasure. He said today’s gospel reading from St Luke talks to us about our desire for a meeting with Christ, calling it a key aspect of human life. All of us, [Read More...]

In Connecticut, an interfaith celebration of Ramadan

Photo: Keila Torres Ocasio This will certainly be of interest to Bridgeport’s new bishop.  Details:  It was like those cartoon moments when a light bulb appears to symbolize the spark of a new idea. A staffer at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, accepting the synagogue’s correspondence from a mail carrier, asked the man if he wanted water. [Read More...]


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