New York Times: James Foley converted to Islam soon after his capture—UPDATED

Numerous reports at the time of his death cited his Catholic faith. But a report in today’s New York Times has more details about his life in the days before his execution—and it paints a different picture:  Mr. Foley converted to Islam soon after his capture and adopted the name Abu Hamza, Mr. Bontinck said. [Read More…]

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From the synod: the witness of a Catholic woman married to a Muslim

She’s Mrs. Jeanette Toure, from the Ivory Coast. An excerpt from her remarks:  How can a man, a Muslim, and a woman, a Catholic Christian, who for more than 52 years have loved one another, and who continue to love each other still today,  be witnesses of the Gospel for their children, for their surroundings, for their friends, [Read More…]

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Muslims rally in Paris to protest ISIS; Muslim leaders issue condemnation of violence

Details:  Hundreds of Muslims have gathered near the Grand Mosque in Paris to condemn the execution of the French tourist, Herve Gourdel, by Islamic State-linked jihadists and the rise of Islamophobia caused by it. The demonstrators were holding up placards, reading “”Tribute to Herve Gourdel” and “God is merciful” as well as signs with NotInMyName hastag. The [Read More…]

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Egypt’s Grand Mufti condemns ISIS—UPDATED

Another important Muslim voice joins the chorus of condemnation: Egypt’s Grand Mufti on Monday condemned the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), saying its horrific actions take it “far from Islam.” Last week leading Muslim institutions denounced ISIS’s killing Steven Sotloff, the second U.S. journalist to be executed by the jihadist group. Former Deputy Imam [Read More…]

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The media war between ISIS and mainstream Muslims

An interesting development, courtesy CNN’s Beliefs blog:  The challenge was directed at the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But the impassioned message, laced with Islamic phrases, sought a much wider audience. The statement came from Barak Barfi, a spokesman for the family of slain American journalist Steve Sotloff. Sotloff, who reported for Time and other publications, [Read More…]

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Muslim leaders in UK issue fatwa condemning those who join ISIS

Details, from HuffPo:  Muslim leaders in the UK have issued a fatwa condemning British jihadis who fight alongside the Islamic State terrorist group, saying they are “betraying their own societies”. The fatwa, which The Sunday Times (£) said had been issued by imams, is the strongest condemnation yet of Britons joining Islamic extremists by the Muslim [Read More…]

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Indiana churches vandalized with verses from Quran—UPDATED

Details:  Columbus Police said they’ve never had anything like it – three churches vandalized in the same night.Someone spray painted them on the outside. It’s the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank.“It was just one word. It said ‘Infidels!’” Father Doug Marcotte said of what was [Read More…]

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Muslim scholar: “I’m a Nazarene, too”

From Catholic News Agency:  Referring to the label “Nazarene” marked on houses of Christians in Iraq by the militant Islamic State, a Muslim scholar also called himself Nazarene in solidarity – maintaining that many people in the Muslim community are identifying with Christians as well.“Millions of Muslims have used the Arab letter ‘nun,’ or ‘n,’ [Read More…]

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The vocation shortage among…Muslims?

From The Wall Street Journal: Even as the Muslim population in the U.S. multiplies, the number of religious leaders, known as imams, lags behind.Many Muslim immigrants have steered their children away from religious leadership roles and toward careers in medicine, engineering, law and business, said Jihad Turk, an imam and president of Bayan Claremont, the [Read More…]

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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…]

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