How do we make sense of such natural disasters? As people of faith, how do we respond?

by Qasim Rashid  Hurricane Harvey has left Houston devastated, and Hurricane Irma—currently a Category 3 Hurricane somewhere in the Atlantic—could strike the east coast of the United States by the weekend. By some estimates it could escalate to a Category 5 Hurricane. Natural disasters such as floods, plagues, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes have long served as a mark of Divine wrath. Numerous holy scriptures refer to various forms of natural disasters as reminders of God’s wrath on those people who… Read more

Come again? What does the world think of Islam?

by Adil Khan Last month the International Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held its 51st annual convention, the Jalsa Salana UK, in Hadeeqatul Mahdi, Alton, Hampshire, England. The Jalsa was presided by the head of the AMC, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the Fifth Caliph of the Promised Messiah (KhalifaofIslam.com). In all respects this convention was an international convention. Ahmadi Muslims from 114 countries attended this event, and the total event attendance  was over 37,393 on-site. Thousands of these were volunteers… Read more

Justice, Kindness and Kinship: An Islamic and American Imperative By Dr. John Andrew Morrow (Shaykh Ilyas Islam) Bismillah wa alhamdulillah wa salawat ‘ala Rasulillah. I, Dr. John Andrew Morrow, known as Ilyas ‘Abd al-‘Alim Islam, am honored to address the 69th Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. I am one of the few Muslim leaders who leads Friday prayers for Sunnis, who performs majlis for Shiis, who participates in dhikr with Sufis, and who speaks on the same platform as Ahmadis. I am one… Read more

A Remembrance of hope this Ramadan!

by Aamir Nasir Quraishy The recent hate crimes targeting Muslims has made the month of Ramadan exceptionally difficult. This past month witnessed nationwide anti-shariah protests by a Muslim hate group known as ACT for America[1]. There has also been a surge in attacks against Muslims including an attack on a Mosque in North London [2] and the kidnapping-murder of Nabra Hassanen, a 17 year old Muslim girl.[3] Amidst the hate, this has also been a time of unity and coming together…. Read more

What “Jihad” Actually Means in 21 Tweets

One of the most misunderstood, hotly debated and fear/anger-inducing words in our public vernacular is “jihad,” which means many different things to different people, not all of which are true. The word jihad has been commandeered by ISIS and other extremist groups, whipped into a frenzy by various elements in the media and paraded around by many different groups to represent the most fiery version of Muslims – those who “declare a holy war on the rest of the world.”… Read more

Manchester Attack and Biases

by Ijaz Ahmad Yesterday, I attended a seminar by Professor Mahzarin Banaji of Harvard University on the topic of unconscious bias. It was an incredibly mind-opening seminar that brought many biases I hold to the surface. But it also enabled me, in a way, to see the biases that other people hold, specifically towards the Muslim community. Last week, 22 people lost their lives to another senseless act of bloodshed in Manchester, UK. As Ahmadi Muslims, we extend our condolences… Read more

Leadership and Islam

by Kwabena Osman  There is no doubt that in every institution be it religious or secular, leadership plays a vital role in its progress. That is why every town, city or nation has to have people who lead. Even in the animal kingdom, there is a well observed role of leadership. When camels move in the desert, it is observed that a dominant male leads and the rest follow in whichever direction it goes. The leader of any organization plays… Read more

The United States and Middle-Eastern Arms Trade — A Closer Look

One of the justifications that is often given for selling weapons to such nations is that it boosts the economy. While true, this is done with a great cost in human lives. Read more

The Koran is a primer for peace

Originally Published in The Financial Times From Dr Sohail Husain, Pittsburgh, PA, US Sir, David J Critchley (Letters, March 31) suggests that the Koran is an inherently violent document. He takes exception to the reference from the Koran I had cited (Letters, March 28) that killing one innocent person is akin to killing all of humanity. He argues that a problematic caveat is that the Koran condones capital punishment under certain circumstances. I believe that such objections arise from simply… Read more

Book Review: Paul and the Pharisee Conspiracy Against Jesus

by Labeeb Ahmad  An Enlightening Explanation of Paul’s Deliberate Corruptions of Jesus’ Teachings & it’s Consequences for Humanity This book caught my eye because of the numerous unresolved questions I had regarding the roots of Christianity. Based on my religious studies, it always seemed that the majority of the gospel of Christ – the teachings spoken by Jesus and promulgated by the apostles he commissioned during his life – and Christianity’s most fundamental doctrines had a major conflict. When I… Read more

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