Friday, September 29, 2006
Saturday, September 23, 2006
As Salaamu Alaikum!
Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah fall together at the same time this year. This is the first time it has happened this way since I reverted to Islam!
When I was Jewish, I used to love the month of September. Fall is my favorite season, and it came in with the excitement of the Jewish High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, occurs in the Hebrew month of Tishri, and heralds in the High Holidays. They end with Yom Kippur, which is the "day of atonement". Yom Kippur is observed on the 10th day of Tishri. It is a day for introspection, reflection, repentence, and forgiveness. Jews observe the fast on Yom Kippur.
The blessed month of Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. It is the month that our Holy Qu'ran was sent as a mercy to mankind. The entire month is observed with fasting, worship, and contemplation.
To all my Muslim and Jewish brothers and sisters: Ramadan Mubarak and L'Shanah Tovah!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI certainly parted ways with his predecessor in his recent remarks about Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. The quotation, delivered by a person of no greater stature than Catholicism's highest authority, stung Muslims worldwide and caused angry responses the world over. Response to bad words with strong words was enough. But sadly, a few churches in the West Bank were bombed and an Italian nun in Somalia killed in response as well. This is no way for Muslims to react out of love for our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. Those who did this cannot be friends of Muslims or peace and justice.The Prophet was, and continues to be, insulted in worse ways than this. But his response in his lifetime was to ignore the ignorance and instead, continue to relate to all through mercy, forgiveness and respect. As he knew, what matters is winning hearts, not avenging misinformation. The Prophet said: He who wrongs a Jew or a Christian will have me as his accuser on the Day of Judgment. We must all commit to better understanding, respect for all faiths and great care in how we speak about others' faith, especially in the context of today's volatile situation worldwide. On a brighter note, Ramadan is less than one week away! The month of mercy, forgiveness and freedom from Hellfire can't be spent in a blizzard of busyness and Iftar parties. If we really want to benefit through prayer, reflection and connection to Allah, then we have got to plan for it. This week at SoundVision.com, find out how, with our tips and planning guide.
Abdul Malik Mujahid
It is important to read Prof. Martin Martys opinion of the Popes comments. Prof. Marty is considered the most significant Protestant theologian of this time.
Also read what Karen Armstrong has to say about the Popes comments:
*** A HISTORY OF MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN RELATIONS
Monday, September 11, 2006
by Alexandra Marks, Staff Writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Read story at: http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0911/p12s01-ussc.html