Muslims Must Condemn Religious Extremists

by Sheila Musaji

I am reading and hearing in the media a barrage of articles and editorials demanding that Muslims take a stand against those who condone or commit acts of violence.  I would like to go on record as condemning all religious extremism, bigotry, violence, hatred, and terrorism by both Muslims and non-Muslims.  I see no difference between any of these.  These merchants of hate no matter what their supposed religious affiliation have more in common with each other than they do with the majority of individuals in their respective religious faiths.

FULL ARTICLE FROM THE AMERICAN MUSLIM

Jordan’s Religious Freedom Lauded by State Department

By Taylor Luck

AMMAN – Jordan has been highlighted as a model of interfaith dialogue in a report recently released by the US State Department.

The US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report of 2009, which was released on Monday, indicated that there were “no reports that the practice of any faith was prohibited” in the Kingdom between July 1, 2008 and June 30 of this year.

During the official release of the report on Monday, Michael Posner, US assistant secretary of state for human rights, singled out Jordan among other countries for efforts and initiatives promoting interfaith dialogue.

FULL ARTICLE FROM THE JORDAN TIMES

Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, on Tour After 33 Years

By Douglas MacLaurin
November 13, 2009

LONDON (Reuters) – British folk singer Yusuf Islam takes the stage on Sunday on his first full tour since 1976, when he was still known as Cat Stevens and was famous the world over for hits like “Wild World” and “Morning Has Broken.”

Now 61, Islam is about to seal his gradual comeback to the world of pop music after disappearing from the scene altogether following his conversion to Islam in 1977.

He has made sporadic stage appearances around the world in recent years, recorded a new pop album “An Other Cup” in 2006 and followed it up with “Roadsinger” earlier this year.

The singer said his recent recordings had encouraged him to embark on his first tour in 33 years.

FULL ARTICLE

For Muslims, Military Service Sometimes Met with Hostility

From NPR

There are still unanswered questions following the recent shooting spree at the Ft. Hood Army post in Texas, where Maj. Nidal Hasan allegedly opened fire. The tragedy left 12 dead and dozens injured. Hasan’s Muslim faith and personal accounts from those who interacted with him place on a spotlight on Muslims serving in the U.S. Military — both their experiences and how they are perceived. Bashir Ahmad, a former a medic in the National Guard, and Haytham Faraj, a criminal defense attorney and former Marinek, discuss instances of openness and hostility for Muslims in Military. sometimes a retired senior defense counsel at Camp Pendelton in California and is currently a criminal defense attorney who focuses on military law.

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Muslims at Fort Express Outrage and Ask Questions

muslim in prayerKILLEEN, Tex. — Leaders of the vibrant Muslim community here expressed outrage on Friday at the shooting rampage being laid to one of their members, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who had become a regular attendee of prayers at the local mosque.

But some of the men who had befriended Major Hasan at the mosque said the military should examine the policies that might have caused him to snap.

“When a white guy shoots up a post office, they call that going postal,” said Victor Benjamin II, 30, a former member of the Army. “But when a Muslim does it, they call it jihad.

FULL ARTICLE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES