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The EDL and interfaith dialogue

Faith Matters has prepared a report analysing the reasons why members of different faith groups might be drawn to the EDL and exploring the effects the EDL is having on different communities and on interfaith dialogue.
One issue which emerges right at the beginning of the report is the slipperiness of the terms used in these [...]

Mohammed Shafiq and Mohammed Ansar promoting the two-state solution

This is a guest post by Ahmed Rushdi.
Mohammed Shafiq is the Chief Executive of the Ramadan Foundation. Mohammed Ansar is a ‘Muslim political and social commentator‘ and is associated with the Muslim Council of Britain. Both make a living by promoting themselves as (non-elected) representatives of the Muslim community. Both have written on anti-Muslim bigotry [...]

Weekend of Twinning

This shouldn’t go unmentioned:
Thousands of Muslims and Jews across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa participated last weekend in The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s (FFEU) 4th annual Weekend of Twinning.
Since 2008, FFEU has organized hundreds of similar initiatives around the world in cooperation with the World Jewish Congress and the Islamic Society of [...]

A small, good thing

Reader jan frank provides a translation of a recent article from the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant:
More than 40 young Moroccan and Jewish adolescents, together with other members of their families, began renovating the old Jewish Cemetery in the Zeeburg quarter of East Amsterdam. According to Rabbi Lody van de Kamp, the general idea is that [...]

Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s ‘Peace & Humanity Conference’ is a ray of hope

This is a guest post from Hasan Afzal, Director of StandforPeace.
This weekend, thousands of young Muslims will congregate in Wembley Arena to see a special kind of superstar.
They’ll be there to listen to the words of Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, a Muslim scholar best known for his fatwa on terrorism who effectively argues that suicide bombing and terrorism [...]

The hijacking of good intentions: Why is the ‘Three Faiths Forum’ working with a hate monger?

This is a guest post by Hasan Afzal, Director of StandforPeace.
The Three Faiths Forum is an organisation that claims to ‘build lasting relationships between people of all faiths and beliefs’. It’s an honourable aspiration.
I’ve seen the Three Faith Forum in action. They’re decent people and their interfaith work has rightly won them accolades. Part of [...]

Muslim leaders visit Auschwitz

The Grand Mufti of Bosnia Mustafa Ceric speaks to delegates in the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.
It won’t put an end to Islamist-fueled hatred of Jews and Israel, and I’m sure some will find reasons to be cynical and dismissive about it, but surely this is of some [...]

Synagogue exhibit honors Albanian Muslims

A synagogue in the St. Louis, Missouri, area is exhibiting photos and stories about Albanian Muslims who risked their lives to rescue Jews during World War II.

The exhibit is based on Norman Gershman’s book Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in World War II, which we posted about last year.

“The experience was overwhelming”

Jeff Diamant of Religion News Service reports:
The scenario might have seemed unlikely: prominent Muslims and Jews from the United States, crossing the Atlantic in mournful, spiritual solidarity to visit two Nazi concentration camps. Together.
The trip to Dachau and Auschwitz was meant to combat the rise in Holocaust denial that has popped up in various Muslim [...]

Imam Rauf told synagogue audience: “I am a Jew”

Some of our readers seem to regard the plans to build an Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero as some sort of victory dance by Islamists intent on humiliating the non-Muslim majority in the US.
Before they become too attached to that notion, however, they ought to consider the words of Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf, [...]