Horst Seehofer, left, has undercut Angela Merkel, right, by saying "Islam does not belong to Germany." (Reuters) German Chancellor Angela Merkel was undercut by her interior minister on Friday, when he said in an interview that “Islam does not belong to Germany.” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, whose Bavarian Christian Social Union is a right-wing coalition ally of Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), made the remarks in an interview with Bild, although he did add that Muslims who live in the country are part of Germany. “Germany is shaped by Christianity. That means not working on Sundays and celebrating religious holidays such as Easter, Pentecost and Christmas," he said. “My message is: Muslims need to live with us, not next to us or against us,” he added. He has also taken a harder line on deportations, calling for policies that would make deportations easier. His comments set him up for a clash with Merkel, who opened the … [Read more...] about German interior minister undercuts Merkel, says ‘Islam does not belong to Germany’
Islamic developments in architecture, the arts, sciences and theater will be the topics of a conference at the University of Minnesota Feb. 24-26. "Shared Cultural Spaces," presented by the university’s Religious Studies program, will take a look at humanities and sciences in Islamic civilization and reveal the connections between the Islamic and western worlds. One purpose of the conference is to highlight the interactions of civilizations throughout history: "Everything about the Islamic world in the news today focuses on politics and conflict with a large element about the ‘backwardness’ or ‘danger’ of Muslim societies," says professor Nabil Matar, one of the conference organizers. "At a time when other parts of the world were in their ‘dark ages,’ in Islamic civilizations there were artists, scientists, writers, and architects who created a world of imagination, openness (as they included Christians and Jews as well) and brilliance. The … [Read more...] about U of M conference to explore Islam and the humanities
One of the questions that's emerged following news late last night that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces is this: Did his burial at sea violate Islamic tradition? Associated Press report: “Although there appears to be some room for debate over the burial - as with many issues within the faith - a wide range of Islamic scholars interpreted it as a humiliating disregard for the standard Muslim practice of placing the body in a grave with the head pointed toward the holy city of Mecca. … [Read more...] about Did bin Laden’s burial at sea violate Islamic tradition?
'What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy.Who buys a minute's mirth to wail a week?Or sells eternity to get a toy?For one sweet grape who will the vine destroy?Or what fond beggar, but to touch the crown,Would with the sceptre straight be strucken down? --The Rape of Lucrece, Shakespeare I wrote previously a blog "Why Study Islam” and explained that there are many spiritual dimensions to faith that need to be understood to understand Islam. I have sought the help of teachers at Qibla Online Academy to help me in a series of blogs on this issue. I hope through this series of blogs to first and foremost reach out to Muslims who may have an untrue understanding of Islamic teachings toward other faiths, and then to address non-Muslims who are concerned or fear Islamic teachings given the tide of misinformation on Islam and current political affairs. These blogs will explore Islamic teachings on God, the prophets, faith and … [Read more...] about Toward Understanding Islam and Muslims
The Northwest Islamic Community Center plans to hold an interfaith gathering and celebration on Saturday to mark the grand opening of its new location in Plymouth. The event features a “Get to Know Your Muslim Neighbors” presentation and will also include a 5K run, scavenger hunt, face painting, henna art and bazaar. Residents of Plymouth and surrounding cities, Muslim community leaders and interfaith groups are expected to attend, according to a released statement from the Islamic center. The new center — which was the city’s former post office building in downtown Plymouth — was purchased and remodeled for worship and assembly use to accommodate the area’s growing Muslim community. For more information about the event, check out: http://www.nwicc-mn.org/ … [Read more...] about New Islamic center in Plymouth to hold grand opening celebration