Bobby Ghosh discusses the word “Jihad” and how it has been misinterpreted and misappropriated by violent extremists.
“To the vast majority of practicing Muslims, Jihad is an internal struggle for the faith. It is a struggle within — a struggle against vice, sin, temptation, lust, greed. It is a struggle to try and live a life that is set by the moral code written in the Koran,” says Ghosh. “It is a very powerful word, and there’s a certain almost mystic resonance to it.”
The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.
“The Learning Channel’s “All-American Muslim,” a reality show focusing on a group of Muslim families in Dearborn, Michigan, has been a target of the Shariah panic industry ever since it started airing. On Friday, hardware retailer Lowe’s pulled their ads from the show in response to a protest campaign from the Florida Family Association.”
In April 2011, Friends for a Non-Violent World held a day-long conference in St. Paul on Nonviolence in the Islamic Traditions, featuring talks and panel discussions by many Islamic thinkers and religious leaders. The entire conference can now be viewed online through a series of ten videos.
Here’s an update from the PrepareNY group. You can do a CoffeeHour Conversation wherever you are – you don’t have to be in New York. These conversations are still needed as much as ever.
The tenth anniversary of September 11th has passed, but Prepare New York’s efforts toward hope and healing continue. The well-known CoffeeHour Conversations, which were crucial in enabling people to embrace constructive and respectful understandings of the 9/11 tragedy in the months leading up to 9/11, are still taking place across the country – providing opportunities for people to come together across lines of difference.
Between now and the end of 2011, we are inviting each of you to also host a CoffeeHour Conversation at your home, house of worship, place of work/education, community garden, neighborhood park – really anywhere people gather and talk – about the challenges and opportunities of religious diversity during a time of continued grief and healing. Prepare New York can provide you with any resources you might need (including speakers, facilitators, films, and also our Educational Curricula prepared by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding) and can help you design a program that will be productive for your particular context.
To host a CoffeeHour Conversation and support Prepare New York’s activities, please click here. Once you host your CoffeeHour, please share your story by sending us a photo, video or a few lines that will be featured on our website.
“While Holocaust denial or denigration in the Muslim world is a sadly familiar phenomenon, hardly news at all, the conference put together by Mr. Boudra and several dozen classmates, all of them Muslim, may well have been the first of its kind in an Arab or Muslim nation, and a sign of historical truth triumphing over conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic dogma.”
“There have been very few attacks in this country by Islamic extremists—and nothing remotely on the scale of 9/11. The “sleeper cells” proved to be mostly nonexistent.This surprising record has been attributed to excellent work by the FBI, CIA, and other law enforcement agencies, the war in Afghanistan, and the Bush administration’s aggressive treatment of suspected terrorists. But on the list of those deserving credit, the first is a group hardly anyone would have predicted: American Muslims.”
What can the U.S. learn from Norway about how to respond to terrorism?
“As we approach the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I can’t help but wonder if we in the U.S. could have acted differently. Could we have responded with something other than fear, uber-patriotism, military invasions, and domestic crackdowns? Could we have responded with community, openness, and tolerance plus smart strategic moves that made us safer without feeding the cycle of death?”