Interfaith Harmony

Muslim groups helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue recover after a gunman killed 11 people there, around one year ago. The Jewish congregation mounted its own fundraiser for New Zealand’s Muslims after a white supremacist shooter killed 51 people at two mosques there in March. Such outreach […]

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London is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and culturally diverse cities. Nonetheless, sometimes Muslims can feel marginalized and misunderstood there. Recently, volunteers handed out roses in London’s Trafalgar Square and offered passersby information about Islam. The organizers of the Roses For Peace initiative say this is vital at a time when misinformation is rife. […]

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Recently, a brave Muslim woman, 36 year-old hijab-wearing Asthma Shuweikh, rushed to the defence of a Jewish family who was being harassed by an anti-Semitic man while traveling on the London Underground. Ms. Shuweikh acted, she later explained, because “I thought it is my duty as a mother, as a practicing Muslim, as a citizen […]

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Heritage walks and mosque tours, and a database of landlords who won’t discriminate on the basis of religion: Kolkata fights back against communal rabble-rousing. By Anuradha Sengupta On a muggy August Sunday, a group of around 52 people took a walk around the old Kolkata neighbourhood of Zakaria Street, observing the decades-old ittar stores and […]

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Indonesia’s Sheikh Yahya Cholil Staquf leads the 50 million member Nahdlatul Ulama movement, which calls for a reformed “humanitarian Islam”. The leader of the largest independent Muslim organization in the world met Pope Francis recently to present his vision for a more peaceful future and greater human fraternity. Indonesia’s Sheikh Yahya Cholil Staquf leads the […]

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Extracts from an interview with Rabbi David Rosen, international director of interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee. Rabbi David Rosen, international director of interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC), has been advancing understanding and good relations between religious communities for more than 40 years. He has been involved in this area from […]

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A group of Muslim villagers in Assam’s Kamrup district has performed the last rites of a Hindu man, who had stayed at a Muslim friend’s residence with his family for over 25 years. Sixty-five-year-old Rajkumar Gaur used to stay at Saddam Hussain’s residence in Rangia’sKhandikar village after the death of his father rendered him homeless […]

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They were leaders of violent rival militias in Nigeria. Now Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye are working together to spread messages of peace and reconciliation. In the 1990s the two led opposing armed religious militias in the city of Kaduna, northern Nigeria. Dr Wuye said their home city had a “population delicately balanced” […]

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