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Sharing Ramadan Program

The Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS) Sharing Ramadan Program got underway at Nawalapitiya on 27th June. The event sponsored by the CIS saw the participation of about a hundred persons of other faiths including civil leaders and religious dignitaries. Highlights of the program included a Quiz contest and a speech on Islam in Sinhala by Sheikh Kaleel.  Non-Muslim invitees were …

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Racism in America and Islam : Remembering Bilal

"I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise." Slavery is America's original sin. It was there from the beginning. While the civil war eventually abolished it, what remains is an insidious, institutionalized and pervasive racism that has persisted in spite of the triumph of liberalism. Even as women make gains in achieving parity with men and GLBT community …

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Take action against terrorism in the name of religion

The Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS), Sri Lanka’s pioneering Islamic Outreach organization, has called on governments to do more to defeat religious extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam. The call comes in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait, France and Kobane in Syria claimed by ISIS where innocents including little children were massacred in …

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5 mistakes I made in my first Ramadan

Having converted the day before the fasting month, Theresa Corbin recalls how she had to figure it all out on her own. “Ash-hadu an la ilaha ilallah, wa ash-hadu an la Muhammad Rasulullah,” I said for the first time on the evening of November 16, 2001. It was the evening in which Ramadan began that year. “Oh, yeah, it’s Ramadan …

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Arizona mosque, site of anti-Islam protest, holds ‘love not hate’ event By :- Deanna Dent

PHOENIX (Reuters) – An Arizona mosque where hundreds gathered last week for an anti-Islam demonstration, with counter-protesters shouting "Go home, Nazis," was the site of a "love not hate" event on Monday to promote peace and inclusiveness, participants said. The Islamic Community Center of Phoenix said it was hosting a gathering that includes a multi-faith prayer service and speakers to …

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Learning About The Quran. From A Catholic Archbishop

As a 12-year-old Catholic boy growing up in England, Michael Fitzgerald decided he wanted to be a missionary in Africa. Eight years later, he was studying theology and learning Arabic in Tunisia. He went on to devote his priestly ministry to the promotion of interfaith understanding between Muslims and Christians, and became one of the top Roman Catholic experts on …

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St George: more like a “radical Islamist” than an English nationalist!

“….and you will certainly find the nearest in friendship to those who believe (to be) those who say: We are Christians; this is because there are priests and monks among them and because they do not behave proudly” [1]   In the UK yesterday was St George’s Day. England’s flag is also named after St George bearing what is referred …

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Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad Followed “The Golden Rule”

Christianity and Islam are often painted as mortal enemies that will be forever fighting in a war for religious supremacy. Christians and Muslims would be wise to remember that Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad are kindred spirits. By turning to their teachings, we can see that these two prophets are brothers, not foes. Jesus and the Prophet were proponents of …

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Brazilian kickboxer Alex Pereira converts to Islam

Brasilia (IINA) – Alex Pereira, the notable Brazilian kickboxer, who is ranked first in Brazil and Latin America, and sixth worldwide, has converted to Islam, said Sheikh Khaled Taqi el-Din, president of the Supreme Council of Imams and Islamic Affairs and the manager of Islamic Affairs at the Federation of Muslim Associations of Brazil. In a statement to the International …

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