Three feminists of the Ukrain-based Femen movement have burnt the Salafi flag in front of the Great Mosque of Paris. The women, of whom two were white and one of Tunisian origin, burnt the flag as an expression of solidarity with a Tunisian feminist who had previously decried human rights abuses against women in Arab-Muslim societies.
Pope Francis said these words a few days ago, which he also explained the Catholic Church will “intensify the dialogue between the different religions, first and foremost with Islam” giving new momentum to the relations between the Catholic and the Muslim worlds.
Representatives of the Arab-Muslim world have accepted the invitation with great appreciation, including the Grand Imam dell’Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayyeb, who leads Sunni Islam. The Grand Imam dell’Azhar calls for “a world full of love and cooperation to ensure common values and to end the culture of hatred and inequality.” Imam Yahya Pallavicini, vice president of COREIS (Italian Religious Communities) also agrees, who was among 138 international Muslim scholars who signed “A Common Word Between You and Us,” addressed to Christian religious communities. Imam Pallavicini points out in no uncertain terms that, today more than ever; it is important to promote an interreligious dialogue for a world united in peace.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Arab-Muslim stand-up comedy is flourishing more than a decade after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. While comics like Obeidallah, Ahmed Ahmed and Amer Zahr differ on approach — and there are disagreements among some— they’re all trying to do more than just lampoon themselves or their people for easy laughs.
The comedian who made his name on the “Axis of Evil Comedy Tour” made one thing clear when he opened a recent set at Michigan State University: “Tonight, it’s not Islam 101.”
For every joke Dean Obeidallah made about his Arabic heritage or Muslim faith, there were others about student loans, Asian-American basketball phenom Jeremy Lin, the presidential race and full-body scans at airports.
A French document, circulated around Brussels (Schaerbeek, Saint-Josse,…) and on the internet, has declared the upcoming legislative elections of June 10 “illegal”, referring to the Koran and to a fatwa declared by a British mosque. It also called for a boycott. The twelve-page document titled, “Participation in the Elections,” has since circulated in the Arab-Muslim community in the Brussels region.