December 26, 2013
The Canadian city of Toronto is due to host one of the largest conventions of Muslim speakers on Friday, thinkers and theologians in the world.
The Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) convention is expected to attract around 20,000 Muslims from North America and around the world, where lectures will be delivered in English.
As well as Muslim speakers giving lectures on spirituality, the event has in the past featured non-Muslim guest speakers who touch on subjects such as political and civil engagement.
This year the line-up includes well-known western Muslim speakers Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Habib Ali Al-Jifri, Ambassador Shabazz, Professor Tariq Ramadan, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Sr. Dalia Mogahed, Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Suhaib Webb, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan and Dr. Yasmin Mogahed.
Additionally, Malaysian group Raihan are due to perform Islamic songs, called nasheeds, as well as entertainment from Muslim comedian Maz Jobrani.
Canada’s 1 million strong Muslim community makes up about 3.2% of the overall population and is the fastest growing religion in Canada, having doubled its number of adherents between 2001 and 2011.
World Bulletin: http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=125723
A new report published today by Gallup and the Coexist Foundation shows that German Muslims identify more with Germany than the general public do. The report, The Gallup Coexist Index 2009: A Global Study of Interfaith Relations, is the first annual report on the state of faith relations in countries around the world and reveals that more than two out of every five German Muslims (40%) identify with Germany compared to a third (32%) of the general public. It also shows there is gulf of misunderstanding; nearly four out of ten (39%) of the general public believe that Muslims living in Germany are loyal to Germany. This compares to more than seven out of ten (71%) German Muslims who say Muslims are loyal to Germany. The German public and German Muslims are very much aligned in their views when it comes to what drives integration. 97% of the public believe that mastering German is crucial as do 96% of Muslims; 94% of both groups believe finding a job is important; and 95% of Muslims say getting a better education is critical compared to 86% among the general public. The report’s authors say this research shows that religion and national identity are complementary rather than competing and dispels the myth that Muslims do not feel loyalty to Germany, despite the preconceptions among the general public. The Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies Dalia Mogahed says there needs to be a renewed debate about the views of the majority of Muslims. Ms Mogahed, who was recently appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, highlighted how the report had broken down many of the myths about Muslim’s attitudes. “This research shows that many of the assumptions about Muslims and integration are wide of the mark. German Muslims want to be part of the wider community and contribute even more to society. “The trust that German Muslims place in the country’s institutions proves that strong religious beliefs don’t translate into a lack of loyalty,” she said at the launch of the findings.
Dalia Mogahed, a senior executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, was appointed to Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The selection by Mogahed is viewed by many Muslims in the US and many in the Middle East as a step by the Obama Administration to move beyond the stereotypes and prejudices that they believe have been cast upon Muslims since September 11, 2008. The move to appoint a hijab-wearing Muslim woman is also seen as step to improve relations with Islam, which many Muslims see has badly damaged during the Bush administration.