X-Factor Sensation Jordi to jihadist camp

Jordi, who seven years ago participated in X Factor is in prison, suspected of taking part in a terrorist-training in Syria.
Once Jordi dreamed of becoming a star. But he converted to Islam, became an orthodox Muslim and a career in music was no longer an option.

By his neighbours he was seen as a friendly neighbour. When his neighbour teased him, calling him ‘Bin Laden’, Jordi would just wave friendly.

But in 2013 he went to Syria, leaving his wife and son. Three months later Jordi returns. Parents ask information about their sons and daughters who went to Syria and his neighbours don’t want him anymore. He friendly avoids talking to journalists. He wants peace. And he goes living secretly in Rotterdam.

Former German Federal President promotes dialogue

July 11, 2014

Christian Wulff, former Federal President, encouraged people to enter into a dialogue with each other and particularly with Islam. He emphasized on the central role of world religions in promoting world peace. Rather than stressing differences he suggested to focus on the commonalities and, as a positive example, quoted the national soccer team of Germany. While talking about the ongoing essentialization of Islam and Muslim in Germany, he addressed the issues of tolerance and the readiness to engage in dialogue.

Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and Coordinating Council of Muslims (KRM) delegation meet in Cologne to convey peace

June 16, 2014

Representatives of the umbrella organization KRM (Coordinating Council of Muslims) have met with delegates of the EKD (Evangelical Church in Germany). The central theme of this year’s meeting was the contribution of religious communities in Germany to promote peace in society and among nations. In the light of the dramatic situation in Iraq, the Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Nikolaus Schneider, as well as the spokesman of the Coordinating Council of Muslims (KRM), Ali Kızılkaya, criticized the abuse of religion for the legitimization of violence and war. Both the EKD and KRM announced to publish a guide for dialogue with basic recommendations and remarks for the encouragement and promotion of a Christian-Muslim encounter. The guide, which will be published in autumn, will be drawn up by a Muslim and a Protestant working group and will specifically focus on the implementation of dialogue as a basic prerequisite for a harmonious coexistence.

Twelfth Ecumenical Day of the Christian-Islamic dialogue

October 24, 2013

 

On the occasion of the XII Ecumenical Day of the Christian-Islamic dialogue, celebrated throughout Italy on October 27, the national organizing committee wrote an appeal to all of Italy. The committee consists of a series of pacifist and nonviolent associations, which are representative of the Christian and Muslim world. The appeal this year is entitled: “Religious freedom, the basis of civil society. One God, one humanity, human rights for all and all.”

To define this issue, the Committee started with a reflection on the “endless war,” which started on 11 September 2001 and  is still in progress. The text of the stresses that “the war, with the related issue of unclean production of armaments, is the dramatic emergency of our time, as seen by the recent events in Syria. Religions still provide cultural – religious motivations in an event, especially war, which can not be defined as solely political and economic.”

For the promoters of the Day there is no doubt that peace is a valuable asset and must be safeguarded at all costs. Many who celebrate the day participated in a day of prayer and fasting for peace, which was supported on September 7 by Pope Francis.

Also urgent is the issue of religious freedom on which little attention is given, and despite the provisions of our Constitution it is still largely unimplemented. “Freedom of religion” says the appeal “is the subject of conflict in many regions of our country, especially in the north, and not just for Muslims who are systematically denied permission to erect their own places of worship. Missing is a law implementing the constitutional rules.

Hence the need to reflect on these urgent issues. The hope is that this appeal can be widely distributed so that October 27, 2013 may continue, as has already happened in the last eleven years, a positive encounter between Christians and Muslims but also with other religions and with civil society more generally.

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Immigrants: Imam Catania Makes Plea for Cemetery in Catania

(Adnkronos) – “We are still sad, our hearts cry for the innocent victims of Lampedusa, we pray for their souls so that these people can rest in peace. For many years we ask the cemetery for us Muslims. We are in trouble, and I know that in Catania, for example, the city administration is working very hard to make it happen. Right now in the south of Italy there is just a cemetery for Muslims in Reggio Calabria.” Said the Imam of Catania, Mufid Abu Touq , emphasizing the difficulties of sending bodies back to their country of origin. “Normally for our dead we ship them to their country of origin. But this costs around 3-4 thousand euro, and not everyone can deal with this expense and so some are buried in local Christian cemeteries, although this, to tell the truth” he concludes “is against the rules of Islam.”

Will Islamic Stand-Up Play in Peoria? ‘The Muslims are Coming!,’ a Docu-comedy

“Every single solitary Butterball turkey in the United States of America has been sacrificed to Allah,” a conservative commentator says of halal meat in the montage that opens “The Muslims Are Coming!” Directed by the comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, the documentary begins strongly with this collection of absurd hatemongering, cobbled from television clips. Unfortunately, the film peaks in those first few minutes.

The movie follows a group of Muslim-American comedians (who include Ms. Farsad and Mr. Obeidallah, documenting themselves) on a peace tour across the country to promote awareness. They travel in two cars to small towns and large cities to perform stand-up and also to stage goofy stunts — for instance, setting up an “Ask a Muslim” booth or holding a “Hug a Muslim” sign. Interspersed are interviews with the comedians and with better-known figures like Jon Stewart, David Cross and Rachel Maddow.

Christians, Muslims pray together

Muslims and Christians together pray in St. Peter’s Square, each with the words of their own religion. For many it is a “miracle” born by the appeal of Pope Francis who encouraged fasting for peace against the war in Syria. In St. Peter’s square, in the late afternoon, a hundred thousand people came to accept the appeal of the pope. A silent ceremony, with flags ranging from the Syrian flag to those of the color of the rainbow of peace and the Chinese flag to Argentinian flag, the country of the Pope.

An atmosphere of silence, made almost surreal by the presence of Syrians and Muslims in the square: several hundred according to the Arab Community in Italy. Some of them recited the Qur’an: while at the same time came Ave Maria rising from the square. A fusion of faiths and prayers in the name of peace. The verse recited says that Allah has set up a people and a community so that we can know each other – explains Salameh Ashour a Palestinian – The noblest man who loves and fears God refrains from any violence.” Egyptians, Libyans, Syrians, Palestinians, Iraqis and other Arabs mixed on the streets with African, South American and Italian.

For many it was a moment of peace. “Today we have fasted” says Ismael, wrapped in a flag of Syria “we are here because Francis has shown an understanding for our people.” “Unprecedented” for many Catholics “the sort of miracle of Pope Francis.”

Minas, a Syrian wearing the chador and honeymooning in Rome went to St. Peter with her husband for the event: “I just hope” he says “that when we return we will not find Damascus destroyed by bombs.”

 

Muslims of Cagliari Stand Together through Fasting and Prayers against War, After a Call made by Pope Francis

From Cagliari, an appeal for peace: The Muslim community of the Sardinian capital reacts to the appeal of the Pope. September 7th will be a day of fasting and prayer against war in the Middle East. This was announced by the spokesman of the Muslim community of Cagliari, Sulaiman Hijazi, and the president of the Province of Cagliari, Angela Quaquero.

“In Cagliari, after the appeal that Pope Francis addressed to all people of good will against war in the Middle East, the Muslim Community of Cagliari decided to join with a day of fasting to be held on September 7” says Sulaiman Hijazi. This is a concrete step showing intercultural goodwill.

 

Philadelphia mosque to open food pantry

The Zubaida Foundation will host the grand opening of its food pantry Saturday in Lower Makefield, organizers said.

“The pantry aims to serve the working poor and others who may be homeless,” said Lee Phillips, a spokeswoman for the mosque. “This is part of the mission of Zubaida Foundation to create opportunities for its membership to do hasanaat (good deeds) for the community.”

 

The foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2005.

Its purpose is to improve the community’s spiritual, moral and social health, Phillips said.

The mosque achieves its goals through congregational prayers, educational programs, social activities and interfaith dialogues and peace efforts with all faiths “in conformity with the teachings of Islam,” she said.