I recently commented to some Muslims that it “sounds like the Wahhabis are a thorn in the side of Islam the same way Westboro Batpist and other hate movements are a thorn in the side of Christianity.” One replied, “Imagine what it would be like if Westboro had several trillion dollars worth of oil, theirContinue reading “Wahhabism: A Concern for both Christians and Muslims”
“Many non-Muslims around the world, including Christians, find it easier to be enraged than engaged with Muslims,” but “It ought to go without saying that Christians who are furious with Muslims cannot be effective ambassadors for Christ.” (Georges Houssney – Engaging Islam)
This is a question I have put to Muslims living in historically Christian countries in light of the Christian practice of calling the Father “Allah” in historically Muslim countries. The response I have received has been mixed. For example, one said, “Yes…Jesus called Him Father and Jesus was a muslim i.e. one who submits…if you’re talkingContinue reading “Could a Muslim ever call Allah “Father”?”
Here is an answer I have given to Muslims, based on my understanding of New Testament teaching: I would approach the food issue on a case by case basis. I have no problem with eating halal per se. I would have no problem being served it by a butcher. It would become problematic, however, ifContinue reading “Is it OK for Christians to eat Halal Meat?”
Kufic or Kufi is one of the oldest calligraphic forms of Arabic script. You may have seen it in Muslim art. This cross, by Lebanese Christian Arabic calligrapher named Istfén, is made in the geometic kufi style. Dated 1995.
Are head coverings a sign of oppression or a sign of conviction? I don’t know about you, but I think its best to start with the source, and ask the people wearing them before we arrive at hard and fast judgements.
Having just arrived back from an interfaith conference and opened my waiting email in-box, I find this news report from the Sydney Morning Herald about Jamie Cavanough: A candidate for Bob Katter’s fledgling political party declared his preference for buying ”guaranteed non-halal meat” so his money does not ”go to the Muslim community”. Jamie Cavanough, who is standing forContinue reading “Katter candidate’s anti-Halal comments have the attention of this Greenway resident”
This image of Mohammed, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Buddha, and Confucius originates from Cao Dai temple, Da Nang, near Hoi An, Vietnam.
First we had the Atheist billboard campaign, now we have the Islamic billboard campaign. I hear advertisements will be appearing on billboards and buses around Sydney next month proclaiming: Jesus: a prophet of Islam Holy Quran: the final testament Muhammad: mercy to mankind The Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, Rob Forsyth, has said ”They’veContinue reading “Was Jesus a Prophet of Islam?”
I’m not a big fan of theocracy and as Islam is often presented as a pro-theocracy religion that has, unsurprisingly, coloured my perception of Islam. But I got to wondering this evening: how many Islamic majority countries are actually theocratic? So, here’s what I’ve determined so far. As far as I can ascertain, there areContinue reading “How many Muslim countries are actually theocratic?”