The Paris shooting: 9 points to ponder
By: Omid Safi
As a person of faith, times like these try my soul. Times like these are precisely when we need to turn to our faith. We turn inward, not because the answers are easy, but because not turning inward is unthinkable in moments of crisis.
So let us begin, not with the cartoons at the center of the shootings at the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, but with the human beings. Let it always be about the human beings:
- Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier, 47 (editor)
- Bernard Maris, 68 (economist)
- Georges Wolinski, 80 (cartoonist)
- Jean “Cabu” Cabut, 78 (cartoonist)
- Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, 57 (cartoonist)
- Philippe Honoré, 73 (cartoonist)
- Elsa Cayat (columnist)
- Michel Renaud (a guest)
- Frederic Boisseau (building maintenance worker)
- Franck Brinsolaro, 49 (a police officer)
- Moustapha Ourrad (copy editor)… It’s not Muslims vs. cartoonists, as long as there are Muslim cartoonists.
- Ahmed Merabet, 42, (police officer)… A Muslim who died protecting the cartoonists from Muslim terrorists. Muslim vs. Muslim.
And brothers Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, and Hamyd Mourad — the shooters, with a legacy of crime behind them.
I try to resist the urge to turn the victims into saintly beings, or the shooters into embodiments of evil. We are all imperfect beings, walking contradictions of selfishness and beauty. And sometimes, like the actions of the Kouachi brothers and Mourad, it results in acts of unspeakable atrocity.
I RESEARCHED EVERY RELIGION AND THEN REVERTED TO ISLAM!
Donna Lewis – now using Ayesha lea was brought up Jehovah Witness, but left that at 13 due to too many unanswered questions, and so often being told “don’t ask questions” She was an atheist for many years, and then became a Witch, worshiping Pagan gods and rituals for about 15 years. She also dabbled in Satanism, Hinduism and Buddhism, clearly trying to find what was right, but nothing ever fit. She reverted in January 2013, as she found all answers to her questions.
HOW AN ILLINOIS MOM CONVERTED TO ISLAM AND FOUND PEACE AND JOY
Kristin Szremski is a 53-year-old mom from Palo Hills, Illinois. Born into a Missouri-Synod Lutheran family, she first converted to Catholicism before finding her place in Islam. This year, Szremski was one of the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who were drawn to Mecca between October 2 – 7 to complete the fifth pillar of Islam, the Hajj.
She tells Huffington Post about her experience below. Some answers have been edited for length and clarity.
DANISH SCHOLAR REVERTS TO ISLAM
As a Muslim of Scandinavian origin I am often met with the question of why I became a Muslim. Yes, I even ask myself from time to time, why Allah had picked me, out of the multitude of people, and brought me to this blessed path of Islam.
Imam Siraj Wahhaj: “Things Ain’t Good in the ‘Hood” (Video)
United For Change 3rd Annual Conference: “United We Stand: One Nation, One Destiny”. In his bestselling book, Ill Fares the Land, Tony Judt passionately argues that individualism, egoism, greed and the politics they gave birth to are undermining the very basis of community, equality and social justice. In the ensuing social carnage no one suffers more than the poor and disenfranchised members of our society. What are the political foundations of community, equality and social justice? Can America be a great nation if it tramples on its poor and downtrodden? How can more affluent Muslims display more compassion for the less fortunate members of our society both Muslims and others? These are some of the questions Imam Siraj Wahhaj answers in this lecture.
Is Love A Crime?
By: Zaynub Zafar
As innocent as this emotion sounds, love can sometimes prove truly fatal – both to our spiritual and physical well being. What exactly does it mean to be in love; where are we going wrong with it, what is it by definition and why are we confusing it with other emotions, what are its dangers and repercussions and how do we deal with them – find out the answers below.
The Deen Show: Can you see God in this life? (Video)
Some people claim that God spoke to them, that they have conversations with God everyday, that God spoke to them directly or that they saw God in a Dream. We will be discussing this important topic on this weeks episode of TheDeenShow to see if this is true or not.
Q&A: Why Do We Need Islam? Aren’t We Better Off Without It?!
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