Religious Diversity News

20,000 Gather for Eid al-Adha Prayer In Dallas

Author: Dianne Solis

Source: The Dallas Morning News

North Texas Muslims entered 20,000-strong Friday morning into the Dallas Convention Center, in native costumes of far-flung lands for communal prayer for one of the holiest days of the Islamic faith.

“This is the time to come together, to help each other and to understand each other,” said Imam Yusuf Kavakci, the religious leader of the Dallas Central Mosque.

The morning marked Eid al-Adha, or the feast of the sacrifice. It comes at the end of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. For those of the faith, it celebrates the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God. It commemorates God sparing the son for a sacrificial ram instead.

North Texas is now home for some 150,000 Muslims and more than 50 mosques and Islamic centers.

2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Events – World Religion News


The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is annually observed on the 27th of January. It’s a solemn commemoration of the Holocaust which is considered to be the darkest period during the Nazi regime wherein millions of Jews including all other cultural minorities are brutally killed in mass concentration camps across the German-occupied Europe. The primary objective of the holiday is to honor both the deceased and surviving victims as well as to promote awareness of the Holocaust worldwide.

Source: 2017 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Events – World Religion News

21 Members of ‘Religious Sect’ Arrested

Source: Arab News

On July 4, 2005 Arab News reported, “Twenty-one members of a religious sect in Malaysia have been arrested for allegedly possessing documents contrary to Islam, an official said yesterday.

Muhammad Ramli Nuh, deputy chairman of Terengganu state Islamic development committee, said 14 men and seven women aged between 30 and 60 were detained.

Muhammad Ramli said the seven-hour operation began late Saturday and was carried out by religious and regular police officers. Among those arrested were a police officer, a member of a popular local rock group and the fourth wife of the sect leader who managed to evade arrest, the official Bernama news agency reported… In April the local land office ordered the community to destroy unusual structures it had built over the years � including a ‘teapot’ which stands several meters high, a giant vase and an umbrella-like tower � by May 28. It said they breached national regulations…
The structures are designed to promote unity among all religions, [a spokesman for the Ayah Pin cult, Rosli Abdul Samad,] said, accusing local religious leaders of attempting to contain the teachings of Ayah Pin by ordering their destruction.”

2nd Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference Highlights Challenges And Progress Of the Global Sikh Community

Author: Staff Writer

Source: United Sikhs

Meeting for three days from December 18-20th, Sikhs from all over the world gathered in Toronto at the 2nd Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference: Preserving Our Past and Investing in Our Future, to discuss three topics of current concern: Sikh Civil and Human Rights, Women’s Rights, and Sikh Leadership. Speakers and participants had lively debates resulting in a plethora of suggestions for guiding advocates and leaders on the way forward.

Commenting on the conference, Almas Jiwani, President, CCUNIFEM stated, “It was a pleasure and a privilege attending the 2nd Global Sikh Civil Rights Conference. In the climate of our times, it is important that issues pertaining to religious freedom and civil rights do not go ignored. Although, I, myself am not a Sikh, my plight as a Muslim is similar as well and we must unify and make sure the small differences amongst us are not overshadowed by that fact that we are all human beings. Being the President of the Canadian Committee for the United Nations Fund for Women, it touched my heart that so many woman in the conference identified with the various issues and the forms of discrimination discussed, most importantly they wanted to get involved and eradicate this discrimination. The Sikh religion gives the avenue for this change to occur, as equality is a pillar of the religion, and I hope that these women rise up and bring change in their communities.”

8 Mosques to Host ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbor’ Open House

Author: Oralandar Brand-Williams

Source: The Detroit News–Meet-Your-Muslim-Neighbor–open-house

Eight metro Detroit mosques are encouraging non-Muslims to visit their houses of worship Saturday as part of a coordinated open house to promote better understanding of the Quran holy book and Islam.

Members of the sponsoring Council of Islamic Organizations say the open house aims to promote peace, understanding, friendship and tolerance among people of all faiths and “to convey the correct understanding of Islam and Muslims.”

Imam Aly Lela, of the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit in Rochester Hills, said he is inviting non-Muslims to his mosque because he sees it as a “first step toward mutual understanding to get to know each other and take a close look into this culture.”

“The open house is a wonderful opportunity to come and ask questions they have on their minds in a friendly environment,” Lela said of the event, called “Meet your Muslim Neighbor: Sharing our Common Heritage.”

80+ Long Island Faith Leaders Call on Rep. Peter King to Cancel Muslim Hearings

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Faith In Public Life

Over 80 people of faith from Long Island, including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and interfaith leaders, sent a letter today to Representative Peter King (R-NY), urging him to cancel his planned Congressional hearings to investigate claims of “radicalization” in the American Muslim community. These diverse faith leaders believe the singling out of the Muslim community undermines fundamental American values and is counterproductive to improving national security.

9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019 – Center for American Progress

The past year has posed significant challenges for many LGBTQ members of faith communities. For example, a recent vote in the United Methodist Church strengthened its ban on marriage for same-sex couples and LGBTQ clergy, leaving many LGBTQ United Methodists feeling discouraged and isolated. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is actively stripping away nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. The administration often justifies these actions under the flimsy guise of religious liberty, arguing that religious traditions are a valid excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ people, further erasing the experiences of LGBTQ people of faith.

Source: 9 LGBTQ Faith Leaders to Watch in 2019 – Center for American Progress

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