“The Spiritual Convergence of Rosh Hashanah, Eid al-Fitr, and 9/11”

The Washington Post, On Faith Blog
August 30, 2010

RabbiRabbi means “my master,” an authorized teacher or master of the Torah and the classical Jewish tradition. After the fall of the second Temple in 70 CE and the scattering of the Jewish people in exile, the role of the rabbi became very important in gat... Marc Scheier and Iman Shamsi Ali


As American Muslims observe the last days of RamadanRamadan is the ninth lunar month during which the first revelation of the Qur’an came to Muhammad. Each year in this month, Muslims abstain from all food, drink, and sexual activity from dawn until sunset. They ar. also meant to make a conscious effort ... and American Jews prepare to begin their observance of Rosh HashanahRosh Hashanah is the day of the Jewish New Year, falling on the first day of the autumn month of Tishri., the Jewish New Year, members of both faiths–and all Americans– are being confronted with a responsibility to speak out in defense of the values of religious liberty and mutual understanding upon which this country was founded. 

The contentious issue of the proposed Islamic Community Center in Lower Manhattan has kicked up a political and social firestorm that has left many American Muslims feeling vulnerable and in fear of an upsurge of anti-Muslim bigotry. The recent stabbing of a Muslim New York City taxi driver by a deranged college student and the desecration of a Queens mosqueMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... by a drunken intruder are the evil fruits of a situation in which the vilification of an American religion–in this case Islam—has been allowed to become mainstream discourse.

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