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Reading the Quran
Lesley Hazleton
The Doubt Essential to Faith
lezley Hazlten


Qur’anic Concepts of the Ethics of Warfare: Challenging the
Claims of Islamic Aggressiveness

Dr Joe Hayward


By DR JOEL HAYWARD
Dean of the Royal Air Force Collage, United Kingdom; Co-Director, Royal Air Force Center for Air Power Studies; Head of Air Power Studies, King's Collage London




Primer for Peace
ISLAM A PRIMER FOR PEACE

By Dr. Ronald Lee Cobb: a Christian author, minister, therapist, counselor, NATO peacekeeper in Bosnia and US Army retired Colonel



Ron Cobb
Dr. Ronald Lee Cobb, D. Min. Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA - M.A. Master of Arts in Religion from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. M.Div. Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Kansas

George Galloway

New Islamic Directions
by
Zaid Shakir

Zaid Shaker
Removing Misconceptions
by
Yahya Merchant
Y Merchant


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The Protection of the Qur’an
by Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi*


*Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi is a renowned Muslim scholar in North America.
Presently,he is the Chairman of the Shura Council of Southern
California, President of the Fiqh Council of North America and ex-
President of ISNA, and the Director of Orange County Islamic Society.

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Legacy of Peace Documentary
Legacy of Peace documentary is a production of the Center for Islamic Studies. The documentary is a journey of learning of Islam and its relationship with Christianity and Judaism and a gateway to a host of other relevant and pertinent issues.


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"America And Islam Are Not Exclusive...
Seeking a new beginning..."


President of the United States of America,
Barak Obama speaking in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009


The Essence of Religions and Duties of the Clergy

"Religion is like pure rain falling on earth and nourishing life. It
brings about beautiful flowers, trees and vegetation. In the
same way rain is necessary for life, religion and morality are necessary to maintain peace, serenity and hope. However,
the radicals and those profiting from religious differences
and conflicts pollute and poison the rain. Thus, water--the
source of life--turns unhealthy. It is the duty of the
clergymen to keep faith pure and congregations healthy."

- The late Sheik Ahmad Kuftaro, Grand Mufti of Syria -


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InterFaith in Focus
InterFaith in Focus is a 15 minutes DVD video; it is excerpts from the documentary film Legacy of Peace. We invite you to wach it. If you
desire a free copy of this InterFaith in Focus DVD, please email us
with your request so we can send you one.
Interfaith

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Pendulum
Water Clock
Alkhayyam
Ibn Battutah
Eye 1a
Astronomy
Muslim Coins
Astronomical

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This You Tube video clip is a representation from the 1001 Inventions Exhibition in London Science Museum, which demonstrates the extent of engineering during the Islamic era of the 9th century.

Clock Inventions


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Karen Armstrong

In defense of Prophet Muhammad

In her book, Muhammad, a Biography of the Prophet, Karen Armstrong
wrote:


“But the very idea that Muhammad would have found any thing to be
optimistic about in the carnage committed in his name on September
11th is an obscenity, because, as I try to show in these pages,
Muhammad spent most of his life trying to stop that kind of
indiscriminate slaughter. The very word islam, which denotes the
existential “surrender” of the whole being to God, which Muslims are
required to make, is related to salam, “peace.” And most importantly, Muhammad eventually abjured violence and pursued a daring, inspired policy on non-violence that was the culmination of his prophetic career. In imagining that the holy war was the culmination of his career, the fundamentalists (extremists) have distorted the whole meaning of his life.

Far from being the father of Jihad, Muhammad was a peacemaker, who risked his life and nearly lost his closest companions, because he was so determined to effect a reconciliation with Mecca. Instead of
fighting an intransigent war to the death, Muhammad was prepared to negotiate and to compromise. And this apparent humiliation and capitulation proved, in the words of the Qur’an, to be a great victory (fat-‘h)....If we could view Muhammad as we do any other important historical figure we would surely consider him to be one of the
greatest geniuses the world has known." - Karen Armstrong, Muhammad, A Biography of the Prophet. HarperSanFransisco, 1993.

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The 100
A RANKING OF THE MOST INFUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY

By Michael H. Heart


The 100

In his Introduction in the book, The 100, Michael Heart stated:

"This book is solely involved with the question of who were the 100
persons who had the greatest effect on history and on the course of the world. I have ranked those 100 persons in order of importance: that is, according to the total amount of influence that each of them had on human history and the everyday lives of other human beings."

His first choice of the most influential persons of the world was
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). About this choice,
this is what he said:


"My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels. Of humble origins, Muhammad founded and promulgated one of the world's great religions, and became an immensely effective political leader. Today, thirteen
centuries after his death, his influence is still
powerful and pervasive." He then concluded:

"It is this unparalleled combination of secular and religious influence
which I feel entitles Muhammad to be considered the most influential
single figure in human history."

The 100, A RANKING OF THE MOST INFUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY, Michael H.
Heart, Kensington Publication, New York, N Y. 1992.

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Saladin

Saladin -- Man of the Millennium


Both Christians and Muslims admire Saladin, who has become a
celebrity of history. The Millennium issue of Time Magazine
(Dec 31, 1999) devoted a full artistic (inside front cover) page of Saladin’s face for his chivalry and noble character. Saladin's traits and virtues were purely a reflection of the teachings of his faith.


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Islam's Concept of Promoting Good and Rejecting
Wrong, “al Ma’roof and al Munkar”

Muzamil Siddiqi
Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi*

As human societies evolve, some of their actions become recognized as good
and accepted and other deeds as bad and rejected. In Islam, one of the lesser
pillars (Fardh Kifayah) is enjoining (Ma’roof) the doing of what is right and
forbidding (Munkar) the doing of what is wrong. The Arabic phrase for this lesser pillar is known as 'al Amr bil Ma’roof wa Annahi ahn al Munkar.' The word Ma’roof comes from the word Urf, which means something has been acknowledged and admitted, and the word Munkar comes from Nukr, meaning rejected or unknown.

In line of what is part of human nature, Islam teaches Muslims to promote what is good, 'al Ma’roof' and rejects what is bad and immoral, 'al Munkar'. According to Dr. Siddiqi: “Al Ma'roof is any thing known to all people as good and beneficial, such as the safety measures at home, at the work place and in traffic, penalizing the criminal, saying the truth, etc., and 'al Munkar' is any thing recognized by all people as bad and unwanted, such as intoxication, harming neighbors, committing crimes, stealing and lying.”

Dr. Siddiqi further states:
“Islam is a universal religion. It accepts
what is globally acknowledged by all people as good, and considers it
good, and it rejects what is globally recognized by all people as bad or immoral."

Allah (SWT)instructed Prophet Muhammad (p) to take what was available of the good traits of the people, He said.

"Take what is there from the ethics of people, enjoin the good deeds [exists among the people], and turn away from the ignorant." Qur’an, 7:199.

Muslims in the Holy Qur’an are commanded over and over to enjoin
al Ma’roof and forbid al Munkar. Here are two examples. Allah said in
Chapter 3, The Family of Imran (The Family of the Virgin Mary):

“Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining ‘al Ma’roof,’ the doing of what is right and forbidding
‘al Munkar,’ the doing of what is wrong.”
Qur’an, 3:104.

“You are the best of people evolved for mankind, enjoining the doing
of what is right, and forbidding the doing of what is wrong, and
believing in God.”
Qur’an, 3:110.

These principles and commandments further reinforce the claim that
Islam cannot clash with any good custom or civilization. On the
contrary, it agrees with people's standards; it builds on what is
good and helps to eliminate what is bad and evil.

*Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi is a renowned Muslim scholar in North America. Presently, he is the
Chairman of the Shura Council of Southern California, President of the Fiqh Council of North
America and ex-President of ISNA, and the Director of Orange County Islamic Society.

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A Historic day at the Crystal Cathedral,
Garden Grove, California
Shaykh Salah Kuftaro and Dr. Robert Schuller, 9/17/2000

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Making History:
Christians and Muslims Working Together

"Invite (all) to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful
preaching; and discuss with them in ways that are best and
most gracious."
Qur'an, 16:125.

This wonderful passage lays down the Islamic principles for interfaith and
out-reach work. Wisdom and discretion, gentleness and consideration, are
the grounds from which gracious work will surely change hearts and minds.

Meeting people on their own level and introducing Islam to them with examples relevant to their own knowledge, which may be very narrow or very wide, without dogmatic or offensive disposition, is surly a complaisance of the verse above.
The
Center for Islamic Studies proudly presents a 16 minute interfaith video clip, "Making History," portraying discussions between Sheikh Salah Kuftaro, Chief Director of Abu Anour Islamic Foundation, Damascus, Syria, and Dr. Robert Schuller, founder of the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California and the host of the world wide TV show, "The Hour of Power." This video was aired in 200 countries around the world on 17th September 2000.

"I apologise to Islam for the Christian Crusades of 1065, let us
begin a new crusade of comrade and friendship, we are in the same
camp."
-Dr. Robert H. Schuller

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Joint Statement on the Danish Cartoons
By

Guirguis Ibrahim Saleh, General Secretary of the
Middle East Council of Churches

and
Prof, Dr. Hamid bin Ahmad Al-Rifaie, President of the
International Islamic Forum for Dialogue, January 17, 2006

We were informed, with great sorrow and aversion of the shameful pictures and
words used lately by the Danish mass media against Islam. A matter considered
as a gross attack on the Muslim beliefs and a provocation of their religious
feelings and violation of their deep-rooted traditions.

While we strongly condemn these senseless violations, we stress that such
devious actions are an evil source for feeding of the phenomenon of world terrorism, and a subversive horn of establishing culture of the conflict among followers of religions, and the diverse cultures and civilizations. As well
as it is an atrocious manner for planting essence of enmity and hatred
among people. We stand for working together to spread the culture of love,
justice, peace and safe coexistence in our diverse societies and among
people of all religions and cultures.

Hence, we call upon the respected Danish government and upon the world's
responsible institutions to reprimand the agencies that instigated this reckless
religious discord, and to prevent any future irresponsible actions of this nature.

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For a historical perspective of the Danish Cartoons, please also
click on,

When Hate-Crimes Don the Guise of Freedom of Speech.

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"We Respect Your Faith"


Ex-President George Bush in his address to the nation and the Joint
Session of Congress on September 20, 2001 spoke about Islam and
Muslims. Here are some of his remarks:

"The terrorists are traitors, in effect, to their own faith, trying to
highjack Islam itself. I want to speak to Muslims throughout the
world: We respect your faith, it is good and peaceful. It is practiced
freely by many millions of Americans and many more foreign countries that America considers as friends, and those who commit an evil in the name of Allah, blaspheme the name of Allah. The enemy of America is not the many Muslim friends, it is not the many Arab friends, it is a radical network of terrorists. The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic terrorism that has been rejected by Muslim Scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clergies. A fringe movement that perverse the peaceful teaching as Islam. I ask you to uphold the values of America.
We are going to fight for our principles and our first responsibility is to
align by them. No one shall be singled-out for an unfair or unkind
words because of their ethnic background or religious faith."

- Ex-U.S. President George W. Bush

 

Prophet Muhammad (p) granted protection and other privileges to the monks of Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai Click for more details.

St. Cathrerine
See a video clip of this historical document at the St. Catherine in Mt. Sinai


Napolean Bonapart
Napolean Bonaparte


Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw


Phillip Hitti
Phillip Hitti


Bernard Russel
Bertrand Russell


Thomas Carlyle
Thomas Carlyle


William Draper
William Draper


1001 Inventions Exhibition in London You Tube video clip

Muslim Inventions


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