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China's Grim Religious Freedom Problem
Originally Posted: 07/29/2014 - 5:12pm | Type: Blog

While last month marked the 25th anniversary of China’s silencing freedom in Tiananmen Square, this month China has been cementing this grim legacy — particularly regarding religious freedom. ...

Muslim Christmas celebrations gain a toehold
Originally Posted: 12/24/2013 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

A growing number of American Muslims celebrate Christmas, or at least partake in some ways, even if they don’t decorate their homes with trees and a light show. Indeed, many Muslim families have created their ...

Plea to Non-Christians: You Take Santa, Please
Originally Posted: 12/11/2013 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

It’s time for non-Christians to step up and adopt Santa. Write him into the Ramadan tradition, or fold the jolly old elf into Hanukkah. Put some Kringle in your Karma. On behalf o ...

Pakistan TV Show Gives Away Babies at Ramadan
Originally Posted: 08/06/2013 - 1:54pm | Type: Blog

For several years, Aamir Liaqat Hussain followed a typical talk-show format of interviewing celebrities, staging games, giving away cars and household appliances. This year during Ramadan — which ends later th ...

Pope Pens Personal Message to Muslims at Ramadan’s End
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 1:59pm | Type: Blog

In message published on Friday, Pope Francis took the rare step of personally expressing his “esteem and friendship” to the world’s Muslims as they prepare to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fast. ...

Ramadan, a Shared Table, and Following Jesus
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 3:26pm | Type: Blog

As I often say, as followers of Jesus, we have no choice but to move toward relationships with those who are marginalized, dehumanized, and in need of love. We don’t compromise our faith by hanging out with pe ...

Survey: UK Muslims Give More to Charity than Jews and Christians
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

When it comes to donating to charity, Britain’s small but fast-growing Muslim community comes out ahead of other religious groups, a recent survey shows. When it comes to donatin ...

British TV Channel’s Call to Prayer Stirs Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

With a stated aim to “provoke,” Britain’s best-known TV company, Channel 4, is justifying its live daily broadcast of the “adhan” — the early hour Muslim call to prayer — and sparking applause as well as anger ...

Tisha B’Av: An Unloved Jewish Holiday Alters its Rituals
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

Most people have heard of Hanukkah and Passover and maybe Yom Kippur — the Jewish Day of Atonement. But Tisha B’Av? Most people have heard of Hanukkah and Passover and maybe Yom ...

Heat Poses Challenge to Muslims Fasting During Ramadan
Originally Posted: 07/10/2013 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

The annual 30-day fast known as Ramadan, one of Islam’s five pillars, began Tuesday and requires that believers forgo food and drink. At this time of year, that means 15 hours of parched throats and unquenched ...

For Some Converts, Ramadan is the Loneliest Time of Year
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

Since converting to Islam more than five years ago, Paul K. DeMelto of Cleveland has done all he could to become a more knowledgeable Muslim, attending a new converts class and hiring Arabic tutors to help him ...

Photo Essay: 'Ramadan Kareem' at Jerusalem Checkpoints?
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

Due to a temporary relaxation in Israeli policy, many Palestinians traveled to Jerusalem through checkpoints during Ramadan this year. But now that Ramadan is over, it’s back to business as usual. ...

Indian Churches Try to Broker Peace in Assam
Originally Posted: 08/21/2012 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

Christian churches call for nonviolence in northeast India. Interethnic violence has flashed through India during the conclusion of the Muslim holy season of Ramadan during whic ...

What Catholics Can Learn From the Quran
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

After reading the Quran during Ramadan, I am again convinced that there are more commonalities between and among religions than there are differences that isolate and divide. This ...

Muslims Brace For Tense Holiday
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Following attacks on seven U.S. mosques in the last two weeks, including three attacks last weekend, many Muslim Americans are approaching the end of Ramadan on Aug. 19 under a cloud of fear as Muslim groups t ...

Ramadan Karim: Revelation
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 1:45pm | Type: SojoMail

August 16, 2012   GUEST COMMENTARY by Lisa Sharon Harper ...

Ramadan Karim: Revelation
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Ramadan is a time of revelation. This is what it revealed in me: I miss the devotion of my youth. It was the summer of 1994 and about 10 friends and I sat huddled around Bibles in ...

Ramadan Karim: Living Like Angels
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 9:12am | Type: Blog

Ramadan has stripped me bare, so that when my inner ego would usually rise up and demand recognition —something else is beginning to happen. Ramadan is no joke.  I do a 30-day ...

Ramadan Karim: The Poor Will Be Fed
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

In the same way that I waited eagerly for the breaking of the Ramadan fast each night — counting it as something to celebrate — on the day Jesus comes again, we will celebrate. Th ...

Ramadan Karim: Sojo Staffer Joins Imam for Islam's Monthlong Fast
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 2:50pm | Type: Blog

Ramadan's first day of fasting began today at dawn. This year, Sojourners' Director of Mobilizing, Lisa Sharon Harper, has chosen to keep the fast during the Muslim holy month alongside our friend, I ...

Ramadan Fast Poses Challenge for Muslim Olympians
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 9:37am | Type: Blog

This year, more than 3,000 Muslim athletes will compete in the Olympics, but many will not fast, a decision that has been sanctioned by religious authorities. While Muslims are increasingly common on Western t ...

Praying, Fasting and…Competing?
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The timing of this year’s Olympics — smack dab in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan and its sunrise-to-sunset fast — has put thousands of participating Muslim athletes in something of a quandary. ...

Why We Fast
Originally Posted: 02/07/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

In February of 2009, when I tried a month-long Ramadan fast for the book Flunking Sainthood, I felt like a failure for most of the month. In February of 2009, when I tried a month ...

Why We Opened Our Church to Muslims
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In a <a href="http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/januaryweb-only/muslimsevangelical.html" target="_blank">recent article</a> on <em>Christianity Today's</em& ...

It Didn't Happen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It didn't happen. The threat of a pastor from a very small Florida church to burn Qurans and start "International Burn a Koran Day," was not carried out. It didn� ...

Football and Ramadan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

All around the United States, high school and college football teams are beginning to practice for the fall season. All around the United States, high school and college footba ...

Back from Retreat, Ready for Action
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Eboo Patel The Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, is over. For me, as for other Muslims, it has been challenging, and beautiful. But the pu ...