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This was a social experiment involving a Muslim and a Jewish boy walking together, done in both a muslim and a jewish community. Watch and see what happens. Done by Moe And ET
from the Independent
It has been dubbed the “Wonder of Berlin”. And if a Protestant pastor, a rabbi and an imam can realise their shared dream, the world’s first house of prayer for three religions will open its doors in the German capital in four years’ time, with the building costs being paid for by donations.
The unique project is called the “House of One”, and its aim is to provide a place of worship and contemplation for adherents of the world’s three main monotheistic faiths, although the building will also be open to all. It will house a church, a synagogue and a mosque under one roof.
“Berlin is the city of wounds and miracles,” said Rabbi Tovia Ben-Chorin, one of the three behind the project. “It is the city in which the extermination of the Jews was planned. Now, the first house in the world for three religions is to be built here,” he added.
The fundraising drive was launched this week, with a symbolic handing over of the first brick. The House of One’s backers hope to raise the €43.5m (£35m) needed to construct the hexagonal-shaped brick building, on a site next to Berlin’s central Museum Island, entirely through sponsorship. Anyone can donate money online. A single brick costs ¤10.
The idea was born in 2009, when archaeologists excavating a section of ground on Museum Island unearthed the remnants of Berlin’s earliest church, the Petrikirche, and the city’s Latin school, which dates back to 1350.
“We quickly agreed that something visionary and forward looking should be built on what is the founding site of Berlin,” said Gregor Hohberg, the Protestant pastor who initiated the project. He was convinced that multicultural, multi-faith Berlin was the right city in which to open a house of worship for three religions.
“Berlin is the city of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful coexistence of believers from different faiths – they yearn to understand each other,” he said.
Imam Kadir Sanci, the House of One’s Muslim leader, said he wanted the project to encourage a conscious dialogue between different faiths and cultures, which would help prejudices against Muslims to evaporate. “We want our children to have a future in which diversity is the norm,” he insisted.
The plans for the House of One indicate that while the building will contain a separate synagogue, church and mosque under one roof, there will also be a large central area, in which members of the three faiths and others can meet and contemplate. Last Tuesday, the House of One construction site on Berlin’s Gertraudenstrasse was still a vacant building lot, with little more to show than a recently felled plane tree and dirty, grey sand scarred with the tyre tracks of lorries and excavators.
However, the desolate scene did not deter the pastor, the rabbi and the imam from symbolically burying their shoes in the sand at the centre of the site.
“One has to have a great deal of faith in God to imagine that a wonderful building, unique in the world, will stand on this site in just a few years,” Mr Hohberg told a congregation from different faiths at a service a little later.
He added that building work could commence in 2016, providing donations to the fund of €10m had been raised by then.
This week a Khartoum court convicted Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, of apostasy, or the renunciation of faith. If she didn’t “recant”, she will be executed.
Ibrahim is a Christian. But the court considers her to be Muslim.
Her father (who left when she was six years old) was a Sudanese Muslim, but her mother is Ethiopian Orthodox, and brought her up as a Christian.
The court also convicted her of adultery and sentenced her to 100 lashes because her marriage to a Christian man is considered void under Sharia law, because her father was Muslim. The courts considered her to be the same.
She was given until Thursday to recant her Christian faith, but she has firmly declared: “I am a Christian, and I will remain a Christian.”
In the meantime, Ibrahim, who is eight months’ pregnant, remains in prison with her 20-month-old son, who is getting sick due to lack of hygiene.
Her pregnancy is not going smoothly, but a request to send her to a private hospital was denied “due to security measures.”
“The fact that a woman could be sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion, is abhorrent and should never be even considered,” Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher, said in a statement.
“‘Adultery’ and ‘apostasy’ are acts which should not be considered crimes at all, let alone meet the international standard of ‘most serious crimes’ in relation to the death penalty. It is a flagrant breach of international human rights law,” the researcher said.
“We call upon the Government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion, including one’s right to change one’s faith or beliefs, a right which is enshrined in international human rights law as well as in Sudan’s own 2005 Interim Constitution,” the embassies of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Netherlands said in a statement.
“We further urge Sudanese legal authorities to approach Ms. Meriam’s case with justice and compassion that is in keeping with the values of the Sudanese people,” it read.
Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch scored a Twitter own goal whilst trying to convince her followers she was in touch with British Muslims, citing a political commentator who was actually of Sikh heritage.
In the wake of the sentencing of Lee Rigby’s killers, Mensch tweeted: “One of the aims of #LeeRigby’s murderers was to stir up religious hatred and we must not allow them to succeed in their aim. #Islam #Peace”
“When I think of British Muslims I think of @Mo_Farah @SayeedaWarsi @RaheemJKassam @SunnyHundal @YasminQureshiMP &c not these fools #LeeRigby”
Sunny Hundal was born to Sikh parents of Indian origin and despite having a beard, is not Muslim. He tweeted back at her “Erm, I’m not Muslim Louise. Parents are Sikh”.
After Twitter users criticised her for her mistake, Mensch argued: “I’ve thought he was Muslim for ages. Based on his politics, tweets.”
The two religious fanatics who murdered Lee Rigby screamed a final act of defiance in court yesterday as they fought with guards and were dragged from the dock prior to receiving a whole-life and life sentence respectively for their “sickening and pitiless” kill
Family appeal over religious arrest
Masood Ahmad’s family fear for his health inside a Pakistani prison
By Athar Ahmad
BBC Asian Network
The family of a British man arrested in Pakistan for “posing as a Muslim” are calling for the government to help bring their father back to the UK.
Masood Ahmad was jailed in November on blasphemy charges after being secretly filmed reading from the Koran.
The dual Pakistani-British national, 72, belongs to the minority Ahmadiyya sect, considered heretics in Pakistan.
They were declared non-Muslim in 1974 by the Pakistan government and have restricted religious practices.
This is because of theological differences with mainstream Islam
One of the restrictions on their religious freedom is that they cannot publicly quote from the Koran.
Two men posing as patients visited Mr Ahmad at his clinic in Lahore, before asking questions about religion.
They used a mobile phone to secretly film him reading the Koran and then called the police to have him arrested.
Ahmadis can be jailed for up to three years in Pakistan for referring to their faith as Islam, preaching or “outraging the religious feelings of Muslims”.
Mr Ahmad’s daughter Aasiya and son Abbas said the family just wanted him home
Mr Ahmad’s daughter, Aasiya, who lives in Glasgow, said she was distressed by what had happened.
She said: “My father didn’t hurt anybody. We just want him out of jail and with us here where he can practice his faith freely.”
Mr Ahmad had several operations to remove a tumour in 2010 and his family is concerned that his health will deteriorate in prison.
His lawyers have applied for bail due to his age and illness, but have been unsuccessful on three occasions.
The Foreign Office do not usually get involved in cases between dual Pakistani-British nationals and authorities in Pakistan but according to advice given to individuals detained there, it “may make an exception to this rule”.
Mr Ahmad’s son, Abbas, said he wanted the British government to put further pressure on the Pakistani authorities.
“They say because he has dual nationality, they have limited access for these kinds of things. For us, his children are here, he’s a British citizen. We are taxpayers, he’s paid tax.
“My father is 72 and he’s never harmed anybody. Anyone can read the Koran – a Muslim, a Christian, anyone. We just want the government to help.”
In response, a spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We cannot get British nationals out of prison or detention, nor get special treatment for them because they are British.
“We urge the government of Pakistan to guarantee the fundamental rights of all its citizens.”
The spokesman added: “We engage at a senior level on the issue of the mistreatment of religious groups, including Ahmadis.
“We will continue to provide consular assistance to both Mr Ahmad and his family”.
In an interview with the BBC from his prison last month, Mr Ahmad said he felt targeted prior to his arrest and was concerned about how his children were coping.
Mr Ahmad’s family is trying to stay hopeful that he will soon be released from prison.
Aasiya Firdous said: “We are trying to do our best and stay strong for each other. We knock on every door we can. We are just looking for the good and trying to stay positive.”
Listen to more on this story on BBC Asian Network on Friday 10 January at 13:00 GMT and 17:00 GMT.
BBC © 2014
In October this year, two Muslim workers won a discrimination case against Tesco after their bosses kept their prayer room locked.
Abdirisak Aden and Mahamed Hasan, both aged 27, were among a number of devout Muslim employees at the supermarket who had lobbied for a prayer room since 2006.
In 2008, managers agreed to set aside a security office at the distribution depot in Crick, Northamptonshire, as a prayer room for Muslims.
But four years later, bosses set new restrictions on the use of the room which included keeping it locked when it was not in use.
Following an employment tribunal, Tesco was guilty of indirect discrimination – with the men awarded an undisclosed sum for ‘injury to their feelings’.
Walter Russell Mead’s Blog
November 25, 2013
Angola Banning Islam
As Africa’s God Wars churn on, it appears that majority-Christian Angola is taking steps to ban Islam on its territory:
Weekly French-language Moroccan newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune published an article on Friday sourcing “several” Angolan officials, including the Southwest African nation’s minister of culture, Rosa Cruz, who reportedly offered the following remarks, which have been translated from French: “The process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice.”
The media reports have not described why exactly Islam apparently faces a need to be legalized despite its presence in the country for many years.
OnIslam.net reports that the African economic news agency Agence Ecofin wrote that Cruz made the statement at an appearance last week before the 6th Commission of the National Assembly. The website goes on to note that, “According to several Angolan newspapers, Angola has become the first country in the world to ban Islam and Muslims, taking first measures by destroying mosques in the country.”
This is emphatically not a good idea. There are many Christians in Africa where religious conflict is rising, and Christian believers and churches have suffered attacks and intimidation. They are increasingly tempted “to do unto others as they do unto you”—or even to do unto others before they do unto you. Our advice, difficult to follow as it may be, is to stick with the original version of the Golden Rule. Religious persecution is not the way of Christ, and history has too many examples already of the horrible things that can happen when Christian believers indulge.
If specific preachers, funders or organizations incite or practice violence, society has a right to protect itself. But people who live peacefully and obey the laws of the land should never fear persecution because of their faith—or for that matter, their lack of it.
President Jose Edurado dos Santos reportedly told the Osun Defence daily: ‘This is the final end of Islamic influence in our country.’
Along with Islam, which is a religion associated with less than 1 per cent of the population of 19 million, 194 other ‘sects’ have been banned in the nation, where more than half the population is Christian.
Ms Cruz e Silva said: ‘The legalisation of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights [and] their mosques will be closed until further notice.’
Clashes between Christians and Muslim people are frequently reported in the local media.