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Here We Go Again: Somalia/Kenya

posted by Suzy Shuraym

flag_al-shababIt’s hard for Westerners of whatever religion to fathom, but some self-described Islamic extremist rebels from Somalia (who go by the sobriquet al-Shabab) are at it again.

They attacked a bus in northern Kenya Saturday (22 November 2014) and shot 28 non-Muslims. Reports say they killed those who could not recite the Shahada.

There are a few problems with this news report, not the least of which is how 28 non-Muslims could be unaware of the wording of the Shahada — but it seems to fit the pattern.

Kenya raids mosques in search of extremists. In retaliation, Al-Shabab rebels kill bus passengers in Kenya. In retaliation, Kenya raids the Somali camps and kills rebels….. And the beat goes on.

(Image of the flag of Al-Shabab is in the public domain)

Photo Friday: Morocco, Indiana

posted by Suzy Shuraym

moroccoThis Morocco isn’t a kingdom in the Mahgreb but a small town in rural northwest Indiana — specifically, it’s in Beaver Township of Newton County. It was founded in 1851.

The population was 1,129 at the 2010 census, which shows the town comprising a total area of 1.13 square miles.

According to local lore, it wasn’t named for that other Morocco, but after a traveler’s red Moroccan leather boots (as pictured on the town sign). town-of-morocco

(Submitted photos, used with permission)

The Third Generation Dilemma

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Some American mosques are altering their programs to suit the needs of the Second- and Third-Generation Muslim immigrants — those young people who were born in the United States.

An article last week in the Wall Street Journal pointed out that “younger congregants are searching for mosques that are less rigid about separating genders during prayers and that have leaders who understand American culture.”

The younger generations are less willing to listen to the admonitions of imams imported from Muslim-majority countries, causing a staffing problem at Muslim institutions.

Who’s involved with the Next Wave Muslim Initiative? What do you think should be done to include the youngest American Muslims?

ISIS Apparently Beheads Muslim Convert

posted by Suzy Shuraym

From a Western perspective, it’s a bad bit of PR.

ISIS — which purports to fight for a world where an Islamic Caliphate is dominant — has released a video purportedly showing that it has beheaded Abdul-Rahman Kassig, an American citizen.

This Muslim convert was known as Peter Kassig before he headed to Syria to work in civilian relief efforts.

Have cooler heads (if that term can even be applied to ISIS leadership) lost control of their troops? What possible reason could there be for an Islamic State to kill a Muslim convert? Isn’t one of their tenets that all people should be (or become) Muslim?

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Here We Go Again: Somalia/Kenya
It's hard for Westerners of whatever religion to fathom, but some self-described Islamic extremist rebels from Somalia (who go by the sobriquet al-Shabab) are at it again. They attacked a bus in northern Kenya Saturday (22 November 2014) and shot 28 non-Muslims. Reports say they killed those who

posted 11:38:56am Nov. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Photo Friday: Morocco, Indiana
This Morocco isn't a kingdom in the Mahgreb but a small town in rural northwest Indiana -- specifically, it's in Beaver Township of Newton County. It was founded in 1851. The population was 1,129 at the 2010 census, which shows the town comprising a total area of 1.13 square miles. According

posted 10:40:38am Nov. 21, 2014 | read full post »

The Third Generation Dilemma
Some American mosques are altering their programs to suit the needs of the Second- and Third-Generation Muslim immigrants -- those young people who were born in the United States. An article last week in the Wall Street Journal pointed out that "younger congregants are searching for mosques that

posted 1:00:21pm Nov. 19, 2014 | read full post »

ISIS Apparently Beheads Muslim Convert
From a Western perspective, it's a bad bit of PR. ISIS -- which purports to fight for a world where an Islamic Caliphate is dominant -- has released a video purportedly showing that it has beheaded Abdul-Rahman Kassig, an American citizen. This Muslim convert was known as Peter Kassig before h

posted 11:53:12am Nov. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Older Men Manipulating Younger Men?
Have you been following the "feud" between Bill Maher and his critics over Islam? He contends that references to violence in the Qu'ran are a literal "call to arms". Here's a nuanced discussion of the dispute. Key take-away: "people often seek to blame an outside influence for violent and destruc

posted 1:19:55pm Nov. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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