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?
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?
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 destructive actions of individuals.”
In this case, Heather Digby Parton of Salon. com argues that it’s not the Qu’ran doing the influencing, but radical imams (and the FBI). Yeah: not kidding.
Read the whole thing here.
Some people have way too much time on their hands. Object to a commemoration of Muslims who lost their lives in war? How can that possibly be a bad thing — especially when it’s in a particularly Muslim way.
Yes: I’m talking about the controversy in Britain over the poppy print scarf: “a Muslim head scarf with the iconic poppy print, launched by the Islamic Society of Britain, and sold online by British Future, with the money going to the Poppy Appeal“.
Methinks it’s a beautiful way to remind the world that Muslims, too, have died for their country. After all, it was a century ago now that Sepoy Khudadad Khan, of the 129th Baluchis regiment, became the first Muslim to receive Britain’s Victoria Cross for bravery.
As British Future puts it: “It is hoped that the garment will serve as a symbol of Britain’s diverse and shared history and the coming together of people from all backgrounds to remember in this centenary year.” Only a fanatic would disagree.
(Photo of Royal British Legion’s Paper Poppy by Philip Stevens courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)