A lifetime of dialogue: Muslim community honors interfaith pioneer Rita Semel

BY ANDY ALTMAN-OHR | APRIL 11, 2008Iftekhar Hai and Shafi Refai, two leaders in the Bay Area Muslim community, caught a well-dressed, 86-year-old Jewish lady off guard on April 6.Following a three-hour interfaith dialogue program and dinner at the Islamic Society of San Francisco, they gave a special, surprise award to longtime Jewish activist and ...
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Ramadan Fasting is Universal

San Mateo County Times Posted: 08/26/2009 04:46:22 PM PDTUpdated: 08/26/2009 04:46:23 PM PDT By Iftekhar Hai & Mike Ghouse Link to this page has many advertisements that take time to download if you don't have a high speed internet connection hence here is print copy Oakland Tribune, Tri-Valley Herald, San Mateo County Times, The Argus, Daily R...
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Islam and Death Penalty

Forgiveness is a Divine Act Reflections on death penalty Article Last Updated: 10/18/2007 06:56:06 AM PDT Iftekhar Hai Printed in the following newspaper October 18, 2007San Mateo County Times http://www.insidebayarea.com/search/ci_7211920 Link to this page has many advertisements that take time to download if you don't have a high speed internet c...
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Righteousness means Justice

Every person in his/her conscience knows what is right and what is wrong. Muslims believe in the revelations that came before Islam. The Quran says, "To every people was send an Apostle, in their own language, in their own country – clarifying problems." 14:4, 16:36 & 10:47. Hence righteousness is not exclusively a Muslim domain. Righteousness ...
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The Great Islamophobic Crusade

The Great Islamophobic CrusadeMax Blumenthal: Meet the Bizarre Cabal Behind an Increasingly Paranoid Crusade Dec. 20, 2010 Read full article on line also: CBS) Max Blumenthal is a writing fellow for the Nation Institute and author of the bestselling book Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party (Nation Books). This piece or...
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Resisting propaganda

Article Created: 02/14/2008 02:39:00 AM PST Iftekhar Hai Printed in the following newspaper on February 14, 2008San Mateo County Timeshttp://www.insidebayarea.com/search/ci_8259249Link to this page has many advertisements that take time to download if you don't have a high speed internet connection hence here is print copy Oakland Tribune, Tri-Vall...
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Wife Beating Interpretational Error

Enlightened Muslim Scholars agree what is written below: Wife beating is barbaric and it relates to the times when Arabs and their culture was barbaric. Women were looked down. They were treated as only sexual objects. They had no rights. Their main purpose was to procreate. Scholars who lived in different centuries have interpreted WIFE BEATING in...
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Violence in the Holy Scriptures

Question on Email: From Presbyterian Church in Understanding Islam class. Can you please explain the verses of Violence in Quran, and I quoteFrom Quran 9:5, "Fight them and slay the pagans wherever you find them, beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war." There are also many other verses on violence. If Islam is peace how d...
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The Hijab

 The Hijab Iftekhar Hai Printed in the following newspapers on July 5, 2007 San Mateo County Times Oakland Tribune, Tri-Valley Herald, San Mateo County Times, The Argus, Daily Review, Alameda Times-Star ON JUNE 13, a supervisor from Seaside High School in Seaside demanded that a 13-year-old Muslim student remove h...
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Jihad Against Islam

Southern Poverty Law CenterIntelligence Report, Summer 2011, Issue Number: 142 http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2011/summer/jihad-against-islam Jihad Against IslamThe Anti-Muslim Inner Circle Activists attacking Muslims and Islam are springing up around the country. But there's a core group of 10 hard-line...
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Islam Corrupted

What is Radical or Corrupted Islam followed by very small minority What is Radical or Corrupted Islam followed by very small minority: This is what is Radical Islam. 1) Wahabis say ISLAM is the only religion. They define it in the most non-inclusive and most radical way when compared to definition by other Muslim sects. 2) All other religions are f...
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Misconceptions about Islam

 10 Common Misconceptions about Islam Paul F. McNamara Author/Religious Scholar, Roane State Community CollegePosted: 09/23/2015 9:44 am EDT Updated: 09/23/2015 9:59 am EDT Misconception #1: Allah is exclusively the God of IslamAllāh الله ‎is simply the Arabic word for "The God." This is the God of Abraham. Christians speaking Arabic would say...
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Prophet Promise To Christians

 Their Churches Are To Be Respected. They Are Neither To Be Prevented Prophet Muhammad's letter to the Christians. "This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; a...
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Islam & Constitutional Values

UMA Interfaith Alliance work focuses on common values between America and Muslim world. American Constitution is built on the following key principles: 1) Pluralism 2) Democracy 3) Freedom of Religion 4) Secular Governance. Pluralism in The Quran: "To you WE have given the scripture, just as WE have given the scriptures to people before you (Jews, ...
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The Golden Rule

The American Muslims realizes that there is more than one path to salvation. We are all born by chance of birth into whatever faith we are born in. Generally everyone follows the faith of their parents. However, this does not mean that a person does not have the right to change their religion. Freedom of religion is fundamental to understanding and...
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Islam & Constitutional Rights

Commonwealth Club Speech by Iftekhar Hai Notes from Nov. 20th SpeechSan Francisco, CA: After thanking the Club for hosting me. I made the comparison between the basic and fundamental principles of the US Constitution and Islam. Here are some of the notes that I used in my talk to the Commonwealth Club. The subject is very vast and it was impossible...
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