This speech rendered in the Canadian Parliament by H H Aga Khan IV hereditary 49th Imam Prince Karim al-Husseinyi of Shia Ismaili Muslims serves as the landmark in the history of not just Canada but of the developed states in the Western World. He was invited by the Prime Minister of Canada as a guest Speaker on 27th February in the year of 2014.
Aga Khan Museum is a unique place to see in Toronto in a beautiful surrounding.
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi arrived at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto one morning this week — slim build, in black jeans, open-necked shirt, neat beard, glasses — looking every bit the hipster Manhattan art maven.
As founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Qassemi is more than comfortable in that world. In fact, cosmopolitan and fluent in several languages, educated in Paris, he’s comfortable in many cultures.
What brought Qassemi to international celebrity was his live-tweeting during the Arab Spring of 2011, which made him a major explainer of the Arab world to the West, a role that remains a point of considerable pride.
By Hussein Rashid
“What does Islam say about images?” It is a question that seeks to understand religion through unitary and static prescriptions.
At its core, the question is about what is “Islamic.” Such a question is problematic because a community of believers decides what the religion means. Because human beings are involved, there will be differences. While there are boundaries for who a Muslim is, such as belief in monotheism, the prophethood of Muhammad, and observance of certain ritual and legal obligations, there is a lot more that Muslims believe that is not universally agreed upon, thus generating difference.
The confusion starts because Muhammad played two roles within his community—religious and spiritual authority and polity leader. Like earlier Abrahamic prophets, the combination of the two roles was expected and accepted.
Folio from the Majma’ al-tawarikh (Compendium of history) by Hafiz Abru (d.1430); recto: The Birth of Muhammad; verso:…
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People of the World,
Please if you believe in Human Rights, Peace, Democracy, Freedom of Press, Freedom of Expression or Voice, general global tolerance of us ‘microbes’ inhabiting this earth, do take a moment! No more wars, recognise past achievements, evolution of our world, history of even faiths; these are some significant facts that this world of ours should and must know of. Religions such as Judaism (not Zionism of Israel!), Christianity and Islam in their chronological order are given only a lip-service in the western dominated world of today. Sadly, Islam is given a label of ‘terrorism’ by terrorist dictators themselves.
Not to ignore other faiths that existed and perhaps new ones continue to emerge. Buddhism, Hinduism, Paganism, Druids, Zoroastrianism, even Agnosticism, Atheism, Darwinism or wrongly lumped Marxism, Socialism, and what have you? There were and also are Religions and Faiths…
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In spite of Iran’s Victory israel is not defeated, and Vanunu is still kept a prisoner.
A positive turning point by US as this is an issue that was unnecessary against Iran.