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Al Shabaab Attack
When Muslim bus travelers warded off an attempt by Al Shabaab terrorists to distinguish as well as massacre Christian travelers in Kenya in December last year, they not just conserved lives; however they may have also "provided terrorism-weary Kenyans brand-new inspiration to defy Al Shabaab as well as seek peace," the brand-new issue of the Christian Muslim News Digest, generated by the Anglican Communion's Network for Interfaith Concerns (Nifcon) recommends.
Al Shabaab has gone to war with Kenya because 2011 when Kenyan forces crossed right into Somalia, partnering with the Somali military to eliminate the terrorist company," the absorb reports. "Successive retaliation attacks have actually intensified over the previous 2 years and Al Shabaab has been accountable for hundreds of deaths in Kenya, frequently distinguishing non-Muslims.
It appears, however, that the take on males and females that thwarted this bus strike have actually given terrorism-weary Kenyans new motivation to oppose Al Shabaab as well as go after peace. The day after the case Interior Cupboard Assistant Joseph Nkaissery said brave Muslims that stood by the Christians 'revealed the terrorists could not divide us making use of religion [and also] can not trigger a religious war' in Kenya.
The very same day, Adan Wachu, General Assistant for the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims, made a comparable declaration and also hired 'all Kenyans to replicate the stand of the Madera bus Muslims [in order to] be each other's real caretakers.' Eldoret Diocese Catholic Diocesan Cornelius Korir also made a public statement, explaining the event as a superb instance of Muslims and also Christians partnering to 'deal with tribalism as well as [extremist] doctrines' that might plunge the 'universe into interdenominational war'.
Kenyan Head of state Uhuru Kenyatta linked the occasion to the Xmas vacation. He claimed 'the Xmas story is a story of a household' and also called for unity as well as brotherhood amongst Kenyans of various religious beliefs, races, and areas. He praised the unselfish acts of those that 'stood with their Christian compatriots versus assailants', stating 'This is the Kenyan spirit that we should support and also honour.'".
The digest claims that, in the attack, "Al Shabaab militants splashed a Mandera-bound bus with bullets, killing 2 individuals and injuring 3 others. When the shooters boarded the bus as well as attempted to single out Christian passengers, the Muslims refused to divide away from the Christians and some also gave them their spiritual attire so they would certainly not be conveniently identified. At some point the militants gave up as well as fled the scene.".
The digest additionally considers a number of joint occasions held to mark the uncommon integrating-- it last took place in 1852-- of Christmas as well as Mawlid al-Nabi-- the Islamic event of Muhammad's birthday celebration.
The relation between Christianity and Islam is a relation within a family. Some people may say that we should have dialogue as we don’t want to fight, but this is very little and kind of offensive. Christians and Muslims don’t need reason to have dialogue. It is in fact the most natural thing we can do, first as human beings and secondly as people who have so much to share, people who are part of the same Abrahamic family.
Spending time together to talk and share ideas is the most natural action for us. If we do not have this relationship then it would be surprising.
The relationship between Muslims and Christians has been portrayed with tension, confrontation or at least with competition. Some people think we are competing in the same market, converting people to our own religion.
This is not a right mentality. We are all believers in God, and to believe in one God, the God who is merciful, not only for believers but for all humanity and this makes us very close to each other.
We underestimate the great theology and heritage that we share.
Just to understand the importance of this dialogue, imagine you are talking to an atheist who does not believe in God, how difficult it would be to talk to him when you do not know or understand what his view points are about life, and how difficult it would be to convince this person that there is a God, and He is the Creator, the God to whom we should be grateful and responsible, and talk about the Hereafter. To have conversations with an atheist might take months and at the end he may or may not accept our views. But when we are faced with a person from another faith who believes in God and is submissive to God, someone who has devoted his life to God, unfortunately we take it for granted. Why? Because we have little theological differences. I think it is actually a part of our understanding and cognitive faculties that we are leading the way, that we are more sensitive to these differences. It is through our differences that we come to know each other. It takes a lot of effort to see humanity underneath the differences.
If we don’t train ourselves, we only see the differences and this can be very divisive. Sometimes, husband of wife, after many years living together say they have nothing in common. How could this be possible especially that they have lived together for such a long time? Because their differences have occupied their minds that they are no longer able to see anything in common. We don’t want to reach to the point that we say we can’t find anything in common. Depends on how much importance and significance we give to the common areas, or differences we can adjust in our relation with the people.
Carl Medearis Lecture
Authority on Muslim-Christian connections Carl Medearis will speak at the 2015 Nebraska Leadership Prayer Morning meal set for 7 a.m. March 20 at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln.
The Nebraska Leadership Foundation organizes the annual morning meal to unite civic, business and chosen leaders of all confidences as well as backgrounds.
Medearis has actually lived as well as traveled in the Middle East for Thirty Years as well as "offers an insider's sight of the region, as well as a voice of understanding between the Arab World and the West," media organizer Cari Rasmussen stated in a press release.
He is the author of books including Tea with Hezbollah and Speaking of Jesus: The art of not-evangelism.
In response to a demand by women Muslim students, Harvard University has actually created women-only exercise hours at one of its campus fitness centers. The choice has actually outraged some students at the Ivy Organization college.
Considering that Jan. 28, the Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Facility has actually been open just to females from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and also Thursdays, as well as from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays.
The adjustment was fasted by a demand from the Harvard College Women's Establishment, which was come close to by six women Muslim students, stated Robert Mitchell, communications supervisor of Harvard's Professors of Fine arts and Sciences.
"It was done for spiritual objectives, yet it's not near other ladies that could want to take part," he stated.
A member of the Harvard Islamic Culture, claimed the women-only gym is needed.
"These hours are essential due to the fact that there is a sector of the Harvard women population that is not discovered in health clubs, not because they don't intend to work out, but since for them working out in a co-ed gym is unpleasant, awkward or bothersome in some way," she informed Boston College's Daily Free Press.
A representative for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, in Washington D.C., stated modesty may stop some Muslim females from exercising in a co-ed setting.
"If the women are dressed in a fashion that makes it more comfortable to work out, they may not feel it's proper for them to be checked out by men because specific attire," he said.
Yet the modification has outraged students like Nicholas Wells, a junior that called the modification a lose lose circumstance in a point of view short article he created for the Harvard red paper.