Islam

Census 2016 Results: Large Growth in No Religion, Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism in Ireland

Preliminary Results from the 2016 Census released by the Central Statistics Office last week show that Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism were the fastest growing religion in Ireland between 2011 and 2016 (Chapter 8, Religion (PDF)) Orthodox Christianity, which included Greek, Coptic, Russian and others, grew by 37.5% during the five years. In 2011 there were…

Interfaith Calendar 2017

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism, as well as Humanist/Secular dates. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your spiritual tradition…

Ramadan 2016: The Ins and Outs

Ramadan is a holy month, a time for introspection and spiritual renewal for many Muslims around the world. From waking up in the early hours for a quick bite and sip of water, to the waiting – date in hand – for the seconds to tick by until the call to prayer at sunset, why do…

Muhammad Ali and Islam

On Saturday June 4th the world lost one it’s greatest ever boxers in the shape of Muhammad Ali. Ali was born on January 1942 in Lousiville, Kentucky and named Cassius Clay. He started training as a boxer at the age of 12 and went on to be one of the greatest in the sport. At the…

Interfaith Calendar 2016

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition as well as your neighbours’…

Land of Our Father

St. Mary’s Parish trip to the Holy Land Our pilgrimage to the Holy Land really began retracing the footsteps of Jesus on our third day, when we were taken for a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee. Just as Jesus would have done, we’d broken our journey to Tiberius by stopping at Netanya for…

The Hajj 2015: The Ins and Outs

The so-called “Five Pillars of Islam” are the foundations and cornerstones or, as the term itself suggests, the “pillars” or supports – of Islamic faith and practice. All five are incumbent upon every physically and financially able Muslim:  the recitation of the shahadah or creed (“There is no god but God [Allah], and Muhammad is…

Snapchat offers glimpse of Mecca on Laylat Al Qadr

For days thousands of Muslims ran a persistent social media campaign advocating for Snapchat to feature Mecca to coincide with Laylat Al Qadr or the Night of Destiny. The hashtag #mecca_live went viral as Muslims around the world hoped the coverage on Snapchat would show the beauty of the the City and Umrah pilgrimage. And for outsiders,…

Thousands Tweet In Appeal to Snapchat to Show #Mecca_Live

Almost 300,000 people tweeted #Mecca_live as part of a campaign to get Snapchat to showcase Mecca (which is closed to non-Muslim visitors) on their app on 13th July to coincide with Laylat Al Qadr or the Night of Destiny. Snapchat launched its “live” feature last year to its nearly 100 million active Snapchat users. It allows users…

Ramadan 2015: The Ins and Outs

Ramadan is a holy month, a time for introspection and spiritual renewal for many Muslims around the world. From waking up in the early hours for a quick bite and sip of water, to the waiting – date in hand – for the seconds to tick by until the call to prayer at sunset, why do…

Norway’s Muslims Form ‘Ring of Peace’ Around Oslo’s Synagogue

More than 1,000 people formed a ‘ring of peace’ Saturday outside Oslo’s main synagogue at the initiative of a group of young Muslims, offering symbolic protection for the city’s Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighbouring Denmark last weekend. Chanting “No to anti-semitism, no to islamophobia,” Norway’s Muslims formed what they called…

Spirituality and Morality

A modern cliché runs: “S/he can talk the talk but not walk the walk.”  Like all clichés it strikes a golden vein of truth. In other words, spirituality cannot be severed from its roots in action, that is, in right action or moral conduct. Without a doubt, one of the most basic moral tenets of…

Interfaith Calendar 2015

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition as well as your neighbours’…