There are thousands of news items and videos about Islam in current events. The purpose of this weekly posts is to filter them out and produce what I have found to be the most significant. Feel free to add your favorite Christian/Muslim news picks for the week by commenting below.
13 killed in Muslim-Christian clashes in Egypt – Tensions between Muslims and Christians which appeared to evaporate during the mass uprising have resurfaced as a Muslim mob attacked thousands of Christians protesting against the burning of a Cairo church last week.
Women in polygamous marriages suffering psychological torture – In Islam, men are permitted four wives at any one time. However, Islam insists on men treating their wives fairly. According to statistics issued by King Saud University in Riyadh, men taking second wives are the cause of 55 percent of divorces in the Kingdom.
Rising Anti-Muslim Rhetoric? (Riz Khan) – a Muslim perspective of their treatment in the United States.
Hamza Yusuf says in this interview, “We [the United States] had a man that flew into an IRS building with his airplane and that was not considered a terrorist act even though he was protesting the high taxes in the United States and was influenced by a certain political ideology. On the other hand somebody asked Bill Maher if his name was Muhammad would it be terrorism and everybody kind of went silent. So I think anything that Muslims do right now it’s not seen as a lone nutcase. If this man in Arizona had been a Muslim it would have been an act of terrorism. But instead it’s looked at as a kind of isolated insanity. One of the things Nietzsche said that insanity is unusual in individuals but it’s common in groups and so unfortunately we do have these small groups that behave in an insane manner and instead of dealing with them and addressing the issues as a type of anomoly. I think the right is trying to lump these small groups of disenfranchised very angry hateful people into the greater Islamic community. And that is unjust. I find that deeply troubling. You cannot lump these people into the Islamic community” (16:48-18:02).
Hamza Yusuf makes an interesting point. However, many non-Muslim westerners are concerned about how Islam has impacted entire nations where “lone nutcases” can find support (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran, etc.).