Mawlid al-Nabi: The Birth of a Prophet

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival commemorating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad 2018 Date: 20th November (Sunni), 25th November (Shi’a) Celebrated by: Muslims, most Islamic countries around the world Linked Holidays: Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Christmas Background and Theological Significance Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif (in Arabic, مَولِد النَّبِي, literally meaning ‘the birth of the prophet’) […]

Eid al-Adha: Sacrifice

Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the Prophet Ibrahim offering up his son to Allah 2018 Date: 21st – 25th August (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Eid al-Fitr, the Hajj (Islam) Eid al-Adha (in Arabic, عيد الأضحى), literally translating as ‘the Feast of the Sacrifice’, is widely considered to be the most […]

Eid al-Fitr: Breaking the Fast

Quick Facts Summary: an Islamic festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan 2018 Date: 15th June (starting at sunset on 14th June) Celebrated by: Muslims Linked Holidays: Ramadan, Eid al-Adha (Islam) Background and Theological Significance Eid al-Fitr (in Arabic, عيد الفطر) is one of the most important festivals in the Islamic calendar. Literally translating as […]

Ramadan: Receiving the Word of God

Quick Facts and Stats Summary: A Holy Month in the Islamic calendar celebrating the revelation of the Quran.   2018 Date: May 17- June 15 (This varies place to place as it is based upon the sighting of the crescent moon)   Celebrated by: Muslims   Linked Holidays: Laylat al-Qadr, Eid al-Fitr   Background / […]

Ridván: The Quest for Unity and Peace

Quick Facts Summary: a Bahá’í festival commemorating Bahá’u’lláh as a Manifestation of God   2018 Date: 21th April – 2nd May (sundown to sundown)   Celebrated by: Bahá’í Faith   Linked Holidays: Naw-Rúz   Background and Theological Significance   Ridván is the principal religious festival of the Bahá’í Faith, and is often referred to as […]

Jerusalem

by Theo Poward Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the collection of Muslim countries recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, has hardened the international division over resolving the dispute between Israel and Palestine in the Holy Land. This is often painted as a religiously fuelled conflict. This categorisation begs […]

Exploiting Religion for Political Gain: Freedom of Speech or Disrespectful Opportunism?

By Frederik Seidelin Twelve years ago, in September 2005, the Danish conservative newspaper Jyllands-Posten published ‘Muhammad’s face’, an article whose alleged purpose was to discuss the issue of Danish media’s self-censorship with respect to Islam. The article was illustrated by 12 cartoons commissioned by the editor to portray Islam. A few of the cartoons seemed to […]

The Rohingya Genocide, Violence and Identity

by Theo Poward There is ethnic cleansing going on in Myanmar against the Rohingyas, a Muslim Minority that are arguably the most persecuted community on the planet. Theology and Politics Sam Harris would talk of the Buddhist monks endorsing violence against the Muslim Rohingya as being an illigitimate reading of the Buddhist Faith. He contrasts […]