The second part of the dual testimony of faith is 'Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah'. Understanding the unique qualities of Muhammad is incumbent on Muslims in order to strengthen their faith. read more
It is all too familiar. Video clips from demonstrations and disturbances in the Middle East where crowds seem to mindlessly engage in shouting "Allahu Akbar!" The usual translation offered by the mainstream media is "God is great!" The translation is neither correct nor is the statement expressed mindlessly. read more
The modern constitutional state prides itself on guaranteeing freedom of religion. But is it really so in Switzerland?
When I was growing up in the USA, freedom of religion meant the ability not only to believe in but also to practice the tenets of one's religion as long as it did not contravene existing laws of the country. Matters of morality based on religious beliefs were respected because they did not pose any threat to the government. Included in this freedom was the right to celebrate religious holidays, which meant being excused from attending school. One also had the right as a parent to exclude one's children from social situations that were not in conformity to the moral principles of one's religion. read more