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In this op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Imam Feisal encourages us to expand our faithfulness in God beyond the “local”—to see the connections that exist between ourselves and other people of different communities, beliefs, and cultures and let our common love of God unite us.
We are caught now on a divide between self-affirmation and affirmation of those different from us. Is my ultimate address Philadelphia or the mind of God? Are my neighbors only other Muslims or all created in the image of God? — that would be all humanity, as both the Prophet Muhammad and the Bible teach. Our charge as religious leaders is to remind us all that no ethnicity, nationality, or religion is our ultimate address. God is.
Imam Feisal spoke with Ilgin Beygo Yorulmaz in an interview for Auburn Seminary about the current social and political climate, as well as his vision for building an American Muslim identity.
We need to translate our faith and culture to American language, culture, law, and create an “American Muslim identity” in terms of our laws, the way we dress, and other things.
Read more (Auburn Seminary)
In this op-ed in the Huffington Post, Imam Feisal reflects on the meaning of the motto of the United States—“E Pluribus Unum”—in light of our current social and political climate, and calls for Americans to come together.
At issue are the ingredients of nationhood. What makes us “one nation, indivisible?” Are we one in our sameness or in our differences from each other? Is it our similarities or our complementarities that unite us? Are we a mono-cultural or multicultural society?
In this op-ed in the Observer, Imam Feisal speaks about three recent terror attacks in Germany, Turkey, and Switzerland and the need for religious and political moderates to come together to work towards peace.
“We grieve once again for horrific murders committed in the name of Islam, now in Ankara and Berlin. And we feel sorrow, again, for attacks on Muslims, this time at a mosque in Zurich, perpetrated by a gunman with unknown motives. All the attacks occurred on Monday, December 19, within hours of each other…”