The Birmingham Qur’an

When the Birmingham Quran was exhibited in the city, artist Mohammed Ali put together something that celebrated its discovery as one of the oldest in the world.

The Birmingham Quran, was not just something of historical significance, but it connected with so many spiritually in the city, so It felt appropriate to put on something that involved community voices and engaged with them in a meaningful way. Seeing and hearing these ancient scriptures bounce across the walls of the city’s museum as a unique immersive performance was truly a historic moment.

The people of Birmingham had come together that day to celebrate this important discovery of global significance.

Militant atheist shoots dead three young Muslims in North Carolina

Three Muslims were shot dead in a hate crime by an avowed militant atheist at their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The victims, all shot in the head, were identified about 2 a.m. Wednesday as Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21, of Chapel Hill, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh, police said.

All were U.S.-born and grew up in the area.

Ben Affleck defends Muslims on US TV talk show

Hollywood A-lister Ben Affleck has delivered a spirited defence of Muslims worldwide on a TV talk show hosted by a fellow liberal with little time for the Islamic faith. Affleck, well known for his progressive views, was promoting his latest film “Gone Girl” on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” when the conversation turned towards Islam. “Islam at the moment is the mother lode of bad ideas,” said fellow guest Sam Harris, a philosopher who claimed that 20% of the world’s Muslims are either jihadists or Islamists, according to “a bunch of poll results”.

Oscar-winner Affleck recoiled at the broad-brush portrayal of the world’s second-biggest faith. “So you’re saying that Islamophobia is not a real thing,” snapped the actor, who tackled the 1979-81 Iran hostage crisis in his 2012 political-thriller “Argo”. Read the rest of this entry »