Lesley Hazleton: On Reading the Qur’an

Lesley Hazleton explores the Quran and finds much that is quite different from what is reported in commonly-cited accounts.

Abdullah Taqy: the only native Japanese Imam in Tokyo

1 in 13 million – The only native Japanese Imam in Tokyo from Uchujin on Vimeo.

Abdullah Taqy is the only Japanese Imam in Tokyo. A chance meeting with a foreign Muslim 12 years ago in Tokyo’s Shibuya district and a life spent studying various religions led him to convert to Islam 3 ½ years ago. He completed the Hajj, the worlds largest annual religious pilgrimage, to Mecca in Saudi Arabia 2 ½ years ago at the invitation of the Saudi Arabian government. Shortly after, a meeting with the man who started him down his path to Islam 12 years previously led him to becoming the Imam at a small mosque in the Kabukicho area of Tokyo.

Right-wing Christian influenced by Islamophobic blogs attacks Norway

Norway attacks was launched by a right-wing Christian terrorist and influenced by anti-Islam blogs claiming that Muslims are the “fourth column” in the West. The irony of the claim is that now it can be clearly seen that Christian fundamentalism is capable of terrorism.