Ayman S. Ibrahim

Ayman S. Ibrahim is an author at Religion News Service.

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Defending free speech is also the best way to defend Muhammad

By Ayman S. Ibrahim — November 6, 2018
(RNS) — A European court says the right to free speech does not include criticizing the Prophet Muhammad. But placing a halo on Islam, claiming it is untouchable, will only suggest that Islam is an implausible faith.

For London terrorists, attacking enemies is a sacred duty

By Ayman S. Ibrahim — June 4, 2017
(RNS) When attackers wage jihad against what they view as unbelievers, they are observing the command, “So do not obey the disbelievers, and strive (form of jihad) against them with the Quran a great striving.”

What makes killing Christians appealing?

By Ayman S. Ibrahim — May 26, 2017
(RNS) While today’s world calls for tolerance and coexistence between faiths, militants rely on verses that offer a direct command to attack Christians and Jews.

For ISIS, a competing vision of Ramadan as a month of conquest and jihad

By Ayman S. Ibrahim — May 26, 2016
(RNS) ISIS discourages the notion that only piety, prayer, and worship are important during Ramadan, insisting that armed jihad is a sacred duty during that holy month.

History suggests Marrakesh Declaration no guarantee of religious freedom (COMMENTARY)

By Ayman S. Ibrahim — February 1, 2016
(RNS) The Marrakesh Declaration is remarkable. But will it lead to any concrete results?

4 ways ISIS grounds its actions in religion, and why it should matter (COMMENTARY)

By Ayman S. Ibrahim — November 16, 2015
(RNS) One cannot erase the effects of such horrible attacks executed under the banner of religion. To claim that all Muslims are terrorists is far from correct, but to deny or underestimate the power of some Islamic texts and interpretations is not prudent, either.
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