Ayman S. Ibrahim is an author at Religion News Service.
Defending free speech is also the best way to defend Muhammad
(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
(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.”
For ISIS, a competing vision of Ramadan as a month of conquest and jihad
(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)
(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)
(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.