ISCA in the News Islamic Supreme Council of America http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/media-center/isca-in-the-news.feed 2017-12-11T03:48:56Z Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management Pope, Sufi Muslim mystic have unscheduled meeting on Cyprus 2010-06-05T14:10:59Z 2010-06-05T14:10:59Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/media-center/isca-in-the-news/57-pope-sufi-muslim-mystic-have-unscheduled-meeting-on-cyprus.html AFP cellweb@yahoo.com <p><img class="caption" src="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/images/stories/isca/pope-sufi-mystic-have-unscheduled-meeting-in-cyprus-2010-06-05_l.jpg" border="0" alt="pope-sufi-mystic-have-unscheduled-meeting-in-cyprus-2010-06-05_l" title="Shaykh Nazim and Pope Benedict XVI" width="280" height="359" style="float: right; border: 0;" />(Saturday, June 5, 2010) Pope Benedict XVI meets with Sufi mystic Sheikh Nazim (L), who traveled from the north of the divided island of Cyprus to see him at the Latin Church of the Holy Cross in Nicosia on Saturday.</p> <p><img class="caption" src="http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/images/stories/isca/pope-sufi-mystic-have-unscheduled-meeting-in-cyprus-2010-06-05_l.jpg" border="0" alt="pope-sufi-mystic-have-unscheduled-meeting-in-cyprus-2010-06-05_l" title="Shaykh Nazim and Pope Benedict XVI" width="280" height="359" style="float: right; border: 0;" />(Saturday, June 5, 2010) Pope Benedict XVI meets with Sufi mystic Sheikh Nazim (L), who traveled from the north of the divided island of Cyprus to see him at the Latin Church of the Holy Cross in Nicosia on Saturday.</p> Pope Meets a Muslim Leader in Cyprus 2010-06-05T00:00:00Z 2010-06-05T00:00:00Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/media-center/isca-in-the-news/58-pope-meets-a-muslim-leader-in-cyprus.html The New York Times | Rachel Donadio cellweb@yahoo.com <p>(June 5, 2010) NICOSIA, Cyprus — A day after Cypriot religious and political leaders lashed out at Turkey, whose troops have occupied northern Cyprus since 1974, Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday met briefly with a Muslim religious leader from the Turkish North.</p> <p>(June 5, 2010) NICOSIA, Cyprus — A day after Cypriot religious and political leaders lashed out at Turkey, whose troops have occupied northern Cyprus since 1974, Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday met briefly with a Muslim religious leader from the Turkish North.</p> Unity Key to Resolution of Problems: U.S. Islamic Council Chief 2009-08-01T00:00:00Z 2009-08-01T00:00:00Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/media-center/isca-in-the-news/8-unity-key-to-resolution-of-problems-us-islamic-council-chief.html Pak Tribune cellweb@yahoo.com <p>LONDON, August 09 (Online): Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, chairman Islamic Supreme council of America has said that key to resolution of all problems including Kashmir and Palestine facing Muslim Ummah lies in unity among the Muslim rulers. He expressed these views in an exclusive interview with Online here Sunday.</p> <p>LONDON, August 09 (Online): Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, chairman Islamic Supreme council of America has said that key to resolution of all problems including Kashmir and Palestine facing Muslim Ummah lies in unity among the Muslim rulers. He expressed these views in an exclusive interview with Online here Sunday.</p> Who is Cair? 2009-06-12T00:00:00Z 2009-06-12T00:00:00Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/media-center/isca-in-the-news/50-who-is-cair.html Rep. Frank Wolf cellweb@yahoo.com <p>The following is a speech given by Rep. Frank Wolf on the House floor Friday, June 12, 2009 on the MADAM SPEAKER, As ranking member on the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittee, which last week considered the FY 2010 appropriations bill, I have a keen interest in and oversight responsibility for a host of counterterrorism-related initiatives. The bill, which is expected to come before the full House next week, includes $7.7 billion to support the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), whose top priorities include protecting and defending the United States against terrorism and foreign intelligence threats. The FBI was intimately involved in a 15-year investigation which culminated last fall in the Holy Land Foundation and five of its former organizers being found guilty of illegally funneling more than $12 million to the terrorist group Hamas. A Department of Justice press release issued May 27, 2009, reported that "U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis sentenced the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) and five of its leaders following their convictions by a federal jury in November 2008 on charges of providing material support to Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization."</p> <p>The following is a speech given by Rep. Frank Wolf on the House floor Friday, June 12, 2009 on the MADAM SPEAKER, As ranking member on the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittee, which last week considered the FY 2010 appropriations bill, I have a keen interest in and oversight responsibility for a host of counterterrorism-related initiatives. The bill, which is expected to come before the full House next week, includes $7.7 billion to support the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), whose top priorities include protecting and defending the United States against terrorism and foreign intelligence threats. The FBI was intimately involved in a 15-year investigation which culminated last fall in the Holy Land Foundation and five of its former organizers being found guilty of illegally funneling more than $12 million to the terrorist group Hamas. A Department of Justice press release issued May 27, 2009, reported that "U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis sentenced the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) and five of its leaders following their convictions by a federal jury in November 2008 on charges of providing material support to Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization."</p> A Sufi Muslim Takes on Wahhabism 2004-12-12T00:00:00Z 2004-12-12T00:00:00Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/media-center/isca-in-the-news/35-a-sufi-muslim-takes-on-wahhabism.html defenddemocracy.org cellweb@yahoo.com <p>Almost from the moment he sits down, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani goes on a sustained frontal attack on Wahhabism, the strain of Islamic thought that is currently and widely believed to be the ideological well-spring of Islamic extremism.</p> <p>If Wahhabism had been an object standing right before him, it would have been reduced to pulp by the end of the hour-long interview.</p> <p>But Shaykh Kabbani will tell you that it is not because he hates the Wahhabis. The chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, a religious organisation based in Washington DC whose mission, among others, is to 'educate government officials on the religion, culture and history of the Muslim world', says he is worried because Wahhabism is like an an octopus.</p> <p>'Its tentacles are reaching everywhere.'</p> <p>Almost from the moment he sits down, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani goes on a sustained frontal attack on Wahhabism, the strain of Islamic thought that is currently and widely believed to be the ideological well-spring of Islamic extremism.</p> <p>If Wahhabism had been an object standing right before him, it would have been reduced to pulp by the end of the hour-long interview.</p> <p>But Shaykh Kabbani will tell you that it is not because he hates the Wahhabis. The chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, a religious organisation based in Washington DC whose mission, among others, is to 'educate government officials on the religion, culture and history of the Muslim world', says he is worried because Wahhabism is like an an octopus.</p> <p>'Its tentacles are reaching everywhere.'</p> A NATION CHALLENGED: THE CLERIC; Muslim Leader Who Was Once Labeled an Alarmist Is Suddenly a Sage 2001-10-28T00:00:00Z 2001-10-28T00:00:00Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/media-center/isca-in-the-news/48-a-nation-challenged-the-cleric-muslim-leader-who-was-once-labeled-an-alarmist-is-suddenly-a-sage.html Laurie Goodstein | The New York Times cellweb@yahoo.com <p>Two years ago, an obscure Muslim spiritual leader named Sheik Muhammad Hisham Kabbani stepped to the microphone at the State Department and issued a chilling admonition to Americans to beware the Muslims in their midst.</p> <p>He warned that Islamic extremists had infiltrated the vast majority of American Muslim mosques and student and community groups, and that they had bought more than 20 nuclear warheads and were paying former Soviet scientists to break them into chips that could be carried in suitcases.</p> <p>''We want to tell people to be careful, that something major might hit quickly,'' he told a forum on Islam convened by the State Department.</p> <p>Two years ago, an obscure Muslim spiritual leader named Sheik Muhammad Hisham Kabbani stepped to the microphone at the State Department and issued a chilling admonition to Americans to beware the Muslims in their midst.</p> <p>He warned that Islamic extremists had infiltrated the vast majority of American Muslim mosques and student and community groups, and that they had bought more than 20 nuclear warheads and were paying former Soviet scientists to break them into chips that could be carried in suitcases.</p> <p>''We want to tell people to be careful, that something major might hit quickly,'' he told a forum on Islam convened by the State Department.</p> The U.S. "Has to Bring Moderate Muslims In" 2001-10-18T00:00:00Z 2001-10-18T00:00:00Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/media-center/isca-in-the-news/47-the-us-has-to-bring-moderate-muslims.html Businessweek cellweb@yahoo.com <p>The chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America says only by reaching out to Islam's masses can hatred and terrorism be ended</p> <p>Do Muslims hate America? Not at all, says Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America (ISCA). But he adds that Americans must understand the struggle going on inside one of the world's great cultures and religions. Recently, BusinessWeek contributing correspondent Raluca Topliceanu spoke with Kabbani about the reaction of Muslims to the bombings in Afghanistan and new fears about future attacks by Osama bin Laden. Here are edited excerpts from their conversation:</p> <p>The chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America says only by reaching out to Islam's masses can hatred and terrorism be ended</p> <p>Do Muslims hate America? Not at all, says Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America (ISCA). But he adds that Americans must understand the struggle going on inside one of the world's great cultures and religions. Recently, BusinessWeek contributing correspondent Raluca Topliceanu spoke with Kabbani about the reaction of Muslims to the bombings in Afghanistan and new fears about future attacks by Osama bin Laden. Here are edited excerpts from their conversation:</p> Muhammad Hisham Kabbani: "The Muslim Experience in America Is Unprecedented" 2000-06-01T00:00:00Z 2000-06-01T00:00:00Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/media-center/isca-in-the-news/36-muhammad-hisham-kabbani-qthe-muslim-experience-in-america-is-unprecedentedq.html Middle East Quarterly cellweb@yahoo.com <p>Muhammad Hisham Kabbani is the chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, a religious organization founded in 1997 with offices in Washington, D.C., and Michigan. A scholar and Sufi sheikh of the Naqshbandi order, he was born in 1945 in Beirut, Lebanon. He received an undergraduate degree from the American University of Beirut in chemistry, studied medicine at the University of Louvain in Belgium, and earned a degree in Islamic law from Damascus University. In 1991, he moved to the United States to establish traditional Islamic teaching and the Naqshbandi Sufi order, opening Islamic centers, founding a humanitarian aid organization, and engaging in interreligious dialogue. Sheikh Kabbani lives in California and the Midwest. The Middle East Quarterly interviewed him in Washington, D.C., in July, 1999, and conducted follow-up discussions with him in March, 2000.</p> <p>Muhammad Hisham Kabbani is the chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, a religious organization founded in 1997 with offices in Washington, D.C., and Michigan. A scholar and Sufi sheikh of the Naqshbandi order, he was born in 1945 in Beirut, Lebanon. He received an undergraduate degree from the American University of Beirut in chemistry, studied medicine at the University of Louvain in Belgium, and earned a degree in Islamic law from Damascus University. In 1991, he moved to the United States to establish traditional Islamic teaching and the Naqshbandi Sufi order, opening Islamic centers, founding a humanitarian aid organization, and engaging in interreligious dialogue. Sheikh Kabbani lives in California and the Midwest. The Middle East Quarterly interviewed him in Washington, D.C., in July, 1999, and conducted follow-up discussions with him in March, 2000.</p> What Miracles Mean 2000-05-01T13:31:34Z 2000-05-01T13:31:34Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/media-center/isca-in-the-news/46-what-miracles-mean.html Kenneth L. Woodward | Newsweek cellweb@yahoo.com <p>Woven Into The History Of The World's Religions, Miracles Are More About Faith Than Fact. In 'The Book Of Miracles,' Newsweek's Kenneth L. Woodward Explains Why So Many People Believe The Unbelievable</p> <p><em>A decade ago, at the age of 12, Bernadette McKenzie found that she could no longer stand upright, even after three operations. She suffered from a tethered spinal cord, a rare congenital condition causing constant pain. The nuns at her school in suburban Philadelphia began a series of prayers, seeking the intercession of their deceased founder, Mother Frances de Sales Aviat, whom they regard as a saint. On the fourth day, Bernadette herself knelt by her bed, telling God that if this was to be her life she would accept it. But she wanted to know--a sign. If she were to walk again, she pleaded, let her favorite song, "Forever Young," play next on the radio. It did. She immediately jumped up and ran downstairs to tell her family. Bernadette didn't even notice that her physical symptoms had disappeared, something her doctors say is medically inexplicable. Her recovery is currently being evaluated by the Vatican as a possible miracle.</em></p> <p>Woven Into The History Of The World's Religions, Miracles Are More About Faith Than Fact. In 'The Book Of Miracles,' Newsweek's Kenneth L. Woodward Explains Why So Many People Believe The Unbelievable</p> <p><em>A decade ago, at the age of 12, Bernadette McKenzie found that she could no longer stand upright, even after three operations. She suffered from a tethered spinal cord, a rare congenital condition causing constant pain. The nuns at her school in suburban Philadelphia began a series of prayers, seeking the intercession of their deceased founder, Mother Frances de Sales Aviat, whom they regard as a saint. On the fourth day, Bernadette herself knelt by her bed, telling God that if this was to be her life she would accept it. But she wanted to know--a sign. If she were to walk again, she pleaded, let her favorite song, "Forever Young," play next on the radio. It did. She immediately jumped up and ran downstairs to tell her family. Bernadette didn't even notice that her physical symptoms had disappeared, something her doctors say is medically inexplicable. Her recovery is currently being evaluated by the Vatican as a possible miracle.</em></p> Washington, DC Hosts 2nd International Islamic Unity Conference 1998-11-01T00:00:00Z 1998-11-01T00:00:00Z http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/media-center/isca-in-the-news/49-washington-dc-hosts-2nd-international-islamic-unity-conference.html Samia A. El-Mahdi | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs cellweb@yahoo.com <p>Speakers from around the globe gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC Aug. 7-9 to discuss Muslim issues at the 2nd International Islamic Unity Conference. Under the auspices of the Islamic Supreme Council of America and its founder, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, religious and political leaders alike gathered to address concerns facing the Islamic community and to condemn the oppression of Muslims worldwide.</p> <p>In the opening session, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) addressed the lack of understanding of Islam in the United States. As he criticized the “unfair, ignorant image [of Muslims] presented in the media,” McDermott urged audience members to contact their governmental representatives to express their concerns. He emphasized that the United States is neither a Christian nor Jewish nor Muslim nation, but rather a nation where people of all faiths can live together in religious freedom.</p> <p>Speakers from around the globe gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC Aug. 7-9 to discuss Muslim issues at the 2nd International Islamic Unity Conference. Under the auspices of the Islamic Supreme Council of America and its founder, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, religious and political leaders alike gathered to address concerns facing the Islamic community and to condemn the oppression of Muslims worldwide.</p> <p>In the opening session, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) addressed the lack of understanding of Islam in the United States. As he criticized the “unfair, ignorant image [of Muslims] presented in the media,” McDermott urged audience members to contact their governmental representatives to express their concerns. He emphasized that the United States is neither a Christian nor Jewish nor Muslim nation, but rather a nation where people of all faiths can live together in religious freedom.</p>