By Tarek Heggy- Member of Al Waref Advisory Board Al Waref Exclusive As early as the first century of the Muslim calendar, Islam has known radical sects who demanded blind adherence to their rigid reading of the articles of faith, side by side with mainstream Islam, whose adherents eschew violence and extremism and do not profess to hold a monopoly on Truth.
Al Waref Institute is joining the cause of Bread for the World organization to help end poverty and hunger in the world. Countries in which a large portion of the population battles hunger daily are usually poor and often lack the social safety nets we enjoy, such as soup kitchens, food stamps and job training programs. When a family that lives in a poor country cannot grow enough food or earn enough money to buy food, there is nowhere to turn for help.
Without searching for it; without reflecting on it, I constantly find myself being faced with the dilemma of whether it would be wiser for me to stay away from using my writings to express political views or instead to use them as a very powerful means to express such views. And, surely I am not the only writer or artist who finds himself in this entanglement.
This Tuesday May 26th marked the first ever panel discussion hosted by Al Waref Institute and Conflict Solutions International (CSI) entitled “Separation of Religion and State: Muslim World and Civil Society.”
The United Nations says about 102,000 displaced people are now using shelters across Gaza as the Israeli offensive continues. Those who have stayed are adjusting to the sounds and sights of conflict, as Yolande Knell reports from Gaza.