Understanding God: How Muslims look at the story of Adam and Eve

BY ROSE HAMID Guest column Jan. 5, 2017  I’ve been told that Muslims don’t worship “the same god’ as others do, which doesn’t make sense to me because it implies that there is more than one god. I think a better way to say it is that we don’t all understand God in the same way. Islam teaches that Adam and Eve disobeyed God, repented, asked for forgiveness and God forgave them. They had to suffer the consequences of their actions by living a mortal life on earth, but their re...
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For Praying Outloud (Charlotte Observer and Huffington Post)

Muslim prayer: Remembering and connecting with God 5 times a day By Rose Hamid Charlotte Observer NOVEMBER 16, 2016 10:23 AM Huffington Post 11/23/2016 Recently the subject of praying in public has been in the news. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decided to hear a case concerning the constitutionality of Rowan county commissioners opening meetings with a prayer. As a Muslim, I’m all for praying whenever possible. Prayers are remembrances and communications with God. Muslims remember...
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Listen Up!

Listen up! Huffington Post Oct. 17, 2016 By Rose Hamid October 21st is World Day of Listening. The Wold Day of Listening website states: “We are Listeners from around the world, representing many traditions, professions, and walks of life - working together to offer peaceful, non-confrontational listening, free of charge and without advice, judgement, argument or interpretation. We are non-partisan and non-promotional.” Listening is the key to helping our community and our world overcome ...
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“…I’ve got all my Sisters with me”

A sisterhood that knows no boundaries Charlotte Observer Sept 14, 2016 By Rose Hamid Sisterhood is a precious thing.  I’m lucky to have 3 sisters (and a brother) who are in constant communication with each other even though we are far apart.  We share the minutiae of our days, our frustrations with work/family/diets, funny anecdotes, and happenings with the rest of the family. We know we can count on each other when needed. We have different strengths and talents and when we come tog...
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Huffington Post – What’s a Muslim to do after attending the RNC and DNC

There were some stark differences between the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The Salam, I Come in Peace project was an effort to distribute flower pens in Cleveland, during the RNC, in order to create opportunities for Muslims to interact with delegates and ease fears about Islam and Muslims. My expectations were framed by my experiences at the DNC when it was in Charlotte, NC in 2012. The actual televised convent...
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Huffington Post – Spreading Peace at the Republican Convention

Huffington Post August 3, 2016 By Rose Hamid Rose Hamid with a Republican Delegate at the RNC (Photo by Samir Hamid) I went to Cleveland during the Republican convention to try to connect with delegates face to face and give a positive impression about Islam and Muslims. Our tactic was to say “Have a nice day” and hand folks a cute flower pen. While some recoiled and said “No”, we didn’t take it personally because there were lots of people handing out all kinds of things and it w...
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Do all Republicans Hate Muslims? I Don’t Think So, Here’s why….

Huffington Post, July 12, 2016 Charlotte Observer, July 16, 2016 By Rose Hamid In January friends of mine invited me to attend a silent protest at a Republican political rally. I’m not very politically active; my interests lie more in interfaith activities and building bridges between people who are different. My friend enticed me to go because her main purpose was to take part in a silent protest against hate speech. That appealed to me because it seems that politics has become more...
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Franklin Graham misstates Muslim beliefs

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER - VIEWPOINT JUNE 18, 2016 1:40 PM Franklin Graham misstates Muslim beliefs HIGHLIGHTS: After Orlando, Graham said the shooter was following the teaching of the Quran That’s not true; the Quran prohibits such heinous actions But Graham has a history of twisting what the true teachings of Islam are BY ROSE HAMID Special to the Observer Reverend Franklin Graham, Can we talk? You seem to have confused the horrific actions of some who claim to practice I...
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What we can learn from the debate over the blue black dress

What we can learn from the debate over the blue black dress   The dress as it was originally posted on line. What colors do you see? Charlotte Observer BY ROSE HAMID Guest column Lately it seems that folks are in constant conflict over a variety of issues and the default attitude is to vilify people with differing opinions. What can the global debate that ensued last year over the color of a particular dress teach us about how to navigate these contentious times? ...
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ISIS doesn’t follow what Islam teaches

BY ROSE HAMID Guest column In March, terrorist attacks in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Turkey, Brussels, Pakistan, Iraq and others continued to horrify the world. According to Merriam-Webster, terrorism is: “The use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.” Terrorism is used by groups with sociopolitical motives to try to force their agenda or bring attention to their cause. Terrorism keeps people in a heightened sense of fear, wondering w...
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