Posts Tagged ‘Zahra Raja’

Mystical union: Jewish-Sufis in the Holy Land

Mystical union: Jewish-Sufis in the Holy Land

Jews and Muslims worship right next to each other in the Holy Land, yet they are separated by walls, barriers and hostility. Some Jews, however, are trying to break that pattern. They have found a path in Sufism, the mystical dimension of Islam.


Palestinian youth gather in nonviolent protest

Palestinian youth gather in nonviolent protest

The “March 15 Youth” rallied peacefully in Ramallah on Tuesday, chanting, singing and calling on their leadership to unite. A dozen young Palestinians were also on hunger strike.


At al-Aqsa, the least expected sermon

At al-Aqsa, the least expected sermon

Reporter Zahra Raja reflects on hearing her first sermon at the al-Aqsa mosque; hearing a Friday sermon at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque for the first time is a shock for anyone who’s ever listened to preachers in the Arab world.


A Friday in the Old City of Jerusalem: March 11, 2011

A Friday in the Old City of Jerusalem: March 11, 2011

As all three faiths are set in motion simultaneously, Friday makes a very special day to visit the Old City. Muslims from Jerusalem and the West Bank travel to Al-Aqsa mosque for Friday prayers, just as the church bells begin to chime. As the Muslims leave after prayer, they encounter Jewish residents of the Old City rushing to do last minute shopping before the Shabbat, which begins at sundown.