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Shine a light on Gaza

By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota

“He said: ‘Here is a she-camel: she has a right of watering, and ye have a right of watering, (severally) on a day appointed.’” (Qur’an 26:155)

I begin this blog or article with a passage of the Qur’an. I enjoy this passage as it gives you insight in looking at problems – what to look for so you are not swayed by deception.

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There are many dangerous forms of oppression from physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional forms of abuse.  At times, when solving problems, we stop at who is doing the violence – in the last 5 cases that stirred our interest.

Yet, numbers and statistics can be used to lie, and an uninformed mass or crowd can be utilized as a tool to excite and rationalize all sorts of violence and/or oppression against the violent other.

Instead, I have argued in the past that peace is defined by the presence of healthy boundaries. What do I mean by healthy boundaries? Healthy boundaries that allow people a path to the watering place, to life, to grow, to build and to nurture.

Do these boundaries exist in Gaza or in the Occupied Territories?  Let us stop asking who is doing the violence and ask a more important question, do Palestinians have a right and a path to the watering place?

I will continue to this blog later.

For now, visit and share this page:  Gaza BlackOut

What Does Our Faith Say About Power and Oppression?

By Fedwa Wazwaz, Engage Minnesota

In 2013, the Minnesota Council of Churches and the Islamic Center of Minnesota began a dialogue series called “Prophets, Patriarchs, & People of Promise!”

Over several dialogues we brought in speakers who helped us to explore and share with each other their faith tradition and perspectives on Abraham, the Angels, Adam and Eve, Jesus, Moses, David, and Prophet Muhammad, upon them peace and blessings.  For Muslims, all prophets are spiritual brothers, with Prophet Muhammad being the last and final messenger of God in this long chain of prophets.  The discussions were quite interesting and the series helped to throw a pebble, creating a tiny ripple of understanding between the faith traditions.

This Sunday, December 21st, we are moving past this series to a new dialogue:  Faithful Response:  What does our faith say about how we respond to issues of power and oppression?

I will share my perspective with another speaker, Dr. Cameron B. R. Howard, assistant professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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