The Jesus Fatwa
Love your neighbor as yourself by
starting a multi-faith Community Café.
introducing and learning from Chicago's
Inner-City Muslim Action Network
The Jesus Fatwa: Trailer for the Documentary
"IMAN’s Community Café, established in 2003, is one of the few Muslim-led efforts that provides a space for socially conscious people to collectively celebrate and engage in diverse and creative artistic expression. Community Café allows for community members to utilize the arts as a tool for cross-cultural communication, civic engagement and social change. Delivering a vast array of stories, music, movement and visual art from rich cultures all across the Muslim world, IMAN continues the Muslim tradition of creating some of the most powerful artistic movements in the world; movements that celebrate our oneness as humans."
-- from IMAN's website
An Example for Christians and Others to Follow
The compassionate ministry of Jesus as recounted in the New Testament, and acts of community service undertaken by American Muslims in America today, can help all Americans become better people and create a better America.
The Jesus Fatwa is not merely a matter of words, it is a matter of action, of how we live in the world. It has two sides: to surrender our hearts to One in whose mercy we live and move and have our being; and, out of that surrender, to love our neighbors as ourselves. This surrender frees us from the idolatries (shirk) of appearance, affluence, and marketable achievement, and frees us for what really matters in life: to love and be loved.
A Multi-Faith Fatwa
Christians and Muslims alike can follow this Fatwa, and so can people of other faiths and no faith. All can work together to build multi-faith communities that are creative, compassionate, participatory, socially just, and ecologically sustainable, with no one left behind.
These are the kinds of communities for which Pope Francis calls in Laudato Si. See Behold the Trembling Planet: Let Pope Francis Be Our Guide. And these are the kinds of communities for which the Muslim Inner-City Action Network works in Chicago.
These communities need not be legalistic. They can be socially just and joyful, neither to the exclusion of the other. After all, justice is justice, not only because it is good but also because it is beautiful. In Islam and many forms of Christianity the Beautiful is one of God's names. This beauty is not always pleasant; it is also provocative, evocative, and truth-telling. The arts can play an important role. That’s one reason that the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, and its idea of a multi-faith community café, is so important. Let there be more.
-- Jay McDaniel
WHY I DRAG MY FAMILY TO COMMUNITY CAFÉ
The Inner-City Muslim Action Network