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Archive for October 2008

I remember going to six flags with a Muslim friend of mine. She wore a shirt and shorts. Another Muslim friend she brought along had on a pair of athletic pants with shorts underneath. When she put just wore the shorts, her brother became upset with her and told her no one better see her. My friend and her friend were of different Islam denominations (if thats the correct term?). I am wondering why some women must be covered by head to toe and others show legs, arms, hair, etc. Is it based strictly on which Muslim sect you are in? Is it family preference?

I know this is pretty random, but I am currently reading a book called “Brothel”, and it discusses a variety of topics about the legalizing of prostitution in Nevada and the various arguments for it being allowed to be institutionalized. In the book, they talk about a variety of different aspects in regards to performing sex as a job, an empowerment to women, and other topics related to sex and sexuality in America.

Anyways, I was just curious what Islam’s views on prostitution, homosexuality, and the like. From what I can recall, I have never heard much about what Islam says about this topic.

I also really enjoyed the film.  I like how they had the stories of Muslims from completely different backgrounds and how they basically juxtaposed them. The whole journey itself seemed so liberating.  They all abandoned their lives at home for the sake of becoming closer with God.  Seeing them get emotional and watching them start crying with joy was quite captivating.  I thought it really showed their intentions and aspirations of becoming good Muslims and good people.

One thing that did bother me was that the South African man felt he was being discriminated against.  I understand how the place with all the tents is divided by the countries for organizational purposes, but the set up is simply prone to such prejudice, and on such sacred journey there really shouldn’t be any.  I was kind of angered that he had to feel liek that at Hajj. Still, I don’t think this is a typical thing people complain of while there.  Maybe its more related with the history of South Africa.

The Texas woman’s perspective was interesting too.  She, like the other two people in the National Geographic show, seemed to be filled with such joy.  She was very in touch with her purpose for being there and really displayed an adaptable character.  I don’t think she was discriminated against as much as people are saying either.  I mean, yeah she was gawked at for being a white woman there, but there are hundreds of other white woman there too I’m sure. Also, some people from certain parts of the world probably have never even seen a white women and may be a little bit less educated, so …. yeah.  Besides, she had a camera followering her for pancake’s sake.

Anyhow, great fillum. I enjoyed it

yeah i thought the video was pretty interesting too.  the most interesting part to me though was all the mention of Prophet Abraham and how much he contributed to the Islamic religion and traditions.  usually everyone is so focused on Prophet Muhammad (S) and what he’s done for Islam, which granted, he’s important and has done a lot.  The Abrahamic traditions that were practiced well before Prophet Muhammad (S) still live on to today.  i thought that was pretty cool, especially since Christians and Jews believe in Prophet Abraham too.  So I guess that’s some common ground between the three religions.

I liked that video a whole lot.  I was first expecting it to be a boring touchy feely documentary.  I wasn’t surprised by the problems that those people faced and even thought that it was being staged because we didn’t see it happening in the movie.  We just saw people talking about it.  

But why wouldn’t it happen?  We’ve got a billion people there all together.  I’m sure that there are other unhappy things happening, but all three of the pilgrims seemed to feel that it was the greatest experience of their lives.  

I think it also made sense that that stuff would happen, with what Prof Mozaffar mentioned about Ramadan and Hajj where you get exposed to your real heart.  The whole story of the South African guy was that he was raised in racial strife, so it made sense that he would notice it there.  The whole story of the American lady was that she was a convert, so it made sense that she would notice it there too.  And, the whole story of the Malaysian guy was that he was rich and successful, and that’s what we notice about his experience.

I thought the video was pretty amazing.

I was also surprised by the treatment of the Texan lady and South African man in the video. The pilgrammage to Mecca, with men of wealth and poverty wearing the same clothes, is supposed to make everyone equal. No one is better than the other. It was interesting to see her faith questioned simply because she was a white woman. Its one of the holiest times for a Muslim. I don’t see how they could still think of color at such a time as visiting the lands of Muhammad and Abraham.  However, I know not every Muslim there treated the two with prejudice. I was also surprised only Muslims can visit Mecca.

Even when I saw the ad on the 155 CTA bus, I was shocked. I did not know what the possible intentions could be for the ones who are responsible for the advertisement. But then, I started hearing from passengers that they were curious about why the names of Moses, David, Abraham, and Jesus were attached with Muhammad’s. Well obviously because all of these Prophets are the Messengers of God. However, on the news I heard that people started to convert when they called the toll free number at the bottom of the advertisement. Here is the link for the chicago tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/religion/chi-talk-busoct15,0,1356999.story.

I am abosolutely amazed on how a person would convert the very next day after seeing this ad. Last point, these ads are not just taking place here in Chicago but also in New York and in South California (these are the only 2 other places that I am 100% sure of). The ads are different from one another and are sponsored by different organizations. The one here in Chicago is brought to us by Peace Group. And the group behind the ads in NY and South California is ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America).