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I was reading some articles on CNN last night and I came across one that reminded me of the book we read about Osama bin Laden’s statements.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/12/01/afghanistan.soviet.lessons/index.html

In this article Gen. Victor Yermakov states that President Obama’s plan to send more troops to Afghanistan is a mistake and could easily be a repeat of what the Soviet Union faced in Afghanistan over 25 years ago.  Gen. Yermakov was one of the commanders of the Soviet army after its invasion of Afghanistan.  This was the same army that Osama bin Laden helped defeat when he organized an army of Afghan mujahidin, funded by the United States.  Ironic?  I also found it interesting that this article came out right after we finished reading the book.  Does anyone have similar thoughts as Gen. Yermakov; that President Obama’s plan to send more troops to Afghanistan will just be history repeating itself and an embarrassment to the United States?

So I just wrote a 10 page (yikes!) paper on if democracy is compatible with Iran’s governmental structure according to Muslim intellectuals. I was pleased that I was able to use our Shariati sources because I needed 15 sources total (double yikes!). Aninteresting thing I found in my research, having really no prior knowledge of Iran at all, is that Iran is on the verge of another political upheavel that could rival that of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. This is because their government structure (even though elected/ appointed) really boils down to the president getting the people elected/ appointed that he wants. This causes dissent amongst the masses because their is really no incentive to keep the population happy. Could this be a glimpse of a flaw in the Islamic state ideology?

Me again…are you sick of me yet?

When this happened, I watched CNN nonstop.  I also remember reading this article a few days later:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/11/05/muslims.fort.hood/index.html

How sad is it that American Muslims were “praying that no Muslim would be involved”?  It’s horrible that they even had to do that.  It’s also sad to say that what was probably on minds of most Americans were the questions “Was the shooter a Muslim?  Was this a terrorist attack?  Did they infiltrate our military?”  My father works in the counterterrorism division in the government, and he and his unit were immediately put on call in case there was a situation that happened in IL.  Whysoserious made a very argument that there are many criminals/killers in this country but it’s the Muslim killer that creates a media frenzy.  Please don’t take this the wrong way, I am not in any way saying that what happened at Fort Hood did not deserve media attention; it was a very tragic incident.  The question I’m trying to pose is had the shooter not been a Muslim, do you think it would have been as publicized as it was and do you think people’s reactions would have been different?  A shooter is a shooter, plain and simple.  They should be condemned and they should face the consequences and the justice system.  But why should an entire population (religion, culture) be forced to deal with the consequences of an idiot’s actions that has no relation to them other than the fact that he shares the same religion?

I never heard about the modernization of Makkah before. So, I googled the future Makkah and I, too, am disturbed. It looks like the castle from Lord of the Rings rather than a religious site. I’m not really sure what is so amazing about modernizing a holy site…I understand that Dubai is advancing economically. But, I do not connect Dubai with religion. Nor do I think that any future location should be thought of as revenue first and faith second. Most of the thinkers we have read about wouldn’t approve. Isn’t the simpler path always more beneficial? By reconstructing any holy site, builders are taking away from the simple beauty and making it artificial. Anyways, I vote for simplicity.

How did I miss all of these older posts??  There are some good ones.  Good job classmates; you’re all very deep individuals, haha.

Whenever someone asks me what I’m studying in school or what I want to do later in life, they are always surprised to hear my answers.  I often find myself wishing that I could have studied religion and other parts of the world other than American and Western European History earlier in my education because then I would have had everything figured out when I went to college.  I love anything that has to do with international/foreign relations and affairs; and I am particularly fascinated by Middle Eastern and African history.  I also love to study various religions; including my own.  By the time I figured out my interests, I was already a junior (now I’m a senior).  I think it’s extremely  unfortunate that we are not thoroughly educated in middle school or high school.   Especially now in Today’s day and age, with the global events occurring around the world and the ever so bright spotlight that is cast over Islam, it is crucial for people to be educated on these subjects rather than just getting their information from the media.  Another reason is because international relations have increased drastically and will continue to do so.  So why should we only be studying select countries’ histories?  It just doesn’t make any sense.

In response to Professor Mozaffar’s response:  I agree that it is “very taboo to speak about religion in public school”; that’s actually a big part of the problem.  Today, everyone is offended by something and everything has to be politically correct.  It’s absolutely ridiculous.  For example, we can’t say the pledge of allegiance in class, or at least the part about “one nation under God”.  I also completely agree with the statement “people are ignorant and tend to fear or hate what they don’t know”.  Obviously this can be illustrated by post 9/11 era.  Enough said.

Ok, so I know this is from a while ago…but like some others, I too need to catch up on my blogging.

I find it very interesting that this girl you had a conversation with discredited  Hadith and Sunnah so much.  I agree that the Qur’an should not be questioned and Muslims should look to it for answers, guidance, etc.  However, I think that it is important for one to find guidance elsewhere.  For example, Muslims looking for answers and guidance from Hadith and Sunnah.  I am not Muslim, I am Catholic; however, I think various forms of guidance are necessary in every religion, not just Islam.  For example, I of course look to the Bible for guidance; but I think it’s equally important and necessary to look at the life of Jesus and the Saints.  Things they have done, how they lived their lives all are part of the religion Christianity.  In my opinion it’s important to try to model your actions after them.  Of course there is the famous “WWJD”….”What Would Jesus Do”.  Looking at the life of Jesus and Christian saints is just as vital as looking to the Bible for guidance.  It completes the religion.

The girl also stated that she believes everything Muslims need to know is in the Qur’an.  I think that to truly embrace a religion and be religious, that you need all aspects of it.  This includes other sources (ie: Hadith) as well as the spiritual/personal aspect.  As al Ghazzali explained, it is the spirit/heart that brings you to God.  Without it, you can not achieve the ultimate goal of being with God.  I completely agree with al Ghazzali’s teachings.  One can live by the word of the Qur’an, but without that spritual aspect, I feel like you are a robot; as if your heart isn’t in it.  And to me, it is the spirit and the heart that is the most important aspect of religion.