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Archive for November 2010

The book “Rumi: The Book of Love” provides many different thoughts, views,and aspects of the topic of love. Many poems of the famous Rumi are translated to display this. His poems do not characterize the concept of love as something materialistic, earthly, or sexual. Love is beyond that; beauty means something more. In one specific section, Rumi describes love as speech. Beauty comes into being as a result of being spoken to; it is formed through the tongue. His respective poems discuss how simple words can change a person’s entire life completely. In this book, the commentator even mentions that his friend uses the phrase “Who are you talking to?” when asking who one is in love with. This shows the connection between speech/talking and love.

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There is a  ballot being proposed in oaklahoma that forbids officials to use international, or sharia law. Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange has extended the wait time for this ballot saying that “While the public has an interest in the will of the voters being carried out,” wrote the judge in Monday’s order, “the court finds that the public has a more profound and long-term interest in upholding an individual’s constitutional rights.” It’s very interesting that Sharia law was brought up. The intent behind the bill is to prevent religious and cultural misinformation. The question is, does it infringe upon freedom of religion?

I don’t understand what exactly is shariah. In class we discussed that shariah is not a set of do’s and don’ts so then what is it? how are the rules decided. Is it always up to those who are ulamas? What are the types of Madhhabs? How closely do the governments of certain countries actually follow it? If law and spirituality are two different things, can they work together? Do they? I understand the necessity to have God present in all matters- I find that logical. However, I don’t understand how these laws are created and why.  I am curious if there is a part of the laws that call for spirituality.

In the Vision of Islam, the point is made that “in english we usually make no distinction between faith and belief” yet according to the islamic faith, there is a huge distinction. I think that there is a difference between the two terms. I think to believe something, you acknowledge that it may be true. To have faith in something is much more. To have faith is to relinquish all doubts. To have faith is to not have doubts because there is nothing to doubt. It is the difference between accepting and understanding. You can accept something but that doesn’t you have opened your heart to it. When you accept and understand, you go past tolerating and into the realm of opening your heart.

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Sufism is muslim spirituality that is defined by a longing or a desire to connect with God.  Except for those who are basically polytheist and calling themselves Sufi, the Sufi tradition is one of the important aspects of Islam.  Rumi, a great Sufi poet writes all of his poetry about love and the desire for the divine, the joy that one has when they are reunified with God or what you love, and the sorrow when that is taken away.  This is the feeling aspect of Islam, the interpersonal relationship with God that one has when they submit to his love.  Which is also what it means to be Muslim.

An Article by Muqtedar Khan brought up some very interesting points about the U.S and the Muslim world’s politics.  Although many Muslim nations do not support the U.S very publically, a lot of them do behind closed doors.  Many Muslim nations fear Iran, and expect the U.S to just “cut the head off the snake”, basically do the dirty work for them.  Meanwhile they tell their populations that they are anti-U.S, that the U.S is a bunch of imperialists who are basically attacking the Muslim world.  Maybe Muslims in these countries should start looking at their own leaders instead of the U.S when the U.S starts operating in their country.  And maybe the U.S should arrest all of the Saudi financiers who support terrorism.  Though this leak is very detrimental to anyone who is working undercover, I think that its good that the people get to know what their governments are doing, and I hope it will help the Muslim world, the real one which is it’s every day citizen, and the real American world, realize that we are not so different.

article : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/muqtedar-khan/wikileaks-exposes-muslim-governments-hypocrisy_b_788963.html?ir=Religion

One of my favorite historical characters that we talked about is Khadija.  She must have been quite a woman to run her own business in a patriarchical society, to start off.  Second off she was wise enough to see the truth in Muhammad and to believe in him.  Their relationship seems to be one of those perfect ones where one helps out the other and they both were there for one another.  She was with him from the beginning of the Islamic movement, and when she died Mohammad lost a lot of his hope.  She was one character that I wished we got to know a bit better because she sounds like one epic lady.