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Posted on: March 30, 2011

Class:

Today we watched different of humors skits. The skits were based on a prophet’s story, and they presented through celebrity characters so it was fun to watch. Then we discussed whether it’s ok or not to use prophets name, pictures or even any religion and present it in a humors way. It was interesting to talk about different religions, and how they react to these kinds of thing.

Reading: Chittick/Murata

As Muslims we all believe in God, so believing in God means to believe in everything God said about prophets, Angels, and after life. In Chittick/Murata book they point out believing in Angles and how they are substantial believing in good. Reading the Quran we can see that angles were mentioned ninety times in different sore’s. There are different types of angles, that Allah assigned different Tasks fir each one of them. Some Tasks are dividers, scarers , pluckers and so on.

Other: Bahrain Shia protesters

King of Bahrain brought in 2,000 troops from Saudi Arabia, and other neighboring Countries. A day after he announced martial law. There were clashes between protesters and the Saudi troops, which caused Plumes of black smoke, covered the central city landscape. They also fired tear gas canisters, rubber bullets that sounded like live ammunition,  and igniting fires in tents, trees and brush’s Thankfully their was no one injured.

POST 7

Posted on: March 30, 2011

No Class , spring break !

post 6

Posted on: March 30, 2011

Class: I didn’t come to class. ‘

Reading: Mattson “Listening for God “

Mattson talks about the Quran, and he it plays an important role in Muslims lives. To Muslims Quran is Allah’s words, so they take all their Knowledge from Quran in the first place and sunnah in the second place. Mattson show a metaphor quoted form Rumi. He shows a clear image of a Muslim who choose the Quran as his guide to anything he chooses to do in life and understanding it in depth “ Rumi presents the spiritual guide as the one who has immersed himself so deeply in the Quran that he become like an essential oil “ (Mattson 221)

Other:

Libya, is an oil-rich country, located in North Africa, it has been leadership of Col. Muammar Al-Qaddafi since 1969. But in February 2011, the unrest through a lot of Arab countries erupted some of Libya’s cities. Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces firing on unarmed protestors in Tripoli and Zawiyah, and fought with rebels for control of Zawiyah and Ras Lanuf, an eastern oil town. At least 35 people were killed in Zawiyah.

Reading:

The reading talked about ihsan. Ihsan in islam is defined treating people with mecy and doing good deeds with the right  intentions. A Muslim should not only treat other Muslims with mercy, respect and love but also every other human of every race,religion and color. The prophet treated everyone with respect even his worst enemies thats one of the reasons he was such a successful prophet.

Class:

In class my group performed our skit about the prophet Yousef after the skit we discussed the rituals of many different religions such as Islam, Hinduism and Christianity. It was very interesting on how the class reacted to our discussion many students had no idea about how other religions worship thier lords the Muslims pray 5 times a day and have  their jummah prayer on Friday in a gathering. The Hindus pray in their punajbi room once a day and the christans go to church on Sundays.

Islam:

The situation in the middle east are getting worst and worst now Syrian has joined the revolution and they are revolting against their government to get thier freedom. Thanks to Egypt who opened the eyes of the other countries that were living in poverty beacuse of thier billionaire leaders. Many people are getting killed but they have the unite and stay together to be successful.

 

Posted on: March 28, 2011

In class:

Discussion this week was very intriguing. The debate on whether or not religious education/practices should be given the same value as academic education is an interesting idea. I personally think religion is a lot more personal than academia and therefore should never be “imposed” on anyone against they’re will.

Reading:

In Barks, the chapter on “Love’s Discipline” described a human being as a “polished mirror.” Admittedly, at first I had no clue what this meant but after a few times of rereading I quickly understood that it meant that your intentions and essentially who you are as a person on the inside is reflected on the outside by the examples we set and the way in which we choose to live our lives through our actions, choices, etc.

Miscellaneous:

My roommate told me that Loyola is planning on cutting back on its “cultural” classes so that more classes on catholicism can be taught at our jesuit university. (I am not sure if she meant “cultural” or “religious” but that’s irrelevant). I think if we did that then our university’s claim of ” cultural diversity” would be false and goes against everything Loyola stands for in terms of values.

Reading
I was especially interested in The Resurrection in Ch 5 of Murratta/Chittick, where the authors addressed the Light of God and how it can be attained by human beings. The light of God will descend onto Earth on the Last Day, obliterating all the darkness in which we’ve hidden our sins and our ignorance of His Signs. The idea that His Light will come and we will begin to see ourselves as we really are, encompassing our sins and good deeds instills fear in people but also motivates them to keep under God’s guidance to avoid the wrath of the End. The authors also talked about, “Human beings increase their share of light inasmuch as they submit to the light that comes through guidance”. This reminds of my grandma who often tells says that every time we wadu (purifying before praying), we fill our body parts with noor (Light) and in heaven, our bodies will glow with the noor we’ve accumulated over our lifetime. I don’t know if this is written anywhere in the Quran or hadiths but it definitely mirrors what the authors say about humans being able to “increase their share of light”.

Class
We had an incredible conversation about if parents should mandate their children’s participation in religious activities. Many people had very different opinions, but I say that this is definitely necessary upto an age where the child may be mature enough, emotionally and knowledgably, to make their own decision. How many little kids if they had the choice would actually want to go to church, mosque, temple, synagogue, etc. if the had the choice? I’m sure many would rather play video games or play with their friends. The point is kids don’t know any better and even when they do become a little older into their teens, many don’t really understand faith or why it’s important. Though I always loved learning about my religion, I never started feeling God’s presence until a few years ago. You have to experience a lot of life sometimes before one realizes God’s existence or your own existence in front of God. Also, there’s a lot of other benefits. The kids are spending time with their families, learning about a religion, learning about diversity, faith, morals, and meeting a lot of people. Honestly, if one has the experience of committing to a religion or making the efforts to completely know a religion, then only then will they have that perseverance, patient, and drive to, when they are mature enough, learn and become passionate about a religion that they truly believe in.

Today
There was an article written about how many universities are hiring Muslim chaplains. It was interesting that the motivation behind this was not just because the Muslim community was growing in America, but also because of the Sept. 11 attacks, there has been increased interest in engaging with the Muslim community. Northwestern is one of these universities that recently added a female chaplain Tamara Ahmed. It was refreshing to hear her say that she not only serves the Muslim community of Northwestern but also the whole campus. She exclaimed that usually more Non-Muslims go through her office than Muslims do.

Class:
This week in class we discussed the importance of rituals in religion and whether or not meaning can automatically come from performing rituals. We also discussed the whether or not rituals of religion should be imposed. In regard to the latter I found the discussion to be very interesting because the question of individual choice and how likely individuals are to make the best choice is questionable at best. When presented with an array of options many times people will do something that will not make them happy in the long run because they fall victim to poor reasoning. The saying: “hindsight is 20/20” can be seen as very accurate in many of these cases, so perhaps individuals should be forced to adhere to religious rituals in a paternalistic way for their own sake. However, this hard paternalism still takes away an individual’s choice. So, it can also be argued that individual’s should maintain the right to make decisions without imposition in order to uphold freedom of choice- even freedom of poor or wrong choice.

Readings:
In the Murata/Chittick reading I found the description of this world and the next world to be very interesting. To me it seemed to mirror Plato’s Allegory of the Cave in that this world is simply a dimly lit reflection of the next world which is the real, true world. The similarities between the description in the book and the Allegory are striking. I also liked the examination of the cycle of life and death as detailed to describe the return. It is interesting that the cycle starts off with relative death and not nonexistence. This, to me, also echoed philosophical inquiry in that it asserted that something must exist for it to become alive. The second step relative life is fitting given that it follows relative death. And, the third step, the grave is significant as it marks an intermediate or transitional step in the process. This discussion seemed much more philosophical than what I remember learning in private school and Sunday school regarding the Catholic faith and I found it very informative.

Other:
In Libya the rebels have been making gains over Colonel Qaddafi’s forces, and the dispute over the role of the United States in Libya has been agreed upon this past week. NATO has agreed to take over the mission, but the question of the future of the Libyan state and its people still hangs in the balance. Furthermore, the Arab League that once supported this mission, has now denounced it. And, the issue of how this will play out in the Middle east remains to be seen. With the increasing push for democratization, how these future democracies will look and the role Islam will play in these democracies-given the heavy influence of the religion in this region- is yet to be seen.