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Although we didn’t have class this past week, I am interesting in seeing the rest of Malcom X this coming week!! 

In the poem, The Source of Joy, which is included in the chapter about love, it talks about something that is unexplainable, happiness that stems from somewhere unidentifiable, but a happiness that is undeniably there, and beautiful. It’s as if once this feeling is felt, nothing else matters, but it is pure bliss that takes over the soul. It also seems that the poet claims this feeling is so easy to surrender to, that it is so easy to surrender to God once this relationship is developed, but that it brings us joy to do so and will continuously do anything to hold onto it. Love of God, and to be loved by God. 

I played a trivia board game with my family over break, and one trivia question required my brother to identify the story of adam and eve, which he did not have knowledge about. For me, it was a bit shocking that he wasn’t able to identify the story, because although my family has not gone to church in a long time, we still identify as a christian family. After experiencing this, I wonder if families who consider themselves Muslim, if they too have similar cases where children do not know some of the most basic aspects of the religion. After hearing some of the Muslims in our class talk about how important it was for their parents to teach them and encourage them to be active Muslims, I can’t help but feel as though (I suppose judging from the outside) Islam requires a more active involvement for one to identify as a Muslim. 

In response to sugarmagnolia313: I also find it surprising to see who was stood up for, and who wasn’t. Although the discrimination on the show was a hypothetical/acted out situation, it shows how religion is viewed in society, values that people have regarding discrimination, and is an indication that this type of discrimination does take place, sometimes without people standing against it. It is a sad truth that discrimination exists in society, especially in terms of appearance and the quick judgements people make. It may be 2011, but I don’t believe discrimination has left our society, but rather it is becoming existent in a more diverse sense at various levels. 



In class we talked about the differences between Sunni and Shia, and I thought it was interesting to hear that everyone who had some knowledge of the two groups were taught something different and had a different understanding of what caused the separation of the groups. I think this is a powerful example how even something so small can create such a huge division between people, even within the same religion.

In Rumi’s book of Love, I read the chapter Escaping into silence, which often referenced the language door and the love window, while also identifying the moon light as reflecting the light of the divine. I liked the part where it said the moon will only come through the window, which I interpretted that God can only fully be reached/seen with love and a true connection that is deeper than words (language door). 


The other day I was doing homework in the IC, when I overheard two girls sitting near me talking. They were talking about spending time with different groups of friends, and how racially diverse they were. After discussing how the majority of their close friends were “brown,” they began to talk about religious differences. They agreed that they had friends of all types, but that they only had a few Muslim friends that would “go out” with them, and they felt their Muslim friends judged them negatively when the girls would go out (assuming partying from descriptions). They also talked about how the girls parents would allow their daughter to date someone of a different race, but would not approve of a different religion. I thought it was interesting to hear that for these girls, religion seemed to play an important role in not only social relationships, but family ones too. Even more interesting to me, was that religion was more important that race to them, which often is portrayed as less important in society. 

In response to autrain14: I thought it was intersting that the Sunni do not necessarily associate with the Shi’i, whereas I believe the Shi’i do associate themselves with the Sunni, yet a different group. It’s interesting to learn how two groups that agree to be different, don’t necessarily agree on how they are different nor their relationship with the other. 

There was no class this past week due to Thanksgiving and there were also no readings.

In the news….tomorrow is election day in Egypt.  Currently tensions are rising. Skepticism surrounds much of the election with the Muslim Brotherhood at the center. It will be interesting to see how the elections turn out tomorrow and if the country is fully prepared for such an undertaking. Tomorrow’s elections will tell.

In response to skeptic2712 I think it is definitely important to point out this difference. While the Nation of Islam has many of the same teachings, there are many things that are different specifically that of “The Muslim Program.” While I do think it is a good idea to understand what the Nation of Islam is, It is definitely important to make this distinction.

we did not have class this week because of Thanks giving. I also did not do any reading this week so i have nothing to write on that. we got our final assigned and its pretty lengthy but doable.

Thanksgiving was great but passed by way too fast.

in our previous class the groups preformed their skits and they were amusing, after that we learned a little bit then we started watching Malcolm X. Although we only watch the beginning it seems like its going to be a good movie. I am looking forward to this movie because I dont know much about the nation of Islam or about Malcolm X.

Being a Muslim I am learning so many new things in class and along the readings in the books, some which are new to me and some which I thought of a little differently. The other day I was at a family party and the topic on marriage came up and I was surprised how culture mattered more then religion when it came to choosing a person to marry.

I am looking forward to thanksgiving, although Islamically thanksgiving is not recognized thee is no harm in being thankful.

In response to skeptic2712 I too an really interested in jinns, I also live listening to jinn stories. nothing scares me more.

In last week’s class, we began watching a movie about Malcolm X. I’m interested in finishing the rest of the movie and seeing what aspects are emphasized on from his life. Typically, Malcolm X is portrayed as a very angry and violent person and most people don’t realize there are other components to him and his political, social, and religious views.

No reading was posted for this week.

I’ve been watching a lot of What Would You Do? lately, and one of the episodes focused on religious discrimination in the workplace. They had a several different actors and actresses apply for a job while wearing different religious garb and the manager (also an actor) would tell the potential employees about their policy against employees wearing religious attire of any kind. The point of the show is to see who will speak up, and the number of people speaking up depended on the gender and religion of the potential employee. Customers stood up if it was a man wearing a yarmulke and a woman wearing a hijab, but they did not stand up for a man wearing a turban. I thought it was interesting that the customers stood up for the woman wearing the hijab because I would have thought that no one would.

In response to islamnovice and coexist313, I agree as well that Malcolm approached the fight for civil rights in a different method than other leaders. Realistically, his father was killed by whites, so what view would you expect of him? I have not studied him in depth; however, I am aware that his method switched from violent to non-violent by the end of his life.

In our last class we began the to watch Malcolm X. I really do not much about him other than his involvement in the civil rights movement and his violent approach to it (victim of the public school system of Southern Illinois and later college laziness to read more on it). While I’m hesitate of how long the movie is going to take, I think it will be interesting, more so than other movies we have watched in class ( I mean come on, it has Denzel Washington, what’s not to like?)

I’m not entirely sure what the readings are for this week, so I will just comment on the readings over the semester. While I sometimes struggled to finish all of the readings (especially since I would tend to forget until the night before and then struggle to get through all of it), I really have enjoyed them. They were all extremely interesting and I did not mind reading them (unlike all of my other classes).

I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal that the Arab League approved a set of sanctions on Syria. If the plan is fully carried out will worsen the already unstable economy that is already under sanctions from Western countries. The sanction plan is modeled after the United States and Europe’s to punish the Syrian president for a variety of unjust actions including human rights violations. Many fear that the regime will not be affected my the sanctions, but the civilians in Syria. Here’s the article:

In response to skeptic2712, I agree, that is completely appalling. It is frustrating that people are able to broadcast stupidity ( I know, I know it is freedom of speech but it annoys me… especially when it violates the rights of others). Even more frustrating is that these people get more attention than people who are trying educate and accurately inform others; people that try to spread peace and understanding. Hopefully, this all changes sometimes soon… how more negativity and hate can we take?