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Posted on: April 3, 2012

This week in class we got into groups and made a skit about Surat Yousef. I thought it was really fun, and I enjoyed seeing how different people perceive the story of Yousef. On the other hand, I thought it was a bit offensive for some reason. Maybe because it was a bit like mocking the story. Some of them were innocent, but I think some of them kind of had bad connotations. I think that every prophet should be portrayed in a true and good light, in a more respective way. I guess what I am getting at is it was kind of disrespectful to the prophet in my eyes. They were all very funny, and I enjoyed doing the project, but it still just rubbed me the wrong way.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood decided to nominate a presidential candidate named Khayrat el-Shater. This is a big deal because it’s completely different than this groups approach during the political transition. Many political analysts are debating whether or not this will help or hurt the Islamic cause in Egypt. Having a candidate that is part of the Muslim Brotherhood in the race solidifies an influence over what is becoming an open election with more than 400 candidates. Read more: http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Egypts-Muslim-Brotherhood-Reverses-Political-Tactics-145954935.html

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Posted on: April 3, 2012

This week in class we did the skits. THey were pretty fun. I especially liked that my group won the extra credit. This week in my Intro to the Qur’an we talked about Jihad. We talked about how the word jihad actually means “struggle” and the most of the parts of this struggle actually have nothing to do with being violent. This is interesting to me because as Americans, we are made to believe that jihad is this plight against the west when the “greatest jihad” is actually purifying one’s own self. Professor provided this quote:
“Do not think that I have come to wage peace.
I have not come to bring peace, but the sword”
This violent sounding verse in our Islam class seems as if it is indicating that Allah is saying to be violent, when actually this verse is from the Bible, talking about how faith is thinker even than blood.

In response to squintspalledorous, the information about Muslims influencing the elections is interesting. I understand that you are right, but if a candidate were to specifically target Muslim voters, unfortunately, he would probably not do as well. I feel as if the American people’s bias and ignorance makes it so that candidates must avoid allegiances with Muslim voters and thus have to focus on Christian populations, who make up much more of the population of the voters.

This week I read an article about Halal food markets in France.  Apparently, the Halal food markets in France have been met with opposition from some political leaders.  The argument is being used as an attempt to gain votes from anti-immigrant conservatives.  Despite this issue being raised, Halal food markets have had success, and continue to grow.  I was very surprised and kind of confused while reading this article.  I could not understand the rationale behind Halal food markets becoming a political issue, and an anti-immigrant issue at that.  Overall, the political discussions have had not effect on the business of the Halal food markets, and they never should.

In response to squintspalledorous, I think that I may have read the same article on CNN.  Part of me thinks that the entire thing is just speculation, as a lot of information that we receive at this point in an election is, while another part of me thought that the story made sense, and could possibly hold some validity.  It would be interesting to find out which political issues are the most important to Muslims, and if and how the different candidates will communicate with the Muslim community.  I think that this is definitely an issue that we should continue to look at as the 2012 election approaches.

I was very disappointed reading everyone’s’ blogs and see what a good time they had. Although I am happy that it was funny experience. I was in Israel and heard a lot about the Jewish/Muslim conflicts. After being in class I now I understand a little better, by the reading, and in class, and it seems like the extremists making both look very bad, and not the real believers, they would like to enjoy practicing religious, and not to fight each other.

I did not get a chance to do so much from the reading, but I did see from the reading the examples, such as Muhammad’s life and agenda, and some of it make a lot sense. People are people, and each person believe in what they believe, and one can also see how much the religions are close to each other. One can also see that two people from two different religions, not extremists, would have not issues whatsoever and can live in peace.

I read many things about the Arab world, being in the Middle East, for only a few days. One of the things that caught my eyes was the meeting between the Iranian president, and the Turkish president. In the meeting the Turkish flag was not raised in the capital, in the Iranian capital. The Turkish people are very symbolic, and not to have the flag while their president is there would be an insult and very offensive.  

As I mentioned at the beginning, and as a response to everyone, I am happy they all had a great time, and people were happy, it is not obvious to enjoy a class, you need a strong professor. There are different ways of learning, and some times change in the path would be interesting, and sometimes exciting, and it will make a big change on the entire class.

In response to yolomotto’s “44444…” on the illuminati, I find it very interesting how you relate Dajjal and illuminati. I was not aware of the Dajjal until you mentioned it so I decided to look it up and learn a little more. Ive watched some of the illuminati’s videos and haven’t really sided with them. They state very general facts and I think they do it just as a kind of sort of entertainment. The whole idea of the Dajjal gaining support because of the performance of great miracles will truly be something to see happen. I am open to learning more about this and look forward to as well.

In my Christian Learning Community group, which was today, we always reflect on our past week since we last met. I began with a reflection with our class and my whole process with the skit and how I realized that the whole point of doing the presentation was to really grasp the story and have fun with it. My group liked the idea and found it hilarious how my group had a jerry springer/maury theme and others had harry potter and such. Our Chaplin found it interesting how well we learned the story and mentioned how great of an idea it was and learning experience too.

Last week in class we made up skits with themes from modern life and tried to act out a passage from the Quran.  Many groups had great ideas and way of telling their modern story.  I recently read an article on CNN.com about how one study says Muslims could swing the presidential election in November, even though they are less than 1 out of every 100 Americans.  Farid Senzai says that the Muslim population in key swing states could completely change the election.  He noted how Bush beat Gore in florida by less than 600 votes and one phone bank contacted 23,000 Muslims in one day.  He cites big populations in California and New York that could dramatically influence this election.  He said as of now Muslims in general are more likely to approve of Obama than any other.

In response to alphabum359:  Looks like your making some friends and some enemies on this blog.  I think you do make a pretty big generalization by saying all Muslims need to be more influenced by the Quran in day to day life here at Loyola. I’m not sure who you are talking about when you say everyone sees Muslims in a negative connotation around campus, maybe that’s only you. You try to recover at the end by saying we all need to which I agree, I call myself Christian but do not follow as best as I could/should.

Last week in class we preformed our skits for the modern interpretation, if you will, of the story of Joseph. I had a marvelously fun time creating our skit. However I was impressed with the work of all of the other groups! Truly, it was a wonderful performance show. There were groups who had really excellent story telling abilities when adapting the story line to a modern context; however some were lacking and took on a more derogatory role in the grand scheme of things. Overall I think it is always a good exercise to transpose a story of the past into a modern context.  No matter how it turns out, it forces people to think critically of the subject forcing them to learn it more in depth.

In response to alphabum359, I have just one word. WOW. First, know that if at any point you speak or write the words, “I do not mean to generalize or bash any Muslim in general.” You are most likely about to do just that. You continue to say. “But the reality is…” Listen, the only reality is your sheer lack of cultural competency. Could you ever imagine yourself saying that about a race or religion that has a status of privilege in this nation? You don’t mean to generalize, and then you continue to say that the entire group must improve itself. What a contradiction! Much less, being a Muslim is a religion, not a race, so I am curious as to how you predicate who is a Muslim on campus and then precede to label them all with a gross depiction (and by curious I actually mean to say, you probably use race as your deciding factor into generalizing who a Muslim is at Loyola).


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