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Archive for April 2012

This week I read an article addressing London Metropolitan University’s alcohol ban.  The Vice-Chancellor stated the alcohol ban for certain areas around campus was done in an attempt to offend less Muslims around campus.  Surprisingly, this action has had the opposite effect, and caused uproar in multiple Muslim student organizations.  Both the Islam Society and the Shia Muslim Society on campus have voiced their grievances with the new policy saying that they value democracy and diversity, and are insulted by the notion of Muslims being used as an excuse to pass the ruling.  I thought that this article was very interesting.  I was surprised by the backlash that the Vice-Chancellor received, but the students make come valid points.

In response to ilovegoodreads, I thought that the article you described in your blog post was very interesting, so I decided to read it myself.  I think that this would be a really cool thing to experience.  Learning about the similarities and differences between many different religions by actually practicing that religion for an entire month would be so eye-opening.  I think that you would learn a lot about tolerance, and like you said, you would learn a lot about humanity, more so than God.  I would love to attempt something like this, but I know that I would not have the patience that it requires.

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Last blog! but seriously why can’t all classes be like this one?!?!

I just read an article that my friend forwarded to me called “Man spends 12 months practicing 12 different religions, and finds peace at year’s end”. At first I was confused as to why someone would do that but then I found it cool. He wasn’t searching for God rather he was looking for faith in humanity by spending one month practicing a different religion. By reading the article I’m assuming that each religion he practiced, taught him tolerance.  I grew up in a Muslim household but my parents always encourage me to learn about other faiths. I grew up in a suburb that has more churches per square mile than any other town in the U.S. so I’ve experienced a lot of the Christian faith. Growing up, all of my friends were mostly Christian so I’ve been to church with them and to their baptisms. I got my first bible from a church in Wrigley Ville that I went to once. Although I only practice Islam, I like that the guy in the article was willing to delve into 12 different religions. For my own experience, I would love to go to different worship centers for different faiths and really get to understand more religions.  It definitely builds tolerance and understanding. http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2012-04/man-spends-12-months-practicing-12-different-religions-and-finds-peace-years-end

 

In response to alwayspc, I think there are a lot of people who don’t understand what Jinn’s are. Even I don’t fully understand it. But they are basically creatures who were created by Allah and have the ability to influence humans for either good or evil.  I think that in the Quran it says that Jinn’s have freewill.  God made them from fire and they can take the shape of a human or even animal.  They are invisible to us but we can be seen to them.

 

Throughout our last couple classes, we discussed the five pillars of Islam.  I had always learned that these five pillars were essentially the core of the Islam religion, and it was amazing to find out how each pillar was broken down into a moments, days, months, years, and lifetime.  With each pillar, it seems like there is no doubt that the person is becoming closer to God, and it is a shame that Catholicism does not have anything such as the five pillars.  For me, it seems like for most Catholics, their faith ends after Confirmation, but if there was a such thing to remind them daily, I feel as if Catholics would be able to find God even more.

In response to chicagoiscold, as a part of religious freedom, people should be able to dress in religious clothing, as well as practice their religion everywhere, so long as it doesn’t cause problems with society.  In this case, I feel as if it is a good thought to promote a neutrality of religion and a workforce image, but at the same time, we must respect the views of other religions.  The wearing of the veil is a Muslim tradition, and it shouldn’t have to be eliminated, simply because of a job.

Aside from all the negotiating and constant back and forth shouting that went on for our final in last weeks class, I learned that I really enjoyed the course and what it offers. In my Environmental ethics class I learned about the attitudes that world religions have towards the environment. We briefly covered Islam, but the article that we read about Islam was interesting. Author Mawil Y. Izzi Deen describes the Islamic view that the foundation of environmental protection is found in the idea that God created the world and set human beings in it to enjoy and carefully use it.

In reply to dotdotdot12, I also never really thought much of the five pillars of Islam. I remember back to my sociology class in high school where we covered all the major religions and when we covered Islam, we also covered the five pillars, yet I didn’t find much interest in them besides knowing the information for the quiz. However, just like you said, Prof. Mozaffar is the man since he went through all of these in his earlier life and because he used his experience and other people’s experiences to make it more interesting and really grasp the idea of the pillars.

Sadly this is our last week of blogs.  For sure taking his class again.

Crazy, the different pillars of Islam are so interesting.  They are all about finding who you are and how to make you better.  As far as the strictness, I’m Catholic and I’ll say we have the strict rules but not the discipline.  I feel that my congregation would be enriched immensely by taking this class.  Talking about the Hajj and the Jinn was interesting too.  It seems that everyone has their own Jinn story by the way people were talking about it.  I still don’t understand what exactly it is.  They just seem like unwanted people that give others the creeps and sound more like gremlins in a humanish body with no face.

I was a little under the weather after Friday night’s activities and had a marathon of movies.  In a couple of them I saw stereotypes of Middle eastern Muslims that were always very direct mean people.  I feel that most people have a certain view that is not correct about the religion of Islam as a whole.  This course has opened my eyes up to a more diverse look on cultures and theologies.

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Posted on: April 24, 2012

These past two weeks, we learned about the five pillars of Islam.  I always wondered what these were.  In my Catholic upbringing, we were taught that they were at the center of the Islamic religion.  I thought that the breakdown of goals (moment, daily, month, year,  and lifetime) was really incredible.  These tasks throughout the life of a believer bring that person closer to God, with set goals that never end.  As a Catholic, I feel that after Confirmation, there is not much for a Catholic.

In response to jkdsc89316, the story about the hijab in jail was interesting, and I wondered about this during the MSA week when I attended the Hijab for a Day talk.  I thought that this could be a security risk, as it allows an inmate to have even more space to conceal something harmful.  in theory, a woman embracing the hijab would not do so, however, a person may try to fake being Islamic so that she could wear the hijab…just a thought.

Posted on: April 24, 2012

So this is a combo of my last two posts. Get ready to read 400 words of awesomeness and try not to get overwhelmed.

A few weeks ago I attended the Tariq Ramadan event at Loyola hosted by the MSA. I really enjoyed the event and was intrigued by Tariq Ramadan. It was a great opportunity to listen to a world-renowned scholar and benefit so highly form it. The event was focused on Western Principles, Islamic Perspectives, and the Arab Awakening. I found it interesting how Dr Ramadan was able to explain things in such a general concept that can apply to people of all faiths and beliefs. Although he talked mostly about Islamic principles, he touched base on how all religions are collectively similar, no matter what faith, there are the same set of underlying ethics that are portrayed in society. Although we live in a Western society, it is still possible to not conform to the common perspective of the West and practice what you believe is right.

In response to chicagoiscold, it is ridiculous how much of a big deal some countries are making the Muslima headscarf. I also heard that Australia has passed law subjecting Muslim women to remove the veil for “identity checks.” We start to understand the ignorance of society when we see such debasing laws being passed in this day and age. The problem is that people do not know what the hijab actually is; the first impression is something foreign and that registers fear. If people understood the true beauty and meaning of the hijab, they would think twice before saying anything negative about it. In its most basic form, the hijab is a form of modesty. It shows that women do not have to objectify themselves to the common perception of how women should look. People make accusations that the hijab objectifies Muslim women, when in reality it liberates them. How often do you see a commercial or advertisement that has a half naked woman in it just to appeal to the inner desires of men in this day and age? How is it that they can expect respect for showcasing their bodies for all to see? Sure it appeals to desires, but there should be more to it. It seems kind of shallow actually. Im not saying that every woman should wear the hijab, but Im saying that maybe the way society defines the dress code in a manner that is against the way women should be viewed. There is more to a woman than just her looks, and unfortunately some people do not seem to realize that.