Islam students at LUC

Archive for May 2012

Thanks, Professor Mozoffar. You know you’re an amazing professor, but it’s not every day you hear it. I came into this class with so many impressions of you and you exceeded every one of them. You’re the first professor that would take us out for dinner and call us in the middle of the night while we’re partying it up. 

I hope to take you in the future. And I mean this literally: not only would you take the shirt off your back for us, I WISH you did…those sweater vests are starting to be too much!

-Asif Merchant

According to my count, I should have 14 posts. I will respond to my own post. My first post talked about how I was a Shia Ismaili Muslim. To an extent, I was confused. I thought that I was lost and that this class was the only way for myself to open my eyes. I mentioned that although I don’t have terrible intentions, I don’t have the best most proactive intentions. 

I’d like to thank Mozoffar for teaching that none of that matters. Islam is all about how I feel with my relationship to Allah. I should never feel confused because only Allah knows what I’m going through and if I look to him for guidance, it’s probably the best thing I can do (next to eating Usmania with the greatest professor on the planet)

I’m really tired and am desperate to finish these blogs by 2:00AM CST, so I’m going to talk about whatever’s on my mind, it may or may not be related to Islam. 

1) I have a lot of family in Pakistan that had to move because of fear of being killed by the same “terrorists” that only attack US civilians. It’s crazy to think that Americans have it worst. We’re dealing with a race that is completely okay 

2) I just got off the phone with Professor Mozoffar. Only in this class will you ever find personal professors, willing to meet and greet anytime. 

3) I hear that Islam is the class of preference over Qur’an. I wonder why that is so. I hear Islam is a lot more discussion based. I mean, I had an amazing experience in Islam. Inshallah Qur’an will be just as rewarding

I’m going to respond to Mozoffar again. In his blog post “Spare me the Sermon on Muslim Women” he links an article about Muslim women having flexibility with the quality and color of their Hijabs, even stating that they can never win against their muslim-women haters. It’s a pretty interesting point. I never gave hijabis the time of day in high school. well, the ones that wore calvin klein hijabs. We don’t understand what they’re going through and the relationship between them and Allah. we’re in no place to comment on their hijab choosing.

Which brings me to my next point. In the movie we watched for our final exam, there was a stat in the Gallop poll that a lot of muslim countries believe that equally qualified women should not have the same job over the same qualified man. It’s actually really crazy if you think about it. Mozo, what do you think?

I’m going to respond to Mozoffar again. In his blog post “Spare me the Sermon on Muslim Women” he links an article about Muslim women having flexibility with the quality and color of their Hijabs, even stating that they can never win against their muslim-women haters. It’s a pretty interesting point. I never gave hijabis the time of day in high school. well, the ones that wore calvin klein hijabs. We don’t understand what they’re going through and the relationship between them and Allah. we’re in no place to comment on their hijab choosing.

Which brings me to my next point. In the movie we watched for our final exam, there was a stat in the Gallop poll that a lot of muslim countries believe that equally qualified women should not have the same job over the same qualified man. It’s actually really crazy if you think about it. Mozo, what do you think?

So, this is my last blog post. #Bittersweet Yeah, I just hashtagged in my blog. I must say this class truly surprised me. While I did miss some classes, I closely followed the readings and this entire semester really opened my eyes to the religions around me. Honestly, I think it’s safe to say I had preconceived notions entering this course about what I thought the Islamic religion was, and my assumptions were often proven incorrect. One of the reasons I really enjoyed this class is because I feel like it kinda changed me in a good way. Not just about the Islamic religion, but religions and their cultures, in general.

In response to therealgretchenweiners, first off all, I love your username. I’ve been meaning to tell you all semester. Kudos. Second of all, I was more surprised reading that article about how many Muslims viewed the Al Qaeda in a positive light, than in a negative light. It’s no wonder why Muslims have such a disgust with the Al Qaeda. It saddens me that Muslims are often thought of in a negative light due to a crazy group of radicals who spread hate and an inaccurate portrayal of Muslims and the religion of Islam.

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I recently read an article regarding the observance of the National Day of Prayer and its acceptance as a national holiday. The holiday was made official in 1952 by Harry Truman but was later ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in Wisconsin on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment of The Constitution. Obama appealed the ruling and brought it back last year. Honestly, I am not overtly religious anymore and I have no problem with this holiday. However, I absolutely see where people can view this holiday as unconstitutional. While I see their view point, this holiday is not mandatory and I think it’s okay. Frankly I feel like it’s just a way for many Christians to push Christianity into the spotlight, but its my hope that there are many others who actually utilize the holiday to practice peace and serenity. I know that sounds cheesy, but I did a study on the Chicago Peace School two semesters ago, and instead of just using the holiday as a cheap promotion, they use the day as a reminder to be gracious to all and give thanks for everything they have.

It’s interesting because one would assume that this holiday is solely a Christian holiday but in fact, its religious diversity has grown and continues to grow each year. It’s no longer only Christians who honor this holiday, but the Islamic, Jewish, Baptist, and Methodist religion presence has grown exponentially. Overall, I think the holiday is fine. It’s not hurting anyone and it doesn’t hurt to have one more reminder to give thanks for everything that you have.