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This week in class we watched groups present their skits regarding the book we read in class. Rum book of love. Our group presented first and we were assigned chapters 13, 14, and 15. We chose to base our skits off of the popular Disney movie, Cinderella. I thought our skit was really funny because we used our modern day vocabulary and slang while retaining the main lessons and ideas from the poems we read. I left class early so I was not able to see other people’s skits but I would have loved to see them. I was not too interested in the book and the poetry but making the skit and planning it out was interesting. We all had to have multiple roles because we were only four people to a group. Our group decided to have two skits, one representing each of the two main ideas from the three chapters that we read.

                In response to wackerweezy, our class did not watch Children of Heaven. From your description of the movie it does seem quite interesting and I do plan on watching it in the near future. It seems like a very symbolic and emotional film. I think I would like this film because of the story and motivational scenes. I wonder how your class’ presentations went and if you even presented at all. Regarding the film, the way you described it resembles the film Wadjda. I feel that both films have an inspirational story about success. “Overall, I feel that the boy’s experience in the race was analogous to how it feels to accomplish any kind of goal and that one has to persevere and remain motivated throughout.” I think this can compare to the time when Wadjda was able to win the Quran competition, a task that seemed almost impossible to her at first.

 

This week in class we discussed more about the Quran and the history of it. I found learning about the compilation of the Quran quite interesting. I did not know such a strong effort was made to preserve the meaning and to officially standardize the English translation. Shah Waliyullah’s attempt to change the official language of the Quran from Arabic to Farsi (Persian) was a bold move. I never would have thought that many different English translations of the Quran exist. When Professor Mozaffar mentioned that the Arabic language contained 250,000 words and English contained a mere 60,000. This showed me how complex of a language Arabic is and that translating a holy text like the Quran is a great challenge for many to be done correctly. Not only must the original meaning be retained, but also the order along with the pronunciation which is why diacritics were added to the Arabic script.

In response to ambingus, I also agree that the steps taken to preserve the Quran were quite smart and thorough. Many precautions and conditions must have been met to keep the original meaning and context of the Quran. To keep everything the same without any errors can easily be considered a great challenge for scholars and scribes at the time. I don’t agree with ambingus about the importance of that one secretary in class because it could have been many different scribes or scholars performing the same task. I doubt that it was one single person, the secretary, who was able to accomplish such a difficult task of compiling all the revelations given to Prophet Muhammad by God and perfectly write them down without any errors alone. Professor Mozaffar even mentioned that many of Prophet Muhammad’s companions helped him write the revelations down, which is more believable.

In class we discussed how other religions see each other and I thought it was very interesting to examine other religions from different points of views. I never realized how differently other faiths look at each other. Defining some basic terms grabbed my attention because I never thought of worship in such a way we discussed in class. The second film we watched about the life of Prophet Muhammad was interesting, not the film itself, but the learning about the life of the prophet. It was helpful listening to many different accounts from people to get an accurate image of what the Prophet was like. The film really portrayed what his character, demeanor, and appearance was like. I also learned about some of the hardships he faced in his life such as being an orphan, not knowing how to read and write, and being ridiculed for what he believed in.

In response to username7878, I haven’t seen the film Argo before, but I found it quite interesting as well. I agree with them as to how well Ben Affleck stuck to the actual events that occurred in history. I was quite surprised with the story considering how most Hollywood films are not accurate representations of events that have occurred throughout history. I believe that the film we are watching now is an unbiased and accurate portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad. It isn’t like most Hollywood films where extra scenes and false information is added to increase the suspense factor and appeal of the film. So far what we have watched in class was genuine and factual, free from false information. The film offered information from many different sources including non-Muslims, converts, Muslims, professors and more. This makes it a fair source to turn towards for one seeking information on the life of the Prophet Muhammad.

Accidentally missed this post from many weeks back. I went back on the forums and realized that this was the class in which we discussed the offensive pictures of Islam. We also discussed the offensive pictures in Christianity. The offensive pictures were mostly based around stereotypical ideas people hold against a religion. The comic cartoons of Islam usually depicted Muhammad as something to do with a bomb such as him having a bomb on his head. The viewings of religious icons such as Jesus and Muhammad can irritate its followers as those are not the true beliefs and aspects surrounding that particular religion. Individuals should be effected by all cartoons representing any prophet in a negative way (i.e. Muslims believe that Muhammad is the main prophet, however; that Jesus and Moses were prophets of Allah as well).

In response to Selttiks, I too believe that as long as these images and ideas can carry on, they will have less effect on society and will become something of a norm in all societies. The more often people see and hear things, the less they are disturbed and view that “item” or “concept” as allowable. Things become so common in society that they just become a normal and everyday thing happening in one’s lives. The allowance of these pictures is something all people should view as disturbing and shouldn’t be allowed to be placed on the worldwide web as it is a disgrace to all individuals who believe in a divine entity. 

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Posted on: May 6, 2014

found the film we watched in class very insightful. Although I have heard the story of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) numerous times, it never gets old, and I always like to listen to it again to learn more and reflect on how the prophet dealt with all the hardships was forced  to endure. I especially liked how the prophet (pbuh) forgave the Meccans after everything they did to him and their numerous attempts to destroy Islam in its early stages. I also liked how the movie gave the opinion of many diverse people. There was an Arab immigrant in Dearborn Michigan, a convert in New York City, in addition to Christian and Jewish speakers. In my opinion the film also did a good job on correcting common misconceptions about Islam especially regarding the incident with Banu Kuraiza. The film also did a great job in portraying the universality of Islam. 

In response to ketchupnhotsauce: It is amazing that God in the Quran challenges mankind to come up with a better book, indicating the superiority of the Quran. I was also surprised to know that Arabic had more than 400 dialects. (I was expecting something close to 7 or 8.) I found it interesting that the literal meaning of aya is (sign), indicating that each verse in the Quran is a sign that leads to the Creator. I also learned for the first time that the literal meaning of surah is “city” or “city of knowledge.” It was necessary that the Quran be revealed in small segments over the years so that people could get a better grasp of it, and so that it would be easier for them to completely change their pre-Islamic lifestyle. 

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Posted on: May 6, 2014

 I found it very interesting indeed how the word “god” could mean so many different things; how a Muslim or Christian could apparently worship God, but in reality, when it comes down to it, be idolizing money, fame, beloved ones, etc.. It is only when we understand the word “god” from that perspective that we fully understand the meaning of the creed of Islam “There is no god but God.”  Watching Argo for the first time, I found it very interesting how Iran and Iranians were depicted, (although I can’t say I was surprised). We also discussed the difference between “messenger” and “prophet”.  Although I was somewhat familiar with how the followers of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism each depict the other two “monotheistic” religions, I was surprised by the relation between Hinduism and Buddhism, as I always thought the two religions were completely different. I also found it interesting how in the Islamic paradigm, Islam is the oldest main religion. 

In response to evrgldsegrt: Growing up in a Muslim family I knew that Islam, Christianity, and Judaism have a lot in common regarding the prophets and their stories.  (Although of course there are many details I don’t know; for example, I was surprised that in Biblical literature Prophet Abraham sacrifices his son Isaac, not Ishmael, the son sacrificed in Islamic tradition.) Even though I have heard the story of  Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) journey, it never becomes old for me, and I always find in reading and listening to it a fresh source of inspiration. I agree with you that Argo is indeed a good movie, but very biased, showing the story from only the U.S side, while not focusing so much on the causes of the incident. The film also portrayed the Iran Hostage Crisis as having a positive, victorious outcome for the U.S, while keeping quiet about the failure of Jimmy Carter’s “Operation Eagle Claw.” 

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Posted on: May 6, 2014

This week in class, we watched the film Kinyarwanda. At first I was surprised that we were watching this film as I couldn’t see from just watching the first thirty minutes or so how it was related in any way to our course. The film in the beginning is hard to understand itself as well, with a bunch of jumbled (seemingly unrelated) events taking place. The film is based on true stories that happened during the Rwandan Genocide in the 1990’s.(Professor Mozaffar mentioned that twenty percent of the population was killed in the genocide, mostly from the Tutsis. In only one hundred days, seventy percent of the Tutsi population in Rwanda was killed. I had never had a history, political science, or indeed religious class touch on the genocide in Rwanda, but these numbers are indeed very shocking, especially when we compare it to atrocities committed by brutal dictators today across the globe.) However, I later discovered how this film is related to our class in two ways. The first, by showing how the Muslim minority helped out in humanitarian aid during the civil war, (and the especially strong statement from the Muslim Uluma in Rwanda denouncing any crimes committed at the time). The second teaching of this film is forgiveness. Only a very powerful human could do what the girl did at the end of the film, forgive the person who took the lives of her closest relatives. 

In response to selttiks: I agree that the concept of justice in Islam (or Sharia law) is a very interesting subject. (Recently, Brunei, a country that most people hadn’t even heard of before, decided to implement Sharia law starting this year.) Sharia law does indeed make it hard for someone to get convicted after committing the crime. (For example conviction of adultery requires four witnesses.) However, the punishment is harsh enough for people to think twice before crossing the line. (A similar analogy would be the harsh punishment of cheating in colleges and universities.)