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Archive for December 2014

This week in class finished the movie Kinyarwanda. I really enjoyed this movie and I found it extremely informative. I didn’t know anything about this Rwana genocide, or anything about Rwanda. The fact that the movie was based off of true stories made it that much better. The film did a good job putting the audience in the shoes of the individuals portrayed in the film. The film also helps to remind us to be thankful for all that we have and to never take anything for granted.

In response to callmequeens, I agree. I agree that just because someone forgives a person that does not mean they need to continue a positive relationship with that person. You can simply forgive someone and be relieved from any negativity towards that person, but that does not necessarily mean you need to be friends with that person either.

The last blog post that I will write for this class will be about the last class and how I felt about this class. The last class we talked about the different sects of Islam. The major and ancient sects are sunni, shi’I, and ibadi. The Ahmadiyya and the Nation of Islam are heterodoxy. Amongst the major sects, all three of these sects follow the Prophet (S) and the Quran, but it is the belief of the history that makes them different. What they interpret from the past separates them from each other. Later on in the class, we finished watching Malcolm X and I really liked how we ended it with that movie because of what is happening in our society today with Erica Garner and Mike Brown. It just connects so many things together. As for the class itself, I really enjoyed this class and learned a lot even though I am Muslim.
In response to qonain, I agree I haven’t heard Malcolm X’s name since grade school and it is shocking to know that. I would have loved to learn more about Malcolm X in high school rather than basics of the US history that is drilled into our heads since middle school. Malcolm X is also US history. I also did not know much about Malcolm X and I was happy that we were watching this movie because I really wanted to learn more about him. I also agree that he did have a really interesting life. I knew he was a convert, but I did not know his father was a priest and that his father stood up to discrimination. I did not know much about his conversion, but I knew he was going through a hard time until he found Elijah Muhammad. From him, Malcolm X found the Nation of Islam and became a new person.

Although we did not have class this week, Professor Mozaffar asked us to write a blog for Thanksgiving break. I was really excited to go back home for this break because I would be with family and friends. During Thanksgiving break, I had to go to a wedding and I noticed that your community that you live in becomes your family. I did not realize it until my sister said it and looked around on the day of the wedding that my community is my extended family. Even here at Loyola, the community here is my family. Noticing this, I thought of how the Prophet (S) also thought of his community as his family and how he took care of them. It now reminds me that as my community has been there for me, I have to be there for them in whatever they need. Family does not always mean blood relation.
In response to phenom11, I am that you got to spend time with your nephews and family. Family is so important. I agree that it is reminder to us as students what is important in our lives and that there is more to life than just college. I also agree of the concept of Black Friday. It is a messed up tradition that the United States has done for a while. I believe it shows people’s true colors in some cases and how greed is so prominent in this society. I feel like Black Friday brings out the worst in people. I also don’t agree how Black Friday is after Thanksgiving, where we are thanking for the things that we have. I also feel like companies are missing the point of Thanksgiving because of Black Friday and how their hours are become earlier and earlier. Thanksgiving you are suppose to be with family and friends, not fighting for useless things with strangers.

In class this week, we started watching the movie “Malcolm X”, I really liked how the movie was portrayed as it showed the transition from his worst to his best. However, we didn’t get to finish the movie, I still learned a lot about Malcolm X and where he came from. From other people, I heard that this movie portrayed his autobiography very well. When I was watching this movie, I start thinking how so many people have gone through so much but have found light to come back and they came back big. Before he became such a motivational speaker for the Nation of Islam, he was a thug and because of his acts, he was caught and went to prison. When in prison, he realizes that he was being a thug because he wanted to be more white. Through another prisoner, he converts to Islam and accepts his race.

In response to thekriddler2014, I agree that the issues of race and racism are still present in America. I also agree that beauty is revolved on looking white. It even shows in the movie when Malcolm X was dying his hair and says that it looks like the white folks. I see that race and racism plays today as seen with the cases of Eric Garner and Mike Brown. There are no racist rights but there is still racism in the air. Racism will not disappear unless we stand up. It can be seen today with people who are standing up for Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and many more. We need people to recognize that this problem still exists and stop ignoring it. Once we question and analyze our society, we will see what is the actual problem. In the movie, you saw a man become a fighter to becoming a pacifist.

Sufism is Islamic mysticism. When we were going over this in class, I remembered a lot of things that I learned from my Islamic mysticism class here at Loyola. What we talked about in class, like time, station, state, etc, is only a small portion of what Sufism really is. Sufism is the spiritual part of Islam. The different concepts that we talked about in class are explained through questions because explaining them through terms would be confusing. Sufism gets to one’s core. From what I know and what I learned from the class, Sufism really focuses on how a person acts around each other and to the world. How a person acts around people shows how much faith you have. In the book The Vision of Islam by Chittick and Murata, the heart and love are pretty big concepts in Sufism. Love is what makes people do beautiful things.

In response to sratstar15, I also like the idea of contradiction/expansion which is that one should remember God during both the good times and the bad times. I also agree that I have heard people blame God for the bad things and they stop believing in him just because bad things have happened. However, the bad things always lead to good things. I also agree that everything does happen for a reason and that when bad things happen, it is who we turn to which should be God that gets us closer to Him. Also, I have never heard that last sentence in the first paragraph, but I think it is so true. You cannot know real joy until you have been through sorrow. Going through this class always makes me think where I am spiritually and I start questioning what I have to change to get to that level of spirituality.

In class this week, we talked about justice and what exactly is justice in Islam. We learned that justice has four categories: sustenance/shelter, trade/travel, security from fear, and religion. In these categories, we talked about what is just and what is unjust. Just with shelter is that everyone has access and unjust is that people have difficulty getting access. Just for trade is that everyone is getting what they paid for and getting paid what they earned. Just for travel is free travel where there is no hindrance. Unjust for both trade and travel is interest and usury. Just in security is that peope feel secure but unjust in security is when fear is being preached. Last but certainly not the least, religion is just when all religious practices in society is protected and unjust is when religious practices in society are blocked. When talking about justice, I see that no government in this world actually portray a just government.

In response to mrourk, I have seen consequences today that do not let people travel to other countries or do not even let them get out of the country that they are in. In can be seen here and a lot of other countries as well. I also agree that I was not surprised with declaring what is just and unjust in trade. Trade is a messy game and knowing what is wrong and right will make the whole society happy. I also agree that in the US when justice is said, we think of courts and law with criminals. Justice is not only for a certain group of people; it is for everyone. As for the movie Wadjda, I would like to question what expectations of women in the movie were questionable. I do believe that the way the husband was handling his wife about his second wife was questionable because it is permissible to have more than one wife, but one has to treat all of them the same.

In our last class we finished watching the awesome film Malcolm X. When I heard that we would be watching it, I was pretty indifferent at first. I knew the basics about Malcolm X. Like that he was a member of the Nation of Islam and a black activist. But I don’t think his name had come up since grade school, and there was so much more that I did not know. He led a really interesting life. I learned that he grew up as a Christian and his father was a priest. His father also stood up to discrimination and was murdered for this reason. I also did not know that he was not very spiritual in his early years and was actually kind of a rebel. Did he really rob houses? This was a great film, definitely my favorite one that we watched this semester.

 makes a really interesting point about the film. Yes, i think it’s totally true that Malcolm X started off with blind loyalty to Elija Muhammad. When Malcolm X made his pilgrimage, he realized that he did not agree with all of Elija Muhammad’s teachings, and he started to think for himself. This turning point was started by his wife, who pointed out the Eljia Muhammad and the other leaders were living lavish lives and were using the Nation of Islam and Malcolm X for profit only. After reading up on the Nation of Islam’s webpage, they address this issue. They state that when Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam and started preaching against some of their ways, Elija Muhammad demanded that no one would hurt him for it. They make a good point on the site, but it is hard for me to decide who is right and who is wrong. I think the whole situation is kind of ambiguous, so maybe the movie shouldn’t have jumped to conclusions and blamed it on the noi? This is the only thing I didn’t really like about the film though.