Islam students at LUC

Blog Post 13

Posted on: November 30, 2015

This week, we did not meet for class. However, I started to take a look at the final to get a head start. Over the course of looking over the prompts, I paid particular attention to all of the movies that we had watched in class. In particular, I really enjoyed how all of the themes in all of the movies, ranging from individual family dynamics to societal dynamics played huge roles in every plot. It was interesting to take a step back and realize that all of the movies had religion play huge roles, influencing the morality, ethics, and conduct of all individuals. In some movies we saw individuals abide strictly by their religious values and used it guide all of their actions (Malcolm X) compared to those who challenged them (Wajdja). Furthermore, observing the societal dynamics also showed some movies where some were far stricter (Wajdja) compared to others (A Separation).  All of the movies we watched showed various facets of life, societal expectations, and religious values.

Furthermore, I wanted to respond to freshlikezamzam. I also watched “What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” and too found the movie empowering to watch. A lot of time, I feel as though Islam is being portrayed poorly in Western media, further perpetuating negative views that continue to drive the wedge between non-Muslims and Muslims. Though I understand that a small group of Muslims have been responsible for a multitude of heinous crimes, it still makes no sense why it becomes the actions of all Muslims. Perhaps one day it will be more common to realize that the religion itself not to blame, the individuals themselves.

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