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Posted on: December 8, 2015

I came into class not knowing much about the study of Islam. There were several pieces of information that really surprised me. For example, I was really impressed by how the Hadith came to be compiled. It was such a long, intricate process that involved a lot of double-checking. Even more impressively, the pieces of information had to be compiled from memory. This feat seems extraordinary to me, as this day in age, memorization is barely used. It was a different time, but the dedication and commitment was impressive in order to achieve such a task.

In response to serendipity 923, I agree with your thoughts. I also really liked how the Professor gave us  opportunities to reflect on our lives and therefore open the door to change for the better. The lessons we learned in class were truly valuable, not only for the Muslim students. Not only did we learn about Islamic culture, but the ideologies that go into Islam. I would also like to thank the Professor for an amazing semester.

Posted on: December 8, 2015

There is great importance attached to teaching the study of Islam. I believe that it is critical to make Islamic theology courses more accessible to the public. The internet may be a great source, but it is hard to guarantee factual information. Having factual knowledge may allow the public to make their own, informed decisions, rather than eating what the media feeds them. In the age of Globalization, respecting and understanding various faiths is crucial for peaceful coexistence. Learning about Islam may shine light on the similarities it has with other religions.

In response to 6, it’s great to hear that you’ve gained so much out of this class. I think that achieves the entire point of the course, having people leave with a holistic understanding of Islam and its studies. It may be impossible to teach everything about Islam in one semester, let alone one lifetime. But it is reasonable to leave with an understanding of the fundamentals.

Posted on: December 7, 2015

This class was a better experience than I had expected. I loved the approach that was taken- presenting the facts and allowing the students to make their own conclusions about the material. I learned a lot about Islam, I also learned how to approach the study of this religion. I realize that there is so much more to learn, I wish I could continue taking this class next semester.

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Posted on: December 2, 2015

The Malcolm X movie was a very interesting view. I was surprised to see the inequality that was portrayed in the film. At the same time, I did not support the way that The Nation of Islam was recruiting followers. I felt like they were very much based on hate and racism, something that Islam does not promote. It is sad to see another group attach its name to Islam and justify negativity through this connection.

In response to , I was also impressed by Malcolm X. His struggle is incredible. It is obvious that he was a very intelligent man, with a very eloquent way with words. He tried to raise himself up from the person he had become. He had to lead  a  very disciplined lifestyle, away from the drugs and activities that he was used to.

This week in class, we watched the Malcolm X documentary. It was very interesting to watch the approach the Nation of Islam took. The organization had a great draw to the oppressed people of the time. I think the organization advocated for something that was very important- equality. But there were some things that I found unnerving. They changed a lot of the fundamentals of the Islamic religion. For example, they did not believe in the afterlife, but this is a huge part in the belief of many Muslims and it is explicitly talked about in the Qur’an. Furthermore, Malcolm was depicted praising their leader, Elijah Muhammad, like he was God. Lastly, the people that were shown converting to the NAtion of Islam seemed to do so because of their approach towards demanding equality, not because of a genuine interest towards becoming Muslim and all that being a Muslim actually entails.

In response to  , I agree. I believe that the teaching of the Nation of Islam were, in essence, very hateful. Yes, they had every right to demand for equality, but in doing so they also preached zealous hate of the white man. Islam advocates for peace. I felt like the Nation of Islam just took away aspects of the religion that suited their cause, which is a disservice.

 

 

This week in class, we finished up “Camp X-Ray”. The movie was really thought-provoking. It is amazing to think that so many people are being detained with no fair trial or any idea as to how long they will be kept prisoner. I believe that there is no justification for this. Although the prisoners were being fed etc., the prison’s treatment of them leached away their humanity. It all points to a vary corrupt system. It is sad to think that the American public is aware of this, and yet I don’t see anything being done about it. Is there anything that can be done?

In response to sonder786, I agree, it was very interesting talking about Islamic spirituality. I like how the lecture had us all question our morality. Cheating in school may seem like an easy way out, but at what cost? It is interesting to think that small decisions, such as deciding to cheat, can have such a large impact on the value of someone’s morality. Having gone to Loyola for three years now, I’ve seen students partake in cheating, but I don’t think many have stopped to consider how it effects their moral character.

This week in class, we discussed the three levels of faith: Iman, Ihsan, and Islam. I had never heard of Ihsan, and this was surprising, as I grew up in a Muslim household. These various levels of faith are fundamentally a pathway in which one goes from simply following the religion to actually immersing themselves into it. The primary level, Islam, is simply submission. The second level, Iman, was seeing God in all things, demonstrating a relationship and awareness for God that was not necessarily present in the Islam level. Finally, Ihsan, is the last level of faith. This level not only establishes a stronger relationship with God than what was seen in Iman, but allows for such an intense devotion to God. This means to become an individual for God and to relate everything that happens to God.

In response to mba2k16, I agree, it was interesting to be able to test our attention span with the exercises done in class. I am not used to focusing on one sense at a time. It was a lot harder than I thought. It was especially hard listening for sounds and not connecting them to where they may be coming from. Also, I was surprised to find out that our senses have gone done because of the age of technology, this is very sad.