The video, “Inside Mecca”, represents Islamic culture in Saudi Arabia. I found it very interesting on behalf of the God they worship and all of the rituals they do as symbolism for their beliefs. A Muslim is a person who follows the monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the Quran. Muslims consider the Quran to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger Muhammad. It makes me think of how cultures can be compared. In this documentary it explains how the Hajj ceremony works and the specific scenarios that go one during the annual event. In this video, there are not only Islam people, but three different races that choose to go the Hajj as well. There was an American woman, South African man, and a Malaysian man as well
I had the privilege to conduct field research at the Abu Bakr Masjid, also known as the Islamic Center of San Diego on Friday, October 9, 2015. I attended both salat al-Maghrib and a lecture given by Imam Sh. Taha Hassane. Salat al-Maghrib is the “West sun” prayer which takes place five minutes after sunset. Salat al-Maghrib started around 6:37 p.m. Imam Taha Hassane’s lecture started at 7:00 p.m. and ended at 8:01 p.m. before the last prayer of the day: salat al-‘Isha’a. Imam Taha Hassane was already waiting for me outside of the mosque. The first matter he explained was that it was considered proper to enter the masjid (mosque) with my right foot first and exit with my left foot first. Furthermore, I was also explained that in order to enter the prayer hall, I needed to be in a state of ritual purity. This purification consists of ablutions, called wudu’, which involve the washing of the feet, hands, head and face. Once I completed the ablutions, Imam Taha Hassane instructed me to take off my shoes in the designated cabinets in the hallway. This is primarily done to ensure that no outside dirt would violate the sacred space. At Abu Bakr Masjid, like in many other mosques around the Muslim world, genders are separated—men pray in the main prayer hall while women pray upstairs in a separate prayer room. When I asked why, Imam Taha simply explained that it was a matter of modesty and concentration.
The idea of a clash of civilizations can be originated largely to Samuel Huntington. He describes a future where the majority of human conflicts will be due to “cultural differences”. (Huntington). In The Butterfly Mosque, Willow Wilson, an American, travels to Egypt, converts to Islam, and marries an Egyptian man. This places her at the fault lines of two cultures. Through her experiences, she sees the frontlines of this clash of civilizations that Huntington predicted, and tries to uncover if she can thread the needle between her two cultures. In this paper, I will argue that through her experiences with Muslims in Tura, other Westerners in Egypt, and in reactions to her writings, she discovers that the clash of civilizations is real. This clash results in cruelty, fear, self-hatred, and an internal existential crisis in Willow that leaves her uncertain about whether or not she can navigate her internal clash of cultures.
Literature helps us remember the past and honor the victims of the Holocaust in many contrasting ways. “The Grand Mosque of Paris”, an explanatory text by Karen Ruelle, “A Great Adventure in the Shadow of a War” , a reflective essay by Mary Helen Dirkx, “ The Diary of a Young Girl”, a diary excerpt by Anne Frank, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, an autobiography by Anne Frank, the “Acceptance Speech for the Nobel Peace Prize”, a speech by Elie Wiesel, and “Maus”, a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman all present the past in different ways to help us honor the victims of the Holocaust.
“The Women’s Mosque of America seeks to uplift the Muslim community by empowering women and girls through more direct access to Islamic scholarship and leadership opportunities. The Women’s Mosque of America provides a safe space for women to feel welcome, respected, and actively engaged within the Muslim Ummah. It complements existing mosques, offering opportunities for women to grow, learn, and gain inspiration to spread throughout their respective communities.”
On October 27-28th is the Annual Costa Backcountry Fly Championship Series in Islamorada, FL. The entry fee is $500 and includes a t-shirt and fisherman activities checks and registration form should be mailed into BFC. The fish species is Snook or Redfish only, each angler can us one rod & reel at a time. According to the rules, the fish must be caught, photographed, measured and released alive into the water. The competition is a based on a score basis system so, depending on how many inches your fish is determines your score if the fish measures 8” you get 8 points etc. There is no chumming, and all fish must be caught with a fly only no bait or scents may be applied. The tournament begins at 7am and ends at 3pm, awards will be handed
The first reason you will probably be surprised will be by the place itself. Whilst many mosques seem grand and splendid from the outside, there is, in fact, very little to see inside a mosque. The prayer hall, where the public worship takes place five times a day, is actually very plain, because of the nature of Islam itself. You will find no statues, nor paintings, nor depictive stained glass. There is no altar, nor elaborate robes, nor candlesticks.
Islam is one of the biggest religions in the world, in perspective, there are about 1.6 billion members of Islam. Islam was established by Muhammad, he spread his expressions of Islam after he had addressed a holy messenger sent by God to instruct him to get the message out of God. At first, he was startled, however later came to and began to get the message out of God. The Muslims acquired much from Greece, Rome, and India received much from the general population they won. As a result of their resistance of different societies, they could propel grant in a few ranges to the higher amount around then. Subsequently, Muslim accomplishments emerge and lastingly affect world societies. The most important Islamic achievements were Academics, Science, and the Arts.
Religious rituals hold a very sacred place in the hearts of believers, being able to witness one from an outsider perspective is something that is truly eye opening. Personally, following our unit in class, I had a desire to witness at least one practice associated with the Muslim religion. The Nueces Mosque was perfect for this purpose because of its proximity but is mostly dominated by a younger demographic. I reached out to the president of the mosque, Ammarah Tariq, who very graciously welcomed me to join them for their Friday ritual prayer service, Jumu’ah. Members of the community noticed I was clearly an outsider and did not hesitate to greet me and explain to me procedures to adhere to such as removing my shoes. Following the removal
HEADLINE: OBAMA BROKERS MIDEAST DEAL DATELINE: 24May2015, The Temple Mount, Al Aqsa mosque, Jerusalem. The Sunni and Shi'a Muslims delegation led by Grand Ayatolla Muhamad Amad Hussein, and Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews representated by Chief Rabbis Arye Stern and Shlomo Amar, have agreed to the preliminary arrangements, conditions and rules for a heavenly determination concerning the sanctification of G-d's name. Will it be ALLAH or HASHEM? Catholics and a multitude of Christian sects offered to referee the event but were soundly rejected by both sides for idol worship, ignorance and incompetancy. They, and the rest of G-d's green earth, will be have to be content as witnesses, although they may not be able to understand the event. THE
Brick Lane Mosque, similarly to other mosques across the globe, displays non-existent segregationist attitudes and is open to the public regardless of taste and social class. This is further emphasised through the cultural and religious practices of the Muslims in the mosque, referring to each other as 'brothers and sisters', indicating zero arrogance or ignorance though social status. This is due to the primary belief which binds each agent, which is, in this case, the followers of Islam, who despite taste and social class, share one invaluable thing in common... religion.
The cover of “A History of Islam in America” is very controversial if compared to what is written in the text. My perceptions so far from reading Kambiz GhaneaBassiri book is that he gives factual information on Muslim Black history. But on the cover of the book, the group of people that I see are white skinned immigrants. It confuses me that a historian that spent most of the book from chapter 1-6, discussing the enslavement of African Muslim to the New World and how they had to assimilate to a new society that was forming. So, I’m shocked that from the readings, which mainly discussed African Muslims, and Middle-Eastern Muslim, that there is no depictions on the cover of any person of color. When I think of American history, I mainly focus on the disparities of African Americans faced, slavery, war, and democracy. In class, we talked about how Islam is colorblind and doesn’t hold another race superior to others and that people determine who is higher up in the class system based on race. If Islam is a colorblind religion, then why do we have many segregated mosque for different ethnicity? Is it because people feel that it’s easier to relate to someone with the same skin color? How is a society supposed to unite when we can’t even hold truth on how America was established and its creation was made from slavery and trespassing.
The most beautiful building among these is the Mosque. The Mosque was built in early 1990's and is American built, almost entirely by local architects and local artists. There is a fountain in front of the Mosque and a second fountain inside the vestibule. These fountains have come from as far away as Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia and are merely for decoration though in older times fountains were used for washing before prayer.
Islam is defined as, “the monotheistic religion based on the doctrine of submission to God and of Muhammad as the last chief and prophet of God”(Dictionary 720). There are multiple practices included in the religion of Islam, similar to any other religion. Compared to Christianity or Judaism, when one follows Islam, one must follow The Five Pillars of Islam and the rules and circumstances of the worshipping practices. In addition, depending on the branch one is apart of, they may have to follow laws enforced by different prophets as well. One’s lifestyle will change because when following Islamic faith, their religious life is their main priority. Meaning, a Muslim makes the commitment to the practices one-hundred
Being surrounded by other important edifices of the early Istanbul it also raises its importance. And the mosque has an amazing scenery of the sea. Along with the magnificent scenery, it happens to be decorated by masters such as the architect Mehmed Aga who had fashioned the interior to perfection just like a jeweler. The mosque itself used to be part of a great known complex, including a covered bazaar, schools, public kitchens, a caravanserai, Turkish baths, a hospital and the mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed himself. Many social and cultural buildings have not survived to our day and age and yet, the Blue Mosque in all its glory is still standing just as beautifully as it did the day it was