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SocialStudies.8/Joey Albahadily

First Muslim Enters Congress

(Thank you Mrs. MM for the newspaper article!)

Reflection on Newspaper Article By: Joey Albahadily

keith ellison

Ithink the people in the congress were over reacting. So what a Muslim man swore oath on a Quran. It said some presidents never swore on a book. A Quran is just like a bible it tells us what to do and what not to do. There basically the same thing just one is in Arabic one is in English. The bible is meaningful to Christians and the Quran is meaning full to Muslims. I think people in the congress should swear oath on a book meaningful to them. Muslims can swear on the Quran, Christians can swear on the bible, Jews can swear on the Torah.

 

 

Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Posted by | Islam | 4 Comments

Islam/Hadith

Establish Justice:

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “For every day on which the sun rises there is a (reward from God) for someone who establishes justice among people.” –Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 870
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my reflection:

i think this is a cool hadtih. the idea of trying to promote justice is a general one that exists not only in Islam, but perhaps in all religions and cultures and civilizations. but why is that? why is justice such a common want of peoples? because the antithesis (antonym) of justice is injustice. and i would define injustice, in my own words, as unfairness. (Aamr, remember the “science *fair*” judging question in class? you thought up the same thing i did!) unfairness means one person is treated differently than the next person. now, the question is, why should one person be treated differently than another person? people have come up with at least two reasons: (1) skin color (racism, generally); (2) religions (religious discrimination).

i’ll leave out the issue of religious discrimination and i’ll focus here only on the issue of racism. that is not because religious discrimination is less important or more important — discrimination of any kind or form is equally (ahem) wrong. but since this entry is about the religion of Islam, i figure i would like to add information about things other than Islam here, too. (don’t try this line of reasoning to avoid addressing a topic when you’re writing your essay for the SAT Writing section.) for racism, the specific examples abound. we can look to south africa and apartheid (8TH SCHOLARS, remember the picture of the white and black guy in the social studies textbook last year?). obviously, we can also look to the united states and slavery. and even after slavery ended as a result of the US Civil War, we know that racism didn’t end then, back in 1865, nor has it ended now. in fact, the 1960s showed us that there is a strong need in america for the likes of martin luther king, jr. and malcolm x. this strong need is the need to promote civil rights, or, in one word, justice.

Sunday, January 7, 2007 Posted by | Islam | 2 Comments

ISLAM/Quran 7:204

” When the Quran is read, listen to it with attention, and hold your peace: that ye may receive Mercy. ” — Quran 7:204

listening <—– sometimes, when you *listen,* you could hear a person’s heart… (that’s oozing with metaphorical or figurative something… lol…)

REFLECTION:

(1) This line reminds me of the first word revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH): Iqra, or read, or recite. I think of this because the line begins, “When the Quran is read…”

(2) The second part of the line, “… listen to [the Quran] with attention…,” is also key. A lot of self-help people, in discussing communiation, say that the most important part about communicating is not the speaking, but the *listening.* And listening is definitely a big thing. (Were it not for me listening to my parents when I was younger, for example, my parents would have broken more than just my humerus and tibia… lol…) But it is no doubt that so much of what we learn, we learn through listening: in classrooms, in sermons, on cell phones, on ipods. Sure, another main avenue for learning is through reading, which we do in: classrooms, on cell phones (text-messaging), and so on. Together, we learn a lot of what we know through listening and reading. For example, the Quran we can learn through listening to someone else recite it, or through reading it ourselves.

But of course, there is a distinction between hearing and listening. When Timmy is at a restaurant talking to someone on his cell phone, he might hear other individuals at the restaurant talking, but he does not understand or grasp what they are saying. He does, however, understand and grasp what the person on the other end of the line is saying. So although we might hear things, we don’t necessarily absorb this information in our minds. Who hasn’t daydreamed while they were sitting in my class, thinking about sandy beaches instead of about the difference between Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X? When this quotation says to listen “with attention,” Allah is asking us to concentrate and think about what is being recited, instead of daydreaming about those sandy beaches.

(3) Now, we usually want to set down a purpose for reading or learning something. Timmy couldn’t care less about what the other customers in the restaurant are saying, because what they are saying most likely does not affect him. In fact, when writing or speaking, a good thing to keep in mind is the acronym “wiifm.” It stands for, “what’s in it for me?” the point is, when we speak to an audience, or when we write for an audience, we should keep in mind that our audience is selfish — not in a bad way — and wants to know, “what’s in it for me?” in other words, the audience asks itself, “why should i listen to this guy talk about Malcolm X?” or, “why should i read this book about a dragon called Saphira?” and here, in this quotation, is the answer to “what’s in it for *us*:” if we listen — attentively — to the recitation of the Quran, and if we ideally act on what we learn, we may “receive Mercy” from Allah (who, btw, is the Most-Merciful). and i doubt that most people would *not* want to receive Mercy.

NOTES:

i am no scholar in Islam. I try to read and understand what i can, but there’s no doubt many know much more than me about Islam. if you are interested in learning more about Islam, i know of several individuals at my school who are very knoweldgeable about Islam. i am sure they would be more than happy to help anyone in understanding more about the religion.

Saturday, January 6, 2007 Posted by | Islam | 7 Comments