It seems that I am gradually becoming MuslimMatters' unofficial media correspondent, as I now blog about yet another documentary concerning a Muslim minority community. But perhaps the readers would be pleased to note that this film is not in fact more sensationalist propanganda designed to divide society, but rather the exact opposite. Continue reading…
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Please head over to Muslim Matters to check out my latest contribution: Muslims on TV.
News, documentaries, drama and even comedy; it seems that TV producers cannot get enough of us these days. Programmes like “The Muslim Jesus“, and – dare i say it – “Little Mosque on the Prairie” have been a breath of fresh air in comparison to the mostly negative attention our community has been receiving, usually centered around the subject of war and terrorism. But don't the veterans of Hollywood swear by the catchphrase: “all publicity is good publicity”?
In contrast, it is clear from our reactions that the Muslim community much prefers the catchphrase: “no news is good news”. Like most ordinary folk, we don't wish to be subjected to the intrusive, and often distortive, camera lens of broadcast media. We just want to be left alone, to live our lives in peaceful obscurity…
Well, my fellow brothers and sisters… it's time to face facts. We've been put on a mission by Allāh – whether we accept it or not – to let the world know about Islam, in whatever way we can. And for this reason alone, we need to start getting media savvy, in order to turn all this free press to our advantage.
Comments closed on this entry… you know the drill by now. ;)
Just read an interesting speech by Lord Saatchi on Anti-Americanism, which i C&Ped below… the full debate can be found here.
My Lords, I am most grateful to the usual channels for arranging this debate, and I thank noble Lords who are here to speak today. I am looking forward to the contributions of distinguished speakers and, with great anticipation, to hearing the responses of my noble friend Lord Howell and the Minister. I also thank the House of Lords Library and the Politeia think tank for their help with preparatory research for this evening's debate.
Americans today may be perplexed and confused about the way in which America is perceived in the world. They may feel like Josef K in Kafka's The Trial. Noble Lords will recall the opening lines:
“Someone must have laid false accusations against Josef K because one morning he was arrested without having done anything wrong”.
This looks interesting:
Intelligence Squared Presents:
RELUCTANCE TO ASSERT SUPERIORITY OF WESTERN VALUES
Date: Tuesday 9th October 2007
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Venue: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
This month's debate will put discuss the statement: We should not be reluctant to assert the 'superiority' of Western values. As usual we will have a distinguished panel of guests who will speak 'for' or 'against' the motion.
For the motion: Douglas Murray, David Aaronovitch, Ibn Warraq
Against the motion: Tariq Ramadan, William Dalrymple, Charles Glass
The debate will be chaired by Edward Lucas and will be available by web-cast the following afternoon on our website. Tickets are £20 each. All welcome to participate.
For more information and bookings please contact:
Tel: 020 7494 3345
[Warning: another entry inspired by Facebook!]
I recently joined a new group on Facebook, titled: “A Muslim dummies guide to British political parties and what their policies actually mean for Muslims“. The aim is – and i quote:
“A confused.com sort of comparison site for each of the parties in terms of where exactly they stand on specific issues compared to the others. If rumours of a snap autumn election are to be believed then we need to be paying much more attention to all the new policies appearing each week. It is getting quite tough to compare on many issues, so please help fill in the missing info so we can fairly show what each party is doing in specific areas of concern to us.”
I welcomed the creation of such a group. Even though i am not in a position to contribute much to the discussions, at present, i am all for learning new things, especially that which concern me as a British citizen. However, i do have one niggling worry in the back of my mind. Whenever Muslims start discussing politics, and especially party politics, it is almost guaranteed that the same old, fiery debate will kick in: to vote or not to vote? That is the question (apparently).
One of the British terrestial channels, ITV1, broadcast a programme called “The Muslim Jesus”, last night. It contains interviews with lots of notables from the UK Muslim community, as well as Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. One of the few TV programmes i have watched about Islam that did not make me wince once! māshā’Allāh. Shame it was shown so late (11.15pm). The only “negative” was that it contains depictions of Jesus Christ and his blessed mother, Mary (peace be upon them both), but overall, it is an excellent production, and highly recommended viewing.
And some lovely person has already put it up on YouTube, so you haven't missed out:
I was amazed by one piece of information that i learnt through the film – that there is a space reserved next to the grave of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon, for the burial of Jesus Christ, when he eventually returns to Earth. That gave me goosebumps! Had no idea! It reminded me of how families and couples reserve plots of land so they can be buried side by side. Some would think this morbid, but to me, it is such a loving statement: I want to be near you in life and in death, and on the Day of Resurrection, yours is the first face i was to see. Alhamdulillah.
Abu Huraira reported from Allāh's Messenger (peace be upon him): I am most close to Jesus, son of Mary, among the whole of mankind, in this worldly life and the next life. They said: Allāh's Messenger, how is it? Thereupon he said: Prophets are brothers in faith, having different mothers. Their religion is, however, one, and there is no Apostle between us (between I and Jesus Christ). [Bukhari]
I came across some very beautiful verses from the Qur'an recently. I felt the reminder was quite relevant for the type of bloggers i seem to be engaging with these days.
The people i am referring to are Christians, and the verses are these:
I've been wanting to write this entry for a long while now. The point i have to make has been the basis of most of my discussions with non-muslims, but i never seem to explain myself very well, as i've usually been responding to arguments rather constructing my own – so let's see if the message gets across any clearer this way.