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Let’s Look for Ourselves – Don’t Buy into “all Muslims are bad”

With everything that has been going on lately I have been seeing a lot of anti-Muslim sentiment and I understand that people are angry about tragedies and evil acts which have occurred.

However, I have a major problem with the generality that Muslims are bad. The only thing that happens when we buy into that is the justification to harm billions of people.

There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims (compared to 2.2 billion Christians)*. If all of the Muslims in the world wanted us all dead and were all extremists and terrible people – things would be a heck of a lot worse than they are. The vast majority of Muslims are good, peaceful people. Attack the individuals and groups within that religion who are evil – do not attack the entirety of the group.

I see warning signs of Nazi Germany type propaganda – where one group of people is vilified in order to justify great evil. There is no race, country or religion that is all bad. There are evil individuals and those individuals sometimes act and poorly represent the others in their group.

I am Jewish. I am a member of a minority which has been attacked, which has been generalized and which has been misrepresented. This has never created a positive outcome. As someone who could be easily attacked, misunderstood and believed to be something I am not – I choose to defend those who are open to the same misconceptions.

Please – go meet some Muslims, go learn about their traditions, customs, and beliefs. (And please, don’t use a few lines of the Quran to represent its whole. If you are going to quote it – take some time to understand it as a book, with the whole concept of what it conveys.)

The correct target is extremist hate groups – regardless of race, color or creed. Don’t help create another Holocaust.

*pewresearch.org

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Arranged – Friendship has no religion

As you may have figured out, I like cultural movies.

This is a movie about a young Orthodox Jewish girl, and a Muslim girl.  They are both teachers at the same school in New York. They strike up an unlikely friendship.

While this movie, is not always perfectly accurate as far as religious customs, etc. (For example, the Jewish girl’s father does not wear a beard – something that all truly religious men would wear.) However, these small faults aside,  the movie does give a good deal of insight into these two religions. Including parallels in both religions, most notable is the similarity in the dating/marriage process – a major focus of the movie.

While the acting in this movie was quite good, the plot was not always the most exciting. Overall, I think it was a good movie.

To get more information about the truth of these  religions you can check out these websites:

www.jewinthecity.com

www.jewcy.com

www.religionfacts.com/islam/beliefs.htm

www.islamreligion.com

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Sabah: A Love Story

Sabah: A Love Story is about a 40 year old Muslim woman who lives in Toronto, Canada. She ends up falling in love with a non-Muslim Canadian man. This creates problems in her somewhat traditional Muslim family.

I stumbled upon this movie while browsing Netflix, it was in the romantic/ feel-good section. I am a sucker for romantic comedies, and  I love movies about various different cultures. So combine the two and I am sold. (I love the movie Bend it Like Beckham – just in case you’re wondering)

In the end, the movie was decent. The acting wasn’t spectacular, but it wasn’t painful either.The love story was predictable, and cute.

To me the most important part of this movie was the cultural aspect. I like to expose myself to different cultures and belief systems, even if I do not agree with those systems. While, I don’t think this movie gives a perfectly accurate view of Muslim traditions and opinions it gives us a flavor.

As we all know there are some very extremist Muslims, they go around blowing themselves up, and blowing others up and they give a very bad name to Muslims in general. (There are extremists in every religion – consider the Spanish Inquisition, the Holy Wars, etc) From all  I have seen most Muslims are basically good people, just like you and I. They are some cultural aspects I do not agree with. For example, there is a great deal of room for improvement as to the freedoms and rights given to women.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie. especially the look I got into semi-modern Muslim culture.

Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars

Pros: highlighted Muslim culture, cute story, good ending, showed actual issues a Muslim family like this might face.

Cons:the movie moved a bit slowly and there wasn’t a whole lot of action.

Trailer:

Price: $5- $30

Where to shop: www.amazon.com , www.fye.com

Where to watch: www.netflix.com

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