Sorry I haven’t updated my blog in a while (at least, it feels like it’s been a long time). I’ve been super busy with my part-time job and my semester at college. I was actually a guest speaker yesterday for an inter-cultural communications class that I took last year. My professor invited me to speak about Islamophobia, stereotyping, and rationalizing prejudice. I was so happy with the responses I received from the students. They were attentive, they laughed at my jokes (lol), and they all asked questions.
One of the things I shared with them was how so many people don’t really know what Islam is. So many people don’t know what Muslims really believe. I told them Islam is an “Abrahamic faith,” and then asked, “Does anyone know what that means?” Only a few people nodded, so I went ahead and explained how Muslims believe in the Prophets from the Torah, as well as Jesus and Mary (peace be upon them all). I mentioned this fact to also point out how irrational and inaccurate it is for Islamophobes to speak about Islam as if it’s not aligned with Judeo-Christian values. If you open the Qur’an, you’ll see more about Moses than any other Prophet. Jesus is even mentioned more by name than Muhammad is.
A few people came to me after class and told me that they learned so much about Islam. They Loved my presentation and asked some more questions regarding practices, as well as the diverse cultures within the Muslim community. The coolest thing is that my professor is encouraging me to become a teacher and others in the classroom agreed with her. It was certainly an honor to speak at her class and I’m even more honored that she thinks I should become a teacher. We’ll see what happens down the road!
Anyway, I wanted to announce that the nominations for the 6th annual brass crescent awards are now open, so if you Love reading this blog, please take a moment to nominate me! Some of you may know this, but my old blog won last year for my essays on Muslim women in comic books. Maybe you can nominate “Muslim Reverie” for “Best New Blog”? It’s up to you! Just follow the link below:
Thank you all so much in advance! Your comments and feedback really make a difference in everything that I do! Peace, Love, and Light!