It Must Be True, I Heard It On MRN When the U.S. launched its war on terrorism not Muslims on October 7, 2001, the world was introduced to a “Muslim” news source, namely the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera. Most Americans were livid that CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, CBC and any other reputable news source that wanted to bring the war into homes across North America had to turn to Al- Jazeera for the latest news.
Forward March Storytellers! “Children are influenced by media – then they learn by observing, imitating and making behaviors their own…” This was said of the link between media and violence in a recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (Healthworld, p.2). This was never more evident for me as a teacher at an Islamic summer school. My students were 11 – 14 year old boys with professional parents who were always too busy.
Eid Al-Fitr: Day of the Prize Two weeks ago, Muslims around the world celebrated the auspicious holiday of ‘Eid al-Fitr, which is also called the “Day of the Prize.” Abu Ja’far al-Baqir relates, “Whoever attains to Ramadan, fasts its days, stands its nights in prayer, lowers his gaze, guards his chastity, his tongue, and his hand; joins the congregational prayer, and arrives early for the Friday prayer, he has truly fasted the month, and has earned the full reward. He has gained the benefits of the Night of Power, and triumphed with the Prize of his Lord.”
Curiosity: The Great Key of Knowledge “What?” “Why?” and “How?” are questions that parents hear almost day and night from children who are eager to learn about the big and puzzling world around them. After all, how could they discover this world and appease their curiosity about actions and reactions, and their thirst to know and learn, without asking a lot of Why(s) and How(s).