They are called God’s warriors, young men and women who are driven to rid the world of its evil ways and restore it once again to the divine state it was meant to be. Such warriors are seen in western media taking hostages by the bus load, shooting into crowds of people and becoming walking bombs… all for a complex issue which each religiously minded young Muslim person struggles to fulfill… all for jihad. –Or do they?
The term jihad in the late part of the 20th century and the early part of the 21st century is a term that has been altogether hijacked. It has as many different definitions as there are people. Jihad according to the BBC Team under their religion & Ethics page is defined as:
· A struggle or effort
· A believer’s internal struggle to live out the Muslim faith as well as possible
· The struggle to build a good Muslim society
· Holy war: the struggle to defend Islam, with force if necessary
With so many different definitions out there it is no wonder the word has become associated with the less desirable aspects of a supposed holy war. Continue reading
Everyone has heard of the Laura Ingle Wilder books Little House on the Prairie, but I bet few people have heard of one of Canada’s newest and hottest Islamic TV Shows. Little Mosque on the Prairie (premiering it’s second season October 3rd at 9pm central) features the comical side of growing up Muslim on the Canadian prairie. However, that is not all it does. LMP revolves around several very colorful and outspoken characters. The cast includes Amaar, a big city boy who ventures to the prairie as the Muslim communities new imam (spiritual leader); Yasir and Sarah, a youngish contractor and his convert wife; Rayyan, Yasir and Sarah’s bright, outspoken, devout daughter; Baber, the former imam who is as distrusting of the west as they are of him; Neil Crone, the local radio shock jock; as well as countless others. All these characters, just by living their normal lives, work together to humorously debunk the myths and blatant stereotypes that have pit-fallen the relations within Muslim and western communities of this hemisphere. To learn more about the show check out the CBC’s Little mosque on the Prairie website. For those of you who cannot wait until October 9th you can always view the reruns of last years season on the CBC or Youtube. Hope you all enjoy.
I would like to invite each and every one of you to watch with me the CNN special presentation God’s warriors. Over 3 days Christiane Amanpour will look into what some people will do for religion. If you missed last nights episode it dealt with the Jewish warriors. Tonight is the Muslims, and tomorrow is the Christians. Please watch, add your comments and I hope you enjoy.