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Do Hajjis have Racial Discrimination?

Posted by kyleepai on October 30, 2006

Hello, I’ve watched the film of Hajj and seen some discussions between my classmates and partners from
Kuwait. I found that some people’s questions are just like mine, and just like my classmates, I am also very impressed and amazed about Hajj and Hajjis. The film shows that how belief directly influence people’s actions and minds; I felt very moved when the Muslims melt into tears because they finally came to
Mecca. The process of the
pilgrimage Muslims take to the holy city of
Mecca is full of difficulty
, but Muslims can overcome it. So, I think that their painstaking to attain their goal in life is praiseworthy and I admire their firm and persistent determinations. I remember that a forty-year-old man said that Muhammad can do it when sixty and he can do so. However, I still feel confused somehow. My question is just like what Rachel mentioned.

In the video, there is a black man who receives unfair treatment when resting at the tent during the pilgrimage. I am wondering if this violates God’s wish of every man is equal? Besides, there is an American woman who joins Hajj as well. She says she still gets people’s doubts of her being Muslim.

Why couldn’t the black stay in the same tent with the other people? To quote in the film, ““God doesn’t look a face. God doesn’t look a body…God is looking for what? Your heart! ” I think a faithful heart is more than everything, but I don’t know if Muslims think so. Do they have racial discriminations? Although in the end of the film the black and the American woman are glad that God accept them, I still want to know why they have some unjust treatment during the pilgrimage. What I am wondering is that why God can accept them but the other Muslims can’t; it really confuses me.

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Questions about Islam and Kuwait

Posted by raybeast on October 29, 2006

Hello everyone~~ I have watched the film about Haj and read some discussions about Kuwait in the Wikipedia. First of all, I can deeply feel that how important the Haj is to islamites. I really do appreciate the religious principles of Islam which is about “no discrimination between human race, no matter you are poor or rich,”however I still wondering about how do islamites think about homosex? I know it is a weird question, but can someone answer me? Secondly, I’d like to know what are peoples’ daily life in Kuwait? I mean do people in Kuwait live like Taiwan? In Taiwan, we usually get up at nine or ten and go to school and office then we have lunch at about eleven or twelve(maybe one hour for taking a nap) then at about five or six we go home. This is a basic daily life in Taiwan which means we spend about eight or nine hours on studying or working. How about people in Kuwait? I want to ask this question is because Kuwait is a rich country, maybe people in Kuwait can spend less time on working. Ha…

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The place of married un-kuwaiti women in Kuwait

Posted by sydneylee on October 29, 2006

Hi, I am Sydney.After reading the Wikipedia about Kuwait, I have a question about the place of married un-Kuwaiti women in
Kuwait. A guy mentioned “
many Kuwaiti men were married to females from
Philippines.” I think that’s an interesting point. Taiwan has the same phenomenon that more and more Taiwanese men would like to marry girls from Vietnam and
Philippines than Taiwanese girls. We call them “Foreign Bride” (I don’t like this name very well). Anyway,some believe that most of these men have bad financial situations, so that they have to find wives from other countries. Others think that it is the growing of feminism which makes Taiwanese women become dominate in family and society, which makes Taiwanese men try to marry tender wives from Southeast countries. So I am curious about the reason of why Kuwaiti marry women from Philippines, and how these women are treated in
Kuwait.

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Haj&Islam

Posted by tottietsai on October 29, 2006

I think that many people have a stereotyped about Islam because of Osama Bin Laden and the Terrorist attack. After watching this film, I was very surprised that Muslims have such strong belief to make a pilgrimage to
Mecca. Every year people can see millions of Muslims from the whole world go to
Mecca to worship their God. Every time when I watch this news, I am very impressed on their determination and great belief on their religion. These Muslims
practice what they preach. I am curious about why that they have such strong belief to go to
Mecca and know that they may lose their life through this pilgrimage? Also, I am curious about the black stone and what its significance and role on Islam? Through this film, I have known the Muslims process and some rituals to
Mecca. From their process to
Mecca, I was impressed by the scene that when some of Muslims arrived
Mecca, they burst out a cry. I was very touched by this scene because I can feel that their dissolve on their accomplishment of the pilgrimage. Also, the ritual to throw stone is quite impressed me. I was wondering what ritual’s significance on Islam? Hope I can get answers from you to understand more about the Islam culture. Thank you.

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Hajj and Islam

Posted by doris0724 on October 29, 2006

After watching the video, I feel so impressed by the documentry. I am so impressed by their strong belief. It is common that some people say they have strong belief about religion, but for Muslim, they are even willing to walk for a long long time to worship their God. I think that’s why that Islam is the religion that cause the most misunderstanding. We are not Muslim, so we may regard those things what they have done is incredible. However, after watching the documentry, I feel touched by their strong belief and now I can understand why they are willing to do so many things for their belief. I still remember one scene, an American woman cried because she finally arrived Mecca. I am wondering why they have so strong belief about Islam but other religions, and I try to find the answer in this documentry. I think the answer is that Muslim says in documentry, because they believe that their God is equal to everyone. No matter their appearance, gender, race, country and so on. When they are going to pray at Mecca, they all have to wear Kobe. I think that is another way that shows everyone is equal in front of God. They also have a lot of ways to worship their God, but I can’t understand two of these ways. The first one is called “standing at Arafat”. What is the significance about that? And why at Arafat but other places to worship their God? The second one is they will throw stones. We can find the meaning of throwing stones is for getting rid of the devil in their inner heart. But why do they want to use this way to get rid of the devil? Don’t they think it is very dangerous? Since it is a different culture that we are unfamiliar with, but I think no matter what kind of religion, they all have the same function that is make our life become better and better. Like people says at the end of the video, it is an kind of improvement and learn, and they will give away what they have learned to make everyone better and better.

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Amazing Hajj

Posted by lucyhuang on October 29, 2006

After watching the video of Hajj, I deeply sense the strong power of Islam. There are many words uttered by people in the video really touch me. For instance, “God doesn’t look a face. God doesn’t look a body…God is looking for what? Your heart!” The South African man appreciates God about the equality, for black men usually receive racial discrimination. But he thankfully found Islam to accept him. Besides, in Islam, only spiritual status matters but materials are of tiny importance. They wear the same outfits. And everyone look all the same there. It not only shows the equality before God, but also emphasizes the materials are not important. Hajj only cares about the connection to the God mentally. They can sleep on the road side without hesitation, and they can eat simple food without extra desire. They talk about their belief with passion and expectation. After the pilgrimage to Mega, a man said, “I would like to be a better man…I want to play a better role of whatever I am supposed to be in.” I used to be confused about the function of pilgrimage but now I get an understanding from his words. Everyone has his/her expectation in life. They just hold a faith, and realize it through Hajj.

There’s a question comes into my mind after watching the marvelous scene of hajj. Since there are millions of people in
Saudi Arabia believe in the same religion, I am quite curious about what if someone doesn’t believe in Islam? Will he/ she face great pressure or be despised? Compared to the American female in the video who chooses her own religion even though she comes from a Catholic family, is there any religious freedom in
Kuwait at all? I believe that in the past, the conventional society must not allow this kind of situation, but I’m wondering if the situation remains the same till now. I’m expecting to hear from your opinions in near future!

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Haj

Posted by winniepan on October 29, 2006

I watched the video about the Haj and I feel it is amazing. So many people come from different countries to Saudi Arabia in order to worship God. I think it is a very significant event to Muslim and they actually cry when they pray at Mecca. I’m not a Muslim but I understand the feeling that touches their hearts when they’re so near the holy place they dream to come.

In the video, I learn some culture and attitude toward Muslims. During they life they wish to go to Mecca at least one time and they learn to be a better man after they back home. A woman from America in the video says that the real point to come to Mecca is to improve oneself. Moreover, people get together because of love during the worship, no matter what races or social status they are. The video also mentions that people should be patience, courtesy and respect and I think it’s very important to have these three elements when people join the Haj. Furthermore, I think Muslims are all confirmed about what they do. They are also very religious, they devote to the things that Abraham and Hagar do. In the video, people walk quickly for several times on the path that Hagar searching for water for her son. Besides, they are willing to walk to Arafat instead of by car because they believe they can do it when Abraham did it at the aged of 60.

After watching the video, I have some questions. Do people in Saudi Arabia wear robes all the time or when they join Haj? Also, I have see some news report point out that many people were asphyxiated or tramped to death because of too many people or hit by the throwing pebbles during Haj. In your point of view, do you think it is still worth to go to Mecca even though one might be killed there?

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My questions to Kuwaitis culture!

Posted by ashy7495 on October 29, 2006

Hello, everyone~

How you doing?I’ve read those brief introduction of Kuwaitis culture and I got really excited to ask more questions. For example, about the tea and coffee that Kuwaitis usually serve to a guest, but is there any possiable for serving juice or cola? Does the guest need to finish all the tea or meals to show their appreciation? Do the young generation use bare hands to enjoy the meal? Are there any people are vegetarians?

Since the mixed cultures of Kuwait is soo amazing, do the students still want to major in any Asian language? like Japanese or Chinese? Bedies the mass media you have in Kuwait, do you have Kuwaitis serials& dramas like we commonly have in China, Taiwan, Korea. Mind if you introduce Kuwaitis singers to me?

I’m really curious and excited to know about these. sorry about listing out a page of questions…haha:p

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Hajj and Islam

Posted by rachelhsu on October 29, 2006

It is really impressive for me to see the emotional and spiritual impacts a religion has on so many people. When watching the video clip on Google, I was really touched and amazed by all the Muslims’ strong beliefs in God and their continual devotions. One of the significant scenes in the clip for me is when an old man says his prayer and then begins to cry – I can as if to feel his connection with God. But here I have some questions about this video: Frist,what is the significance of the cover on Kabba? Why do Muslims have to make a new one every year for the Hajj? Second, why do the Muslims walk in circle around the Kabba seven times? Is there any particular meaning behind ”seven times”? Actually, I quite like the idea of wearing white robes (how do you call them?) when attending the sacred ceremony to make everyone equal in front of God without the difference of sex, gender, race, status, so on and so forth. However, in the video, there is a black man who receives unfair treatment when resting at the tent during the pilgrimage. I am wondering if this violates God’s wish of every man is equal? Besides, there is an American woman who joins Hajj as well. She says she still gets people’s doubts of her being Muslim. I don’t know if the race of pilgrims will make any difference or draw special attentions?! It will be great if you can answer my questions. 🙂

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This weekend’s assignment

Posted by thuicc on October 27, 2006

For this weekend, you should either watch the video about the Hajj that is linked to in the previous post, or look at the Wikipedia articles about Islam, Kuwait, and the Culture of Kuwait. If you choose the Wikipedia articles, look at the discussion pages as well as the articles themselves. Then post your thoughts, reactions, impressions, and questions on the course blog.

Note: when you post your thoughts, be sure to give us enough context. For instance, if you watch the video and have a question about the Hajj or what the video has presented about it, make sure to give enough detail about what the video presents. If you are writing about one of the articles, you can quote from the article or the dicussion to help us better understand your comments or questions.

Again, please publish your posts by the evening of Oct. 29 so our partners in Kuwait can read them. If you have any questions, let me know!

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