Good post sister....and good correlation from the movie to your class room, but I doubt if it would have made much impact to those young girls....nevertheless a commendable effort.
I saw chicken little...what I really liked was the cute alien baby (the furry orange thingy with 3 eyes).
But coming to the theme of this post which is how important the core belief of an individual's idea/truth/reality really is....and its impact on one's life cannot be overstated.
As a segway:
If some "agency" were to wrongfully throw me into prison at some unknow place (like in Antartica) and I was to never see the day of light till I die...what would keep me together? Would it be my anger or my drive of revenge towards those people who did this to me, or would I be content with my situation and thankful to Allah for what happenend to me.
See, in my limited view, its mush easier to stand up for the truth and face against the non-believers who oppose the Truth. I means they hurt you, you hurt them back, you have a chance to retaliate back in same...that itself has some level of satisfaction...this is typical of all confrontation (on any level)....
...BUT, to me what is more difficult and more gut wrenching is how one muslim behaves (with state of mind and actions) when s/he cannot retaliate against the opposing forces, yet suffer day-in-day-out for being on the side of the truth. This to me requires a higher level of conviction to their core belief than the one above.
An example of the two situations (for the same person) would be Bilal Radi Allahu Anhu. His holding on to Tauheed when he was mercilessly tortured as a slave, vs his standing for Tauheed when he was free and fighting with the muslims against the Kuffar.
They say in Pilates that the focus of your physical excersise should be to develop the "core" of your body. So, as muslims, we need to excersise on our "core" belief and nurture it with right actions and healthy interactions (i.e Sunnah), and only then will we be a wholesome individual. Insha'Allah.
Allahu Aalimon November 29, 2005 11:13 AM
Mashallah, I loved the fluency and the message of this beautiful article. Just when I was beginning to wonder where did my thinking friend go who says what she thinks :)
All my prayers with you!
A query for Br.Asef regarding the comment:
"Good post sister....and good correlation from the movie to your class room, but I doubt if it would have made much impact to those young girls....nevertheless a commendable effort." I don't see any reason, br, why would you doubt the effect of analogy drawn by bint-e-saeed when the movie is for youngsters. I would think it would make the greatest impact on them out of other groups since they can relate to movies made for them and pick out various analogies.
Anyways, we should not worry about what effect it had on others as long as we can extract meanings from such meaningful messages.
Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,
Stuart Little might have a good point:
"The Day that the Trumpet shall be sounded, and ye shall come forth in crowds;
And the heavens shall be opened as if there were doors" (Qu'ran 78: 18-19)
"When the Sky is cleft asunder
When the Stars are scattered;" (82:1-2)
"When the sky is rent asunder" (Qu'ran 84:1)on November 29, 2005 11:12 PM
Br. Rami...wasn't Staurt Little the mouse who was adopted by the humans...that was another good movie. But, I dont understand the correlation between Stuart Little and the ayahs of Quraan that you quoted....Allahu Aaalim
Sister Nadia...I think what sister bint-Saeed did was excellent...Alhamdulillah. Regarding my comment about not impacting the young ladies had to do with what Bint Saeed wrote at the end of 4th paragraph...
"Therefore, the regulations that Allah SWT puts on us believer should always be seen as a blessing for it is He that knows us better than we know ourselves. After having understood this, these girls then returned to the dos and doníts of Muslims which required me to once again focus on this little chicken"
I just assumed from the above that the analogy did not work for the young sisters as they went back discussing the same way as they were doing before...Allahu Aalim
Yet, you are 100% correct when you say that regardless of what effect it may or may not have on the listener, the speaker should continue to extract meanigful analogies whenever they can.
Hope this clarifies my earlier comment on this article, Insha'Allah.
Ma'Assalaamon November 30, 2005 2:39 AM
Asalaam Aleikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatu,
You're correct Br. Asef, Stuart little is the talking mouse adopted by humans. I meant Chicken Little.on November 30, 2005 11:48 PM
Ya Ukhti:) can't wait to see you InshaAllah.
JazakAllahu Khayr for everyone's comments, that's how we grown and learn. Also that's the purpose of these comments alhumdulillah.
In my experience of teaching Youth Girls at Sunday School there have existed many opportunities where I have learned from them. More importantly in these changing times and with the realization of stating "when I was young..." there needs to be an understanding that we need to try to step out of the traditional way of conveying our message. I see this most prominently at Al Maghrib Seminars and ISRU.
But nevertheless "when I was young.." just wont cut it. JazakAllahu Khayran to you all for any and every comment.
Remember: I see therefore I speak:)
Wasalaam Walaykumon December 2, 2005 11:22 AM
Actually, after I had written about you saying what u think, i realized that the real connection was between seeing and speaking, hehe. sorry about that. Will remember next time. Keep posting.