Emina - Project Interfaith Video #1

Reflection questions this week:

What does service mean to you?
Why do you want to participate in this project?
What do you hope to get out of it?

Comments:

Emina,
Your passion shows! You being here, while fortunate for our community, is an example of how religious/ethnic-based hate can cause such upheaval in families/communities. I hope you can learn as much as those around you do (re: your comment "but you're not even brown").

Thanks for sharing your post. I could identify with your experience of not looking like the stereotype. I am Jewish and growing up people constantly told me that I didn't look Jewish because of my light skin and other features. I also really appreciated your comments on serving others. I look forward to your future posts.

Emina, you offer a wonderfully broad definition of serving others, and a very underrepresented perspective on Islam in the American landscape. I also share your frustration and perplexed state at the sheer level of hate we face in the world. Keep up the great work and the vlogging!

Emina, I was really interested to hear how you responded to the participants in the community meal. You say many times that you, "felt so bad" for the people. Do you think that they feel bad for themselves? Are they just living the best life they can? Do you feel that the reaction of feeling bad for these people minimizes their life or experiences. I ask this not to put you on the spot or criticize, but to simply learn more. I have students serving a meal this Saturday, and I really want them to move beyond that initial scared/pitying reaction and see these people as the people they are. Thank you so much for your willingness to vlog about your experience. I also really appreciate how you explain your Muslim identity. It's a reminder to all of us to look beyond the stereotypes and see the human behind the label. Thanks!!

Thank you all for you posts.
Jessica -- I completely understand where you're coming from because I don't know what experiences they've gone through and what exact situations they are in at the moment. However, I can't just be netural about it. I sympathize with the people because I recognize that they are people. By being able to recognize that there are those who are less fortunate than I am and then attempting to do my part in the community shows that I'm not just feeling bad/sympathizing but that I'm taking action in trying to counter the misfortune.

Emina - thank you for sharing your experiences of identifying as Muslim. I look forward to your other posts. I am Greek Orthodox and don't speak Greek but know my prayers as well.

What is great respecting is dealing with instead of depending on.
frases de amor

outstanding post! great advice, will take on board!
frases de amor

friend and I have been just discussing this subject, she actually is normally endeavouring to prove me incorrect! I will present her this particular blog post and rub it in a little!

For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.

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