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Khadijah goes to School issued a 9/11 Press Release last year on the eve of 9/11. The question is, WHY?
To start with, Khadijah goes to School is an agent for Social Justice. It is an experience about Human Progress brokered through its innovative artistic style. It’s sub-title is appropriately labelled: A story about You… It’s personal.
Through the study of Human Potential, Khadijah goes to School explores personal and collective contribution – Human Progress. (Read another description)
But the question still remains, how is all of this tied to the events of 9/11? The answer is there is no direct relation to the actual event. Khadijah goes to School does not condone the murder of innocent people anywhere. The events of 9/11 are in fact everything Khadijah goes to School isn’t, but rather the promotion of Human Potential and Human Progress.
Khadijah goes to School is a multi-themed project. One interesting aspect of Khadijah goes to School is its distinct Islamic flavour, presented through cute little Khadijah, clad in a hijab. She shares ideas of Education and her childhood experiences in North America .
The book is highly unique, from codified Universal Ideas of Personal and Collective Progress, to the way the book opens, right to left, to the Arabic font and the mention of Allah. It even has the famous philosophical question: What is Life?
There’s more: David, Arjun, The Teacher, Khadijah and the highly attractive “Read spread” (which sports over 200 languages of the word “read”), collectively represent society.
Every element in Khadijah goes to School is carefully calibrated for one purpose: Dialogue.
And this is what The Khadijah goes to School 9/11 Press Release is about: Noticing the Islamic dimension in particular, the idea of Muslims being present in Society through story telling to encourage critical Dialogue needed on Islam, dispelling misinformation. It is also a way to feel as if you are in their shoes (Khadijah’s) and experiencing life as Khadijah would. Because of the look and feel of the book, this inevitable Dialogue rests on a fundamental idea of Khadijah goes to School: “ASK Questions”. This principle is encouraged for all dimensions of Khadijah goes to School.
The Dialogue can bring out many conversations as it has already proven to do so. Who are Muslims? What do they believe in? Is it possible that what “I” know about Muslims isn’t accurate? (Many people I have spoken to actually don’t even know what Halal means). How about The Media relationship and Islam? Is there a balanced approach of Muslims in The Media? Is there a threat? What threat? From who’s point of view? What is point of view? Who is threatening who? Are Muslims a threat to society? Who said? What is actually known of Islam by the general public to come to conclusions?
One journalist from Toronto has written about the manufactured fear of a Muslim takeover. A novel, called “The Submission” explores post 9/11 society and tensions when a Muslim architect’s design is chosen anonymously for a 9/11 memorial. This book, The Islamophobia Industry shows “How the Right Manufactures fear of Muslims.”
Such items point to the much needed dialogue between People, us on Islam & Muslims in society. There are some gross mis-understandings that some have formed about Islam and Muslims. The key is to reach people and provide proper information so as to try to dispel such mis-understandings or at least neutralize them.
It has become very dangerous in recent years. People have lost their lives due to anti-Islamic bigotry. Khadijah goes to School is practical, coaxing the reader to think twice about Muslims and Islam locally and in a global context. Murder is murder. Muslims also died in those towers that terrible day (32 according to Al-Arabiya).
Understandably, the scale of the crime was immense which led to anger. Again though, most people had absolutely nothing to do with it, including Muslims! In fact, Muslims are one of the most peaceful groups in America. Take a look at this FBI statistic from 1980 to 2005: All Terrorists are Muslims…Except the 94% that Aren’t.
Ultimately, anti-Islamic bigotry has no place in our societies whatsoever. It is poisonous for Media channels to keep pumping anti-Islamic mis-information to the masses if this is in fact the case (there have been positive media stories as well, but it’s far less). Khadijah goes to School is one item promoting critical dialogue on Islam (it’s already working). People have questions, and they need answers. What’s prompting natural and automatic questions is the book is so explicitly graphical and unique offering value to People of all faiths. It’s Social Justice experienced through Art.
The fact is much more items are needed (welcome The Islamic Informational Industry). Dialogue, not “Dialogue” is needed. This Dialogue is happening. It’s not “Dialogue” that is far away amongst leaders. This Dialogue happens every time an item (book, movie, message, etc.) hits the mainstream between everyday People.
Too much hate speech and/or mis-information on Islam is being spewed by “experts” and people who have interpreted the Quran, without proper context often. They are neither scholars on Islam nor students of Islam, but obviously seem to have alterior motives.
The results are immediate. Polls show a growing intolerance towards Muslims and violence towards Muslims has increased. This poll says that up to 52% of Canadians don’t trust Muslims. The lack of positive stories in the Media has much to do with it.
It is horrid to stereotype Muslims as a single group responsible for an act of violence. There have been horrid acts of violence carried out by people of all faiths before and after 9/11, are we to stereotype those who perpetrated such acts with the religion or country they come from?
Khadijah goes to School is a tool for Social Justice, promoting real dialogue on the ground between People on Islam as one aspect of the book (also directly on issues of Social Justice, opportunity and Educational themes). This is the most unique and artistic English item in the realm of peace and justice challenging anti-Islamic bigotry.
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