Project #1: People of The Book Movie

People of The Book Movie

Before discussing a topic as broad as Islam, it is important to acknowledge the true definition of the word. “Islam” is the Arabic word for submission and a Muslim, who we tend to think of as a follower of the religion Islam, actually means “one who submits” or “one who commits to God.” When “Muslim” is mentioned in the Qur’an, this is the definition that God  meant by, as there still was no such thing as a separate religion “Islam” and He considered all monotheistic believers “Muslim.” Because of this, there is a strong emphasis on “اهل الكتاب,” or “family of the book,” which groups together all followers of the Abrahamic faiths.

During our lecture about the Prophets (September 24th), we analyzed several different Quranic verses that mention Abraham and Jesus. These quotes all talk about them in a very admiring way and interpretation of the Qur’an stresses that Muslims should look to their Prophets as role models. It is apparent that the Qur’an places high regard for all the Prophets who are seen as different holy figures in the other Abrahamic faiths. The People of the Book are mentioned countless times in the Qur’an and so, I started my video project with the Quranic verse 2:62 that states “Those who believe (in the Qur’an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve” (Yusuf Ali translation).

My video is a compilation of pictures of cities all around the world that have mosques right next to other places of worship. My project is meant to highlight the importance of coexistence in Islamic beliefs and the idea that there is no distinction between the Abrahamic faiths in Allah’s views. From areas such as Beirut, Lebanon, all the way to Uroshevac, Kosovo, the Abrahamic followers have proved unity and coexistence. Globally, we are continuing this trend as there is a planned construction of an “Abrahamic Family House” in Abu Dhabi where all followers can practice their religion in peace and aside their counterparts.

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