Selfin a Multicultural Society
Thesociety is built up of different people from different cultures. Thedifference isabouttheir sexuality, religion, race, gender, and even geographicallocations. These differences builda sense of diversity and belonging, and makea robust society. I chose to interact with the Muslim communityand their culture. The purpose for choosing the Muslim communityis because it is a different religion that is unique from the restand it also forms part of the marginalized minority groups of peoplein the US.It was already tendays into the month of Ramadhan at the Islamic Center8505E 99th St, Kansas City,64134,where I interacted with the duo on their culture and religiouspractices, especially concerning the said month of Ramadhan.
Inthe interaction, the Muslim friends described Ramadhan as aparticularmonth that everyone looks upto.It is during this month that the Muslims do prayer and fasting fromsunrise to sunset, from fajrprayer at exactly 3.53 a.m. time to Maghribprayer time at 8.47. Itis fascinating to note that they arein prayer for 16 hours in a day. Before they commence the prayers,they all gather and take breakfast, called Fator, an Arabic deliciousmeal.
TheMuslim friends also extended an invitation to me to join them duringthe Maghribprayer time. I had to leave for some personal issues but on comingback, therewere many Muslims helpingeach other in the preparation of Fator, breakfast,and every single individual brought some from their homes. We didshare the meal and chatted all waiting for the clock to hit 8.47 pm.We all started eating the food exactly at 8.47 pm. There wereinterestingobservations with the Muslim community. All people areallocatedfood irrespective of their religious belief and it was anexcellentinspiration. Afterthat,we had a veryfruitful conversation on the importance of fasting,and this included boosting of the brain functionality. Additionally,the natural nutritional therapy promotes healthydiet and reduces blood sugar levels.
Inthe material “Discrimination in Everyday Life”, the authorenumerates how the systems have been oppressing individuals regardingtheir sexism, racism and heterosexuality and their expression ineveryday life. The material further expresses the segregation thatthe Muslims face as a result of their faith, and the expression oftheir faith through their actions and addressing. The wars inAfghanistan and Iraq portray the Muslims as very violent people, aswell as terrorists hence, the difference between the Muslims andother people. More so, the Muslim women are oppressed and are neverheard in the society, as expressed in the video- TheSwearing of the Little Girls.The husbands get preferential treatment and make all decisions. Therole of women is to stay in the kitchen and take care of the family.The videos also indicate the plight offemalepeople.The women cry foul that their roles arenot limited to the kitchenand that they are not the objects for men’s sexual satisfaction.
Thetremendousexperience with the Muslim culture seemed a vivid reality since Ihave already had part of the experiencein the classroom. The class discussions were very fruitful since,in most of them, we intensively addressed the issues to do withsegregation,especially regardingreligion. In the very classdiscussions, we discussed the role of women in the society and theirinclusion in the public matters. For a longtime,women have been viewed as sex objects and intellectual dwarfshowever, it is not true. Bothgenders are endowed with thecapacityto handle similar tasks.
Additionally,as a class, we had videos to watch and contextualize the self in amulticultural society. These videos provided a clue and substantiveinformation that made it easier to understand the interaction on thefield. The videos specifically on women oppression had already openedme up for the matters I was to interact with,inthe society. The classroom studies, videos, together with thediscussion were mirrored directly in the society in the way peopleinteracted,and the position of women and men.
Theexperience presents itself with mixed emotions. In one hand,happiness, ecstasy,and elation dominates the experience, especially in the way Muslimswelcome even other religions to share food with them. Onthe contrary,the experience demonstrates how the radicalized Muslims killChristians, especially in the war zone areas. One side presents theMuslims as very peaceable, loving, and generous since during Ramadhanthey share whatever they have with other people. They invite allpeople regardless of their social status and religion to share mealswith them. On the other hand, some sects of the very Muslims involvein terrorism activities and killing of innocent people.
It,therefore,becomes impossible to reconcile the two sides of a Muslim. On onehand a peaceful, generous, and religious individual and onthe contrary,thelastcharacter, a violent serial killer. These two sides of the same coinelicit mixed reactions from the same personof the Muslim religion.