I really don't like this chapter. I'd go so far as to say I have an aversion to it. I am amazed at how Ranya chooses to complain about being seen as a "victim" and as an "outsider"...yet puts herself in that position by turning her back on her mosque because they're full of "first-generation immigrants." (page 81)
Am I the only one who finds that offensive? Really...I can't have been the only one to see that.
I fail to feel for Ranya who's family never worshiped at mosques in the middle east as she grew up because it wasn't like home. Gimme a break. This woman needs to grow a flippen back bone. Come ON woman -- are you serious???
Then, she claims that there's only one mosque in Manhattan. Really?? Just one?? I'm able to do a quick google search and find 3 and those are just the ones listed. I think that this is another example of Ranya being the ever present victim....and she proves it when she talks about the "only" mosque that she could find in New York where the "majority of [worshipers]...appear to be new immigrants...I feared that because their concerns, opinions, and prejudice might reflect their lives and experiences as new immigrants, my American family would stick out like sore thumbs." (pg 82)
I'm beginning to get the impression that Ranya is a snooty little b!tch who's poop doesn't smell.
She then goes on to complain that many people turn to Islam while they are in prison. Why is this an issue? Don't priests go there and talk to the inmates about their crimes in an attempt to get them to "come to Christ?" Why can't Ranya be happy with a Muslim from a lower class, a different country or a bad background? Who is she to judge?
See, while Ranya talks about all of these things in a negative light, I see them as positives. What I love about Islam is the uniformity of it. I can worship at a mosque in Canada, Brazil, Sudan, Jordan, China, Bangladesh....you name it -- I can go there and we are speaking the same words and preforming the same actions. There is a sense of belonging that is gained...even if you are a foreigner or, in Ranya's case, more "American" than the others. I find that beautiful.
Later, Ranya goes to church with Suzanne...interesting...but whatever, but then she says about Suzanne, "She had recognized my angst and longing to be a part of a spiritual community, and the frustration I have felt at times when as a family we have missed out on the communal celebration of certain colorful Muslim traditions and holidays" I can't feel sorry for her...she has missed out because she chooses to stay away. Of course you will feel left out. And you know what?? If you don't like it, start something new! There's nothing wrong with that...and invite people, be open - it will happen! I can't feel sorry for someone who sits and whines about stuff that they have the power to change! Suck it up, buttercup!
Okay, that's all I can handle...I'm getting moody just thinking about this.
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