Thursday, 3 January 2008
The last time I posted on music in Islam, I was challenged by readers who said music is widespread in Muslim countries. I'm sure this is true, but here are two letters in pdf form the Nashville Islamic Center sent to Nashville public schools requesting Muslim students be excused from both music and dance classes:
Date: August 7, 2007
Dear Sir or Madam:
This letter is a request for Muslim children in schools who wish to be excused from music class. In the Islamic faith, music is strongly discouraged and in many cases prohibited. I would like to request the class teacher and the principal to accommodate this basic religious need of our children by giving them alternative activities, such as computer classes, reading or other assignments....
Dear Sir or Madam:
This letter is a request for Muslim children in schools who wish to be excused from dancing class. In the Islamic faith, dancing in a mixed (co-ed) group is not allowed. I would like to request the class teacher and the principal to accommodate this basic religious need of our children by giving them alternative activities, such as computer classes, reading or other assignments.
Please allow for these accommodations. If you have any questions, please contact any of the Mosques or myself (480-6146).
On behalf of the Muslim community in Nashville, Salahadeen Center of Nashville, Al-Farooq Islamic Center, Masjid Al-Islam and Islamic Center of Nashville, thank you for your time and consideration.
Islamic Center of Nashville, Director of Education
Posted on 01/03/2008 7:54 AM by Rebecca Bynum
4 Jan 2008
Fakh Ruddin' Dirty*
Or: Under The Etruscan Chunder
Or: Regurgitating "Briefly Noted"
"Fakhruddin" sounds rather impolite to these here Philistinian ears of mine and might come across even more so to Mr. Giuliani and also a little like something from a German automobile commercial. It's not as intriguing, though, as some other words within the ken (emphasis and asterisks added below) or a least within spitting distance, of Hugh, Mary and Dot Wordsworth mentioned in a brief book review of Laura Warholic by Alexander Theroux appearing in the Jan 7, 2008 issue of The New Yorker: "...At nearly nine hundred pages, this behemoth of a book seesaws between romantic meditation and frothing jeremiad, and the relentlessly peacocking vocabulary ('obnubilation**,' 'strabismic,' 'lutulence') may test the reader's patience. Still, the hypercerebral Eyestones ["..a sex columnist for the magazine Quink..."] is an indelible character, delighting in arcana ('The Etruscan word for love - flucuthukh - sounds like the act of regurgitation') and musing , 'Arson, kleptomania, compulsive gambling: are all rape?' "