Sunday, August 7, 2011

Koran by Heart

I was really impressed by this documentary and I can't help but play it over and over while I'm in my room. This premiered on HBO at the beginning of Ramadan, I believe, and now it's been posted in 6 different videos on Youtube. Watch the complete documentary, I promised you'll be impressed by these young children and how beautifully they recite the Quran MashaAllah!
I'm inspired. I thought it was a wonderfully made short film, very interesting throughout. There are a few things that I saw that bothered me about the actual subjects of the documentary. I thought Rifdha's father was really strict with the way he was raising his daughter. She did amazing in the competition (obviously) and he didn't really recognize her achievements. Or at least, I didn't see him congratulate her or tell her how proud he was of her. Her dreams of being an explorer will soon be crushed by her father's wish for her to be a housewife. Also, my heart broke for Djamil. He wasn't traveling with any of his family or friends, and he didn't have anyone to translate for him. It's a tough competition but the judges seemed a little rude when they spoke to him. I'm so glad he got the chance to recite in front of the big Masjid, though. In the beginning when his father was telling him about all the problems in the world with the Muslims and how distorted a lot of the views of the Quran are because of the violence we've seen in the media among Muslims. He tells his son Djamil how important it is to understand the meaning behind the Quran, "The world is a mess. People are bombing and killing each other. But if all Muslims understood the Quran, there would be peace on earth." I thought that his father and the rest of the community were really loving and encouraging and I think it's important to be surrounded by that growing up. Especially with the pressure of following in your father's footsteps at a young age.
I was really touched every time each of them read, but I really liked Nabiollah's recitation, as did all of Egypt, apparently! He seemed to love reciting and wanted very much to continue to study and learn the Quran, although he didn't speak a word of Arabic and couldn't understand.
Their devotion and adherence to Islam is something that is just inspiring because of his young age. Perfect for Ramadan!
Enjoy and share with me your thoughts on the documentary!
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