China’s female Muslim Imams

Female imam leads prayer in China. Photo: <a href=NPR” />

AN interesting article by ILLUME caught my eye: China’s Female Imams

I have heard of Morocco also training female Imams. And Turkey and China having female only masjids but this is a first. I’ve heard rumors that someone is making a movie about female Imams.


Islam in Korea

There seemed to be a lot of interest in the story I posted about halal Korean food. I also found this informative video clip about Islam in Korea.

Korean Muslim soldiers pray at a mosque in Hannam-dong, Seoul/Yonhap

I also found an article on Korean Muslims:

What is it like to be a Korean Muslim in Korea? “Not easy would be an understatement,” was the response of Hasna Bae, a 23-year-old student.

Bae is one of 35,000 Korean Muslims in the country, and one of 1.6 billion in the world. Although the religion is very big worldwide, there are few Muslims in Korea. There are migrant Muslim workers, but the total number barely reaches 200,000.

Being a minority religion in Korea, Muslims say their different lifestyle makes them stand out more than others in society.

Yu Hyun-il, 22, serves as president of the Islamic students’ association of the Hankook University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul. He said he found the Muslim eating requirements the most difficult thing for him…

Towers & Muslims in a Korean Drama and Huffington Post

After a hiatus posting again…

The Korean Drama: You're Beautiful

The Korean Drama sensation “You’re Beautiful” has caught the imagination of millions on TV and via the internet. Within days people all over the world submitted subtitles [including English and Arabic] within hours of the videos being posted on the internet.

The first episode is especially hilarious and has the main character, a soon-to-be-nun, hiding amongst Muslim women in the airport. This may very well be the first time Muslim hijabi women road the k-wave.

You can see the drama for yourself in a plethora of different languages on viikii a great community of volunteers making the world’s media and shows accessible for all.

Also Sadia Ahsanuddin a recent Harvard graduate and New York Times scholar has recently published an article on foreign policy being more globally responsible. Check it out, Traditional Rebel mashAllah.

Additionally, Dubai officially opened the tallest tower in the world. You can read and see the celebration more about it here.

Korea Aims to Attract Muslim Tourists

It’s not easy to find halal food in Korea.
Thus KTO has come up with the halal lunch box!

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) now aims to attract Muslim tourists and will tailor-make tour programs to suit tourists from the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

KTO recently educated 40 travel agents and tour guides on Islamic culture. They have also introduced a halal food lunchbox into their tours.

Travel agents in Korea have noted that the biggest obstacle to attracting Muslim tourists is strict rules on food and prayer.

It is not easy to find “halal food” especially in Korea where pork is commonly served in all restaurants. Halal restaurants are very rare in Korea and there are almost none outside Seoul, Busan and Jeju. Tour guides usually take Muslim travelers to seafood restaurants, Indian or Pakistani eateries, or vegetarian restaurants. The travelers don’t get to taste Korean food.

Thus, with this in mind, KTO designed the “halal lunchbox”. It contains Korean food such as bulgogi and kimchi (i would assume) so that Muslim tourists can also experience the food which they see consumed in Korean movies or dramas.

KTO also recently opened a prayer room at the Tourism Information Center of its headquarters. The prayer room is located in basement one, and comes equip with a compass showing the direction of Mecca.

Source: The Korea Times

The Uighur Conflict

BBC NEWS | Programmes | World News America | Uighur women defy Chinese police

BBC NEWS | In Pictures | In pictures: Urumqi mosques told to close

China’s changing approach to reporting Xinjiang – 08 Jul 09

Woman Who Stood up to the Chinese Soldiers

Woman Who Stood up to the Chinese Soldiers

Riots in Urumqi, the capital of China’s Xinjiang province, on Sunday, July 5 have sparked an uprising of China’s Muslim Uighur minority. Since then, many people have died (the Associated Press says 184, while other sources say more than 1,000) and thousands have been wounded in the ongoing unrest, which features the Chinese government taking action against the Uighur minority. Take a look at some recent stories in the news about this situation:

OPINION: The New York Times
‘ Philip Bowring explores the fallout of the events.

NYT: Iran remains silent.

OPINION: Rebiya Kadeer, president of the World Uighur Congress, writes about what led to the situation and how it can be solved.

Miami Herald: Earlier, Kadeer denounced violence. Pictures from the violence. Warning: Some of the images are graphic.

Associated Press: Muslim countries’ reaction nearly nonexistent.

AP: Could Uighur crackdown spread?

Agence France-Presse: Muslims in Turkey demonstrate.

Tehran Times: Chinese, Iranian officials say Muslims’ security in China is vital.

Los Angeles Times: Turkish government defends Uighurs.

Bloomberg: Al-Qaeda group gets involved.

Why isn’t the Muslim world speaking up in defense of the Uighurs? By Moisés Naím | Foreign Policy

Muslim Mangas/Manhwas/Manhuas–Oh My!

How many of you out there have dreamed of converting that boy/Cristiano Ronaldo you have a crush on, running off together and marrying him?

Many I can guess. Well, now there’s manhwa about it.

Below you can see a part of the manhwa [note: you read from left to right–refresh if it doesn’t show up the first time]:

Want You: "I am Islam"

Want You: "I am Islam"

The Manhwa is titled “Want You”, a story about a girl, who since childhood has been in love with her cousin. Upon finding out Islam is alright with cousins getting married she states she follows Islam and continually declares she’s “Islam” [the author notes that the proper usage would be I am Muslim–not Islam] amongst her very religious Christian family of which her beloved is apart of.

Asia Alfasi, Muslim Manga Artist

Asia Alfasi, Muslim Manga Artist

For those of you who don’t know what a manhwa, it’s a Korean comic. You might be more familiar with the Japanese term, manga. In the case of China they call comics manhua.

If you are interested in reading the rest of this humorous manhwa you can read it here.

Speaking of manga there’s a hijabi Muslim manga artist called Asia Alfasi who won an international Manga and Anime competition for her manga character Monir; who is a feisty Arabian hero.

Other comics and graphic novels with Islamic elements, although not necessarily Islamic is: the Kuwaiti “The 99″; Palestine; and the famous graphic novel Persepolis.

There’s also a recently new online community called Muslim Manga.