Syria and Iran at the Aga Kahn Museum in Toronto

On a hopeless blustery and frosty day I rather reluctantly bounced in the auto and headed to the Aga Kahn Museum. My journalistic mission was to look at the most recent displays and try their eatery out.

Suppose given the climate and the name of the show, “Syria A Living History” did not place me in a buoyant state of mind. So much demise, wretchedness and obliteration of life and delightful recorded structures I just truly couldn’t take any greater cynicism.

Peculiarly I was both disheartened and floated by the display and left find out about Syria than basically a reiteration of terrible news.

What made cutting edge Syria may likewise be prompting its devastation. Syria has been a piece of various domains and their religions. The Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Ottoman and Arabic societies have made Syria what it is today. “Syria A Living History” incorporates antiquities, pictures and works of art traversing somewhere in the range of 5,000 years.

Without precedent for North America there is a virtual ordeal where using a tablet one can see a Christian dealer’s home in Aleppo in the seventeenth century. There are 48 works in the Exhibition and in addition two advanced generations.

The most established work is a cut eye symbol from around 3200 B.C. Numerous historical centers have loaned their material for the display incorporating the Met in New York, the ROM in Toronto and the Louver in Paris. There are six contemporary works by Syrian craftsmen.

Exhibition hall Director and CEO Henry Kim says, “The sheer assortment of these ancient rarities and their social expansiveness uncover Syria’s long and rich history of multiculturalism and how basic that differing qualities was to the advancement of a considerable lot of the world’s most prominent human advancements.”

The presentation is isolated by a few subjects in particular Divinity, Humans and Beasts, Religion and State, Home, Affinities and the Vagaries of Time. As far as struggle influencing the present Syrian populace give careful consideration to the artistic creations.

On the off chance that I have any feedback there is no clarification or translation of what is at present event Syria so beside the elucidation to be drawn from a portion of the current works of art the show is objective. Could the appropriate response lie in the assorted strengths that made Syria are some way or another adding to it being tore separated? Would syria be able to by and by emerge from the fiery remains?

“Syria A Living History” has been reached out until March 26th.

The second display “Revolt, Jester, Mystic, Poet Contemporary Persians ” keeps running until June fourth and is exceedingly political less in how the functions are portrayed but instead in the messages of appall, dissatisfaction and mockery they ooze.

The show comprises of 27 works by 23 contemporary craftsmen. Sex, governmental issues, suppression, disobedience and psychological warfare among different topics are appeared. Beyond any doubt regularly a photo passes on a thousand words and for this situation craftsmanship talks against suppression as after this workmanship is present Iranian transformation and on talk up may arrive you in prison or more regrettable.

I will say a couple of these works. My most loved is an advanced representation of an Iranian youngster with a gauze on her nose after an undeniable nose work, dyed blonde hair in a jean coat blowing a major air pocket gum bubble. Honestly she’s very nearly a punkish revolt. The picture by Tehran based craftsman Shirin Aliabadi is called “Miss Hybrid” as she is showing both Iranian and Euro-American design.

Along a comparative vein is an untitled arrangement of pictures by Shadi Gharirzon the primary indicating two ladies wearing chadors from Iran’s Qajar Era (1781-1825) while the partner representation demonstrates two adolescents in a great deal more uncovered attire including a young lady on a bike with a head protector.

At that point there is a representation “Friday” that demonstrates a hand stand out from material however from a separation can be effectively mixed up (undoubtedly deliberately) as a vagina. Parastou Forouhar has truly stuck his neck out on this one!.

The last representation, “We Will Join Hands in Love and Rebuild our Country” is that of a man riding in reverse on some awesome monster with numerous people caught inside the mammoth. Roosted on a red inflatable like a carnival entertainer it is being captured by a Western man. The country building exertion has turned into a scene.

This is a show that for all intents and purposes yells out without saying a word. Huge numbers of the works pass on their message without you reading the content portraying them. The more you think about current Iranian culture and its suppression the louder the photos yell.


The African-American’s Journey to Al-Islam

Today, in the western world, when we hear “Muslim” or “Islam” numerous American individuals tend to think fear based oppressor or individuals from the center east(the un-taught one). Starting at 2017, there are no less than 3 to 3.5 million American Muslims living in the United States of America. The greater part ethnic gathering that makes up this populace is the African-American individuals. However, the inquiry “How does this happen?” emerges. On the off chance that you need to think about the historical backdrop of Muslims in America and its extensive spread, one can’t talk regarding this matter without specifying the African or should we say African-American’s adventure to Al-Islam.

In the Trans-Atlantic slave exchange there were around 15 to 20 million oppressed Africans and of these slaves there were between 2% to 4% African Muslims. These Muslims were from the tribes of Mandinka, Fulani, Wolof, Soninke, Songhai, Ashanti, Taureg, Nupi, Yoruba, Susa, Kanuri, Mandara, and Vai. We are for the most part comfortable with and have gained from Alex Haley’s book (and film) Roots, which was a tale around a subjugated African Muslim, named Kunta Kinte, where he lived in a little town in West Africa, rehearsed Islam, was an understudy of Arabic and experienced his every day African customs. He was caught and conveyed to America as a slave, sold and given the name Toby. He attempted to escape incalculable circumstances from imprisonment, and wedded a house cook named Bell where they had a little girl named Kizzy who went ahead to have numerous youngsters. There’s additionally documentation and stories where you can discover data about other oppressed African Muslims, for example, S’Quash, The Moor, Phillip The Fula, Sambo, Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua, Lamine Kebe, Lamine Ndiaye, Yarrow Mamout, Charles Larten, William Rainesford, and numerous increasingly that were all knowledgeable and educated in Math, Arabic, Science, and diverse talked dialects. During the time of subjugation, the African individuals were persecuted and their social and religious practices were stifled. Slaves went up against names after their slave-experts as character of one’s property and had Christianity constrained upon them. A great many generations, Al-Islam had in the long run disseminated.

In the twentieth century in the vicinity of 1900 and 1975, there were numerous African-American common right activists and pioneers, for example, Marcus Garvey, Father Divine, Noble Drew Ali, and the Honorable Elijah Muhammad who conveyed diverse lessons and philosophies to African-American people group to make blacks more hesitant, independent, and to enhance themselves socially and financially inside these groups. Since the point is “The African-Americans Journey to Al-Islam”, Noble Drew Ali and the Moorish Science Movement was one of the first and most punctual developments to take Al-Islam back to the African-American individuals. Ali’s lessons weren’t from the Holy Qur’an or nor did the Moorish Science Temple take after any practices of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh), however his claim was showing Islam or “Islamism.” The Moorish Science Temple rehearses had some relationship to standard Al-Islam. For example, devotees would stand and face east amid supplications, their religious administration and petition were on Friday, sex partition in seating, ladies trained to wear a head scarf or turban, men to wear a red fez constantly and to dress unassuming. Respectable Drew Ali likewise composed his own particular Koran, calling it “Hover 7 of Koran”.

The quantity of Moorish Science followers today is not particularly known, but rather it has been evaluated that there around 10,000 scattered crosswise over 15 distinct urban communities in the United States. Following amidst this development was Allah Temple of Islam, which was begun by Fard Muhammad in 1930; the name would change to the Lost-Found Nation of Islam where Minister Elijah Muhammad would succeed Fard Muhammad as a pioneer and in the end lead the Nation of Islam. As time went on, he accepted the title of prophet and errand person of Allah, and Fard turned out to be obviously recognized as being Allah or incarnation of Allah. This is not what Muslims accept. Muslims trust that there is just a single G-d and alone he has no accomplices, no partners, nor was he conceived, nor would he bite the dust or have any sired kids and that Muhammad (Pbuh) is the seal of all prophets and he is the last dispatcher. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad educated the information of G-d, self and to act naturally autonomous. In 1960, the Nation of Islam had 69 sanctuaries scattered crosswise over 27 states, and participation was accepted to have come to as high as 100,000.

After two years, a few appraisals set the enrollment of the NOI at 250,000 and at its pinnacle 1 million individuals. The NOI was additionally to a great degree dynamic in advancing African-American economy and had built up various effective organizations in the 1960s. For instance, the NOI claimed supermarkets, bread kitchens, dress stores, eateries, retail chains, and various foundations giving different administrations. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad was a tutor to Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Louis Farrakhan, and Imam Warith Deen Mohammed. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad had 7 kids and out of those seven youngsters was Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, conceived as Wallace Delaney Muhammad. His name was chosen for him by Fard Muhammad who anticipated that the infant would one day succeed Elijah Muhammad as the pioneer of the Nation of Islam. Wallace was just around 12 years of age when he initially wound up noticeably mindful if the errors between the message of the Qur’an and the lessons of his dad. As a result of his refusal to be drafted in the military, in 1961 he was condemned to jail for a long time. He had room schedule-wise to think about the Qur’an and when he came back to the Nation of Islam he was wanting to change it into a really Islamic development.

Following the demise of his dad on February 25, 1975, Wallace turned into the Supreme Minister of the Nation of Islam and quickly started a procedure of progress that would bring about the biggest change of individuals to Al-Islam ever. In 1976, he changed the name of the Nation of Islam to the World Community of Al-Islam in the West and changed his own particular name to Warith Deen Mohammed. He drove an orderly and mass development of his adherents into the crease of customary Al-Islam. He instructed the five compulsory supplications, Ramadan, Zakat, and energized making Hajj. In 1992, Imam Mohammed turned into the principal Muslim to play out the morning supplications in the United State Senate. Today Imam Mohammed’s lessons still fill in as an otherworldly and religious manual for around 2.5 million Muslims in America. It is likely that he has been powerful in changing over a bigger number of individuals to Al-Islam than some other Muslim on the planet today.

To close, the trip to Al-Islam for the African-American individuals has been a long yet effective battle. It’s unplanned that there were approximately 3 to 6 million African Muslim slaves in the slave exchange and starting today there are around 2 million African American Muslims in the United States of America. It’s circumstantial that even Non-Muslim African Americans have Muslim names, for example, Ahmad, Rasheed, Jamal, Kamal, Aisha, Jamela, Tariq, Shakur, Jaleel, Malik, Malika, Khadijah, and Amina, just to give some examples. Despite the fact that Al-Islam went to the African-American people group corruptively these pioneers were “venturing stones” for the African American individuals to coming into the light of the Holy Qur’an and following the acts of Prophet Muhammed (Pbuh). On the off chance that G-d wills it then it will be.