Muslim Religion: Violent or Not?
My art piece was first planned as a sketch using pencil and the final piece was created using different types of charcoal (powder, sticks, pencil, etc) and an eraser. The main components of my art piece are the cliff with the symbol on Pakistan’s flag, the heart, the jasmine flower, and the Kaaba. The Kaaba is a box like structure, most sacred mosque, located in Mecca that millions of Muslims will circle and pray around during the hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam. I decided to incorporate this into the art piece because circling the Kaaba during the hajj is a dream to most Muslims and is what they strive to be able to do. Incorporating this significant item into my piece shows the main focus of some Muslims, which takes away from the crumbling cliff next to it. The cliff represents the religion almost falling apart due to the media, violence, stereotypes, and also other religions’ perspectives. There’s still this foundation of the religion, which you can see in the Kaaba, but there’s also so much chaos and commotion going on and it takes away from the real meaning of it. I incorporated my history portion into this art piece by having the heart and the jasmine flower. Talking to Wimmer helped me figure out what direction to go in for my history portion. For personal reasons, I placed the heart in the piece because every time I get angry or upset or feel strongly for something, my heart will race. Also, plants and nature calms me down and brings me back, which is one reason why I incorporated the jasmine flower. After talking to Mo about her religion and getting more insight on it, I learned that the jasmine flower is sacred to the Muslim culture and the smell is given off during special events or ceremonies. These two symbols I wanted to represent the passion and intensity of the religion.
Connection to Art:
Mohammed was not only a prophet, but a political figure. He fought for the religion and for the land and even persecuted about 600 Jews, which could lead to the Muslims being more violent and okay with fighting for things they believe in. If your leader believes in fighting for a cause, it will ultimately rub off on the believers of the religion. Another contributor to the violence is the location of the Muslims. There are far more cases of violence in areas of the Middle East compared to America. This could be because of the different laws in the location or even the different values. Thus, leading to the conclusion that the intensity could stem from the type of leader that the religion is built off of and the location in which the believers are located.