Connecticut: Wesleyan gets $200K, partners with Brotherhood-linked MSA, to expand awareness of Muslim culture

Pure dawah. via CFA Receives Funding for Muslim Voices Project.

The Center for the Arts has received a grant of $200,000 to support the Muslim Women Voices Project during its 2014-2015 season. The project, part of the Creative Campus initiative, will present theater, music and dance performances by women from nine different countries.

The award, announced Jan. 10, is from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, a national service and advocacy group.

APAP distributes the grants (Wesleyan’s CFA is one of six organizations chosen this year), which are funded through the Building Bridges program of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Building Bridges supports groups creating interdisciplinary and community collaborations expanding awareness of Muslim culture.

“An essential part of Wesleyan’s mission as a residential undergraduate institution is ‘to build a diverse, energetic community of students, faculty, and staff who think critically and creatively and who value independence of mind and generosity of spirit,’” said Pamela Tatge, director of the CFA. “This project will feature extraordinary artists from around the globe and will assist us in building a more inclusive and dynamic campus community while at the same time catalyzing important dialogues within our region.”

Along with the performances, a series of events including workshops, lectures, informal talks and meals with the artists will take place. Curricular projects will include work in Religion and French Studies and two new courses, the CFA said.

An artist will be commissioned to guide Wesleyan students and Muslim community members in creating a theatrical work; the team will conduct interviews with Muslim women and weave the gathered stories into a structure that integrates documentary theater, talk show, cabaret and traditional storytelling.

For the project, the CFA has partnered with Wesleyan’s Music Department, Dance Department, Religion Department, Psychology Department Culture and Emotion Lab, French Studies, Middle Eastern Studies Certificate Program, South Asia Studies, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Center for Community Partnerships, the Green Street Arts Center, the Turath House (a student program house), and the Muslim Students’ Association; and with community and national partners including the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, the Hartford Seminary, and the Al-Rawiya Foundation.

The tens of millions of dollars wasted granted over the years, mostly to indoctrinate college students in America, may change a few gullible minds but it does absolutely nothing to change the hate found in the Koran, the hate spewed by imams worldwide nor does do anything to curb the violence perpetrated by Muslims against Muslims and non-Muslims alike. In fact, jihad and terrorism are on the increase. In fact, Al Qaeda controls more territory than ever in the Middle East. Then again, isn’t that the goal of dawah?

Oh, the Muslim Student Association was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood - and boasts numerous leaders who have been convicted or killed waging jihad.

Doris Duped won’t be expanding your awareness of that part of Muslim culture we’re sure.

11 Responses

  1. I was sure the Koran said no music. Do Sharia Islamic Muslims do art?

    • They do art. But your right there is something about music in sharia

      r40.1 (Ibn Hajar Haytami:) As for the condemnation of musical instruments,flutes, strings, and the like by the Truthful and Trustworthy (Allah bless him and give him peace), who “does not speak from personal caprice: it is nothing besides a revelation inspired” (Koran 53:3-4), let those who refuse to obey him beware lest calamity strike them, or a painful torment. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:

      1) Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance.”

      2) “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress.”

      3) “Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage.”

      4) “This Community will experience the swallowing up of some people by the earth, metamorphosis of some into animals, and being rained upon with stones.” Someone asked, “When will this be, O Messenger of Allah?” and he said, “When songstresses and musical instruments appear and wine is held to be lawful.”

      5) “There will be peoples of my Community who will hold fornication, silk, wine , and musical instruments to be lawful….”

      All of this is explicit and compelling textual evidence that musical instruments of all types are unlawful (Kaff-al-ra’a’ ‘an muharramat al-lahw wa al-sama’ (y49), 2.269-70).

      r40.2 Nawawi:) It is unlawful to use musical instruments – such as those which drinkers are known for, like the mandolin, lute, cymbals, and flute – or to listen to them. It is permissible to play the tambourine at weddings, circumcisions, and other times, even if it has bells on its sides. Beating the kuba, a long drum with a narrow middle, is unlawful. (Mughni al-muhtaj ila ma’rifa ma’ani alfaz al-Minhaj (y73), 4.429-30).

      SINGING UNACCOMPANIED BY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

      r40.3 (Ibn Hajar Haytami:) As for listening to singing that is not accompanied by instruments, one should know that singing or listening to singing is offensive except under the circumstances to be mentioned in what follows. Some scholars hold that singing is sunna at weddings and the like, and of our Imams, Ghazali and ‘Izz ibn ‘Abd al-Salam say that it is sunna if it moves one to a noble state of mind that makes one remember the hereafter. It is clear from this that all poetry which encourages good deeds, wisdom, noble qualities, abstinence from this-wordly things, or similar pious traits such as urging one to obey Allah, follow the sunna, or shun disobedience, is sunna to write, sing, or listen to, as more than one of our Imams have stated is obvious, since using a means to do good is itself doing good (Kaff-al-ra’a’ ‘an muharramat al-lahw wa al-sama’ (y49), 2.273).

      Thus, though there may exist geographical areas under Islamic rule where at least some forms of music are allowed – witness the fact that Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf Islam) has, after a long post-conversion hiatus, resumed performing – nonetheless, the events of recent years show clearly the global support for restrictions upon and silencing of music.

  2. This isa DAMN OUTRAGOUS! NOTHING FOR ANY MUSLIM FARCE IN THIS COUNTRY! THEY DONT ALLOW ANY TYPE OF RECREATION SO WHY ARE WE THE TAX PAYERS HAVE TO DONATE TO THE KILLER IDEOLOGY!

  3. dear hamfibhamfib because barack muslim obama said so!

  4. such hypocrites, change with the wind to get whatever they want; a shame we have one of those muslims in office in wh; he is the no. 1 muslim jerk in the country; lying is ok in islam; so whatever say is ok per Abdullah or whoever their imagination created !!

  5. They have art. They know how to mutilate. Skillfully behead , stone exactly where it counts,, how to kill with maximum pain to the animals to get halal food , how to kill and hide for honor killing,how to beat women and open flaggings to the pleasure of all and to their false dogma. We should not pay for this, pay that money to our crumbling infrastructure. They have no culture only barbarism. The only Islamic countries that show some culture have some respect for western civilization. Their visual art is boring , repetitive.

  6. I get awareness of Muslim “culture” every day. It’s called “the news”. Anything coming from a grant will be nothing but lies. If Muslims want a change in perception of themselves, then Muslims simply need to change. Besides, we have more than enough religion in Western civilization; we are saturated with it. We simply don’t need any more, especially one of blood lust and death in the current day.

  7. If you sterilize the environment of music, sex, education, art, theater and command to conform and kill that sounds like mass military training and its the mental conditioning for it. This ridiculous farce of programs are the soft introduction to mass acceptance into an intorant condition of cultural reengineering and permanency.Just wait. They won,t have to fire a single shoot as so many militant Imams have always said because they infultrate, progate and commit “law fare” to force people into submission through lawsuits using Jewish and Christian lawyer and the government to violated the American peoples human and constitutional rights. Americans and Europeans will alway stupid jackasses to me.

  8. Paul is spot-on regarding music. Around the world, tongues have been cut out, fingers cut off, musical instruments and music stores destroyed in the name of Islam.

    Regarding art, representations of people and animals are not allowed. That’s why so much of Islamic art is based on geometric designs. There goes the Mona Lisa.

  9. go here and leave a comment – maybe teach the ‘intellectuals’ about islam. http://www.wesleyan.edu/feedback/

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