Friday, June 24, 2022

It’s Iimi! Interpretations and Misinterpretations

When Kismetta has her dream again, Sumeja takes her to the mosque to have it interpreted by Imam Hamdan, who has studied the topic. Will Kismetta get an accurate explanation? Or will it be a mixture of… Interpretations and Misinterpretations

Preliminary Notes: The “Aunties” (which you can see a mild version of in the second episode of the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel), along with the “Uncles” are a cultural phenomenon in American communities with South Asian (especially Urdu speaking) roots. It’s not just a “Muslim thing.” As I understand it, it can be found in the Hindu communities as well. The behavior of the three “aunties” is based on anecdotes I found online. It is certainly not intended to imply “All middle-aged Muslim women are this way.” 

Post Comic Notes: I must strongly urge against Catholic and other Christian readers dabbling in other religions for “secret wisdom.” But. As Muslims do believe that God can give dreams, it makes sense that Kismetta would seek out a meaning to hers. Some former Muslims converted to Christianity (such as the late Nabeel Qureshi) have claimed that God gave them dreams to help them realize they needed to convert. Did God give them a special grace not needed by Christians with the fullness of revelation? I don’t know. I don’t think the dreams in the Bible were of this type, however.

The interpretations given by Imam Hamdan in this story are found in Muslim dream interpretation manuals. There are other interpretations of the individual symbols… frequently contradictory ones. I’ve researched this for the purpose of the story but I do not make use of them for any other purpose. I urge that you don’t either.

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