Showing posts with label loving God. Show all posts
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Monday, October 17, 2022

It’s Iimi! Torn Asunder…

As the Dhumzur family gets closer to their move date, underlying tensions threaten to widen. Mother and daughter are divided as Sumeja fears Kismetta will corrupt her sons. Resentments flare over polygyny and Zara. When the family finally does move, the question is whether the family will stay intact or be… Torn Asunder…

Post-Comic Notes:

Eid Mawlid an-Nabi was held on October 8th 2022 (Saturday).

Sunni Muslims (except for Salafi and Wahhabi) celebrate, though there can be some disagreement as to whether or not to celebrate. The reason for the dispute sounds similar to the claims made by some Christians that Christmas should not be celebrated… that there is no command to celebrate it. But as I’m a non-Muslim, it’s not really my place to take a side. 


Islamic educational institutions in the United States often hold lectures or classes on Muhammad’s life and how Muslims can live an honorable life. They may also invite non-Muslims to communal meals and lectures or discussions on Islam. Generally speaking, these events usually aim to increase the understanding of Islam in the non-Muslim community, rather than to convert people to Islam. Hence Assistant Imam Hamdan’s reluctance to go along with Najiyah’s suggestion.


Some communities hold open-air celebrations or parades. People attending the parades may carry green banners and men and boys wear green clothing or headgear. Girls often wear pink and white clothes. A communal meal may be held, or birthday cake may be distributed at the end of the celebrations. The food is often also shared with non-Muslims. 

Kismetta’s poster, which “seems off” to Sumeja, is a kakure (隠れ, meaning “hidden”) Christian pattern. During persecution in Japan, Catholics would sometimes wear Christian symbols in the patterns on their clothing that weren’t immediately apparent to persecutors. Sumeja clearly doesn’t see the symbol. Kismetta, recognizing how unhappy her parents are with her conversion, sees this as the best option.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Journey’s End. Journey’s Beginning.

Kismetta finally had come clean to her parents about wanting to become a Christian. Will she be able to resist the pressure against her? What consequences are there? And, since she is a minor, what will her parents (who have authority over her) decide?

Post Comic notes: While the story is about Kismetta’s conversion, telling it through the perspective of her parents’ anguish was important to give the reader a sense of what she had to overcome. Yes, as Catholics, we know Kismetta made the correct choice. But converting to the Catholic faith is always painful when the family of the convert thinks that the choice is wrong. That pressure is why some fail to move forward with what they believe is right, and that is why we need to support them and pray for them.

Monday, February 14, 2022

It’s Iimi! Honor Your Father and Mother

When Paula’s mother disappoints her once again Iimi and her friends have to work her through the disappointment and the struggle to Honor her mother when she is hurt and angry. Kismetta watches and wonders about why she has never experienced something similar with her own parents. But when she discovers things she would have thought impossible, she too must struggle with her own obligation to Honor Your Father and Mother.



Post Comic Notes: Islam is not a monolith and does not have a hierarchy like Catholicism does. So, different Muslims can interpret how to live in different manners. Also, like it is among Christians, you can have Muslims be lax, moderate, or stringent in behavior and observance. Kismetta’s family, having a European/American background, will have a different outlook than those from a Middle Eastern background. 


I’ve researched Muslim views on the topics discussed and have tried to represent them fairly. (The prayer Kismetta uses twice in this comic came from an article explaining how Muslims make petitionary prayer. She’s being rather formal about it because of how seriously she takes it. 


I don’t doubt that Muslim readers of this comic will disagree with Kismetta’s increasingly non-orthodox views. However, any mistaken representations of orthodox Muslim understandings in this comic is due to my misunderstanding of the material and not out of any intended malice or ridicule.