Showing posts with label obedience. Show all posts
Showing posts with label obedience. Show all posts

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). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mawlid


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, August 15, 2022

It’s Iimi! Onward to Lesson Two

Being as well rested as any other teenager at the beginning of a new school year, our heroines prepare for another round of the academic mishaps. But one of them, having worked hard to master Socrates’ “Lesson One,” needs to ask if she’s ready to move… Onward to Lesson Two

 

Pre-Comic Notes:

For those who need a reminder. Lesson One is how Dr. Peter Kreeft labeled Socrates’ statement that to be wise we must first know when we are ignorant about something. Lesson Two would then be to learn the truth about what we are ignorant of. It was originally discussed in this Comic: HERE.























Post-Comic notes:

Yes, page 1 is a reference to Groundhog Day.

 

The school year beginning on August 15 was accurate when I began research for this comic. It’s since been revised, but I decided to just go ahead with the original schedule for August comics.

 

This comic is an experiment with clothing of the main characters (Iimi, Paula, Kismetta, Krysta) and see how it works. Some new readers made comments about the short skirts. It’s not something I can control (it’s part of the Comipo! model design. But I am trying to increase the length of the skirts with Clip Studio Paint. I’m not impressed with my talent to solve this. But we’ll see. 

 

The exception is Iimi in Kismetta’s dream. That has to remain unchanged from every other time it appeared for consistency’s sake.

Monday, August 8, 2022

It’s Iimi! (Not) A Typical Anime Beach Episode

What would you get if you took an anime-style Beach Episode and removed the fanservice, the love confessions, all the hijinks and replaced them with a Socratic dialogue about why Jesus can’t be other than what Christians profess Him to be? You’d probably wind up with something like this comic, which is … (Not) A Typical Anime Beach Episode


Pre-Comic Notes: This episode makes use of terms that are familiar to fans of anime/manga, but may not make sense to other readers.


The “Beach Episode” and “The Bathhouse” are two recurring anime/manga themes. In Japanese culture, families do go to the beach during summer break, and communal bathing (sex segregated) is common. 


In anime, these tropes are often used as an excuse to showcase the female characters in skimpy outfits and sexualized poses (“fanservice”) with male characters trying to get glimpses of them. Frequently this is done with the teasing of a (never quite successful) attempts to confess love and/or possible intimacy between the male and female leads. It’s aimed at the male reader. 


This comic is a subversion of these tropes, replacing “fanservice” with theological dialogue, and poking fun at how western anime fans would be uncomfortable if they actually found themselves placed in these situations that anime and manga treat as common.

























Post-Comic Notes: You didn’t think it would be that easy for Iimi to succeed, did you? It’s one thing for Kismetta to find flaws in Islam. It’s quite another to move towards accepting the chief claim of Christianity after years of claims made against it. Apologists aren’t God. They can help remove stumbling blocks in the path. But only God can give the grace.

 

Accounts of Muslim converts to Christianity all point out the difficulty of overcoming the belief that Jesus was only a man. A holy man to be sure, but still only a man. It’s not just Muslims of course. As far back as the Pagan Romans, we could see philosophical monotheists finding the idea of God becoming man to be offensive… that was seen as beneath the dignity of God.

 

This is why it’s important to pray for those who struggle with accepting our beliefs. We who were brought up in our faith do not have to unlearn the things that contradict it, so sometimes we don’t grasp just how hard it is for those who come from outside to do that.

Friday, July 29, 2022

It’s Iimi! ALEA IACTA EST! (The Die Is Cast!)

Kismetta always knew, in the back of her mind, that this was a possibility. But when push came to shove once too often with the Assistant Imam, is there any way back? And if there is, does she even want to take it?


Preliminary Notes: Those interested in how Kismetta reached this point can see the list of comics of her evolving views:

[Season 0 Episode 2] It's Iimi! Issue Zero (Part II)

[Season 1 Issue 8] It's Iimi! Maybe I Was Born A Tree Because I Will Dialogue

[Season 2 Issue 21] It's Iimi! Problematic Assumptions (Part I)

[Season 2 Issue 27] Lesson One: Knowing That We Don't Know

[Season 2 Issue 29] It's Iimi! But Where Does That Leave You?

[Season 2 Issue 42] It's Iimi! Conflicted!

[Season 2 Issue 50] It’s Iimi! Mistakes, Oversights and Assumptions...

[Season 2 Issue 64] It’s Iimi! Storm Brewing?

[Season 2 Issue 80] It’s Iimi! Walking the Talk

[Season 3 Issue 83] It's Iimi! Paradigm Shift

[Season 3 Issue 89] It’s Iimi! Honor Your Father and Mother

[Season 3 Issue 92] It's Iimi! Bus-Stop Battle

[Season 3 Issue 96] It's Iimi! Coffee Clash!

[Season 3 Issue 97] It’s Iimi! The Riddle…

[Season 3 Issue 98] It’s Iimi! Bear One Another’s Burdens

[Season 3 Issue 99] It!s Iimi! Ascetics' Aesthetics

[Season 3 Issue 102] It's Iimi! A Muslim Ponders During Good Friday

[Season 3 Issue 104] It's Iimi! Jesus is God, Not "a god."

[Season 3 Issue 105] It’s Iimi! Divided Over “Joiners”

[Season 3 Issue 106] It’s Iimi! Acta non Verba!

[Season 3 Issue 107] It’s Iimi! Credo

[Season 3 Issue 109] It's Iimi! Busted!

[Season 3 Issue 113] It's Iimi! Slow Burn

[Season 3 Issue 116] It’s Iimi! Dubai-ous 

[Season 3 Issue 117] It’s Iimi! Struggles in a Sandstorm

[Season 3 Issue 118] It’s Iimi! Interpretations and Misinterpretations

[Season 3 Issue 120] It's Iimi! Gifts of Love and Mercy

[Season 3 Issue 121] It's Iimi! Duel to the Life! 

[Season 3 Issue 122] It’s Iimi! Bonds of Battle, Shackles of Mistrust








































Post-Comic notes:


For those interested in the song Kismetta was vengefully playing, it (with lyrics) can be viewed here: 



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.