Masjid Nagoya, Bab al-islam Masjid Gifu

Lecture Presentations

2018.12.18 Meijo University Senior High School
“A Message from a Muslim who live in Japan  -To Live in Harmony with-“

Comments:
・マララさんが訴えていた、女性が学校に行けていないという現状はイスラム教の人たち全体のことであると大きな誤解をしていた。ごく一部の特殊な例であると聞いてとても驚いたし、普通にイスラム圏の女性は学校に行けているというのを初めて知った。しかも、イスラム圏での女性の就業率は日本よりも勝っているということも驚いた。必ずしもイスラムとは結び付けてはいけないのだなと思ったし、それぞれその地域のことであるのだと知ることができた。
・テレビや新聞によって特殊な一例が一般例のように報道されてしまい、私もそれがイスラームの印象へとつながっていたけど、ちゃんと信じられるかどうか考えるべきだなと思った。話を聞いていると、イスラームの多い国の方が日本より全然男女平等だなと感じた。テレビなどの影響でイスラームへのイメージはマイナスなものが多かったけど、今回のお話で180度考え方が変わった。
・ISとイスラムの人達は違う。私もイスラムと聞くと少しその印象が出てきてしまうのが、本当に申し訳ないなと思うし、訳も分からない子供達にテロリストと呼んだり、傷つく言葉を普通に言える人達の誤解をときたいと思いました。今回こういう機会がなかったら間違った情報でイスラム国を見てしまっていたかもしれないと思うと、すごく良いお話がきけたなと思いました。平和を望み大切にしているムスリムについてもっと知りたいと思いました。

2018.12.11 Chukyo University
“Islam -The Life of a Muslim in Japan-“

Comments:
・初めて知ることがすごくたくさんあり驚いた。礼拝のことや男女平等のことは自分が持っていたイメージと違っていた。ISがイスラームと同じではないことは知っていたけど、こんなにも大きく違っているものだとは知らなかった。今回の話を聞いてイスラームについてきちんと知れたようで良かった。知らないことばかりで本当に驚いたと同時に、自分・日本人の無知が恥ずかしくなった。
・ISとイスラームは全く関係ない存在であり、一部の過激な人間に対するイメージを拡大して、イスラーム全体に一般化して当てはめてはいけないということが一番大切なメッセージであったと思う。また、自分もイスラームと聞くと、どちらかというと悪いイメージを持っていたため、それを恥ずかしく感じた。やはり、知らないことは罪であり、知らないからこそ多数の人間やメディアからの情報に流されてしまうのだと思った。メディアが流す恣意的な情報や、周囲の人間の偏見に満ちた意見に惑わされず、自分の見たものだけを信じられるようになりたい。
・今日、講義を聞いて、イスラームの宗教をとても魅力的で良いなと思った。イスラームについて知る機会が増えていけばひどい偏見などが減っていくのかなと思った。自分の周りでもISの事を、イスラームとして全部ひっくるめていっていたので、しっかり伝えていくのが大切だと思った。自分にできることがあれば何かしたいです。

2018.12.5 Aichi Prefectural Obu Highashi Senior High School
“An Introduction to Islam”

Comments:
・僕は今までイスラームと聞くと、「ああ、あの厳しい宗教か」とか「ISのところか」など正直悪い印象しかもつことができませんでした。(中略)ISの話では全く関係がなくイスラームの人々は迷惑をしていると聞いて、今まで勘違いをしていて申し訳ない気持ちになりました。もうこういった勘違いをしないために少しでもイスラームのことを調べて理解をして、わかっていない人たちに説明していきたいと思います。
・イスラームの人たちのルールはすごくゆるくてびっくりした。自分もそっちに入ってみたいとか思った。私の中では怖いイメージを持っていたけど、実際はアッサラームと毎日口にしていて、サラームは平和という意味があると聞いてすごく感心した!そこで、自分はイスラーム、ムスリムに対する見方が変わった。
・今回の講演でイスラム教を信仰している人々の暮らしや考えを今までより深く知ることができました。さまざまな宗教を信仰している人がいる中で、自分の信じているもの以外を否定するのでなく、それにも関心を向け正しく知ることが大事なことだと思いました。

2018.11.9 Mizho Lifelong Learning Center
“Please Know, the situation of a Muslim”

  

2018.10.15 Kuwana City Centre of Human Rights
“About Islam”

Comments:
・When the terrorist group IS was on the news almost everyday, my friend said to me “I feel scary of Islam.” I could not nod to it, since I know that Muslims have a great Omotenashi spirit. We were interested in “the rights of foreigners and intercultural cohesion”, thus we visited Gifu Mosque. We desided to participate in a lecture because, Muslims are not thought to be familiar by Japanese relatively. The talk with many analaized data was persuasive, and I learnt the negative images (e.g., Women are not allowed to drive) is not deprived from the teaching of Islam, rather it is by the countries’ govern system and costoms.
・It was an invaluable lecture and an experience especially for us who are engaged in human rights. I realized the word “Being ignorant is a sin” is true.

2018.9.21 Aichi Prefectural Tourism Bureau
“Muslim Omotenashi Seminar”

Comments:
・The image I had about Muslims has changed totally. It is very helpful listening to a talk by a real Muslim rather than others. “Give them choices.” “Give them information which allows one to consider by themselves.” These words became a great reference for me.
・I expected dealing with Muslims to be difficult, however, it turned out to be an easy matter.Therefore, I would like to put it into action as much as possible. I learnt suprisingly well by listening to someone at the scene and who is also a Muslim.
・My mindset towards Muslims has changed. I used to have an image of them struggling through various strict regulations, but this is an obvious misunderstanding. From now on, I would like to consider what kind of Omotenasi we can do.

2018.9.21 Aichi Prefectual Zuiryou High School
“Introduction to Islam”


Comments:
・It is not good to judge by one’s appearance. We cannot discriminate the whole congregation by only looking into few people’s actions.
・I am happy to be able to listen to the truth since religious cults are mostly on newscasts.
・I would like to use the word “Assalam Alaikum!”
・Although I used to have no interest, as I learnt about Muslims in this class, I now wish to look it up more.

2018.7.16 DAYS JAPAN
“Basic facts about Islam”

Comments:
・Those two hours flew by! The talk was clear and easy to understand, even for someone who knows a little about Islam.
・I have started to have relationships with Iraqi doctors from this year, through volunteer activities conducted by “Save Iraqi Children”. I found them very kind and courteous. I learnt the meaning of their greeting “May peace be upon you all” which was exchanged between doctors and Muslims. My tears have shed when I imagined these Muslims being labeled the opposite, and I felt sympathy for the hardships they are facing. I believe the Japanese are tolerant of religions and therefore prejudices will decrease if we learn it correctly. I am grateful for this event to be held. Moreover, I would like to know the information about the next seminar, because I wish to listen again but with my friend the next time!
・I was amazed this time again at Ms. Sarah’s wide variety of knowledge (not only academic facts like the Buddhism before the Kamakura era, but also some familiar facts like RADWIMPS) and its diverseness, e.g., the history of various religions, and some contemporary issues. In spite of difficult topics about the mindset of Buddhism, I noticed the participants being able to empathize because every example she gave was relatable. My friend was also astonished saying “Ms. Sarah’s talk was very understandable, and her knowledge was abundant, so I wish for more people to listen to it!!”

2018.7.1 Aichi Trade Union Confederation Women’s Committee
“Getting to know about Islam ~Women within different cultures~”

2018.6.26 Aichi Prefectural Chikusa Senior High School
“Islam and Peace”

2018.6.21 Kariya-Kita Highschool
“The Life of a Muslim”


 
Comments:
・My image of Islam changed 180 degrees after listening to the lecture. I never really knew about Islam, so I had a huge misunderstanding that it is a restricting and dangerous religion. But after listening to the lecture, I felt ashamed that I carried a prejudice without knowing anything. Islam has such an amazing worldview, and I felt that it teaches an ideal situation of how the world really should be. I hope the world becomes a fair and kind place, just like what Islam teaches.

・There are 2 things I learnt from today’s talk. First, our understanding regarding how Muslims live their lives were absolutely incorrect. Honestly, I had an image of it being restricting and difficult, but after listening to the talk, I was able to realize that this is completely false. In fact, I actually felt like I want to try out the Muslim lifestyle. Secondly, I learnt that I have to spread what I learnt today. I feel that many Japanese do not know the reality, and so if they learn, I think the prejudice against their surrounding Muslims would disappear, and there would be people who grow an interest in Islam just like me.

・To be honest, until listening to the talk today, I didn’t know much about Islam, and had a little bit of an image of ISIS as well. But after the talk, I realized that for me to think this wat was such a rude thing to do. Islam values peace and fairness, and I now have an extremely positive image regarding this religion. I am so glad I was able to listen to the talk today. At the same time, I realized that not knowing something is such a dangerous thing, There might be people in Japan who have prejudice against Islam without knowing much about it. I wish to tell them what I learnt today.

2018.2.24 Izumisano Cross-cultural Association
“Let’s Learn Islamic Culture ~What is Islam Actually Like?~”

 
Comments
・The speaker has a clear understanding of Islam outline. Her explanation was simple and easy to understand by any Japanese audience. She teached every aspects about Islam including the negative publicity surrounding it. Islam is a peaceful religion. Few doubts about Islam was made clear by the speaker. Thank you very much.
・The Islam I learnt today was absolutely different from the Islam I knew of. I was not only surprised, but also ashamed of myself for not knowing the true Islam. I find the stubborn stance of the media extremely troubling. Listening to today’s talk was extremely valuable for me. My image of the media has now changed.
・I have never had the opportunity or the place to ever learn about Islam before. I had a sense of “fear” towards something I did not know. But after listening to today’s talk and gaining knowledge, now my image toward “Islam” is different
・I felt that, even Ramadan and the prayers are actually something flexible. I did not know that Islam values peace, and that it is the middle path. I also did not know that women are respected. I learnt that IS and Islam is something completely different. I feel that maybe it is not possible to know the truth until we study various news and events from different perspectives.

2018.2.16 Chita
“The Islamic Societies of Today”

 

2018.2.7 Nanzan Boys’ Junior High School
“Muslims in Japan”


Comments
・People of the same age as me are being called a “terrorist”. It struck me when I heard this, because I myself associated Islam with terrorism a little bit and had a bad image of it. However, after listening to the talk today, I feel Islam is a nice religion. And it is sad, that even though it is a nice religion, there are people bullied because of the terrorists.
・Many people think that all Muslims are extremists. I used to think this way too. But I felt ashamed of myself when I watched the video and heard the voices of the Muslims in Japan. I learnt that Islam is a tolerant religion. The pilgrimage is only once in a lifetime, and not all Muslims follow the Hadiths the same way. […] It was an amazing opportunity today. I hope that Muslims can live at ease.
・At the beginning, my image of Islam was that it is a harsh religion full of rules and regulations. But I was surprised to know that Islam is flexible, taking different peoples circumstances into account, and that the Hijab is actually to prevent mistakes and problems before it happens. I feel it is wrong to view someone in one way just because they are Muslim, so from now on, I want to use what I learnt today to tell other people about this, and I hope that there will be a much deeper understanding of Islam in Japan as well.
・I thought Ramadhan was something extremely tough, but it actually seemed pretty fun, after knowing that there’s like a party in the night. I also understood that it is an event where fasting encourages one to give the Zakaat properly. […] By listening to the talk, my knowledge and thoughts about Islam changed. It made me feel that looking at things from different angles wll indeed change what you used to think before as a fact.

2017.12.5 Chukyo University
“Struggles of Muslim Children Living in Japan”


Comments
・Before listening to today’s talk, “Islam = IS” was what I thought, and I actually didn’t really have such a good image towards it. But now that I know the IS is only a small minority, and after also understanding the meanings behind the Islamic lifestyle and actions, I now have an extremely nice image of Islam. I want to actually talk with and get to know Muslims. […] I want to spread what I learnt today, so that more people will understand Islam properly.
・If I hadn’t come to the School of International Liberal Studies, and never had the opportunity to listen to today’s talk and learn about religion, I would have probably thought Islam = IS. It is scary that people that know nothing about Islam are being moved left and right by the media and criticizing it.
・I thought I knew about Islam a bit because I am a part of a university club that supports education in Bangladesh. But listening to today’s talk made me realize there was so much that I still did not know. What struck me the most was when the speaker said, “when they are shown understanding, it allows them to appreciate and approve themselves”. I used to think Muslims were “people that live in Japan, but are a very different and distant group from me”. However, I realized today that apart from their belief in Islam, they are the exact same human beings just like us.
・I knew close to nothing about Muslims, and I, just like the public, only thought of it as a religion that the extremists are a part of. But after listening to today’s talk, I realized that I actually agreed with a lot of the way Muslims think, and I am now very interested in it. […] I hope that more and more people will know about Muslims, and show interest in them. I want to go to the Masjid in Nagoya too!!

2017.5.23 Nase-chiku Koutou-Gakkou Shakaika Kyouiku Kenkyuukai, “Introduction to Islam ~Realities of Muslim Children in Japanese Schools~”

17.5.23教員 20170523社会科教師 (5)
Comments
・I understood the differences between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism very well.
・The concept of time in the monotheistic religions made sense to me.
・The two keywords, fairness and tolerance changed my image of Islam.
・It was really hurtful to hear the situations Muslim children in Japan are in.

2017.4.15 Osaka Islamic Center, “Muslimah Networking Event, Parenting for Muslims”

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2017.2.9 Aichi Prefectural Government, Tourism Bureau, Kokusai Convention-ka, “Seminar for Welcoming Muslims”

 


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From the impressions
・ It was very easy to understand because the kind explanation we received was well balanced between speech of Islamic rules and the practical corresponding method.
・ By hearing the fresh voice of a Muslim and his real opinion, my way of thinking changed 180°.
・ It was informative because we were able to learn the basic idea. I have felt that the information available around is raising the hurdles too much.
・ Knowing comes first. I feel it is necessary to correspond without being misled nor being seized by the (fear of) word “Halal”.

2016.12.24 Aichi St.Luke’s Church
The message of global peace(Tentative)

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2016.11.28 Port of Yokohama City
Discrimination Against Muslims

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From the impressions
・I realized (after this lecture) how poor my own knowledge about Islam was. Even though I intend to have awareness as neutrally as possible, I have the feeling that I am influenced again by the impression received from the media and I feel I must consider my correspondence in administration from now on.
・Since news of IS (started), I was satisfied with the media’s information only and I didn’t decide to know myself, while the difference between “Islam” and “Islam State” has remained ambiguous. (omission)/ From now on, when there is a biased or discriminative topic I want to tell the contents of (today’s) study.
・I have understood that ignorance leads to prejudice. I think even I myself had some ambiguous anxiety towards Islam. I realized that first it is important to understand rightly.
・I had an image that Muslims have a stern way of life; however after I learnt (today) about some specific aspects of their daily life, such as timing of the prayers, I was able to understand rightly. I felt very pitiful for the present situation of (Muslim) students who are harassed at schools as a result of prejudice. I want to correspond positively in administration.

2016.11.1 Nomani Ichiban Club, Health Café
Islam for The First Time

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From the impressions:
・We received an easy-to-understand explanation about the basic viewpoints of Islam. I have admired that Islam is a gentle religion which is seeking peace.
・I feel angry towards the afflicted situation of Muslims because of the unfounded bias, in spite of the fact that it is based on such gentle thoughts.
・My understanding of Islam and Muslims has become deeper. I came to feel that, while respecting the religion and identity of each other and in order to be able to become friends, it is important to know first.
・I will be glad if I am able to help well in popularizing grass root the struggle of her children to protect their dignity.

2015.12.1 熱田区地域女性活動促進・人権尊重のまちづくり合同事業実行委員会
「異文化と人権 みんなで理解!学校生活における異文化(イスラム文化)」講演

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2015.7.11 Asahi Culture Center
“The True Islam from the perspective of a Muslim”

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2015.7.4 Asian Health Institute
“Teach me Sarah! The Islam we wanted to know”

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Comments:
・知らなかった「イスラーム」がおもしろかった。世界にある宗教の一端を知った。
・お話がとても上手で、最初から最後まで飽きずに楽しく聞くことができました。また、大変勉強になりました。もう少しお話をお聞きしたかったです!
・時間は足りないくらいでした。しかし、聞きたいことを聞けたので、勉強になりました。イスラム教は厳格な教えながらも、女性を尊重することや平等主義も尊重していることに意外性を感じました。もともとイスラム教に対して少し恐怖心を抱いていたので、その誤解を解くことができてよかったです。
・大変面白く、講師のサラさんのウィットあり、歯に衣着せぬ明快な説明で本音のイスラームがよくわかりました。議論タイムも、まわりの人の意見がよく聞けてよかったです。長いと思ったんですが、実際はあっとゆう間でした。
・サラさんのお話を聞いて、イスラームについての偏見とかを取り去ることができました。たくさんの質問に答えていただいて、いろんなことを教えていただけて、とても有意義な時間でした。
・もっと時間がほしい!小中高と宗教を習ってこなかったので、テレビ等で得る情報でしかイスラームについて知りませんでした。イスラームは怖いというイメージをなくすことのできる講演でした。

2015.7.4 Muslim Student Association in Japan
「Dawa in Japan (Past, Present, Future) and the role of youth」

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2015.6.18 東南アジア旅行会社招聘事業
ムスリム勉強会「ムスリムをおもてなしいただくために」

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2015.3.20 真宗大谷派名古屋教区教化センター
「真宗とイスラームの対話」

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2015.3.19 Soto Buddhism Modern Religious Studies
“What is Islam”

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2015.2.18 沖縄観光コンベンションビューロー
「ハラール受け受入実践セミナー」

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2014.6.26 中部国際空港
「ムスリムにとって好ましいサービスとは」

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感想より
・ムスリムの方はかたく厳しい決まりがあって難しいイメージでしたが、そのイメージが変わりました。ムスリムの方が日本でのご旅行を楽しんで頂くために日本らしいおもてなしをしていきたいと思います。
・無知な私でも、具体的な例をおりまぜて話して下さったので、とても分かり易くて満足している。もっと話を聞いていたいと思った。ムスリムの方のリアルな気持ち、やってもらいたいおもてなしも聞けて本当に貴重な講演会だった。今後業務に活かせるようもっと勉強したいと感じた
・とても話がおもしろく、勉強になりました。具体的な事例も多く参考になった。
これまで対応する手(案内や指し示す手)を気にしたり、男性にお話しして良いのか不安に思いながら対応していましたが、もう少し他のお客様と同様におもてなしの心で接していきたいなと思います。
・礼拝施設の確保と生活習慣の違いはあるが禁じられたものを理解し接すれば、良いことを知った。講話の内容が素晴らしい。理解できないものがなかった。
・ムスリムはこの様に対応しなければいけないと強くとらわれすぎていておりましたが、少し肩の力が抜けました。今後対応する上で、通常通りの対応をしていきたいと思います。

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