World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film today.
ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010 (Balochistan Times): World Day of Muslim
Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film to be observed on March 11 over the
world including Pakistan with the aim by using culture, art and film
create bridges of dialogue and understanding, which can lead a more
peaceful world. This day was created in 2010 by Javed Mohammed, of
Milpitas, California, who proclaimed the day and week of March 11, each
year as a special observance to share and discuss Muslim culture.
Background In a post cold-war and 9-11 era, with the war on terror going
on in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and other parts of the world a
different approach other than military and political action needs to
occur. When everyone is talking at the other, we must amongst other
things turn to the universal language and themes that bring people
together. Art is a part of culture that encompasses literature and the
visual and performing arts like music, drama, dance and film. The visual
arts are art forms that create works which are chiefly visual in nature.
Examples are ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture,
printmaking, design and crafts as well as modern visual arts
(photography, video and filmmaking). Muslims have a strong history and
presence in various art forms including calligraphy, ceramics,
architecture, literature, and more. Some areas are developing such as
filmmaking. The observance of the day contributes to a better
understanding of the diversity in Muslim culture, in initiating dialogue
with people of other faiths, resulting in a more just and peaceful
world. Celebrating the day by holding events in schools, libraries,
community centres and places of worship. Examples include Islamic Art
day and Muslim Cultural day where clothing, food, pottery, and other
wares are exhibited. Another option is to hold a Muslim Film festival to
entertain, educate and discuss different Muslim cultures.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)