Heaven's Lights Heaven's Lights: Andalusia

Monday, October 02, 2006



I can't express my fondness and passion to this movie. I just watched it few days ago in English and then in Arabic. I watched it for first time through video, when my big brother brought a video tape of this movie and I was little girl at that time, but I was fascinating by the actors and especially "Anthony Quinn" who was playing the role of Omar Mukhtar. He was so gorgeous with his clothes and majestic character. Okay, I thought he was really Omar Al Mukhtar, the real one. So, I involved more with events and I cried in the end when Italians hanged him. That's really touch me till now.

I still love to watch same movie more and more and I never get tired. It's one of the best movies ever and directed by my favorite director our Dear Late Mustapha Al Akkad. Who killed with his daughter in Amman in that terrorist attack by some cowards.

Also, last week I watched gorgeous documentary about Islamic heritage and great legacy of Muslims in Andalusia. It was great to see some appreciations and veneration to what Muslims scholars and Muslim rule on Andalusia and other areas. Some people of Andalusia expressed their appreciation to Islamic and Arabs rule,,, even there is a church for people whom their grandparents were in Andalusia during Arabs rule and not accept any other people. I loved the harmony life during Islamic rule there, Muslims, Christians, Jews lived together, worked together, even made a translation house to translate books and develop sciences. It was like a city of light in the middle of Dark continent. Many scholars came from all Europe to learn and be part of that lighthouse of science.
The documentary broadcasted on Al-Jazeera and then I watched it in another channel. It's in English and the presenter a man looked like Tiger Wood. I know him, but I don't know his name.

So, I laughed at what Aznar drawled about.
Read with me:

Aznar:“Muslims should apologize for occupying Spain for 800 years”
Bush and his war on terror, said the West is under attack from radical Islam and must defend itself. “It is them or it is us,” Aznar said. “There is no middle ground.”
Jose Maria Aznar
Muslims should apologize for occupying Spain for 800 years and a U.N.-backed program to encourage dialogue between them and West is stupid, former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has said. Aznar made his comments Friday night in a speech at the Hudson Institute, a thinktank in Washington, D.C., as he discussed Pope Benedict XVI's recent remarks on Islam and violence. Aznar, a firm ally of U.S. President George W.
Bush and his war on terror, said the West is under attack from radical Islam and must defend itself. “It is them or it is us,” Aznar said. “There is no middle ground.” He did not elaborate. Aznar said he found it surprising that Muslims have demanded an apology from the pope over his Sept. 12 remarks.
Aznar noted the nearly 800-year Moorish occupation of Spain that began in the year 711 with an invasion from North Africa. He said Muslims had never apologized for this but still demand apologies whenever they feel offended by remarks by non-Muslims. “It's absurd,” Aznar said.
He also criticized an initiative launched last year by his Socialist successor, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, to encourage dialogue between the West and Muslim countries.

It's really clear. He is mad because he lost his position and Zapatero is now under spotlight and not him (he thinks that because of Muslims, not because of his biased policy). He wants to make what we call "tempest in a teapot" and make his own revenge. I can't believe he is ignorant too, he is not, but he must see deeply and compare wisely between Islamic rule and what Muslims did in Andalusia or Spain and what some European colonialism countries like Italy or France did when they invaded other countries like Libya or Algeria.
I don't think he has that big influence and people of Spain still love and appreciate what Islamic rule gave them. They even still apply some Islamic rules till this day. There are great ancient buildings left make all people and tourists stand astonished. Andalusia during Islamic rule was a piece of heaven,,, Covered with Heaven's lights and they achieved the peaceful coexistence, so it's not stupid or impossible. It can be done if all people really work for it.

I love Spain,,, I love Al Andalos, I love what Muslims "the real Muslims" did there. Hope Andalusia can regain its glory and its magnificence one day!


Blogger halalhippie said...

Anthony Quinn is a great actor: I saw him playing Hamzah in "The Message" ....majestic.

And Al-Andaluz; history is history, present is present. Demanding an apology from Muslims for occupying Spain 1000 years ago is just as stupid as demanding the Pope should apologise for the crusades 900 years ago.

Actually before the Muslim conquest, Andalucia was ruled by Vandals (hence the name) who came from Scandinavia, possibly even Denmark.I demand an apology !! :-)

History is fascinating, but we shouldn't hit each other over the head with it.

10/02/2006 3:34 PM  
Blogger Chet said...

Hi Noor, I just posted something or more a history lesson thing that was written by a Jew. He spoke highly of Islam and was amazed by what I had read.

Anthony Quinn is a great actor: A friend of mine from Jordan sent me one of his old movies. I really enjoyed it. It was called "The Message".

10/02/2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger Henri said...

Hello Noor, I'm back after a long vacation... Thanks for your concern!

I haven't seen that movie, but now that you recommend it, i will for sure.

Ok see you around, peace.

10/04/2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger Tristan Vick said...


I agree with that hippy-ish comment. We shan't have to hit anyone over the head with anything.

Unless it be rotten bananas! Let the banana war begin!

Quick! Duck!

10/05/2006 1:47 AM  
Blogger Noor said...

Yes, HalalHippie. He was great actor and I really thought he was Omar Al Mukhtar. I didn't watch "The Message", but I will as soon as possible.
Yep, good point Dear, just like that ;)
Hmmmm, I didn't know about these Vandals, but I like ur comment about that. U r really special. And yeah, History whatever it was great or tiny,, remarkable or not, must be a lesson for us to be as good as it was or avoid the mistakes that happened before. So, my wish is to find a common ground to be good friends and live with harmony as people of Andalusia did 800 years ago!
Chet: Yeah, I visited ur blog and I amazed too to find such a testimony. Well, another one loved the message, so I will try to watch it.

Henri: Hello, long time hah, I'm glad u were in a vacation and u r okay. Glad u r back. Take care. Yes, I'm sure u will love this movie. It's so touching one and I still love to watch it over and over.

Tristan: OMG, u made me laugh and wonder. What's wrong with u these days?! But, u r so funny. Banana fight,, hahahahaha, okay, what about watermelon fight :D

10/07/2006 3:29 AM  
Blogger halalhippie said...

"my wish is to find a common ground to be good friends and live with harmony as people of Andalusia did 800 years ago"

I think it's safe to say, that al-Andalus was a place of high civilization at that time. The "Golden Age" of co-existance. What made it possible was the emphasis on philosophy/thinking/ijtihad.

However, the status of al-Dhimmi (Jews and Christians ) is debated.
Here's an
article from Wikipedia about it.

Muslims were the bosses, Christians and Jews were at best second-class citizens. Their living conditions depended heavily on the good-will of the ruler.

But even if it's a myth, it's a good one. The best Europe could muster at that time.

I could go on and on, history is so fascinating.

10/11/2006 3:07 PM  
Blogger Living Away said...

Dear Noor!!
Please if you have some time read what I blogged on January 27, "Little Girls Dream about Andalusia!

Well, if we ask for an apology for the entire land invasion in the world, I think we will get pretty busy, even though it would be a great gesture from the invader. Just in Brasil we had more than 1 million indigenous killed by Portugueses and catholic church in the beginning of XVI century, and until now, a lot of Brazilians don't understand that there were people living there before the Portugueses, Frenchs, Dutchs and so on arrived!

10/16/2006 6:43 AM  

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