Tuesday, April 12, 2005

New Board Game Tries To Mend Fences Between Muslims And Non- Muslims

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Developing good relations between Muslims and non-Muslims seems especially hard to do these days, but that’s what a new card game aims to do.

“Mecca to Medina” consists of cards and dice and is played by obtaining symbolic Islamic resources to complete a series of trade routes.

This is done by players learning about which resources based in Muslim concepts – such as “The Five Pillars of Islam” – are best for traveling.

The game’s creator, Baba Ali, says the inspiration for the game developed from, as he says, “the way people have perceived Muslims since Sept. 11.”

He says many people have gotten “a false impression” of the religion and the people who practice it. He hopes the game can show “what Islam is all about.”

In Ali’s words, “We’re not all terrorists who just like to blow things up like the media has portrayed us as. Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.”

The game sells for $25 at muslimgames.com.

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