Thursday, November 16, 2006

Singing for the "Soul" of Islam

I am very disturbed.

11 comments:

MTR said...

what did I ever do to you that I had to listen to this?

Tasneem said...

she can't sing, nor can she dance...but her message is positive

Elizabeth said...

Hmm. I liked it. Why are you disturbed by it? I don't know a whole lot about Islam, but I know that Islam, like Christianity, has been traditionally quite opressive to women. I see this video as an attempt to bring religion into the 21st century as far as attitudes towards women. I liked seeing all the strong Muslim women at the end.

Mars said...

I agree Asmaa - she is seriously disturbed. Not to mention she has absolutely NO talent.

Why does something tell me that we may be seeing her at an upcomming ISNA Chicago confrence? LOL

'liya said...

Can someone tell me what she's saying? I'm really curious but my computer has no sound :S

Sadaf said...

Elizabeth, Islam has not been oppressive to women at all-- from day one. It has liberated women.

Just because a women is dancing and singing does not mean she is liberated.

The concept of equality in Islam is that everyone- male or female- is equal in front of their Creator, Allah. We belive that there is no God but Allah, and Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is His messenger (for all of humanity). There is only one True Creator, and He has no partners whatsoever, he is the all powerful, yet all merciful. If a man does a good deed and a woman does a good deed, then their Creator will reward them EQUALLY.

I hope that clarifies some information :)

Elizabeth said...

Okay, I understand the wife thing now. That issue is similar to how the DaVinci Code upset so many Christians by suggesting that Jesus was married.

Lots of Christians also deny that Christianity has been oppressive to women. I am not saying that the purest form of either of these religions has been oppressive to anyone. But I do believe that people's interpretations of them have been oppressive. Religion can be a tool for bringing out our best sides, or bringing out our utterly worst sides.

Asmaa said...

MTR, thought I'd share my disturbedness with you.

Tasneem, the woman is just a psychopath. I couldn't pay much attention to her message.

Elizabeth, because the woman is singing about Khadijah (the wife of the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) and yet she's dancing and singing (quite badly). I don't consider that to be a very modest thing to do. You may not agree with me on the modesty issue, but that's because we're coming from a different set of values and beliefs. But Khadijah (may God have mercy on her) is considered to be one of the best role models for Muslim women - the most patient, kind, honest, and loving woman. I just think the video completely ruins that tradition. Ani is acting in a way that's completely opposite to the way Khadijah would have acted and yet she claims Khadijah is her role model. It's an oxymoron and I don't like it.

Mars, tell me about it. Haha, ISNA would be glad to have her, I'm sure.

Aaliya, she's basically just singing about how she wants to follow the example of Khaidjah and be a simple "Muzlim" woman, etc. She can't even pronounce Muslim. It's just stupid, you don't want to hear it.

Sadaf, thanks for that :)

Anonymous said...

her video kind of annoys me.. the way she sings and dances makes me want to laugh.. but it's embarrassing to know that she was born in Malaysia and had once received Album of the Year award in Malaysia. hurm..

Anonymous said...

I don't think such a video should be promoted @ all...
Seriously, who actually had the patience to sit through and watch the whole video!

Slave of Allah said...

WOW!

First of all, here she is singing about Khadijah (my Allah be please with her); but, here she is MISREPRESENTING the Mother of all Believers (i.e. Khadijah)

But yeah...as far as the video is concerned....I think i threw up a little bit in my mouth as I was witnessed one of the biggest crime committed on the face of this earth