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Can hip hop and Islam coexist?

 

“Islam needs to get it’s message across in different ways and if this could get peoples’ attention in a positive way, then I don’t see much contradiction or hypocrisy in using this as an adaptation for the modern times we live in” says my 19 year old niece.

Islamic hip hop is the new revolution for today and it holds a very important role in every teen and are very influenced by the lyrics. I am not in tune with all the Muslim artists out there but faith should not be promoted in music to make money.

In the world where Eminem rules and Britney Spears is so popular, it is important that young Muslims have an alternative role model to model after. It could also expand Islam and encourge non-muslims to learn about Islam. This could lead to greater understanding and appreciation of non-muslim towards Muslims and diminishes stereotypical views of Muslims.

Are musicians spokespeople for Islam?

Is hip hop a way to spread the message of Islam while displaying good morals, upright charachter, honesty, desency and humbleness.

Music is such a big part of our society can it attract others to Islam.

Considering the state of world affairs, when does it cross the line from entertainment to propaganda?

For further reading visit: http://muslimmatters.org/2007/07/26/the-hip-hop-migration-to-islam-and-vice-versa/

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by EFfloresce on August 14, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    I am not quite sure what hip hop is but if it is that thing where people are rapping then I would think it would be an excellent way to get an Islamic message across. I understood Islam through the heart and have not heard any Islamic music yet, except the melodic Quran which sounds so beautiful.

    It is entirely normal for the youngsters (laughing at myself now- how OLD am I???) to want music – they have that irrepressible energy..it is such a big part of the life of a teenager that it is all the better that there is also Islamic music for teenagers to listen to. The last time I saw mtv I was totally grossed out not only at what passes for music these days but what passes for style….so we should embrace young Islamic artists…I am glad there is an alternative to the usual.

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  2. Posted by meanwhile on August 15, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    There is no guidance like that of the Qur’aan and sunnah, and that is where we should turn and encourage others to turn to as well.

    In giving da’wah, we should follow the sunnah, and so I do not believe that hip hop is a good or the correct way to inform others about what Islam is. The best way we can do that is by implementing true Islam and being good Muslims (and I think the state of Muslims today and the negative perception of Muslims by the West is due to a lack of this implementation) and educating ourselves about the deen so we can successfully and sufficiently educate others and answer their questions.

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