Friday, June 8, 2007

Muslim Music Video

There's something troubling about this Muslim music video. I can't put my finger on it. Any suggestions?


Um Yaquub said...

What's wrong with the video? It's very one-sided! 1.5 million Muslims killed is terrible. However, more Southern Sudanese were killed by Muslims---but they were Christians and black. No songs about them. 1.5 million Christian Armenians were killed by Muslim Turks who shouted "Giaour! (Kaffir)as they killed them. And even today anyone who mentions this in Turkey can be killed for saying it.

True caring would have all of us, regardless of who we are, weeping over the death of anyone, regardless of who he/she is. I weep over the death of Iraqi kids of any background.

nu said...

David,did you ever put your finger on what you found disturbing about the video? I'm guessing you have, since it's been two years since that post!

I have only recently stumbled on this blog site, and it is fantastic! Thank you (and Nabeel) for your stand; it is wonderful to find faithful witnesses to the Truth as He is, and not as many of us Christians have shaped and re-shaped Him and His message. I feel like those people the Gospel writers referred to when they said- "the people were amazed when they heard Jesus' words because He spoke with such authority, not like the Pharisees and Scribes"; It is great to see and hear the REAL thing. I am so encouraged, refreshed and excited by the dialogue on this blog.

About the video- i find it more annoying and wearying than disturbing. It seems to me that it is (or tries to be) a poignant potrayal of something base and untrue.

In the video the singer's voice, the theme and the pictures are moving- and that appeals to something in me and I care and hurt because of these people's suffering and their struggles and pain.

But at the very same time as I'm drawn in, I find that I am resisting something- firstly, I do not believe the singer's assertions; did these people really 'die for Islam' as the singer so movingly tries to portray that they did? These people were indeed muslims but I doubt that they called out to those who were coming to hurt them, saying- "kill me,I will die for Islam"..."rape me, I give myself for Islam"..."destroy my home, slaughter my family,I give them to you for the sake of Islam". These people were victims of the wickedness that is a fact of human existence. It is disturbing (and very annoying!)that someone would 'ride on' this suffering and use it to procure 'honour' for Islam.

Secondly, anyone who knows the truth about Islam, will find it impossible to feel (or give) the empathy, support, sense of shared-identity and pride in these apparent heroes/martyrs and their 'cause'- and yet this is what the song is appealing for.

The song arouses sympathy by fronting suffering people- any normal human being would be touched by that-but the real message/purpose is to declare Islam. Its like a sneaky way of getting support for Islam- 'look at all these suffering people (and you look and cry); these people are dying for Islam- how can so many give their lives, if not for the worthiest, the most noble faith?! (and a teary softened you says, 'yes indeed'!!)

Its Diabolic dressed as Victim!

I think the song would arouse pride and 'righteous' indignation in a muslim. In a Christian; it arouses those two feelings that are in everyone who knows and loves the truth- love for, and a drawing to the lie-gripped, and hate for and complete opposition to the lie.

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