Sunday, June 1, 2008
A is for Allah - Troublesome Thoughts
I've had this post in draft for a few weeks now because I have very ambiguous feelings about it. There's no instrumentation in this music video, but I didn't want to post it before Lag BaOmer in any case. The video above is a song by Yusuf Islam called "A is for Allah," from a children's album. I know this is not something that you would expect to find here. But I wanted to share it because when I originally saw it, I was struck by two conflicing emotions.
At first, I was struck by how sweet his voice is and how pleasant for Muslim children the words and pictures must be. Also, there isn't anything anti-semetic or extreme in the video or the words (not to say that other things he says or believes would be the same way). I was struck by its contrast to the fact that among the nations of the world, people who really try to stay true to their faith are not so common. So it's a bit comforting, in a certain way, to see non-threatening expressions of a committed religious person in such a secular world (though such a thing is also a kitrug on us.)
On the other hand, this British man has chosen a religion of hate (notwithstanding the Perah Adam P.R. to the contrary) and murder. The songwriter likely hates Israel and feels like virutally all Muslims do, which is that hatred toward Israel and at least moral support for terrorists. So how can such warm and serene music come from such a hateful place? I'm not sure what to make of it, though I'm sure there are probably extreme reactions on both sides. I did just want to put this out there though...
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