Casablanca Break Dancers (Morocco)
Islam is strange in the land…
We have a new neighbor now in my zone turned “hood” you read correctly “hood” the phenomena of hip hop and the culture of the inner cities of America is becoming more apparent in the lands of Islam, in the Middle East.
It is strange to see in the lands of Islam drug corners and low riders and yes Muslims from the Middle East with dread locks and Timberlands, bobbing to hip hop pounding from radio systems the cost of which could feed the poor Muslims who survey the trash dumpster in front of my building every morning for the period of a year. How many times have I seen Muslim youth smoking marijuana in the Muslim lands it hurts to say. I refused to speak about this matter and now I break the silence. From Saudi to Pakistan there is a problem in the land. When I went to Hajj I heard about Egyptians and Saudis peddling –drug selling in the Holy Land. I’ve seen youth in this land sniffing out of paint cans, needles and weed spots ak and we argue about how to make salaat. Muslims in the West need to get it together Islam is strange in the land. In the lands of Islam people are being turned out and burned out and we talk of Salafi and the philosophy of the Sufi but to me these are calls of the wannabe. Where is the practice of Islam from East to West that should be the question that occupies the heart?
And who is for the people…? Who represents Islam? Who represents the Prophet Muhammad (saw) ? This is the question. Some of the people of the Prophet Muhammad (s) are looking to Brooklyn and Chicago for beats, and inspiration. Sometimes they find Islam through hip hop and sometimes not let us hope they don’t get stuck on dope.
Middle Eastern hip hop is hip hop music and culture originating in the Middle East. It is performed in many languages such as English, local Arabic dialects, Hebrew, Persian, and French. It is highly influenced by American hip hop.
Hip hop music has a high popularity almost everywhere in the Middle East. It is played on the radio stations and shown on TV stations, but performing it has begun only recently. A lot of hip hop groups are still underground. Being critical about politics and expressing certain views could incite government censure. The internet has been a major outlet for most groups.