Category Archives: entertainment!

Everlast – What It’s Like

I recently came across this on a mixtape I found online. I haven’t really listened to this since the halcyon days of the late 1990s/early 2000s and was struck by how profound a statement the song and video really made. A reminder to all of us to avoid passing judgement on others, because we don’t know the situations they’re in and we definitely don’t know their standing in the eyes of God. Insya-Allah.

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Native Deen – I Am Near

I think the use of auto-tune was a misstep but this video, to me at least, is deeply moving and the message is at the core of what being a Muslim is about.

Peace.

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P.O.D. – Alive

Satellite, the album this was on was released on 11 September 2001, a date famous for all the wrong reasons. I remember watching the planes crash into the World Trade Centre live on CNN, being horrified that some thing most of us thought was confined to movie scenarios was happening in real life and beyond the shock and horror of realising how many lives were being sacrificed I was worried that Muslims were behind it and this would lead to all Muslims and Islam being scapegoated. I think Muslims faced a lot of bigotry in the past 9 years as a result of 9/11, but at the same time I believe it forced a lot of people to try and understand Islam and American foreign policy and critically question the party line and what was being said in the media. Whether this understanding was worth the thousands dead on 9/11 and subsequently in the wars fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, Allahu alam.

This post sort of took a detour, but I really like this song and this whole album. Nu-metal as a genre has been dead for a number of years now, but I think this positive, spiritually-minded anthem is one of its high points. Cool video too.

Peace.

Mos Def – As-Salaam-Alaikum/ Wahid (live @ Takin’ it to the Streets 2010)

The Ecstatic is an incredible album, and on the whole I think Mos has found his centre once again and is back on his deen and back to making music that matters.

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Native Deen – Ramadan is Here

Yeah it is. 🙂 Ramadan Mubarak to all.

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Yusuf – All Kinds of Roses

New ringtone for my new phone. 🙂

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Maadihul Mustafa

From Facebook:

Aft our last performance. A lady named Felicia Tan approached our R.O and ask for contact no. Tht night she left a text msg saying that she’s been reading abt islam but not sure about becoming a muslim aft until she saw Maadihul Mustafa she knew that Allah n Prophet Muhammad is abt love Wherever u r we wld like to say Ahlan wasahlan Sis Aisha Tan! May Allah bless you We’ll b there when u take the syahadah InsyaAllah!

Masha Allah.

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Dilated Peoples – Back Again

A little bit of this…

Added to this…

And you get this…

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Selawat Badriyah

One of the lasting contributions of the Nusantara to Islamic culture.

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