Music is universal, profound, stimulating, fundamental and something that seems to be rooted within our DNA. It can seem transcendent, reminding us of something heavenly, while connecting us to something deeper within us.
In the Bible, Revelations 14:2 talks about the sounds in heaven being like that of harps. While the Muslim poet and mystic Rumi wrote: “When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music.” Continue reading
Rap has long been defended as a legitimate literary discipline, so why not grime? Live magazine’s Omar Shahid and Robbie Wojciechowski talk to the main protagonists.
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Seventeen members of his family have been arrested, but Yahya Hawwa still sings – and Syrian protesters have made his voice their own. Omar Shahid talks to the irrepressible voice of a revolution. Continue reading
The reality rapper on conspiracies, the presidential race, the industry’s flaws and his many run-ins with the US government. Continue reading
“You need three things to have a good life,” says David Brent, the iconic character from the hit TV show The Office. “One, a meaningful relationship, two, a decent job of work, and three, to make a difference. And it was always that third one that stressed me – to make a difference.”
Here’s what I understand by this quote. Continue reading
Happy British Muslims, a parody video of Pharrell’s “Happy”, released by an anonymous group called The Honesty Policy, is approaching 350,000 views in just over a day. It has sparked heated discussions and controversy amongst Muslims. Some love it while others hate it. I belong more to the first group.
The first same sex weddings became legal in England and Wales last week, but why is it taking so long for Muslims to confront the issue?
I’ve often been asked by Muslims why I report on the gay Muslim community. The question is normally posed in a way that suggests reporting on taboo and controversial subjects are best avoided. This isn’t the right attitude. Sensitive issues should be talked about, because there is normally a group of people who are suffering as a result of it not being discussed. Continue reading