Recently, Deen Squad released another one of their halal remixes, the Halal Panda Remix. Once more, it was met with applause and boos, with the claims that music is haraam.
The praise? It was for them being apparent role models for the Muslim community.Why wasn't the issue with the lyrics, I ask. Click To Tweet
Why weren’t there issues with the lyrics, too? Every other day or so, something about Muslims makes the news. I totally understand the need to push back on stereotypes and speak for ourselves, especially as it relates to Muslim men and their place in society.
Deen Squad had tried once again, with their rhymes, to encourage Muslim men in particular to struggle for heaven, because while others have their “broads in Atlanta,” Muslim men’ll have their wives in Jannah.
Let’s be real: when you’re sloppily attempting to move away from the ‘distraction’ that women apparently cause, focusing on women in heaven being your goal is the same objectification as the rest of society. I don’t know how many people understand that, and I’m concerned the number that do may not be enough.These lyrics are exactly as misogynistic, they're no different. Click To Tweet
With rigid patriarchal beliefs and practices when it comes to women and culture being imposed as religious practices, misogyny is very well masked in our faith. It is therefore easily accepted, which is an issue.
Yeah, the video is filled with other delights of heaven like food and drink. But that’s not the issue here – I’m hung up on the so-called reward that is women, and the Deen Squad’s use of that as a major encouragement for Muslim men. To be frank, it really does not help in bringing to light the misogyny with which Muslim communities are fraught with.
The lyrics of Deen Squad’s song are simply symptoms – part of the bigger problem of our community’s veiled objectification of women.
Our willingness to accept something simply because it’s cloaked in a religious appearance is worrying. It’s also indicative of the problems that we face in Muslim communities, of accepting whatever men tell us without challenging those statements. The popularity of such songs speaks to this.We're too quick to accept statements cloaked in religious attire. Click To Tweet
As long as songs mention wanting a wife who wears hijab, praising women who keep it covered for their husbands, we aren’t listening to music that’s empowering to Muslim women, because we are so much more than what we do or don’t wear. Respect for Muslim women is not due to our clothing, it’s due to respect of us as fellow human beings.
Muslim women aren’t objects of desire – we are not here for men.
It does not empower me to hear this song.
So, before we celebrate this as a halal alternative to popular songs, stop and listen, they’re the same, just sung by different people.