Oh Muslims are Happy, My Heart Dances!

By now, the ‘Happy British Muslims’ video has gone viral. I almost couldn’t believe it myself and then a friend said ‘those can’t be Muslims, they just got a bunch of people  to pose as Muslims. No way Muslims can do that, dance about to music’. She has got a point there except for the fact that Tim Winter, a very real Muslim theologian from Cambridge Uni is in that video. That led me to give this video the benefit of the doubt. I did see Mohammad Ansari as well as one or three familiar faces.

Notwithstanding Tim Winter et al, I want to believe that these folks are Muslims because deep down, I know that this is how Islam should enable us to feel. Islam provides us a set of tools through which we can achieve a sense of spirituality and be close to our fellow man. I guess a great way to do this is to dance and sing (I say ‘guess’ because I have two left feet. Wooden ones. And a voice which’ll make Simon Cowell feel suicidal!). But yeah, people who dance and sing can definitely raise their moods and corrolarily (I’ve invented a word there thanks to my own happy mood) , people whose moods are raised will suddenly burst into song and a quick step or two. It’s our nature.

Yet, inevitably, the downers pop by to ruin our mood. The Haram Squad as the Guardian calls it.  Tim Winters who appears in the video (you’ll see him above) was verbally attacked for participating in it and was said to ‘distance himself’ , a rumour he himself denied later. Apparently, Muslims shouldn’t be dancing or singing. I can understand why the makers of this video, Honesty Policy have chosen to remain anonymous.

So what is up with these Haram-izers? Why does everything have to be haram for them? My guess is that they feel that piety is best expressed through ultra-composure and seriousness. God forbid that we see anyone, especially a woman dancing. The men would fly into a sexual frenzy or something! Except of course we do NOT. This is simply conservative Middle Eastern and South Asian culture masking itself as ‘Islam’.

A good example of the Haramizers is this video here. The guys quotes the Quran (no reference of course, he’s afraid we might actually look it up) and interprets that the Jews and Christians will never pleased with Muslims until we follow their ways. If his interpretation is correct (and I for one contest it) then why is he using the internet and youtube? The aya (2/120) does not specify which part of the ‘ways’ of Jews and Christians to avoid. So he should avoid all of it, including using the language of a Christian people. Good luck speaking Arabic to British Muslims.

He then speaks of a ‘Muslim identity’ as if he and his ilk are the sole authors of Muslim identity. Who is he to define what Muslim identity is? There over a billion Muslims in the world and each of us have a stake in Muslim identity. Please don’t pretend objectivity Sir. You don’t speak for all of us. You just speak more dodgily than all of us.

To all the Muslims who enjoyed ‘Pharrell – Happy British Muslims’ , I say good for you! Islam should make us feel good and we should show it to the world. Don’t let a bunch of uptight medievalists take that away from you. Lets make the world happy!

About Farouk A. Peru
I am a human being in the world, blogging my existence. My thought systems may be found in my website: www.farouk.name

2 Responses to Oh Muslims are Happy, My Heart Dances!

  1. Sidney says:

    Brother Farouk, salaam. Great commentary and I concur.

  2. Assalamualaikum… I don’t agree with you on this post and on the Apostasy of Sudanese Woman. I know everyone has their own interpretation on these issues, but as an intellectual person, please take off that liberal mindset and look at it from Islam POV.

    I read your ‘about’ and you said something like Islam is subjective. Well my brother (I supposed you are since the comment above said you’re Brother Farouk), it’s subjective to people like you but objective to people who fear Allah.

    You know, Islam is the way of life and I’m sure you agree with me too. So why do we try out best to fit Qur’an and Sunnah into our life instead of using Qur’an and Sunnah as a framework for us to live our life? The difference is that the former, we’ve our own framework and we try so hard to fit Qur’an and Sunnah into it. That’s why they say Islam is subjective.

    If you use Qur’an and Sunnah as your framework, after that you fit your life into that framework, then Islam will be objective.

    I believe Islam is objective cz I’m a servant of Allah and not a slave of my desires to interpret the Divine words of Allah according to my own limited intelligence.

    Allah created guidelines for us to live by. And if you look deep into the wisdom of each of His commandment, you’ll realise that all that are for the perfection of our lives.

    Tell me, as sadist and cruel it may seem, and I believe you’re a believing man who believes in the Hereafter, would you rather see your fellow brothers and sisters in Islam getting punished in this world or being punished in the Hellfire which is countless time more harsh? And you know too, if someone were to renounce Islam, he or she will never ever step into Heavens.

    So now you tell me, is that how you show love towards humanity? By seeing them happy in this world and let them suffer forever in Hellfire? I’m not Allah who can judge whether someone go to Heaven or Hell, but we all know that the key to Heavens is the Shahadah.

    From your posts, I know you have a good intention but just please correct your actions. Please use Qur’an and Sunnah as your framework before even creating your own framework.

    With my limited ability in English, I hope you understand where I’m coming from. I love all my brothers and sisters, from whatever religion they come from, I don’t want to see them suffer in the Hellfire.


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