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There has been a lot of religious controversy surrounding this video. A lot of religious clerics that live in the West have declared this video an inadmissible representation of how Muslims should act or behave. People have even made a “halal” version of this same video, editing out women (and allow me to offer my two cents here and just roughly cough out: misogyny).
Despite these absolutely repulsive interpretations of what it means to “behave” Muslim, I find this video absolutely amazing!
And here’s why:
- Muslim women are a big portion of what makes this video so successful. There are Muslim women of different races, ethnicities, and ages. They’re comfortable in sharing with us a small but vivid insight into their lives through their hobbies. Some women like to bike, some like to hang out with their friends, some like to produce music, and some are clearly fashionistas (werk werk werk!).
- Notice how NOT ALL WOMEN are with their spouses. Here, Muslim women are chilling with their friends, family, strangers, and community, and some are celebrating their happiness alone. And the women who are with their spouses are clearly celebrating life (which bombards every stereotypical concept of an Islamic marriage).
- This is just a small detail, but I want yall to notice how some people are singing the lyrics as they’re performing, and I think that’s really significant and amazing. Like yeah, some of us listen to music, and that’s okay. This fact signifies how diverse Muslims actually are; yeah, some of us actually like to listen and sing along to music.
- THIS VIDEO MAKES ME HAPPY
- There are a few contemporary theologians in this video: Sheikh Murad (the guy who holds up the Im Happy sign), for example. Another professional is Sister Cerrah (who has a PhD and is one of the Muslim women in the beginning of the video who sings along to the lyrics), Sister Salma Yaqoob (who is a psychotherapist), Sister Kubra (a journalist who studies at Oxford).
- You’ll notice brothers in traditional Islamic clothing (like abayas for example) who also observe sunnah tradition (like having a long beard) dancing and singing. The reason why this is amazing because we usually have this perception of Muslim brothers who observe their hijab as serious and anti-social. But nope! Here, they’re tuning in, and they are working it!
- Everyone is just super cute and super happy and super lovely.
Watch this video! You won’t regret it!