Friday, 28 February 2014

Katy Perry 'Dark Horse' video ‘controversy’ edited over successful Muslims' online protests

NEW YORK: The controversy created after accusation and demonstration of Muslims around the World claiming as ‘blasphemy’ over Katy Perry’s newly released video ‘Dark Horse’ has been edited as the pendant has now been removed digitally.

The music video, which has grabbed more than 37 million views since its release on YouTube on February 20, has not been removed completely from the international video website but the pendant with name of ‘Allah’ has now digitally ‘vanished’ from the scene.

The famous US singer Katy Perry’s Dark Horse has recently came up online which sparked large-scale controversy as it shows burning of man wearing pendant with name of ‘Allah’; moreover, faced online petition demanding it be pulled from YouTube.

Before and After

It should be mentioned that most of the signatures in the petition made from Britain as well as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Pakistan.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Katy Perry music video enrages Muslims over ‘Allah’ pendant

An online petition launched on Tuesday by Muslims around the world demands that Katy Perry’s music video for “Dark Horse,” in which an Allah pendant is seen being burned, be removed from Youtube.

At 1:15 into the video, a man is shown wearing two pendants, one of which says Allah (meaning God in Arabic). Perry, who plays a queen-like figure in the video, zaps the man with lightening and he disintegrates into sand; his Allah pendant disappearing with him.

Petitioners argue that the pop diva is meant to symbolize the opposition of God, making the video blasphemous.
The video, which has a cartoonish Ancient Egypt theme, features other nonsensical aspects such as cat-human hybrid as body guards with whom Perry pole dances with, a dog which walks on its hind legs, and Perry eating spicy junk food.

Global support

The petition, which has garnered 30,000 signatures so far, says that its support will show that, “that people from different walks of life, different religions and from different parts of the world, agree that the video promotes blasphemy, using the name of God in an irrelevant and distasteful manner would be considered inappropriate by any religion.”
Nida Ahmed from Huddersfield, UK signed on the petition that the video shows “great disrespect to Islam yet these lot say we are the bad ones well hah shame on these people (sic).”
Unik Salihu from Sweden said, “I as a Muslim, think this is a disgrace. Does she want to start a war against Muslims? This video is insulting to us and needs to be removed before something happens! (sic).”
Faeezah Shaik from South Africa said: “Artists should consider the impact their 'art' would have on society and not just go ahead and do things for the sake of being controversial. There are over 2 billion Muslims in the world, all of whom would be extremely hurt and angered to see their God's name depicted in such a tasteless manner!”

In hot water

This is not the first time the “California Girls” singer has caused controversy over her cultural insensitivities. Backlash ensued after the singer donned what critics called a regressive representation of Japanese culture while performing her hit “Unconditionally” at the American Music Awards last month.
Dark Horse is Perry’s third single off her new album “Prism” and features American rapper Juicy J. The hip-hop infused pop song is currently sitting at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list.
The international pop star released the music video on Feb. 20 on her official Twitter page to her more than 50 million followers. It currently has almost 30 million views.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

World Hijab Day - 1st February by Mufti Ismail Menk

With some countries having banned the hijab and others considering the same, World Hijab Day creates the much needed awareness in democratic societies of this basic right and educates the masses about the origins and reasons for the hijab.

A large number of non-Muslims show great support for our sisters and get a first hand feel of the hijab by donning it for a day.
Amongst other benefits from last years experience was that many non-Muslims have since actively supported the hijab and show greater appreciation and respect for hijabis.
The idea is also to support those of us shying away due to the incorrect perceptions of the hijab to take the steps we’ve been longing to take.
When the world understands what hijab is, where it comes from and why it is donned, it will appreciate that banning it would do more harm than good.
World Hijab Day is simply to create awareness and educate the world and because reminding is beneficial to all, World Hijab Day is held annually.