Rock & Roll Jihad

14 Jan

Back in 2011 when I finished writing β€œJesus Rocks The World: The Definitive History of Contemporary Christian Music,” The Egyptian revolution that began what was then called the Arab spring took place. I wrote a couple of paragraphs in the book about it, because of the way that rap music was being used to promote it. They were doing the same thing that the hippies of the 1960’s and early 1970’s did with rock and roll by creating Jesus rock to revolutionize the church. The Egyptians and other Arabs were now using a musical style that originated in the USA and was imported around the world, to create a revolution in their political system.

Four years have passed since then, and the Arab spring came and went and now ISIS and Al Queda are competing to commit the most horrific acts of terrorism against the Infidels of the West. But rap music is still one of the most popular means of expressing political opinion in some Muslim countries. Ironically the beat of rock and rap is considered blasphemous to conservative Islam.

I remember that rock and roll was blasphemous to conservative Christians, but today try and find a thriving church that doesn’t have a rock and roll worship band. People like Larry Norman, Chuck Girard, Marsha Carter and many others carried the message of Christian renewal and revolution that sparked a born again revolution in America that swept the Country.

When I interviewed rock & roll pioneer Bo Diddley a couple of years before he broke on through to the other side, we talked about the solution to the problems with the Muslim world. He said that they needed some rock & roll to make them happy. So that is exactly what Pakistani born Salman Ahmad did when he returned home after 6 years in America. You can read about it in his book β€œRock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock & Roll Star’s revolution. ebook/dp/B00321OR94/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1421283633&sr=8-1&keywords=rock+and+roll+jihad

War will end when everyone is united by music, the common language of all sentient beings with a universal message of peace, harmony, collective reflection and ecstatic joy. Here’s a few more examples of Arab rap.

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