[Spoken Word] Muslim Identity Crisis

Lyrics

You must know who you are
Who are you?
Do you know who you are in this world, what is your world view?
What do you go through?
What are you learning in this so called “life”,
Do you have principles or do you flow with the wind?
Do you know your enemies from your friends? – [Rendition of Dead Prez’s]

If earth is made of matter, and the world is made of words
What are you made of, have you thought about your worth
No space for misogyny so i don’t mean your biology
But if kullu nafsin dha’iqatul mawt, then i mean your ontology

Your ideology- but not the type that’s based on mythology-
But based on Haqq, truth more reliable than geometry-
Where do u hail from? I’m sorry… where do you sail from?
Have you forgotten?! Your divine origin u remember seldom

A traveler, that’s what you are. Let us unravel the
Shells, peel off the layers of skin, burst the bubble,
The cocoons, your expedient jacket, straight jacket,
Morally non judgmental so keep your 2face but you coming 2shots
… i mean too short

You must know who you are
Who are you?
Do you know who you are in this world, what is your world view?
What do you go through?
What are you learning in this so called “life”,
Do you have principles or do you flow with the wind?
Do you know your enemies from your friends?

It’s said that Muslims are intellectually dead and creatively asleep
If you understand this, your heart might skip a beat
It means u a zombie, and well… U BE ONE BIG DONDEE a DONKEY
But if i’m a zebra, I’ll earn my stripes and none will be on me

I’m not saying none is beyond me but I know what’s on me
Is a challenge: IQRA’. Prophet was the champ of IQRA’
It’s supposed to be difficult but it fits with my Fitra
Keeping fit for this ID crisis so I be too fit for this Fitna

Now I come back to the question of what are you worth?
Is it your status, your looks, your smell… the Davidoff?
Your cuteness, astuteness, your highness, your beauty… is wearing off
Your riches, your facebook pictures, so what if you have enough?!

Who are you?
Do you know who you are in this world, what is your world view?
What do you go through?
What are you learning in this so called “life”,
Do you have principles or do you flow with the wind?
Do you know your enemies from your friends?

Are you the Burqa, Niqab, Jilbaab, Hijab or Jallaba
The Gyale, Dankwali, Mayafi, Zani are all part of Al’ada
Hula, Kufi, Dara, turbans or any forms of Kufiyya
If your identity is limited to these things, I’m saying ku shirya!

We are going beyond your wardrobe like in Chronicles of Narnia
Beyond the land of symbols, Sha’aa’ir, Aqeedah and Aqeedamia
Are you Sunni or Shi’a, Ash’ari or Mu’tazil, NOI or NOG
Maliki or Hanbali, Shafi’i or Hanafi, Ithna Ashari or Isma’ili?

If you are who u say you are, where’s the proof that you are but
I thought you are who you are… you think i’m trying to argue AHHHH?
No! The opposite is what I am proposing precisely
Hold onto Fitra! Free ourselves from turbulent identity crisis

Who are you?
Do you know who you are in this world, what is your world view?
What do you go through?
What are you learning in this so called “life”,
Do you have principles or do you flow with the wind?
Do you know your enemy from your friend? 

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12 responses to “[Spoken Word] Muslim Identity Crisis

  1. xarrah

    ..job well done! masha Allah…wil b sharin dis on twitter if u dnt mind..or if u do..:)

  2. Nasir

    Nice Bilal, truly inspired.

  3. badeeeya

    really nice. plz where can i download more of ur poems?

  4. badeeeya

    ok, thank u. music huh? well, lets see what we’v got. and plz kip recording them. almost all d peeps dat heard dis 1 didnt bliv u r a nigerian, can u bliv dat?! hehe

  5. badeeeya

    and hey, how come i cant download the poem “green whit green”?

    • ohhh I think the option to download was turned off, I ve put it on now so you should be able to download. I’ll make a post for it on this blog. Its cool that there are spoken word poetry lovers

  6. ohhh I think the option to download was turned off, I ve put it on now so you should be able to download. I’ll make a post for it on this blog. Its cool that there are spoken word poetry lovers

  7. M.U. Ikhior

    Am a spoken word poetry lover and have been involved to organising some here in Abuja. I’m currently working on an idea aimed at creating a Creative Club or intellectual Saloon for Muslim youths. You’re extremely talented, imaginative and deep. I think we should meet and share ideas. Ideas move the world.

  8. Umm,your poem is good mashaallah.all I want to say is for you to keep it up! And then I like the poem muslim identity crisis most,and stranger stranger!

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