Thursday, August 9, 2007

More about "Yeh Hum Naheen" / "This is Not Us"

There's more about the (now #1 hit) song from Pakistan, "Yeh Hum Naheen." (Urdu for "This is Not Us.") at "Reporter's Notebook: A Different Kind of Terror Tune" (August 08, 2007, By Greg Palkot).

As the article says, the lyrics are the best way to describe the song: "This story that is being spread in our names is a lie. - The name by which you know us we are not."

The sons of a TV and media producer told their father that they were had had enough of fanatic Muslims in Britain who thought they were too secular. And they were "sick of seeing terrorists cloak their activity in religion."

I am very glad to see not only that this small group of Muslims decided to take a bold step and renounce the fanatics around them, but that the song has become so wildly popular in Pakistan, and now around the world.

I'd like to think that this is what happens when people try to communicate with ideas instead of car bombs.

Previous post on this topic: Moderate Muslim Video from Pakistan: Very Good News

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Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.