In a recent interview Hip Hop star and actor Mos Def made a statement on his religion, Islam. To be honest he sounds like most other Muslims when people criticize their religion. Personally I think that he needs an education on Islam.
Mos Def also talked about how he maintains his Islamic faith in an American culture that stigmatizes the religion. Although the reputation of Islam has experienced severe blemishes in the West, it is not uncommon to see Hip Hop artists turning to the faith: Ice Cube, Freeway, Lupe Fiasco, Q-Tip, and Beanie Siegel are just a few artists who have converted to Islam. Def assured that he is not worried about the stigma he may experience as a Muslim, and even drove this point home with his use of Arabic lyrics in The Ecstatic.
“I’m a private person, but I’m certainly not ashamed of what I believe. To not speak about my faith for fear of reprisal would be terrible. If people are uncomfortable with my Islam, they should check themselves.”
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