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Music vs. militancy

Published Jan 21, 2010 01:56pm


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Even though Pakistan is bleeding from terrorism and suicide bombings, no mainstream pop music artist has come close to condemning or questioning the spread of militancy through music and lyrics. A recent video from The New York Times highlighted this issue, showing how pop acts such as Ali Azmat and Noori were keeping quiet on the subjects of terror, religious extremism, and the Taliban, while railing against America through their songs. In this context, 25-year-old Daniyal Noorani‘s debut effort ‘Finding Heaven,’ which was released on YouTube a few days ago, is encouraging. The daring single takes the Taliban and religious extremists head on, creating quite a buzz online. speaks with Noorani to find out what prompted him to fill the ideological vacuum in our music scene.

Q. Are you a musician by profession or is it something you do as a hobby?

A. I’m a 25-year old Pakistani who grew up in Lahore, studied at Aitchison College, and later did my undergrad at a small liberal arts college called Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. I graduated with a math and economics double major in 2006 and I am currently doing business development at a biotech company in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I am not a musician by profession. I actually started playing the guitar a couple of years ago at the insistence of my younger sister, who also plays the instrument. I began playing a right-handed guitar, left handed; in fact, I still play the guitar upside down. I do not have a band. Right now, it’s just me writing music and having friends help out with the instrumentation.

Q. What are you trying to convey with your song?

A. I wrote 'Find Heaven' at a time when I felt there was no clear public consensus on suicide bombings. At that point, the urban centres of Pakistan had not been as hard hit as they are today and I felt that the country didn't know how they felt about these activities, whether they were sympathetic or condemning of it. It was around that time I started writing the lyrics. The song tells the story of a confused  young man seeking answers about life's important questions and traces how an individual lures this young man by saying he has the answer to life's ultimate question, how to find heaven or zenith? The lyrics convey the young man's journey and the events that lead to the conclusion he comes to.

Q. Is there anything autobiographical about the young man in your song?

A. The confused man is any person of my generation who is questioning and thinking about what’s been happening in our country. It’s autobiographical in a way that we the youth are confused about a lot of things, like the injustices we see all around us, our corrupt society, and incidents of terrorism taking place all over the country.

The realisation (of how bad things have become) dawned on me over the last few years. Before, frankly, when we would hear about terror incidents like those in north-western areas, it wouldn’t affect us much or maybe we wouldn’t think too much about it. But now that terror is hitting close to home in our cities, it shakes us up.

Q. How did the concept of the video evolve? Why did you choose to animate it rather than shoot a video with real people and places?

A. I think the concept of the video came while writing the song, so that is one reason why they are so interdependent. From the start, I had a pretty clear vision of the final version of the video. I think that the audio and video together are much greater than the sum of the individual parts. The animations were done by my cousin Marria Khan, who is a very talented artist and graduate of the National College of Arts. She did a fantastic job coming up with the character designs and giving them a life of their own.

I chose animation to limit the element of personal bias that may be associated with an actor so that the focus remains on the story and the message. Black and white sketches don't allow for the focus to shift from the story to what a said actor may stand for. Also, this video could be misinterpreted by some people, which may have resulted in consequences for actors playing the roles - I didn't want to endanger anyone.

Q. Did it strike you that you might endanger yourself through this effort?

A. Yes, the thought did cross my mind. In fact, while making this song, I even discussed [possible repercussions] with my family. Having said that, even though the song might be controversial in nature, I don’t think I’ve done anything to offend anyone, especially anything that would give me negative feedback of a violent kind.

Q. What feedback have you received?

A. The feedback has been predominantly positive with a smattering of negative comments. I am not very concerned about the negative feedback as part of the goal of the video was to have the people who hold opposing views to communicate with those who have positive feedback, and start a dialogue. I hope that after seeing this video, people will question things and not just take things at face value; the more we question, the more we learn. On another note, my friends have interpreted the lyrics in a multitude of different ways, so I think the song has more character than I am highlighting in the video.

Q. If the goal was to initiate dialogue, why not compose Urdu-language lyrics?

A. I do realise that it’s rather elitist of me to have done the song in English, which limits the audience in Pakistan. At the same time, the song now has global reach and can be understood by people the world over. Also, my control over the Urdu language is not as strong as I would like it to be. Despite that, I am working on an Urdu version of 'Find Heaven' and soon, if nothing else, I will at least have the same song with Urdu subtitles. At the moment, though, I’m trying to figure out what the Urdu word for redemption is.

Q. In the video, we don't actually see the young man conduct a suicide bombing. Is there a particular reason for that?

A. I think showing the events that lead up to the climax are more important than showing the bomber explode himself. You see that the main character has taken all the steps to commit an act of terrorism, but what is more important is to look at the events that lead the character to that point. Also, one thing I wanted to highlight was the cyclical nature of these events. At the end of the video, one pretty much ends up at the beginning, except there is a man walking into a mosque in the background. The idea was to highlight the fact that unless there is a change in the events leading up to the climax, this horrible cycle will continue.

Q. Did you deliberately keep the composition and structure of your song very simple?

A. The song is just a simple four-chord progression with violins. The lyrical structure of the song is just divided into three sections to show the different phases of the character's journey. Compositionally, I wanted to keep it simple so that the lyrics stand out, while at the same time I wanted to use violins to build the tension for the climax.

Q. Are you planning to launch an album any time soon?

A. I have made other music besides this, which I am currently refining. When I write music, I just try to write about things that interest me and hope that someone else will also find them interesting, so my other music can be drastically different from 'Find Heaven'. As for plans to launch an album, I did not release this song with the hopes of releasing an album. It was just a story that I thought needed to be told. But based on the response on this first endeavor I do plan to continue releasing music. Whether this will be in an album form or just via singles, I haven't yet decided.

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TheOtherSide Jan 22, 2010 10:51pm
This video is completely wrong. It portrays the exact stereotypical views the west has about Islam and Muslims. So this is just to appeal and appease that audience. Perhaps you should make an attempt to bring to light with the same eagerness the plight of those helpless Palestinians at the hands of Jews and their illegal occupation or perhaps the plight of those innocent civilians being killed in their own country by the US with the agreement of the Pakistan govt on a daily basis. All human live is equal, wherever it is.
Imran Jan 22, 2010 08:20pm
We want more! We want more! We want more!
SB Jan 23, 2010 02:59am
Perhaps the lyrics of this song best explain the situation we are in The wall on which the prophets wrote Is cracking at the seams Upon the instruments of death The sunlight brightly gleams When every man is torn apart With nightmares and with dreams Will no one lay the laurel wreath As silence drowns the screams Between the iron gates of fate The seeds of time were sown And watered by the deeds of those Who know and who are known Knowledge is a deadly friend If no one sets the rules The fate of all mankind I see Is in the hands of fools And CONFUSION will be my epitaph As I crawl a cracked and broken path If we make it We can all sit back and laugh But .... I fear tomorrow I will be crying Sung by Greg Lake / Epitaph Album by Emerson Lake & Palmer
Daniyal Noorani Jan 23, 2010 02:52am
Thank you all for all the great feedback. I am glad that the message of the video has resonated with a lot of you. @Totalbliss: I think is wrong to be an extremist of any sort, whether it is a religious extremist or a secular one. The idea that the root of evil lies within the religious dogma is a little too extreme for me. Condemning a whole religion based on the actions of the few is not justifiable. Any ideology can be manipulated into something ugly, a democratic country can carry out an unprovoked and unjustified war against a nation... should we condemn all democracies. Opposed to simplifying the situation and profiling groups we should pay more attention to the root causes which create the ability for people to manipulate the situation. @M: Please don't put words in my mouth. I have not labeled anyone a Jihadi. @Jehangir: I don't think we are in disagreement on any point. I never said that corruption and lack of infrastructure were not a problem. I just said that education and poverty were the root problem in my opinion. I agree with you that certain people work the system to ensure their happiness at the expense of others but why must me rely on these people to build this infrastructure and just sit haplessly waiting. Why don't we either start to build it ourselves or hold these people accountable? So I don't think there is a point for us to disagree for the sake of disagreeing. As you said, "Learn to be JUST in your logical deductions".
shabbar Jan 23, 2010 02:50am
Good blending of lyrics and animation. Sad but to the point commentary on this harsh reality we are facing. In this highly competitive and technologically advanced and global age, religious fanatics have managed to set us so far back economically and caused deep grief, hurt and embarrassment especially to our youth the world over. If religion is so high on their agenda why not help and feed the poor, or clean the streets or do something productive. Beat your foe by becoming smarter, better educated and technologically savv
rahim chundrigar Jan 22, 2010 05:51pm
tough task..easy approach, i wish every body watching this shd forward to their group, waiting for the URDU version. plz plz plz .do translate thru some good pakistani poet. pakistan zindabad,
Mohammad Jan 22, 2010 06:02pm
Danyal noorani, there are people who can answer all of your questions.
m Jan 22, 2010 05:06pm
hmmmm simplistic and sick. And also since its in English I would think it is aimed at an elite audience that would very well want to keep their world going by terming people as being "jihadis". Also interesting that they would actually use a symbol of a mosque as being the source of this problem. I would say that this militaristic music.
Jehangir Jan 22, 2010 05:10pm
@Jehangir: In Reply to your comment: Lack of education and poverty is indeed the problem. It is not the root cause. Education and prosperity doesn't fall into people's hands out of the skies it has to be arranged and institutionalized. Our masses have been deliberately kept uneducated by the powerful elite so they could be manipulated easily. So the root here being "corrupt leaders who haven't done their part since the inception of point condemning the under privilledged, opressed and supressed by depicting them committing heinous crimes. Depict the manipulators and look at things from a global perspective. The top dog will do anything to maintain the status quo...keep people divided etc. Study what divide and rule did to the peoples in the past. It is a concept which will use people like you and I to promote the vested interest without even realizing it. Learn to be JUST in your logical deductions!
samreen Jan 22, 2010 05:27pm
Good Start! Daniyal:):) Keep doing work on the same theme. All the best.
Mohammed Jan 22, 2010 04:34pm
The Mullas have never condemned the extreme behavior of these fanatics. I attend every Friday prayers and never is there a announcement that religious extremism is bad.
Maliha Jan 22, 2010 02:49pm
Nice work mr. daniyal.we pakistanis (most of us) are light years away from true spirit of islam. we are blessed by ALLAH ,ALMIGHTY that we are born in muslim families. some body raises the slogan of jehad ,blind foldedly ppl follow without even investigating .it is wrongly said this is all due to lack of education .Sadly i have seen and met some highly educated ppl (degrees in worldly education) favouring this mass killing 100% in our countryand believing its the path to heaven.HEAVEN HELP THEM! i am a teacher and i will definately pass on this link to my students.Glad that words are simple and music is soft even the younger students can COMPRHEND the meaningS just by looking at the video.keep up the good work. GOD BLESS U! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Daniyal Noorani Jan 22, 2010 02:12pm
Once again... Thank you all for your support and feedback, I really appreciate it. I also appreciate the opposing views that are arising and would appreciate if people would point out particular aspects of the video or the song that they don't agree with, rather than using blanket statements. One thing I want to reiterate is that this video is not meant to be against Islam or Muslims or the beard. It is meant to highlight how our society's failings allows for the manipulation of our youth. This manipulation can be either religious or political/secular in nature. To think that this video is condemning all Muslims is rather myopic in my opinion. @Critical Javed: Please look up Waltz with Bashir.
Ammar Jan 22, 2010 01:17pm
Amazing lyrics and a very well put forth message through animation, If only this song was in Urdu so that the masses could relate to the message. The false notion of
Totalbliss Jan 22, 2010 04:00pm
Good job! However what about the 9/11 and london bus bombers. I feel the essence of the video should have captured a flawed ideology which can affect any Muslim of any socioeconomic status rather than an impoverished, underpriviliged teenager playing at the hands of a nut case mullah. Remember the 9/11 and London bombers did not fit the profile of the suicide bomber portrayed in this video. They were ordinary, well educated men born & raised in UK (in case of london bombers). They were purely driven by ideology. It's time to look into the root of evil (which may lie in the religious dogma) forcing an ordinary Muslim to perform these murderous acts. This is the most disturbing issue in my view.
Brian Jan 23, 2010 12:53am
Very nice work Daniyal. Thank you for being a voice. Your questioning message is simple and sincere... What we all need. God Bless!
Anand Jan 23, 2010 05:26am
Excellent Animation Maria. I was spellbound by the creativity. I can guarantee you that you will go places if you pursue this career further.
Critical analysis Jan 23, 2010 04:56am
"@Critical Javed: Please look up Waltz with Bashir" TWO wrongs DONT make a Right !!!! Singer replied "One thing I want to reiterate is that this video is not meant to be against Islam or Muslims or the beard. It is meant to highlight how our society
shafi Jan 21, 2010 09:29am
Excellent. more of that please.
M. Asghar Jan 21, 2010 11:17am
Writing songs is alright. However, the war we are in is much tougher, more vicious and more hard-nosed with its geopolitical roots of self-interests of those from outside the region,than the range and effectiveness a song can have. The terrorism is an unavoidable reflection of this war.
Usman Raza Jan 21, 2010 11:20am
Dear A nice and thought provoking video
Sujay Jan 21, 2010 11:27am
Nice video. Suicide Bombings are bad, they only cause grief among civilians. Religion should have NOTHING to do with terror. The way to heaven should not be through Terror.
Hasan Sandhu Jan 21, 2010 11:44am
Finally someone comes up with a thought provoking song looking at the issue of terrorism. I think it should be left to the individual to make up their minds or at least have a debate with in themselves about the whole issue and this song is just the right one to kick start the process.
haider shaikh Jan 21, 2010 12:22pm
wow, inspiring. I liked the illustration. Abrar ul Haq has also done the song against terrorism in Urdu. That one is also great and meaningful. Kudos to all.
Arif Saleem Jan 21, 2010 12:35pm
Among many truths we can find in this whole quagmire we can find ourselves today, it's a one very strong truth. The movement of the character in the last scene towards civilian targets including a masjid need to be reflected with more questions than the individual had at the beginning.
S. A. M. Jan 21, 2010 12:36pm
A very brave step. I have not been able to watch the song (though I believe link is shown above) but have read the entire interview. It is true, to the best of my knowledge and belief, that no popular Pakistani singer has sung against the Taliban but I definitely have seen something on Geo in which a young was shown as Taliban and was implored in a subtle way not to hurt others and to come back to normal life. It is difficult to find an equal translation for the word "Redemption" although we have read Christ the Redeemer. I think Azadi or Nijat can be taken as carrying the right meaning.
Fuji Makazu Jan 21, 2010 01:16pm
Simple message.....explained simply.
Allahudin Jan 21, 2010 01:45pm
I think rather than agreeing or disagreeing with this nice young gentleman, we should look inside ourselves. The Taliban consider Pakistan as enemy, yet still some self-proclaimed analysts want us to believe otherwise.
Rational Being Jan 21, 2010 02:18pm
How can SOME of these mullahs ( I am not generalizing for all Mullahs & with due respect to them) justify that they are the guardian of their religion , when they are doing such a deplorable & despicable act in the name of the omnipotent & almighty Supreme power Allah by misguiding young & innocent minds. I would like them to set up a PRECEDENT by putting up the suicide vest themselves & practice before they preach to the gullible masses. It's high time that the Muslim intelli-gensia all over the world rise up against these vicious black sheep amongst them & call up their bluff. Allah , God , Ram , Moses , Jesus , Buddha , Guru Nanak are all variants of one power with different forms & they came all in different parts of the world at different times to teach us only 1 religion i.e HUMANITY along with love , compassion & respect for all other living beings. It is only after they gave up their life for injustice than we LESSER BEINGS gave their teachings a form & name of RELIGION. As they say ......... "MAJHAB NAHIN SIKHATA APAS MAIN BAIR RAKHNA........." & somebody has rightly mentioned......... "Religion is like a Banana skin......... The trouble in this world is that we keep holding the Banana skin & forget the Banana inside , which is SPIRITUALITY , the essence of all religion" Remember both the GOD & the DEVIL resides within us. It is upon our self control which one do we REALIZE & wake up & so shape up the whole world. This supreme power came to this earth to preach Creative & CONSTRUCTIVE Ideology. However contrary to above these Mullahs are preaching DESTRUCTIVE Ideology & hence are acting against the very tenets of Islam. I have so many wonderful Muslim friends all over the world where I've been fortunate enough to travel ( Turkey , Malaysia , Indonesia) & it is my opinion that 99% Muslim people are very humble , gentle & humane . It's only 1% that are misguiding their religion ( for which of course 99% have to suffer due to clouds of misconception & suspicion) It's high time that some of these Maderssahs be reformed to preach CONSTRUCTIVE Ideology of Allah. Life is short & we should live in peace , harmony & brotherhood with each other & live & let live. This is the only path to HEAVEN. I leave the INTROSPECTION to each reader.
ibmx Jan 21, 2010 02:21pm
I love the cartoon and would love to see you take it further and make a story that reflects your song / question without the lyrics. the question : looking for heaven is rather silly . I do not see any young Pakistani putting that question to himself. If the Talibans are the culprits than why not show them as the " Nazis" of today. more like Wallace and Gromit in stick form!
Jehangir Jan 21, 2010 02:38pm
Twisted in a way that it pretends to address the root cause but it really doesn't. The turmoil in Pak is too complicated now for a popster to depict. Infact the effort ends up portraying negative stereo types of certain people. Such an endeavour is always incomplete and unjust unless it condemns the TOP perpetrator of evil (and keep pretending as to who might that be). Some truth and some buck is all this pop culture is about. Silence is better than half truth. Peace!
Imran Jan 21, 2010 02:55pm
I think more songs should be written especially in Urdu explaining the difference of Jihad. One is good Jihad where we fight over our negative emotions and the other is when we fight against the negative emotions of others while being ignorant of our own. It is also important to educate people that we will questioned about own deeds and not the deeds of others. So if we are smart we would become selfishly noble, selfishly doing good deeds, selfishly giving up worldly desires of money, fame, and power and leading the ultimate life - A simple one.
M. Salim Jan 21, 2010 02:58pm
Well articulated - Pakistanis should vociferously raise their voice against the illiterate Talibans (so called students)
Mohammed Ali Makhani Jan 21, 2010 03:33pm
Jehangir, I couldn't have said that as articulately as you did.
Sidra Mughal Jan 21, 2010 03:41pm
~ Gher se Masjid hai buhut dooooor chalo yun ker lain ! Kisi rotey hue BACHEY ko HANSAYA jaye ! :) Ppl around the world think that they are doing perfect things as they are perfectionist but they dont think tht NOBODY is PERFECT ! :) So they dnt ACT like a PERFECT,tht means they are IMPERFECT ! :). (not all molvis but some are). Best Regards ! From Hyderabad>> PAKISTAN FIRST !
Mab Turan Jan 21, 2010 03:53pm
Music masters silence reflects the moral confusion in the society.Pakistan's intellectual establishment is so dominated by the right wing crown that it is natural to look up to our music talent to show people some light.
Afshan Bokhari Jan 21, 2010 04:24pm
The video is open-ended on both ends and does not address the reasons for why the figure questions life or himself and why he doesn't go through with the act. Where are his family and friends in his time of need and his confusion particularly in a close-knit familial structure that is highly esteemed in Pakistani or Muslim communities? Root causes have to be addressed in order for meaningful change to take place. Terrorism is a desperate attempt of NOT finding the answers.
Rational Being Jan 21, 2010 04:30pm
I would also like to add that when some ignorant people try to justify suicide bombings , giving the justification / pretext that "ISLAM is in DANGER" , don't the muslim intelli-gensia feel that such a great religion on this planet will one day "REALLY BE IN DANGER" by the very act & preaching of these stupid people & therby inviting hatred upon itself by other religions. If someone preaches that other religions are Kafirs , then what they don't realize is that the DEVIL they think is outside is very much sitting INSIDE them. Please INTROSPECT.
awais Jan 21, 2010 04:11pm
i hate when people portray beard in this way. i remember Dean Jhones being fired from his job when he called hashim amla a terrorist. what about this video
Faisal Jan 21, 2010 04:30pm
Now this will sound ironic, but man write the song in Urdu, in English this song is singing to the choir. On another note, perhaps an NGO can be started that advertises and offers prize (higher than what suicide bombers get paid)to not go through with the explosion and help in apprehending who put them up to it. I have heard these suicide bombing kids get sold.
Tara Jan 21, 2010 04:42pm
Any attempt against the curse of blowing up self/ others must be widely advertised and this video is one such effort. The fat cats showing the way to heaven are silent because it is only other peoples' children they lead (mislead). Why do they not show by their won example? That would clean the society.
Daniyal Noorani Jan 21, 2010 04:46pm
@Shafi, M. Asghar, Usman, Sujay, Hasan, haider, Arif, S. A. M, Fuji, Allahudin,Imran,M. Salim, Mab Turan: Thank you all for the positive feedback and I hope, as you all have alluded to, that this video will lead people to bring up the difficult subjects we shy away from talking. @ibmx:That is a fantastic idea and something I am working towards. Hopefully the response of this video is adequate to justify another project. @Afshan Bokhari: Thanks for noting that I tried to keep it as open ended as possible so that people would be free to make their own interpretations. @awais: It pains me to stereotype anyone or depict the beard in this way too. But we have to face the harsh realities and accept the fact that a certain fraction of our country is using the beard to achieve its own means. By no means do i want to send the message that all people with beards are like this... but for the purpose of the story it was an image i had to use. @Jehangir: I appreciate your criticism and would appreciate it if you could point out particular points that seemed like half truths to you. I did try to refer to the lack of education and poverty in the video, which I think are the root cause of this issue, but I would like to hear your thoughts. Thank you all for all your feedback and I hope you will continue to forward this video.
Marria Khan Jan 21, 2010 05:00pm
Happy to have been a part of this. I feel strongly about this issue, so this was a nice opportunity to channel the anxiety into something constructive. Hope to collaborate on more thought provoking topics in the future.
feeroz Jan 21, 2010 05:41pm
Saamney JO Hai Usko Bura Kahtey Hain... Jisko Dekha Bhi Nahi Usko Khuda Kahtey Hain... I am sure Pakistan will go through lots of changes. If we remember what happened in Iran. During the Iranian revolution everyone thought the mullahs will bring good governance and fair system in Iran. But after three decades of Mullah rule, people are fed up. They hate to call themselves Muslims. I met so many Iranians they are nice people but they just hate the religion of their country. In Pakistan the movement of purification of Islam is farce people are being fed with wrong information, this is not true Islam. I hope people keep their religion in there home and does not bother or show that they are better Muslim than other person.
ashok Jan 21, 2010 05:56pm
Music is what has evolved from hundred of years of Sufiana Kalaams of the Mougal era in Indian sub-continent. Enormous efforts during this time and many many Muslim singers and writers have contributed to its evolution. From Amir Khusro to ummer khyam you will find Muslim imprints on ghazals. Thumris, kalaams, Naats, Khayals and Sufi songs. If you have heard singers like Baray Gulaam Ali Khan and other Muslim singers of Pak-o-hind and ask those who knew them,were they good Muslims ?? I knew Bray Gulaam Ali Khan Sahib personally and can say with convection that God has not created a better person then him and he was most certainly a Musalmaan in true sense. If the Muslims of today be half good a Muslim as he was this world be full of love and music.
Naurin Muzaffar Jan 21, 2010 06:05pm
I believe music is a very strong and effective medium to spread the message. We need to take all the routes possible. Well done Daniyal! Maybe something in Urdu next time.
Anshu Jan 21, 2010 06:06pm
Very nice job Daniyal. A job well done.. a message well conveyed.
from India Jan 21, 2010 06:17pm
Nice attempt to let non Pakistani's see that there are people from Pakistan who think same like other normal human. But one regret the song is in english and in english newspaper, how many people in Pakistan will understand it or have access to this facility. Kindly do favour to humanity play it on URDU channels, for the sake of those guys who are forced to attempt such attacks.
Umair Javed Jan 21, 2010 06:57pm
Education and Poverty are two problems that could be closely associated with terrorism and fanaticism. However, as opposed to any larger questions of societal contradictions and injustices, the turn towards religion is based on a personal context and personal associations with incidents of injustice. I think that the boy in the video is not imagining justice as a nation-wide concept, I would (hesitantly) imply that his imagination probably encompasses the immediate surroundings he finds himself in, exploitation both by the upper classes (landlords/maliks etc), and the existential threat he faces by a struggle for subsistence... One of the fundamental problems with the 'lack of education' argument is that it so steeped in the paternalistic attitude of our upper classes that it implies that we know what
Mohammed Jan 22, 2010 06:33am
YES!!! it is about time for something like this, and a great song.
Omar Khalid Jan 21, 2010 09:03pm
@ All Pakistanis :::>> We have a serious issue in our country and we need to address this .. Kudos to Noorani for his efforts ... We need to accept we have issues like poverty, poor education, injustice, corruption, poor governance etc... But the biggest issue is their are people who are exploiting these issues in the name of Islam for their own selfish benefits. Please don't criticize these handful of people who speak-up.
Justine Morning Feb 10, 2010 07:08pm
Most people would agree with this, in my opinion the author could not be more right.
Neerja Jan 21, 2010 10:22pm
That's Karl Marx said On religion as the opium of the people!
Hasan Masud Jan 21, 2010 10:34pm
Hey Keep up the good work.
Hasan Jan 21, 2010 10:35pm
Haven't really heard the song yet as I don't have my headphones on me but just to comment outside the box. Why is it that we always think its the religious fanatics doing this. Have we ever thought of the myth that there might just be someone among us who
Ali Jan 21, 2010 10:47pm
Great effort. I hope it gets more coverage on our local TV channels in Pakistan
Nunya Jan 22, 2010 01:04am
I have to say... this is one amazing video with a powerful message.
Kanwal Munir Jan 22, 2010 01:44am
This fast paced world is creating an environment where self-centered behaviors are increasing drastically. Its really a good effort to think and make others to think. I am really touched with the message, we should stop behaving like followers only and must rise our voice by putting questions to ourselves as well as to those who presents themselves as a leader. Keep it up cheer:)
Rauf Jan 22, 2010 04:49am
Very best keep on working
Javed, Critical Analysis Jan 22, 2010 05:11am
What the artist has done has proven that all Muslims are terrorists because he does not differentiate in anyway, nor does the video prove any 2 different stories. It just gives a simple straight forward view to the world that mosques=beard=terrorism. One thing is certain that wrong doing and terrorism is some what done by people of all religions but I don't ever see a Jew making a video irrationally criticizing Jews, But Muslim's tend to make videos insulting them selves. This neither explains the problem nor solves it infact adds fuel to fire. Good going Daniyal, You just added more mess to your own religion and wrongfully proved it to the world that Islam is not a peaceful religion. Are you that desperate for fame? there are other ways.
Messiah,G Jan 22, 2010 06:01am
It is sad to see every day's business of misguided young men suiciders. They do not have respect for mosque, church and above all innocent human beings who get hurt by explosion of deadly weapon. To my mind education is needed at all levels to neutralize the radical teachings which is now made available by self serving greedy religious uneducated teachers. This is not work of government only but every body who can give hand to the educational institutions. Pakistani people should start relying on their own resources rather extend their hands to others for easy help. There should be one law in entire Pakistan and justice should be available to all poor or rich. Government should help only those who want to aboard with their hard and smart work but they cannot without the assistance of others.
Kabir Ali Jan 22, 2010 07:07am
While I appreciate the thinking behind the song, the lyrics is rather weak and amateurish. I am afraid the terrorist mullahs will not take too kindly to this. I don't think it is such a good idea to take on radicals like these who have no moral bearings. Take care, Daniyal.
Daniyal Noorani Jan 25, 2010 02:26pm
Thank you all for your feedback and comments. @Critical Analysis: I think it is impossible for a 3 and half minute long video to analyze each and every facet of an issue. The video just depicts what I think is one of the plethora of problems facing Pakistan currently. However I think we can agree to disagree on the level of this problem. All I am trying to convey to this video is the exploitation of the impoverished in Pakistan. Whether this exploitation is religious or political is secondary in my opinion. Up till now, in the plethora of feedback that I received, not one person except you has made the deduction that you are claiming
p-gill Jan 25, 2010 01:44pm
I wish it had been in Urdu. I would recommend a Punjabi song from India " Band karo bandukan walio, Mavan the put muk chale"
S zauq Jan 23, 2010 05:40pm
Very nice, would have been more *effective* in its message if it was in urdu/pushtu or Punjabi.
Amir Jan 23, 2010 09:21pm
If the country was to get invaded by ground foreign forces it's the same beard types that you will find defending the country. All of a sudden all this trash negative image portraying will stop because this is nothing but media hype and your video is merely another tool that becomes a part of it. All the bloggers like us will be sitting in the comfort of our homes and praising the same types of people. Ofcourse the think tank of the invaders knows these things so that's why there will never be a ground invasion. And why take that course when ready made Pakistani's are available to do the job for some prosperity. If Pakistani's still pretend to not see their main enemies then the writing on the wall cannot be more clearer than this. The people outside have all the tools ready to shape the hearts and minds of people anytime they see fit. Media will change the same beards into friendly OR Non friendly beards at will and short sighted people will always be clapping on the side lines and cheering up the most fancy thing that becomes popular notion. All it takes is to get a video on a popular channel to which everybody is hooked on to and that's all. Muslims have to be the most gullible people on earth in current context who can be easily hired or manipulated to turn to their own to sow the seeds of dissent. This video unfortunately is another tool that fosters the same idea as it does nothing to bring about unity.
Critical analysis Jan 23, 2010 10:06pm
I was Right, You haven't replied yet Dear Singer. If you haven't noticed that many Non-Muslims seem to agree with you. I wonder why ?? Now do you know what message you've sent.???
Irfan Jan 24, 2010 02:15am
Ali Azmat, Ali Salman and Brian !! please unite and come forward and do something to condemn these brutal killers. All "Junooni" fans are waiting for your songs.
Ammar Jan 25, 2010 12:39pm
After reading some of the comments posted over here regarding what derives an individual towards the extreme acts of terrorism I thought I should my two cents too! While socio-economical factors play vital role but they cannot be signaled as the core issues. The social deprivation in India is no less then Pakistan, such factors do provide a conducive ground for terrorist elements to cultivate but the root cause remains the guiding ideology i.e. religious extremism. Some have objected the portrayal of Mosques as the training camps of terrorism but sadly the spiritual centers have been polluted by religious zealots.
tripkolik Jan 27, 2010 05:48am
Excellent. Nice video.
Ueremia Jan 30, 2010 05:15am
It is a new way to show your personal resentment on the present wave of terrorism in Pakistan. Since everybody is feeling pain when innocent children,women and civilians are being killed by suicide bombers and nobody have the answer to control it.