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US-Syrian Woman Releases Powerful Rap Song About Wearing Hijab

  • From Mona Haydar's rap video.

    From Mona Haydar's rap video. | Photo: Image Capture

Published 9 April 2017
Opinion

"Where would I be as an Arab-American woman here in this country were it not for those who struggled in the way of liberation before me?" she asked.

Mona Haydar, a U.S.-Syrian woman released on March 27 her first single, titled “Hijabi,” meant to empower Muslim women wearing the traditional clothing.

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With powerful lyrics such as, “All around the world, Love women every shading be so liberated, All around the world, Love women every shading power run deep, So even if you hate it, I still wrap my hijab, Wrap my hijab, Wrap my hijab, Wrap, wrap my hijab, Keep swaggin' my hijabis,” the Flint, Michigan-born artist is seen eight-months pregnant in the video clip.

“Given our current administration’s insistence on demonizing and maligning the bodies of women and Muslims, among others, I wanted to get this song out as soon as possible,” Haydar told the Huffington Post last week. “I hoped that a pregnant woman who is obviously Muslim creating art and speaking truth would inspire people and offer some levity, joy and hope.”

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In an interview with the BBC, the artist said she received a lot of beautiful comments, as well as a “backlash” from a conservative sector in Islam, claiming this kind of music is forbidden.

She also paid tribute to the “Black Americans” who created rap in an interview with Mic, "I honor the greats who came before me and the ones who came before them because I know what I owe them."

"People like Malcolm X made way for me to be free — it made way for me to be able to create this art. Where would I be as an Arab-American woman here in this country were it not for those who struggled in the way of liberation before me?"

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