Few years ago, some Indonesian musicians and singers formed a musical band known as Punk Muslim – an imitation of British Rock bands which took the world by storm in the 1960s.
Sporting mohawks, leather jackets and baggy jeans, members of the Punk Muslim group sang songs based on Western punk music by Beatles and the Rolling Stones, both owned by American Jew millionaire Brian Epstein (The Jewish Daily Forward, June 3, 2014).
However, lately the group’s music has turned more to Islamic teachings and songs in support of oppressed Muslims around the world especially Palestine and Philippines.
Ahmad Zaki, one of the group’s founders, believes the genre of punk is often associated with a tendency towards misbehavior but he wants to change that.
“We can redirect ourselves to better, more positive things,” he said.
Group’s recent hit song has been Prophet Muhammad forever.
Punk music among Muslim singers is not a new phenomenon. Pakistan-born Canadian filmmaker Omar Majeed produced a documentary Taqwacore, in 2009 based on book, The Taqwacores, by Michael Muhammad Knight, an Irish-American Catholic convert to Islam after listening to Malcolm X. The Arabic word Taqwacore means Allah consciousness.
Islam was introduced to the hundreds of islands which make the present-day Indonesia by Muslim Arab traders. No Muslim army ever attacked those islands just like Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Maldives, Ethiopia, etc. British historian De Lacy O’Leary wrote in his book, Islam at the Crossroads: “History makes it clear that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myth that Western historians have ever repeated.”
Indonesia is home to world’s largest Muslim population of 230 million (87% Muslims, 12% Christians, and 1% Hindus).