You're Gonna Serve Somebody

Rapper Mos Def says we all devote our lives to something. He's chosen Allah.

Firstpossession

03/20/2012 12:31:21 PM

Where has this article been? I like the title,"You're Gonna Serve Somebody" you are right and I will serve the One True God and he is not a man. MosDef is a very intelligent and talented individual whom I admire. Religion is a way of life no matter what name you call it and should be represented by the way we live our lives which determines who have the spirits of God. Man has corrupted religion by adding their own doctrines and by removing the truth intentionally. When one commits himself to the One True God he has little room for era or folly, our conduct and speech becomes near perfect. Its a verse in the Quran where God says, "Commit whole heartedly to Islam." When one commits himself to God, he/she turns away from foolishness and what the world calls foolish is wise and whats wise foolish. As long as MosDef acknowledge and have the desire to do the will of God, he will be Victorious! Sincerely, Mr. Aware

Firstpossession

03/20/2012 12:31:21 PM

Where has this article been? I like the title,"You're Gonna Serve Somebody" you are right and I will serve the One True God and he is not a man. MosDef is a very intelligent and talented individual whom I admire. Religion is a way of life no matter what name you call it and should be represented by the way we live our lives which determines who have the spirits of God. Man has corrupted religion by adding their own doctrines and by removing the truth intentionally. When one commits himself to the One True God he has little room for era or folly, our conduct and speech becomes near perfect. Its a verse in the Quran where God says, "Commit whole heartedly to Islam." When one commits himself to God, he/she turns away from foolishness and what the world calls foolish is wise and whats wise foolish. As long as MosDef acknowledge and have the desire to do the will of God, he will be Victorious! Sincerely, Mr. Aware

Firstpossession

03/20/2012 12:31:19 PM

Where has this article been? I like the title,"You're Gonna Serve Somebody" you are right and I will serve the One True God and he is not a man. MosDef is a very intelligent and talented individual whom I admire. Religion is a way of life no matter what name you call it and should be represented by the way we live our lives which determines who have the spirits of God. Man has corrupted religion by adding their own doctrines and by removing the truth intentionally. When one commits himself to the One True God he has little room for era or folly, our conduct and speech becomes near perfect. Its a verse in the Quran where God says, "Commit whole heartedly to Islam." When one commits himself to God, he/she turns away from foolishness and what the world calls foolish is wise and whats wise foolish. As long as MosDef acknowledge and have the desire to do the will of God, he will be Victorious! Sincerely, Mr. Aware

Firstpossession

03/20/2012 12:31:19 PM

Where has this article been? I like the title,"You're Gonna Serve Somebody" you are right and I will serve the One True God and he is not a man. MosDef is a very intelligent and talented individual whom I admire. Religion is a way of life no matter what name you call it and should be represented by the way we live our lives which determines who have the spirits of God. Man has corrupted religion by adding their own doctrines and by removing the truth intentionally. When one commits himself to the One True God he has little room for era or folly, our conduct and speech becomes near perfect. Its a verse in the Quran where God says, "Commit whole heartedly to Islam." When one commits himself to God, he/she turns away from foolishness and what the world calls foolish is wise and whats wise foolish. As long as MosDef acknowledge and have the desire to do the will of God, he will be Victorious! Sincerely, Mr. Aware

Firstpossession

03/20/2012 12:31:19 PM

Where has this article been? I like the title,"You're Gonna Serve Somebody" you are right and I will serve the One True God and he is not a man. MosDef is a very intelligent and talented individual whom I admire. Religion is a way of life no matter what name you call it and should be represented by the way we live our lives which determines who have the spirits of God. Man has corrupted religion by adding their own doctrines and by removing the truth intentionally. When one commits himself to the One True God he has little room for era or folly, our conduct and speech becomes near perfect. Its a verse in the Quran where God says, "Commit whole heartedly to Islam." When one commits himself to God, he/she turns away from foolishness and what the world calls foolish is wise and whats wise foolish. As long as MosDef acknowledge and have the desire to do the will of God, he will be Victorious! Sincerely, Mr. Aware

nmbb3002

08/21/2005 04:11:48 PM

All Praises Due To Allah! Thank God for Brothers Like Mos Def! keep Pushing the word Bro. Beautiful in SomeTing The Lord Made.

MalikBK

08/03/2005 02:17:05 AM

MosDef is a Sunni as is his father who was very influencial in his reversion to Islam. Insh'Allah one day he will leave behind the cursing and drop straight truth....

ibnsina786

11/22/2004 03:59:53 PM

It says in this article that Mos Def said the shahada when he was 19. Saying the shahada is the litmus test for Islam. Any man who says the shahada is the brother of every other Muslim, plain and simple. I didn't know that Mos Def was Muslim, but now some of his songs have new meaning to me. For instance, I listened to "Umi Says" before. It is a song about the wisdom of his mother, whom he calls "Umi." That intrigued me because many Muslims traditionally call their mothers "Umi" or something similar. May Allah, Lord of the Worlds, guide us all to the straight path.

pezz

03/09/2004 11:30:39 PM

mos def is tight

Enlightened1One

08/29/2003 02:19:01 PM

"IDBC : Gee now there's a winning combination, rap and islam..;-)" HipHop is probably the most power voice in popular culture, it is becomming THE popular culture. Islamic ideas are intertwined in much of what HipHop is, as well as Christian Ideals. Mos Def is one of the Greatest to touch a mic in my opinion. I too am a Christian, consider myself an activist who doesn't act at the moment, and his music motivates me. As for his latest efforts, I have no comment... I hope he brings something real on his next solo and leaves that Black Jack Metal music alone. One Luv.

m8pleleaf

08/27/2003 10:21:08 AM

Mos Def is an orthodox Sunni Muslim, to clarify some people's questions. the man is a genius...

hamza_asadoulah

03/12/2003 08:59:15 PM

asalam u alekom brothers and sisters, music may not be a big haram but is not a good thing to do. the piano is a haram instrument and if listened in a song its considered haram. only a few instruments are alowed to be listened too.anyways i would like to know if busta rhymes is a muslim because before sept 11 he said he was then after he started to wear jesus necklesses and saying non-muslim stuff. salam

umsalahudin

12/09/2002 11:41:49 AM

Hmmm. Has anyone seen some of Mos Def's latest work?

baylor99

06/17/2002 07:55:44 PM

I too am a Christian and i am a HUGE fan of mos def. His wisdom is likened to that of ones grandfather or favorite uncle. I for one am angered at the state of affairs both within this country regarding race and america's agendas abroad. Mos Def speaks to this. But he doesn't just speak, he tells us to get up and do something about it. Perhaps this is the reason for the Parental Warning on the album. He's not telling us to simply sit back, take it, and maybe something good will happen. But he's not provoking violence either. Simply action. And he does this by displaying reality in all it's truthfulness. Something rare in both secular and in many christian songs as well.

idbc

04/17/2002 03:04:12 PM

Gee now there's a winning combination, rap and islam..;-)

haramcad

04/15/2002 08:06:05 PM

I don't find anything really important in the article, but one thing that bothers me is when people don't translate the word Allah when speaking in English. The problem is not in the word but in the effect it has on uninformed nonmuslims. It gives the impression that muslims have a different God, instead of just informing people that Allah is the arabic word for "The God." The bible in french uses the word Deu for God. If you told people that the french believe in Dieu...what effect do you think it would have? Wouldn't uninformed people think that the french worshiped a different God? You see the word Allah is not like Vishnu or Zeus....it is not a specific name. And therefore it should be translated like any other word.

zadog187

04/08/2002 04:53:27 PM

im not in to any single religion. i do my best and hel my mom pay the bills. gave her all last summers earnings. 1300 dollars. money is money. its someting that helps you get thru the night with out worrying too much. i practice moderation. i dont judge because in not the one to even judge myself. its like a srink analizing him self and telling him self he has adhd. i take in good and try to not hold a grudge against the bad. bottom line is he who is to be judged has no authority to jugde another. period. but thats only my humble opinion. no offence.

Kareem

12/19/2001 10:21:57 PM

No. I'm not sure what community Mos Def affliates him self with but his father is with the Muslim American Society under the leader- ship of the Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed,Muslim American spokesman. Following the death of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad nearly all of the NOI dismantled and became MAS an Orthodox Muslim community.

kol0

12/14/2001 02:08:27 PM

is he nation of islam

Kareem

10/15/2001 11:49:02 PM

Music is not haram. Quit messing with the brother's head. It does not say so in the Quran and the popular hadith from Buhkari on music being haram is questionable when it comes to authenticity.

muhslim

10/08/2001 12:19:49 PM

Does anyone know how to contact the author (Ali Asadaullah) or Mos Def directly?

skeena_0207

10/04/2001 04:38:01 PM

oh my goodness ive always loved mos def and now that i found out hes muslim i luv him even more. i wonder if hes married? ahmidak ya rub(i thank u god)

royce59

07/23/2001 04:36:36 PM

I pray that every muslim follows the straight way and i for one am not here to judge i just want to know that from wot i have read and believe as a muslim seeing that nowadays in america islam is seen as a trend again a cool way to express views.

queenamina7

07/19/2001 09:50:31 PM

also let me add, that I have spoken to the brother and he understands the islamic stand on music, and he prays that Allah forgives him for his short comings amd seeks guidance. He has taken a stand and does not play at alchohol serving locations, etc. I know its a small step for a muslim, but its a huge step for hip-hop.

queenamina7

07/19/2001 09:48:04 PM

Bismillah. Bros and sis. lets remember that if a person stands up and says I am muslim, then we as muslims have no place to stand and judge him or say whether he is a muslim by name or not. That is for Allah ta'ala only. All of us live in glass houses and cannot afford to throw stones.

royce59

07/19/2001 09:21:11 AM

no disrespect i just wanted to know!please cud someone tell me?

royce59

07/19/2001 09:05:26 AM

reading this article i just wanted to know is mos def just mislim by name or a true muslim I have seen alot of his work and i dont think in islam this sort of work is condoned is islam mow seen as a cool way of expressing views

bigbluefan

07/10/2001 02:23:45 PM

Reading this article I was heartened.. until I saw the cover of this CD had a parental advisory on it. For someone who is a fan, please, tell me what he does to get that. Language? Content? Not being confrontational- I just want to know.

seidenoir

05/17/2001 11:23:07 AM

I believe that most people feel that it is nessessary to be politically corect.And in doing so somtimes they forget who they are,I believe that mos def is trying his hardest not to be that person.I personally am a fan of his to the fullest,But I feel in the same breath I must say that in buying his album I had to do so through kmart(were there music is edited)I was hoping to see mos push the envelop a little more and show more of that brain that we all know that he has.No disrespect

hellibra2

04/18/2001 02:13:36 AM

Dear Brother, Youre well and cool. Keep up the good work. Lets see if we could unseat the destructive 'artists' like you-know-who? Best wishes and peace!

jonpz

04/18/2001 01:35:42 AM

I am a Christian. And a HUGE fan of the Mighty Mos Def along with Talib Kweli and Common (right on Chi!), and others like KRS 1, and J5. These cats, though their religous veiws differ from my own, are providing some positive messages with some bangin beats. It is indeed a blessing. Peace Love Godbless yall.

Jihader

04/17/2001 06:50:38 PM

(this is the continuation of the below comment) Brother Mos Def, has taken and understood this reasonability and he has created songs that are not only incredible to listen to and 'bob ones head to' but they have incredible lyrics. Thanks to Mos Def, and Ali Asadullah, and Beliefnet.com In Peace, Ramin

Jihader

04/17/2001 06:50:15 PM

Assalom O Alleikum, I have always been fond of artist who are not ashamed of expressing themselves and including Allah (God) in their songs, be it Muslim or non-Muslim. Although I have been embarassaed of so called artist like Busta Rhymes (who in his Cd cover's thanks Allah) having lyrics and songs that are very derogatory towards woman and overall to society. Of all the artist I have seen only Mos Def has not reduced his art to a point where, half naked woman dance in his video (like Q-tips recent video) and curse words are a norm like the Wu-Tang Clan, Busta Rhymes, Brand Nubian, etc. Although I believe their music might be a stepping stone, and they In'shAllah (God Willing) will attain an understanding that they have a higher responsibility than to make a beat and to make the crowd bob their head.

zodhi

04/17/2001 06:46:52 PM

Mos Def gets Mos Props. No doubt.

mackie37

04/16/2001 10:54:15 AM

It's so good to hear about artists like Mos Def getting exposure. It's interesting to read a bit of what his beliefs are, and it's refreshing to see someone out there doing something different, giving young black kids (most especially our young black kids) something meaningful to aspire to. He is paving the way for the many underground artists who are putting their thing down like he is. I hope we see more like him speak up...

lounge lizard

04/16/2001 10:38:50 AM

I think Mos Def is one of the best representatives of Hip-hop that we have. But should he have endorsed Nike at all? A conversation with them about giving back some to his community is fine but isn't Nike still a representative of evil? But we all make choices and I am not judging him too hard. I like the idea that we all serve something and I am glad that at least he is not just doing the commerical violence thing.

muslim99

04/16/2001 01:39:45 AM

I would like to thank Mos Def for his efforts in fighting social injustice through his music. Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim brothers and sisters out there who communicate their Islam through the arts, many through books, but not many through music or visual mediums such as paintings and film. To all of you brothers and sisters with artistic talent, please put to use what Allah has given you! We have enough Muslim doctors and software engineers (all praise belongs to God!), we need the beauty of your music and art in our lives as well!

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