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not all muslim punks approve with film about taqwacores

December 17, 2010

Remember that film that was released recently about the Muslim punks called The Taqwacores (originally a book depicting a fictitious Islamic punk rock scene)?  Apparently, not all Muslims in the underground punk scene are feeling the film, especially not one band called The Secret Trial Five, an all-female Canadian punk rock band who named their band from a group of Muslims suspected of terrorism currently held without charge in Canada. So what’s the beef and why don’t they support the film that seemingly highlights the struggles that progressive and non traditional Muslims tend to face in this country. According to this youtube video we found, The Secret Trial Five do not want to be associated with the wild lifestyle that the producer references in the film, saying, “don’t need no documentary to say that we don’t give a fuck” to also dissing author, Michael Knight, saying they were not birthed by him.  Check out their video, words from the song below as well.

 

what the fuck

is a muslim punk?

rather hang with taliban
than dick around with drunks
muhammad wasn’t white
and neither is this fight
and we weren’t birthed
by michael knight

we’re not taqwacore
we’re not taqwacore
so leave us alone, leave us alone

we’re not taqwacore
we’re not taqwacore
so leave us alone, leave us alone

don’t need you to say we’re good
don’t need you to say we suck

don’t need no documentary
to say that we don’t give a fuck

we’re not taqwacore
we’re not taqwacore
so leave us alone, leave us alone

we’re not taqwacore
we’re not taqwacore
so leave us alone, leave us alone

 

The Secret Trial Five have  toured the United States with Vote Hezbollah, The Kominas, Al-Thawra, and Diacritical on the Taqwatour.

 

According to posts on the band, in early September, the band was prevented from finishing their set at a Chicago show hosted by the Islamic Society of North Americas because the ISNA did not approve of women singing in public.

 

Judging by the song lyrics, they don’t need a film to prove they don’t give a fuck.  Because they obviously don’t.  Or not for the reasons they would care to explain.  I guess it must be hard enough being a woman and a musician, and be openly gay (the lead singer, Hussain is openly gay).  And they don’t need a film to coin a term to who they already are.

Movie trailer for The Taqwacores

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