Muslims In Hollywood: A Follow Up

Updated: Jan 16

One year ago I wrote the first part of this topic and not much has changed as expected. Rather, more content was produced which further serves as an evidence to support my original thesis.

Starting with a more infamous show which took the internet by storm for all the wrong reasons and reached beyond Muslim circles on the internet is the show none other than “CUTIES.” This show was released September of 2020 but it was not mentioned in the first article so I felt it was necessary to bring it up now. There is nothing more that can be said about this abomination of a movie that has already not been said so there is no point.

Furthermore, we have "We Are Lady Parts,” released May 2021.Created by Nida Manzoor, We Are Lady Parts, as it says on IMDB, is "A look at the highs and lows of the band members that make up a Muslim female punk band, Lady Parts, as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussein, a geeky PhD student who is recruited to be their unlikely lead guitarist." It is beyond parody at this point that such a show could even be associated with Islam yet here we are.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said in his book Iqtida’ al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem, 237, "The one who imitates the disbelievers feels inferior and defeated, so he hastens to make up for his feelings of inadequacy by imitating those whom he admires. If these people were to ponder the greatness of Islamic Sharee’ah and understand how corrupt is that civilization they are running after, they would realize that they are doing wrong and that they have forsaken something that is perfect and true for something that is imperfect and corrupt."

This statement stood the test of time and is very much relevant to this day and is essentially a summary of the first article. I mentioned that it is almost as if Muslims in the West are seeking the validation of others in order to feel better about themselves and that unless Muslims are "properly" represented in entertainment only then will things get better but that could not be further from the truth and it has been demonstrated why that is the case.

To conclude, no amount of retweeting, posting, cancelling will fix this problem, mainly because this was not even a Muslim problem to begin with. This was in a way adopted into the Muslim community because it was exactly what the other minorities in America were asking for and subsequently we started to do so too. So what is the actual solution? To be properly educated about our Deen so that we can represent ourselves out in the real world rather than begging Hollywood directors/producers/companies to do it for us. May Allah Guide us all.

وَلسَّلَامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ ٱللَّٰهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

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