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Music Helped Me Reconfigure My Muslim Identity

For immigrants, encouragement to pursue the arts is slim. Here’s why it’s important.

Photo: Prasert Krainukul/EyeEm/Getty Images

WWhen I was younger, I heard that singing was haram, which means “forbidden” in Arabic — and in Islam is the term for sinful behavior. I never really understood this concept, especially since the Quran sounds like a melody when it’s recited. Some…

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Gabriel Al-Shaer

Gabriel Al-Shaer

Fresh and Organic Artistry. PhD Candidate in History. @gabrielknowseverything on all social and music streaming platforms.