Don’t Dis the Dogs

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// February 12th, 2007 // Blog

I found the talk i mentioned in the last entry. It is a Mecca One interview with Sheikhs Zaid Shakir & Hamza Yusuf, from the Zaytuna Institute. The talk was not actually about Music in Islam. The title of the file is: “The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): Mercy To Humanity”, if you wish to download it and listen for yourself; it's very good, māshā’Allāh.
Towards the end of the interview, they were discussing the Burdah poem, and they strayed onto the topic of music, and its influence on humans. Omair (the interviewer), Hamza & Zaid had a very funny conversation, which i have transcribed for your reading pleasure…

On the power of jingles:
HY: When i was growing up it was “plop plop, fizz fizz, oh what a relief it is”…
…and i'd like to find that character, and punch him in the face, for implanting that in my brain, permenantly!! *Laughs*

Later…

Om: You know what i find interesting (and i don't recommend people to do) is watch MTV with the mute on…
HY: Yeah, that's my theory, just take the music off and see how those people look; it's frightening!
Om: …like animals…
HY: No! It's NOT like animals; be fair to animals! Don't dis the animals…
Om: I take that back…
ZS: You gotta a lot of brothers out there, calling each other “dog”; “Whassup dog”.
Om: Right…
ZS: And, y'know, the dogs out there are saying: “Man, these cats are givin' us dogs a bad name!”
*Laughter*
ZS: …because the dog's quality is loyalty, right?
Om: Right.
ZS: The dog is loyal; man's best friend. N' these human dogs aren't loyal to anyone; they treat women like a dog would never treat… *breaks into laughter*
HY [in background] : a bitch!
*more laughter*
ZS: That's, that's right… exactly! These cats are givin dogs a bad name…
HY [in background]: …givin 'em beef
ZS: So, don't dis the animals by comparing this human, this poor excuse for a human being, to an animal…….. How did we get off on that tangent?
Om: Hey, i think i'm gonna come out with a song, titled: “Don't dis the dogs!”
HY: Don't dis the dogs, yeah!
*laughter*

Omair (wisely) moves on with the interview.

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