In the Studio for Syria
This, for me, was the most special Eid I can remember. I didn't connect with the Muslim community in Nashville this Ramadan--I didn't even attend the Eid prayers, as much as I should have. It's recommended in Islam for women, children, and anyone in any family--old or young--to attend the Eid congregation. But to be honest, I was too nervous. I didn't want to wander around the Muslim community alone. I wouldn't know anyone, and anyone I would meet will immediately find out that I am Arab and unmarried. Then the real headache would begin.
Instead, I did something that I was given the opportunity to do 11 years ago, but I turned it down because of Islam.
I was told, my entire life, that women are not allowed to sing in public. That the female voice is some sort of sexually charged attribute that should be reserved for her family and husband only. If this is Islam, then I accept it wholeheartedly.
But what if it isn't Islam? What if it is hundreds of years of Arab culture? At the time of the Prophet, peace and blessings upon him, women used to sing during weddings--alone. And the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) didn't prevent them from doing so or frown upon them in any way.
Why then, can't women today sing?
I hired an extremely talented vocalist in Nashville to record a song I wrote for Syria. But today, I went to the studio and recorded harmony during the chorus. I will be singing with him, insha Allah.
The recording should be done in a few days and then the video work will begin. I can't wait to upload the finished product and share it, God willingly!