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Muslim celebrities of America: Akon and T-Pain

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In the wake of the passing of Micheal Jackson, we present to our readers a few of the most famous American Muslims. We will make it a series that will help the Muslims across the world learn more about the Muslim scene in America.

The series will be a regular feature of World Future Online the more so with the recent anger of some non-Muslim groups against the fact that Muslims are concerned by the ‘faith’ of the ‘stars’ and ‘celebrities’ that are rumored to have embraced Islam in the course of their successful career. Today we present to you T-Pain and Akon, two Muslim celebrities whom many have heard about but did not know if they were Muslims.

T-Pain, like rappers Busta Rhymes and Lupe Fiasco, is a Muslim. Akon, the popular American singer is a Muslim too. What is it like being a Muslim in America? Asked a media outlet recently. The answer came from T-Pain:

“It’s like being any other person,” he says. “I’m still a person, a human being, no matter what religion I am.”

But has the war on terror changed perceptions about Muslim faith?

“People don’t even know,” T-Pain says. “Me, Busta Rhymes, Lupe Fiasco – they don’t even know we are Muslim. People think a Muslim has to have a turban or a big beard. It’s stupid.”

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Faheem Rasheed Najm (born September 30, 1985). His parents are also Muslims. T-Pain has also had over 10 top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2008, he won a Grammy with rapper Kanye West for the single “Good Life”. He was rated #34 of the most influential people in the world on the 2009 Time 100 list.

T-Pain is on the Konvict music label who happens to be run by our dear brother Akon.

T-Pain was born Faheem Rasheed Najm on September 30, 1985 in Tallahassee, Florida. At the age of ten, Najm reworked his bedroom into a small studio with a keyboard, beat machine and four-track recorder, and began composing music. He graduated from James S. Rickards High School.

We also present to our readers and detractors, Aliaune Thiam better known by his middle and stage name Akon, the excellent singer who has captivated millions with his songs.

Video of Ghetto: Listen to it attentively

I remember telling my son and wife while driving in down town Kuala Lumpur that Akon must be a Muslim based on his song ‘Ghetto’. The song is full of phrases that must have come from the Holy Al-Quraan and I am putting here the lyric so that the readers can get to see for themselves.

Akon often sings hooks for other artists and is currently accredited with over 155 guest appearances and 23 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He is the first solo artist to accomplish the feat of holding both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice.

As the son of famed Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam, Akon was raised in a musical setting and taught to play several instruments. At the age of 7, he spent time between America and Senegal until he was 15, then he moved permanently to Jersey City, New Jersey. He spent time in jail which is where he ‘rediscovered’ his talent in singing and creative music.

Akon is a Muslim, as he explains he has never drunk alcohol or smoked due to his faith. He has also been rumored to have three wives, however the actual figure is unknown. He claims to have five children with three different women in an interview with Blender. He states that his religion made him a better person, and provides guidance to how he acts among others in life.

Ghetto”

Ghetto, Ghetto, Ghetto, Ghetto livin

[Verse one]

These streets remind me of quicksand (quicksand)
When your on it you’ll keep goin down (goin down)
And there’s noone to hold on too
And there’s noone to pull you out
You keep on fallin (falling)
And noone can here you callin
So you end up self destructing
On the corner with the tuli on the waist line just got outta the bing doin state time
Teeth marks on my back from the canine
Dark Memories of when there was no sunshine
Cause they said that I wouldn’t make it
(I remember like yesterday)
Holdin on to what god gave me

[Chorus]

Cause thats the life when ur
Living in the (ghetto)and
Eating in the (ghetto)or
Sleeping in the (ghetto) (ghetto)
Cause thats the life when ur
Living in the (ghetto)and
Eating in the (ghetto)or
Sleeping in the (ghetto, ghetto, ghetto)

[Verse two] – Many of the lines here reminds of us of Quranic translations….

No need to cherish luxuries (cause everythin’ come and go)
Even the life that you have is borrowed
(Cause your not promised tomorrow)
So live your life as if everydays’ gon be your last
Once you move forward can’t go back
Best prepare to remove your past

Cause ya gotta be willin to pray
Yea There gotta be (there gotta be) a better way oh
Yea ya gotta be willing to pray
Cause there gotta be (there gotta be) a better day (ay)

Whoever said that this struggle would stop today
A lot of niggas dead or locked away
Teenage Women growing up with aids

[Chorus]

Cause thats the life when your
Living in the (ghetto) oh
Eating in the (ghetto) or
Sleeping in the (ghetto, ghetto)
Thats the life when ur
Living in the (ghetto)oh
Eating in the (ghetto) or
Sleeping in the (ghetto, ghetto, ghetto)

[Bridge]

Gun shots every night in the (ghetto)
Crooked cops on sight in the (ghetto)
Every day is a fight in the (ghetto)
(oh oh oh oh oh) (ghetto)
Got kids to feed in the (ghetto)
Selling coke and weed in the (ghetto)
Every day somebody bleed in the (ghetto)
(oh oh oh oh oh) (ghetto)

[Chorus]

Thats the life when your
Living in the (ghetto)oh
Living by the (ghetto)oh
Eating in the (ghetto, ghetto)
Thats the life when your
Living in the (ghetto)oh
Sleeping in the (ghetto)
Living in the (ghetto, ghetto, ghetto)

(wooohhoohh)


1 Response to “Muslim celebrities of America: Akon and T-Pain”


  1. 1 aliyu
    August 6, 2009 at 11:39 am

    i am very interisting with can of story and i am one ofyor farns in nigeria ilove you all and i am hear expecting more of you THANKS ALIYU USMAN ADAMU


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