Freeway Speaks On Negative Islamic Stereotypes

As congressional hearings on the radicalization of Muslim Americans are being held, Freeway tells CNN about the positive effect his faith has had on him.

The perception of Islam has changed for many Americans following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the country’s subsequent “war on terrorism” with Al Qaeda. Earlier in March, as US Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King spearheaded a congressional hearing on the radicalization of Muslim Americans, Philadelphia emcee Freeway explained the positive impact Islam has had on his life and his Rap career.

“It definitely hurts my feelings when I hear Islam being put in a negative light,” Freeway said, during an interview with CNN. “You can’t judge a whole group of people by a few people making mistakes. I just want people to know that Islam is a beautiful, peaceful religion. It’s more than a religion, it’s a way of life.”

Since the events of 9/11 there have been highly publicized Qur’an burnings and protests to prevent the building of Mosques in other communities. Freeway, who says he took the Muslim confession of faith—or Shahada—at age 14 said his Islamic faith changed him both as a man and as an emcee.

During his 2003 Roc-a-Fella debut, Freeway focused a significant portion of his rhymes on drugs and violence, but he said his faith and maturation has led to a conscious effort to be more accountable about his lyrical content.

“My faith means everything to me,” Freeway added. “It’s the thing that keeps me going everyday. It’s my core; it’s my soul.”

20 Comments

  • Anonymous

    When you rap about what Free raps about, it's hard to defend yourself. He needs to listen to emcees like Rakim to learn balance and how to encourage people in the right direction.

  • rbigz

    he on g unit now.. lets see waht he does

  • Brealz

    Peace to the Nation Of the Gods and th Earths!!! dont let all these 85ers out here discourage you, notice how anonynmous say same w/ the OLD testament of the bible, its christianity the NEW testament is their tool of choice to poison the minds of our youths, FUCK THE PIG NO PORK ON MY FORK Peace GOD

    • Anonymous

      The bible is broken telephone, that is fact. the koran it is not known if it has been altered throughout history.

    • dmize-one

      for the record, i dont practice organized religon.. to me as long as you realize there is a higher power than yourself, and live life in a positive way then your good to go... all this fighting about which religon is better is bullshit.. to each thier own.. CANT WE ALL JUST GET ALONG????????

    • dmize-one

      i love how you shout out islam, but then say christianity is poisoning the minds of the youth.. hypocrite??

  • Anonymous

    There's no such thing as moderate Islam. Islam is NOT a peaceful religion. If you've read it, and think it's peaceful, you're a fucking moron. Same w/ the Old Testament of the Bible, but less so.

    • Anonymous

      The only peaceful religion is buddhism. And they only fought to defend their temples from bandits. I mean religious wars not civil war (Japan sengoku jidai). Catholics are bloodthirsty. Native americans got merked by them, and muslims eventually did as well. Not to mention colonialism...

    • Dntknow

      You dont read ISLAM, you pratice it. it shows how much you know of any religion. And you are right there is no such thing as moderate ISLAM.

  • Anonymous

    islam is not a religion

    • Anonymous

      Lmao the Qur'an wouldn't make any logical or historical sense anyway. I think I'll skip the morals of a book paraphrased by a guy who married a six year old.

    • @Anonymous

      I don't like it when people use these English acronyms to justify their ignorance. If you know anything at all, you would know that the Qur'an was written in Arabic and any translation is not accepted. There is NO POSSIBLE WAY that an anglicized, letter-for-letter break down of a makes any logical or historical sense. I won’t deny that a good person is a good person, regardless of what their faith or beliefs are, but the truth is that the “Five Percenters” are not Muslims. At the same time, a bad person is a bad person and those terrorists who claim to be Muslims, while violating the teachings of the Qur'an are also NOT Muslims.

    • Anonymous

      ISLAM= I SELF LORD AND MASTER ALLAH= ARM LEG LEG ARM HEAD ISLAM means peace

  • NVR

    How can you be a muslim and a rapper? The islam doesn't allow music. And we ain't even talking about profanities or whatever, just music, period.

    • Sacks

      Nowhere in the Quran is music forbidden! There are different schools of thought that say different things about music! Some feel that it is ok and some forbid it. Being a rapper or musician is another form of expression for people that otherwise would have no voice at all! Also there have been many people that have converted to Islam from the knowledge that they gained from music. To say someone isn't muslim bcuz they're doin music is wrong. There are bigger problems in the world then that. Lets try to focus on that!

    • SharkBoxx

      Sure, you can list a ton of emcees that are Muslim, but what the original poster was trying to say is that music isn't allowed within the Muslim faith period. Someone chime in on this, as I'm not too educated in this religion.

    • dumb niggaz

      anonymous, you'RE a fucking retard. NVR was saying islam & hip hop don't GO together, not that there aren't any islamic rappers around, seeing as we ARE talking about a freeway article here ...but you're probably too fucking stupid to even realise that.

    • dumb niggaz

      anonymous, you'RE a fucking retard. NVR was saying islam & hip hop don't GO together, not that there aren't any islamic rappers around, seeing as we ARE talking about a freeway article here...but you're probably too fucking stupid to even realise that.

    • Anonymous

      YOUR A FUCKING RETARD. HIP HOP AND ISLAM GO HAND AND HAND. DO THE KNOWLEDGE DUMBASS. PEACE TO THE NATIONS OF GODS AND EARTH! HERE IS A LIST OF ISLAMIC MCS. -RAKIM -NAS- -WU TANG -FREEWAY -VINNIE PAZ -POOR RIGHTEOUS TEACHERS -TRIBE CALLED QUEST -BRAND NUBIAN -JAY-Z(BEFORE REASONABLE DOUBT) -JAZO -ALL OF THE WU TANG FAM (ROYAL FAM, SUNZ OF MAN, GRAVEDIGGAZ, KILLARMY) -SHABAZZ THE DISCIPLE -ALOT OF AOTP MEMBERS -MOS DEF & TALIB i could go on but you should get the point, look into hiphop and islam and you'll be greatly informed.

    • wu tang forever

      very true!

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