In less than a year time, Mona Haydar has become the most talked Hijabi rapper around the world. Although her activities as a rapper have caused many heated discussions, she has also received a lot of positive feedback.
Mona Haydar is a mother of two children with a master’s degree in Christian-ethics and theology. She is a poet, activist, and a Hijbi rapper.
Last year Mona Haydar debuted her first track “Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab)” together with the music video on YouTube. The video, where the eight months pregnant Haydar raps, alongside a diverse group of dancing Muslim women, went viral and had received nearly a million views in a months’ time. The Syrian American rapper decided to make this song and music video in order to express her anger after an incident on a plain. She decided to put her feelings into a song, voicing against Islamophobia and the idea that a hijab is oppressive. But she also wanted to express her pride in her identity as a Muslim woman wearing the hijab.
The amount of feedback, both positive and negative, was immense. Some support Haydar and her effort to fight Islamophobia through music and the way she tackles issues of the Muslim community. The song has also been named as one of the ‘top protest songs of 2017 by Billboard critics’ and ‘one of the 25 top feminist anthems of all time’. Others have voiced against Haydars activities, criticizing that her behavior isn’t compatible with what the hijab stands for in Islam and that it is only promoting external beauty. It is considered disrespectful and ‘haram’ for others.
In the meantime, Haydar has published three other songs with a music video: “Dog (ft. Jackie Cruz)”; “Barbarian”; “Suicide Doors ft. Drea D’Nur”. She has been featured in Marie Claire, Glamour, CNN, BuzzFeed, Refinery 29, The Huffington Post and many more.
What do you think of Mona Haydar, the Hijabi rapper?