Exploding Love: Breaking Stereotypes with ‘Jihad Love Squad’

The producer of the hip-hop duo N.A.S.A., Sam Spiegel recently made a music video called ‘Jihad Love Squad’. The song and the video are aimed on the Islam, a subject of which most producers wouldn’t even try to open their minds about. It’s good to see that Sam Spiegel does take the initiative to use his power for this and that he wants to make a statement with a title like this.

Because of this controversial subject, it’s no surprise that the video caught a lot of attention. With this video, Sam Spiegel speaks up for the Islamic stereotypes about terrorism. “We wanted to do a song about a love terrorist whose heart was so full, that he was exploding love all over everyone, rather than death or hatred.’’ In his letter, N.A.S.A. explains his motivation behind this creative effort: “I’ve been really interested in the polarization of the West and the world of Islam. I think it’s one of the more terrible and fascinating societal currents taking place in our world right now. Much like what happened here in the Cold War with Communism, I think that the Muslim community has become the sensationalized villains of the new millennium for Western media. I feel like the impetus for writing ‘Jihad Love Squad’ came from being tired of having this image of a Muslim as a suicide bombing terrorist drilled into my head by the Western media. Whether it’s the film industry, television, or the news, here in the West, a vast majority of the information we receive about Muslims is negative and violent.”

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When Sam Spiegel is asked what kind of reactions he expected by painting another picture about Jihad, he explains that he was scared for the reactions of the Islamic world. But so far, a lot of Muslims have positive reactions. Whether it’s the press or via social media, Muslims are attracted to the ‘Jihad Love Squad’ and they acknowledge its positive intention and appreciate it for what it is, “a message of love and unity’’.

To get a better picture of his intentions, visit http://www.nasamusicofficial.com and read N.A.S.A.’s own explanation on the matter.

Written by Sumeyye Copoglu

Sumeyye Copoglu

Sumeyye Copoglu is 23 years old and studies Islamic theology at the Islamic University of Rotterdam. She is an artist, with a passion for culture and travel.