Expert Warns Against Singing Islamic Prayer Song
Grand Junction - The same song that prompted one Grand Junction High School student to quit the choir has a surprising religious meaning behind a certain verse within the song known as the Shahada. According to experts, the Islamic prayer song called Zikr has a statement within it that, if stated, comes with potential consequences.
“The Shahada is the Muslim statement of faith, and the simple way of becoming Muslim is to say the Shahada,” said Steve Hagerman, founder of Turkish World Organization. Hagerman said this may pose a problem for those singing the song because they don’t know what’s to come after.
“When they sing the Shahada, they need to realize that to radical and conservative Muslims, they are then becoming Muslims,” said Hagerman. He went on to say that the public should know what’s to come from stating the Shahada, because it could be a death sentence.
"In strict Islam, if you become a Muslim--say the Shadada--then later you revert to the particular religion you once were,” said Hagerman. “Then strict Muslims are supposed to kill you."
Officials at a mosque in Denver told NewsChannel 5 that this idea only exists in Muslim-based countries and is of the most radical of beliefs. They’re of the opinion that no one in the United States should worry about this, especially the students singing the song.