Bury Me (Album: Ummah Wake Up)

01:18
Ani
2005-11-07
Written/produced by Ani

Story

As a Muslim woman I occasionally receive emails telling me that my female voice is forbidden to sing. Like my hair, somehow its a turn-on. (That’s why if you go to any Muslim website you will never see a female artist's cd sold). This song is borne out of the ridiculousness of honour killing (not inherent to just the Muslim community), raising our daughters to not just worship God but to 'please the men'. In Pre-Islam, the tribes of Arabia used to bury their female babies, and as the Quran even mentions: "it made the fathers feel less of a man". So come Islam, Prophet Muhammad revealed a passage from the Quran stating this practice is to be abolished immediately. My statement in this song is, although we may not bury our female babies literally, we still deprive them of education, of equal right to self-determination on how to live our lives. In China with the one-child policy to control their population growth, an ultra-sound will tell you if a child is a male or female. And guess what folks? For most people, female babies are aborted. (See related news article so you know I'm not making this up! http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/ 004E4E92-4722-473E-9F7D-258DA23088F2.htm AND http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ story/RTGAM.20060109. wxabortion09/BNStory/International/) AIDS in Muslim countries have exploded. Why? Unfaithful husbands come back to infect their wives, and the wives, being raised to 'please the husband' oblige even when they know their lives are at risk. With the death of parents, the children are left in deeper poverty. Whose fault is that? So, even though society may not bury female baby girls alive anymore....but you know...THEY MIGHT AS WELL!

Lyrics

BURY ME I’M ALLAH’S CREATION I DON’T DESERVE DISCRIMINATION CONTROLLING AND HONOUR KILLING THERE’S NO ROOM FOR THAT THE KORAN SAYS WHO SAID GRLS SHOULD STAY BEHIND I’M NOT ONE TO FOLLOW BLIND MY RIGHTS TO LIBERATE MY MIND AND BREAK AWAY THE CHAINS THAT BIND YOU MAY NOT BURY ME AT BIRTH IN EARTH BUT THERE’S NO DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU DICTATE MY WORTH YOU SHED NO TEAR AS YOU KEEP ME DEPRIVED YOU MIGHT AS WELL JUST BURY ME ALIVE I’M ENTITLED NOT YOUR SUB-TITLE HOW YOU TREAT ME IS SO NOT OKAY I’M NOT MADE TO COOK AND CLEANING WITH NO SCHOOLING ON YOUR INSTRUCTION YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO TOUCH ME INFECT ME WITH YOUR DISEASE YOU DISGRACE GOD’S HUMANITY IN THE NAME OF PIETY REPEAT CHORUS

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I'm really excited about this new collection of songs in a new genre "Islamic Hymns". I'm co-writing & co-producing it with George Landress with backing vocal arrangement by Michael Mishaw. The music borrows from classical music with lots of choral arrangements. The lyrics is in English and Islamic in content. 

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