-- Melissa Etheridge, from the Introduction
With 30 million record sales under his belt, and with fans including Bono and Al Gore, Pakistanborn Salman Ahmad is renowned for being the first rock & roll star to destroy the wall that divides the West and the Muslim world. Rock & Roll Jihad is the story of his incredible journey.
Facing down angry mullahs and oppressive dictators who wanted all music to be banned from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Salman Ahmad rocketed to the top of the music charts, bringing Westernstyle rock and pop to Pakistani teenagers for the first time. His band Junoon became the U2 of Asia, a sufi - rock group that broke boundaries and sold a record number of albums. But Salman's story began in New York, where he spent his teen years learning to play guitar, listening to Led Zeppelin, hanging out at rock clubs and Beatles Fests, making American friends, and dreaming of rock-star fame. That dream seemed destined to die when his family returned to Pakistan and Salman was forced to follow the strictures of a newly religious -- and stratified -- society. He finished medical school, met his soul mate, and watched his beloved funkytown of Lahore transform with the rest of Pakistan under the rule of Zia into a fundamentalist dictatorship: morality police arrested couples holding hands in public, Little House on the Prairie and Live Aid were banned from television broadcasts, and Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers proliferated on college campuses via the Afghani resistance to Soviet occupation in the north.
Undeterred, the teenage Salman created his own underground jihad: his mission was to bring his beloved rock music to an enthusiastic new audience in South Asia and beyond. He started a traveling guitar club that met in private Lahore spaces, mixing Urdu love poems with Casio synthesizers, tablas with Fender Stratocasters, and ragas with power chords, eventually joining his first pop band, Vital Signs. Later, he founded Junoon, South Asia's biggest rock band, which was followed to every corner of the world by a loyal legion of fans called Junoonis. As his music climbed the charts, Salman found himself the target of religious fanatics and power-mad politicians desperate to take him and his band down. But in the center of a new generation of young Pakistanis who go to mosques as well as McDonald's, whose religion gives them compassion for and not fear of the West, and who see modern music as a "rainbow bridge" that links their lives to the rest of the world, nothing could stop Salman's star from rising.
Today, Salman continues to play music and is also a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, traveling the world as a spokesperson and using the lessons he learned as a musical pioneer to help heal the wounds between East and West -- lessons he shares in this illuminating memoir.
demanded more sacrifice. It was three to four years early. I sought happiness
to answer Allah Almighty, which
then inspired me to create this book. The ones in this book is my journey to
find happiness and peace of the world and the life hereafter.
Why do I say the answer to my prayer Allah is making
One night in February, I sat in front of the house while enjoying a cigarette,
about one o'clock in the morning; I ask Allah why not my intention to grant
thee Allah is? I sat pensive and that's when there is a desire to make the
book. I think any book? Child development books or what books? Then I
answered hearts travel book you now live. Starting from it book was
This book is a journey of a humble servant
of Allah SWT, imperfect and stained with sin and guilt. I tried to share the
experience, but do not attempt to teach or preach because my knowledge is still
very little like a drop of dew on a vast ocean.
Religious knowledge which I had only a few
letters and memorizing the Qur'an were very little, but I tried to read the
Bible and listen to the glorious every day.
I am trying to practice
Bismillaahirrahmaanirrahiim, although I do not practice it every day. Almost
all the sins I have ever done. Arrogance and hubris I have ever done. I
treasure the world almost won, but instead of feeling happy, I'm getting hungry
with all those hungry people who think like sea water to quench thirst.
Through the journey of Allah slowly
happiness begins to rise within me. Hopefully the experience I have gained
additional experience may be a provision for me personally and my brothers who
read this book. Insha’Allah.
In writing this book I found the book at the
Scholastic bookstore called "The Know Himself, Who Know the
Lord" Masterpieces "Jalaluddin Rumi". His writing is
very inspiring to me to immediately write graffiti on my experience on a trip
seeking Allah SWT.
মানুষের কর্তব্য ॥ মু’মিনের কর্তব্য ॥ আল্লাহর দিকে আহবান ও নবীগণ ॥ নতুন আইয়ামে জাহিলিয়াত ॥ মুসলিম উম্মাহর কর্তব্য ॥ আহবান জ্ঞাপনের প্রস্তুতি গ্রহণ ॥ আহবানকারীর বৈশিষ্ট ॥ আহবান জ্ঞাপনের ক্রমধারা ॥ ইসলাম-বিরোধী প্রভাবশালী গোষ্ঠী ॥ প্রভাবশালী গোষ্ঠীর প্রতি আহবান ॥ নিরক্ষরদের প্রতি আহবান ॥ আহবানকারীর ভাষণ ॥