Video: 'Happy British Muslims' rock out to Pharrell Williams

British Muslims show they’re ‘happy’ with new video. (Video grab from YouTube Video)

British Muslims are the latest to join the bandwagon to show just how “happy” they are by making their own video spoof of singer Pharrell Williams’ hit single.

The video showcases a diverse group of Muslim men, women, and children dancing enthusiastically in parks, at bus-stops, mosques, in Wembley stadium, supermarkets and even while riding a bike in the United Kingdom.

The Honest Policy, the group behind the video, says they wanted the space for the community to express itself without judgment.

“We Brits have a bad rep for being a bit stiff, but this video proves otherwise. We are HAPPY. We are eclectic. We are cosmopolitan. Diverse. Creative. Fun. Outgoing. And everything you can think of,” says the message accompanied with the video on the group’s blog.

“This is what we want to be about. A national community coming together for each other’s sake.[sic] Each individual giving a bit of their time for the greater good,” it added.

"We have scholars, activists, celebrities, students, professionals, bloggers and everyday’ers all in one video.”

Despite the video only being published yesterday, it has already garnered nearly 75,000 views.

The message of the video has sparked mixed reviews. Critics say the demographic shouldn’t have to dance to a popular song to show they are like everyone else.

On Twitter, user SanazRaji write, “#Happyday video is utterly bizarre. As @umberg states, ‘we shouldn’t have to prove we are happy in order to be treated as unthreatening.’”

Other Muslims opposed the video, claiming it goes against Islam.

Twitter user @RamiAbuAlSaud wrote, “Happiness is found in following the Quran and Sunnah, not opposing it and following Pharrell.”

Despite the criticism, the response so far on social media has been overwhelmingly positive.

Rose Aslan wrote, “Critique and deconstruct this video all you want, but I enjoyed it! Pharrell Happy British Muslims!”

User #MashaalMir wrote, “Breaking news: Muslims are happy people too!”

Another user @qasim_saeed tweeted, “This has made my day!”

While reactions are actively being shared on Twitter, comments for the video on Youtube have been disabled.

Muslims in Britain continue to be a fast growing minority with a 2011 Census estimating nearly 2.7 million practicing Islam in the kingdom.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42
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