If you are trying to make some sense of the phenomenon of radicalization, musician Daniyal Noorani has a simple song and video for you. But look deeper, and you’ll find a much more complex story. Noorani’s art seeks to understand the process of radicalization from all angles – political, cultural, spiritual, and social – in a way that doesn’t judge so much as illuminate. Written and sung in English, “Find Heaven” is being translated into Urdu for an audience in Noorani’s native Pakistan, which has been wracked with extremism for many years.
Shahed Amanullah is the founder of altmuslim.com.