Redneck Muslim | 2018 Online Film Festival | PBS

Redneck Muslim | 2018 Online Film Festival | PBS

(curious music) (helicopter blades whirring) (indistinct chatter) – I knew theoretically you
could be a white Muslim. But where I grew up, I’ve never
seen a white Muslim person. – Did you survive over night? – I did, I got like three hours of sleep. – I think that’s a successful on call. – I think so. – That’s pretty light. – Thank you, sir. My grandparents on both side
of my family were farmers in rural Mississippi. Black eyed peas and cornbread, you can’t get much lower than that. I definitely went through
a lot of phases of being unaware of injustice. And then seeing in justice
but not knowing how to process that. I’m probably the only person
here who’s grandfather taught them how to tie a noose. Guide us, oh God, on the straight path, the path of those who are
not lost along the way. We ask you to be with us
as we go out on the floor today and serve your person. In chaplain (mumbles) you get some really, really life-or-death situations. We get people flown in
from all over the state who have been in car
wrecks, they’ve been shot. Any trauma that comes in
the chaplain has to go to with all the doctors. Going into patients room
when I kind of found out I’m not the Muslim
chaplain that sees Muslims, I’m the chaplain. I’m scared these people
are going to kick me out of the room. I’m Shane from the chaplains office. It helps, I think, being
a Muslim that walks in with a southern accent and
can talk about deer hunting and getting in a tree stand. I kind of got pretty secure
in that before all the Trump stuff started happening. (soft music) People in North Carolina
have yelled out of the car at my wife, “Go back to
where you came from.” And my wife’s about five
foot tall and she stopped in the middle of the street and, “Why didn’t they get out of the car?” You know, “What a bunch of cowards.” Three men to drive by
a lady with some kids and yell that out of the car. My wife’s tougher than me, and braver. (indistinct talking) Mom was so excited to see snow, it doesn’t snow in Indonesia.
– That’s the first time. In Mississippi there was no snow. I first met my husband
and we were talking about Indonesia. I feel like if I was
American they probably would call me a redneck, you know. ‘Cause I was coming from
such a redneck kind of lifestyle, I guess. Same thing, like my
family worked in the field and grow their own food. – This was when he was
running the taxidermy supply company, my grandfather was
taxidermist supply company. – Of course you have some
bad days and good days. But having each other’s
shoulder and having faith throughout, that’s
really helping us going. – What does that say? – “Let them be with me,
prophet, in the garden.” After Adam my wife and I got pregnant and we were having the
ultrasound done and, turnout out that my wife was
carrying conjoined twins. They were telling us, “Looks
like they’re sharing a heart “and we don’t know if
they may survive an hour, “or a day, or a week.” They asked if we would mind
if the chaplain stepped in and visited with us. That was my exposure
to what a chaplain was. (soft music) My wife and I are, there’s
no way I think we’re ever gonna be apart after this. It’s just, uh, brutal
and beautiful experience. Yeah, we’re here at your grandpa’s house. – He comes up to me and he says, “Son back when I was your
age we ate in the house “and went to the bathroom in the yard. “Now we’re eating in the
yard and going bathroom “in the house.” (laughter) – He gave me some antique money. This was used by the confederate states and this one was when the states– – I was the first generation
of my family to go to an integrated school. I didn’t have black friends growing up, African american friends growing up, ’til I got in high school. And then interacting with
different people and seeing that there’s good and bad in all people. There’s beautiful people that come in all different shades. There’s really confusing things
that didn’t really add up. It caused a lot of friction in my family. ♪ We got that boom ♪ I started getting into hip hop music. Between classes we were
raising a ruckus in the hall, rapping and beat boxing and stuff. This is at a county fair,
at the Neshoba County Fair in Mississippi. I think we went on right after the ladies’ rag time band. It’s pretty awesome. (laughs) Really receptive crowd, too. Two white kids rapping. I started hearing Malcolm X
mentioned in some this music so I read the autobiography of Malcolm X. Right after I became
Muslim I walked around Jackson, Mississippi
in a robe and a turban. It wasn’t out of love
for the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, to try to emulate him, it was to piss my family off, to aggravate my family. And I think I did a
pretty good job at that. – Your past is what made you. And it influenced you. And it makes you the person you are today. You have to embrace it, good or bad, and then you go on from there. (soft music) – Let me go pop the hood. Recently it kind of sunk in, (engine turning) I’m sitting at a crossroads
of being from a southern Baptist family from Mississippi
that’s a practicing Muslim. And something doesn’t quite
feel right about this. I mean, you can’t function
psychologically throwing away the first 29 years of
your life because you become Muslim. And Islam doesn’t ask that of you. (mumbling) (soft music) Southern hospitality
and Islamic generosity, they blend perfectly. The Andy Griffith show,
that’s a good example of everything I aspire to be as a Muslim, just look at the Andy Griffith show. Like hard work and believing in God and honoring your family. And people that are rednecks,
redneck doesn’t mean something negative,
that’s a badge of honor. So I made a group called the
Society of Islamic Rednecks. I was thinking, how can
I share Islam with people from my background? 1600 people joined this group on Facebook. And it’s just funny. We’re working on Islamic
commentary to Lynyrd Skynyrd simple man and it’s 61 people. But hello barbecue, 5,014. On the little blurb it
says there’s many positive parts of redneck culture. But we just seek to purify
that of racism and sexism. I was very concerned
about how people of color would respond to that. But the criticism I’ve got
have been from white people. I still have mixed emotions about it. – Hey (mumbles) how are you? – Shane, nice to see you. So I’ve asked different people of color that are scholars what
they think about that. (indistinct talking) – It’s an important conversation to have. This narrative reconciling whiteness, trying to purge whiteness
of some of the more pernicious parts and being Muslims, it’s common across the
spectrum of white folks, for southern white folks and
north eastern white folks. See, the thing about being white, as I’m sure you know better than I do, anything you do that
connotes even slightly some exclusivity is, you know. – That’s why I was
thinking to transition from the Islamic redneck to
southern hospitality. To open it up. Working on southern
hospitality Islamic center. – I got to take a picture of this shirt. My wife’s gonna love this. (indistinct talking) – Being white you have the luxury, you can kind of pretend
racism doesn’t exist. But I think within our
souls we know something’s not right and we’re not at ease. – So our brother Shane is
going to tell you something. He told me, he said, “You know, Imam, “I grew up as a redneck.” He’s an African american Islamic son. That’s (mumbles), that’s Islam. – It’s impossible from
where I sit to be raised in America and not be
socialized to be a racist. Where white supremacy
is socialized into you as a white person here. Allah made us this way
and if we participated in something that’s unjust we
need to turn back to Allah, (mumbles), apologize and then
stand up for what’s right. And what part of your culture do you keep, and what parts of your
culture do you purify and you let go of? Such as racism and sexism. – Most of my family are
from North Carolina. Honestly we hate to use
these harsh words like hate and all that stuff, but
you’re the guy that I hate. So to hear you say that,
to apologize (mumbles) and things, it unlocks the
door for us too to come out of a shell. Let me see your hand like this, now you’ve got to integrate
it with mine like this. If we get on the same
side of the fight, psh. Divided we’ll fall. Divided we’ll fall. – We already have that issue
of division to begin with. No offense, but how
would you get your people to let go? ‘Cause white supremacy in the
system benefits you, right? So then who’s gonna let go of that? You know what I mean? – Yeah, that’s my question
that I want to explore. Like how do you do that? (soft music) We can make a contribution
to standing up for justice. Someone was asking me about this, what would motivate white
people to do that because you don’t really have anything to gain, you’re just gonna give
away your privilege. But I think you gain your
humanity by doing that, you’re true to your soul that you don’t brutalize human beings. (soft music) Malcolm X, there’s a
quote where he says that white people who want to
work against injustice, you can contribute to solving
the problem by working together, but also work
with your community, your own community. (knocks) Hey guys. – Hi, come on in. – Even having to consider you
having a quadruple bypass– – Our daughter wrote him
a letter just listing all the things that she still needed him for. You know, how to chase the boys away and teach her how to drive
the truck on a real road instead of just little back roads. – Can you totally purify
that term redneck? I’m not sure, but it’s interesting
to have that conversation and I think it definitely
kind of sets the stage for people to understand
you can keep your identity, you just have to let go of
the things that transgress other people’s rights. I’m trying, I’m trying,
I’m a work in progress. I’m gonna miss not
getting to come see y’all. – I like you, you’ve been around, you’ve been really good to us. – You have an open
invitation in (mumbles). – Absolutely, come see us. (soft music)

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  1. Jesus  john 14:9 The Way, the Truth, and the Life
    …8Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” 9Jesus replied, “Philip, I have been with youall this time, and still you do not know Me?Anyone who has seen Me has seen theFather. How can you say, ‘Show us theFather’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me? The words I say to you, I do not speak on My own. Instead, it is the Father dwelling in Me, performing His works.

  2. Surah 3:54 Alah is the greatest of all deceivers..

    Revalation 20:10  10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

  3. There is no color in Islam. Everyone is treated equally. Proud to be a Muslim. #pakistani american.

  4. Traitor to Jesus Christ is what you are. You need to leave North Carolina. Just get out of the south all together and go to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

  5. Everyone is quick to judge islam but if they would open the quran they would realize that it makes sense and islam is the right religion

  6. We have a saying that when a Christian becomes a Muslim he is then given double the reward because his or her journey to Islam is harder than say one who is born a Muslim

  7. I am sorry but these black Muslims should not be seeing colour. A Muslim is a Muslim, why are they questioning the white brother as if he is guilty of something?

  8. The hardships of this man is the hardship every Muslim faces, nothing new but brother may Allah bless you and your work and may He take us all to heaven

  9. If only y’all knew how many white Muslims are out there 😂 Alhamdulillah we were created in all different races and nations.

  10. Am an atheist, your story is beautiful. I came from a Christmas, Muslim family. Father a Muslim, mother Christina and I had to attend both the church and the mosque but I fund that religion only made me into a judgemental person that gives you no freedom to gain your humanity."

  11. Asalaam Alaikum Y'all , american muslim born in augusta ga. but live on west coast now. Muslim 16 years in august Alhamdulillah … Ramadan Kareem & Masalaama

  12. At the end of the day, everyone will stand on the Day of judgement so your actions will be for you or against you. So every one has the opportunity to put there best foot forward no matter the back ground! Peace and blessings.

  13. Ahhh…the false teachings for Satan is master of deception and confusion and it’s done by the deception of peace and beauty for even Satan knows we won’t fall for horrific things

  14. Hello Mr.Redneck- you bring the aspects of more balanced & harmonious level of reality with courage & confidence into society. Beautiful journey. Thanks for sharing😊

  15. Again we have black muslims lol, as soon as you see one, remind him how Mohammad owned black slaves, how he sexually exploited black female slaves, how he called Ethiopians "Raisin' heads" and how he said that "satan looks like a black man". And last but not least- how his followers praised him for being white: "His white arms, his white armpits, his white face, his white stomach, his white chest, his white legs…"

  16. I'm brown Pakistani Muslim but I've seen two white Muslims and to me seeing white Muslims really is powerful

  17. may be he can go and join Isis and heal them of their wicked ways but warning Isis does more than yell bad things at you are they bad muslims



  19. IM A PROUD INFIDEL! I learned everything I needed to learn about muslims & islam on 9/11🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

  20. Ya Ali madad!
    I saw you praying like Suni and you need to do more research about Islam to find out founder of Suni Abubaker and Omar were hypocrites.
    Ask your Muslim scholars to prove Islam of Abubaker and Omar from Quran? You will get surprised.
    Ya Ali madad!

  21. Lol the concept is hilarious even if technically there might be a few that exist. I'll prolystsize but not here I'm just here for the lolz

  22. I think people are generally just scared or weary of the unknown. We are taught to hate, discriminate, etc .Look at the Apartheid system us South Africans lived under but we could lament about our situation and forget there's a higher power or keep the faith and continue practicing Islam and believe that Allah SWT has a reason for everything algamdulilah

  23. BEAUTIFUL 💚 …
    I am an African American that had no faith until I met my now Iraqi wife. Took shahada 3 months ago & I have never felt more at peace. ALLEH YAKON MOAKEM JUMIAL

  24. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

    Acts 2:38 KJV

  25. If only we didn’t have incompetent and misleading priests
    If only we could stopped running after this world
    None can misguide whom Allah guides

    Ps: I’m telling this for today’s situation, not for this video.

    SO WE .

  27. My friend is a native American muslim. His father converted to islam then his son is born so technically he was born a muslim. His father’s enthusiasm to Islam is stronger than his

  28. Iv got a message for all Muslims, keep up ur faith and forget the haters. Have sabr n inshallah things will get better especially in the West with all the Islamophobia n don't fear anyone.

  29. The Quran is racist towards Black people; calling them "raisin heads" and the least valueable type of slaves.

  30. Why worship creation like a prophet (Jesus) or an angel (Gabrial) or an idol (Buddha) or a planet/star (Siris) or an animal (Cow). Why worship creation, Worship The Creator (Allah)

    Basic truth, what excuse do you have?

  31. I have looked into Islam & the koran
    & have found it to be the most violent, inhumane & ridiculous backwards religion I have ever come scross.
    Mohammed was one of the most deranged sexually deviant excuses
    for a human I have ever hesrd of.
    He died by poison at the hand of a woman whose husband, he had cruelly murdered in
    front of her & her children…..
    A most painful & horrible death!!!

  32. To every male around the world 🌍 if any issues with anything we men can sort it out amongst each other , never ever should any male of any colour of any religion yell swear or threaten or intimidate any female or children 👶, if any male picks on woman or children don’t mater what the reason is , the only justification I can give is because there mother mated with a pig 🐷 and they were the outcome of that 😂😂☝️🦁☝️🦁☝️🦁 cowards threaten woman and kids

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