As an independent Muslimah Hiphop artist, I am thankful for my abilities to direct and produce my own music videos, write my own lyrics, and hold firm in my modesty. Stay tuned!
Who are you?
My name is Alia Sharrief. I am a Hiphop artist from Sacramento, California. I currently stay in the Bay Area where I am active in several communities. I began Hiphop at the age of 4 years old, naming myself “HomieC”. I released my debut album, “Mental Cycles and Mood Swings “in 2012. Since then, I have performed all over California, Sri Lanka, and also at the 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation in New York City.
Aside from music, I recently received my Bachelors degree in communications/media and broadcasting. This August, I am currently the associate producer for the popular investigative news magazine “Flash Points” on KPFA Pacifica Radio. I also recently interned for CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) in media production.
I am working on my new album, “Back On My Deen” which I refer to as #HiphopDawah. With this new project, I am bringing Islam, the Deen, and Hiphop to another level. As an independent Muslimah Hiphop artist, I am thankful for my abilities to direct and produce my own music videos, write my own lyrics, and hold firm in my modesty. Stay tuned!
Give us your favorite quote and tell us why it mean so much to you:
“Maybe you are searching among branches for what only appears in the roots.” -Rumi
In my opinion this is a metaphor for the key to life. You must identify the foundation in order to trace your linage. You must research history to connect all the missing pieces. It’s best to analyze the roots of the tree before focusing solely on the branches.
What Ayah of the Quran do you hold close to your heart? Why?
“When My servants ask thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me: Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way.” 2:186 Surah Al Baqarah (The Cow)
This is dear to me because the thought of Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of this planet being so close is comforting and gives me confidence. Watching television will have you believing God is too busy in heaven to just focus on anyone. Being able to read that The Most High is right here with no intercessor needed to connect with him is a gift within itself.
What Hadith do you wish more non-Muslims knew about? Why?
“The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.” (Bukhari)
With media portraying all terrorist acts to be some form of jihad it is important for non-Muslims to understand the correct meaning of the word. There are so many authentic hadiths that narrates the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) outstanding character. Every Muslim should really make it a point to properly explain jihad to anyone who is misinformed.
1. What is your favorite book?
The Holy Quran is my favorite book by far. I find it fascinating that in 1400 years no scripture has been changed or manipulated in anyway.
2. Who inspires/inspired you?
I will have to start with the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). My mother would always tell me hadiths about his behavior that inspired me to try to do the same. My mother is also my inspiration. She encourages me to give everything my all and do my best.
3. What is the best lesson your mother/mother figure taught you?
How to stand up for myself. My mother is an activist so she’s always been a soldier for human rights. Her mother, my grandmother was also an activist in Mississippi. So learning how to stand strong, be well spoken, and knowledgeable has always been installed in me.
4. What advice would you give your 13 year old self?
Girl, take your time and listen to your mother. She knows what’s out there and you’re more similar to her than you think. Don’t watch so much television and read some more books.
5. What are your hopes for your daughter(s)?
If I ever have children, my hopes will be that they stay on their straight paths and never be inspired to do wrong or harm anyone. I hope that they would become leaders and motivate mankind to do right.
6. What is the biggest trial you went through in your life and how has that changed you?
Two years ago in college, I had a teacher telling me that there was no god. These debates were always in front of the entire class. He would demand me to prove Allah’s existence with evidence. This really attacked my Iman (faith) when I didn’t have every explanation at hand. Later, I start discovering the Quran has revealed thousands of proofs regarding science, earth, mankind, and so much more.
7. Any regrets? What’s something that you wish you’d thought about more before you did it?
I recently read a quote that said, “regret is a waste of emotion.” So no regrets only repentance. Because of my experiences, I am who I am today. I am very grateful for the wake up calls I have received. I am even more grateful for the certainty I received in knowing Allah is One.
8. How do you stay grounded in your work and/or spiritually grounded?
By staying creative and remembering that this life is only temporary and to Allah we shall all return. This concept motivates me to try my hardest and do my best that I can.
9. How do you bring about real change?
By using my rhyme to inspire young minds. I rhyme about helping people, protesting, speaking up for humanity, having dignity, and self respect to say the least. Ultimately by being the best Muslim and example I can be.
10. What do you hope to be remembered for?
My ability to spread Islam through Hiphop using my lyrics and other art forms. Also the legacy I will leave through my writings and media creations. I hope to be an inspiration for future generations and an example for young women to learn from.
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