“There is a cool Islam,” notes author Michael Muhammed Knight at the end of this trailer. “You just have to find it.” His novel The Taqwacores suggested an independent faith that included punk rockers, gays, lesbians and anybody else who might get barred at the mosque doorway. It became the rallying point for Muslims who didn’t feel like they fit in. The rebel subculture has taken on the “taqwacore” title, which fuses the Islamic concept of “God consciousness” with hardcore music. Omar Majeed’s documentary follows the lit phenom as he crosses America with a group of Allah-worshipping rockers who play songs like “Sharia Law in the U.S.A.” The tour continues onto Lahore, where different definitions of “hardcore” are explored.
Trailerama: Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam