In December 2007, over 2,000 American Muslims were asked what they wished they could say to the world. This is what they said.

A Land Called Paradise

Chorus: I wanna live in a land called Paradise
I wanna go to the valley of the King
I wanna live in a land called Paradise
Wanna see the birds fly and I wanna hear the angels

Sing the praises of my Lord so far above
As I move poetically with the struggle I fall in love
I look to the left, I look to the right, and all I gaze upon
Reveals the source of flowers, rainbows, and the dew at dawn
Some see before and some see in and some see after
I let my sight pierce the chains and see the master

Chorus

So many times in my life, I ask myself the question
What got me brought me into all this mess I’m swimming in
But pain is not and neither harm in the pool of bliss
So slap me with your hand or kiss me with your softest kiss
Tell me that you love me or that you don’t like me now
Tell me you invite me or that you don’t want me around
I won’t cry over a world that can’t change my life
I’ll put my money on what lies ahead in Paradise

Chorus

I try to do right and love my wife and trade and pray and talk
I can be anywhere, do anything, and I’m mindful of God
I’m pleased in good and happy in harm and now I realize
That I already live in a land called Paradise

Chorus

*Kareem Salama is known as the first American Muslim country music-western singer. His music is in fact a hybrid of country, pop and rock music. Salama was born and raised in Oklahoma.

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