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However, in the hands of 18-year-old Egyptian computer geek and amateur musician Karem Farok, the jihadi nasheed has now been remixed into aÂ dance pop hit.
ââSaleel al-SawarimâÂ was getting very popular and it stuck in my head too, since it is a good tune,â FarokÂ admitted. âSoÂ I wanted to transform it into a tool for mockingÂ the Islamic State. And IÂ managedÂ to turn it around completely,Â from death and violence to dance.â
This way, listening to the remix becomes an act of defiance in what Farok sees as a psychological war.
The remixÂ hasÂ spurred a trend in which young Arabs create their own Islamic State parodies by using Farokâs and similar âSaleel al-Sawarimâ remixes. The nasheed has been dubbed overÂ dance scenesÂ from Egyptian films andÂ homemadeÂ videosÂ ofÂ goofy dancingâ and even the South Korean pop songÂ âGangnam Style.âÂ Videos combining the anthem with belly dancing haveÂ gone viral, with hundreds of thousands of views. Another homemade videoÂ showsthree veiled women, two of them dressed in black and preparing to behead the third â at the first cry ofÂ âAllahu akbar,â theÂ shake-your-hipsÂ drums kickÂ in and the womenÂ break into wild dance.