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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 a¬†dance pop hit.
‚Äú‚ÄėSaleel al-Sawarim‚Äô¬†was getting very popular and it stuck in my head too, since it is a good tune,‚ÄĚ Farok¬†admitted. ‚ÄúSo¬†I wanted to transform it into a tool for mocking¬†the Islamic State. And I¬†managed¬†to turn it around completely,¬†from death and violence to dance.‚ÄĚ
This way, listening to the remix becomes an act of defiance in what Farok sees as a psychological war.
The remix¬†has¬†spurred a trend in which young Arabs create their own Islamic State parodies by using Farok‚Äôs and similar ‚ÄúSaleel al-Sawarim‚ÄĚ remixes. The nasheed has been dubbed over¬†dance scenes¬†from Egyptian films and¬†homemade¬†videos¬†of¬†goofy dancing‚ÄĒ and even the South Korean pop song¬†‚ÄúGangnam Style.‚ÄĚ¬†Videos combining the anthem with belly dancing have¬†gone viral, with hundreds of thousands of views. Another homemade video¬†showsthree veiled women, two of them dressed in black and preparing to behead the third ‚ÄĒ at the first cry of¬†‚ÄúAllahu akbar,‚ÄĚ the¬†shake-your-hips¬†drums kick¬†in and the women¬†break into wild dance.