Salman Ahmad is a bonafide rock star in Pakistan, across South Asia and in émigré communities around the world.
As a Pakistani Muslim boy, he caught Led Zeppelin fever in America, came home with a dream of fusion rock-and-roll and world peace — and now argues with mullahs over whether Islam even permits music.
He’s been banned in Pakistan, gone nose-to-nose with the Taliban, been thronged by screaming fans, and now wants to bridge East and West. But it’s tough.
This hour, On Point: a Muslim rocker stands up for peace.
Salman Ahmad joins us from New York. He's the co-founder and guitarist for the Pakistani rock band Junoon, which The New York Times has called "the U2 of Pakistan." Salman's new book is "Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution." You can read an excerpt here.
Here's the video of the Junoon song "Ehtesaab," which was banned in Pakistan:
This program aired on January 15, 2010.