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Song banned in Athens for “encouraging” Islam

 A song composed by Greek composer Manos Hacidakis titled “Kemal” has been banned in Athens following allegations that it serves as Islamic propaganda. 

A complaint was received after an elementary school teacher in Greece handed 5th grade students lyrics to a song, composed by Hacidakis for a young man named Kemal whom he met in New York in 1968, so that they could read it during the next lesson. 

The school received a complaint that Islamic propaganda was being pursued through the “Kemal” song. The reasoning was that “Allah” was present in three times in the song. 

In her statement on social media, the teacher who was accused of spreading Islamic propaganda explained that she was called into the principal’s office after a parent complained. 


"Hark to the story of Kemal 
a young prince of the East 
descendant of Sinbad the Sailor 
who thought he could change the world. 
But bitter is the will of Allah 
and dark the souls of men." 

In the lands of the East once upon a time 
the purse was empty and the water stale. 
In Mosul and Basra on the old coconut tree 
the children of the desert now cry bitter tears. 

And a young man of an old and royal line 
hears the lament and grows near. 
the Bedouins look at him sadly 
and he gives them an oath in Allah's name, that times will change. 

When the lords heard of the lad's fearlessness 
they set out with wolf's teeth and lion's skin 
from Tigris** to Euphrates**, from the earth to the heavens 
they hunt for the deserter, to capture him alive. 

The horde descends upon him like rabid dogs 
and takes him to the Caliph to place the noose [on his neck] 
black honey and black milk he drank that morning 
before he breathed his last on the gallows. 

The Prophet (Muhammed) awaits before the Gates of Heaven 
with two elderly camels and a red horse. 
They now go hand in hand and it's cloudy 
but the star of Damascus kept them company. 

In a month and a year they see Allah before them 
and from his high throne he says to the simple Sinbad: 
"my beaten smart-aleck, times do not change, 
the world always moves on by fire and blades" 

Goodnight Kemal, this world will never change.