The ink of a scholar is worth a thousand times more
Than the blood of a martyr
The pen is mightier than the sword, my lord. It is a reference to a quote from a Hadith (a verified report of Muhammad’s deeds and sayings): The ink of scholars is weighed on the Day of Judgement with the blood of martyrs and the ink of scholars outweighs the blood of martyrs.“ Lupe’s Muslim faith has obviously instilled this belief
A martyr is one who dies for one’s cause — Lupe is saying not to die needlessly for your cause, but to try and improve the world.
This quote has significance because of the stereotype America has created about people of the Muslim faith. Even though this saying is unverified, it exemplifies that Islam doesn’t teach jihadist extremism to affect change but rather expressing your opinions through “ink or the pen”. The rest of the song exemplifies how elite in america display more terroristc attributes than the Muslims who are being stereotyped as terrorists.
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