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(Boston Singer) Jennifer Grout Says She’s Converted to Islam
Gulf News ^ | January 22 | Jumana Al Tamimi

Posted on 01/22/2014 12:00:21 PM PST by nickcarraway

But video of American Arab’s Got Talent singer converting is not real

Though Jennifer Grout, the 23-year-old American singer, doesn’t speak a word of Arabic, she has a rare talent: singing Arabic songs, including Arabic traditional ones, so fluently, so softly and so beautifully.

When Grout participated in Arabs Got Talent last year, she was among the top three finalists, with thousands viewing her spine-tingling performances of songs by Umm Kulthoum on YouTube. More recently, a video of a different kind has been drawing attention to Grout — one showing her announcing her conversion to Islam, which was posted online last month.

While she has actually converted to Islam, though “unofficially”, Grout told tabloid! the posted video is not real.

“Actually the video that everyone has seen is part of a Moroccan film I made before my performance aired on Arabs Got Talent.”

“And I originally was upset, and mostly scared, that it ended up on the internet, because I hadn’t even gotten the chance to tell my family and closest friends about Islam before there were headlines everywhere saying I’d converted. However, now that it’s out there, maybe it’s a positive thing — I am not ashamed of what I believe in,” she added in an email interview.

The posted video shows her declaring, in the presence of two men, the shahada, the declaration of faith that is one of the five pillars of Islam. In the shahada, the person states that “there is no God but Allah and Mohammad [PBUH] is His prophet”.

Grout, who lives in Morocco, explained that she has not gone to the mosque to “confirm her conversion with an Imam or get it on paper”.

“But I say the shahada from my heart. I have recently started to perform the [five] daily prayers.” She also plans to fast during Ramadan later this year and she is also “trying to be more generous so to practice zakat”.

“Those are the most important things, and of course I’m trying to educate myself about it, to know more about the meaning of the Quran, Islam’s history... I read somewhere that Islam is not a state of being, but a process of becoming, and that really rings true for me.”

Grout’s attachment to religion comes two years after she was “atheist and against religion, thinking that it was harmful rather than helpful to the world”.

But when she met her Moroccan fiancee a year-and-a-half ago, he unconsciously made her change her view.

He is, she says, “the most courageous, persistent and loving person I know... I admired him, and so I wanted to make the relationship work — he being Muslim, one of the biggest factors in doing that was to at least understand Islam. By making an effort to understand and opening my mind to it, suddenly strange and amazing things started happening to me, like huge coincidences and feelings/sensations I’d never had before. That’s how my “process of becoming” originally started. So it is a fairly recent thing for me.”

Today, Grout lives and works in Marrakech with her fiancee, a Berber musician, with whom she performs. She also performs Arabic music at a riad, (Riad Kniz, an old house in Marrakesh converted into a hub for traditional cultural activities), where she sings and plays the oud, a musical instrument. She is also sings at parties and weddings.

When Grout took part in Arabs Got Talent last November, she made the news. First for being an American singing in a show for Arabs. Secondly, for being so fluent in singing Arabic traditional songs, without being able to speak the language.

A rumour spread that she must have Arabic origins — something she denied in her interview. “I thought that it would be a great opportunity to show my talent to the Arab world,” she said. “I had a wonderful experience on AGT! I got to travel to Lebanon and meet many amazing talented people along the way. Plus it earned me fame as an artist, which is something I’ve always dreamed of having.”

Asked about her future plans, Bostonite Grout, who holds a bachelor’s degree in classical singing from McGill University, said she is going to perform at the opening ceremony of a karate championship later this month and will sing at an Egyptian wedding.

Moreover, she dreams of singing Arabic music around the Arab world and as well for Arabs in America. She plans to pursue both Arabic and Moroccan Berber music. “One is studied music, one is folk music... each allows me to express myself differently,” she said.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Religion
KEYWORDS: islam; jennifergrout; morocco

1 posted on 01/22/2014 12:00:21 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Who?


2 posted on 01/22/2014 12:01:04 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: nickcarraway

Whoever this is, she made a mistake.


3 posted on 01/22/2014 12:02:42 PM PST by bergmeid (Resist we much!)
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To: nickcarraway

I was thinking 23 for a boston singer was really young


4 posted on 01/22/2014 12:03:41 PM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: nickcarraway
American Arab’s Got Talent

If you enjoyed that jihad inspiring song from our last contestant, you'll love this next performance from Mo, who says he started building IEDs when he was only six years old....

5 posted on 01/22/2014 12:03:57 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: nickcarraway

Hope she didn’t drive home from her conversion ceremony..


6 posted on 01/22/2014 12:04:38 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: nickcarraway

Isn’t that special! OK, Jennifer, proceed to the clitoris amputation unit and then on to the stoning pit. I mean, you are an infidel signing Allah’s music, are you not? Blasphemy!


7 posted on 01/22/2014 12:07:35 PM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: nickcarraway

it is with Grout pleasure that I announce. Alluah Ahkbar.


8 posted on 01/22/2014 12:08:37 PM PST by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: nickcarraway

But when she met her Moroccan fiancee a year-and-a-half ago, he unconsciously made her change her view.

They do this to gain converts.


9 posted on 01/22/2014 12:09:49 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: nickcarraway

Well isn’t that special?


10 posted on 01/22/2014 12:10:35 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

~~~“But I say the shahada from my heart. I have recently started to perform the [five] daily prayers.”~~~

The spirit of antichrist and Satan welcome her into the fold.


11 posted on 01/22/2014 12:10:44 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: bergmeid
Nice way to get attention now.

But when she outgrows it and find out what it is really all about, getting out won't be as easy as having a tattoo removed.

12 posted on 01/22/2014 12:12:49 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: nickcarraway

Mohammadan youngsters... they blow up so fast.


13 posted on 01/22/2014 12:13:05 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Arm_Bears
Who?

And the better question: Why?

I can see if you are born into this cult you are kind of hosed... Then the real rubber hits the road if one decides to convert out of the cult. The brave person must really believe and understand that eternity matters more time than our brief time here ...

But to knowingly join such a cult??

14 posted on 01/22/2014 12:13:20 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: nickcarraway

Grout is a substance that gets squished between tiles. A woman. In islam. Grout. Fitting.


15 posted on 01/22/2014 12:14:53 PM PST by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: nickcarraway
Great for her! Where do I send the "Burkas Are Us" gift card?
16 posted on 01/22/2014 12:18:23 PM PST by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: nickcarraway

Boston singer? She’s no Brad Delp.....


17 posted on 01/22/2014 12:19:42 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: nickcarraway
Let's remember the rules:


18 posted on 01/22/2014 12:19:51 PM PST by Gamecock (If you like your constitution, you can keep your constitution. Period. (M.S.))
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To: Darren McCarty

First thing that came to my mind…


19 posted on 01/22/2014 12:20:40 PM PST by Gamecock (If you like your constitution, you can keep your constitution. Period. (M.S.))
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To: nickcarraway

Next thing you know she’s going to be ordering a few pressure cookers from Amazon. For cooking all that great arabic food.


20 posted on 01/22/2014 12:21:15 PM PST by glorgau
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To: nickcarraway

“Arabs Got Talent”, seriously? That is has at least 20 good punch lines attached to it.


21 posted on 01/22/2014 12:23:17 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: nickcarraway
Hmm. Sounds like a web of lies, misinformation, piracy, misrepresentation, dishonesty, and treachery to me...

Allahu Akbar!

22 posted on 01/22/2014 12:35:20 PM PST by golux
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To: Arm_Bears

Who?

No...Boston.


23 posted on 01/22/2014 12:44:25 PM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: nickcarraway

Pretty girl, amazing voice.

Too bad...


24 posted on 01/22/2014 12:44:51 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

“But when she met her Moroccan fiancee ...”
That explains why she suddenly adopted a violent, medieval ideology that considers her a second class human being.


25 posted on 01/22/2014 12:47:00 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: I want the USA back

She obviously never watched “Not Without My Daughter”.

This will not end well.


26 posted on 01/22/2014 12:47:41 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

No, it won’t. One would have to be suicidal to do something like this.


27 posted on 01/22/2014 12:52:08 PM PST by darkangel82
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To: nickcarraway

Looking at the third picture on the website all I can say is if she had green eyes and slightly lighter hair she would be the spitting imagine of late wife when she was 23.


28 posted on 01/22/2014 1:00:25 PM PST by redangus
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To: nickcarraway

Muslim men have been seducing naive women since the 8th century. They are masters of taquiyyah. If you want to pray 5 times a day, or more, you can pray the Catholic Liturgy of the Hours.


29 posted on 01/22/2014 1:28:39 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: nickcarraway; Robert Spencer; All

Chicks taking the next step…here…

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/01/australia-muslima-grew-more-religious-donned-niqab-killed-waging-jihad-in-syria/

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/01/colorado-muslima-convert-to-islam-gets-eight-years-prison-dawah-for-role-in-plot-to-murder-muhammad/

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/01/afghanistan-girl-in-jihadmartyrdom-suicide-vest-detained/

Oh, and a couple of French brothers who converted and died for the cause…here...

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/01/french-brothers-convert-to-islam-blow-themselves-up-in-syrian-jihad/


30 posted on 01/22/2014 1:30:28 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Vendome

Had you seen her before?


31 posted on 01/22/2014 1:31:14 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: PGalt

Don’t forget the wife of one of the Tsarnaev brothers.

She definitely was in on the bombings.


32 posted on 01/22/2014 1:31:25 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: bergmeid

She was a great admirer of the Boston Bomber and felt attracted to his peaceful religion.


33 posted on 01/22/2014 1:37:20 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: nickcarraway
You can bet she'll still be using any talent she has to actively mine for American dollars.

Caveat emptor, citizens!

Leni

34 posted on 01/22/2014 1:44:55 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: nickcarraway

Naw. Looked her up on YouTube.

Very Pretty, still sad...


35 posted on 01/22/2014 2:15:38 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway
The Arabs Got Talent segment with Jennifer Grout (LINK).

Might be about what you expected. But probably not.

36 posted on 01/22/2014 2:48:21 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (In partibus infidelium.)
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To: dfwgator

Thanks for the reminder.


37 posted on 01/22/2014 4:27:24 PM PST by PGalt
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