Your article (Salman Ahmad Pens "Rock & Roll Jihad") is not shocking at all. Allow me to shock you.
You cannot possibly know old 'Sal' better than I do. Goodwill ambassadors are chosen very carefully to serve a purpose and an agenda which we need not touch upon here.
I have seen a video of Sal mockingly proclaim from across a dinner table that 'everyone says Islam is a religion of peace. …its a very sexy religion'.
Then another video purporting to show his amazing talent at ‘composing’ Quranic verses! He used a pop song’s melody to 'compose' the Qur'anic dua (Rabbana aatinaa fiddunya hasana....azaabun naar).
You say ‘Salman (no relative of Rushdie)’ but he is related if you look carefully the next time you go fishing.
What is 'Sufi rock', what is this rock ‘n roll Jihad non-sense? The Way forward for a Muslim is not to ape the nude-protesting Yoko-loving John Lennon's way.
The poor wandering singers at Karachi's Boating Basin sound better than this pseudo-Sufi wanna-be who did not answer the last question I asked him ("Do you believe in the finality of Messenger Muhammad and do you admit MGAQ was a fake prophet?).
Do not glorify fools who think they can change the world with the six strings of a guitar.