With the release of their latest album LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘Tear’, BTS have been breaking records left and right. However, there is one thing that has been a source of hot debate.
Track #8, “Airplane pt.2” has been receiving a lot of attention for its introduction, which features a high pitched voice saying, or chanting, something many people would consider inaudible.
Some people believe it to be a phrase in the Arabic language.
This is used among muslims and having airplane pt.2 being played in clubs, concerts, etc is very disrespectful to the prophet and his name. This isn't BTS's fault AT ALL. This is the fault of their producer. They may have not been aware of it.
— 𝑯𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒂𝒉 𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒐𝒇𝒕 💗 (@hijabi_hannah) May 23, 2018
— Serendipity | OT7 💜 (@JiminsCuteSmil1) May 22, 2018
Why are k-pop producers including islamic and arabic phrases in songs without even knowing their meanings. They did it in MBTD and now in BTS' song…
— ayмan (@beulbling) May 23, 2018
Islam doesn't tolerate music so the fact they used an islamic prayer that have so much meaning for us in their song is wrong in so many levels. They are following CL's lead and disrespecting Islam. The worst is that I saw muslims praising them for that??? Wtf may Allah guide you
— 「Magic」#HappySuhoDay (@EXOnebulae) May 23, 2018
The reason some ARMY’s believed that BTS included an Arabic saying is because in the past, Suga believed Arabic beats would sound good in a Korean song.
in 2014 bts reacted to an arabic song and yoongi said that mixing arabic sounds/instruments with korean ones would be a good idea and now airplane pt 2’s beginning has an arabic vibe my arab ass is shaking #fakelovefriday
— 이별은 내게 t e a r (@taehguny) May 18, 2018
On the other hand, many other ARMYs who speak the language disagree, stating there is no Arabic being spoken. Instead, they say the introduction is saying “Uno Dos Tres”, in a high-pitched, distorted voice.
I understand arabic AND latin and there's no arabic there, it's a distorted phrase saying Uno Dos Tres
They try so hard to drag BTS when they should be educating their racist oppas…
— taehyung's wh💞re (@chokemetaehyung) May 23, 2018
I am Muslim and Arab and I hear arabic words and I guarantee you what us arab hear is not quran verses it's more of a Duaa for the prophet and if someone says that singing these things is forbidden tell them to educate muslims that keep singing first not clueless people.
— ᴡɪᴀᴍ ★ (@HeyWiam) May 23, 2018
Furthermore, BTS have previously stated that “Airplane pt.2” is a song that has Latin-Pop vibes, which goes along with the introduction being in Spanish.
Airplane pt2 vibes is like latin pop/spanish NOT ARABIC. they didn't use any islamic prayer phrases. stop making up rumors & lies to bash bts. for the muslim L's stop spreading this around. lying in Ramadan is a sin.
— jihan| FAKE LOVE 💧 (@wthparkjimin) May 23, 2018
Not @ how BTS clearly stated in interviews that Airplane pt2 is Latin Pop but yall wanna invent some arabic chants to it
Im just sayin
— Ahlem | Stream, vote, support 💜 (@wreckedbias97) May 23, 2018
why would bts use arabic in a latin inspired song? how can you hear arabic when it’s spanish? pic.twitter.com/7Kyjl6BDx5
— taetae (@sorreev) May 23, 2018
There is also confusion amongst listeners due to the similarities in scales that Spanish-Latin Pop and Arabian Pop use.
Even if it was an Arabic chant, the chant itself was not religious in any way. Instead, the included line is part of a common chant, normally performed at weddings.