Is it just me, or does it feel like Muslims are still viewed as being on the outskirts of society in North America, though polls and statistics say the opposite? Consider popular CNN talk show host Glenn Beck, who last fall began an interview with the first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, with “Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.”
The latest issue of Islamica Magazine makes this point in its editorial, and then goes on to prove that Muslims in North America form “the most visible microcosm of the global Muslim community.” In the same issue they offer intriguing profiles of 10 Muslim visionaries–artists, television producers, novelists, philanthropists, humanitarian workers, doctors and laywers–who without a doubt prove what’s right with the Muslim community in North America.
Let me introduce to you to three movers and shakers on the cultural/entertainment scene:
The thing that I appreciate is that these visionaries build off of their faith and culture to produce savvy, sensitive, and really interesting work. Yet they don’t limit their work Islamic-themed topics. Because that’s how you’ll really thrive in entertainment–know who you are, but go beyond that.