There have been some super awesome things created & achieved by Muslims in 2016 so far. Here is a list of just 10!
1. Al Firdaus Ensemble bringing peace through music
Word of Granada-based Al Firdaus Ensemble’s tour in America earlier this year spread quickly. A timely and unexpected remedy to the brewing negativity against Islam in America. The ensemble’s shows were sold out, and rightly so – their music is soulful, beautiful, and inspired.
2. When Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first headscarf-wearing woman to represent USA at the Olympics
3. Dalia Mogahed’s epic appearance on The Daily Show AND her TEDx talk
4. Imam Suhaib Webb taking over SnapChat
5. When Stephanie Kurlow became the first Hijabi ballerina
6. eL Seed’s mesmerising anamorphic street art with meaning
Aptly named ‘Perception,’ tackling issues of social judgement, spanning over 50 buildings, taking a year of planning to execute, and all without the Egyptian government realising what was going on. A complex, inspiring, and beautiful work of art.
el Seed explains, “In the neighborhood of Manshiyat Nasr in Cairo, the Coptic community of Zaraeeb collects the trash of the city for decades and developed the most efficient and highly profitable recycling system on a global level. Still, the place is perceived as dirty, marginalized and segregated.”
The art uses the words of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, a Coptic Bishop from the 3rd century, that said:
“Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first.”
7. When Waleed was nominated for the Gold Logie
and then this happened:
8. When Saqib Shaikh created an app to help blind people ‘see’
The only thing I love more than cool techy things, is seeing tech being used to improve lives! Saqib has been blind since he was 7 years old, and he created the ‘SeeingAI’ application that literally helps blind people ‘see’ the environment around them.
Inspired by Microsoft’s talking computer technology, his creation allows blind people to understand what is going on around them by listening to the app’s descriptions. Watch the vid below to see exactly how it works…
9. Hanan Al Hroub, a Palestinian teacher winning the $1M Global Teacher Prize
She said that the inspiration for her method of teaching children through play developed after her husband and children were shot at on their way home from school. After this terrifying experience, they started to invent games at home and Hanan noticed a positive change in her children’s behaviour, and their grades and self-confidence started improving. She then changed her major to elementary education.
Now that is a serious example of taking a negative and turning it into a positive. Hanan is an inspiration to every teacher, parent, and human in the world.
10. When Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won an Academy Award
And there is still the rest of the year to go…I can’t wait to see all the other awesome things Muslims will achieve and create!
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