Making MVSLIM: Hanan & Taha

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“To inspire the next generation to take it to the next level, and not let prejudice decide their future”

 

Hanan Challouki and Taha Riani are the duo who founded one of the most popular digital media platforms for Muslim-driven content, Mvslim. Run by and for the Muslim millennials that everyone is talking about these days.

 

1. Tell us a bit about yourself …

Hanan: I’m 23 years old and I live in Antwerp, Belgium. I recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Strategic Communications and I’m the co-founder of Mvslim, which most of my time goes to. I’m also a partner of the creative agency Allyens. Besides that, I’m also active as a journalist, storytelling is a great passion of mine.

Taha: I’m 20 years old and a future computer scientist. I live in Antwerp but I study in Brussels. I’m the co-founder of Mvslim and a partner of the creative agency Allyens. I’m passionated about design, calligraphy, digital media and photography. I love areas where science and art meet.

 

2. What inspired you to start mvslim, and what do you attribute its success to?

Hanan & Taha: We searched for “Muslim” in Google and found only negative images of terrorists, blood baths and terrible situations. We decided we wanted to change these stereotypical portrayage of Muslims and to create our own media. Mvslim wants to inspire the next generation to take it to the next level and not let prejudice decide their future.

 

3. When you’re not working on mvslim, what do you do with you time?

Hanan: I’m working for Allyens, which consults companies in their communication strategies and also creates projects that introduces new talents to the world. I also give lectures about media and diversity today, to put good practices in the spotlight. Or the usual little things we all appreciate: reading, watching movies, spending time with family and friends.

Taha: I like to wander through the city and photograph people to capture special moments (check my instagram).  I also love to experiment with digital media and new technologies. I’ve always been interested in Artififcial Intelligence  and I also like to read about these matters. I spend a lot of time working for Allyens, which consults companies in their communication strategies and also creates projects that introduces new talents to the world.

 

4. What is your 5-year goal?

Hanan: I want to keep growing intellectually so I invest in educating myself. I hope within 5 years to be happy about the path that I’ve chosen and to have created many projects that benefit society.

Taha: To develop my creative work and to expand my knowledge about the fields I’m interested in. Of course, I want to make Mvslim and Allyens bigger and better.

 

5. Who inspires you the most?

Hanan: I’m inspired by different people in different fields. For example, I love what Jon Stewart did in the media world and I appreciate great artists such as Banksy, who deliver a message within their artwork.

Taha: Alan Turing, he is one of the founding fathers of the computer sciences. I’m inspired by people who can create a revolution in every part of society.

 

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