10 Awesome Muslim Moments in 2016 (So Far)

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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.

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2. When Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first headscarf-wearing woman to represent USA at the Olympics

Pretty darn awesome! Even though I’m Australian and always cheering for the Aussies during the games, I’ll definitely be cheering for Ibtihaj when she’s on!
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3. Dalia Mogahed’s epic appearance on The Daily Show AND her TEDx talk

Dalia’s appearance The Daily Show had me laughing and nodding in equal parts. Love it.
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4. Imam Suhaib Webb taking over SnapChat

Yep, he’s on Snapchat! Sharing bits of his day and delivering “Snapwas.” Add him: ImamSuhaibWebb
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 5. When Stephanie Kurlow became the first Hijabi ballerina

Stephanie’s mission to be the first hijabi ballerina has taken the world by storm, starting with a successful fundraising campaign on Launchgood, to being given a scholarship to attend ballet school. Good for you Stephanie! Looking forward to seeing her perform on stage one day!
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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 neighbourhood 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, marginalize 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.”

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7. When Waleed was nominated for the Gold Logie

(this one’s for the Aussies) For the non-Aussies (or anyone really who – like me – really had no idea what the Logies is all about), the Logie Awards is Australian television’s annual award ceremony, and the Gold Logie is the most publicised award given to Australia’s favourite media personality. Waleed has been nominated for the 2016 Gold Logie, and everyone in Australia is losing their ish.

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and then this happened:

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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’ app that literally helps blind people ‘see’ the environment around them.

Inspired by Microsoft’s talking computer technology, he created an app that 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…

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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.

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10. When Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won an Academy Award

for her documentary “A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness,” that explores the story of a woman who survived a so-called ‘honour’ killing.
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(Also, in the course of putting this list together, I realised for the first time that “Oscar” is the nickname given to the trophy – did anyone else know that? Lol!)
FYI: The trailer of Sharmeen’s film below has some graphic images in it. You’ve been warned.

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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This article was originally published on Creative Ummah. 

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