The rise of the internet has certainly changed the way people obtain and share information. Social networks have enabled almost anyone to start a global conversation and allowed unknowns to command audiences rivaling those of real-world leaders.
Love it or hate it, the internet gives everyone a voice (though not every voice is worth listening to). Muslims too have made headlines and gone viral across the globe this year. Here are 5 young Muslims who totally took over the internet in 2015:
1. Ahmed Mohamed
There was widespread public reaction when 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas for bringing to school an electronic clock that his English teacher thought resembled a bomb. He was handcuffed and taken into custody and the news of the incident went viral on Twitter. Amneh Jafari, a 23-year-old college student started the #IStandWithAhmed hashtag that took off on social media that even captured the attention of President Obama.
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
Read more about Ahmed here.
2. Samantha Elauf
Samantha Elauf applied for a sales job with Abercrombie & Fitch in Tulsa, Okla. back in 2008 when she was 17 and was recommended for hire by an interviewer. However, the company said the scarf clashed with its dress code and refused to hire her. Samantha was determined to defend her right to wear a hijab on the job and took her case to court. The Supreme Court finally ruled 8-1 in favor of her in June 2015 and the news made headlines across the globe. She was also recognized and applauded by the President Obama during the #WhiteHouseIftar this year.
3. Mariah Idrissi
Mariah Idrissi, a 23-year-old who was born and raised in London had everyone talking about her when H&M released its Close the Loop ad. She is the first hijabi model to be featured in an H&M ad and she was discovered through her active page on Instagram. Tons of websites covered her debut and these included CNN, The New York Times, NBC News and even Buzzfeed, just to name a few.
Mariah Idrissi made our list of ‘Muslim Women Who Have Made Us Proud’. Check it out here.
4. Humood AlKhudher
Young Kuwaiti singer, Humood Alkhuder has taken the Islamic music scene by storm and gained fans around the world this year with his warm voice and positive songs. This 26-year-old’s popular single ‘Kun Anta’ which means ‘Be Yourself’ has accumulated over 33 million views on Youtube. Humood was said to gain popularity through Dubsmash and he captured the attention of the world when he parodied his ‘Kun Anta’ song on Dubsmash while driving.
The Zilzar Life team managed to catch up with Humood when he was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last June.
5. Marwa Balkar
22-year-old Marwa Balkar from the Southern California city Corona generated big buzz on social media when her open letter to Donald Trump on Facebook went viral. Her letter was a response to Donald’s plans to force American Muslims to register on a national database. The post has so far been shared over 174,000 times and amassed almost 690,000 ‘likes’, including one from the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg.
Find out more about her powerful response here.
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