Honoring The Best Muslims of 2020

Finally, 2020 has come to an end! It’s been a year that brought the whole world right onto their feet but not these Muslims. 

They had the will to turn all the odds in their favor and achieved what many could only wish. It is because of them that the world gets to witness the immense talent that Muslims possess and eventually it is also because of people like them that the world continues to evolve into an exciting place to live. 

So, on this occasion of new years, we are introducing you to the best Muslims of 2020. 

Asad J. Malik

The man who is on a mission to make the impossible realities possible with his futuristic toys. While today he is regarded as the pioneer in using augmented reality for storytelling, Asad first stunned the world with Terminal 3 – an interactive AR documentary, released in 2018, which lets the viewer take the seat of an airport security officer to interrogate the passengers coming from different backgrounds to the US. 

Our favorite part of the documentary began when the hologram of a Muslim passenger arrived in the room. The series of questions and the authority that you are given to decide the future of a passenger based on his past while keeping the current political scenario in mind is an experience of a lifetime. 

And just when viewers from around the world started to become friends with the ghost-like-figures (holograms) made by Asad, he along with his team, came up with something even bigger and better called “Jadu”.

It’s a social app that can make your wish of performing with your favorite artists come true to life. Inside the app, you will find pre-recorded 3D “holographic” performances from a curated slate of artists and users can then take a photo or make video content with them for their social apps like TikTok. 

So, if you want to see your favorite stars very close to you in the form of holograms, install Jadu now and wait for the magic to happen soon as the team is constantly working on bringing more artists to this new digital narrative.

Ramy Youssef

He dared to tackle the most sensitive issues that the Millennials and Gen Z Muslims face on a daily basis with a show based on his own name “Ramy”. it is undoubtedly the smartest and darkest comedy season made on the life of Muslims which is the reason why he has also won a Golden Globe Award for it. 

With two seasons out as of now, Ramy takes you on a journey of an Egyptian-American (himself in real life) who is trying his best to find Allah in a politically divided New Jersey neighborhood. He is confused whether he should party on a Friday night or offer the prayers – especially when his fellows are doing both with the belief that life is one chance and there are no consequences. 

If you are feeling the similar confusion while being a part of the Muslim community, watch Ramy because he has a past, is still making mistakes but putting out his best effort to connect with the creator and Islam. 

We really hope that by the end, he will give a lesson that can be very much valuable for the generations to come. 

Jameel Mohammed

This enthralling individual has lately pursued his true calling of introducing an Afro-futuristic jewelry line to the world which not only resulted in great stardom but also received love from the most influential individuals like Michelle Obama, Selena Gomez and Serena Williams, etc. 

Shifting from the Political Science background to the design industry, Mohammad surely stayed true to what he deeply believed in and created artistic masterpieces that sheds light on the complexities and rich history of his own community. Allowing them to be seen. Allowing them to be felt. 

His brand KHIRY was launched in 2016 and it inculcates the beauty of the Afro culture through ages within modern designs. So, if you are looking for some unique pieces of jewelry, you better visit the online store.

Fareedah Shaheed

As it is very much true that trauma either breaks you or makes you, Fareedah made the latter possible with her startup called Sekuva. Coming from a childhood where she was bullied in school in Saudi Arabia because of being the only Black American, she decided to teach people how to secure themselves online and that is what Sekuva is – a place for people to learn online security. It is her will to make the world a better place to live for the weak that has also helped her company reach the multi-billion-dollar mark in no time!

Sanaa Khan

Another powerful Pakistani woman in the list belongs to the Google headquarters. Being a Program Chief she currently looks through the market strategy and hardware planning for Stadia, a cloud gaming service by the tech giant. 

She has been one of the key players to take Stadia to new heights during this year of pandemic with “Stadia’s Free Play Days” dedicated to the financially compromised gamers. Moreover, this super woman also runs a scholarship program for women developers – all with the hope of building a bridge for more females to enter the tech industry. 

Batouly Camara

There is no doubt in the fact that every woman is a full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform. Fortunately, we see a live example of such a woman in the face of former UConn women’s basketball player Batouly Camara. While her achievements in sports are already immense, it is actually her Women and Children’s Empowerment (WAKE) non-profit organization that caught our attention this year. 

With it, the young athlete aims to provide a holistic educational and professional development experience to young girls in Guinea for whom formal learning barely meets the requirements of survival. She wants women to pursue their dreams irrespective of where they belong to.

Ameer Al Khatahtbeh

Who would’ve known that a man rejected by Forbes for a social media internship would be on Forbes under 30 list for his own social media project called Muslim! Sounds like a fantasy, right? Well, it’s not! 

Ameer Al Khatahtbeh has been creating extraordinary content to portray the life of Millennials and Generation Z Muslims with his startup Muslims.co. And its his dedication to point out serious political issues revolving the identity of Muslims, along with hilarious memes, which makes his startup’s Instagram worth following! 

Ugur Sahin & Ozlem Tureci

They spent their wedding day together in the laboratory and ever since then the scientist couple decided to give their lives to the field of oncology and infectious diseases. However, little did they also know that their passion to serve humanity would also lead them to save the world from COVID-19 one day. 

The duo owns the German biotechnology company BioNTech that together has helped the leading US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer to come up with the first version of the COVID-19 vaccine. So far, the vaccine has been getting a mixed response but still we are on the edge of beating COVID-19 and the credit goes to them!

Iman Villani – Ms Marvel

If you just have the wish to go big in life, sometimes that’s all what you need. Such is the story of this Canadian actress Iman Villani who is all set to play the role of Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) in the Marvel cinematic universe. 

For those of you who haven’t read the comic book, Kamala Khan is Marvel’s first Muslim character to have a whole comic book based on her life and Iman is also lucky enough to become the first Muslim to portray the superhero character. 

There is also Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy in the list of directors for this film. Yes, the similar woman who has already won an Oscar twice. 

For more exciting insights from the world of Muslims, keep visiting us here.

Happy New Year!

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