كتب محرر دار الغربة : الخلط بين النسبة إلى الإسلام كدين وبينه كمفهوم ملتبس بين القومي والإجتماعي قائم عند غربيين ومسلمين ولهذا المعنى دلالته في عنوان ومضمون المقال التالي وبعض العناوين الأخرى في صفحته
It is quite interesting to see how Muslim actors, singers, directors, screenwriters and more are gaining much needed success in Hollywood. The reason I say much needed success is because these famous Muslims can inspire many young, Muslim American’s to achieve their dreams without fearing rejections or lack of opportunities.
In a survey conducted by beliefnet.com, ten famous Muslims working in the showbiz were picked:
1. Kamran Pasha; he was born in Pakistan and moved to America at the age of three, Kamran made a name for himself by directing, producing and writing screenplays all of which are quite successful. Some of the famous work he was involved in includes; sleeper cell, bionic woman, kings and Miriam.
2. Shohreh Aghdashoo; Emmy winner Iranian born Muslim actresses is known for taking compelling and complex roles that showcase her talent in acting. Some of her most famous work includes; the Stoning of Soraya M, 24, the House of Sadam and many more.
3. Dave Chappelle; the hilarious actor and comedian is unbelievably talented. Every minor role he played made people like him more and more and when ‘the Dave Chappelle show’ debuted in 2003 he got even more prominent, Dave is said to have converted to Islam in 1998, in 2005 Dave retired for unknown reasons.
4. Mara Brock Akil; successful writer and producer, Mara is famous for her hit series which include, the Jamie Fox show, Girlfriends, Moesha etc. she and husband Salim Akil are Sufi Muslims who have pride in their faith.
5. Said Taghmouie; the Moroccan French actor is flourishing in Hollywood, with important roles such as Breaker in G.I. Joe: the Rise of the Cobra, Caesar in Lost, the Kite Runner etc.
6. Axis of Evil comedy trio; Ahmad Ahmad , Maz Jobrani and Aaron Kader, they appeared in numerous movies and made thousands of people laugh at their comedy tour, their joked about the Arabs and about the Americans making their jokes well balanced.
7. Aasif Mandvi; the Mumbai-born Muslim actor/comedian is known mostly for being a correspondent at the Daily Show with John Stewart. Aasif also played minor roles in the proposal, Spiderman 2, freedom world etc.
8. Sayed Badreya: the Egyptian actor migrated to America because of the poverty he was living in and became known to be the first Arabic actor to play an Arabic role in Hollywood. Sayed is acknowledged for his role in Don’t Mess with the Zohan. He also formed ‘Zoom in Focus’ a Production Company that focuses on Arab-based and Muslim based short films.
9. Moss, Azher Usman and Mo Amer; the Allah made me Funny Comedy trio. They are very open about their faith and proud to be Muslims. Moss has written sketches for Darrell Hammond on ‘Saturday night live’ for George Lopez on ‘the George Lopez show’ and for Damon Wayans.
10. Irfan Khan, Khalid Abdalla and A.R Rahman; Irfan Khan the Indian actor became well known in Hollywood for his roles in Slumdog millionaire and a mighty heart. Whilst Khalid Abdalla who has Egyptian heritage became well known for playing a leading heroic role in ‘the Kite Runner’. A.R Rahman the Bollywood musician became widely recognized after he won an Oscar for his music in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
Other famous Muslim celebs include rapper Mos Def, comedian Aziz Ansari, and writer Michael Wolfe.