MOOZ-lum

An upcoming Inside Islam radio show on March 14 will be on the new film “MOOZ-lum” that has been running in select since February.  The film premiered at the Urban World Film Festival in New York City this past September.

“MOOZ-lum” is a coming of age story about Tariq Mahdi, a Muslim American who is raised in a strict Muslim household and heads off to college. The film explores the struggles that Tariq faces with negotiating his relationship with his faith and his newly found freedom. The story is further complicated by the 9/11 attacks.

Director Qasim Basir said he decided to make the film because the images of Islam that are portrayed in the media do not reflect the faith that he lives. Moreover, he believes that there are not enough positive depictions of Muslims in Hollywood.

The film is based on Basir’s life and experiences and features well-known actors like Danny Glover and Nia Long. Basir hopes that the film will show the human perspective of Islam and that the audience will have a better idea of the experiences of Muslim Americans, specifically.

Would you be interested in a film that showed Muslim American experience? What do you think we can learn  from a film like this? What would you like to see in a radio show on the topic? Please share your thoughts below.

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  1. I wouldn’t object to a movie that showed an American Muslim perspective, but we’d need hundreds of movies not one or two. For instance, how would my perspective, as a middle aged convert (sunni and trying to follow the sunna as best i can) compare to that of an 18 y. o. immigrant from Iran (Shia trying to follow his religion as best he can). Just 2 of many contrasts.
    Allah said in the Nobel qur’an that he will not help a people until they help themselves. This reminds me of Salauddeen. Faced with the Christian hordes pillaging, raping and murdering, he was asked when would be the time to attack. His response was that he would go on attack when the number of people at fajr prayer equaled the number of people at Jummah. He wasn’t waiting for military advantage but spiritual advantage.
    That story is a good lesson for us now. We don’t need movies (and I am a confirmed cinophile). What we need is to practice Islam and solve our problems islamicly. I’m reminded of another scholar whose name and era escape me at the moment who enjoined the people to come back to the haram, meaning that the ummah had gone so far beyond normal sin that haram would be an improvement. He may have been half joking but also a good lesson.
    BTW I am as guilty as the next person. Let’s all make an effort, starting with making dua for the ummah.