From musicians, actors and sporting champions to fashionistas, there are several famous American Muslims who have achieved massive success in their lives.
They have built careers which inspire people of all backgrounds and they have also contradicted the misconceptions surrounding their faith along the way.
Here is a list of some Muslim personalities who have left their mark at home and abroad.
1. Muhammad Ali
The boxing legend has passed away in 2016 but he continues to motivate his fans. He was without a doubt a champion in the ring, but it was Ali’s humanity that landed a greater punch.
Ali passed in 2016, and his funeral was televised live to millions across the world.
Born in Somalia as Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, the elegant former supermodel is simply known as Iman, meaning “faith” in Arabic. She is the widow of David Bowie. She once said that her spirituality is as important to her as her privacy.
3. Bella Hadid
The supermodel has always been very explicit about expressing pride in her faith and Palestinian heritage. In 2017, in an interview, she revealed how her life had been shaped by her father, real-estate mogul Mohamed Hadid.
“He was always religious, and he always prayed with us,” the model said of her father, who is of Palestinian descent. “I am proud to be a Muslim.”
“I’ve had incredible experiences all over the world … and I’ve learnt that we’re all just people, and we all deserve respect and kindness,” she added.
Born in the US to Senegalese parents, the popular singer and entrepreneur credits his spirituality with maintaining his focus as both a creative person and a businessman.
He once said in an interview, “For me, real success is faith. If God is not smiling upon me, I am not successful. I don’t care even if I have a billion dollars in the bank. And what good am I if have a billion dollars sitting in the bank in the first place?”
5. Halima Aden
The model has made the term “hijabi supermodel” a prevalent thing. Born in a refugee camp in Kenya before shifting to the US at the age of 6, Aden went on to become the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant in 2017, where she was a semi-finalist.