Muslims of the World
Sajjad Shah, Iman Mahoui, Ala Hamdan, Yasmin Mogahed
We are living in a time of unrest for many members of the Islamic faith around the globe. Enter Muslims of the World, a book based on the popular Instagram account @MuslimsoftheWorld1. Like the account, the book’s mission is to tell the diverse stories of Muslims living in the US and around the world. Illustrated throughout with moving photographs, each chapter will focus on different aspects of the Islamic faith and the many varying cultures it encompasses, offering tales of love, family, and faith while empowering Muslim women, refugees, and people of color. Whether it is telling a story about a young Syrian refugee who dreams of being a pilot or about a young girl’s decision to not remove her hijab, which in turn saved her family’s life, Muslims of the World aims to unite people of all cultures and faiths by sharing the hopes, trials, and tribulations of Muslims from every walk of life.
Sajjad Shah is an entrepreneur. He owns a small boutique-consulting firm called Shah & Co. LLC that does accounting and marketing for start-up companies all throughout America. Two years ago, he started the Instagram account @muslimsoftheworld1 on which he shares stories about Muslims. In 2015, the Muslim Alliance of Indiana awarded him the Babar Suleman Award for Creative Leadership for the Muslims of the World initiative.
Ala Hamdan is a filmmaker, photographer, and traveler. She graduated from New York Film Academy in Florence, Italy. She has won several prizes for her camera work around the world, held international workshops on filmmaking and photography, and participated in exhibitions and screenings in several countries. She now documents her travels on her blog and shares her photos via social media.