Maybe you saw him play Raza in “Iron Man.” Perhaps you caught him as Captain Robau in “Star Trek.” And all you girls out there that are thinking “Eww, I don’t watch action movies?” Well… he’s conquered your world too, as a guest star this past season on “Grey’s Anatomy.” His name is Faran Tahir, a 47-year-old Pakistani-American who’s been in the acting game for decades and is proof that you don’t always have to go to the doctor-lawyer-engineer-banker route to be successful.
IN THE BLOGOSPHERE: May 20 is now “Everybody Draw Al Gore Day.” Confused? By now, you’ve likely heard about the “South Park” episode that stirred up a bit of controversy for its portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad. Since then, a Seattle-based cartoonist created a fictional ad/poster called, “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” The idea caught on, but the cartoonist later said she wasn’t serious.
Muslim Wingman runs a website aimed at helping Muslims figure out how to interact with the opposite gender, with the intention of getting married. He launched his site in March and within the first three days received 15,000 unique visitors. He had more than 250,000 that month, and receives at least a dozen emails a day asking for advice. Based on numbers alone, it’s clear that marriage is on the Muslim mind.
IN THE NEWS: Sania Mirza, India’s most successful female tennis star is engaged to Shoaib Malik who is…*gasp*…Pakistani. Malik is the Islamic Republic’s top cricketer and the pairing has set off a cross-border nationalistic controversy in South Asia. My take? Who cares. They’re both Muslim, and that’s all that should matter, right?
IN THE NEWS: Hissa Hilal has gained notoriety for her appearance on an Abu-Dhabi based poetry competition. She used some not-so-subtle language to criticize conservative clerics. Should her approach be an inspiration for Muslim Americans?
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