In this blog post, I continue the previous posts (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5), which I started when I wondered what stereotype I fit that would cause someone to think that I would welcome anti-Muslim emails. That email stimulated me to do some research and give substantive answers to the questions that were asked. Investigating a topic gives me inspiration for writing, as my research about lynchings in 1907 led to my novel Well Considered.
[Continuing: the anti-Muslim email statement is on the left, and my response—a list of prominent Muslim Americans—is indented and italicized on the right.]
(Part 6) Muslim Americans
EVERY AMERICAN MUST READ THIS ! Be sure to send it to all. Muslim Heritage, my ass. And if you don’t share this message, you are part of the problem!
[OMG—”Can we all get along”—Rodney King, 1992 LA riots.
Below are lists of prominent Muslim Americans, who are part of the Muslim Heritage in our country :
MUSLIM BUSINESS LEADERS
- Mohamed A. El-Erian– CEO of PIMCO, manager of over $1 trillion in global assets.
- Fuad El-Hibri– CEO of Emergent BioSolutions
- Jawed Karim– Co-founder of YouTube
- Salman Khan– Entrepreneur, former hedge fund analyst and founder of the Khan Academy.
- Shahid Khan– owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL), the English Premier League team Fulham F.C., and automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate in Urbana, Illinois.
- Farooq Kathwari– CEO of Ethan Allen Global, Inc.
- Abdul Malik Mujahid– President of Sound Vision and community activist
- Safi Qureshey– Pakistani-American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and former CEO of AST Research.
- Fazlur Khan– structural engineer (designed the Sears Tower, John Hancock Center)
- Washington, D.C.’s own Andy Shallal, founder and owner of Busboys and Poets Restaurants, described as Washington’s most successful entrepreneur-artist-activist by David Montgomery in this Washington Post Article http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/andy-shallal-owner-of-busboys-and-poets-is-democracys-restaurateur/2011/10/26/gIQAMorHfO_story.html
- Bernard Hopkins– Former Middleweight and Light Heavyweight world champion
- Eddie Mustafa Muhammad– Former Light Heavyweight Champion
- Matthew Saad Muhammad– Former Light Heavyweight 
- Dwight Muhammad Qawi– Former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight 
- Hasim Rahman– Former Heavyweight champion
- Mike Tyson– Was the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion in 1987; converted in 1994 (influenced from preacher in prison)
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar– Converted to Islam from Catholicism in 1968, initially joining the Nation of Islam before retaking the Shahada and converting to Sunni Islam that very summer.
- Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf– Former player for Denver Nuggets (converted in 1991, formerly Chris Jackson)
- Shareef Abdur-Rahim– Retired player, named NBA All-Star in 2001–02 season
- Hassan Adams– Player for the KK Vojvodina
- Larry Johnson– Retired player, played for the Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks
- Nazr Mohammed– Player for the Charlotte Bobcats
- Mehmet Okur– Turkish player of the Utah Jazz
- Shaquille O’Neal– Player for the Boston Celtics and other teams, also a rapper and actor
- Hakeem Olajuwon
- Rasheed Wallace of the Boston Celtics
- Hamza Abdullah– Safety for the Cleveland Browns
- Husain Abdullah– Safety for the Minnesota Vikings
- Az-Zahir Hakim– Wide receiver formerly for the St. Louis Rams
- Ryan Harris
- Abdul Hodge– Linebacker for the Carolina Panthers.
- Ahmad Rashād– Former Wide receiver for Minnesota Vikings, award winning sports-caster (converted in 1972)
- Ephraim Salaam– Offensive tackle for the Detroit Lions
- Muhammad Wilkerson– Defensive end for the New York Jets
- Usama Young– Free safety for the New Orleans Saints
POLITICS: U.S. Representatives.
Journalist and author – Fareed Rafiq Zakaria