Celebrating the achievements of Muslims throughout the US, Muslim Oscars will be held later this month to celebrate shinning role models of American Muslim citizens who reflect the true-image of Islam.
“All too often, the media is filled with reports of tragedy and concern about those who practice Islam. Yet nearly invisible, are stories of how Muslims in America and around the globe contribute to society,” Talib I. Karim, a Washington DC lawyer and chairman of the Academy of Muslim Achievement, said in statement cited by PRWEB on Thursday, May 22.
The Golden Minaret Awards 2014, Muslim Oscar-like Awards, is scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 31, to honor successful Muslim leaders from various fields.
Nearly 500 executives, political leaders, and professionals including doctors, lawyers, professors and other successful people from around the states are expected to attend this year’s Golden Minaret Awards Gala.
Organized by the academy of Muslim Achievements, the Golden Minaret Awards will honor Muslims who made achievements in law, health care and charity as well as accomplishments in fashion and other fields.
“While this event principally celebrates the achievements of Muslims throughout the US, it also seeks to shine light on international causes, champions that also deserve recognition,” the Academy of Muslim Achievement wrote on its website.
“In addition to recognizing stellar achievements, this gala also serves to raise funds for deserving non-profits that serve the needs of Muslims and non-Muslims alike both in the US and around the globe.”
Underscoring the role of women in the Muslim communities, three of four nominees in the area of law are Muslim women.
This year's Golden Minaret Awards, which was first launched in 2013, will be filmed and broadcast online to millions of viewers around the world.
The Awards Gala will be hosted by Said Durrah, a Jordian American comedian-activist, and Malika Bilal, a host of Al Jazeera English’s channel’s the Stream.
Since the 9/11 attacks, US Muslims, estimated between 6-8 million, have complained of discrimination and stereotypes in the society because of their Islamic attires or identities.
A US survey has revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith.
A Gallup poll also found that the majority of US Muslims are patriot and loyal to their country and are optimistic about their future.
Celebrating non-Muslims contributions, the Muslim Oscars will honor the late South Africa’s icon and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, grating him a lifetime achievement award.
“This year, we have a special tribute planned in memory of the late South African President Nelson Mandela,” the Academy of Muslim Achievement wrote on its website.
South African Ambassador to the US Ebrahim Rasool, will receive the award on behalf of his country's leader.
Rasool, his nation’s first Muslim Ambassador to the US, will also address attendants on South Africa’s Muslims unity with Mandela against Apartheid.
“The prestigious Nelson Mandela Award is being bestowed on Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool at this year’s Golden Minaret Awards,” the Academy added.
“Join us as we recognize his leadership and valuable contribution to our various communities and more. Purchase tickets today.”
The event that will include political discussions, will also offer delicious food, a marketplace bazaar, and live performances from artists such as Naeem, a member of the internationally renowned group Native Deen.
The Muslim Oscars, that aims to bring together well-known US figures, will be attended by the nation’s first Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) who will be honorary hosts.
Following his death last December, World Muslims worldwide have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, as South Africa Muslims called for prayers for the former president, his family and friends.
Jailed for 27 years for fighting white minority rule, Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994.
Mandella, who is now 94, won a Nobel Peace Prize for preaching racial harmony and guiding the nation peacefully into the post-apartheid era.
Mandela, popularly known by his clan name “Madiba”, has a history of lung problems dating back to his time at the windswept Robben Island prison camp near Cape Town.