When I was 12 years old, I used to sit on the internet and search “celebrity Muslims” for hours. It was really amusing to see Muslims having a platform in music, acting, and sports. As I got older, I realized not all Muslims in the limelight are the best examples of Islam—but it didn’t take me long to figure out that famous muslims have a big influence on society.
Celebrities reach millions of people worldwide, and regardless of the choices people make, we are in no position to judge as humans. We can chose our role models, but the reality is, there are Muslims in every profession. Recently a viral video of DJ Khaled has been surfacing of him playing the athan, the call of prayer, to his newborn baby Asahd Tuck Khaled.
When I first saw this video, my heart melted. First of all, the look on a father’s face when they are holding their newborn baby is indescribable. Secondly, It gives me nostalgia to when my son was born, and my father was blessed with the chance of saying the athan in my son’s ears.
Regardless of what DJ Khaled does, this side of him is very refreshing to see. He never claims to be an Islamic mentor, but he does announce his religion as Islam.
Regardless of what DJ Khaled does, this side of him is very refreshing to see. He never claims to be an Islamic mentor, but he does announce his religion as Islam. With more than 4 million followers on his Instagram, he’s able to reach many people. Not only is he exposing Islam in this video, but he is also showing Muslims they should not be afraid to be who we are.
As Muslims, we have to really lift each other up in times of happiness, and we have to realize not everyone is on the same level of faith as us. Before any judgement is passed, I understand the industry DJ Khlaed is in, and I understand things he does may not resonate with some Muslims. I congratulate DJ Khaled for his new baby boy, and admire him for sharing this with the world.