In this video, the American newspaper Vox poses the question: “What does it mean to be a Muslim?” Asked to different Muslim celebrities from the world of sports, arts and academia, the answers offer a clear idea of the prejudices Muslims face in their everyday lives. However, they finally reach one simple conclusion: There are 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, and every one of them is different.
“Do I worship a moon god? Are you allowed to have sex during Ramadan? What is a Mosque, what do you guys really do in there?”
Muslim Americans, more often than not, find themselves having to address a wide range of questions and misconceptions about their faith.
“Am I planning to blow anything up? Why don’t Muslims denounce terrorism?”
By definition, a Muslim is someone who follows the Islamic religion. “That’s it. There’s no secret handshake, you don’t have to run through a gauntlet,” explains comedian Aman Ali.
There are 1.7 billion Muslims in the world. So what does it mean to be a Muslim? There isn’t just one answer.