Want to know what a Muslim look like? Meet Julius, a 23 year-old revert from Nashvile. He's tried to engage with Muslim spaces in his city, but the lack of accessibility has always been an issue. Julius rectifies this by using the Internet to connect with other Muslims across the world, whether this be through social media platforms or forums like islamicboard.com.
Wided, Tunis, Tunisia
Next up: Wendy, an online friend Julius made through ShiaChat, and her brother Mustafa. The siblings were born and raised in a small Shi'i community in Colombia's largest port city and have lived there all their lives. The children of the local imam, Mustafa and Wendy volunteer at their father's school when they're not off watching football.
The Chowdhari Family, Ottawa, Canada
Speaking of imams, our next guest, Sharjeel, is a part-time mechanic and part-time prayer leader at his neighbourhood Sunni mosque in Lahore. Although he doesn't earn much from fixing motorcycles, Sharjeel is in the process of trying to save up enough money to send his parents on hajj — the once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca.
Abudshalmu and Dilraba, Ürümqi, China
Wided is prominent businesswoman in her home city of Tunis. In addition to rising up the ranks to become the President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry and Trade in a traditionally male-dominated sector, Wided became a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the National Dialogue Quartet three years ago.
The Chowdharis are a young, second-generation Bengali-Canadian family that have not yet won a Nobel Peace Prize. Ananya, far left, says that going to Islamic cultural events — such as the one the family is dressed up for — allows them to maintain their linguistic and social connections to their Bengali heritage.
The last of our subjects are Dilraba and her grandfather, Abudshalmu. The two are members of the Uyghur ethnic minority, an group that the Chinese government actively oppresses. Ever since Dilraba's parents were taken to a "re-education camp" a few months ago, her grandfather (a retired miner) has been helping to take care of her.