The New Millennial Muslim Lifestyle

70 Digital Influencers who have Reshaped how Muslims in the 21st Century Access, Practice & Express their Faith

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Over 35 years ago, Syerrir Agnarsson Ibrahim converted to Islam. He was Iceland’s first Muslim, and he faced a dilemma.

It was summer in Iceland when Ramadan came, and the sun never set. Syerrir wanted to know how he should fast but had nobody to ask. So he put pen to paper and sent letters with his query to Al-Azhar University in Egypt and a few other Muslim organisations in London.

Unfortunately, nobody replied. In the end, he did his own fatwa and fasted according to the time in Makkah.

Had today’s technology been around during that time, Syerrir would have been able to get his answer within minutes.

Beyond Information in the 21st Century

It’s amazing how much the internet and technology has changed our lives.

Today, the typical Millennial Muslim or Gummies (Global Urban Muslim) is able to access, practice and express their faith in radically different ways. The impact is not just limited to accessing information. It has changed how Muslims communicate, socialize, conduct business, to even how they find and order halal food.

Whether you identify yourself as a Millennial Muslim or Gummie is irrelevant. The fact remains that internet and technology has completely changed the lifestyle of Muslims living in the 21st century, regardless of age.

This change doesn’t happen organically just because the technology exists. There are real people who have put in a lot of hard work to leverage the internet and technology, in order to improve the lives of Muslims.

Today, I’d like to acknowledge just a few of them in this list.

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Other Notable Work and Resources

This list is by no means in any order of importance or impact, nor is it not an exhaustive list. To cap the list at 70 names, the selection criteria have been based on three things:

  1. Some have personally inspired me to create Quran Companion, a leading Quran app to memorize the Quran. Through their work, these people have directly or indirectly ignited my passion.
  2. Others are on this list because they were one of the first in their field to leverage the digital space and create impact with their products, becoming standout pioneers who blazed a new trail for others to follow.
  3. Some others are on the list because they are pursuing an initiative that I believe could be a future game changer in the digital space.

Having said that, I’d also like to list a few additional resources that I believe have created an impact in the digital space for Muslims:

Educate Me: An Egyptian non-profit foundation founded in June 2010 to redefine education in Egypt.
Hadith of the Day: A UK based organisation that inspires Muslims with daily drops of inspirational and educational knowledge.
Halal Tube: The largest collection of Islamic videos, audio, lectures, talks, and khutbahs.
Muslim Central: An Islamic media publisher hosting the largest collection of Islamic lectures from over 80+ speakers. They also have an Android App and iTunes podcast for each speaker serving over a million downloads collectively per month.
My Halal Kitchen: A halal food and cooking blog showcasing culinary tips and healthy halal recipes anyone can make.
Quran.Com / The Noble Quran: Quran.Com (also known as The Noble Quran, Al Quran, Holy Quran, Koran) is a pro bono project that makes it easy to read the Quran and its translation online.
Sunnah.Com: Sunnah.Com is a comprehensive collection of the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) at your fingertips.
Syria Deeply: A single issue news website (one of the first of its kind) covering the civil war in Syria.
The Sira App: The first interactive animated mobile application about the life of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم).
Zilzar: A global B2B Ecommerce platform connecting Halal Suppliers and Buyers around the world.
Zywary: Micro-funding women, youth, new and upcoming Modest fashion designers to encourage local, national and international entrepreneurship in the modest fashion/accessory marketplace.

If you feel differently and believe that there is someone who really should be on this list or you know of another useful resource that is beneficial, then please mention them in the comments below!

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Sincerely,

Bilal Memon
CEO & Founder of Quran Academy

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