Muslim Heroes and Role Models
By Mike Ghouse for New Age Islam
December 06, 2013
Every child, teen and an adult has someone or the other to look up to in his or her life, and wants to-be-like that person and eventually becomes one. Indeed, good role models are a key to the success of a civil society.
I have been studying religious pluralism and civil societies for the last twenty years, and have found a sense of regret among Muslims for the dearth of role models. Invariably they compare themselves with the Jewish community more often than they care to admit. At least twice a year, an email makes the rounds showing the innumerable Nobel laureates among the tiny Jewish community versus the negligible numbers among the big Muslim community. It almost appears that they cannot move forward without someone leading them.