Bassam Tariq: The beauty and diversity of Muslim life
Bassam Tariq - Creative spirit
Bassam Tariq delights in making eclectic career choices. A blogger, a filmmaker, and a butcher's shop owner, the common theme linking everything together is his boundless celebration of humanity. Full bio
these identities come together.
our first Ramadan fast
in New York City.
were swarming the streets.
we knew how welcoming this space was.
of this space being documented
painted of the American Muslim experience.
at a different mosque in a different state
vastly different Muslim communities,
in the L.A. projects
in the woods of South Carolina.
and complicated portrait of America.
forced local journalists
was seeing people from around the world
their own 30-mosque journey.
from the league to do so.
was blossoming around the world,
working on a film.
a breaking point with many of our friends
some semblance of family.
of youth and family discord,
to comment on drones and target killings
who have entrusted us with their stories
the tender gestures of love
immersion was only empathy,
deficient from films
festivals and theaters internationally,
planted at home in New York,
and still no real money,
to purchase some halal meat,
halal is a term used for meat
following very strict Islamic guidelines.
of halal meat in America
that my faith calls for.
about these unethical practices,
from my own community
of my orthodoxy.
and absolutely no experience in butchery,
East Village fashion district.
organic, humanely raised animals,
to working-class families.
that 90 percent of our in-store customers
interacting with Islam
to the businesses and curators
my beliefs and my community,
is to play by different rules.
with the love that only we can bring,
reclaim our beliefs
in every cut of meat,
for the sake of mass appeal,
with more money and more resources
is not for novelty or relevance.
are so damn unique and so damn beautiful.
to be acknowledged and respected.
About the speaker:Bassam Tariq - Creative spirit
Bassam Tariq delights in making eclectic career choices. A blogger, a filmmaker, and a butcher's shop owner, the common theme linking everything together is his boundless celebration of humanity.
Why you should listen
"Our purpose is simple: we are here to change the world’s relationship to their food." TED Fellow Bassam Tariq does not have small dreams; every project he undertakes is a big plan to make real change. Hence the butcher's shop he helped to open in Manhattan's East Village is organic, halal, and specifically designed to encourage healthier eating habits and happier families.
In 2011, Bassam and his friend Aman Ali resolved to spend each night of Ramadan in a different mosque in 30 states around the United States -- and write about the experience. The result, 30 Mosques in 30 States, was a celebration of the stunning diversity of the Muslim experience in America, and a celebration of individual stories worth telling. Similarly, his documentary, These Birds Walk, is a portrayal of real life for street kids in Karachi, Pakistan.
Bassam Tariq | Speaker | TED.com