On February 26, Hollywood actor Mahershala Ali, 43, became the first Black Muslim to win an Oscar statuette in history. He won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as a drug-dealing mentor to an impoverished Black gay boy in the Best Picture Oscar winner Moonlight (watch trailor below).
On February 22, Ali’s wife Amatus Sami-Karim Ali gave birth to their first child. They named her Bari Najma Ali. The couple met at New York University while studying arts. Sami-Karim’s father is prayer leader at a Chicago mosque. Both wed in 2013 after dating for nearly 20 years. Sami-Karim is a singer and composer.
Earlier Oakland-born Ali also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Supporting Actor for his role in Moonlight.
The Oscar ceremony was kicked-off by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, ex-boyfriend of Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman. Kimmel thanked president Donald Trump for “making the Oscar less racist!”.
Ali recently told Britain’s Radio Times magazine that he discovered he was on FBI watchlist after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“If you convert to Islam after a couple of decades of being a black man in the US, the discrimination you receive as a Muslim doesn’t feel like a shock. I’ve been pulled over, asked where my gun is, asked if I’m a pimp, had my car pulled apart. Muslims will feel like there’s this new discrimination that they hadn’t received before – but it’s not new for us Blacks,” he said.
Muslims have won Oscars in various categories over the years including Pakistani journalist and documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, 37, who is the only female Muslim to win two Oscars (2012 and 2016), and Iran’s feature director Asghar Farhadi (2017) – but none has taken a statuette for acting.
Ellen Burstyn, who won a best actress Oscar in 1975, has practised a blend of Sufism and other religions since her late 30s but has said she considers herself a “spirit open to the truth” rather than a Muslim.
Ali was born as Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore. His mother is a Catholic minister. He converted to Islam in 1999.
Pakistan newspaper DAWN has reported that Ali belongs to Ahmadiyya (Qadiani) offshoot of Islam which had been declared non-Muslims in all 57-Muslim majority nation-states. The founder of the sect, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (died in Lahore in 1908) was born in Qadian, a town in British India. He declared himself the Promised Biblical Messiah (Jesus) or Imam Mahdi whom Muslims had been waiting, in the 1880s. He had claimed that resistance against the British Raj was un-Islamic.
Several members of Ahmadiyya community held top posts in government, military and education sectors in Pakistan. Pakistan’s first foreign minister Sir Zafarullah Khan, senior advisor to four presidents, M.M. Ahmad, Dr. Abdus Salam, Nobel Laureate 1979 (died in London in 1996), Air Marshal Zafar Ahmad Chaudhry, Lt. Gen. Abdul Ali Malik, Maj. Gen. Abdullah Saeed, and others. Pakistan’s last military dictator, Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s wife is from Ahmadiyya community.
Since the partition of British India – Ahmadiyya Caliphate headquarter has been at Rabwah, a city-state in Pakistan. It’s 3rd Caliph Mirza Tahir Ahmad (d. 2003) took exile in England after Pakistan’s president Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (hanged in 1979 for murdering a political opponent) declared the sect non-Muslim. The current Caliph Mirza Masroor Ahmad lives in a posh 900 sq.m. Palace in London.
For the Western Zionist idiots – Ahmadiyya, Bahai, Wahhabi, Black Muslims, Druze, Alewite, ect. are all Muslims – but only pro-Israel, even atheist Jews are real Semite people! For them when some Western pasty kill s Muslims or Christians – he is jihadi. But when Israeli Jews torture or kill Palestinian kids – it’s all in self-defense!