How young Muslims are changing our world
“Generation M” is how Muslim millennials around the world are called today. One of their peculiarities is they believe being faithful and living a modern life can go hand in hand.
Shelina Janmohamed depicted this influential generation in her book, “Young Muslims Changing the World.” According to her, young Muslims are proud of their faith but they are also enthusiastic, dynamic, engaged, creative and demanding consumers, and the change they will bring about won’t depend on the benevolence of others.
The book’s cover is a crucial demonstration of that. It portrays a young woman with fuchsia lipstick, Jackie O-style sunglasses and a colorful headscarf. Behind her is a young man with a hip, trimmed beard, headphones jammed in his ears and one hand casually resting in his pocket.
“Their faith affects everything, and they want the world to know it,” the author wrote. “This is what sets them apart from their non-Muslim peers. They are a tech-savvy, self-empowered, youthful group who believe that their identity encompasses both faith and modernity.”
She believes the Muslim millennial generation has been shaped by two monumental factors. One is the events of the past 15 years — since 9/11 — and the global response to Islamic extremism and terrorism, and the other one is the internet, described in the book as “the glue that binds together and creates the critical mass that turns them into a globally influential force.”
By 2050, according to the Pew Research Center, there will be 2.8 billion Muslims globally, more than a quarter of the world’s population. The Muslim middle class is expected to triple to 900 million by 2030, driving social and political change.
“Through their sheer numbers, their growing middle-class stature, the shift of economic and political power towards the Middle East and Asia, through the Muslim minorities that act as influential and well-connected leaders, by the inspirational force of their faith and their refusal to accept the status quo, Generation M are determined to make change,” Janmohamed concluded.