2015 Tailwind Scholarship Recipients
We recognize and congratulate these bright young Muslim students.
Seeks to Improve the Face of Muslims Through Better Representation
Name Muhammad Habib
School Harvard University
Major Government and International Relations
“A man is walking through a park in New York and sees a small child attacked by a dog. He intervenes, pulls the dog off the child, fights with the dog, keeps his jaws open and saves the child. At the same moment, a photographer walks through the same park and takes picture of this whole incident. He says to the man, you are a lucky person that I was walking through the park at this moment. I am going to make you a HERO. Every newspaper tomorrow will have your photo on the front page and the headline will read, “Brave New Yorker hero saves innocent child from mad dog.” The man says there is a slight problem, I’m not New Yorker. The photographer says that’s fine. The headline will read, “Brave American hero saves innocent child from mad dog”. The man says I’m not American either. Photographer says where are you from then? He says I’m a student recently arrived from Pakistan. The next day newspapers headline says, “Islamic fundamentalist kills innocent American dog, links to Al Qaeda being investigated”.
In recent years of my college career, I have come to the view that Muslims need to have more representation in local, national, and international politics. The reason being: issues confronting Islam today requires nothing but a solution from Muslims themselves which can only be accomplished with a Muslim representation in every decision making organization. In Holy Quran, Allah Almighty addresses the mankind and says: “Put your trust in Allah if you are believers indeed” (5:23). This concept of trust and believe in Allah in its essence is so magnificent and astonishing that a person cannot fully comprehend its dimensions. As a student, I always interpret this verse as an encouragement towards my goals and ambitions.
According to this verse, believers should struggle for their goals in every possible manner they can and place their belief in Allah for its success. Through my field of International Relations and Government, I hope to be part of this mission in future. Representing Muslims on an international level is where I see myself in 10 years Insha’Allah. Terrorism, radicalization and violence are all Muslim problems which require a Muslim solution. The solution can only come from within the Muslim community, which must begin by speaking out every time our faith is prejudiced or hijacked by terrorists.”