In spite of differences that exist between people and cultures, I believe we share the same emotions and are connected by an underlying humanity. Photography allows me to communicate the feeling and mood of a moment. The power of an image bridges time and distance, and can challenge the viewer’s preconceptions, allowing them to empathize with the subject. I feel that by communicating the essence of human experience and emotion, we can learn how much all people have in common and can begin to break down barriers of misunderstanding and ignorance.
As a second-generation Canadian Muslim, this theme is at the core of my identity. In a society dominated by 24/7 cable television, where polarizing and sometimes extreme opinions and images get the headlines, I feel that my work brings much-needed balance to the subject of Canadian Muslim identity. The photographs in this body of work are of Canadian Muslims engaged in both the ordinary and extraordinary activities that are part of their daily lives. I show that any label can only at best define a small part of a person’s identity, and seek to break down stereotypes about what it means to be a Canadian Muslim.