The need for a Muslim TV Channel
Muslim Network is the only channel through which America can discover its Muslim neighbors. By bringing a variety of Muslim voices to the fore, this channel will fill in a gap in the national media landscape.
There are about six million Muslims in America who serve their neighbors on a daily basis, but America does not know this. In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, nearly 10% of all physicians saving lives in New York are Muslims, including Dr. Uzma Syed–the Chair of the New York COVID-19 Task Force, who spends 16 hours a day saving lives across three hospitals, all while also being a wife and the mother of two young children.
Does America know this? No. Whose fault is it? It’s our fault–the fault of the American Muslim community. While we’ve been busy enjoying the American dream, we have not been telling our story.
This must change.
We believe America deserves to know these stories.
While building bridges of understanding among neighbors, Muslim Network will also provide a platform of conversation among Muslims.
Muslim Network is available via traditional satellite in addition to Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Roku. It also streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and on its website: MuslimNetwork.tv.
Muslim Network is owned and operated by Sound Vision Foundation.
Views expressed are those of hosts and guests, not those of Sound Vision Foundation.
About Sound Vision
Established in 1988, Sound Vision began by producing award-winning documentaries, which have been shown in 28 countries, including 68 channels in the United States and Canada. Another early project was the groundbreaking children’s series Adam’s World, which has been described as “the Muslim Sesame Street”.
Sound Vision has established itself as a premier source of Muslim-focused content. It not only presents the Muslim perspective on current issues, but also builds bridges of understanding between neighbors by explaining Islam and Muslim issues to the larger community. One example of this is Sound Vision’s “Talking and Thinking Points” newsletters, which are issued in response to crises and current events.
Another example is the 5,000-plus pages of articles on Sound Vision’s website developed over more than two decades, which offer practical, tips-oriented ideas and inspiration for Muslims in the United States, Canada, and abroad on how to live their faith in the context of today’s challenges.
As well, Sound Vision ran a daily talk show, Radio Islam, on WCEV 1450 AM Chicago, for almost 20 years. This was the only daily Muslim radio program in the United States at the time. Most of its audience was not Muslim, thereby serving as a catalyst for understanding and bridgebuilding with neighbors.
Sound Vision’s focus on art is reflected in its commitment to highlighting the work of Muslim artists in various fields. It has introduced singer-songwriter Dawud Wharnsby Ali and comedian Azhar Usman to the world of Muslim entertainment. Since 2004, in collaboration with DawaNet, it has organized MuslimFest, an arts and entertainment festival in seven cities across North America, which features the contributions of Muslim artists across various fields. The event has been recognized by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has issued a welcome message to MuslimFest for the last few years.