Insta-evangelism and Muslim TikTok: meaning making on social media
Writer Leigh Stein says the gap between what the "wellness influencers" are doling out and real spiritual nourishment is vast.
"What religion offers us is 1000s of years of people going through very similar struggles. We were born. We might get married. We might have children. And then we all die. There are religious traditions for going back 1000s of years that have been wrestling with these questions. And I don't find that the influencers will even touch them."
Anhar Karim grew up loving the big screen. It was often a love hate relationship, though, because of the way Hollywood tends to portray anything to do with Islam. But lately he's been feeling almost hopeful. And it's a newer form of entertainment that has him really excited - TikTok:
"It just gives me hope for my identity ... go back to being what Muslims are, which we're believers in this faith system and we're boring people scrolling through TikTok."