Charlotte's Rose Hamid has made a charming video.
It's three-plus minutes of fun that she hopes will challenge what she says is a false perception out there about women like her.
The title of her production: "Muslim Women are Happy."
It's a music video, with Muslim women in hijabs, or headscarves, dancing and frolicking to "Happy," that irresistible hit from big-hatted singer Pharrell Williams.
"People have such a misconception of Muslim women, that we're oppressed and depressed," said Hamid, president of the Muslim Women of the Carolinas. "This is to let them see a different side."
Mostly, she filmed her diverse cast of Muslim women (and children) in uptown's Marshall Park and at the Muslim American Society of Charlotte on Shamrock Drive. But that's her daughter on a rooftop in Palestine, dancing as Williams sings "Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof/Because I'm happy."
I've watched "Muslim Women are Happy" several times and it put a smile on my face at every viewing.
Here it is: Enjoy!
P.S. Nearly every time I write about Muslims, I get hate mail. I hope this time is different.
-- Tim Funk