Salman Ahmad
Biography & Resources

 
 

Salman Ahmad is the popular guitarist and composer of the musical group Junoon. Since its formation in the early 1990s, Junoon has become a phenomenon in the South Asian music scene and beyond, performing live at BBC's Mega Mela, the MTV music awards in India, and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Ahmad, with Junoon, has been increasingly involved in humanitarian efforts, including playing at events such as the Building Human Rights Culture Gala, the Empower Peace program with students in Pakistan, and fundraising for Hurricane Katrina victims. Most recently, in coordination with the UN, Ahmad has joined relief operations for the October 2005 earthquake victims in northern Pakistan.

Ahmad has produced two documentary films. The Rock Star and the Mullahs tracks Ahmad's visit to the northern Pakistani town of Peshawar, where he directly challenges the local Muslim clergy who have banned all forms of music. His most recent film, Muslims in America: It's My Country Too, uncovers the authentic spirit of American Muslims and their experience wrestling with the personal and social consequences of the 9/11 attacks.

Ahmad is a goodwill ambassador for the UN, acting as the US national spokesperson in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He is also on the board of directors of Breakthrough, an international human rights organization that uses education and popular culture to promote values of dignity, equality, and justice.

organizational affiliations

Junoon
http://www.junoon.com/home2.htm

Breakthrough
http://www.breakthrough.tv/index.asp

articles & interviews

Broadcasts on WIE Unbound

Muslims in America: It's My Country Too

Articles & interviews in What Is Enlightenment? magazine

A Musical Mission from Allah