Senator John Kerry Presents Award to The Muslim American Dream

Presidential candidate Senator John Kerry presented Sheeraz Hasan with the Dr. Zakir Hussain Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts during the Centenary of Satyagraha and the 59th Anniversary of India's Independence and Awards Night held August 19 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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I'd like to say to everyone here tonight, Your life is a gift from God, what you do with it is your gift back.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 22, 2006

Presidential candidate Senator John Kerry presented Sheeraz Hasan with the Dr. Zakir Hussain Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts during the Centenary of Satyagraha and the 59th Anniversary of India's Independence and Awards Night held on August 19th at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The award was named after Dr. Zakir Hussain who was the former president of India.

The sponsor of the award was Dr. Arjun Daluvoy M.D., a vascular surgeon, prominent Indian community leader and founder of World Entertainment Media.

As founder and CEO of http://www.Hollywood.TV, Hasan was honored not only for the strides he has made in bridging the Hollywood and Bollywood film industries but also for the tremendous success of his recently published autobiography Sheeraz - The Muslim American Dream.

Sheeraz was also presented with awards on the night from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, State Board of Equalization Chairman John Chiang, Member of Congress Hilda L Solis, California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, Member of the Assembly Rudy Bermudez, Member of the Assembly Judy Chu, Member of Congress Loretta Sanchez, Member of Congress Ed Royce, Member of Congress Linda T Sanchez, Member of Congress Xavier Becerra, Member of Congress Brad Sherman, California Senator Sheila James Kuehl, California Senator Alan S Lowenthal and Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi.

The previous week Sheeraz was similarly honored in front of 15,000 people at the 59th Pakistan Independence Day show held in Los Angeles with award presentations made to him by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Member of Congress Maxine Waters and the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.    

The Walt Disney Concert Hall event featured many prominent dignitaries, in addition to Kerry, from the United States, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. An audience of nearly 1000 people from the local Indo-American community enjoyed a two-hour long entertainment program featuring the top singers and dancers from India.

When he came to Los Angeles in January of 2002, Sheeraz arrived with little more than a vague dream of wanting to spread a positive message about Islam. After months of struggling, he hit upon an ambitious idea: a television show that bridged the divide between East and West.

Ambitious, yet humble, Sheeraz was truly a visionary. With only $4000 to his name but lacking in any technical training or entertainment experience, he created his Tinseltown weekly program. But it was no ordinary television show. Once he broke open the doors of Hollywood, Sheeraz gained access to to the biggest stars in the Hollywood film industry. The show's spiritual theme, in which Hollywood stars talked openly about their personal beliefs, made his Tinseltown television show an immediate hit around the world and turned the 29-year-old entrepreneur into a Hollywood institution. For his accomplishments in bringing two worlds closer than ever, Sheeraz has since been presented with several prestigious awards and accolades. Bollywood honored him with the "American Dream" award, and Tom Cruise called him the American Dream personified. But until now, no one has known the true story of the hardships and heartbreaks he endured as he struggled daily to achieve his own spiritual quest.

In his autobiography, Sheeraz: The Muslim American Dream, he not only chronicles how, against all odds, he embarked on a journey that truly became the all-American rags-to-riches saga that heralds the opportunity and entrepreneurial spirit that is the driving force of America's prosperity but, more importantly, he sheds for the first time a personal light on how his deep devotion to Islam and unwavering faith in God ultimately proved to be the guiding force of his success.

Sheeraz' success story has been featured on the largest television shows in the world, and told in the biggest international newspapers and magazines.

After only 18 months of arriving in the United States, Fortune Magazine, the world's premier business magazine, devoted a four-page spread to Sheeraz, featuring him alongside billionaire Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and the richest man in the world, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.

Meanwhile, the tremendous success of his Tinseltown television show in recent years has allowed him to create the Hollywood.TV website, an online portal for Hollywood entertainment, bringing Internet users a direct line to the entertainment capitol of the world.

After winning his latest award on Saturday night, Sheeraz said "I am grateful for this honor and I hope my book can create world peace and harmony between all religions of the world. I'm so blessed and grateful to God every second that I'm living." Sheeraz concluded his acceptance speech with an inspirational message for the audience, "I'd like to say to everyone here tonight, Your life is a gift from God, what you do with it is your gift back."

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