So when Canon was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disease ALS in the fall of , the news devastated Muslim communities all over the world, which hold Canon up as a pioneer. On top of all that, Canon makes Islam look cool, Grewal says, in the way he dresses: bow ties, pocket squares, lush fabrics. Acclaimed Muslim hip-hop artist Brother Ali says Canon taught him there isn't just one way to be a good Muslim. With a time limit on his life, he thinks about the things that drive his faith and work: orphans, the homeless, a prison system he sees as broken. Fatima Saleck met Canon last year at a moment she was questioning her faith. They bring their mom who is not coming to embrace Islam," he says.