the matter of one's identity varies from person to person....i personally identify myself as a Muslim first then as a Bangladeshi....so it obviously does give me some good feelings when someone from my religion does something to be proud of.
"It is Allah who takes away the souls at the time of their death, and [the souls] of those that do not die during their sleep. He retains those souls for which He has ordained death, whereas He releases the rest for an appointed term. Verily, in this are signs for a people who think deeply." (39:42)