All-American Muslim: An Outrageous but Sad Reality

All-American Muslim: An Outrageous but Sad Reality

Reason for outrage or introspection?Perhaps it would be against our interest to realize that many Muslims fall short of the great status God has given us as followers of Islam. The worst part of it all? TLC didn’t make anyone act in a way that was untrue to them. The families shown on All-American Muslim are part of our community too, and they are far from the only ones who may disregard Islamic laws. Of course, not all the characters on the show behave in this way. But at the end of the day, TLC has its own agenda to promote. Watering down Islam and making it kosher serves the interest of many parties and powers. However, our interest doesn’t lie in fighting a reality show, but rather, making sure that our daughters embrace dignity over the disgrace of immodesty, and making sure our community seeks to reach a more profound level in our understanding and practice of Islam.

Reason for outrage or introspection?Dearborn, Michigan used to be famous for being the auto headquarters of the world. These days, it’s better known for producing the extreme poise and class of Team Rima Fakih and All American Circus…we mean, Muslim. Why anyone would expect reality television to explain Islam to Americans in a factual and clear way is beyond our comprehension. Unfortunately, those who are outraged by the show among the Muslim community need some perspective: it’s a show about Muslims, not Islam.

All-American Muslim is not a form of propagation of Islamic beliefs due to the kindness of the hearts of television executives. In fact, TLC is rivaled by only MTV when it comes to documenting subgroups of American culture that are entertaining (read: filled with drama) and different. Would anyone watch a show depicting five devout and pious Muslim families? Absolutely not! If the show offends you as a Muslim, then you’ve got bigger problems with reality than reality TV could ever show you. All-American Muslim doesn’t even begin to highlight the problems our community faces. There is merit in condemning the idea it represents Islam, but it certainly provides a snapshot into some of the growing epidemics facing our community.

Event planner Nina Bazzy wants to open a night-club. Considering the way she is dressed and carries herself, was anyone expecting her to open a mosque? As terrible as her portrayal of an American Muslim is, we shouldn’t worry about that image. We should be more concerned about the countless number of our youth who partake in haram activities at venues such as night-clubs.

Another slightly ironic situation arises when many in the Muslim community voice outrage at the wedding that takes place on the first episode of All-American Muslim. Well, I’m outraged that you’re outraged. Every day in Dearborn, a gender mixed wedding takes place, where women, even those in Hijab, wear formfitting dresses and makeup and dance with men. In fact, Dearborn weddings have constantly been the topic of discussion by scholars who have been offended and frustrated with this community’s failure to take a stand against mixed weddings with music, dancing, and immodest dress. Why is it that now this is a problem, and previously no one said anything? Un-Islamic weddings have become such a norm in Dearborn that otherwise practicing individuals find themselves pressured into attending or even incorporating strictly un-Islamic practices into their own weddings.

Perhaps it would be against our interest to realize that many Muslims fall short of the great status God has given us as followers of Islam. The worst part of it all? TLC didn’t make anyone act in a way that was untrue to them. The families shown on All-American Muslim are part of our community too, and they are far from the only ones who may disregard Islamic laws. Of course, not all the characters on the show behave in this way. But at the end of the day, TLC has its own agenda to promote. Watering down Islam and making it kosher serves the interest of many parties and powers. However, our interest doesn’t lie in fighting a reality show, but rather, making sure that our daughters embrace dignity over the disgrace of immodesty, and making sure our community seeks to reach a more profound level in our understanding and practice of Islam.

In a few years, TLC will find itself a new community to document and edit to its liking, but in a few years, how many more Nina Bazzys will our community have produced?


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  1. bismilah
    November 16, 23:23
    Salam 3laykoum, <br /><br />I don't think it's necessary to mention names, even though what she is intending on doing is wrong, nonetheless, great written article.<br /><br />JAZ <br />:)
    • Uhm
      November 16, 23:40
      The author is discussing people on the show. They are well known and she is not pointing out something hidden but rather what they have shared with millions of people.<br /><br />[quote name="bismilah"]Salam 3laykoum, <br /><br />I don't think it's necessary to mention names, even though what she is intending on doing is wrong, nonetheless, great written article.<br /><br />JAZ <br />:)[/quote]
      • FR
        November 18, 01:09
        Whether the author is discussing people on the show or not... and whether they are well known or not... islam doesnt make the distinction when it says "no ghiba" and no "back bitting." Dont assume that just because its public television our akhlaq could be discarded and it would pardon such an unrelentless, unislamic, and unkind onslaught onto a person. I think the author should "edit" her article and show the manners that our faith has taught us to not talk about people. Im deeply disappointed by this article and I think that petty name calling and blasting of individuals is so unprofessional.
        • IK
          November 18, 08:41
          How is it gheeba, when these people are on the show?? Is it considered gheeba to discuss a show that was supposed to represent muslims in that community, or even as a whole?? If im being represented (im from that community as well) than I have the right to be upset. I agree 100% w the author and think this is an excellent article. And the people that are on the show are the ones that put themselves out there to be judged and discussed by millions across the world. Also, this is public....so she can even read it....May Allah guide us all to the straight path....AMEEN!
  2. Jim Jouney
    November 17, 02:01
    I agree with most of the points made; however, I feel it provokes other issues. In an op/ed its important to stay on topic. Here, the author begins by re-openening a can of worms by mentioning Rima Fakih: Is "All American Circus" sarcasm or am I missing something: That was last year.<br />Also the rant about weddings in Dearborn has absolutely NOTHING to do with the TLC program. <br />Those things aside, overall a good article<br />salaam<br />jj
    • IK
      November 18, 08:52
      He mentioned Rima Fakih and then All American circus...meaning, First Rima Fakih, then All American circus (muslim). He is basically showing that the Dearborn community suffers from so much misguidance among the muslims.....Its true...I live there! Its scary how much things have changed....growing up and going to school there.....i see a HUGE difference from the time i was in school until now. Girls used to have shame and boys used to have honor. WTH happened to both those things. Its normal for our youth to smoke pot, drink, date, allll of the things that used to be taboo when i was growing up. whether we like it or not....Dearborn as a Muslim community, is gowing Down.....May Allah guide us all!! And yes, it all started w Rima Fakih being accepted (an excuse for our girls to be in your face hoochies) to this show....god help us....whats next?? Arab- American housewives?!?!? Dont be surprised...lol
  3. First off lol the title says ALL AMERICAN MUSLIM not all muslim. This show is simply showing america how muslims are just like americans and not resembling them into terrorists. I don't think America would care how religious muslims are or how many times they pray a day. This show is just showing how they are still americanized and still follow their faith. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG with Nina Bazzy. Whoever is hating on her probably is because they cannot afford her wardrobe or cars. Business is business no matter what. Nothing is wrong with opening up a night club wtf is dearborn a hajj? Or is dearborn a community in general. Muslims do not own dearborn nor does Christians its for everyone. Nobody is judging and talking about the arabs opening up bars and liquor stores now are they? Its none of anyones business what she's does or how she does to do to make a living. Everyone needs to get their heads out of their asses and stop judging and criticizing. Girls dress just like nina and even worse nothing is wrong with what she wears she's a beautiful woman if I was her I'd be wearing the same things asx her. People go out to the strip club but yet order halal nuggets? Or they drink and do drugs but yet when nina opens up a night club just like midnight or lava or palace everyone wants to judge? Get outtaaa here lmaoo. Nobody should xcept alahha ec
    • AH
      November 17, 02:39
      I find it intriguing that anyone who seems to show any sort of distent about the show is called a "hater". There is something wrong with Nina Bazzy, the same way there is something wrong with 99.9% of us. I don't agree with using her as an example by name, but she has put herself in the position to be viewed as such. It is unfortunate, but it is occurring.<br /><br />As far as the show goes, I am indifferent. I didn't expect it to portray a positive image, nor do I feel its necessary for Muslims to put out a reality show if only to prove to other Americans that we are the "same". Because we aren't, and never will be.<br />It's true, that issues need to be addressed, but maybe we should try going about them in a more positive way.
    • HF
      November 17, 18:40
      It's very sad to know that there are people as stupid as you. Sorry to say but in this article she is absolutely right because she is saying the truth. And regrading Nina Bazzi she should be ashamed of herself. People are laughing at us "Muslims" because of people like her. She want to open a bar wow. As of for you, your parents did a bad job on raising you.<br /><br />[quote name="dont worry about it"]First off lol the title says ALL AMERICAN MUSLIM not all muslim. This show is simply showing america how muslims are just like americans and not resembling them into terrorists. I don't think America would care how religious muslims are or how many times they pray a day. This show is just showing how they are still americanized and still follow their faith. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG with Nina Bazzy. Whoever is hating on her probably is because they cannot afford her wardrobe or cars. Business is business no matter what. Nothing is wrong with opening up a night club wtf is dearborn a hajj? Or is dearborn a community in general. Muslims do not own dearborn nor does Christians its for everyone. Nobody is judging and talking about the arabs opening up bars and liquor stores now are they? Its none of anyones business what she's does or how she does to do to make a living. Everyone needs to get their heads out of their asses and stop judging and criticizing. Girls dress just like nina and even worse nothing is wrong with what she wears she's a beautiful woman if I was her I'd be wearing the same things asx her. People go out to the strip club but yet order halal nuggets? Or they drink and do drugs but yet when nina opens up a night club just like midnight or lava or palace everyone wants to judge? Get outtaaa here lmaoo. Nobody should xcept alahha ec[/quote]
      • HF
        November 17, 18:42
        Btw who give a F what she wears or drives. Listen at the end of the day it's ur pride that counts sweetheart and if you can't stand and be proud of ur religion than ur nothing...<br /><br />[quote name="dont worry about it"]First off lol the title says ALL AMERICAN MUSLIM not all muslim. This show is simply showing america how muslims are just like americans and not resembling them into terrorists. I don't think America would care how religious muslims are or how many times they pray a day. This show is just showing how they are still americanized and still follow their faith. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG with Nina Bazzy. Whoever is hating on her probably is because they cannot afford her wardrobe or cars. Business is business no matter what. Nothing is wrong with opening up a night club wtf is dearborn a hajj? Or is dearborn a community in general. Muslims do not own dearborn nor does Christians its for everyone. Nobody is judging and talking about the arabs opening up bars and liquor stores now are they? Its none of anyones business what she's does or how she does to do to make a living. Everyone needs to get their heads out of their asses and stop judging and criticizing. Girls dress just like nina and even worse nothing is wrong with what she wears she's a beautiful woman if I was her I'd be wearing the same things asx her. People go out to the strip club but yet order halal nuggets? Or they drink and do drugs but yet when nina opens up a night club just like midnight or lava or palace everyone wants to judge? Get outtaaa here lmaoo. Nobody should xcept alahha ec[/quote][/quote]
    • IK
      November 18, 09:02
      WOW, that was pathetic to read!! Nina bazzy pur=t herself out there as a "muslim". How can u expect the rest of us muslims not to be bothered by that?!?!?!? She can say shes arab, but when Islam is brought in the picture.....we all have the right to put in our 2 cents!! Sounds to me like YOU need guidance....I will make duaa for you! If you think this behavior is normal or acceptable.....then God help you too!<br />And btw, i can afford more than her.....by the grace of ALLAH!
    • hj
      November 30, 15:07
      Habibi, why did you reply so arrogantly? You must understand some things. <br /><br />1) Hardly any people who share their opinions that are not compatible with Nina are her haters. <br />2) Hardly anyone who criticises her are jealous of her wardrobe or whatever other garbage. Infact these people probably belong to the first group if they do.<br />3) There are certain characteristics that are associated with being Muslim and following Islam. You cannot find somebody breaking the speed limit and call him a safe driver, and then when somebody says, 'that isn't right', you ask, 'no drivers own the road, what is this, a kindergarden?' <br /><br />You haven't learnt the basic tenets of Islam if you think that opening a nightclub is a reasonable action from a Muslim. Yes, certain things are expected of anybody calling themselves Muslim. Just like you can't say you're in Cambridge university and wear the uniform of Oxford, you can't call yourself a Muslim if you don't adhere to certain guidelines. Otherwise, what is the difference?<br /><br />Obviously people going to strip clubs and ordering halal nuggets are fooling themselves, but it doesn't justify what they are doing or what anyone else is doing if they are doing the wrong thing. When they will be asked about it, they probably won't have an answer. <br /><br />Remember that money isn't everything. One day we are poor, we become rich for a few years and then what? No poor person takes their poverty with them to the grave neither are rich people accompanied by their wealth. <br /><br />Your language is probably the first reflection of just how 'Muslim' you are. Use it to rate yourself.
  4. PA
    November 17, 03:41
    This is a much needed article describing the feelings of many of us Muslims who watched the show. Let me start with the positives: it has only been a few days since the show premiered and so many of my American friends and collegues have came up to me and other Muslims saying "Wow, I didn't realize that you guys are so normal! You're just like us!" I think it is good to show that people are struggling to live in this society as normal members that fit in, but to also show that they are trying their best to fulfill the requirements of their faith. <br /><br />The problem I have with all of the Nina Bazzys out there is that they claim to be Muslim and speak about Islam as if it is a buffet that you can pick and choose from. News Flash: Islam is a religion with rules, just like any other religion. To claim that you are Muslim means that you are striving to fulfill those laws, NOT that you can dress like a hooker because it is your version of the couple sentences you read about the religion. <br /><br />Live your life how you want to, but don't claim to be Muslim when you are clearly not striving to follow everything that it teaches. Its like saying I am a doctor because I attended a couple courses that I felt were convenient for me to take at a Medical School. It makes NO SENSE! <br /><br />I am not saying that I am perfect or that anyone else in Dearborn or anywhere else is. But to claim that you are a Muslim requires a lot more than what you grew up with culturally. Islam is a way of life so let's start working on that.
    • Kaeser
      November 18, 00:06
      I am sure another Muslim could come up to you and claim you don't follow Islam the correct way. You can't claim Islam for yourself. How you view Islam is different to how others see it. Religion is always being interpreted in different ways. <br /><br />"I am not saying that I am perfect or that anyone else in Dearborn or anywhere else is."<br /><br />You are contradicting yourself. If you are not perfect then you must not always follow the rules. So you are just like them.<br /><br />"Islam is a way of life "<br /><br />Just think what if you were born in India and you became and Hindu, or what if you were born in Europe and were a Christian. You would be defending a whole different religion.<br /><br />All you know is Islam because you were brought up by Islam.
      • PA
        November 18, 16:39
        How am I contradicting myself? Clearly you need to re-read my comment. Here is what I said: <br /><br />"To claim that you are Muslim means that you are striving to fulfill those laws" <br /><br />You are absolutely wrong if you think that because I or any other Muslim are not perfect then that means we are not Muslims. If you were to base your idea of a Muslim on a perfect being, then no one after the Ma'soomeen has ever been a Muslim. Try to think before you make such rash and illogical conclusions. <br /><br />As for your comment "All you know is Islam because you were brought up by Islam", how do you even say that without knowing me or anything about my finding Islam? No, Islam was not handed to me on a platter. I chose my religion and I find it offensive for you to say things like that. <br />Regardless of people being brought up in a Muslim family or not, Islam IS A WAY OF LIFE. That is exactly what religion is! When I say Islam is a way of life, I am emphasizing the fact that we can not pick and choose sections of it. Islam is a complete package that tells us how to live our lives and how to prepare ourselves for the next life; in this way Islam is a way of life. <br /><br />It doesn't get any more clear than that. If you still don't get it, let me know so I can further clarify. <br /><br />Regardless, to claim that you are Muslim means that (like I previously stated) you are STRIVING to follow the rules and recommendations given to you from the Quran, Prophet, and Ahl-ul-Bayt. Period. You can't claim to be Muslim and do otherwise.
  5. Dot
    November 17, 04:47
    Excellent article. Completely on point and very tastefully written. I have criticized several of Huda's articles in the past, but I think this one has to be one of the best ever in Islamic Insights. <br /><br />I just want to add that it's amazing to see that the people who are angry about Huda's mentioning names and criticizing Dearborn for what it is refuse to see that those individuals allowed themselves to be scrutinized by appearing on TV. Whether or not these people like it, the characters in the aired episode are representing Dearborn. They most definitely allowed their religious motivations and behavior to be analyzed by appearing on a show called All American Muslim. There is just no way to claim a right to privacy after such an act.<br /><br />Really the only reason I can see these critics of Huda's article being upset is that they are from Dearborn and are embarrassed because of their excessive community pride. Alhamdulillah, most everyone can see that being from Dearborn does not mean having to defend shallow and vulgar behavior, and that is where all discussion should begin and end. Most people who are religious and from Dearborn will quickly recognize that everything Huda said is absolutely true, and not just about Dearborn but many other communities. Unfortunately, when all you know and care about is your own community, you fail to see that very obvious distinction.
  6. Abby
    November 17, 05:29
    You speak as if all people are like this. Listen if in Dearborn most of you are kafreen then that's how you choose to be and the show should be called all American Kafreen.
  7. debo
    November 17, 05:35
    "what's wrong with Islam" is the same as "what's wrong with Christianity"--everyone misses the part where only Allah will judge. It is our responsibility to show someone the good path if they seem to be unaware of it; after that it's on them. It's good to show that Muslims are people, too, since so many Americans find this difficult to believe.
  8. smh
    November 17, 13:45
    smh. the show sux i dont get y all u ppl r makin it a big deal lol dont watch it if u dont like it.
  9. Madina
    November 17, 14:06
    I am shocked by the judgemental attitude many seem to have based on this show. Weddings with Music? oh my! I am Moroccan and every wedding I have been to has used *gasp* music. No dancing with men but music, yes. Has the ummah become so salafi that we forget that Abu Bakr al-'Arabi said, "No sound hadith is available concerning the prohibition of music," and that the subject & intention of the music is what could make it haram. A wedding is a joyous occasion and not obscene or harmful to Islamic morals. <br /><br />I know of no muslim country (other than that of taliban!) that does not have music at weddings...even in Saudi they allow it!<br /><br />I may not agree with the Lebanese centered cast but I like that it shows Muslims on TV in something other than a terrorist role.
    • Dot
      November 17, 17:39
      Your being from Morocco doesn't have anything to do with what Islam tells us. Morocco is also a drug selling country with prostitution all over the place. Please don't tell me that is ok just because it is normal in Morocco.<br /><br /><br />Islam tells us that we should enjoin the good and forbid the evil. Sister Huda is simply pointing out right from wrong. That is what the Qur'an and ahadith tell us. Music is also a clear cut issue for us based on the teachings of Ahlul Bait. Who is closer to the Prophet, Abu Bakr al Arabi or Ahlul Bait?!
      • Alex
        November 17, 18:47
        You are supposed to follow quran alone and nothing else. God says so in the quran and says that it is fully detailed. Music and mixed marriages are not forbiden. Most muslims set there religious leaders as gods and don't do nothing according to the quran but follow the hadith books which are full of lies and contradictions and have nothing to do with the prophet. Go to www.submission.ws to learn about the real islam as it should be practiced today
        • Dot
          November 17, 20:18
          We are NOT supposed to follow the Quran and nothing else. We are also supposed to follow the words of the Prophet and his Ahlul-Bait, who are the holders of authority after him. The Qur'an says:<br /><br />"Oh you who have Faith! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those charged with authority among you. Then, if you quarrel about anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. This is better and very good in the end." (Surah an-Nisa, verse 59)<br /><br />Alex, if you throw away the words of the Prophet, you will not know how to follow the Qur'an even with basic things like your daily prayers. This is because the Prophet is not just a message carrier, but the example of the Qur'an in action. Abandon the Prophet and you are abandoning Islam.<br /><br />By the way, the belief of the Submitter community is completely against Islam. People can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Submitters_International
      • Kaeser
        November 18, 00:20
        Prostitution is in almost every country dot, including a lot of Arab countries.
      • Safiya
        November 28, 17:39
        You are so full of hate!! EVERY Muslim country has problems with drugs, prostitution, alcohol and premarital sex. EVEN SAUDI ARABIA or the Taliban's AFGHANISTAN! In fact, EVERY country in general has instances in which these sad events occur. So in judging and generalizing all Moroccans you generalize and judge the entire world! do not claim to be a Muslim yourself if you have such hate in your heart. <br /><br />7:199 Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; But turn away from the ignorant.
    • Nora
      November 18, 20:05
      When has our ummah become so sad that we use the word Salafi in a negative way? The best of generations which we should try our best to follow in their footsteps. Our Ummah is filled with misguided people throwing around the words Salafi and wahabi when in reality these words mean following the pure Islam which was understood by the companions(may Allah be pleased with them) of the Prophet(pbuh) The straight path without biddah and deviations. Of course it is failed to mention that as soon as we see someone doing salat in the show they are putting their head on a stone. Shia non the less another deviant sect of Islam. This show was too sick for me to even tune into a second time... but I do think it is a good window into how far of the straight path our Ummah has become. Indeed this is the time of the strangers.
      • Nora
        November 18, 20:08
        The description "Salafi" applies to one who truly attaches himself to the Salaf. This attachment is not to an arbitrary single person or group of people. It is an attachment to that which will never err - to the guidance of Muhammad (S), his Sahabai, and their true followers. Likewise, Salafiyyah (the Salafi Da'wah) is not blind following of any particular Shaikh or Imam. It is adherence to the Qur'an and Sunnah as understood and practiced collectively by as-Salaf as-Salih. A true Salafi values Tawhid, singling out Allah in all acts of worship: in supplication, in seeking aid, in seeking refuge in times of ease and hardship, in sacrifice, in making vows, in fearing and hoping and total reliance, and so on. A true Salafi actively seeks to remove shirk (polytheism) with all his capacity. He knows that victory is not possible without true Tawhid, and that shirk cannot be fought with the likes of it (i.e., with another form of shirk). A true Salafi adheres to the Sunnah of the Prophet (S) and of his companions after him.
      • Dot
        November 18, 20:18
        Nora, look at the hypocrisy present in how the leaders of the Salafi/Wahabbi school destroy the graves of the Prophet's family in Medina in the name of avoiding shirk and then allow the Prophet's grave and that of the first two caliphs to be venerated. How can you blame a person for deciding that doing sajdah on a stone is better than on carpet when the people you like are attacking Ahlul-Bait's sanctity and funding the killing of people around the world whose only crime is that they think differently?
  10. RolaM
    November 17, 14:09
    Ok let's deal with our community issues in order of importance..with mixed weddings being the least important. Let us talk about how drugs such as Vicodin and Xanax is circulating around our schools. How our kids are having premarital se as young as 13.. How couples are getting divorced just days and weeks after marriage.. Yes let us talk about these problems and issues and figure out how we can solve them before we try to press on separated weddings..
    • HajiSophia
      November 20, 16:38
      Hi Rola<br />You raise a good point, place of focus. These problems are becoming increasingly more severe in our youth and in the adults. How do you suppose we can help?
    • Me
      November 26, 05:31
      but separating weddings can be a first-step SOLUTION to the problem of premarital relations. You can't solve the big issues without the prerequisite of solving the 'less significant' issues.
  11. OJ
    November 17, 15:34
    All I can say is that may Allah have mercy on us and guide us on 'sirat e mustaqeem'.
  12. Adam
    November 17, 16:19
    Let me start by saying Islam is actually a quite easy faith to follow. However if the show consisted of people who you deem to be 'pious Muslims' it will have a bigger negative effect. Most Muslims who think they are religious spread lies about the religion and make it seem like a harsh religion. But in the end, it does not matter, because we will be judged on our actions and not those who appear in a reality television show.
  13. Raz
    November 17, 19:11
    The shows aim is to magnify the secular western ills that have infiltrated the Muslims and tthen to try make this entertaining, appealing and something of a norm<br /><br />It's filtering what Islam is, In the face of the Ummah<br /><br />A Scholar once said, the reason The Tragedy of Kerbala happened was because the Kufans made what was unnaceptable the norm! The Ummayids can be compared to America, EU and NATO who impose this
    • Kaeser
      November 18, 00:19
      Secular western ills? Secularism has made countries flourish on wealth and technology. <br /><br />In the year 2002 the GDP in all Arab countries combined did not equal that of Spain, Even more troubling, Spain translates as many books into Spanish each year as the entire Arab world has translated into Arabic since <br />the ninth century.<br /><br />Yes keep your dark age traditions.
    • Suna02
      November 21, 12:05
      NATO was a military treaty that was signed by serval countries back during the cold war in wake of a soviet invasion,im not sure how it wprks here.
  14. Kaeser
    November 17, 23:41
    I find the writer of this article to be highly pious in her remarks, and she seems to be missing the point, entirely. Huda Jawad fails to realize that muslims in Dearborn are reaching a point of cultural integration. Every minority in America has reached this plateau at some point. What Huda Jawad talks about is old age babble that has no place in the modernized world. She is so caught up in her stone age delusion, that she ends the article with the off key notion that we must some how protect the daughters of Islam. I mean where the hell did that come from? I looked through the article again and I think that I have found the real issue. <br /><br />"how many more Nina Bazzys will our community have produced?"<br /><br />I think the real issue is that the writer of this article is obviously envious of Nina Bazzy. Huda has the same problem that most Islamic fundamentalism have, and as Sam Harris says on Islamic fundamentalism. <br /><br />"Above all, they appear to be suffering from a <br />fear of contamination. As has been widely noted, they are also consumed by feelings of humiliation over the fact that while their civilization has foundered, they have watched as godless, sin-loving people become the masters of everything they touch"<br /><br />Huda sees Nina as one of those "sin loving" people reaping the benefits of the modernized world.
    • Me
      November 26, 05:39
      Islam is not a religion that can be reformed based on current cultural practices... western or eastern. Conforming to a cultural norm that contradicts Islamic principle(s) is clearly reprehensible.<br /><br />Concocting assumptions about the author's 'real' intentions is futile.
  15. Kaeser
    November 18, 00:25
    I like how no one here defends their opinion but feels free to give one.
    • Dot
      November 18, 05:28
      Bingo, you got it. We don't defend behavior as Islamic just because it is a norm in a Muslim country.
  16. Teri Bazzi-Oliveri
    November 18, 02:52
    Regardless of what the show is titled, we have to stop pointing out what the show should be called. What are the larger issues at hand? Are you saying that the wedding is un-Islamic? It is what it is. Arab culture has an influence on American Islam. If a person who you deem is not a real Muslim based on the fact that they are behaving un-Islamically, that is their sin and it is between that person and God. Leave the judging to Him, yes? We all know that TLC has an agenda and that these individuals are taking a very big risk by living their lives in front of a camera, that they are inviting America into their homes to get a glimpse of their lives. Yet, they have a responsibility to be the very best Muslim that they can be whether or not cameras are following them. This article troubles me. It is sad that if we do not totally 100% agree with ALL of All American Muslim, then we are haters. It also troubles me that we, as an UMMAH, as a community cannot try to be a little more supportive of what these people are trying to do. Make the Muslim community look 'normal', in the eyes of the typical American, the same Americans who tells us to go back home, or blame us for 911 or have issues with Ground Zero Mosques. As a truly devote Muslims, we should have been praying to give these people knowledge and guidance while the show was being filmed. We should be praying for those around us to be enlightened. We should be hopefully that some stereotypes are shattered and that Muslims are seen in a different light. I can expect some backlash. But this would not be the Islamic thing to do. I can understand the disappointment. But is it Islamic to shout out and name some of these people for their un-Islamic decisions and behaviors? Night clubs, bars and "I am a Muslim" all in the same breath is mind boggling to me. That is her choice. Lets leave the judging and forgiving to God. Let the first one without sin cast the first stone. Let's have love our fellow brothers and sisters.
  17. Hussain Ali
    November 18, 19:18
    Soical issues exist in all muslim societies and have at all times. People are people and little has changed since the time of the Prophet(saw). He came for society that was much darker then that today people seem to easily forget this.<br /><br />The difference between years ago and today is today you are aware of it in mass. There are muslims who own and run bars, prostitution rings and worst throughout history and now. <br /><br />This has nothing to do with the WEST and EAST as the devil doesn't care where you live. American society doesn't was much different in 50, 100 and 200 years ago then today. The problem is Muslims today is greater transparency.
    • Tavis
      November 25, 15:47
      I think brother Hussain hit it on the nail. The Muslim community has always been made up of all types, from the most pious to outright hypocrites (and everything in between).<br /><br />I think we're ashamed of a show like this, but the shame is not the fact that people are shown sinning. We have all committed sins and seen muslims who are willing to do it openly.<br /><br />The shame is that we have not done more ourselves to show a better image of Islam. We do not have an internationally televised show that highlights the good of Islam.<br /><br />We should have more than that. We should have our own channel, our own movie studio, and more. We should have shows that don't have Islam in the title but just happen to show good, practicing Muslims doing things like going back in time, turning into superheroes, solving mysteries, and making people laugh.
  18. So today I did the unpardonable ... I "watched" the first episode of "All-American Muslim" ... it took me about 2 1/2 hours to watch a 42 minute show as I had to keep pausing it as I couldn't watch it in one sitting ... I truly didn't know whether to laugh at the sheer unbelievability of what I was seeing or to fight back the tears to see the state of some Muslims ... now granted I don't believe that this show or these people presented on it represent the 'main-stream' Muslim community in North America as there will be "fringe" people from every group of humanity who claim one thing but don't live up to the ideals of that thing, however I know that such trends as shown in this episode are ever prevalent in "The West" and also "The East" and seem to be picking up steam...<br /><br />I am also not going to play the "blame game" and point fingers at the "Masjid", the "Religious Guides" or any other thing as such institutions are merely "fillers" - these are all 'supplements' (just as pills such as multi-vitamins are supplements to what we don't get with our full meal at the dinner table) - however is it possible that within 100 years or so of Muslims being in "The West" they have become so unrecognizable from "others"? I don't expect them all to be wearing "Islamic/Arab clothing" and leading the lives of their ancestors "back home" and the like, however there is some major disconnect with what I saw on the TV and what Islam as a religion and way of life teaches... When Muslims travelled to far off regions such as China, Indonesia, Russia, Africa, Spain, etc... did they do so and completely lose their independence and identity and take on the host nations way of life as I see today?
    • It is "easy" to watch this show and pass it off as "entertainment" however deep down, where have "we" failed? I don't mean to say these people are "losers" and I don't expect all Muslims to be "proofs of the religion" but I think something is wrong....<br /><br />Maybe I am reading too much into this show and should kick back, relax with my feet up on my comfy sofa, download (ahem) the episodes as they come on the Torrents, and just chill and watch them for what they are .... entertainment on the Tell-Lie-Vision...<br /><br />Peace ...
  19. Abby
    November 19, 23:19
    All American kafreen is more appropriate. Tfeh on the ppl in the show and anyone who supports this freak show.
  20. HajiSophia
    November 20, 16:30
    Truth in the absolute form<br />is what it is<br />all we are able to do is observe and interpret that truth from our perspective<br /><br />the reality is we are not all alike.......get over it<br />in this day in age, there is way too much diversity in expressions of humanity let alone faith.<br /><br />whether we like it or not Diversity is the norm<br /><br />as a practicing Muslim you are expected to enjoin the good and forbid the evil, and your attempt at doing so may not be well received or understood
    • HajiSophia
      November 20, 16:32
      coming from different perspectives, it is essential that if this conversation is going to take place, it needs to occur from a place of dialogue where understanding each other occurs<br /><br />not from a place of slander and accusations<br /><br />I mean look where this conversation has gone: one writer states that Huda is just jealous because Mrs. Bazzi has nice clothes and fancy stuff<br /><br />which is ridiculous<br />if the writer of those words knew Ms. Jawad they would know that a person like herself is actually not at all interested in any of what Mrs. Bazzi has....it isnt about that<br />and in fact the writer who has accused Ms. Jawad of this, is simply speaking from their own reference point<br /><br />what this thread deals with, is how we differ in our understanding and perception of success<br /><br />one party believes success to be solely monetary, materialistic<br /><br />while the other views success in terms of expressions of faith which relate to maintaining modesty and morality<br /><br />which is astronger characteristic to attribute to the self?<br /><br />Money, while worked hard for, can be taken away in a day...in an hour<br /><br />Morality/modesty, also hard to work for, if upheld...can never be broken<br /><br />I know it is from a position of love and care, that Ms. Jawad wonders how many Nina Bazzy's this community will produce<br /><br />Not as an insult to Mrs. Bazzi<br />but more so as a way to evaluate, if our focus will remain on the demoralization of our society at the expense of earning a dollar and having what corporate America has told you are nice things...or increasing our morale
  21. Ali110
    November 21, 04:21
    great article! the show is a joke. One thing Nina Bazzy said that was totalllllly uncalled for was when she was on the "Anderson Cooper" show and said "people shouldn't worry about my relationship with God." 1st off- NOBODY has a relationship with Allah. if you say u have a relationship with Allah then clearly you do not believe in Tawheed. God is one.
    • ND
      November 22, 16:35
      you sound like a retard. One of the most important components of Islam is that each person has a direct relationship to God, not like Catholocism where you have to pray to God through a priest. We pray and make dua'a directly to God, asking him to protect us, guide us, and forgive us, wouldnt you call that a relationship?
  22. Usef313
    November 21, 09:58
    I am full of shame for these so called Muslims, they think they are Hollywood stars of something. I believe that that Masjid has done poorly in guiding these Lebanese people who are supposed to be representing Islam in the right way, not by having our women walking about like street hookers. I am Shia and of Iranian descent and I am also a Twelver (12er) and I Love AlulBayt and I have no pride for I know nothing save for which is the will of ALLAH. As for this circus show they have managed to make you all look like fools. All of you have lost your identities and now have forgotten who you really are. This is why they can never truly be Us nor can we be them. I will not ever watch this garbage show again because like most TV it is Jewish controlled and this is you being their puppets for money, why not sell yourselves as whores? But do as you wish but know this you will all be judged by your actions.
  23. RND
    November 22, 00:34
    Reality TV is never a real depiction of ‘reality’ because as soon as there is an audience, one will not act in a natural way. Therefore, I don’t believe that this show accurately portrays the life of Muslims living in America. Obviously producers of this show will choose something that is controversial and entertaining at the same time, since in the end that is the combination that will make the most money. I think this show is giving an portrayal of Americans with Muslim faith, not Muslims who are integrating into American life. Just like Christianity, there is a difference between strict orthodox practices and a more modern day approach to religion. I believe it is therefore not entirely just to judge these example families and say that they are not practicing good Muslim faith, or that they “fall short of the great status God has given them as followers of Islam.”
    • Safiya
      November 28, 17:23
      How are Nader and Nawal not practicing good Muslim faith? She wears the Hijab, he is providing for their family as is she. They profess to be Muslim and believe in the prophet Mohammed (pbuh). I agree that Nina Bazzy and Shadia are hypocritical and yet rather than judge I simply pray that they find themselves closer to Allah someday and change their ways. Many of my non-Muslim friends have said this show took the "scary" away from Muslim Arabs . That "scary" should never have been there, but if this show is helping humanize an entire group than I am for it. Until we are perfect, only Allah can judge.
  24. ND
    November 22, 16:29
    I am so sick of people judging others. Islam is not a one-size fits all religion, and more importantly it isn't just about what you wear or how dogmatic you are, Those things are covered in about 8% of the Quran, whats in the other 92% people?? How to treat one another, how to do fair dealings in business, how to not talk about people behind their back. A better muslim is not the one who wears more hijab than the other, but the one who gives more zakat, who makes others smile and who makes people feel comfortable and accepted in their presence. We are not an alien cult who are all identicle clones of one another. Remember the story about the prostitute and the cat, showing kindness to others even a cat is more important in God's eyes than practicing strict dogma. This show is a breath a fresh air, finally showing americans that we are NORMAL, some more pious than others, some more modern than others, and some apparantly still judging others. This article shows how un open-minded some of us can be, and how judgemental some of us can be, but just remember God is the greatest of Judges.
    • Safiya
      November 28, 17:18
      THANK YOU FOR THIS! Every comment from a Muslim about this show that I have seen on other sites has been so judgemental that it reinforces the "hateful" image many seem to have about islam and Muslims. It reminds me of one of Ghandi's quotes "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ" Ghandi said this because Christians seem to be very judgemental towards eachother and hateful rather than loving as Jesus (pbuh) instructed. Allah knows best and ONLY he can judge. Until every commenter on here is perfect, judging other Muslims only tears the ummah apart rather than bring it together.
  25. Lama
    November 22, 17:53
    I haven't read through the entire discussion going on here, but I think that we all have our differences, and if any disagrees with the actions of another, be they Muslim or not, the best thing is to pray for that person. You can, and should, try to tell them about the right path, but do so without judgement and then do your best to keep them in your dua. <br /><br />It would have been nice if the author ended the article saying that praying for other people, especially Muslims, and keeping them in our dua is one of the best ways to help them change and improve their lives.
  26. As Salaamu Alaikum The Author Is Correct People of Weak Faith Will Always Be Exploited By The Enemies Of Al Islam In The Attempt To Minimize The Beauty Of Our Deen. But Sura 106 Al Quraishi Tells Us That We (Muslims) Are To Cherish and Uphold The Gift Of Al Islam Bestowed Upon Us... Takbir. Allahu' Akbar.
  27. Lama
    November 29, 18:15
    Here are two different, both great, perspectives on this topic: <br /><br />All American Muslim doesn't speak for this Muslim: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/15/my-take-all-american-muslim-doesnt-speak-for-this-muslim/<br /><br />and <br /><br />Defending TLC's All American Muslim against Muslim complaints: <br />http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/28/my-take-defending-tlcs-all-american-muslim-against-muslim-complaints/?hpt=hp_c2
  28. Mayameen
    December 07, 16:31
    I completely agree with this article. Moving into this community I was so shocked at the amount of Arabs compared to Muslims. We were honestly expecting that, since the largest mosque in america was here, we would see many more people who were Muslim or at least conscience of Islam. Knowing that what they are doing is wrong. Instead I walk into this circus which I could honestly say made me question Islam for a short period of Time.
    • Abbas_12
      December 31, 23:38
      [quote name="Mayameen"]Knowing that what they are doing is wrong. Instead I walk into this circus which I could honestly say made me question Islam for a short period of Time.[/quote]<br /><br />A relevant hadith comes to mind: "O Ammar, if you see Ali going through a valley and the rest of people going through another valley, follow Ali and leave people because he neither leads you to a bad fate nor takes you away from right guidance."

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