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July 22nd, 2011
12:44 PM ET

New reality series tracks lives of American Muslims

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - TLC is premiering a reality series about the lives of American Muslims this fall,  "All American Muslim," the cable TV network announced this week.

The series tracks five Muslim families living around Dearborn, Michigan, home to one of the nation's largest Muslim enclaves.

The series is about “inviting viewers into a world they might not otherwise experience,” said TLC's general manager Amy Winter in a press release.

"Through these families and their diverse experiences, we will explore how they blend their values and traditions with everyday life in America," Winter said in the Thursday release, "providing insight into their culture with care and compassion.”

The series, which premieres in November, tracks "very distinct lives that often times challenge the Muslim stereotype," according to the release.

Characters include a pair of tight-knit sisters, one of whom wears a traditional Islamic headscarf and one who sports piercings and tattoos and has recently married an Irish Catholic man who is converting to Islam.

Another character is a consultant to big auto manufacturer and struggles to strike a balance between work and raising a modern Muslim family, according to the TLC release.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released earlier this year found that 46% of all Americans have a favorable view of American Muslims, while 26% have an unfavorable view.

"Overall, positive views of American Muslims have risen since 2002, when memories of 9/11 were still fresh in most Americans' minds," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland in March, when the poll was released.

In 2002, only 39% of all Americans said they had a favorable view of Muslims.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Michigan • TV

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  1. stephen foreman

    How Are You All Doing ? Hellenism Started In Greece,And Islam Generated From Islam Because Islam Was An Extention Of Christianity Because They Both Ruled With The Sword To Divide,And Conquer The People.Christianity Does Not Have Anything To Do With Jesus The Christ At All Because God Ordained His Great,And Wonderful Salvation In The Name,And Blood Of His Son Jesus!!!!!!! The Holy Bible In The Book Of The Acts Of The Apostles ChapterTwo Verses Thirty Eight,And Thirty Nine. First It Talks About The Salvation Of The Lord God Jesus The Christ Being Given To The Jews First,And Afterwards To All Of Us To Who Are Not Born In The Nation Of Israel !!!!!!! But Also The Qu'ran Came From Greece,And Is An Extention Of Hellenism Itself,And It Was Established In Six Forty Four A.D. The Historians Have Written That Muhammad Was Born In Five Seventy A.D.,And That He Died In Six Thirty Two A.D.:So The Question Is Why Did The Qu'ran End Up Existing Six Hundred Seventeen Years Later From The The Time That Jesus Started His Ministry Because It Started In Twenty Seven A.D. ,And Also Prior Before The Qu'ran Was Written The Books Of The Old testament Of The Holy Bible Were Already Written !!!!!!! The Qu'ran Says That Jesus Is The Holy Spirit,And By The Fact That Is Says That It In Fact Is Saying That Jesus Is God,And He Is. Allah Stands For Arm,Leg,Leg,Arm,Head Thus Saying That We Are Are Gods.

    February 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Islam or Christianity by Birth are Not Religions but rather a political Nationality & National Ident-i-ty !!

    Religion is not by Birth, Religion it is by Faith,therefore they are not as Equal or Alike.
     Kindly refer to following Quran verses ;

    --–
    "The blind and the seeing are not alike; (19) Nor are the depths of Darkness and the Light; (20) Nor are the (chilly) shade and the (genial) heat of the sun: (21) Nor are alike those that are living and those that are dead. Allah can make any that He wills to hear; but thou canst not make those to hear who are (buried) in graves. (22)".
    -----
    "These two kinds (of men) may be compared to the blind and deaf, and those who can see and hear well. Are they equal when compared? Will ye not then take heed? (24)".
    ----
    "Say: "Are the blind equal with those who see? Or the depths of darkness equal with Light?" (16)".
    ---–
    "Is one who worships devoutly during the hours of the night prostrating himself or standing (in adoration), who takes heed of the Hereafter, and who places his hope in the Mercy of his Lord― (like one who does not)? Say: "Are those equal, those who know and those who do not know? It is those who are endued with understanding that receive admonition." (9)".
    ---
    "Not equal are the blind and those who (clearly) see: nor are (equal) those who believe and work deeds of righteousness, and those who do evil. Little do ye learn by admonition! (58)".
    --–

    Example; Late Amy Winhouse was Nationally known to be of family of Jew but she personally was not a Religious Practising Jew.... 
    Have came across termbe been used here to refer to people such as ;
    – He was A Christian Atheist....or was A Jew Atheist... 
    Or other way of identifying some one they say;
    – He was American White Christian Atheist.
    – He was American White Christian Muslim.

    Notice the use of nationalities given here;
    – The Country's Nationality.
    – The Race Color Nationality.
    – The by birth Community Religion Nationality..
    – The Actual or Converted to belief Nationality.

    There are other Nationality terms such as the Religious Sectarians and the Regional family  Area.
    -----

    From every Religion you will find those who are committed (A) and those who are counted on the Religion but are not religious nor they believe (B);
    Now we ought to find out who is generating the trouble ? Are they Group (A)or (B) from each By Birth Religion...!?

    July 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Islam or Christianity by Birth are Not Religions but rather a Political Nationality & National Ident-i-ty !!

    July 31, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  4. Muneef

    Peace and Ramadan Kareem to all Muslim Brothers and Sisters...Inshallah fasting from Monday Dawn to SunSet...
    Just wonder in Christians or non Religious have tried fasting as Muslims do...am sure with time they will adopt it as a system for the health benefits it holds health and body...it is told it helps the body to discharge and burn out the poisonous chemicals from our bodies other than controlling weights... Some say they can not because of smoking other for water or food...but other than that is controlling anger or bad mood of the empty stomach, controlling one's tongue from hurting any one,to control eyes from staring at desire... Above all those to a Muslim he is to Maintain Prayers and Quran Reciting which of course beside it being a spiritual matter it is meant the body exercise by the up's and down's of prayers....as well as training of tongue & lungs by the Quran Recitation...these beside Tasbih "Praise of Glorify" helps to control one's breathing..

    So you see it is all good and challenging since only by those means can you gain control your desires... 
    -–

    Control of Desire Quran verses same Verse in Arabic but in English check translation and God knows how many are other more...such as these things case confusion among non Arab Muslims and non Muslims..although all end to mean same thing but in different ways that caused it be misunderstood...then the fact of being translated in many languages in the same way...! This was just a standing example of the Quran although still alive existing and in one copy !?
    Then imagine what could have had happened to the Torah and or Gospel having passed through three dead languages,one after the other then from a classic language into modern language, in many different copies then into many languages.

    Read and Judge; 
    ----
    [79:40] As for the one who reverenced the majesty of his Lord, and enjoined the self from sinful lusts.
    [79:41] Paradise will be the abode.
    ---–
    But as for him who feared to stand before his Lord and restrained his soul from lust, (40) Lo! the Garden will be his home. (41)
    --–
    And as for him who dreaded standing before his Lord, and restrained his soul from lust, (40) Verily the Garden! -that shall be his resort. (41)
    ---
    And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from lower Desires, (40) Their Abode will be the Garden. (41).
    ----
    But as for him who feared standing before his Lord, and restrained himself from impure evil desires, and lusts. (40) Verily, Paradise will be his abode. (41).
    ----
    Whereas for the one who feared to stand before his Lord, and restrained his self from the (evil) desire, (40) The Paradise will be the abode. (41).
    ----

    July 30, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  5. AvdBerg

    By reading the comments on this Blog it seems very obvious to us that all the foundations of the earth out of course (Psalms 82:5). For a better understanding of this scriptural verse we invite you to read the latest article ‘CNN Belief Blog ~ Sign of the Times’ listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Please ignore any messages that inform you that we are on a troll and that ask you to activate the abuse button or even refer you to a gaychristian website. It is an attempt to discredit the work of our Ministry, which is for the edifying of the Body of Christ – His Church (Eph. 4:12).

    July 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  6. Muneef

    Anders Behring Breivik,Norway,Oslo 95 innocent life wasted on a "One Man Show" ....
    This example is the example of Western and Muslim Tentions that mark a start of violence against the Westren Systems,against Muslims and colored communities or individuals....
    Muslims are unwanted in the west...they are being pushed out until now only by the mention of words,by the imposing of laws that dismay the Muslims such as to the shape of Mosques in Switzland,The Niqab&Borqo in France, The Islamic Slaughter Rituals in Holland....
    Really just do not understand if you did not need all those Muslims or non Muslims immigrants into your countries from the first place....!!! What has changed that now ?
    If you do not want other nations out number you in your land,it is either you should not allow immigration or make new laws as to Divorce and Marriages beside taking into consideration allowing polygamy if permited by the first female partner whether she is well giving birth or sick unable to give birth... You cannot go on wiping reducing nations every time they exceed your populations ??!

    July 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Muneef

      Muslims is a General word that includes every Muslim from every continent on the Globe?? That is way you should take Muslims bases their race origin and not by the bases of their Religious beliefs, what ever their acts were criminal or religious extremes...but it is not fair to generalize since may there be Muslims from your own skins or race origins....

      July 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  7. Reality

    Reiteration is great for the learning process. As is reading and rational thinking followed by conclusions based on all of it.

    A reiteration for posting on all refrigerator doors:

    SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
    THERE NEVER WAS AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR

    SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
    THERE WAS AND NEVER WILL BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY

    SAVING 15.5 MILLION ORTHODOX FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
    ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

    Added details upon request.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • debbie

      So theres no Santa Claus or no Easter Bunny too?? Damn!

      July 28, 2011 at 6:44 am |
    • Muneef

      Nothing just Black&White the world of Reality...you will not find with him those Rainbow colors which make our life's colorful..poor soul buried alive...

      July 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  8. Beatrice

    The most serious threat in the West is its amoral population, especially the morally chaotic youth, no one else.

    July 26, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  9. AGuest9

    Perhaps a series that tracks the struggles that all of the children who lost parents on 9/11 face every day without their parents, thanks to these animals?

    July 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
    • Muneef

      Wonder how the parents of those killed in the Norway mass killing would sleep with out their kids because of such as those lost Animals.

      July 25, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • *SIGH*

      Oh, so this series is about the 9/11 hijackers? If you really make this assertion, my question is why do you hate America so much? No one who loves America allows themselves to be this stupid.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  10. AvdBerg

    A number of people that have written to respond to this article have spoken of the interpretation of the Bible, which is the number one problem in this present world as the Bible itself teaches us that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20). Only few people (Matthew 7:14) are able to understand the Bible and as long as mankind remains separated from God, the Word of God will remain a mystery.

    Mankind in his natural state is unable to understand the Bible and unable to receive the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:14).

    There is a natural body and a spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:44). The only thing that separates the Natural body from the Spiritual body is the Baptism of Repentance (Mark 1:4). To repent means: to change spirits and to turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan, whose spirit mankind is of (Luke 9:55), unto God (Acts 26:18). This is not an interpretation. Many people search the Bible for in them they think they have eternal life, but when we bring them the Scriptures they don’t believe us (John 5:38,39). Confused? There is no need to be confused any longer. For a better understanding of the mystery of God we invite you to read all the pages and articles of our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    So, before mankind will be able to understand the Word of God, mankind requires to be converted and transformed by God (not by any religion) and only then mankind is able to understand the Bible, as it is God (John 1:1).

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how this whole world has been deceived as confirmed by the Word of God in Revelation 12:9. The Bible is true in all things and is the discerner of every thought and the intent of the heart (Hebrews 5:12).

    July 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • ....

      Still trolling trying to sell your cult and book it's complete garbage. Click the report abuse link to get rid of this troll.

      July 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  11. Beatrice

    Life of infidels, apostates and average women in the Muslim-majority land should be more exposed, although secular Westerners would think of it only amusing. The world needs liberation by Christians and by the Biblical education.

    July 24, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • Muneef

      Beatrice.
      You mean like the Norwagian man did to others calling for a Christian crusaders ?

      July 25, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • Beatrice

      Muneef, everyone has freedom in the Christian-majority nations. No one has religious freedom in the Muslim-majority nations. A total difference.

      July 26, 2011 at 7:06 am |
    • *SIGH*

      So Beatrice, does Bangladesh not count for anything? (Bangladesh has a higher muslim population than any two middle eastern countries put together, has a secular government and observes official holidays on muslim and hindu holy days, not to mention has had 2 different women as democratically elected prime ministers).

      Regardless, what happens in other nations is irrelevant. Why do people immigrate/emigrate? Also why is it that nations like Kuwait, Jordan and Brunei not considered? It's as if you want to take media examples (this alone is worth mocking as the media would convince you that all blacks are welfare addicted, slum dwelling criminals) and use them over and over. If it was simply a 'muslim' thing, why are there so many different countries? Why are they not all one 'muslim' nation called Boogiemanland? Beatrice, if you are American, show enough pride in being American to process complex thoughts further. Do you love America? If so, look deeper and find out what's really going on. If not, keep working on your potato powered flashlight.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  12. Beatrice

    "I warn everyone... If anyone adds anything to them(God's Word), God will add to him the plagues described in this book." ( the final chapter of Revelation, the final Book in the New Testament Bible, written before AD100.) The Canon has been closed since then.

    July 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • AGuest9

      You refer to "John's" opium trip? It must have been cool.

      July 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • Beatrice

      Americans are heavily drugged because they refuse to honor God. Men without God go insane. Destined.

      July 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  13. Muneef

    "Soon We will show them our Signs in the (furthest) regions (of the earth), and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth" (Quran, surah Fussilat s.41 v.53).

    July 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  14. Muneef

    Signs of Truth from GOD...that the words of Quran is from GOD and ways or means on how the Holy Books and The Quran were revealed to messengers and prophets of GOD...beside it's prove that Ramadan is a Holy Month for GOD and Angels as Quran sura 97 about the "Night of Destiny"..Only GOD knows but seems another Jesus born in with another Miracle's yet to come...!!? 

    http://www.discoveringislam.org/russian_boy.htm
    Quranic verses are written on a baby's skin who is born in Russia-Dagestan. Each week a new verse is written. The parents says that he wouldn't eat anything in the month of Ramadan till Iftar time ( he used to fast ). 2000 person per day visits the baby. For more info: 
    http://abcnews.go.com/WN/miracle-baby-koran-verses-infants-body/t/story?id=8889257

    July 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Muneef

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLhnAAs3yak&w=640&h=390]

      July 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Reality

      Signs of the Truth of Islam:

      The Muslim Conquest of India – 11th to 18th century

      ■"The likely death toll is somewhere between 2 million and 80 million. The geometric mean of those two limits is 12.7 million. "

      and the 19 million killed in the Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C by Muslims.

      and more recently

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US troops killed in action, 3,483 and 925 in non combat roles. 99,901 – 109,143 Iraqi civilians killed as of 3/3/2011/, mostly due to suicide bombers, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and http://www.defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,141 killed in action, 242 killed in non-combat situations as of 03/03/2011. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15 The daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2011.

      19) A Pakistani minister, who had said he was getting death threats because of his stance against the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot and killed Wednesday, 3/2/2011

      20) two American troops killed in Germany by a recently radicalized Muslim, 3/3/2011

      21) the kidnapping and apparent killing of a follower of Zoraster in the dark world of Islamic Pakistan.

      22) Shariatpur, Bangladesh (CNN 3/30/2011) - Hena Akhter's last words to her mother proclaimed her innocence. But it was too late to save the 14-year-old girl. Her fellow villagers in Bangladesh's Shariatpur district had already passed harsh judgment on her. Guilty, they said, of having an affair with a married man. The imam from the local mosque ordered the fatwa, or religious ruling, and the punishment: 101 lashes delivered swiftly, deliberately in public. Hena dropped after 70 and died a week later.

      July 25, 2011 at 12:30 am |
  15. katherine

    @ Technically Right – Yes, I wrote the wrong number – 300+million. If we had arabs occupying our country with guns and bombs, you would probably feel the same as those people. Just like many people here assume all Muslims support terrorist acts and jihad, In the arab countries they think all US Citizens support the wars and killing of innocents. And while the may live in lower standards of living than most places in the US, if they have a little extra food on the table after dinner, they will walk around to see if any of their neighbors are hungry. How many times have you heard about that in the US? Furthermore, if my husband ever even thought to raise a hand at me, he wouldn't live long enough to regret it.

    @leveltheplayingfield – my husband was a US citizen years before we met. He also works harder than any person I have ever met. He worked 7 days a week for 13 years, only stopping when he was hospitalized for exhaustion. Now he works 5 days a week. I refused to marry him, unless he had more time to spend with me.

    July 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  16. POSTER

    "WHO WANTS TO BE A TERRORIST"

    July 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
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