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. Richard S Kaiser

    Hello Muneef and Peace to you,

    Your recent Posts/Blogs in leaning toward Declarative Muslim Rhetoric fails to meditate upon the "BIG" Picture regarding World Politics and Worldly Religions. Besides Being a ONE GOD Religion Mulsims and Christians Alike are Akin and Neither are cunning enough to settle disputed Self-Righteous Holier-Than-Thou Indignations. It is True however that; New and Upcoming Virtuosos of Prophecism are Entering the World Stages and these Virtuosos/Prophets are Reaping the Seeds of Those with Deep Pockets. Will They, these Prophets of the New Age Become Part Of The Solution or the Problem of Final Unitarian Globalism?

    July 23, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • Muneef

      Richard S Kaiser.

      Dear friend you speaking to me as a real Kaiser ...how come I find your English hard for me to understand..you are not using simple English and that shows you have a high level of education maybe and that is good for me maybe but will have to use a lot my English English Dictionary...might then I understand it all together....thanks

      July 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Observe the Signs;

    Where are the Advanced countries taking the world into;

    In addition to hybrid seeds,animals,humanizing cows milk and now we are exceeding limits into;


    On Friday, a group of British researchers has reported that scientists should ensure that when they inject the human genes or cells into the animals, the animals should accept these human genes. These criterions of inserting the human genes or cells into the animals help the scientists to study the effects of diseases or medicines on human bodies.

    These humanizing of animals should be carefully performed as any small mistake could lead to a disaster. The Chinese scientists have introduced human stem cells into goat fetuses and U. S. researchers have studied about the idea of creating a mouse with human brain cells.

    New rules urged on hybrid animal-human experiments;

    What will Human kind end up to be after all such experiments;
    Well those already the Quran has spoke of in these verses here;

    [2:204] Among the people, one may impress you with his utterances concerning this life, and may even call upon GOD to witness his innermost thoughts, while he is a most ardent opponent.

    [2:205] As soon as he leaves, he roams the earth corruptingly, destroying properties (The Cultivation) and lives (The Posterity). GOD does not love corruption.

    [2:206] When he is told, "Observe GOD," he becomes arrogantly indignant. Consequently, his only destiny is Hell; what a miserable abode.

    July 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Read the Signs;

    As it seems today according to the signs from the religion blogs and hate crimes exposed at the Westren Media Headlines are signs can that be easily  read that there are minorities that one day may become as a majority against Muslims,Arabs or any coloreds.
    Those will continue into forcing all out of the Western countries which some claim to be for the Christians only while others claim it being for the Whites only...!
    Let us read about what has happened in the Spanish lands when it fell from the hands of Muslims into the hands of the Christians..such as by force immigrating or by mass killing of both Muslims and Jews after they totally used and abused them..! 

    Think of the Signs,such as the Texas Row Killer case, using the American Flag as a Patriot Freedom Fighter;


    Or the fresh developing story of The Norway Attack and the Motives behind it; 

    Brothers in Islam your motherland countries needs you,they need your knowledge,creativity,skills and maybe finance into establishing projects or business ideas no matter how small it is to start with....

    As Muslims you do believe in that planting a fruit tree where a traveler whether being a (Human or Animal or Bird) make use of your planted tree such as sleeping under it's shade or feeds on it's fruits..is considered as you have established what is called in Arabic (Sadaqa Gariah or Living Charity) that will be for your credit Alive or Dead . Such as that is meant by tree or a sastainable business,since that will allow owners and employed to support their families through it beside it paying it's Annual Zakah to Charity...

    It seems the West is claiming to become as was South Africa when it was used to be written on the Doors of Restaurants and Shops;
    'No Dogs & No Colored Allowed' sort of humiliation to Drive out the Unwanted Colors or Cultures !?!
    My sincere advice to every Muslims or Arabs is to invest in their mother land and not keep all in one basket otherwise if ever that day comes at least you will not leave empty handed needing to start your life savings all over again..since who gave you the Nationality today can as Easily take it from you as unwanted guest...! 

    Muslims your being and your high eduction in the west, you should start utilizing this into bringing developments and investments for your motherlands whether you knew it or not...or another option is by assisting your overseas fellow brothers in Islam...Or as we say"Build Your Self a House in Every Valley"..am sure that you will never regret if found the right honest people..

    July 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  4. Idolgirl

    I consider myself as part of the 46% of all Americans who have a favorable view of American Muslims.

    July 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • rs1201

      good for you... do you also happen to be a muslim?

      July 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  5. Muneef

    In the West every or any man's crime is considered being a mental case but every Muslim's crime is considered to be a Terrorist act...!

    Soonest any crimes or explosions take place in the West every body with out hesitations assumes or accuses the Muslims living in thse Western Countries....!  

    Now what can we consider this crime now is it Religious or Political? Or is it a mix of both as 2 in 1....? In such case I think the MidEast is in enough troubles already and would not need your Politicalized Western Christian faith in our countries since such as those acts would be expected from them some time latter...! 


    July 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  6. ibrad

    All Religions should have a good laugh,most likely we were all transplanted here by what we call aliens. Think about that next to you pray for whomever you believe in.

    July 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Gj

      What has how, who got transplanted here, got to do with this ?!? Can you please go back to your yuppie drink please please?

      July 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  7. wgage

    Get ready for more islamic BS.

    July 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  8. uh_wow...

    All the comments here reinforce my observation that most of my countrymen are essentially idiots. And bigots.

    July 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  9. chuck58

    Let's see. family dinner table. Sahib, any bombs planted today? How is the jihad going? Kill any infidels today? Yeah this will be a great show.

    July 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • All American Muslim" - An Anson Williams Production

      Even that would be more interesting that what we are actually going to get.

      Hahidah: "Ahmed! How was work at the mini-mart today?"

      Ahmed: "Good."

      Hahidah: "That's good."

      Ahmed: "Yeah. Really good."

      Hahidah: "Hey, the producers say we are really boring, so we need to start busting some major drama and overreacting and making fools of ourselves, just like all the other reality shows."

      Ahmed: "Uh, okay. Nahidah! I can't hear the call for prayers over your sfiha cooking!"

      Hahidah: "Oh yeah?!?!"

      Ahmed: "Yeah."

      Producer: "You're all fired."

      July 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  10. Richard S Kaiser

    "Regarding ALL Religions That, Declare in Faith as; Being "ONE GOD" Theologies"


    July 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Patty Pimplepopper

      The "S" in your name must stand for "Sanity-Challenged."

      July 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Hello Patty Pimplepopper,

      Your Last Name "PIMPLEPOPPER" is a "Sane" Name?

      July 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  11. Maryum

    Thank God! This is what we've all been waiting for. But now everyones opinions of us will be built on however this particular families lead their lives. Article reads about one of the persons from the show has tattoos and piercings... Implying that they probably don't practice their religion too closely. Yet this is what america will see and with so very little they know about us, and they seek out the negative in our Ummah (meaning community of all Muslims from every part of the world)

    July 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Hello Maryum, "Are you Stating that you are a Muslim?"

      July 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Lumpy Rutherford

      You assume that people other than Muslims will actually watch it. Unless they are building bomb vests or something interesting, virtually every non-Muslim will find something better to watch.

      The show is doomed to be a flopperoo. Gomer Pyle will look like an art house film compared to this turkey.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • B Reed

      Why in the world, if you are a Muslim, would you be proud of such a stunt? And, make no doubt about it, it is a silly stunt! Now, you can be just like Real Housewife of Jersey? WOW!

      July 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • Muneef

      As it seems that this was not only meant for the Americans to watch but rather for the Islamic countries as well since for the past 15 years we been seeing Brazilian/Maxican series coming but now we have mostly coming from Turkey...

      So now as seems we will have American style series..but wonder how it will reflect the scene of non Muslims against Muslims...that is what will count in the eyes of Muslims in the Islamic Worlds from the Capital Country of the Worlds...!?

      July 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  12. The Mosque of Zorro

    So the Irish Catholic had to convert to Islam. It's always the same story. Everytime a non-Muslim marries a Muslim, the non-Muslim must convert.

    July 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Rod C. Venger

      Let's list two reasons why that is so:

      1) If a Muslim Woman marries a Catholic man and he and coverts to Islam, what's the Catholic family of the man going to do? They'll pray for him, of course.

      2) If a Muslim woman marries a Catholic man and converts to Catholicism, what's the Muslim family of the woman going to do?


      July 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • Muneef

      If you have a true faith in GOD,look forward to learn more about HIM with genuine interest and decided to study carefully the message that the Quran came with...here am sure you find your self heading for conversion because of the Logic that will come upon you from the contents "The Power of Words".

      July 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Richard S Kaiser

    OceanLight wrote; “Rainer, Amen. Muslims need to accept Jesus as their Divine Savior to obtain eternal life. No man can save himself with his own filthy "good" deeds.” On July 23, 2011 at 11:42 am.

    Muslims who are Spiritually Devoted to A “ONE GOD” Theosophy are; Like Christendom; Beguiling the Very Natures of Deism and Its’ GOD Having Children of HIS Own Character and Likeness! Why Therefore do we NOT Understand GOD, God and god as being but a Triune Relativity?

    July 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  14. Reality

    Only for those who are "reading challenged":




    Added details upon request.

    July 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Mari

      That is your opinion so don't try to force it down our throats with your "caps".

      July 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
    • Dean

      Please give us the added details along with proof to back up your words.

      July 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • Reality

      For Dean et al:

      1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

      “New Torah For Modern Minds

      Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

      Such startling propositions – the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years – have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity – until now.

      The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine docu-ment. “

      2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations (or “mythicizing” from P, M, M, L and J) and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a ma-mzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). An-alyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen, ) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

      The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hitt-ites, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.


      For added "pizzazz", Catholic theologians divided god the singularity into three persons and invented atonement as an added guilt trip for the "pew people" to go along with this trinity of overseers. By doing so, they made god the padre into god the "filicider".

      Current RCC problems:

      Pedophiliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

      3., Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

      Current problems:
      Adulterous preachers, pedophiliac clerics, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

      3. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      5. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

      The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism."

      Current crises:

      The caste system and cow worship/reverence.

      6. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Christ. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

      "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

      Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circu-mstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

      Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

      Then, apply the Five F rule: "First Find the Flaws, then Fix the Foundations". And finally there will be religious peace and religious awareness in the world!!!!!

      July 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  15. Richard S Kaiser

    “Go Placidly, Amira; Amidst the Noise and Waste Always Remembering the Peace One Finds in Finding A Peace Thereof.”

    July 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  16. Alexandra

    Americans are perverts who cannot retain marriage even for a few years. Why do they think they are better than Muslims?

    July 23, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • Mei

      Americans are not perverts. Your the one who is sick to have a sick mind like that.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • rs1201

      because we are...

      July 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Muneef

      Am sorry you are referring Americans and Muslims...! As if there are no American Muslims? Actually you should had referred to as Non Muslim Ameicans and Muslim Americans....that is if we are talking about America's Multi Culture Nation... Peace.

      July 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • Muneef

      Another thing we as Muslims are Allowed to marry four wives if we can affored to support, while for non Muslims as we are told they are only Allowed One Wife and Three Girl Friends... So this must be the reason for the early breaks which begins with the lack of Trust between the married couple.... Unless there would be other compeling reasons that I might not be aware of for such Divorce breaks shakes the "Throne of GOD" being considered the most hated lawful act to GOD...

      July 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • B Reed

      I doubt that I am "better" than Muslims, whatever that means to you. I am a moral person and live up to my morals. AND, for sure, I do not support the so-called Jihads, which is simply another word for plain old murder!

      July 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • Muneef

      B Reed.

      Islam is all about morals to the real practicing Muslim and not those just by birth....Jihad to us is;

      A- Is to be in Jihad with one's wronging soul compressing the evil within it,controlling one's wrongful desires...meaning to be in Jihad with one's own negativity...

      B- Is to be in Jihad for GOD is to Teach and Preach the Religion or to do all the charity work helping in all needs for the needy or seeking the knowledge for the sake of the better of mankind..

      C- Is to be in Jihad against any Tyrant Enemy that is attacking or invading the one's homeland or when the Islamic "Ommah" as a Multi Cultured Islamic Nation declare a religious war against some tyrant oppressors..   

      July 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  17. JackSparrow

    They always portray educated, seemingly harmless muslims as a facade. Why dont you research the life and teachings of the ROOT, Mohammed the prophet. Would be much more interesting to see how this all started.
    Muslims need to renounce their vile ideology Islam and join the rest of civilized peoples, and make the world a better place. Instead of destroying other faiths,beheading infidel, and only looking at their finish line ... an 'All Islam world'.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • JackSparrow

      Make that ' Mohammed, the beheading, child marrying, prophet.'

      July 23, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • Mei

      Islam was created by a man who actually took pieces from Judiasm and Christianity. Just ask any historian.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • Mei

      I should add, he didn't pull the important parts of Judaism and Christianity either.. just what would serve his own purposes.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Muneef


      Please do not ask historians go and read more you will know the truth from false otherwise you are just marching on the same spot and not moving...

      July 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  18. Rainer Braendlein

    Will both Christianity and Islam lead to heaven or only one of the both religions?

    The natural, primitive religion of mankind is theism, no matter, what atheists claim.

    All differnt religions, excepted Christianity, have one root: A simple theism, which wants to please God by certain rituals, but not admitting the fact of the own, personal, moral imperfection.

    Islam is a kind of theism. Muhammad has invented some ritual acts, which dispense the single Muslim from the law (Thora). Muslims are required to eat no pork, to believe that Muhammad is the highest prophet, to believe that the Koran is the ultimate scripture, to make a journey to Mekka, to dress in a certain way, to deny Jesus, the Son of God, etc..

    The law of the Thora would lead a single believer to ask for a Deliverer, because he had to admit that he is overchallanged by the law (the law of the Thora is as strict as the Sermon of the Mount). By Muhammad's rituals the single Moslems are distracted from asking for a Redeemer, who could give them a life, which really could please God, and would not be in conflict with the law.

    Christians have accepted that they are imperfect, and thus have welcomed God's Redeemer Jesus Christ.

    Conclusion: Islam and Chrisitanity are totally different. Muslims will end up in desperation, because there religion is pure imagination. Christians, living a good life by the power of Christ's death and resurrection, which pleases God,will finally enjoy eternal life together with Jesus.

    To put it shortly: The big disadvantage of Islam: It provides no Deliverer.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • OceanLight

      Rainer, Amen. Muslims need to accept Jesus as their Divine Savior to obtain eternal life. No man can save himself with his own filthy "good" deeds.

      July 23, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • Muneef

      We Muslims acknowledge and accept Jesus as a Prophet of GOD...but we can not accept him as GOD or as Son of GOD as our Holy Book tell us...and it is not fair that you want to force us or hate us for our belief...

      July 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  19. OceanLight

    Americans are being bored. They find everything amusing. "Captain America" was never enough for them.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  20. Sam

    It should be called, "Don't bring home the bacon." It'll work with a Jewish family, too.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:15 am |
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