My Take: Defending TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ against Muslim complaints
Samira Amen, who's featured in "All-American Muslim."
November 28th, 2011
02:38 PM ET

My Take: Defending TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’ against Muslim complaints

Editor's Note: Khurram Dara is the author of "The Crescent Directive: An essay on improving the image of Islam in America," coming this winter (Tensile). He tweets @KhurramDara.

By Khurram Dara, Special to CNN.com

For the last decade, Islam has been under a lot of scrutiny, and understandably so. When you’ve got terrorists all over the world declaring war on America and the West in the name of Islam, it’s only natural that people will have questions.

But this reasonable concern has rapidly turned into irrational suspicion, with anti-Muslim groups seizing on the opportunity to paint all Muslims in America as radical-loving, violence-approving foreigners.

The problem is that the response from American Muslims has been about as effective as Herman Cain’s PR strategy in the face of sexual harassment allegations. Instead of pooling our resources to combat radicalism, or taking a more active role in our communities so that other Americans better understand us, we’ve resorted to defense tactics.

We tell people that the Quran is being taken out of context. We focus on efforts to try to “educate” the American public. And we desperately cling to the idea that if people just had a better grasp of the facts on Islam, they wouldn’t buy into anti-Muslim propaganda.

Unsurprisingly, none of that has changed Americans' view of Islam.

So when I heard that TLC was doing a reality show about several American Muslim families, I was intrigued. The show wasn’t going to feature scholars refuting the (ridiculous) claims made about Islam. It was going to show regular Muslim families living in America. It was going to show, rather than simply tell, people about Muslims and Islam.

After three weeks of airing, “All-American Muslim” has done just that. Whether it was Mr. Aoude prepping his pregnant wife for that hectic hospital trip, or newlyweds Jeff and Shadia worrying about how their families will get along, it has shown viewers the single most important truth that will change the perceptions of Muslims: We are just like everyone else.

There has been widespread praise from TV critics, calling the show "intimate and heartfelt" and "as good as it gets" and praising TLC for how it has "upended the conventions of reality television."

The show’s premiere had 1.7 million viewers, making it the No. 2 program in its time slot among key demographics and scoring TLC's best Sunday prime time performance in more than a year.

Predictably, the show was also met with harsh and unfair criticism. Anti-Muslim groups wasted no time citing this as another example of Muslims trying to “take over” America.

This was expected. What wasn’t expected was the reaction from some other American Muslims.

“The families aren’t Muslim enough.”

“They aren’t good role models.”

"They don't represent all American Muslims."

Is the show a perfect cross-section of the American Muslim demographic? Are they the most religious families? Is it full of people you aspire to be one day?

No, of course not. It’s reality TV. It’s entertainment. We American Muslims ought to look at it in the grand scheme of things instead of just criticizing the show by saying it “doesn’t represent me.”

You’re right. It doesn’t represent you.

That’s because no TV show, no organization, no movement is ever going to represent you better than you can represent yourself.

“All-American Muslim” is not going to change the image of Muslims on its own. But it’s got the right idea. It’s premised on the fact that people judge a group not just on its beliefs, but also on their interactions with members of that group.

So if you don’t think “All-American Muslim” represents you, then go out into your community and show people what being Muslim is all about, from your perspective. Whether it’s a book club or a basketball league, we can all have our own “All-American Muslim” moments.

The most important take-away from a show like “All-American Muslim” is that we Muslims should focus our efforts on showing average Americans that we share far more in common with them than some would like them to believe.

And you don’t need a TV show to do that, you just have to have the courage to break out of your shell and share in those experiences with your American brethren.

Don’t treat TLC’s reality show as the only hope for changing our image, or as our one shot at showing America what Islam is all about. Don’t treat it as needing to be a flawless, immaculate portrayal of Muslims in America.

Treat it as a first step. Consider it a new approach. Look at it as the beginning of the long journey we have ahead, in changing the negative stereotypes about Muslims in America.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Khurram Dara.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Opinion • TV

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  1. Fonseka

    Did "All-American Muslims" show wife beatings and honor killings?

    November 29, 2011 at 12:48 am |
    • G Nadeau

      Some of you people need to get out more. The point they are trying to make with the show has shot right between your legs. I've worked in the middle east, with Muslims from all over the world. And guess what? They are no different than us. They want the smae for their families as we want for ours. We (Christians) have our Timothy McVeighs and they (Muslims) have their Osam Bin Ladens. Get over the stereo types on move on.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  2. Mark David

    ness no mater what you say in your make believe world only 1080 peopel were killed in the 300 years of the spanish inqustion. very good records were kept

    November 29, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • Kat

      and how many millions were forced to convert or kicked out from thier homes simply because they refused to convert?

      November 29, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • Mark David

      kat you are deflecting from islam, the story here is islam not xtians. now do you agree or not agree with mohamhead r apeing women and ordering his men to r ape women? can you answer this? or will you lie or justify it or say it didnt happen???

      November 29, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • Kat

      you're the one defending christians who by far have the bloodiest history/present of all religions put together.
      Stop getting your info about Islam from those anti-Islam hate mongering sites who only want WW3, Armgeddon, 3rd temple, and messiah.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:58 am |
  3. joe

    A Palestinian terrorist on Friday night quietly slipped into a home in the Samarian Jewish community of Itamar and butchered five members of the family living there as they slept.

    The terrorist broke in through a living room window. He missed eight-year-old Roi Fogel, who was sleeping on the couch, and proceeded to a nearby bedroom where he slashed the throats of the father, Uri Fogel, and his 3-month-old baby, Hadas, who was sleeping with him.

    At that moment, the mother, Ruth, came out of the bathroom and was quickly murdered as she looked with horror on the bodies of her dead loved ones.

    The killer moved on to the children’s bedrooms, where he executed 11-year-old Yoav, who was reading in bed at the time, and stabbed three-year-old Elad twice in the heart as he slept. The terrorist missed two-year-old Shai Fogel, who was sleeping in another room.

    Also surviving the attack was 12-year-old Tamar Fogel, who only returned home from a friend’s house after the attack was over. With the help of a neighbor, Tamar woke her sleeping brother who then unlocked the front door that the terrorist had locked to cover his escape.

    It was then that Tamar and Roi Fogel discovered the nightmare that had visited their happy home.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • Kat

      Joe, I wouldn't move my family into stolen homes or lands surrounded by homeless and orphans from your robberies. It is insane to accuse Islam of being to the motive of these killers, not the fact they were wronged by the Israeli colonizers for decades.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  4. Mark David

    kat you really are jumping through some hoops arnt you to explain the atrocitys of islam. so what you are saying kat is that islam has never engaged in an atrocity?

    November 29, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • ali

      Muslims are allowed to lie to you.

      They lie about everything.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • Kat

      Mark, no I am not saying that. I am saying only bigots like you are quick to judge whole group of people based on atrocities committed by members of these groups because it makes you feel better about your ego and filthy bibles.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • Mark David

      im an athesit kat i dont have a bible.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • Stobor

      Kat is like the Muslim version of Adelina. Who's next? Lord Haw-Haw? Good grief.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:19 am |
  5. joe

    they could try whatever they want to cover up the Muslim culture today the fact remains that Muslim Americans are not coming out forceful against Muslim terrorist we should never forget last year these 2 sick Palestinians Muslims went into a Jews town and stabbed to death a whole family including a 3 month old baby and 1 year old and 4 year old and 9 year old and both parents in cold blood and i didn't even hear one Muslim American condemn these animals, which society could produce such sick animals in the thousands?????.you will only hear Muslim Americans condemning Israels occupation that's all they are capable.

    May god avenge the death of the fogal family.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:44 am |
    • Steve

      How about you look at what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians first. Palestinians are only getting revenge for what has happened to them. You are only looking at it from one side but Israel has been more brutal to Palestine.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:52 am |
  6. CCSonny



    November 29, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  7. Reality

    What instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? And what drives today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the safety and location of mosques and what is taught therein.

    Until then, no male Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere including reality shows..................................

    November 29, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • Kat

      funny because bin laden never said the 911 attacks were about converting people or killing infidels or their way of life. He only said he attacked america because its lethal policies and wars. They're all saying they kill each other in the name of freedom!

      November 29, 2011 at 12:45 am |
  8. Reality


    (from the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Bayhaqi)

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    November 29, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  9. Mark David

    kat do you agree with mohamhead r apeing women and ordering his men to r ape women? you can never disagree witht he prophet can you. a xtian can tell you that its wrong and so can an atheist but you cant can you. you will make an exuse or lie

    November 29, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  10. Mark David

    over the 200 years of the crusades only 200,000 people were killed, the muslims killed 1 millioon Armenian xtians in a genocide which is worse? because everything that muslims do is the will of allah. they will never say anything they do is wrong.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • Ness1

      Regarless, both were wrong. The crusaders did everything in the name of "god".

      November 29, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • Mark David

      not so. most of the crusaders were just hired guns from the country side who had no religious vested intrest in the cause

      November 29, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • Mark David

      and does it matter if you do it in the name of god or an ideology?? stalin and mao murdered 160 million people more then all religiions combined since the beginning of time.
      the crusades killed 200,000 over 200 years
      the spanish inqustion killed 1080 over 300 years
      religion is not as dangerous as people like to make it out to be.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:39 am |
    • Kareem

      if you compare the population then to now... its the same thing. put a %$#@ in it.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:41 am |
    • Kat

      Armenia was under Muslim rule for centuries before the Turks' Armenian genocide. What took Muslims so long to start a genocide against Christians if it was in the name of religion? And where were the Armenians heading to during the genocide? were they escaping to Christian nations for protection? no. They were running to the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Iran) for protection because they knew they would find safety in Muslim lands which they did. The Turks turned against the Armenians following their aliance with Russia against the Turks in WW1. It was done totally for political reasons not religious. During the same time and before and after Christians from Russia killed 2 million Muslims from the same region as Armenia. Why don't your bigoted sources tell you anything about the genocide of Muslim in the Caucus region of Russia?

      November 29, 2011 at 12:41 am |
    • Reality

      The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:

      M. White, http://necrometrics.com/warstatz.htm#u (required reading)

      The Muslim Conquest of India

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

      Rank …..Death Toll ..Cause …..Centuries……..Religions/Groups involved*

      1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

      2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

      3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

      4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

      5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

      6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

      7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

      8. 19 million Mideast Slave Trade 7C-19C (Islam)

      9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

      10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

      11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

      12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

      13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

      14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

      15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

      16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

      17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

      18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

      19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

      20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

      *:" Is religion responsible for more violent deaths than any other cause?

      A: No, of course not – unless you define religion so broadly as to be meaningless. Just take the four deadliest events of the 20th Century – Two World Wars, Red China and the Soviet Union – no religious motivation there, unless you consider every belief system to be a religion."

      Q: So, what you're saying is that religion has never killed anyone.

      A: Arrgh... You all-or-nothing people drive me crazy. There are many doc-umented examples where members of one religion try to exterminate the members of another religion. Causation is always complex, but if the only difference between two warring groups is religion, then that certainly sounds like a religious conflict to me. Is it the number one cause of mass homicide in human history? No. Of the 22 worst episodes of mass killing, maybe four were primarily religious. Is that a lot? Well, it's more than the number of wars fought over soccer, or s-ex (The Trojan and Sabine Wars don't even make the list.), but less than the number fought over land, money, glory or prestige.

      In my Index, I list 41 religious conflicts compared with 27 oppressions under "Communism", 24 under Colonialism, 2 under "Railroads" and 2 under "Scapegoats". Make of that what you will."

      November 29, 2011 at 12:42 am |
    • Ness1

      Quoting from my previous post: The spaniards killed way more people than 1080 that you quoted. 95% of Peru's population declined after it was colonized by the spaniards. And the survivors were enslaved, to the point where they killed themselves instead of serving them. -> Read -"Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire" on wikipedia before posting such stupid uneducated comments.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:44 am |
    • ali

      Pakistan and afghanstan use to be Hindus and Buddists and were forced into Islam = 250 million lol

      November 29, 2011 at 12:53 am |
  11. howlyn

    I'll pass on the Muslims; every violent conflict on Earth involves Muslims. I know enough already.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:24 am |
  12. Mark David

    Muslim (8:3311) – The girl took her dolls with her to Muhammad's house (something to play with when the "prophet" was not having s3x with her).

    Muslim (8:3460) – "Why didn't you marry a young girl so that you could sport with her and she sport with you, or you could amuse with her and she could amuse with you?" Muhammad posed this question to one of his followers who had married an "older woman" instead of opting to fondle a child.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Kat

      since when younger means a child? only in your twisted mind it does
      read http://www.muslim.org/islam/aisha-age.htm.....it compares the various sources on the age of Muhammad's youngest wife. Some sources put her age at nineteen. It is possible that Muslim & Bukhari recorded nine instead of nineteen as they were written centuries after the fact.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • Mark David

      kat are you saying these holy works are flawed? then why believe any of them? and if they are wrong then why is it okay for old men in muslim countrys to marry and have s3x with 8 year old girls???? the saudis say the prophet did it so its not wrong. the aiotolah of iran married a 12 year old girl and said it was okay to have s2x with a baby female as long as you dont penatrate to hard to cause unjury.....where do they get this idea. if you are correct kat???

      November 29, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • Kat

      Mark, haha you don't know what you're talking about. These works are not holy or sacred. Even their own authors admit in introduction that they collected the stories to the best of their abilities and they themselves classify their work into several levels of accuracy. They are as good as the other sources mentioned in the link that I posted. I don't care what Sauid or Iran does. How about the fact that the legal age of marriage in most Muslim countries is 16-18? what that's a fact that you like to conviniently ignore because it does not fit your hate agenda?

      November 29, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  13. Mark David

    kat the hadiths contradict you.

    Muslim (8:3309) – Muhammad consummated his marriage to Aisha when she was only nine. (See also Bukhari 58:234 and many other places). No where in the reliable Hadith or Sira is there any other age given.

    Bukhari (62:18) – Aisha's father, Abu Bakr, wasn't on board at first, but Muhammad explained how the rules of their religion made it possible. This is similar to the way that present-day cult leaders manipulate their followers into similar concessions.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • Kat

      Mark, read http://www.muslim.org/islam/aisha-age.htm.....it compares the various sources on the age of Muhammad's youngest wife. Some sources put her age at nineteen. It is possible that Muslim & Bukhari recorded nine instead of nineteen as they were written centuries after the fact.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • Francis Balliardo

      Sympathizers often skew the truth to support their cause. In this case, you're trying to justify mohammed's pedo fun.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • PhillyRN

      This hadith Mark cites is in fact why the Islamic Courts of Saudi Arabia recently upheld the marriage of an 8 year old girl to a 47 year old man to be legal.

      This is oddly something that CNN has not covered; I don't know how they missed it since it is about the rights of children to be free from abuse.


      So Muslim defenders, please defend that one.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • Steve

      lol dude just look at the website you got your info from. It's obviously mean't to make islam look bad so everything on there has something to show how islam is negative. CNN didn't cover it because it never happened.

      November 29, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  14. Habeeb Hassan

    "Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Messenger have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection."

    November 29, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  15. Mark David

    she had not even gone through puberty yet when mohamead made love to her, she was 9

    November 29, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  16. jay

    I'll read the story second but I wanted to comment on the headline "Defending TLC’s ‘All-American Muslim’." WHY do they feel the need to provide a defense for this show but there's no explaination or justification for shows like Basketball Wives, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love and Hip Hop or Jersey Shore? I havent seen any negative depictions of Muslims in the previews for that show but that's ALL you get when it comes to the other shows that I mentioned.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  17. Mark David

    Muslims kill more in one month then the Spanish inquisition killed in 300 years which was only 1080 people.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Ness1

      The spaniards killed way more people than 1080 that you quoted. 95% of Peru's population declined after it was colonized by the spaniards. And the survivors were enslaved, to the point where they killed themselves instead of serving them. -> Read -"Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire" on wikipedia before posting such stupid uneducated comments.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • (wise) marks david`s the spanish

      the the infections people got was the main cuase the the inquisition is remembered the acculturate killing done by the Spanish....as for ur info, most Spanish, according to the E.U. to be exact 73 percent have Arab-turk gene in them... so by account 17 percent of england in 16th century and to late 19th century had Arab-turk..gene.....would it be amazing if your ancestor were part of that this statistics...one more thing since ur so good at googleing stuff.....ill leave it to u to find the name of the gene, u won`t like the name........

      November 29, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  18. Irish-American Muslim

    During Europe's "Dark Ages" the Islamic libraries of Alexandria where the repository for the treasures of Hellenistic culture; a lot of the Greek philosophy and literature of the period survived only because of this intellectual protection. During the Spanish Inquisition Christians (and Jews) were invited to emigrate to the Ottoman Empire, which thousands did. They thrived. Islam is a religion that places great value on reason, intellect, and knowledge. The fact that some in the Muslim world don't have open minds to non-Islamic thought and teaching is not– NOT– reflective of the vast majority and mindset of Muslims worldwide. In fact, a lot of Muslims know more about the history of Christianity– especially the early Church– than do Christians. That's sad.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Kat

      so true, the age of renaissance began with books authored by Muslims and Muslim universities in Spain.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • Francis Balliardo

      And they don't know (or blatantly ignore) what's in the koran about promoting violence. Bring it up, and they say it's not in their book.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • ali

      LOL Muhammed could not read or write, the Quran was written after his death with knowledge they obtained from their wars. Like greek science and the whole golden age is based on whAT THEy stole from the Hindus of India.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:41 am |
  19. Mark David

    the fact is no muslim will say its wrong for a 52 year old man to diddle a 9 year old girl. they cant say it. they will lie and try to make excuses. for it. they will say it was normal back then for that when it wasnt. mohamhead was a ped

    November 29, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • ali

      They lie to everyone David

      November 29, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  20. Mark David

    Kat do you agree with mohamhead a 52 year old man making love to a 9 year old girl? who would bring her dolls to his house to his house to play with during the times whe was not making love to her? will any muslim tell me this is wrong?

    November 29, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • Irish-American Muslim

      The prophet (pbuh) entered into a marriage contract only to protect the rights of the young girl. The marriage was never consummated, and the assertion that the prophet (pbuh) was anything but a pedophile. EDUCATE yourself.

      November 29, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • Kat

      Mark, no it is not OK for a 50 something man to marry a 9 year old. The age of prophet Muhammad's youngest wife is not confirmed. Those who say she was 9 years old were written some 300 years after the events took place and contradict others who put her age around 15-18. All sources agree that she had already been engaged and broke it off before prophet Muhammad asked her hand. Muhammad's enemies were many and used to call him names such as crazy, liar, possessed, majecian, and others but never pedophile which proves that his wife was not a child or that it was not a scandal for brides to be just past their puberty. She related so many deeds and sayings from the prophet in eloquent details and she was a teacher, all that contradict that she was a child. Either way, do you know that the legal age for women to get married was 10-12 in most of Europe and America until only a century or so ago?

      November 29, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • Mark David

      she brought dolls to his house to play with....thats not a child?

      November 29, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • (wise) marks david`s the spanish

      hi mark .....wats with you and diddling little girls.....r u trying to tell us something....u keep saying it..............ur not.....r u, u sick perve..............no wonder....u haterate is so profound........

      November 29, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • PhillyRN

      The pervs are these folks, and the guardians of Mecca and Medina both support this and continue it to this day.

      You can't fool all of the people all of the time, Muslims. Read this very recent account of a Saudi child bride marriage to a man of 47:


      The Saudi Sharia aka Islamic courts ruled it legal.

      This is who you are. This is what your religion is, and if it's not, then take it up with the Saudi clerics who control the faith.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:17 am |
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