In the most recent episode of TLC’s All-American Muslim a brand new show that focuses on the lives of five American-Muslim families struggling through what all American families (Jewish,Christian, Agnostic and other) deal with every day. It’s innovative and unique because very rarely, if ever, do television shows in America highlight the everyday life of Muslims or Muslim families.
During the latest show in the clip above, Newlyweds Nader and Nawal Aoudes welcome a healthy new baby boy, Naseem, into the family. Dad Nader says the Islamic call to prayer into his infant boy’s ear shortly after birth, per tradition.
In the segment below, cast member Samira Amens is considering wearing a Muslim hijab again after abandoning the practice. She’s hoping doing so will help her overcome her infertility.
I love this show because I can relate, having grown up with a Catholic mother and a Muslim father and knowing prayers from both religions. I’ve attended Christian Baptisms and traditional Islamic “outdooring” ceremonies. I can also commiserate with the challenges of married with child cast member Nina Bazzy-Aliahmad, who is more American than anything. She has to do everything to suppress her own interests in order to make her family happy and not dissappoint her parents who are overly concerned over the reputation they’ve built in their community.
Great to show others that most Muslims aren’t out to destroy America or blow up buildings like sadly, some believe. It shows people struggling with ideas of leaving the religion, playing high school football while fasting, challenges of a single woman moving out.
The only thing I would change with this show is mix up the diversity of Muslim families. All of the families in the cast are Arab-American Muslims, but I understand the entire cast come from the same Dearborn, Michigan community and socialize together. I suppose that makes it easier to have an ensemble like cast as with the various Housewives type shows and franchises on other networks.
However, most of the Muslims I know are African All-American Muslims- 2nd generation African immigrants. There are Asian All-American Muslims too. Each have wide communities in many pockets in the US going through similar issues as those in this show. I guess this is a start.