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All American Muslim

Updated on December 19, 2011
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All-American Muslim is a new show that started airing on TLC in early November of 2011. The show focuses on 5 Lebanese families and takes a deeper look into the lives of American Muslims in Dearborn Michigan. The show addresses the issues that American Muslim families face after September 11th and explains certain aspects of their religion.

Bilal, Suehaila, Jeff, Lila, Moshen, Samira
Bilal, Suehaila, Jeff, Lila, Moshen, Samira | Source

The Amen Family

The Amen family consists of the parents Moshen and Lila. They have four adult children Suehaila, Shadia, Bilal and Samira.

Suehaila works for the 19th District Court and frequently pursues her passion for activism. During the show she discusses her struggle with moving out of her parents house (she is not married) and her issues with finding a husband.

Shadia is a newly wed and married Jeff McDermott who converted to Islam for the sake of their marriage. The show follows the couple through his conversion to Islam and compromises the couple must make for the sake of their marriage. Shadia does not wear the hijab but is a practicing Muslim.

Bilal is the only son of Moshen and Lila and plays an active role in helping Jeff convert to Islam.

Samira is married and has been trying to have a kid for years. She did not wear the hijab for the first couple of episodes, but decided that wearing the hijab may help bring her closer to her religion and eventually get pregnant. As of episode five she had not conceived.

Nader and Nawal Aoude
Nader and Nawal Aoude | Source

The Aoude Family

Nader and Nawal Aoude share the birth of their first son during the first few episodes of the show. Nawal discusses the struggles she personally had after her son was born as well as common Muslim practices that occur during the birth of a child.

Bazzy-Aliahmad Family

Ali and Nina Bazzy-Aliahmad have one son and the show focuses on Nina's desire to build a club in Dearborn. She has met criticism from her family and friends who do not believe a woman should be running a club. Her husband, Ali is very supportive of her decision. She is still looking for a venue for her club.

Mike and Angela Jaafar
Mike and Angela Jaafar | Source

The Jaafar Family

Mike and Angela Jaafar both work and have four children. Mike is currently a deputy sheriff and discusses the issues the Muslim community have with crime. Mike is also a big supporter of the Fordson High School football team.

The Zaban Family

Fouad Zaban is currently the football coach at Fordson High School. The show follows his football team as they participate in Ramadan and also focuses on their season. He and his wife, Zaynab have four children.

Zaynab and Fouad Zaban
Zaynab and Fouad Zaban | Source

Interview Segments

During the show members of all families sit together and discuss different aspects of their religion and how each family follows the faith. Some women choose to wear the hijab, while others do not. They also discuss the rituals that are performed during childbirth, marriage and death.

Controversy

After the first three episodes of the show aired the Florida Family Association sent e-mails to various companies asking them to pull their advertisements claiming that the show is "favorable propaganda for Muslims." Lowe's did pull their advertisements from the show as well as Kayak.com, stating that TLC was not upfront about the nature of the show. Some sources have stated that a total of 65 companies pulled their advertisements from the series.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I've never seen the show but it seems interesting. Again I think the controversy was overblown. Unless they actually talked about criminal or unethical acts, I think they have a right to express themselves on television. I actually consider them less offensive than say the Real Housewives or the Kardashians who are uninformed about society and only look for shameless self-promotion. Very interesting hub.

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      Karla Iverson 

      6 years ago from Oregon

      While I haven't seen the show, I would be all for a show about how Muslims live and work in America. I think we've been coloring a whole religion because of extremists, and we've been doing that stereotyping because of our lack of knowledge about Islam. If the bombings were happening here instead of the Middle East, and were being done by Christians, we wouldn't condemn all Christians.

      I have no doubt that members of the Florida Family Association, even after their campaign, feel that they defend freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

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      Holly Pedneau 

      6 years ago from Princeton, West Virginia

      Well, I'm definitely interested in knowing more about Islam. I find the show very interesting, and if some aren't representing everything correctly I'd be interested in knowing the truth. Thanks again LailaK!

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      LailaK 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I like the show too! But you see I think that some of the things in it are a little biased about Islam...so please understand that the families do not represent everything correctly of the religion but of their culture and interpretations. Great hub! :)

    • hpedneau profile imageAUTHOR

      Holly Pedneau 

      6 years ago from Princeton, West Virginia

      I personally love this show. I have learned so much about their culture and recommend it to everyone!

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