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Friday, December 18, 2009

30 Days as a Muslim

(A Muslim boy reciting the Holy Qur'an, the photo is taken by

30 Days as a Muslim is the third episode of season 1 of the reality television show 30 days which produced by FX Networks created and introduced by Morgan Spurlock. It talks about a devoted Christian who had to spend 30 days with a Muslim family. See what is his point of view after and before this experience. You can read information about this episode of the show at Oprah website

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jamesahaby said...

Very interesting social interactive experiment on monotheism religions steaming from one God through Abraham's descendants until it has reached society of today.

The five pillars of Islam combined with the 10 Commandments should at least give the world peace in fellowship, loyalty, honesty and trust enabling friendship through the heart of God.

The moderates of true Islam must condemn openly the wrongs committed by the extremist who have hijacked the wonderful world of Islam for their own domination of the rest of the world.

Beware of false Eamon Prophets who spread evil amongst the devoted.

married2muslim said...

I found this show very open and honist. I am a non muslim married to a muslim for a little over a year now. I have learned a LOT about this religion that is completly the oposite of all I heard about it. I have recently return from a solo trip to visit my in-laws in the middle east, so I understand his minority feeling! And after have visited this place I feel like I have honistly SEEN how they are and refuse to LISTEN to how they are ever again.

People don't understand until they actually sit, listen, and learn about these people and their religion. When I actually took the time to befriend a muslim (despite all the stereotypical things being pounded into my head at the time) I found a friend that has changed my life and been a very solid rock for me to lean on. And has been more of a "FRIEND" then I have ever had before.

I am curious to know how these thirty days affected this man's life after he returned back home to West Virgina??? Did he find people disagreaing with all he had discovered because of their own ignorance? Did he continue to learn more about Islam? Does he still keep in contact with people he met in Michigan? Is he glad he did this? Would he recomend this experiance to any of his fellow West Virginian's? Has learning about Islam enlightend him any with his own faith?? Did he enjoy the different foods?

jamesahaby said...

Yes the 30 Days as a Muslim must been hard for the Christan bloke but as I am not of a religious nature anymore although I respect people who have faith in God of the three monotheist religions I still tend to be an agnostic from lots of education of evolution.

It would have been a great social experience to go abroad to live and see how the other half live. That being your new relations will have some bearing on your future life as a person who has married a Muslim. If you are not of a mainframe religion then you will have to support her views entirely as to how your children will be educated in religious values.

Albeit I hope everything works out fine for you and your wife and best of luck there dear chap.

married2muslim said...

sorry for not clarifying... my husband is the muslim.

jamesahaby said...

Oh that is alright by me, anyway I wish you luck in your endeavors of finding your new faith in the same God.

darkbluecactus said...

I am writing this comment after watching it for about 30 mins. I noticed that the mosque that the Christian brother went for Juma prayers had a portrait of a human being at the back (maybe its the entrance of the prayer room). This is not allowed, according to Islamic customs. I hope concerned officials notice this and rectify the situation.

Also I want to thank the producer of the show for this lovely informative program.

me said...

Alhumdulillah! Mashallah! I am a Muslim, and I am a white American. The first time i was discriminated against i cried. I love that someone that would have discriminated against me now see individuals. Alhumduillah.

me said...

PS I think if more people knew that because a muslim is not the decider of who goes to hell and who doesn't, thinking you can is like saying you are God. That is the absolute worst think a person can do worse than killing your mother. Because of that we can not say Usama bin Ladin is going to hell but we can say we hate what he has done. If more Americans knew that then I think they wouldnt think we are endorsing murder.

Jacob said...

they say in the video that Islam is the seconds largest religion in the world. it's false. Islam is the biggest!

shamstar said...

It would have been better to give him English translation of the prayer so he could have seen it does not contain anything remotely offensive. Most look at the words and say "Hey, that's like the Lord's prayer"

faizan said...

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Caspian Explorer said...

30 Days: Muslims and America appeared in 2005. The TV Guide description of the show was as follows: “A conservative Christian who believes that Islam is a violent religion experiences life as a Muslim by spending a month in an Islamic community in Dearborn, Mich. While there, he studies the Koran; adopts Muslim dress; and takes Arabic lessons.”
So what has happened to the main characters since then? The show, produced by Morgan Spurlock, placed the conservative Christian West Virginian David Stacy with Shamael Haque and Sadia Shakir in Dearborn, Michigan.
Morgan Spurlock is a counter-culture icon in his own right, having produced “Supersize Me” about the effects of eating only McDonald’s food for 30 days, and “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden,” a movie in which he uses the premise of a hunt for Bin Laden as a vehicle to explore relations between ethnicities and religions. After making Supersize Me, he decided to continue with the lessons he learned from that episode by making a TV show which puts people in unfamiliar situations for 30 days at a time.
The pilot episode was the “Muslims and America” episode in which West Virginia Christian David Stacy lived with Shamael and Sadia Khan in Michigan for 30 days; Stacy visited with Muslim scholars, adopted Muslim practices (other than those which he felt uncomfortable doing given his own Christian background). He studied Arabic, learned about the practice of Islam from local Dearborn Muslims, and lived with Shamael and Sadia for the 30 days.
Recently Shamael and Sadia attended the ISPU fundraiser in Novi, Michigan, and I had the opportunity to speak with them about the show.
“We were actually the pilot episode—we were the first ones shot,” Shamael explains. They showed our episode to the producers and they decided to go ahead with the show.
The couple married in 2000, and had had one baby, Hanaan, as of the filming of the show; now they have 3 children, Hanaan (now 5), Maryam, 22 months, and Raneem, their newborn, is 1 month old.
Sadia graduated from Cooley Law School.
“She is actually practicing now—she does some estate planning,” although she remains busy with the couple’s 3 children, one of them only a few months old.
And Shamael has made professional progress as well.
“I’m a doctor, neurology and psychology, at Henry Ford.” They remain in Michigan, living in Ann Arbor.
Shamael explains how they originally decided to do the show: “We talked about it and decided it was a way to show Muslims in a positive light, to open dialog between Muslims and non-Muslims.”
The couple is still in touch with David Stacy, who himself is married to a Filipina woman, with now two children. The couples occasionally visit one another.
Stacy continued learning about Islam after the show was over, fasting a day in Ramadan when he returned to West Virginia and meeting and speaking with local Muslims there.
“Overall it was a really positive experience,” explains Shamael. He explains that the show has been seen all over the world, including in Dubai.

Caspian Explorer said...

This is SHIA mosque that is why there are pictures of living things (human) in the mosque. It is a pity that David was placed in SHIA community which doesn't know much about Tauhid - Monotheism.
I would suggest everybody who is interested in Islam to watch this

S Sarah said...

i'm a practising muslim woman in a developing country. and i'd travelled alone to the west on some occasions. no one would ever sit beside me in the airplane/ train/ bus until the seat is full. and they are surprised that i went to a university and decide things on my own. and i can use latest gadgets quiet meticulously as my parents are both engineers. alhamdulillah. i think it's funny. we have the same body and the same mind, so why do u think u'r superior than me as the one superior is one who has belief. =) pity u, western, try to be with us for at least one day before u judge us.

Anonymous said...

It's alright, I mean he did obviously learn quite a lot of things. I did not like that these people created cartoons of the Prophets (pbut) though.

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