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Thursday, June 30, 2005

30 Days living with a Muslims family

OK, Although I had a massive headache, I stayed tuned to watch the FX episode for the sake of you Bloggers J This is how it went down; Day 1: David is a Christian who agreed to live with a Muslim family for 30 days to see if his own personal believed towards Muslims and Islam was right. He dressed as a Muslim (Pakistani men dress) and he went to the airport to catch his flight. The looks he got at the airport are not strange to us Muslims, but it was funny to watch him get all those looks and see how it feels to be a Muslim for a change. Day 2: Then he met the Muslim family and it was funny how the Muslim husband told him he can’t stay at home alone with the wife while the husband is at work. Then he makes the trip to the mosque to watch the people pray. He also learned it’s polite to take shoes off when you first enter a house. Day 3: He woke up at 5:30 by a loud Athan from a small radio and he didn’t like it much I can tell he watched them pray then went back to sleep. After he was told he cant stay at home while husband is out, he went to explore Dearborn Michigan (1/3 of city population are Muslims). He went to buy more clothes and the sales lady was an Iraqi woman who had her 2 brothers killed by Saddam and the 3rd jailed for 10 years. Day 4: He went to meet with the Imam of the Mosque Imam Ali Hussaini and he asked a lot of questions, he was shocked to learn that Jews, Christians and Muslims pray to same God. Day 5: He still goes to the mosque and watches them pray but having real hard time praying. At Friday prayers he stood watching them feeling very uncomfortable. Day 6: While talking to Imam Hussaini he is having hard time believing we pray to the same God. But Imam Hussaini answered him: you are here to learn not to believe. Day 10: He was invited to a bachelor party, which was simply at a gym where men played basketball. He was kinda shocked and said this is the first time I see a bachelor party like that. Day 12: He met with Imam Hussaini again, the Imam told him while conversing about Christianity, and if Jesus was God and Jesus died on the cross then it won’t add up because God doesn’t die. And while they were talking David had his legs crossed and his foot was facing the Imam, the Imam told him that was impolite and explained it to him. There were interviews with common people on the street by the show host, and he would play the Athan for them and ask them what is that, they said they would be pissed if they hear it. In Dearborn they play Athan out loud and there were lawsuits and civil right issues because of it. Day 13: David stood besides praying men but did not bow down. Day 14: He started taking Arabic classes; it was funny watching him pronounce the gha and qa. Day 15: His Arabic teacher was an Imam I guess that he felt closer to then Imam Hussaini, the Imam explained to him why women pray behind me, (so men can concentrate and not be distracted by women). And he was giving a cheat sheet explaining the prayers to him. Day 19: He was out with his new friend (new Imam) and was talking about what do you do for fun, and what’s wrong with a bear or two, and the Imam was telling how it is important to have responsible fun and if you can drink one bear what stops you from drinking 2,3,4,5?! Day 21: David and the host family went to a live stock farm and he saw a pig there and talked how he misses eating pork. Day 22: He met one of the host family friends and he introduced himself as Dawood instead of David. Then they went on explaining Halal food and what it means no pork no alcohol. And he went and got some halal meat for the host family. AT dinner they had an argument about sleeper cells and the 9/11. The host husband told him why call them bad Muslims, why not bad people! And talked about guilt by association and how Muslims shouldn’t apologized for 9/11.The husband went on saying why don’t you think what brought those people to commit the 9/11 (that was the time the wise wife intervened and declared its time for prayers). Day 25: David met with Muslim lawyers who work for CAIR and talked about racial profiling and hate crimes against Muslims. Then he was given a petition about how Muslims are being victims of racial profiling and was asked to get signatures from American public, he was facing rejection more than anything else from Americans. Day 26: He was a guest on a radio show and received phone calls from listeners; someone asked him if he saw any terrorist activities!! Another asked why Muslims leaders wouldn’t denounce terrorist acts. Day 27: David has a better understanding of the word Jihad and believes he is going through his own Jihad. Day 28: He FINALY washes and prays the Friday prayers (while holding a small cross). Day 29: They have a goodbye party for him, got him a cake and he tells his Imam that he enjoyed his friendship and the Imam tells him now you have a TRUST, if you hear anything wrong about Islam its your duty to correct it. One funny scene: while he was leaving he tells the couple Salaam, and raises his hand with a gesture. Husband: Did he just flip me? Wife: That was a peace sign dude. loooooooooool Day 30: He goes back home, have a beer with the host and shaves his beard and dresses in shorts. But he goes on saying: Muslims are not violent people, they are awesome people, compassionate and we shouldn’t discriminate against not only American Muslims but Muslims world wide. End of story J I think that was a good think, we don’t want to convert him, we want to take the ignorance away and open his eyes to what we Muslims are about.

4 comments:

HiRo said...

Damn, I missed that. It sounds like it was a really good one. I hear a potentially funnier one is showing in a week or two; an ex-marine who lives with a bunch of homosexuals for 30 days.

Reema said...

The part where he learns Arabic was a tough one, i know this by experience because my husband is an American and being his teacher he still has trouble pronouncing the qa and others but his prayers are recited in Arabic ;) ...we did laugh about the "dude" part that was hilarious :)

forzaq8 said...

that looks like a fun program

raindrop said...

Imam Hussaini was very wise when he answered "you are here to learn not to believe."

arabic TV channels should show such thing, but I guess they would never do *sighs*

thanks friend for yr detailed comment =)