American Christian Spends 30 Days as a Muslim

Very interesting series!

Of course there were some ridiculous parts, like the way the narrator kept saying “they must follow the rules of halaal” which literally means “they must follow the rules of permissible”. I mean, that’s just bad grammar!

Also, when David was on the radio show and the host said something like “you’re now living in an Arab household” and David nodded, although the narrator at the beginning clearly said that the Haques were of Pakistania descent.

And that Imam that David first went to was just useless! I am so glad he found another one who was much better at explaining things. I have heard from many American Muslims that they often feel there is a communication gap between immigrant Muslims and those who are born and bred Americans. I have also been told that most Imams are immigrants, and so many born and bred Americans, especially youth, find turning to the Imams for advice or guidance to be trying.  That seemed to be exemplified by that first Imam, versus the second Imam who was able to actually have a conversation with David.

I’ve always been fascinated with American Muslims, and with Dearborn because I’ve heard so much about it. So I really enjoyed watching this.

August 8, 2009 - Posted by | International Affairs, Islam, Media/Press


  1. Thanks for posting this – it was great to see a positive attitude from David but the other comments were just so frustratingly disappointing (especially when he was going around with the petition.)

    A lot of it was so interesting – starting with the way he’s treated in the airport cause of how he was dressed. Although I didn’t understand why they had him in a gallabeya in the beginning since all of the Muslim men at the mosque (except during Friday prayers) were wearing trousers and shirts.

    But you didn’t post the last video in this series – not sure if this was by accident but just in case it’s here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgZfKRZRh6A

    Comment by diptychal | August 11, 2009 | Reply

    • I guess they put him in a gallabeya because they really wanted him to get the full experience of being a Muslim in the States. I’m glad they did that actually because now he knows how hijabis feel at the airport.

      The other comments were really predictable. I wonder which city/state he was doing his little survey in though. I wonder if people living in Dearborn or Jersey where there’s a high percentage of Muslims would have different reactions.

      I checked the post again and the 5th part is there! Check again, perhaps you just missed it?

      Comment by lozah | August 11, 2009 | Reply

      • Yep I see it now 🙂 for some reason the first time I loaded the page it wasn’t there.

        Something else I was wondering about was the editing. They’ve crammed 30 days into one hour – I’m so curious what was left out!

        Comment by diptychal | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. Interesting videos on what I always see as Stereotyping 😀

    Comment by Hicham | August 16, 2009 | Reply

    • Absolutely ya Hisham. The question is: did this video do a good job of dispelling those stereotypes?

      Comment by lozah | August 21, 2009 | Reply

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