Who Are The All-American Muslims?
Who Are The Supporters?
Editorial Comments by Yusuf Estes
Salam alaykum dear readers,
We are most upset - reading emails from so many concerned Muslims here in America, worried about the TV show, All American Muslim, on being shown on TLC cable.
Complaints about the comments, content, misrepresentations of Islam, and of course the idea of Lowe's cancelling their ads for the program and then the back lash of the Muslim organizations and other comments, are most overwhelming.
And all of it on the WRONG POINT...
Here is just one of hundreds of letters and text messages buzzing around America concerning this show right now:
Also, many topics are brought up on the show, but no mention of anything really related to our way of Islam. Why is this?
Sheikh, do you think this type of show is doing more damage than good?
Should we watch this type of show with our children?
How can non-Muslims get the message of true Islam from such shows?
You need to help them do better shows for Islam and advise them.
Subject: Misrepresenting Islam on TV in America
Your email makes me so sad.
Because it represents what most American Muslims are doing (or not doing).
First of all, I have warned the main-stream Muslims for 20 years here in America, to start focusing on real deen, stop playing the games of the non-Muslims and help us get the true message of Islam to the people.
Do they listen?
Do they do it?
Do they help?
(no, no, no)
Instead, they continue to follow blindly, behind the ones who divide up into groups, corrupt, misguide, insult and destroy true Islam.
Regarding the TV program on TLC cable network, someone wrote and said:
One small segment of the Muslim population (Shiites) have come up with support for their own show on TV. So, why do we complain In my own experience, since coming to Islam over 20 years ago, I have spent my time, efforts and resources along with a few other presenters of Islam to bring about the real message of Islam on the Internet, International radio broadcasts (1990's), websites (over 2,200 right now), CDs, DVDs, chatrooms with scholars online to answer questions (chatislam.com), TV programs on Huda TV, Peace TV and now LIVE TV with call-ins on our own television channel here in America (Guide US TV on Satellite).
-- Just for the record - I have been told by reliable Shiite Muslims, this show DOES NOT reflect the true teachings of Shiite scholars at all.
We spent hundreds of thousands of dollars developing some of the first Islamic videos for Google videos, YouTube videos and when they brought attacks against Islam for every video we put up, we made our own site for the Muslims:
We have tried our best to get Muslims in America to support these efforts. But instead, they continue to watch the ones who attack Islam and subscribe to entities who only want to promote their own agendas.
Look at these big Muslim organizations who are making a big deal out of Lowe's stopping support for the Shiite TV show, Muslims in America.
These organizations did not support us, even now when we have gone to them and begged them to support our efforts so we can support them, what do they do?
We have continually supported so many popular organizations (since 1999). I went to their fundraisers. I wrote articles for them on our news site www.IslamNewsroom.com. We attended and promoted their events so many times and always tried to work with them for the sake of Allah.
Now, this week, we have completed one entire year on the air! Al Hamdulillah!
But where is the mention of one year of solid broadcast on Satellite TV all across United States and Canada?
Broadcasting excellent programs with the best of speakers and presenters for true and balanced Islam, featuring presenters like: Yasir Qadi, Siraj Wahaj, Baba Ali, Zain Bhikha, Mutahhir Sabree, Hussein Yee, Dr. Bilal Philips, Dr. Jamal Badawi and myself.
And all of us have regularly supported these organizations...
But have you seen anything on their websites about Guide US TV? (even one word?)
The Shiite girls in the show you are allowing your children to watch - say, "You only have to wear hijab in front of an imam" (is this what mainstream Muslims believe?).
What will you do when the time of the year comes when the Shiites begin to celebrate their holidays? How will you explain to your children the idea of cursing the companions and wives of the prophet, peace be upon him? And what about them stripping off their shirts and whipping themselves on the back (in public)?
The program these misguided Muslims support and fund on TLC cable TV, is only a one hour program once a week.
We run a complete TV channel - 24 hours a day - and have people (non-Muslims) calling in and asking questions and learning Islam and making shahadah!
Many new Muslims come to our channel and learn the deen and get involved. Many more of our youth begin to watch and then never want to go back to the kafar experience of watching mindless attacks on morality, and common sense.
We receive no support from governments, big corporations (like Lowe's), or even our own Muslim brothers who run these big organizations to get in the news. We depend completely on Allah and beg him, alone, for our help and support.
Some Muslim families (a few) do support our channel and our websites, every month. It might be small, like 20 or 30 dollars, but at least they do it. And Allah Helps us keep going.
Check out our efforts right now - see what we are doing - RIGHT NOW:
www.TubeIslam.com - www.LinksToIslam.com - www.DonateForIslam.com - www.ConvertsReverts.com - www.IslamsWomen.com - www.AboutJihad.com - www.GuideUS.TV We are doing our job in front of Allah, inshallah.
We are at a cross-roads in our dawah efforts right now - WE NEED SUPPORT TO KEEP ON GOING!
Now my question to you is: "What will you do?"
Will you continue to go one just watching and complaining?
Or will you start to watch Guide US TV (on satellite or internet)?
Will you and your family support for real Islam?
Will you pray for us? Will you tell others? Will you make the effort to make a difference?
Tell others in text messages, emails, www.Facebook.com www.Twitter.com
Promote the Share Islam Project - www.DonateForIslam.com (see what we are doing right now)
May Allah help you to see the truth and support the REAL ISLAM IN AMERICA, ameen.
Jazakallah khair was salam alaykum,
At last - Islam TV for everyone! On Satellite & Internet
Tell everyone: Facebook, Twitter, Emails & Support now www.GuideUS.TV/donate
This article and comments are the opinions and editorial comments of Yusuf Estes and do necessarily reflect the sentiments and opinions of Islam Newsroom and its supporters. If you wish to reply or make additional comments, please do so at the bottom of this article.