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What did you think of the BBC2 documentary, "Muslims like us"?

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Masters in Education from Nottingham University in the UK. Also studied Masters in Islamic Studies and Islamic Banking & Finance. Political activist with interests in Geopolitics, History and Phil ...
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The views in the house, the tensions and conflicts reflect what's going on in the Muslim community pretty well - along with the widespread confusion as to what is the Islamic way of life and how does it differ with its competing rivals of nationalism, secularism and liberalism.

Two stood out - Abdul Haq with a literal approach and Nabil with a more modernist understanding. Whilst one may differ with them, their positions were clear and memorable - segregation is necessary, da'wa is fard, dress codes, prayers, institutional racism, homosexuality and so on.

The rest were lost! "Holier than thou" Saba repeated meaningless platitudes and cliches - she could have been a buddhist; liberal Naila, the old aunty figure who despised her roots, was just loud and empty; homosexual Mani, naively unaware of Islam's narration of the people of Lut, burst into tears at every opportunity; Borat Barra, the crazy foreigner, added comedy value; "I want to fit in" Humaira could not stand up for her beliefs and Mehreen secretly fell for Abdul wanting to mother him.

Generally a wishy washy indistinct set of individuals that could not be distinguished much from a typical brit.

The thing that struck me the most was the general lack of clarity that emerged from the group of what it means to be a Muslim - what characterises Muslims? what is distinct about this way of life? how would it be separated out from other belief systems?

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