Thursday, 15 December 2016

BBC documentary Muslims Like Us | My Opinion.

Muslims Like Us is a new documentary aired by the BBC. It involved 10 very different Muslims, Sunni, Shia, Arab, Asian, African and Europeans who stayed under one roof for 10 days. The main concept of the documentary was to see what defines a good Muslim and what being a part of the Muslim community really means and how it fits in modern Britain.

To all those who took part in the documentary, I respect all of your views. Your life experiences have made you the person who you are now and that is understandable. We all differ because of what we have went through in life. For every action you all took there was a reason behind it. I don't want to hurt anyone by expressing my opinions so sorry if you take any of this the wrong way. 

I felt, this programme did not define me or what I believe in. The views of the people involved sounded very confusing and it was all a controversial social experiment. Many concepts were thrown around but the main thing to focus on is that these individuals are representing Islam, and what Islam really is, and what Islam teaches us. 

The way you speak and came across like.
I have had a lot of people ask me questions about my religion and for some reason they always start off with 'sorry, I'm not trying to offend you but...' I am and have always been open to discuss my religion and beliefs with others in a PEACEFUL manner where no one feels threatened. This is something I felt a lot when watching this documentary, that no one sat down and was able to have a peaceful and calm discussion about Islam. The way a person speaks and comes across is crucial, not only does it represent you as a person but you're representing the whole nation of Islam. Islam teaches love and patience but not much of this was represented through the documentary. In very difficult situations you should take yourself away from the situation and handle it in a harmonious manner. 

Not everything makes the final cut.
I always believe there's two sides to a story so what the BBC decided to show may not of been the whole truth. You get people arguing over onions but was there more to that? We need to be open-minded and accept that there may be more to a situation than that we are led to believe. The BBC documentary successfully showed that Muslims are human beings but it would have been nice of BBC to show what being a Muslim really means and what Islam is all about.

What is Islam? 
Islam is a religion of peace and it is our submission to Allah (S.W.T). 
As Muslims we believe that Allah (S.W.T) is the one and only true God. We believe in the angels, messengers and holy books sent from Allah (S.W.T). As a Muslim, we believe in The Day of Resurrection and Al-Qadar (whatever Allah s.w.t has written for us will come).

Islam believes in the truth, that Allah is the one and only, and anyone who does not believe in Allah (S.W.T) is wrong and mistaken. As Muslims we preach love and kindness and we DO NOT preach hatred of others or intolerance. It's our duty to preach and tell others about Islam but it is up to others to listen or not listen. Allah decides the fate of us all and Allah is the only one to judge

Judging others
I always say to everyone I meet ''before you bring religion into anything look at their personality. Imagine all of the people in the world, ignore their religion, faith, culture etc. Now, on one side of the world you'll have good people and bad people on the other side. Then label them up according to their religion, occupation, culture, faith, and beliefs. It doesn't matter what the colour of your skin is or what religion you are, we're all humans and we all deserve to be respected and our opinions to be heard without being judged or criticised. Just because I'm Muslim, it doesn't mean I don't value your opinion, I'm not open minded, or I don't have a heart. I respect you as an individual. Judge me because of the person I am and not by my religion or by what I believe in or by the person who you had a bad experience with or by bad people who claim to be 'Muslims'. There's good and bad in every religion so why should Muslims be treated any different?'' 
No one should be judged by the colour of their skin, what they believe in, how much they have in their pocket, where they live or what they look like etc. No one has the right to make someone feel so small and no one has the right to feel superior because they may have something more than someone else. We all are equal and only Allah S.W.T can judge us.

What I really thought of the documentary.
After watching both parts of the documentary I was left a little confused as to what was happening and it felt more like a scripted reality show.

Every single person is different. If you place 10 people who have different views on life obviously you’re going to get problematic behaviour arising and you’re going to get different opinions, some of which won’t be welcome and others will. It’s a part of life. We all need to learn to respect one another. 

It did not show any exploration on the religious issues that were discussed in the documentary. It did not represent the true meaning of Islam. It did discuss what it’s like to be a Muslim in Britain today. Some Muslims are fighting for their religion, others have let go of their religion and many have chosen a middle way. It showed how divided the community really is and how many misconceptions are emerged about the faith. Regardless of all this, the meanings of Islam should not be changed or adapted as it's a huge sin.  

It would be nice to see where ALL the individuals who took part actually stand with the different religious issues that were discussed in the documentary.

Did the BBC documentary help the audience figure out what it means to be a part of the Muslim community? No, not in my opinion. Did the documentary answer all of the questions it had aimed to do? Not to the full extent that it should have been. I felt like a lot of misunderstanding arose in the documentary and the documentary left people confused and showed misrepresentation of Islam. A lot of people have lost touch with the true message of Islam but if you get back in touch with Islam and read the Quran and find the true meaning behind it, you'll find yourself as ease and peace. 

I feel like this documentary has left some misconceptions and some unanswered questions about Islam. In the days ahead I will be posting my own opinions of some of the topics and issues raised and support them with evidence where necessary. As a Muslim I feel like it is necessary to say what is halal (permissable) and haram (forbidden) in Islam and try to reduce the misconceptions created.

Have you watched this documentary? If so, what do you think about it? What are your opinions on the documentary?

 Thank you all for taking the time out to read this.
Until next time, take care, and keep smiling<3!
Ramsha Rose

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