All-American Muslim

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  • The show follows the lives of five Lebanese-American Shia Muslim families in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan, the largest Muslim community in the United States. Also, through interviews with the cast Islam and its relationship with daily life is explained. The families are also put together every so ften to discuss Islam related to specific events in the show.

  • Latest News
  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Crunch Time

    Aired 1/8/12

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    The Day the World Changed

    Aired 1/1/12

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    A Chance at Redemption

    Aired 12/18/11

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Muslims Moving On

    Aired 12/11/11

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Friday Night Bites

    Aired 12/4/11

  • Cast & Crew
  • Carrie Lederer

  • Brent Barto

  • Keayr Braxton

  • Nick Emmerson

  • Jennifer O'Connell

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Nawal Aoude: People need to learn our stories. People need to learn who we are. The only time people see Muslims in the media, they are cast in a negative light.

    • Mike Jaafar: (about 9/11 and how he relates being an officer himself) You think about your guys who work for you, going into a building and not coming out.

    Notes (7)

    • Before deciding to cast and film within the Dearborn Muslim community, San Diego, Washington and Northern Virginia were also considered.

    • Add first, as requested by TLC, episodes should have been 30 minutes long but they were later expanded to 60 minutes.

    • Filming of the show takes place in Dearborn, Michigan.

    • David Caton, founder of the Florida Family Association, sent an email campaign saying that the show was meant for Muslim propaganda and that its sponsors should leave. A retail and home-improvement chain, Lowe's Companies, Inc., did. This convinced more than 60 companies to cancel advertising on the show.

      In response, celebrities Russell Simmons, Kal Penn and Mia Farrow asked for a boycot on the company.

    • Russell Simmons bought advertising time for this episode as part of his boycot against Lowe's Companies which had accused the show of being Muslim propaganda.

    • Ami James, famous tattoo artist and lead in Miami Ink and NY Ink, is an Israeli Jew who served as a military in Lebanon.

    • The show was cancelled after the end of its first season due to poor ratings.

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    Trivia (7)

    • Shadia Amen is a single mom.

    • Samira Amen used to wear a hijab (headscarf) up until 9/11 when she decided to stop wearing it. She is considering to go back to it as a way of receiving a blessing from God (getting pregnant).

    • Show's Families:

      Amen: Mohsen and Lila whose children are Suehaila, Shadia and her Irish-American husband (Jeff), Bilal and Samira (who has a son called Adam).

      Aoude: Nader and Nawal. Expecting parents.

      Bazzy-Aliahmad: Ali and Nina whose son is Andre. Wealthy family that wants to open a nightclub.

      Jaafar: Mike, who is a Deputy Chief Sheriff and wife Angela, whose children are Jenna, Julia, Jad and Ryan.

      Zaban: Fouad, a high-school football coach, and wife Zaynab, whose children are Jamilah, Ayah, Mohamed and Fatima.

    • Jeff, Shadia's boyfriend, is Irish Catholic.

    • The Aoude's new baby boy is named Naseem.

    • Shadia and her brother Bilal Amen visit Ground Zero and pay their respects.

    • Commemorating 9/11, we can see the Jaafar family in a pre-game ceremony, in which Jeff and other fellow officers carry an American flag, at Detroit's Tiger Stadium.

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