Nov 27 2009
What a concept! ‘MAKE ME A MUSLIM’ TV. Will there be a beheadings episode? How about some homosexual hangings? And what would a Muslim reality show be without a few honor-killings? The British might as well get used to looking at what their lives will be like in 20 or 30 years.
WHAT do a gay hairdresser, an atheist taxi driver, a skincare centre manager, a glamour model and a mixed race couple have in common? They all live in Harrogate and, for three weeks this summer, agreed to discard their normal routines and live as Muslims for a TV documentary series.
Under the watchful eye of a team of Muslim mentors, the diverse group were taught to abide by Sharia law while a camera crew followed them around.
Viewers will be able to follow their fortunes in a three-part series called Make Me a Muslim. Narinder Minhas, the show’s executive producer, said: “The idea was to try to find a way of demystifying Islam because a lot of people don’t understand the religion at all. We wanted to come up with something that might allow ordinary people to experience it, getting people to practise it and see whether they like it or not.”
The team of mentors was led by Imam Ajmal Masroor, who believes passionately that Britain is in a state of meltdown, with anti-social behaviour, promiscuity and alcohol corroding the moral fabric of the nation. In the documentary, he tells the group it is time to start a “spiritual revolution” in the UK to restore its moral backbone
Ms Winter, who owns a skincare centre, said: “There were four mentors teaching us the ways of Islam and we had to do a number of things, like not eat any pork, not have any sex, not drink alcohol, and pray five times a day.
“What I found most difficult was praying five times a day,” she said. YORKSHIRE POST
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