Oprah on a mission to explore the beauty of Islam with new show

Published: October 26, 2015
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'Belief' invites viewers to witness fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. PHOTO: YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

'Belief' invites viewers to witness fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. PHOTO: YOUTUBE SCREENGRAB

In a world filled with religious and cultural bigotry, Oprah Winfrey aims to promote tolerance and harmony with her new TV series Belief, that explores various religious and spiritual beliefs and practices.

According to Oprah, the show invites viewers to witness some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers and explores humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves:

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In order to broadcast these practices, Oprah has filmed places and cultures far and wide, including the holy city of Makkah where Muslims go for the Hajj pilgrimage every year:

In addition to that, Belief also shed light on the Sufi tradition within Islam and how it is still held in great reverence by those seeking a greater spiritual connection:

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An introduction to major religions is given by Varun Soni, dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. While introducing Islam, he clarifies the misconceptions about the religion including those about jihad.

He stresses on the fact that jihad in Islam is an internal struggle that everyone faces, regardless of their religious beliefs. He shuns the idea of Islam promoting the concept of war, and this is perhaps the most important part of the series considering the current context of Islamic militancy in the world. Watch the introduction here.

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Many viewers have already reacted positively to the show’s broadcast of Islamic beliefs and practices, and took to Twitter to express their views:

Hopefully, this series will continue to help clarify misconceptions and reduce the ongoing Islamophobia in the world.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • AS
    Oct 26, 2015 - 12:10PM

    Wow…Amazing reviews…I think a lot of us Muslims need some refreshers too…:)Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 26, 2015 - 1:06PM

    That should be interesting….because whatever Oprah does she does well.Recommend

  • sara
    Oct 28, 2015 - 5:06PM

    How did they manage to film haj?Recommend

  • Saad
    Oct 29, 2015 - 6:13PM

    Any guesses on who is funding her? She got preferential treatment to take camera and crew to film hajj. Money speaks.Recommend

  • Ali
    Oct 30, 2015 - 2:29PM

    The crew could be muslim and had access to the Holy sites. Recommend

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