For your viewing pleasure: charity
Thankfully, Mujaddidun, broadcast on Dubai TV, glorifies charity rather than vanity. Young Muslims who have made more than an occasional television appearance as the bad guys in international crime thrillers, are shown helping others and competing for money to fund their charity endeavours. It is difficult to say enough good things about the show. The contestants are between 20 to 30 years old. They are not only the future leaders of the Middle East, but represent the majority of the region's population. Unless their energies are harnessed productively, it will be far more difficult to bring the change to this region that it requires. The more young people who switch over from MTV to Dubai TV for their reality fix, the better it will be for them and for their future.
The show turns many notions about Muslims and the Middle East on their head. Instead of sex, the show sells virtue; instead of making a spectacle of another's hardships, it shows how we can bear each other's burdens. It is a rare for TV to be both good and good for you. Watch Mujaddidun and perhaps other programmes will come along that attempt to emulate its success - and its commercial value.
Published: March 21, 2010 04:00 AM