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Who Do You Think You Are 2012

Once again it’s that time of year again when my favourite program is back on our screens. It starts August 15th and I can’t wait to see what revealing information we get to see about famous people that we all know. I’ve had a peek at the promo running on BBC 1 and also taken a wander to Wiki to find out who will appear on the show..

Series 9

Samantha Womack (Ronnie from Eastenders)
Gregg Wallace (that guy from Masterchef)
Alex Kingston
Annie Lennox
Hugh Dennis
William Roache (Ken Barlow from Coronation Street)
Celia Imrie
Patrick Stewart
John Bishop
John Barnes (football player)

The first episode will be on Wednesday on BBC One at 9pm and like last year I will be stuffing my face full of food as I watch since it is a few minutes after Iftar. Make sure to watch it or catch up on Iplayer if you can’t make it. πŸ˜€

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Who do you think you are? 2011

My favourite program is back on our screens August 10th and I can’t wait to see what revealing information we get to see about famous people that we all know. Once again, Wiki is providing us with upcoming celebs that are to appear on the show..

Series 8
June Brown (Dot from Eastenders)
Richard Madeley
J.K. Rowling (Author of Harry Potter books)
Alan Carr
Sebastian Coe
Larry Lamb (Archie Mitchell from Eastenders, again)
Tracey Emin
Len Goodman
Emilia Fox
Robin Gibb

It’s to be broadcast on Wednesday on BBC One at 9pm (probably will be stuffing my face full of food as I watch since it is immediately after Iftar). Or you can choose to watch it on Iplayer if you can’t make it.

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‘Who do you think you are?’ Its back!

Having been deprived of this particular documentary for a year, I thought perhaps the makers of the program had forgotten to broadcast another season of ‘Who do you think you are?’. Last year, I posted about season 7 where Davina McCall and Boris Johnson participated. So I was pleased to see that the show will reappear on our screens on July 19th, ready to enthrall us with insights into celebrity ancestries.

According to Wiki-meister (lol), season 8 will bring us tales about Bruce Forsyth, Rupert Everett (Prince Charming from Shrek :p), Monty Don, Jason Donovan, Hugh Quarshie, Rupert Penry-Jones, Dirvla Kirwan, Alan Cumming and Alexander Armstrong.

As always it’s on BBC One at 9pm, so don’t miss it! I certainly won’t be especially with BBC iPlayer.

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He was Mohammed S.A.W

Since it’s Ramadan I’m sharing this nasheed (Islamic song) with you:

I think many Muslims are mistaken when they say that genealogy creates arrogance amongst people and that it creates conflict. If your intention is pure and right then I don’t think there is anything wrong with learning about your ancestors and tracing where you came from. A person should ask themselves why they are researching their family history. In the Quran it says:

[Mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you might come to know each other. The noblest among you in Allah’s sight is that one of you who best performs his duty. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.] (Al-Hujurat 49:13)

Genealogical research is a way of understanding our history and learning about the people that came before us, their way of living, the events in their lives and the world they lived in. This does not mean that we should glorify our ancestors or embellish stories of our ancestry to make ourselves seem important.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said:

β€œYou are sons of Adam, and Adam came from dust. Let the people cease to boast about their ancestors.” (Abu Dawud)

β€œThese genealogies of yours are not a reason to revile anyone. You are all children of Adam. No one has any superiority over another except in religion and taqwa (godliness).” (Ahmad)

Especially now in the age when families are separated by geographical distance, and the attitudes of the younger generation, it’s important to keep in touch with our families. Genealogy is a way for people to connect with relatives and share their heritage. More people need to understand this.

What’s your opinion on this subject?

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Who do you think you are?

No, this isn’t another post about identity – its the name of a British genealogy documentary series that follows celebritites in search of their roots. I’ve been watching this show for about a year now and its really interesting. Sometimes you get people on the show that you know really well and others well.. you don’t know at all. Previously in February the sixth series was shown and now on July 22nd the seventh series will begin with Davina McCall (from Big Brother).

Well whats the Pakistani connection I hear you ask? There isn’t one. It’s just a really interesting show where you learn a few things!

Here’s a clip from Youtube courtesy of the BBC:

Its on BBC One, probably at 9pm but not sure at the moment. And if you’re not in the UK then other versions have been shown in various countries including Canada, Australia, Ireland and even Sweden and South Africa according to Wiki.

Updated 9 July: The new series is actually starting 15 July.

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