A Weekly Soap Opera for Changing Families
Terrorist threats, religious conflicts, drug trade and devastating wars threaten Asian families. In this context, mothers may be the only safe haven left for their children. Due to poverty, lack of education, poor social services and abuse, mothers urgently need life-saving skill sets to keep their families healthy and to be able to instill spiritual and moral values. Presently, there are limited resources to equip mothers for this task.
A weekly soap opera called Siraatal Mustaqueem (Straight Path) features “Ama Ji” and her extended family. She portrays how a Muslim mother transforms her home into a haven of safety and also a center for health and healing. Health professionals have been consulted to provide expert advice about content. The show includes relevant stories from the respected Qur'an. Its name is derived from the Qur'anic prayer, “Guide us on the straight path.”
The 13-part television series showcases the healing touch of God, demonstrated by the prophet Jesus and His students. He is identified in the Qu’ran as Isa el Masih (Jesus the Messiah) and Kalimat Ullah (Word from God) who prayerfully healed the sick and empowered His students to be healers. This "soap" communicates to mothers that they are also empowered by God to be wise parent-healers who may dedicate their gardens, kitchens, bedrooms, and living rooms to be safe havens for their children.