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bigcitygal
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posted 31 August 2007 03:57 AM      Profile for bigcitygal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I found this great blog comment about the writer's hopes and expectations for Season Two.

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Little Mosque on the Prairie: Should We Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater?

First, I am thrilled that there is a show that is doing its best to show the humanity and positivity of Muslims. I am glad that the cast is pretty diverse by television standards (a Nigerian, several Pakistanis, an Arab, a white Canadian, AND a biracial Canadian!!!), I wish they had included a few more ethnic groups. The show may simply be reflecting immigrant patterns to Canada, but I know there’s a bunch of Iranis and Arabs up there, too! What about Indonesians? C’mon now.

I’m glad the show features a white Canadian convert. And I’m glad she doesn’t cover her hair. But I’m NOT excited about the way she is portrayed among the other Muslims, who very frequently call her a “bad Muslim” for not praying five times a day or wearing hejab. During the episode which she was trying to be “a better Muslim,” her own daughter called her a bad Muslim. What is that? First of all, for my non-Muslim readers, judgment of another Muslim by a fellow Muslim (especially if you’re throwing around words like “bad”) is considered haram. Only Allah’s judgment matters. And yet, this television show is not only promoting the idea that all Muslims think women without hejabs are Bad Muslims, but also reinforcing this idea within the Muslim community. Because we’re dealing with a convert (or “revert,” if you like), there is also the idea that she is not “authentically” and “culturally” Muslim, and so viewers may get the impression that she’s just in this religion for fun and giggles.


Rest of the article here: muslimamediawatch.blogspot.com


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Michelle
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posted 31 August 2007 05:34 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I see her point about stuff that the characters do on the show that are haram. But does that mean that in real life, Muslims don't gossip, and Muslims don't judge each other?

I mean, it's sinful for Christians to spread gossip about each other and to judge each other as well, but do we really believe that because it's sinful, it doesn't happen in church congregations?

I find it really hard to believe that the "common" sins like gossip and being judgmental never happen in Muslim religious communities. If anything, I think the fact that this show makes loveable characters with human foibles and idiosyncrasies just makes it all the more believable. It doesn't make me overwork my willingness to suspend belief to find people gossiping in a religious community, or being judgemental. I guess because I belonged to one for long enough. (No, I didn't belong to a Mosque, of course, but I've heard enough stories from my ex, who was a Muslim before he came to Canada, to know that religious and secular Muslims gossip and judge each other just as much as the rest of us do. They're a couple of the most common human flaws!)

Also, the blogger says that s/he (sorry, not sure which) doesn't know of any Christians whose lives revolve around their church. Well, maybe she doesn't know many religious Christians then. Because when I went to church, the church was a central institution, place, and community in my life. I'm sure that it's the same for other people who go to church regularly, every week. If you go regularly, you end up on committees and doing volunteer work and teaching Sunday School and going to Bible studies, and socializing with people in your congregation. You can be sure that in a small town with a church that has decent attendance, the people who attend regularly focus a lot of their activities and socializing around their church.

Why wouldn't it be similar for people who go to mosque on a weekly basis? And let's not forget, this show is specifically about the congregation (sorry if this isn't the correct word) of this mosque, and that's the point of commonality for the people in this show. So obviously they're going to be focusing on this tie.

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RosaL
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posted 31 August 2007 01:02 PM      Profile for RosaL     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The show certainly isn't perfect. I can't speak from a Muslim perspective but, from a Christian perspective, one episode seemed to me to ridicule something holy to Christians (i.e., the eucharist - always a tempting target, I'll admit). I'm sure there are things Muslims would object to as well. And while it sometimes very funny, some of the jokes are pretty bad. Nonetheless, I'm pleased to see something on tv that presents people from different ethnic and religious groups in a way that fosters recognition of the humanity of the other - so I don't complain.
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mary123
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posted 31 August 2007 08:54 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well season 2 can only get better or it should get better.

I wasn't too impressed with the show but it was interesting in some parts and seemed to get better a sthe season progressed.

CBC is obviously trying for a second "Corner Gas" hit being sold to a gazzillion countries around the world.

I lurve Corner Gas and it's a national treasure. Fabulous Canadiana sitcom set in Saskatchewan.

LMOTP has characters we've never seen much before on Canadian tv. And I am interested in their stories. A good sign in all this is that LMOTP has lured 2 writers from Corner Gas on staff.
Distribution deal with France and other countries.

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mary123
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posted 01 September 2007 04:17 PM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I find the creator - Zarqa Nawaz - a fascinating and inspiring artist.
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Zarqa Nawaz is a Muslim Canadian woman of Pakistani origin born in Liverpool, England and raised in the Toronto area, is a freelance writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker living in Regina, Saskatchewan.

She became a journalist got bored of that, took a summer film workshop at the Ontario College of Art & Design and thus began her filmmaking career. She made several films before she did this sitcom.

She uses

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comedy to explore the relationships between Muslims and their neighbours in contemporary North America. She has described the goal of her production company, FUNdamentalist Films, as "putting the 'fun' back into fundamentalism".
hehe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zarqa_Nawaz

She is one of Canada's shining bright lights and a rising sitcom comedy writer to boot. Yay.

2 interviews with the great woman herself.

Interview with Gill Deacon

interview with NPR

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