Producer Zarqa Nawaz is the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, a new Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sitcom about a group of Muslims living in a prairie town in Saskatchewan.
She is head of the production company FUNdamentalist Films, which produced her 2005 documentary Me and the Mosque, about the relationship of women to Islam.
A Little Bit of 'Little Mosque on the Prairie'
TV: Little Mosque on the Prairie
What It Is: Classic fish out of water sitcom: Muslims in a rural Canadian town
Where to Find It: Only on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, but we have a clip — see below. There's more info at the show's Web site.
Here's one television show you probably won't be watching this year ... unless you live in Canada. The show is called Little Mosque on the Prairie, and it's bringing the funnier side of Islam into living rooms all over Canada.
The first episode aired this past Tuesday. Zarqa Nawaz, a Canadian Muslim originally from Pakistan, created the sitcom, which follows the congregation of a rural mosque as they try to live peacefully with the locals in a small prairie town. In the first episode, those locals are suspicious when a new imam comes to town.
But even getting to the town is a challenge for the new spiritual leader. While waiting in line at the airport, he makes the mistake of yelling into his cell phone, "If Dad thinks that's suicide, so be it." Um, he meant career suicide.