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Topic: Little Mosque on the Prairie
Posted By: fatuma
Subject: Little Mosque on the Prairie
Date Posted: 07 January 2007 at 10:34pm
can't wait for this show to air. who else is gonna watch it?
 
http://www.littlemosque.ca/ - http://www.littlemosque.ca/
 
clip 1:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK0fLbNqPGU - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK0fLbNqPGU
 
clip 2:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd73S4mZA5s&mode=related&search - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd73S4mZA5s&mode=related&search =
 
 
CBC News Story on the series featuring interview with show's creator:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUnnG-m81e8&mode=related&search - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUnnG-m81e8&mode=related&search =
 
And CNN

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uT-StoCB7k - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uT-StoCB7k



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Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 07 January 2007 at 10:40pm
If it is anything like "little house" I'll give it a miss.

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 07 January 2007 at 10:44pm
LOL
 
Just take a look Bill.... they're pretty funny....  only about 30 seconds long each


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 07 January 2007 at 11:02pm
You are right.
 
laughter is the best medicine.


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Posted By: Misbah
Date Posted: 08 January 2007 at 12:59pm

LOL.. it was so funny,

(At the airport)

'Step away from the bag, you're not going to Paradise today'!..

esp. funny in the 1st clip when the guys is chatting on the phone to his dad behind this white woman, and he says Allah and Suicide and shes like 'Oh my god' and quickly walks off!!

Now why cant i star in something like that, i'd have some really good one liners.







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Posted By: Munawar
Date Posted: 09 January 2007 at 10:16pm
  Aa - this is a new sitcom show in Canada.  I just saw the first episode (It just aired).  Pretty funny.  Let's hope they get this on in the US eventually.

  One of the commercials:

<Daughter runs in wearing a cut off top>
Daughter: What do you think dad?
Muslim Father: What do you think you are? A Protestant?
Daughter: Do you mean prostitute?
Muslim Father: No, I mean Protestant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jd73S4mZA5s&mode=related&search=


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Posted By: ScoobyGurl
Date Posted: 09 January 2007 at 10:24pm
My husband was telling me about that show this evening. He said he read on BBCnews.com that one of the broadcasting companies is trying to get it here in the US. We need it! Funny, very funny.

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Posted By: Honu
Date Posted: 09 January 2007 at 10:44pm
LOL, Munawar, that was my favorite too.

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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 10 January 2007 at 7:57pm
I just saw the show last night , and I thought it was funny. hope it stays on the air. the jokes are so real and the situations have happened to people I know: like the one where the new Imam is trying to order a one-way ticket back to Toronto where he used to live, since he hated the prairies, and the phone clerk autotomatically calls the supervisor...."Why is is that whenever a Muslim orders a one-way ticket they put me on hold and call the supervisor"? this stuff is so true I had to laugh.

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Posted By: Munawar
Date Posted: 10 January 2007 at 11:44pm
Apparently the show was a hit:

http://www.thestar.com/article/169770 - http://www.thestar.com/article/169770

  Did I mention I know the director?  Close Family Friends.


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 11 January 2007 at 12:44am
2.1 million viewers of episode 1 is indeed a huge audience for Canada !

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 2:00am
This is the reaction of a non-Muslim I read today:
 
My husband and I watched it and laughed ourselves silly. 
 
We're looking forward to seeing the characters and storyline develop and think this is going to be a huge hit !


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Posted By: Aviatrix
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 2:16am
Someone posted the whole episode on youtube.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 3:04am
Originally posted by Misbah

LOL.. it was so funny, ...

Now why cant i star in something like that, i'd have some really good one liners.

 
I'm sure you would sister


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 3:06am
Here is another good one:

"Journalist": What connection do you have with al-Quida?
Yasin's daughter: What connection do you have with journalism?


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Posted By: khany
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 4:39am
salam,

i liked the show. i specially liked the situation generated although some more work can be done on the delivery. quite as interesting as the show itself has been the response to it. zarqa [show writer] took questions at the globe and mail and they also published comments from a hundred odd viewers. makes for interesting commentary on our canada http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070109.wlivezarqa0110/BNStory/specialComment/home - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070109.wlivezarqa0110/BNStory/specialComment/home


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 2:10pm
Originally posted by Aviatrix

Someone posted the whole episode on youtube.
 
I know, I've just found the link
 
But to be frank they should not have done it


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Posted By: 4everHopeful
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 2:12pm
Why, what was wrong with putting it up on Youtube?  Now I get to watch it!


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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 2:13pm
Yeah, I'll have to find the link!  (does anyone have the link? )


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 2:23pm
I suppose it's because CBC/Canada has the copyright
 
If CBC put it in Youtube that's ok, but most likely it was a third party !


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Posted By: 4everHopeful
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 2:39pm
Someone needs to teach the old imam how to recite surah al Asr!


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 2:45pm
Exactly
 
But it is funny
 
Imam (joking): OK, you can deport me to Syria
 
Police Officer: You don't get to choose which country we'll deport you to !! 


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Posted By: 4everHopeful
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 2:46pm
yeah, just past that part now.

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Posted By: Aviatrix
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 4:00pm
People post the news and all kinds of TV ads on youtube. I kinda have mixed feelings--there are people that want to see it but don't have access to it. Should clue networks in that people are interested and would watch this sort of thing. But I didn't post the link and... won't.

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 4:03pm
Meanie


Posted By: soulchild
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 4:05pm
i caught most of the first episode on youtube, in bits in pieces.  But I loved it.  i wish we could get it in the US.

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Posted By: 4everHopeful
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 4:26pm
I didnt like it very much.

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Posted By: Munawar
Date Posted: 12 January 2007 at 11:51pm
  Someone Post the link. 

UmmZakariah - Think of the dawah value.  2 million (Mostly non-Muslim) viewers.  If even 1% do something like search the internet on Islam after the show....that's 10,000 people.

PS - You'll dislike the show even more when you find out what those actors are like in their other shows.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 January 2007 at 12:32am
Sr. Amy is right
 
It may have some negative aspects, but it's an attempt to close gaps and build bridges of understanding
 
99% of the time, what people see on TV is negative stereotypes of Muslims.
 
When an attempt is made by non Muslim producers (with Muslim actors) to change that (imo) it should be encouraged
 
Lets wait and see before making a final judgement
 
P.S. The other alternative is for Muslims to take the full initiative. Youtube and Internet TV, which will be here soon, makes it now much easier


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 January 2007 at 1:23am
This is a feedback on the first episode from a non-Muslim Canadian I just read:
 
I watched it and thought it was hilarious. 
 
It's using comedy to address serious issues so it's  bound to offend some but overall I liked it and think it's very progressive of Canada to be so open-minded as to do this type of comedy!  Go Canada Go!  :-)


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Posted By: 4everHopeful
Date Posted: 13 January 2007 at 7:16am
Originally posted by Munawar

  Someone Post the link. 

UmmZakariah - Think of the dawah value.  2 million (Mostly non-Muslim) viewers.  If even 1% do something like search the internet on Islam after the show....that's 10,000 people.

PS - You'll dislike the show even more when you find out what those actors are like in their other shows.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XtLh-fkOUE4&mode=related&search= -
Little house on the prairie

Maybe you should get them too put a little advertisement after the show.  Anyone who would like to know more about the Islamic belief, log onto www.whyislam.org

Yes, IF people do log on to find out about Islam, thats good. But as for any dawah element in the first episode of the programme...I'd have to say NONE!  It just makes muslims look stupid. They couldnt even get the surah correct...come on!!! And its a muslim director! What has it taught? Tell me! That imams from abroad are stupid and fanatic, that muslims lie, that they are allowed to talk during the jumuah khutbah, that if people dont fast, they'll be fat, that its ok to disrespect people who are older than you ''Oh my God, you are so lame!'' and blaady blady blady blaah! Yasir's daughter!!!! She just doesn't fit in as his daughter, too old looking. And as for the promotional clip with the girl in the belly top!

Yeah, I dont have a great sense of humour.

UmZ




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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 13 January 2007 at 7:36am
Yes, there are negative points
 
But it does have positive aspects
 
 


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Posted By: hamba2han
Date Posted: 13 January 2007 at 8:00am
One positive aspect is that they did not have partitions in the mosque and men and women got to pray together.

Sorry Rachel... just couldn't resist pointing that out.

But seriously, the show is not really meant to convey the message of Islam but rather it is a comedy about a Muslim community facing the kind of prejudice and misconceptions that is so apparent  in Western societies today.

On that score, I thought that it was a very commendable first effort.


Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 13 January 2007 at 8:06am
Yes Hamba, I noticed that too
 
Yeah I liked the comical aspect....  many Western people think about Muslims, they see in their mind STERN men and cowering covered women.  Strict, mean, etc.  But, this opens the eyes a bit, and shows that Muslims have a sense of humor, we laugh, play, have silly problems, just like everyone else.  It puts a more 'human' touch, and brings people away from everything they see on the news every day.
 


Posted By: Aviatrix
Date Posted: 13 January 2007 at 9:52am
Well you see the idea that Muslims aren't so backwards as one might think. They work, eat, talk, and disagree. The daughter wears hijab when out in public, and she's a doctor it looks like, but takes it off at home--some people would wonder about that.

In all honesty, putting a "mosque" on TV automatically makes it less scary to people. They'd be less afraid of living near one (we have serious issues with this in the neighborhood where our mosque is situated) or even visiting one.

Oh yeah, and even with the crazy sermon, it's not like everyone was hanging off his every word and getting riled up. (let's blow up canadian idol, for example)


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Posted By: Emily_Bronte
Date Posted: 13 January 2007 at 3:48pm
Little mosque on the prairie!  I was expecting something amish like, not modern day stuff.  

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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 13 January 2007 at 9:03pm
Originally posted by hamba2han

One positive aspect is that they did not have partitions in the mosque and men and women got to pray together.

Sorry Rachel... just couldn't resist pointing that out.

But seriously, the show is not really meant to convey the message of Islam but rather it is a comedy about a Muslim community facing the kind of prejudice and misconceptions that is so apparent  in Western societies today.

On that score, I thought that it was a very commendable first effort.
 
I went to the main site for the program and read some of the upcoming plots which should be interesting. One will be about someone suggesting a partition in the mosque; another is when one of the men's mother comes to visit and suggests he takes a second wife, should be interesting to see the new episodes.  I can see a possible match between the daughter and the new imam in the future , they suit eachother I think hmmmm.


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Posted By: hamba2han
Date Posted: 14 January 2007 at 7:00am
If the producers and script-writers wish to get fresh ideas for new characters and plots for the show, all they need to do is to log onto www.whyislam.org/forum for all the inspiration that they could possibly need


Posted By: Bill2702
Date Posted: 14 January 2007 at 2:15pm
Has there been any reaction from the islamic media? I googled but couldn't see anything.


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 January 2007 at 2:27pm
IOL seems to be positive:
 
http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1168265494558&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout - http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1168265494558&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout  


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 1:19am

Episode 2: Monday 21.00

http://www.littlemosque.ca/ - http://www.littlemosque.ca /



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Posted By: JonSnow
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 11:45am
LOL

"Blowing them away! They loved that part."

I laughed so badly.  I like the show should have more like this.  :)


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Posted By: Misbah
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 11:52am

Salaam

Once again i say, yeah it was real funny, but like Umz, i too thought the daughter was old enough to be that guys wife, also the 'want to be an imam', what on earth was that about, no beard! at least a little goatee would have done wonders..

Don't get me wrong, i have a BIG sense of humour, but i just think its like 'rolls eyes' the usual jokes about Muslim, you know, terrorists, airports, hijjabs.

Oh no, i think I'm looking my touch as being labelled a 'Moderate Muslim'!! which I'm SO NOT!!







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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 12:49pm
Well we should'nt be so hard on the show after just one episode. They have to 'test the waters' to see if people are even willing to watch a show focused around Islam. I think it is a large milestone even creating the show considering the way the world sees Islam. There will be a lot of opportunities for deeper subjects as people get to know the characters and I don't think it will be just a handfull of one-liners joking about Islam. I would hope for non-muslims to learn some basics and to see that Muslims are humans too - before worrying too much about the smaller details like beards and perfect pronunciation of arabic words. If the show stays around, then the new imam might start to change his appearance as he grows into his new position. Don't forget he is a laywer from a big metropolitian area who has a few things to learn to say the least. I think the whole point in that is to show that not all Imams are extremely strict or perfect or so serious you cannot approach them to ask questions. I definately cannot critisize the characters as they are more religious than I am at this point.

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Posted By: Misbah
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 12:53pm

Darling, no ones criticising it, only having a point of view on it.

And soon they will show Muslims clubbing, and drinking and getting caught by ma and Pa, and all jokes aside, getting married off to some 50 something Arab..  Trust me these kinds of programmes just spell trouble.

It is great to have a funny show, but when will the line get drawn, when the show goes too far?

I'm being an 'extremist'..hahaha



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Posted By: Misbah
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 12:57pm
Originally posted by hannah114

I definately cannot critisize the characters as they are more religious than I am at this point.

Yes dear, hence the word 'characters', they could be  Satan himself in real life, don't go thinking that you are not, as their characters portray them as 'religious'

No offence ok Hannah, dont think I'm having ago at you. I'm so totally NOT!

 

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Posted By: Munawar
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 1:05pm
Whenever Whyislam puts up a Billboard in a new state (in the US), we always recieve angry callers, who are stunned, let me say that again, STUNNED, that our hotline volunteers can speak English clearly, without an accent, and some of them are female.

The average North American knows NOTHING about Islam. They understand almost nothing about the 5 pillars, who Muslims are, or what a mosque is.

The show, just the title alone, has more educational and dawah potential then anything else we're doing. 2 Million viewers last week learned that in Islam, we have black, brown and white Muslims. Most think we're all Arabs. Like Amy said, they even saw a Hijabi women who is a Doctor, and that she can take her Hijab off in front of her family.

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Posted By: hamba2han
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 1:41pm
Just to put things into proper perspective about the show -- the actor who plays the young imam, Zaib Shaikh, is the only Muslim in the cast.

The rest are non-Muslims and so I think that it is best that we not have too high expectations about the da'wah value of the show... at least not just yet.


Posted By: 4everHopeful
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 1:44pm
the cast dont write the script.

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Posted By: M.A.R.W.A.N
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 1:59pm
I liked the show too - and I see the potential......
 
Haha, I also recognized some dude from La Femme Nikita.....Carlo Rota......
 
All these canadian actors always stick together...
 


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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 2:08pm
Originally posted by Misbah

Originally posted by hannah114

I definately cannot critisize the characters as they are more religious than I am at this point.

Yes dear, hence the word 'characters', they could be  Satan himself in real life, don't go thinking that you are not, as their characters portray them as 'religious'

No offence ok Hannah, dont think I'm having ago at you. I'm so totally NOT!

 
 
oh I know they are just characters sis, no worries. I just like the show. I know most of those actors are seasoned actors who are not muslim and have been in others films/shows doing non-Islamic things, but I am just focusing on the characters written for the show. 
 
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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 2:12pm
Originally posted by M.A.R.W.A.N

I liked the show too - and I see the potential......
 
Haha, I also recognized some dude from La Femme Nikita.....Carlo Rota......
 
All these canadian actors always stick together...
 
 
 
I recognized him too, Carlo Rota has been in a lot of shows and seems to have played just about every ethnicity there is, and he even had a cooking show I think. His accent in the little mosque on the prairie needs a little fixin tho cause it seems to go from the Lebanese accent which he is supposed to be from in the show, to his original english accent.


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 3:17pm
Originally posted by hannah114

Well we should'nt be so hard on the show after just one episode. They have to 'test the waters' to see if people are even willing to watch a show focused around Islam. I think it is a large milestone even creating the show considering the way the world sees Islam.
 
I agree with you sister
 
If you're watching the second episode tonight, could you give us some feedback In-Shaa-Allah in due course ?
 
Thanks, and hope it goes well


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Posted By: Kent
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 5:39pm
Well I liked what I saw of it. It's probably time for a show like this to be on. And I DO have to credit the CBC for putting it on. It MIGHT make Canadians interested in even LEARNING something about Islam. Americans are hopeless. I think the writer or producer is Muslim. Anyways I hope it sticks around.

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Posted By: Kent
Date Posted: 15 January 2007 at 5:43pm
Originally posted by Misbah





">Don't get me wrong, i have a BIG sense of humour, but i just think its like 'rolls eyes' the usual jokes about Muslim, you know, terrorists, airports, hijjabs.


   
   

I don't blame you Misbah, but unfortunately that's where a lot of Non-Muslims start when they think of Islam, so I guess they felt the show had to start there too to gain any interest.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 January 2007 at 12:42am
Originally posted by Kent

Well I liked what I saw of it. It's probably time for a show like this to be on. And I DO have to credit the CBC for putting it on. It MIGHT make Canadians interested in even LEARNING something about Islam. Americans are hopeless. I think the writer or producer is Muslim. Anyways I hope it sticks around.
 
Hello Kent
 
That's a positive feedback
 
Have seen Monday's episode?


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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 16 January 2007 at 1:01am
I watched it at 8:00 PM central today and it was the pilot episode again
 
I saw a commercial that it will be on wednesday tho.....


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Posted By: Kent
Date Posted: 16 January 2007 at 1:05am
Hi back and Salaams Al-Cordoby. Yes I did. It was a repeat of the pilot. I THINK the new episode runs on Wednesday at 8:00pm. The See Bee See sometimes has a hard time getting it's act together. LOL. I enjoyed the pilot though. I think it'll be a good show. And as I said good at challenging stereotypes and personal/self-centred ways of thinking/acting.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 January 2007 at 1:06am
Thanks sister Hannah and thanks Ken
 
It's possible that many people missed the first episode, and heard of it too late, so they had demand for it to be repeated (or some sort of pressure)
 
Will look forward to Wednesday In-Shaa-Allah


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Posted By: Kent
Date Posted: 16 January 2007 at 1:06am
Originally posted by hannah114

I watched it at 8:00 PM central today and it was the pilot episode again
 

I saw a commercial that it will be on wednesday tho.....
Hi Hannah and Salaams. Yeah I think that's right. How did you like the pilot?

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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 16 January 2007 at 1:11am
Hi Kent
 
I liked it, and thought it was funny. very refreshing to see muslims in a regular series program (hopefully it will last to be a series). like I mentioned in a previous post I can see lots of potential in the program for so many issues, I only hope that it will allow non-muslims to have less fear of Islam and see that we are all people too.


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Posted By: Kent
Date Posted: 16 January 2007 at 1:36am
Hi back and Salaams Hannah. Yeah I know what you mean. I hope people will learn to understand that. Even in To-Ron-Toe LOL. I'm also kinda curious to see how they play the Anglican pastor Father McGee. He's obviously openminded.

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 16 January 2007 at 12:18pm

Little Mosque Takes Canada by Storm

Muslims have taken Canada by storm. What could this be? Surely not a terrorist attack? This new event, which features Muslims, is completely non-violent. It is an entertaining program called Little Mosque on the Prairie that aired on CBC on January 9, 2007.

http://www.islamonline.net/English/ArtCulture/Media/tv/2007/01/01.shtml - http://www.islamonline.net/English/ArtCulture/Media/tv/2007/01/01.shtml  



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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 17 January 2007 at 12:36am
From the New York Times:
 
'Little Mosque’ Defuses Hate With Humor

The show’s creator, Zarqa Nawaz, said that she was not trying to bridge all of the cultural gaps, but that she hoped the program could elicit laughs on all sides and perhaps foster a better understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims.

“I want the broader society to look at us as normal, with the same issues and concerns as anyone else,” said Ms. Nawaz, who based the series loosely on her own experiences as a Muslim woman who moved from Toronto to the prairie. “We’re just as much a part of the Canadian fabric as anyone else.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/16/world/americas/16canada.html?em&ex=1169096400&en=20520f1bb4ff7587&ei=5070 - Toronto Journal: ‘Little Mosque’ Defuses Hate With Humor


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Posted By: hamba2han
Date Posted: 18 January 2007 at 9:55am
Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture from: http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20070117/wl_csm/oprairie - http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20070117/wl_csm/oprairie ?

Asad Rahman, a Toronto photographer, says he didn't buy the airport scene: "I don't think any Muslim would really joke about terrorism in an airport."

But he's hopeful that the show will have a positive influence, both on how non-Muslims view his religion and on how Muslims see themselves. "At least somebody is brave enough to bring some humor to this sensitive religion," says Mr. Rahman, a coordinator for a gay Muslim group.

If this guy is concerned about how non-Muslims view his religion, then I think he has bigger issues that he should first resolve.




Posted By: 4everHopeful
Date Posted: 18 January 2007 at 10:06am
Originally posted by hamba2han

Does anyone else see something wrong with this picture from: http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20070117/wl_csm/oprairie - http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20070117/wl_csm/oprairie ?




U tell us.


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Posted By: hamba2han
Date Posted: 18 January 2007 at 10:18am
I would think the above passage from the story is self-explanatory.

A gay Muslim being concerned about how non-Muslims see his religion really needs to learn the teachings of Islam concerning what should be a Muslim's sexual orientation.

But this topic should be in another thread which I have to say I am not that keen to open.


Posted By: 4everHopeful
Date Posted: 18 January 2007 at 10:25am
oh right, sorry!  When u said picture I was looking at the actual picture on the link!




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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 18 January 2007 at 6:04pm
I saw the second episode yesterday, and I laughed even more actually. I still like the show. it was about erecting a partition in the mosque for women (a short wall), and they compromised in the end and had a half-wall on one side. the daughter in the show called the partitioned area in the back for women 'the penalty box', as they used hockey arena materials for the wall.

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Posted By: Salamseeker
Date Posted: 19 January 2007 at 12:16am
Originally posted by hannah114

I saw the second episode yesterday, and I laughed even more actually. I still like the show. it was about erecting a partition in the mosque for women (a short wall), and they compromised in the end and had a half-wall on one side. the daughter in the show called the partitioned area in the back for women 'the penalty box', as they used hockey arena materials for the wall.
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 January 2007 at 1:34am
Video: CAIR Rep Comments on Impact of Muslim Sitcom
Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJuCC7FCFE - here to view full text ...
 
 
Comments on TV of Br. Ibrahim Cooper:
 
http://www.cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=43073&theType=NB - http://www.cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=43073&theType=NB  


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 20 January 2007 at 1:42am
CAIR in the News
Thursday, January 19, 1995

CAIR Rep Discusses Impact of Muslim Sitcom

Source: MSNBC
 

 
http://www.cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=43092&theType=NB - http://www.cair.com/default.asp?Page=articleView&id=43092&theType=NB  


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Posted By: hippysis
Date Posted: 20 January 2007 at 1:56am
Assalamu Alaikom,
Argh, I wrote a big reply and then deleted it somehow.
 
I am SO grateful for Youtube because otherwise I never would have seen this show. I read about it a long time ago and prayed it would come to fruition. I'm so glad it did, and I am so glad I had the chance to see it myself. Lucky Canadians. Wish the American stations would touch it but our idea of Muslims in primetime equals "24" and "Sleeper Cell".
 
It was corny as all get out but I could identify with something on tv and that alone made the corniness and slight errors or complaints quite bearable!!!
 
This is a terrific step forward in educating non-Muslims!!! I think it's wonderful, all round. Insha'Allah, I hope this show remains true to Islam as best it can and that it remains popular.
 
I have a lot of respect for Zarqa Nawaz, who is also the filmmaker behind "Me and the Mosque", an informative documentary about women and the issues they face within the larger Islamic community. http://www.nfb.ca/trouverunfilm/fichefilm.php?id=51517&v=h&lg=en&exp - http://www.nfb.ca/trouverunfilm/fichefilm.php?id=51517&v=h&lg=en&exp  In case anyone wants to read more. And by the way, "Me and Mosque" happens to be on tv Saturday 9 pm, on Link tv...
 
Anyway, I am thrilled about this show, personally!


Posted By: AbdulQayyoum
Date Posted: 21 January 2007 at 12:58am
http://www.mininova.org/search/?search=Little+Mosque+on+the+Prairie

you can download it there  enjoy


Posted By: Kent
Date Posted: 22 January 2007 at 7:59pm
Just to let everybody know it's not on this week. NHL All Star Game. We Canadians have our priorities eh?

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Posted By: hippysis
Date Posted: 23 January 2007 at 12:02am
Oh dang, and here I was already all excited about seeing another episode (online, anyway!) Thanks for the heads up!


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 January 2007 at 12:35am
Episode 3 is Wednesday 31 January ?
 
I hope it's better than number 2 !


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Posted By: Kent
Date Posted: 23 January 2007 at 1:02am
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

Episode 3 is Wednesday 31 January ?
 

I hope it's better than number 2 !
Yup I think it's the 31st. I generally LIKED number 2. How come you didn't Al-Cordoby?

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 23 January 2007 at 1:07am
I liked the first episode much more !
 
I didn't like some of the scenes which were unnecessary.
 
Also it gave the impression of chaos a bit with all the fighting on that barrier between men and women inside the mosque
 
I must admit, I laughed much more in the first episode which was (imo) much more funny  


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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 23 January 2007 at 1:19am
although I laughed more in the second episode, I will admit that some scenes were not quite what I would have hoped for (i.e. the kissing scene at the end). It is important to depict muslims as real people with real day to day issues, but I don't really like it when it strays into the area of appealing just to non-Islamic public sexual behavior like so many shows on TV rely on. Perhaps after they air the first bunch of episodes, they will see what the public really thinks and adjust accordingly (hopefully for the better?).  but I don't want to analyze this show too much, sometimes a show is just a show after all.

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Posted By: soulchild
Date Posted: 23 January 2007 at 1:51am
I agree with you Hannah.  I liked the second episode, but some of it, like the pinching the butt in the masjid... that was inappropriate.  I'm looking forward to watching the third epsiode (online).   

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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 26 January 2007 at 11:23pm
there was no new episode this week. I think hockey was on instead and I DO NOT LIKE HOCKEY
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 January 2007 at 12:38am
The new episode is due next Wednesday (31 January)
 
http://www.cbc.ca/littlemosque/ - http://www.cbc.ca/littlemosque/
 
What's wrong with hockey?
 


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Posted By: 4everHopeful
Date Posted: 27 January 2007 at 8:18am
I didnt like the second episode at all!

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 January 2007 at 8:20am
I know what you mean
 
But you should not be watching TV right now sister
 
Are exams over?


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Posted By: ScoobyGurl
Date Posted: 27 January 2007 at 8:48am
Hey, students need a breather from exams sometimes. 

I liked the second episode but some things were just weird. The butt pinching in the masjid...what Muslims do you know butt pinch in the masjid and even more importantly how the heck were they that close to each other during salat?!

Then the whole situation with the daughter. I don't know why that bugged me so much. It seemed so unreal.


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Posted By: 4everHopeful
Date Posted: 27 January 2007 at 8:49am
yeah, exams are over!

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 27 January 2007 at 8:50am
It's OK
 
She's finished her exams now
 
Lets hope the new episode next Wednesday will be better than number 2 !


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Posted By: ScoobyGurl
Date Posted: 27 January 2007 at 8:52am
Alhamduillah! Congrats on getting exams done sis!

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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 27 January 2007 at 12:19pm
Originally posted by Al-Cordoby

The new episode is due next Wednesday (31 January)
 
http://www.cbc.ca/littlemosque/ - http://www.cbc.ca/littlemosque/
 
What's wrong with hockey?
 
 
 
I just don't like the sport at all. and the fights that occur are so ridiculous. I have never really been into sports
 
I like soccer (european football), and watching the olympics


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Posted By: Jason113
Date Posted: 28 January 2007 at 12:09am
Some like hockey and some don't..I see nothing wrong with watching a game or two, but when you see the fans who go over the top....
 
Now, that's creepy


Posted By: Kent
Date Posted: 01 February 2007 at 12:18am
Originally posted by Jason113

Some like hockey and some don't..I see nothing wrong with watching a game or two, but when you see the fans who go over the top....
 

Now, that's creepy
That happens in every sport I think, Jason. By the way about "Little Mosque on the Prarie." Did anynbody see it tonight I caught part of it and thought it was pretty good. What did anybody/everybody else think?

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 01 February 2007 at 12:28am
Not yet  Kent
 
Which part did you like?


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Posted By: Kent
Date Posted: 01 February 2007 at 12:35am
Well as I said I didn't manage see ALL of it, but the part about "taking the dead bodies out back." and a conversation about Provence/ Province was pretty funny as well as another one about grovelling. When U do watch it Al-Cordoby, you'll see what I mean. I'll probably try and catch the part I missed on YouTube in a few days.

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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 01 February 2007 at 12:52am
I saw it today, it was a good episode with lots of slapstick comedy. It was 'cleaner' than the last episode which had kissing and such. For those who have not seen it the episode is about the mosque having an open house for those who would like to learn about Islam.

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Posted By: Jason113
Date Posted: 01 February 2007 at 9:33am
I watched it for the first time with some good friends and it was well received.
 
I think the best quote made last night was to a friend who loved the show and I told her 'See, we do have a sense of humor afterall."
 
 


Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 February 2007 at 2:47pm
Just watched episode 3 with the open mosque
 
It's better than last episode, but number 1 (imo) was the best.


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Posted By: Questioner
Date Posted: 02 February 2007 at 3:18pm
the second episode was very inappropriate in my opinion. i feel the series will lose credibility as a true depicter and instead be viewed as an "appeaser" to the masses.

the butt pinching in the mosque was totally out of line. i have never seen this and i don't think it has ever happened in any mosque within any nation.


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Posted By: hannah114
Date Posted: 02 February 2007 at 10:47pm
Originally posted by Questioner

the second episode was very inappropriate in my opinion. i feel the series will lose credibility as a true depicter and instead be viewed as an "appeaser" to the masses.

the butt pinching in the mosque was totally out of line. i have never seen this and i don't think it has ever happened in any mosque within any nation.
 
you are an odd one to be talking about 'appropriateness', since when has morality been a concern to you?


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Posted By: Questioner
Date Posted: 02 February 2007 at 11:41pm
Originally posted by hannah114

Originally posted by Questioner

the second episode was very inappropriate in my opinion. i feel the series will lose credibility as a true depicter and instead be viewed as an "appeaser" to the masses.

the butt pinching in the mosque was totally out of line. i have never seen this and i don't think it has ever happened in any mosque within any nation.
 
you are an odd one to be talking about 'appropriateness', since when has morality been a concern to you?


it's a true pity that you cannot decipher morality outside islam. most muslims have a hard time so i won't blame you.


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