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Little Mosque on the road

Little Mosque is heading out on the road. We're heading to Regina, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver for free episode screenings followed by a Q&A with Little Mosque on the Prairie creator Zarqa Nawaz, producers Mary Darling and Michael Snook, and actors Sheila McCarthy (Sarah) and Manoj Sood (Baber).

Tuesday, February 5 -- Regina, SK
6pm. Shumiatcher Theatre, MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St.

Wednesday, February 6 -- Winnipeg, MB
Garrick Centre, Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith St.

Thursday, February 7 -- Calgary, AB
The Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Rd.

Friday, February 8 -- Vancouver, BC
Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway


Overall, I am a huge fan of this show - as a Muslim Canadian woman, I can finally start to feel that I actually "belong" because there is a show that has characters with positive representations of my religious and cultural background.

However, I would like to ask the writers and/or Zarqa Nawaz, why it is that
Halloween is "un-Muslim", lotteries are "un-Muslim", but it's okay that Amaar and Rayanne spend lots and lots of time alone together? The point is, there are many conflicting interpretations in Islam, and rather than presenting *one* viewpoint as fact, the show should take the opportunity to express that diversity of opinion within the faith. It will make the show more interesting, and less one-dimensional.

When Lil Mosque came on the scene Muslims LOVED it! Especially as a Saskatchewan Muslim I thought it was really great. But then slowly things of the characters slapping her husband before prayer and some stuff that didn't make this show something you could watch with your family. Just about every Saskatchewan Muslim I've spoken to has felt let down by the show. We thought the show was about multiculturalism and diversity but it seems to be more about getting laughs even if it means they laugh at Islam.

The real limitation of this show is lack of religious conflict. Not violence or destructive conflict, more jokes about other religious groups prominent to Saskatchewan – Hutterites and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

For instance one of the characters is a contractor, he does work on Hutterite colony and is paid with a 20 lbs. ham. The subplot to an episode could him trying to get rid of this ham.