Zaib Shaikh


Amaar is Mercy Mosque's resident Imam. He quit his lucrative career as a Toronto lawyer to pursue his true calling, leaving behind the big city and big family expectations in his wake. What this handsome young holy man may lack in experience he more than makes up for with enthusiasm. Amaar is a born people pleaser. His idealism is rivaled only by his eagerness to be liked by all. Of course, you can't please all of the people all of the time, especially when you're running a mosque from the back of a church in the prairies. While Amaar may have his fair (and not so fair) share of critics, he always manages to find a sage solution to the dilemmas of his flock and there are plenty. Between Baber's ravings, Fred's ranting, and Yasir's scheming, he barely has time for anything else. Yet, no matter how busy Amaar is, he always finds time for Rayyan. Just as Amaar realized his true feelings for Rayyan, an old friend from her past showed up. With a little gentle prodding from Yasir, Rayyan and JJ were engaged to be married. Suddenly Amaar started to question his abilities as an Imam, causing him to go back to Toronto to clear his head. But after some convincing from Yasir and a pilgrimage to Mecca, Amaar felt recharged. He put his feelings for Rayyan aside and focused on the mosque. Now that Reverend Magee is gone, Amaar will face a whole new set of challenges. There's a new guy in town, and he plans to make Amaar's life pretty difficult. It's a good thing Allah is on his side.


ZAIB SHAIKH has worked across Canada as an actor, director and producer. Most recently he co–wrote, directed and co–produced the Gemini nominated Othello, the Tragedy of the Moor. His other television work includes lead or guest starring roles in Metropia, Da Vinci's City Hall and The Dead Zone. Currently Zaib is in development with a variety of television and film projects under the banner of his production company, Governor Films. Before his immersion into television, Zaib had the pleasure of working with some of the largest theatre companies in Canada including Canadian Stage, National Arts Centre, Globe Theatre, Grand Theatre and the Stratford Festival of Canada. Zaib has also served as an Artistic Producer for Whistler Theatre Project, is a graduate of the joint University of Toronto/Sheridan College Acting Program and holds an MFA in Directing from the University of British Columbia.