Entertainment March 22, 2012
Zarqa Nawaz On What Inspired 'Little Mosque'

For a little mosque, it sure had a big impact. After six seasons, the first ever sitcom about life as a Muslim is coming to an end, and George had the rare chance to interview four of the cast members as well as the show's creator, Zarqa Nawaz. In this clip, Zarqa talks about the initial response to her controversial idea, and where the inspiration for the show originated.

The 'Little Mosque' cast is on the show tonight, along with musician Saul Williams.

"I think at first people were actually worried, because the Danish cartoons had happened. And people were like, 'wow, is the Muslim community gonna go crazy, and flip cars in Toronto and burn down the CBC? What's happening? What are they doing?' Because let's face it: when you do the first sitcom about Muslims, we didn't start with a couch in a living room. We started off with a comedy in a mosque, about Islam. You couldn't have gotten edgier."

"A lot of times when we get imams coming from overseas, they bring a lot of their cultural baggage, and they impose it on the indigenous population and that causes conflict. And so the idea of an imam that was born and raised in Canada, coming into a mosque -- how would that change the dynamic of the community?"



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