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Little Wedding on the Prairie: Zarqa Nawaz's arranged marriage

Zarqa Nawaz is the creator of the CBC Television show Little Mosque on the Prairie. But before Little Mosque fame, Zarqa was a single young woman, living at home. Then, her extended family went on a mission: Find Zarqa a Husband.

Zarqa Nawaz is  the author of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque and the creator of the CBC Television show Little Mosque on the Prairie. But before Little Mosque fame, Zarqa was a single young woman, living at home. One day, her extended family went on a mission: Find Zarqa a Husband.

Excerpt of "Laughing All the Way to the Mosque" by Zarqa Nawaz

"What do you think of the name Maysa?" I asked my mother.

"I don't like it. Call her Munzal."

"What? Munzal's a horrible name," I said, flabbergasted."Why don't you like Maysa?"

"It's not Islamic."

Read more from Chapter One of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque. Copyright ©2014 Zarqa Nawaz. Published by HarperCollins Canada. All rights reserved.

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