Season 3 – Episode 2 – Lord of the Ring

Synopsis: When Amaar returns to Toronto to re-think his future, Yasir comes to the rescue, only to find that winning back Amaar might not be as easy as he thought.

In this episode, Amaar moves back to Toronto and stays with his parents. Baber takes over the Imam duties in Mercy and realizes that it’s not easy being an Imam. The family in Toronto soon realizes that Amaar is neither a good lawyer or a good son. When Yasir comes to Toronto, Amaar’s parent hope Yasir can convince him to go back to Mercy. Meanwhile, Rayyan has issues expressing her feelings about a family heirloom to J.J.

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Videos courtesy of mydien

What did you think of this episode? Are there any topics from the episode that you want to discuss?

  • Lawyers doing good
  • Heirloom from way back
  • Parents setting up children
  • Father’s Vodka
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50 responses to “Season 3 – Episode 2 – Lord of the Ring

  1. arifa

    Thank you ! Thank you !

  2. One thing I LOVE about this show is how they show how much diversity of thought and practice there is in the Muslim community. That we are not a bunch of mindless drones. Some people happen to not be very observant (Amaar’s parents), and others choose to apply themselves in a purposeful way (Amaar and Rayyan). This is an accurate portrayal of Muslims that highly contrasts what you see on TV and in movies today.

  3. Kurt

    Hah, for a show that is supposed to be all so culturally sensitive, the writers really blew it when they had Ammar tell that woman that she should study in Bombay.

    There is no Bombay.

    Not anymore.

    The city is called Mumbai.

    I wonder if the writers of this show will be arrested on hate speak violations.

  4. Tashana

    Kurt> Try looking up the history surrounding the name change – it’s a bit controversial. Moreover, the majority of Bombayites, myself included, will never call the city anything other than Bombay.

  5. Farah

    Aww, sweet episode. I’m really loving Yasser this season, he’s really developed into a caring, wonderful man.

    I loved that Rayyan/JJ isn’t over yet and that the writers didn’t do the cliché of having JJ not know Rayyan well and therefore have her breaking off the engagement.

  6. Jane

    Haha kurt you sound like Fred Tupper!

  7. mariam

    i cant believe it another good episode this season is so exciting the preview for next week is good i wonder where Ammar went

  8. fatimah

    i love this show!

  9. Greg

    Mariam, I don’t know Islam that well, but where would a Muslim go if he had a crisis in faith?

    Mecca?

    That’s my guess.

    I hope that CSIS agents follow him around upon his return. Sure we all know that he really did go there because of a crisis in faith, but all too many use that as a cover to go and get instructions for Jihad.

    Ammar may be okay, but the CSIS has to look at him because of the people who aren’t going there for the reasons they say they are. These are difficult times and one shouldn’t be stupid to the point of being suicidal on the behalf of multculturalsim.

  10. Farah

    [i]Mariam, I don’t know Islam that well, but where would a Muslim go if he had a crisis in faith?[/i]

    The mosque, ’cause not everybody could afford going to Mecca. Actually, most muslims call an Imam they trust and ask their questions on the phone. No need to go to a mosque when you have a question.

  11. I see Steve has returned in the forms of Greg and Kurt.

  12. Samina

    Nahida, I was thinking the same thing. Great minds think a like.

  13. Jane

    Farah,

    Amaar is rich.

    And he told the taxi driver that he wanted to go to the airport, international departures.

    So, he is going somewhere out of Canada.

    So, wouldn’t that be Mecca?

    Now, in reality no one can just hope on a plane to a foreign country on a whim. One would have to get a visa to go to a place like Mecca. But I am guessing that is going to be ignored.

    Where else out of Canada would Amaar go? Especially since it shows in next weeks episode Amaar dressed in funny foreign clothes.

  14. JaneToo

    Oh, I just saw a Jane had already posted. Not trying to be an identity thief here. I am not the Jane who posted about Fred Tupper. I am the Jane who agrees with Greg that he probably went to Mecca.

  15. Mohamedd

    ^^^^^^^^He might be going back to the Islamic school he studied at. Did he study in Canada or somewhere else?

  16. Ariana

    jane – I thought what amaar was wearing or will in next week episode was what imams wear

  17. Inesa

    He studied in Egypt. I think that is where he went, if not Mecca so that he can learn more about Islam and win the heart of Rayyan after all. As much as I like JJ and think he is an awesome guy, I still find myself rooting for Amaar. Anybody else have the same feeling?

  18. Jeff

    I haven’t seen Amaar in such a costume before. Perhaps he is trying to win over Babar.

    I believe the Imam in this show should have a beard to make it be more like in real life.

    But then he would be too scary and unapproachable.

    Just like in real life.

  19. Jeff

    If he studied in Egypt then indeed perhaps that is where he went.

    Of course Egypt is another country a Canadian would have to get a visa months beforehand to visit but I believe they are going to ignore little details like that.

    That and the detail that JJ’s visa is going to be up pretty soon.

    If JJ marries Rayann, will she have to move to Dubai? I bet that’s going to be the deal breaker between her and JJ.

  20. Kim

    Here’s a question.

    Amaar told that woman that she should go to study in that city in India (don’t want to say its name for I am not sure what to call it and I don’t want to say the wrong name and commit a hate speak) but her parents don’t want her to go study in that city which must not be named in India.

    But he said that one must honour her mother and father, but her mother and father really, really doesn’t want her to study in that city (that I can not name) in India, perhaps because of concern of recent terror attacks in that country.

    So, how can going against the concerns and wishes of ones parents be honouring them?

  21. Mohamedd

    Inesa I also find my self still rooting for Amaar. JJ seems like a great guy but I want Amaar and Rayaan.

    But i dont want JJ to get shafted either lol. I hope they dont drag this into the 4th season tho.

  22. Inesa

    Maybe Amaar went to Bombay (I’m just going with what the show said) to bring that girl back to the prairie to get Rayyan jealous. Then Rayyan goes through what Amaar is going through right now and Amaar ends up falling in love with her. Love squares are complicated, but this is just a thought. I love that part in the show when Amaars mom says “She wears the hijab” and he’s like “Mom, its not a fetish…” I know that my little tangent is crazy but you never know what will happen in the prairie!

  23. Mohamedd

    Inesa I don’t think that could be it because at the end of this episode he says “I have to make sure I am coming back for the good of the town and not for my self”

    Oh I am absolutely hating how they keep leaving us hanging.

  24. Jeff, Rayyan already seemed to be aware that JJ may be taking the to Dubai–it was implied when they were speaking of the ring in font of the TV.

  25. Muslim Lady

    Firstly, Bombay or Mumbai…who really cares?? It’s not gonna affect the story in any way is it?
    Secondly, I personally feel if a muslim is going through a difficult time he/she turns to Allah for guidance in the form of prayer. ie Salaat or perhaps seeks answers in the Quran and Hadith(Prophet Mohammed’s (pbuh) sayings).
    As for where Amaar has gone, again just a theory, possibly back to where he studied to reaffirm himself that this is what he was meant to do.
    Finally, my sincerest thanks to MyDien for taking the time out from school work to post these episodes up for us all. Much appreciated 🙂

  26. i think rayaan will call it over over not wanting to move to dubai with JJ and having to leave her practice her family and friends behind. Well at least i hope that’s what’s going to happen I’m still rooting for Amaar

  27. Farah

    Dubai is great! I would have moved there with JJ. 🙂 But I get wanting to stay close to your family.

  28. M

    Random note: my community (in america) had an imam for twenty-seven years. He did not have a beard (except when he was coming back from performing/leading a group of people from the community on the pilgrimage, and then he would shave it off again a couple weeks later). Let’s not make assumptions that all imams everywhere look or act the same.

  29. Kurt

    PARENTS MOST OFTEN KNOW BEST.

    It may not seem like that but, it is most often the case.

    Amaar, if this was a real show might have gotten that young woman killed because of his advice to her.

    Amaar, not a good Imam before going to Mecca, and I haven’t seen him change much since going there.

    Listen to your parents. Obey them. Unless they are telling you to do something illegal and/or harm yourself or something like that. But in ordinary situations of course, I am talking about, they are more often right than wrong. And even when they happen to be wrong, shouldn’t their happiness come first?

    Of course movies have been made about going against parents on affairs of the heart and there of course it gets tough but in this case while listening to Amaar might have just got that young woman killed, listening to her parents would mean that she is now safe in Toronto.

  30. Kurt

    I meant if this show was real.

    The truth was her parents had some serious reasons to not want her to go overseas to study. And Amaar didn’t take that into account when he gave her that advice.

    It would be an interesting show if indeed Amaar got a phone call from his mum informing him that she had indeed died overseas tonight whereas of course she would have been safe in Toronto.

    I wonder what advice McGee would give him?

  31. Steve

    Well even comedies have “very special episodes”. One case I can think of is a show called WKRP in Cincinnati which was a comedy about a rock music radio station.

    It happened that while the show was on a tragedy did happen in Cincinnati where rock fans were killed when non-assigned seating created a stampede with all these fans trying at the same time to get the best seats. That is why I believe at least in Ohio and probably throughout America rock concerts are required to have assigned seats.

    Well since the comedy was set in Cincinnati, and it was about an rock station they felt they had to address the issue. In the show they had it that this was the first time they helped promote a rock concert (the rock format was new to them as they were previously a “golden oldies” channel) and how they felt when the tragedy happened.

    A show where Amaar finds out that the woman he gave advice to was killed because she listened to the advice would be a quite profound episode indeed.

  32. Steve

    On the next episode Amaar gets a call from home that makes him question his calling as an Imam.

    Topics for discussion:

    Have you ever given anyone advice that they have taken that led to a bad result for them? Did you feel guilty?

    Imam malpractice Insurance?

    Should you be able to sue your Imam for bad advice?

  33. Tim

    I thought this episode mixed comedy and the seriousness of what really happened very well.

    Of course one should not be able to sue an Imam for “spiritual malpractice” like one can sue a Doctor but Amaar was indeed irresponsible for the advice he gave that woman. The parents had legitimate concerns about why they didn’t want her to go and he didn’t even take it into account. I would have thought the best advice from an Islamic perspective would have been to respect her Mum and Dad’s wishes. Had she, she would still be alive and well in Toronto.

    I thought this exchange was kind of funny in a kind of Black Humour type way.

    Amaar (To McGee): Surely you must have given some advice sometime to someone that didn’t work out too well.

    McGee: Advice that led someone to a bloody violent death, sorry, can’t say that I have.

    Amaar (To Rayyan) Surely you must have in all your years as a doctor given a wrong diagnosis or in some other way made a mistake that harmed a patient.

    Rayyan, A mistake that led to the death of one of my patients, no, I really haven’t.

    Yasir, I can relate to what you are going through here Amaar.

    Amaar: You mean you did something at sometime during your professional career that harmed people.

    Yasir: Me, no, but I was watching this episode of House where one of the doctors killed a patient.

  34. Tim

    I thought Baber calling Amaar the “Imam of Death” was kind of out of line but this is a comedy.

  35. For the love of God, it wouldn’t be his fault. The woman obviously wanted to go. She would have probably gone anyway, even while knowing what could happen. And what’s this about parents knowing best? She was a grown woman, old enough to be a parent herself. She can make her own decisions.

    “Listen to your parents. Obey them. Unless they are telling you to do something illegal and/or harm yourself or something like that.”

    Illegal wasn’t always illegal. If we played by these rules we’d still be living in the 16th century.

    Thank God for human nature.

  36. Why is this even being argued? Whatever happened to advocating taking responsibility for the well-being of society and humanity over individual preferences? I thought that was a Conservative belief, part of what keeps Conservatives from allowing abortion. -insert sharp tone here- She wanted to make a sacrifice for the sake of others, and he told her to follow her heart.

  37. What’s the difference between living a life you don’t want to live and know you weren’t meant to live and dying?

    I’d rather take risks for my dreams than stay chained in a position that seems utterly dull to me.

  38. Amaar saved her from a death worse than death.

  39. Steve

    Actually I believe she just wanted to study overseas.

    I don’t believe there was any higher purpose there.

    If there was then surely we could say that her death meant something but since it was just a case of her wanting to go overseas then we can’t.

    It would be a little more tricky if she died because she helped save the lives of others during the encounter. But I guess the question would be if she wasn’t there would someone else be there instead helping to save others. But I guess one could find some comfort there.

    Unless indeed you can explain how her going overseas was done by her with the motive of benefiting others I still believe it is selfish that she didn’t in this case put her own personal desires aside on behalf of her parents. It showed a lack of respect to the fears they would experience (now grief) by her “following her heart”.

  40. “It showed a lack of respect to the fears they would experience (now grief) by her “following her heart”.”

    Okay, first of all, she hasn’t even died. There’s no knowing for sure that she even WILL die. And second, everyone dies. They would have to grieve sooner or later, and if you’re going to be as harsh as calling it selfish on her part, then it was selfish on her parents part to want her to stay in a place she would have been less happy so that they wouldn’t have put up with emotionally dealing with her loss.

  41. Steve

    “They would have to grieve sooner or later…”

    They wouldn’t have to if she outlived them. There’s a saying in our culture that a parent should never outlive a child. Of course it does happen all the time where the parent does outlive the child but in each case it is extremely sad.

  42. Steve

    Perhaps since nether of us have had children much less suffered the death of one of them it is hard to imagine how painful it must be.

    And it wasn’t only the ultimate grief that they suffered but all the worrying they did before they got the news. Even if she had survived she would have still put them through all that pain.

  43. “And it wasn’t only the ultimate grief that they suffered but all the worrying they did before they got the news.”

    My point wasn’t that they would or wouldn’t suffer–it was that it isn’t Amaar’s fault if anything were to happen. It was her own decision. And it’s her life. Her own parents are probably countries away from their parents too. It’s a safer country, but the worry is the same–they’re parents; they’ll worry no matter what.

  44. Susan

    I have to agree with Steve. To just give a snap judgment on that this is what she should do without hearing all the details was very inappropriate on Amaar’s part.

    And after watching the scene again it kind of sounds like she didn’t even want to go abroad. It sounded like she was just saying that she wanted to go because it gave her something to talk about and perhaps also it was an excuse she was using about why she hasn’t done more with her life.

    She seemed shocked that Amaar would say she should go. But not shocked in the advice he gave but it was like she had already moved ahead in her small talk discussion topic list and she herself didn’t know what he was talking about at first when he said she should go. If the topic was that important to her she wouldn’t have herself forgotten about it when he brings it up. Maybe I can even be more cynical and say she was shocked that a man would have actually been listening to what she was saying instead of pretending to as she might have been used to having men do on dates.

    But once Amaar, who I am sure mentioned that he was an Imam, said she should go so out of the blue like that she probably saw it as if it was a sign from God that she should go.

    With the title “Imam” it gives ones opinions a greater weight then without the title. Just like when Rayyan gives medical advice its of greater weight than if say Fred gives some medical advice. That is why Rayyan has to be very careful and can not just go around casually giving medical advice or she could indeed be sued for the advice if bad things happen.

    Of course I am not saying that Imams should be sued in cases of bad advice, but Amaar is still not really used to the power that his opinions have over people because he is an Imam. Perhaps people shouldn’t see an Imam like that, and perhaps in reality Muslims don’t. That would be a great topic of discussion. Does this show accurately reflect the role an Imam plays in the life of a Muslim?

    In any regard, a quickly given opinion cost that woman her life. Amaar should have been more careful given his position as an Imam and how because he is an Imam people will give his advice a weight they wouldn’t if it was “just Amaar” giving the advice.

  45. “In any regard, a quickly given opinion cost that woman her life.”

    Susan, get this through your thick head.

    SHE–IS–NOT–DEAD.

    Repeat after me now!

    “The woman is not dead.”

    Okay? Okay. Good job. =)

  46. “To just give a snap judgment on that this is what she should do without hearing all the details was very inappropriate on Amaar’s part.”

    I’m surprised that on those terms, Susan that you didn’t bring up his quick advice for the woman who was getting a divorce. After all, the relationship may have been unhealthy for both of them! What, no conspiracies there?

    I love it when Conservatives talk about how you shouldn’t give snap judgments. It’s especially fitting to hear it from you, Susan.

  47. Steve

    Susan, I watched the segment again with that in mind and indeed, it did seem that she didn’t even want to go study abroad. It is nothing against her as a person, and indeed I have been there myself so I can certainly relate to what might have been going on in her life.

    She obviously lacked a sense of direction and was stumbling around trying to find something to give her that purpose. Perhaps she knew several friends who studied abroad. That sounds cool and all, sounds like something cool to tell others that one is doing. So of course since she knew others who were doing it, this would be something she would at least consider. But perhaps she was indeed relieved when her parents expressed their concerns.

    Again, not saying she was being purposefully deceitful nor is it some moral sin to not know what one wants to do with their lives. It’s a painful position to be in, though. Much easier to be like Rayyan and to know that you want to be a doctor or whatever. I am not condemning the woman for her lack of direction. Heck, I was her, at one point of my life, and I could see myself maybe telling someone who seemed to have it all together I might want to study abroad, even though if I thought about it, I probably didn’t.

    But instead of telling her to go, it would have been much better for Amaar to say something like through patience your path will be revealed to you or something like that.

    And again, I thought he should have at least took into account the concerns of her parents.

    In the end though, one really can’t blame Amaar for her death. The blame should only be pointed at one direction and those people should pay dearly for it.

  48. And indeed, who knows it may have been her path.

    In situations like this you can’t get into the “what if” game as it would just drive one crazy. Sure, one can say that if her parents never hooked her up with Amaar she would still be alive, but then if she would have stayed in and studied that night instead of going out, if she would have been a little late, etc. etc.

    Just can’t play that game.

    I just can’t help think of this song though. There has been times this song has brought me almost to the point of tears. Tears of gratitude for myself for living the really blessed life I have lived and tears for those who haven’t been as lucky as I.

    It is a strange song as the music is quite upbeat. You really have to reflect upon the lyrics to have it have the effect it has had on me at different times.

    youtube.com/watch?v=v7A8Mkg1qYQ

    lyricsfreak.com/m/mighty+mighty+bosstones/the+impression+that+i+get_20093435.html

    Have you ever been close to tragedy
    Or been close to folks who have
    Have you ever felt a pain so powerful
    So heavy you collapse
    Ive never had to knock on wood
    But I know someone who has
    Which makes me wonder if I could
    It makes me wonder if
    Ive never had to knock on wood
    And Im glad I havent yet
    Because Im sure it isnt good
    Thats the impression that I get
    Have you ever had the odds stacked up so high
    You need a strength most dont possess
    Or has it ever come down to do or die
    Youve got to rise above the rest
    Ive never had to knock on wood
    But I know someone who has
    Which makes me wonder if I could
    It makes me wonder if
    Ive never had to knock on wood
    And Im glad I havent yet
    Because Im sure it isnt good
    Thats the impression that I get
    Im not a coward,
    Ive just never been tested
    Id like to think that if I was,
    I would pass
    Look at the tested and think there but for the grace go
    I might be a cowards,
    Im afraid of what I might find out
    Ive never had to knock on wood
    But I know someone who has
    Which makes me wonder if I could
    It makes me wonder if
    Ive never had to knock on wood
    And Im glad I havent yet
    Because Im sure it isnt good
    Thats the impression that I get

  49. Today I just cut and pasted it. I was starting to read it again, but just couldn’t.

    Again, the music is so upbeat that one could really miss the lyrics. It is an odd piece of music indeed.

  50. Tim

    I don’t know about this whole “Six degrees of separation” stuff (ie the idea that if a person is one step away from each person they know and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people they know, then everyone is an average of six “steps” away from each person on Earth) but it is true we are a lot more interconnected in this world than we once were.

    Things thousands of miles away can effect even people in Mercy Canada.

    Of course you can’t blame Amaar but still I am glad that he didn’t give that advice to Layla (say she was several years older I mean) as the town would never forgive him.

    The people of Mercy should indeed consider themselves fortunate to live in the town (and country) they do and despite the minor scrabbles they have with others, still are treated with respect (even from Fred) as human beings. Why would anyone want to go abroad when fate has made them so lucky by allowing them to live in Mercy (or even Toronto where that woman who was killed after Amaar told her to leave Canada was from).

    My fear though is as more and more people immigrate from other parts of the world into places like Mercy, people who grew up in places where there was a lack of respect for the common humanity of people, these people might cause harm. Like others have said the problems isn’t with Muslims, it is with Muslim IMMIGRANTS who bring with them the very ignorance and hatreds they are running from.

    Although I guess in the UK the problem isn’t only with Muslim Immigrants but with people who grew up in the UK, and even some of those who are of 3rd and 4th generation.

    Lord Norman Tebbit was so correct with his “Cricket Test”. He saw this coming years in advance.

    wikipedia.org/wiki/Tebbit_test

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