Season 4 – Episode 5 – Death By Chocolate

Synopsis: Reverend Thorne installs a vending machine at the door of the prayer hall – just as the Muslims begin a 30-hour famine fundraiser. After his attempts to move the machine fail, Amaar gets some help from an unexpected place. Meanwhile, Sarah and Yasir enter a contest as a way to get closer but all that time together puts them at odds.

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What did you think of this episode? How does it compare to the previous episode? Are there any topics from the episode that you want to discuss?

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27 responses to “Season 4 – Episode 5 – Death By Chocolate

  1. Sorry guys i upload Part 2 Double 🙂

    Part 1 is online also 🙂 enjoy watching..

  2. Aya

    WELL, I can definitely say it was one of the best episodes of this season… there’s finally more interaction from other Mercy members besides just Rayan’s disagreements with her parents and Amaar’s challenges with the reverand. I just hope Leila starts popping up in episodes again! Oh, and when are Rayan and Amaar going to end up together once and for all?
    But seriously, great episode! My favorite line was: “Well, it’s not my fault, I didn’t vote for me!”

  3. Adara

    Aya, you made me realise that I actually forgot about Leila!! Where did she go, writers~? I hope they bring her back, stat!

  4. Nahida

    I know a show has lost its appeal when I can pencil in my eyeliner while watching it…

    This one has been a little better than the others in the season as far as humor is concerned, but the plot itself still feels overdone to me. The fact that they continuously rely on the reverend for a storyline is getting on my nerves. I don’t think it’s because they don’t have any ideas–they seem to still come up with something else for him to attempt to sabotage. Perhaps it’s a sign of change that this time he didn’t completely succeed. It can only get better from here, right?

    Also, if I were a Christian I’d be offended. . .

  5. Bronwen

    I’m not offended exactly, but I think Thorne is overdrawn. It’s not the actor’s fault — after reading that interview with him, I can totally see what he’s saying about channelling Basil Fawlty! — but the writer’s. He’s quite simply too brazenly antagonistic to Amaar and Muslims. There are definitely priests out there who are Islamophobic, and who wouldn’t be happy having a mosque in the basement of their church — but I have difficulty believing they would do and say *all* of the racist, overtly Islamophobic and downright immoral and unChristian things that Thorne has done. I hope he improves as Baber and Fred have.

    On the flip side, I am anticipating, and very much looking forward to, the revelation that he’s a completely crap priest and that’s why he was sent, kicking and screaming, to hicksville when he wanted so desperately to stay in Toronto.

  6. Nahida

    There are definitely priests out there who are Islamophobic, and who wouldn’t be happy having a mosque in the basement of their church — but I have difficulty believing they would do and say *all* of the racist, overtly Islamophobic and downright immoral and unChristian things that Thorne has done.

    The thing is, I don’t feel that Thorne is acting out because they’re Muslims. I think he’s doing it because it’s a different religion, and therefore potential competition. That’s what keeps me from wholly disliking him. =]

  7. Sky

    Feminazis wear eyeliner?!

    (I’m jk Nahida don’t kill me.)

  8. Samina

    Thorne’s obnoxiousness is most definately modelled on Basil Fawlty. I still don’t think he is all that irritating, he just needs to be given less airtime. Rev McGee wasn’t seen as much.

    For the first time since the show first started, I have laughed at one of the Mayor’s little antics – “Think fast”.

  9. Nahida

    Yes we do Sky. =D I myself quite enjoy gray smoky eyes. And red trench coats. And black thigh-high boots. And skirts.

    feminist =/= unfeminine

    Some modern feminists are known to try as hard as possible not to be characterized as feminine, but by doing so they can arguably be perceived as only moving backward by implying through their forceful alienation of femininity that men and masculinity are the ideal standard toward which women should aspire. In other words, they’re implying that being feminine is a weakness. And dangerous association, and one that is far from the truth.

    The key is being able to choose. I have no problem with unfeminine feminists either, if that’s who they truly are. I happen to prefer being a feminine feminist, and it’s important to me in doing so to also have to opportunity point out that being feminine is a strength in itself whenever anyone’s surprised to hear I’m a feminist (it’s happened.)

    Besides, with news stories like this:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/10/27/2009-10-27_richmond_high_school_gang_rape_cops_arrest_2_in_attack_on_calif_teen_girl_bystan.html

    the last thing I’m preoccupied with is whether I should or shouldn’t wear eyeliner as a feminist.

    I don’t mean to bring gloom into a forum discussing a comedy… So let this be a warning for anyone bringing up feminism. ;] I will go on about it with depressing things…

  10. Bronwen

    The thing is, I don’t feel that Thorne is acting out because they’re Muslims.

    I’d like to believe that’s so, but the references to “death squads,” “our enemies” who “call the son of God a prophet” etc make me doubt it.

    Time will tell, I suppose!

  11. Steve

    I believe this does say something about how Muslims think.

    Why a 30 hour famine? How about a walkathon?

    But no, they have to go for something so self-denying as not eating for 30 hours.

    Islam means Submit so I guess it makes sense. But Muslims really don’t know how to have fun.

  12. Steve

    Thorne doesn’t like them because they are in his way.

    He would feel the same way about any other group of people who were renting out his church hall who for whatever reason he can’t get rid of.

    Like if they were even a different denomination of Christianity.

    I find his character pretty unrealistic.

    And by the way, is it appropriate for Amaar to use the word Hell in the way he did? Obviously the situation wasn’t appropriate and that’s the humour but is it even appropriate anytime anywhere for him to us the phrase “what the hell”?

  13. Bronwen

    I’d say on a list of sins, saying “hell” is a fair way lower down than lying, stealing, cheating, manipulating people, etc etc.
    And with regards to Thorne only disliking the Muslims “because they’re there” I repeat what I said above about his explicitly Islamophobic comments.

  14. Nahida

    They didn’t have time for a walkathon…

  15. Steve

    How about a bake sale, Nahida?

    Bronwen, if the people in Thorne’s way were not Muslims he would be using different jokes against them.

  16. Nahida

    You’re kidding right? Who’s got time to *bake*?

    They needed the money ASAP.

  17. David

    Actually, what I was wondering was about the chocolates. It seemed that even Baber and that other guy (who are shown to be pretty devout Muslims) would have eaten it if not for the fast. But are all chocolates halal? I recall there was a previous episode where they opened a store in the mosque and sold halal products.

  18. Nahida

    David–chocolates are halal as long as they don’t contain haraam ingredients, which are a very easy thing to not contain when it comes to chocolates. =]

  19. David

    I see, thanks.

    I just thought it that since they clearly weren’t familiar with the chocolate till the vending machine arrived, they would at least check the ingredients first.

    But I guess if most chocolates are OK, that would explain it.

  20. Jim

    http://www.cbc.ca/canada/windsor/story/2009/11/02/windsor-fbi-arrests-091102.html

    Two Ontario men arrested in Windsor will remain in custody in the city pending a bail hearing on Friday.

    Mohammad Al-Sahli, 33, and Yassir Ali Khan, 30, appeared before Judge Steven Rogin at the Superior Court of Justice in the Ontario city Monday morning. A date for their extradition hearing might also be set on Friday.

    Al-Sahli and Khan are wanted by the FBI for alleged involvement in a radical Islamic group.

    The two were arrested Saturday, just days after a Detroit mosque leader — Luqman Ameen Abdullah — was fatally shot after firing at FBI agents and resisting arrest.

    An FBI complaint alleges the men conspired with Abdullah to commit federal crimes.

    Al-Sahli and Ali Khan were the last of 11 men sought in the complaint that listed several charges, including conspiracy to sell stolen goods.

    Members of the Windsor police tactical unit arrested the men in raids at separate houses early Saturday morning. The men were arrested without incident, police said.

    But the suspects’ lawyer disagrees, calling the raids by heavily armed officers unnecessary.

    “I could have arranged for these people to turn themselves in anywhere, and their children, and their wives, and their family members didn’t have to be terrified,” said Patrick J. Ducharme, of the Windsor firm Ducharme Fox LLP.

    One of Abdullah’s sons, 30-year-old Mujahid Carswell, was arrested in Windsor on Thursday.

    A U.S. magistrate set bail Friday at $100,000, but had problems getting an electronic tether. As a result, Carswell was still in custody Saturday, said a sister, Bernita Regan. Carswell’s attorney has said the charges against him are based on guilt by association.

    U.S. authorities allege the suspects are members of a radical Muslim group that espoused violence and sought to establish an independent Shariah-law state within the United States.

  21. Jim

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2009/11/02/2009-11-02_imam_ahmad_afazali_pleads_not_guilty_to_new_york_terror_probe_charges.html

    A Queens imam pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he lied to the FBI about tipping off would-be terrorist Najibullah Zazi that cops were on his tail.

    Authorities say they intercepted a call from the imam, Ahma Wais Afzali, to Zazi in early September in which the cleric told Zazi an NYPD detective had come into a mosque asking questions about him.

    Authorities believe Zazi was conspiring with others to detonate home-made bombs in the New York City subway system.

    Zazi, 24, was later arrested in Colorado and was indicted in late September on charges of plotting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in the United States. The former Flushing High School student is being held without bail in a Brooklyn federal lockup. Additional arrests are expected.

    Afzali, 37, was arrested around the same time. He remains free on $1.5 million bail. He faces up to eight years in prison if convicted of the charges.

    Meanwhile, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Loonam disclosed in court today that classified evidence may be used against Afzali.

    Because of that, Azali waived his right to a speedy trial while prosecutors and defense lawyer Ron Kuby hash out any problem Kuby may have in seeing classified information.

    Afzali’s tip-off to Zazi led to a rift between the FBI and the NYPD, a theme Kuby kept harping on outside Brooklyn Federal Court.

    “Clearly the FBI was embarrassed by the way the investigation unfolded and they’re taking it out on this man (Afzali),” Kuby said.

  22. Jim

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/1848431,terror-plot-denmark-chicago-newspaper-102709.article

    When FBI agents at O’Hare arrested David Headley en route to Pakistan earlier this month on charges he plotted to kill a newspaper cartoonist in Denmark, authorities say he held an additional airline reservation — to Copenhagen.

    He was to depart Thursday.
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    Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, allegedly targeted in an assassination plot, displays his controversial drawing.
    (Courtesy of Ekstra Bladet)

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    Headley’s friend, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who shared an extreme hatred for cartoons that depicted the prophet Mohammed, arranged for the flight, authorities said.

    Any depiction of the prophet, even a favorable one, is forbidden by Islamic law as likely to lead to idolatry.

    The Chicago men, who knew each other from a military school in Pakistan, on Tuesday were accused of an international plot dubbed “The Mickey Mouse Project” that since late 2008 included scheming with others to “commit terrorist acts against overseas targets,” according to federal criminal complaints made public in Chicago.

    The North Side men are accused of plotting to target employees of the Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, which published cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in 2005, sparking violent riots across the Muslim world.

    The most controversial of the 12 cartoons depicted Mohammed wearing a bomb with a lit fuse as a turban. That cartoon was drawn by Kurt Westergaard, 78 — who was targeted for assassination, authorities said.

    But Headley’s phone calls were wiretapped and his e-mails were under FBI review. When he tried to board his Pakistan-bound O’Hare flight Oct. 3, the FBI arrested him.

    Headley, 49, then confessed to agents about the plot, authorities said. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit terrorist acts involving murder and maiming outside the United States and one count of conspiracy to provide material support to the alleged overseas terrorism conspiracy.

    Rana, 48, a native of Pakistan and a Canadian citizen, was arrested Oct. 18 at his West Rogers Park home. He was charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorism conspiracy that involved Headley.

    In October 2008, Headley used his birth name, Daood Gilani –which he changed in 2006 to avoid suspicion while traveling — when posting a message to a Yahoo group called “abdalians,” authorities said.

    “Everything is not a joke . . . We are not rehearsing a skit on Saturday Night Live,” Headley said in the posting. “Call me old-fashioned, but I feel disposed towards violence for the offending parties.”

    Headley began his surveillance of targets in Denmark in 2008 and visited two of the newspaper’s offices in January under the pretense of taking out an ad for a new business, authorities said.

    Headley told agents the plot recently focused on Westergaard and the paper’s cultural editor, Flemming Rose, “whom Headley felt were directly responsible for the cartoons,” the criminal complaint states.

    He also allegedly told agents he was trained by a terrorist organization called Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to his criminal complaint.

    Authorities say Headley reported to Ilyas Kashmiri, the operational chief of what the FBI describes as a Pakistani-based terrorist organization with links to al-Qaida, according to the complaint. Headley was headed to Pakistan to report to Kashmiri when the FBI foiled his plans, according to charges.

    When he was arrested, FBI agents found a memory stick on him that contained 10 surveillance videos, including footage of the newspaper office and Danish military barracks, the complaint said.

    Westergaard was told Tuesday of the alleged plot to kill him.

    “I feel confident and safe in my private life,” Westergaard said. “I’m angry because I have to live with threats, just because I have done my job. PET [police intelligence] has advised me to keep a low profile and don’t give statements. I will follow that, but I’m allowed to say that I’m angry.”

    Rana owns several businesses, including First World Immigration Services, which has offices on Devon Avenue in Chicago, New York and Toronto, as well as a meat-processing plant in Downstate Kinsman. That plant is used to slaughter goats and sheep per Muslim religious requirements.

    Extensive means were used to carry out a search warrant of the plant earlier this month. Witnesses said about 100 agents were on the scene. Helicopters, trucks and SUVs could be seen in front of the building during the raid.

    Rana’s attorney asked the community to reserve judgment.

    “Mr. Rana is a well-respected businessman in the Chicagoland community. He adamantly denies the charges and eagerly awaits his opportunity to contest them in court and to clear his and his family’s name,” said attorney Patrick Blegen. “We would ask that the community respect the fact that these are merely allegations and not proof.”

  23. Jim

    Everything is so nice and sweet in Mercy with Muslims who wouldn’t think of hurting a fly.

    But that’s not the reality is it?

  24. Jim

    Just asking for a little balance.

    Sure most Muslims are good upstanding decent people.

    But there are also a significant number of Muslims who aren’t.

    It would be great if Amaar would have to deal with one of these bad Muslims. It would put some balance in the show. Perhaps the whole Mosque could stand up to the bad Muslim and chase him away.

  25. Steve

    http://grandrants.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/honor-killing-accomplished/

    Words cannot describe how horrified, disgusted, and angry I am about this.

    Noor Faleh Almaleki has died of the injuries she received when her father ran her over with his car because he felt she was becoming “too Westernized”.

    Faleh Hassan Almaleki fled the scene of the crime, but was apprehended a week later after he fled the country, abandoned his Jeep in Mexico, flew to London where he was denied entry and subsequently returned to Atlanta, where law enforcement officials were waiting to arrest him on charges of aggravated assault.

    One of those charges should now read First Degree Murder.

    This is the second known honor killing this year in America. I pray that it is the last, but I fear there is worse to come. As I said back in February: Unthinkable at one time, but no more.

  26. Steve

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=114777

    On the day an Ohio judge could decide the fate of a Christian teenager who fled her Muslim family – out of fear of becoming the victim of an “honor killing” – her supporters plan on being right outside, rallying for her cause.

    Popular blogger Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs is spearheading the Rally for Rifqa’s November 16th, inviting others to come on that date and “stand with this girl,” Rifqa Bary, who Geller says “represents America in the fight against encroaching Shariah law.”

    “It’s not just Rifqa’s battle,” Geller said in an interview with Frontpage Magazine editor and author of “United in Hate,” Jamie Glazov. “She is our proxy in the battle for freedom of religion and individual rights. Rifqa Bary’s case is the landmark case in the civil rights battle of this new century.”

    As WND reported, Fathima Rifqa Bary, 17, an honor student and cheerleader, was raised in a Muslim family in Columbus, Ohio. She became a Christian as a result of her interactions with children at school.

    On July 19, Bary, a native of Sri Lanka, hitchhiked to a bus station and ran away, eventually arriving in Florida, because she says her family will murder her in what is known as an honor killing. In Islamic tradition, an honor killing is the customary slaughter of a person who is believed to have brought dishonor upon his or her family.

    Read about Islam’s Mahdi and Christianity’s Antichrist, and the arguments that they are one and the same!

    Despite claims that she was beaten and threatened by her Muslim father, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement found “no clear evidence of criminal activity,” and a Florida judge ordered her returned to Ohio, where she has remained in foster care pending her Nov. 16 dependency hearing before the Franklin County Juvenile Court in Columbus.

    (Story continues below)

    Asked why she ran away, Bary said, “I was threatened by my dad. When my dad found out – I had a Facebook, that’s how he found out – and phone calls from the Muslim community started coming in with e-mails that confronted me. And I had a laptop and he took that laptop and waved it in the air, and he was about to beat me with it, and he said, ‘If you have this Jesus in your heart, you’re dead to me. You’re not my daughter.’ And I refused to speak but he said, ‘I will kill you. Tell me the truth.’ In these words, bad words, cuss words. So I knew that I had to get away.”

    Her father, Mohamed Bary, has denied the accusations.

    Currently, under foster care in Ohio, the girl’s phone and Internet usage has been supervised by the Franklin County Children Service Agency under a judge’s order.

    The Associated Press reports the children’s services agency blamed Bary’s use of Facebook for her troubles, saying she fled to Orlando, Fla., after talking to Florida pastor Blake Lorenz of Global Revolution Church through the popular social network site.

    “What we want to restrict is the other people, the other organizations, the other forces, that have interjected themselves into this case inappropriately, and has caused the additional problems that we’ve seen,” said Jim Zorn, a children’s services attorney.

    But Geller objects to the restrictions, claiming the state is effectively enforcing Muslim punishment on a wayward child.

    “Rifqa Bary’s civil rights are being violated,” Geller said in her interview with Glazov. “She is being held prisoner: no phone, no Internet, no public school. Why? What is her crime? She is being held under house arrest in accord with Shariah law, which stipulates that female apostates are to be imprisoned until they recant. Ohio is effectively practicing Shariah law.”

    Geller, who has been following the case closely on her website, reported earlier, “Clash of human systems. That’s what we have here. Shariah law vs. rule of law.”

    “While countries around the world (like the U.K. and Italy) are moving to protect the innocents in cases like these, people around the U.S. (including the Governor Strickland of Ohio) want to turn the perpetrators into the victims in the name of political correctness,” she wrote. “Rifqa may be prepared to be a martyr for Jesus but not for someone’s re-election campaign.”

    Jamal Jivanjee, an Ohio pastor who knew of the teen’s conversion to Christianity from Islam in the face of opposition from her family, also wrote on Geller’s website, pleading for protection for the teenager:

    I come to you with a heavy heart regarding my friend Rifqa Bary. As you might be aware, Rifqa has endured much hardship in her life, and was raised in a strict Muslim family. Growing up in this environment, she knew the cost she was facing when she became a follower of Jesus Christ four years ago and entered the kingdom of God. Up until just a few months ago, she lived the Christian life in secrecy from her parents. She literally survived, and actually thrived, in her love and devotion to Jesus by meditating on Scripture and praying in the middle of the night so that her family would not catch her.

    As you may know, Rifqa’s parents discovered that she was a Christian and her worst fear came true. In addition to threats of physical violence and death, Rifqa’s parents threatened to take her back to Sri Lanka and place her in an asylum to ‘convince’ her to convert back to Islam because apostasy in Islam is a very serious offense, and brings shame on the family.

    Jivanjee is scheduled to appear at The Rally for Rifqa’s November 16th, which will be held at the Dorrian Commons Park, immediately adjacent to the Franklin County Courthouse at 373 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio.

    The day’s events, which are still at a time to be determined, are being organized in cooperation with Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, and Dr. Andrew Bostom, former Muslim and author of “The Legacy of Jihad.” Geller has announced speakers are scheduled and appearances planned by Simon Deng, an ex-slave from Sudan; Nonie Darwish, executive director of Former Muslims United; James Lafferty, chairman of the Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force; Joyce Jaufman, radio talk show host; Jivanjee, and others.

  27. tim

    And with regards to Thorne only disliking the Muslims “because they’re there” I repeat what I said above about his explicitly Islamophobic.

    Who are the true “Islamophobics.”

    Those who insult Muslims? Those who worry about possible terrorism coming from some Muslims?

    Or those who would not criticize Muslims out of fear that if they do say or do anything to offend Muslims they might be harmed!

    [audio src="http://a1135.g.akamai.net/f/1135/18227/1h/cchannel.download.akamai.com/18227/podcast/DESMOINES-IA/WHO-AM/deace%20doesnt%20understand%20110609.mp3" /]

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