Little Mosque On The Prairie is a new Canadian sitcom produced by CBC Television that deals with the interactions of a small Muslim community with the citizens of a little prairie town in Canada.
Little Experiences is a weblog where readers can relate their real-life experiences to the focal points in the show.
What is the basic theme and objective of this sitcom?
“Little Mosque on the Prairie” is a sitcom which means situational comedy. The setting of the show is a fictional town of Mercy (pop. 10,000) somewhere in the midwest area known in North America as the prairies. The show depicts a small Muslim community interacting with a small non-Muslim community. The theme of the show is about relationships. The relationships can be between Muslims and non-Muslims, first and second generation Muslims, men and women, Muslims of different racial and ethnic background, children and their parents etc.
The objective of the sitcom is to show the challenges that Muslims face in a post 9-11 world. Of course, this is a fictional show so its stories and plots are not 100% reflection of what may actually occur in Muslim communities. It’s interesting to note that many non-Muslims have called me to say that that this is the first time they have seen Muslims in a positive light on television. One American viewer told me that he had a negative opinion about Islam and Muslims until he saw the show. The show has the ability to help non-Muslims feel at ease around Muslims and dispel some of the violent stereotypes that surround Muslims.
I had made a lot of dua’a before making the show asking Allah for guidance about whether the show would be a good thing for the Muslim Ummah. I asked him to make my way easy if it was something that would be of benefit to the ummah in this world and the next and to make my way difficult if it was something that would be harmful to my community. And He has made my way easy, so I must trust Him now and believe that this is something that I should continue to do with continued guidance and prayer from my Muslim community.
My intentions are always to please Allah because this show will be my witness on the day of judgement and I will have to account for everything that goes on in it. And He knows what is in my heart, what I can control and what I cannot cannot. And I ask Allah to forgive me for any mistakes that I make because Allah is most merciful and the most compassionate.
– Zarqa Nawaaz (creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie)
Excerpt taken from Question Session at IslamOnline.Net