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Viewers of Little Mosque on the Prairie should be excited to discover that the fifth season of the sitcom is now available for purchase through CBC’S Online Shop for a current sale price of $25:99[CA]
The fifth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie, which initially aired from January 2011- March 2011 featured Amaar [Zaib Shaikh]and Rayyan’s [Sitara Hewitt]relationship as an engaged couple and the challenges involved in the two’s relationship which was observed in accordance to the Islamic faith,leading up to the much anticipated wedding. Meanwhile Reverend William Thorne[ Brandon Firla] attempts to reform and build positive relationships in the community in various ways, including one of a romantic nature with the town’s librarian, Rose. The season also brought forth special guest appearances by cast members from earlier seasons including Derek McGrath[ Reverend Duncan Magee] , Carlo Rota[ Yasir Hammoudi] and Aliza Vellani[ Layla Siddiqui].
The 2 disc DVD set features all 14 episodes as well as a bonus blooper. Additional features have been listed below, as seen on CBC’S Online Shop.Shipping is typically expected within 3-4 days, however may vary somewhat depending on factors such as location .
- Closed Captioned
- 16:9 Widescreen
- 5.1 Dolby Digital
- Region 0
Will you be purchasing the fifth season of the show? Should you be watching for the first time, which particular story element are you the most excited to see unfold? Share your response in the comments section, below.
In a series finale that lets Little Mosque on the Prairie live up to it’s namesake, Amaar prepares for the grand opening of the new Mosque, while trying to get Baber to end his boycott. Charles returns to Mercy with a plan to win Ann. Sarah reaffirms her Muslim faith; and, with Mercy Anglican burnt to a crisp, Thorne finds an unexpected new home for his congregation.[CBC]
Will all proceed well with the grand opening of the new mosque? What will Amaar do to succeed in getting Baber to end his boycott? What will Charles do to attempt win Ann back and what turn will this relationship take? How does Sarah reaffirming her faith to Islam show how she has explored a full circle herself, from the start of the show?
Will the Anglican community’s new home be the new Mosque?What are your thoughts on how this would be a suitable ending to the show and represent the theme of cross -cultural unity?Will the Muslims and Anglicans continue to live in a strong sense of unity?
Special thanks are extended to the crew and cast for creating this groundbreaking series and for portraying its highly comical and relatable characters, respectively. Thank you very much to all of the cast members of the show for the insightful and entertaining interviews. Thanks to the producers at Westwind Pictures and the CBC for its support for its ongoing endorsement and continued support of this site.
Thank you to the thousands of viewers of the show who have followed the blog’s ongoing coverage of Little Mosque on the Prairie throughout the seasons.I look forward to providing occasional retrospective coverage on this series in the forthcoming years.
This episode marks the series finale of Little Mosque on the Prairie. The shows draws to end after six seasons on CBC.
Aliza Vellani will return as Layla Siddiqui in the finale. In a recent interview with the blog, she mentioned how Layla would continue to increase her independence from Baber.http://abbaskarimjeeweblog.com/2012/04/01/little-mosques-aliza-vellani-chats-about-series-finale/
A recent feature on the National displays certain members in the cast and crew, myself and others discussing the impact the show has had on the perception of Muslims. Take a look at this “.http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/TV_Shows/The_National/1233408557/ID=2218190950
Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Sitara Hewitt Co-hosted in Melanie Marden’s Charity Event For Timeless
Indeed, Little Mosque on the Prairie`s Sitara Hewitt has been doing her part to support a worthwhile cause aiming to raise awareness about the growing issue of the misdiagnosis of brain cancer. Back in December, Hewitt co- hosted a charity event in the form of a fashion show and a film screening for the award-winning film, Timeless. Particularly, the film was voted film Darling as the Louisville film festival in 2011. The film was co-produced by Melanie Marden and Charlene Wood, both who were raised in Toronto and are now based in Los Angeles.The film was directed by Jason DeParis.
Timeless raises awareness about the issue of brain cancer from how it is based on the true experience of the film`s co-producer, Melanie Marden.Marden`s own mother was misdiagnosed for ten years.
The event took place at the AME center in Toronto on December 22 @ 7:30pm eastern time.All proceeds from the event went to Timeless Charity,which is aimed at generating further awareness about the illness.
With the film supporting awareness of a disturbing yet significant issue and Little Mosque’s Sitara Hewitt [Rayyan Hamoudi] playing a vital role in the hosting of the recent fashion show and film screening in Toronto, I thought it was appropriate to connect with film co-producer and creative entrepeneur ,Melanie Marden about the goals of the film,the message which viewers should absorb from the viewing and the ways in which further support toward the cause can be offered.
I also touched base with Sitara who not only co-hosted the fashion show which heavily featured clothing by Brazen Hussley, but is also a dear friend of Melanie Marden .In our conversation, we discuss Sitara`s prominent role within the Canadian entertainment industry and how this role has enabled her to generate awareness for noteworthy causes which raise awareness to societal issues such as this.We also discuss how the event provided the talented actress with the opportunity to interact with fans of the show.
Abbas Karimjee:Could you please describe the concept of the movie and how your personal connection to the subject matter motivated you to produce it?
Melanie Marden:The concept of the film was to honor my Mom. To demonstrate what she went through in her final weeks as a brain cancer patient. Shot through her POV for the first time in film history.
AK: What message do you hope the audience will take from the film?
MM: The message is to see how strong a mother’s love is. How almost anything is possible and we wanted to highlight the symptoms of brain cancer for the audience to see and understand.It is commonly misdiagnosed and we wish to prevent this.
AK. How will the donations of this event be used to help raise awareness of brain cancer? In what other ways, does the organization assist those suffering from brain cancer?
MM:Our goal is to educate people.Unless you know the symptoms you may just take medicine to treat them instead of inquiring of the cause of them. Donations go to getting the film out to bigger audiences in hopes of preventing misdiagnosis.
AK: What impact do you believe has the film itself is having on raising awareness about brain cancer? To what degree has producing this film and its positive response, influenced your personal satisfaction?
MM; Making the film has given me satisfaction as most people have no idea what really happens to the mind when brain cancer takes over.It heightens awareness of this disease.I also allowed my Mom’s tragedy to become a positive for the audiences that see the film.This way my Mom didn’t die for no reason.
AK:Could you please provide some details on the background of Char and Mel Entertainment, the company which raised a great deal of funds for the film?
MM:Char&Mel has raised funds for greater distribution of the film but it I that raised the $30,000 to make the film.
AK:Is there a contact for additional information,incase readers would like even further information about Timeless or ways in which they can support the film?
MM;Not yet, but we are in the process of building a website for Timeless and we plan to have further information there.
Sitara Hewitt: I am very fortunate to be a part of a show that has resonated with so many viewers. One of the best things about notoriety in my opinion is that I can bring people’s attention to issues that really matter and deserve the support of many. In our modernized society there can be a lack of community, but events and charities like this bring people together and create a support system. I’m delighted to be involved.
AK: While Melanie created this film, you have greatly supported her in this project.Do you have any other personal connection to this illness or any other terminal illness,which you would like to mention?
SH: Melanie is a dear friend of mine and it was heartbreaking to see her suffer while her mother was ill.I am just so impressed with her dedication, motivation and ability to turn her loss into a creative endeavor and a charity for others.
AK: While the event will greatly focus on the issue of brain cancer through the film and the fashion show, to what extent was he audience be able to interact with you? Why do you think it is important for Little Mosque fans to support such a cause?
SH: At the event we are there to have a great time and celebrate our ability to honour and help others. I was there to enjoy everyone’s company and of course love to talk to fans at any event.
Only 9 episodes left before the revolutionary yet comedic sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie draws to a close!Take a look at the excerpt for tonight’s new episode of Little Mosque on the Prairie below. Be sure to tune in for the episode @ 8:30pm eastern time in CBC.
After blowing out the old fuse box in their house, Amaar tries to impress Rayyan by playing Mr. Handyman but has to secretly enlist Sarah’s do-it-yourself expertise to get the job done. Rayyan becomes suspicious of his sudden upsurge in Mr.-Fix-it skills and volunteers Amaar to fix Fred’s shower, Meanwhile, Baber and Thorne challenge each other to a fasting competition that escalates to insane heights, even for them[ CBC]
Will Amaar admit that he has been seeking Sarah’s help and how will his dishonesty affect both his marraiage with Rayyan and his own spirituality? Will his sudden increase in free time, which seems to be causing further complications for others, ultimately prompt him to explore his next options?What are the circumstances behind Baber and Thorne’s competition and what will be the end result in this risky challenge?Share your thoughts and speculations, below!
Amaar and Rayyan cut their honeymoon short and return home so that they can help Sarah deal with her divorce from Yasir. Rayyan tries to drag Sarah to a divorce support group but when Sarah won’t go Rayyan brings the group to her. Meanwhile, Amaar decides to sort out his Imam related issues with Baber and Thorne once and for all[ CBC]
Why have Sarah and Yasser divorced and how will Sarah respond to Rayyan’s attempt to help?Exactly, what issues will Ammar sort out with Reverend Thorne and Baber, how will they try to resolve the issues and what will be the final outcome?Share your thoughts and speculations in the comments section, below!
Tune in for the season six premiere on Monday, January 9 2011@ 8:30pm eastern standard time on CBC!
Discuss the episode as it airs live with other fans of the show, in the comments section!
Zaib Shaikh has been leading a prominent career within the Canadian entertainment industry as an actor, producer, and director.Some of his most recent work includes the Gemini nominated film,Othello,The Tragedy of the Moor. Shaikh was actively involved in its creation as co director, co producer and co writer. Shaikh’s long list of television credits include series such as Metropia, Da Vinci’s City Hall and The Dead Zone. Currently, Zaib also has a great deal of involvement with many television and film productions through his production company, Governor Films.
Zaib Shaikh is best known for his role on Little Mosque on the Prairie as the compassionate ,Imam Amaar Rashid .With the show approaching its sixth and final season this and Zaib being kind enough to participate in an interview with me, we discuss how he was initially appointed the role, the challenges which he faced as he learned portrayed the character as well as how he has related to the character
Shaikh also reflects on Ammar’s relationship with Rayyan,[ Sitara Hewitt] from the two’s initial chaperoned dating to the controversial kiss which the couple shared after having been married.
Shaikh also gives viewers an update on what is to come in the show’s sixth and final season, in terms of Amaar’s married life with Rayyan, his new dynamic with Sarah Hamoudi[ Sheila McCarthy] as a son-in-law as well as his continued challenges of being Imam at Mercy Mosque. The talented actor also makes a noteworthy comment by sharing his perspective on how the series finale will satisfy viewers.
The actor also discusses his reaction to announcement of the show’s conclusion,shares his reflections on his favourite moments on the show, discusses his anticipations on how both Amaar and the show shall be remembered, Zaib’s experience as a role model as well as his final message to fans of the show.
Take a read through our complete interview with Zaib, below!
Abbas Karimjee:Lets discuss your initial appointment to the role of Amaar. Were you contacted for the role or did you audition? Could you please walk us through this initial process?
Zaib Shaikh:The Producers of the show heard of me through the director of the 1st season and he basically recommended me for the role.I put myself on tape because I was living in Vancouver at the time and lo and behold, the rest is history.
AK: How has being a real life Muslim allowed you to relate to the character? In what other ways have you also connected with Ammar?
ZS:I think Ammar is definitely connected to me because I’m a Toronto born Muslim who strongly believes in Canada, being Canadian and Canadian values but still has a strong spiritual connection to his faith. Ammar is actually a kind of perfect Canadian and that is something that has been my goal as a Canadian – to give the most I can to and for my country. Ammar is constantly striving to achieve the best of his Canadian-ness and the best of his connection to his faith every day and that’s something to admire.
AK:What challenges were initially involved in portraying the character of Amaar and how did you overcome this?
One of the biggest challenges is that Ammar is the nicest man I’ve NEVER met. He is honest, straightforward, optimistic, fair and committed to the best of everybody. I’ve known a lot of people of all kinds of cultures, creeds and religions and I have never met that kind of man – ever – so it’s hard to play a character that almost doesn’t exist no matter what his faith or nationality.
AK:How do you think Amaar has developed over the course of the series, both through his various relationships as well as an Imam at Mercy Mosque?
Ammar began as the outsider to this world, this community, and this group of people. Basically he was like the 2.1 million Canadians that watched our premiere on CBC. He met Mercy for the 1st time. Now as we present our farewell season, Amaar, like all Canadians and those audiences who watch it on over 80 countries worldwide, has become a citizen of a town, and idea, called Mercy.
AK:This season marks Little Mosque’s final season.What was your reaction when you discovered this and could you please briefly describe the circumstances which resulted in the show’s end?
ZS:This is a show that changed the world for the better and I think we were all thrilled that the show gets to have a farewell season as a kind of Thank You to our Canadian audience. So many successful shows don’t get that final chance to really give a proper ending to their story and I think it’s great that the Creative and Productions teams and CBC gave Little Mosque that chance.
AK:Last season Amaar and Rayyan became engaged and thus began dating through chaperone. According to Muslim law they refrained from physical contact. Could you please describe some of the challenges involved in this and the ways in which you think intimacy of their relationship was still conveyed?
ZS:It certainly is a unique romance on television. Typical love stories on Television shows have physical gestures and customs that everyone is used to seeing as they witness a progression of relationship between two characters. Sitara Hewitt and I had the challenge of showing all that progression through looks, smiles and physical distance until that first kiss for our season 5 finale. Ammar and Rayyan said “I love you” a whole season before they kissed. How weird is that? It’s incredibly challenging to pull of a romantic story arch in our setting and I’m proud of the work we achieved and the results it had for our audiences.
AK: Last season ended with Amaar and Rayyan, kissing in their rented limo as wedded couple. A certain portion of the online fan base expressed their views on how they thought it was inappropriate, both on the blog as well as through the show’s official Facebook page.What is your response to this perspective and what are your thoughts on the suitability of the scene?
ZS:I know a lot of married Muslims that kiss and some that don’t.The happier marriages are those with the kissing.The children of the marriages with the kissing are also better adjusted.That’s my experience.
AK:This season, Amaar and Rayaan return from their honeymoon to Mercy. Could you please give us an idea of some of the challenges which are in store for the couple as they begin their married life together?
ZS:I think the audience will enjoy seeing this particular Muslim couple in their home behind the white picket fence as it were.With Ammar and Rayyan it’s the first time in Television that any Muslim couple has fallen in love, married and moved into their own home. It’s all new and challenging and rewarding
AK: This season Sarah and Yasser finalize their divorce. Could you please give us some idea’s Amaar’s attitude and level of support towards Sarah as she goes through this?
ZS:Amaar is committed to being the perfect Canadian the perfect Muslim, the perfect husband and now the perfect son in law as well.No wonder he’s always so flustered.
AK: Could you please give us an idea of what this season is leading up to? What can viewers expect of the series finale itself?
ZS:They can expect something totally full circle and something that leaves an unforgettable smile on their faces by the end.
AK: How do you hope both Little Mosque and Amaar, in particular will be remembered as?
ZS;Little Mosque has already been called the Cosby show for Islam by Katie Couric, it’s won amazing humanitarian awards, it’s been inducted into the Museum of Television and Radio Arts in New York & LA, it’s in over 80 countries world wide and wherever I have been around the world whether Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, New York, Capetown, London, Los Angeles (you get the picture) someone always knows about Little Mosque and Amaar. That’s already happening or happened so I could hope for nothing better.
AK: Could you please share some of your favorite moments of working on Little Mosque, onscreen and/ or off-screen?
AK;How has working on the show,influenced both your acting career as well as your personal life?
ZS:A show like Little Mosque has indelibly etched itself into the hearts, minds and lives of all those that have worked on Little Mosque and I am no different.
AK: What has been your experience as a role model and why do you think the character of Amaar is so influential?Has being a real life Muslim added to the pressure of your role as an influential figure?
ZS:It is simultaneously incredibly humbling and pride filling to walk in Amaar’s shoes. He is a character under tremendous scrutiny by Muslims and Non-Muslims as an Imam and Muslim man and it’s one of the most challenging roles I’ve had to inhabit. Amaar can never just be Amaar Rashid. He’ll always be the Imam, he’ll always be the first Muslim character played by a Muslim actor as a leading character on television in the English speaking world. Frankly, that is terrifying and I can’t believe I ever agreed to do it.
AK:With Little Mosque coming to an end,what message would you like to convey to fans of the series?
ZS:Thank you to all our audiences who have tuned in and lived with us these past 6 years.Thank you to Canada for being a courageous country to show this kind of work and thank you to the CBC for making it happen. Little Mosque is seen as a “game changer” around the world and Canada and the CBC are recognized for being the country that launched such a show.
Indeed, Little Mosque on the Prairie will conclude its run on CBC, with its upcoming sixth and final season. According to a press release issued by the CBC, the sixth season will mark the show’s final year and will consist of 11 episodes,which are set to begin airing in winter 2012.
When Little Mosque made its debut in January 2007,the series earned a record-breaking rating for CBC, with over 2 million viewers.The program’s ratings decreased greatly over the seasons and the show was unable to garner the same audience, despite having made notable cast changes, such as replacing the character of Reverend Magee[Derek McGrath] for Reverend William Thorne[Brandon Firla].By the end of the previous, fifth season, the show dropped to less than a quarter of its original audience.
The show’s previous season saw Mercy Mosque’s Imam, Ammar Rashid [Zaib Shaikh] marrying Rayyan Hamoudi and the couple embarking on their honeymoon, as they consider the possibility of relocating from Mercy to Montreal.
When Little Mosque returns for its final season, viewers will note that Ammar and Rayyan have returned from their honeymoon early, only to find Sarah [ Sheila McCarthy] finalizing her divorce with her husband , Yasser[ Carlo Rota].Viewers will also discover that Baber[Manoj Sood] and Thorne[Brandon Firla] have been becoming best of friends and that Mayor Poopwicx is in a relationship with a man who may actually be the “one”.
Ammar and Rayyan will also learn to live as a married couple on their own, without the support of chaperones. Viewers will have the chance to explore a wide range of scenarios in the town of Mercy,such as fasting, town audits, sacred chickens, a haunted mosque and more , leading into the epic series finale .
According to the press release, guest stars in the sixth and final season include Peter Keleghan (18 to Life), Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) and Jennifer Robertson (Winging‘It)
To view the original press release issued by CBC, click here.
Stay tuned for further information on Little Mosque on the Prairie’s sixth and final season as well as the circumstances regarding the show’s end in our exclusive interview with CBC’s Head of Media Relations, Jeff Kaey.
What is your reaction to on Little Mosque drawing to a close after six seasons? What are your thoughts on the upcoming storylines and which one are you the most excited for? How do you hope the show will conclude?Participate in our poll below and elaborate in the comments section!
With Little Mosque on the Prairie currently filming in its sixth and final season, the cast of the show are actively involved in the production. Viewers of the show now have the chance to take a glimpse into a day on the sets of Little Mosque on the Prairie with the show’s Debra McGrath [ Mayor Ann Popwicx]
Visit McGrath’s blog to see the clip which covers segments of the actress’ experience on a typical day on set. The 7 minute clip also features the show’s Sitara Hewitt[ Rayyan Hamoudi], Sheila McCarth[ Sarah Hamoudi] and Neil Crone[ Fred Tupper] as well as other various cast and crew members.
On the blog, McGrath also announced that Little Mosque would return to CBC this fall. We will have further details on Little Mosque’s sixth season within the coming weeks.
What are your thoughts on the video and what is your reaction to Little Mosque ending upon the conclusion of its upcoming sixth season? Drop us a line in the comments section, below.
Take a read through CBC’s official episode description for the season finale of Little Mosque on the Prairie , below. Be sure to tune in for the finale on Monday, March 29 2011 @ 8:00pm eastern standard time on CBC.
Not wanting to cast a pall over their special day, Amaar and Rayyan decide to wait until after the wedding to let their family and friends know they’re moving to Montreal. But Baber overhears their juicy news and lets it slip at the worst possible moment. Everyone’s shocked reaction threatens to derail the special occasion. Meanwhile, Yasir feels left out and struggles to find his role in the family and in town.[CBC]
Will Baber’s revelation to others about Amaar and Rayyan’s plan to move spoil the wedding? How will Sarah and Yasser respond to the abrupt news of Rayyan and Ammar’s intentions to relocate to Montreal?What will become of Mercy Mosque with Amaar’s departure? Will Yasser successfully be able to reintegrate himself in Mercy after a prolonged stay in Lebanon? What are your thoughts and speculations on how the exciting finale will unfold and what predictions do you have on the events to follow in the sixth and final season of Little Mosque on the Prairie?Sound off in the comments section, below!