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Posts Tagged ‘Zaib Shaikh’

Happy Birthday To Us!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 11:05 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Happy birthday to  us ! Happy birthday to us!

Today, this blog  celebrates 5 years in operation! Its hard to believe that  its been 5 years since the blog first opened. When it first launched, I  would not have thought that   I would  still be running this site 5 years later or that it would have brought about such rewarding opportunities. This site means so much to me and I have genuinely enjoyed running it and keeping readers informed about relevant subject matter.

Special thanks are extended to YOU the reader for supporting the blog through your continuous visits, comments and ongoing involvement in other interactive opportunities on the site. Without readers a site has no purpose or future. Your visits truly mean everything!

 Indeed, our past year has been  a  fairly  successful  year, overall! We provided  extensive coverage of Modern Family through  news coverage  as well a weekly episode features. We were initially providing  coverage of The Office in its recent ninth and final season with news coverage as well as interviews with cast members, Jake Lacy and  Oscar Nunez. Though we did not continue to cover the show, I greatly enjoyed interviewing these  dynamic professionals  and wish them the best now that the show has concluded.

:We welcomed nearly  28, 000 visitors and several new readers. I also  continued to provide retrospective coverage of  Little Mosque on the Prairie with the show’s first year off the air.This includes  a review  of Little Mosque’s impact in the form of a guest post on  Marilyn Gardner’s Communicating Across  Boundaries . We partnered with Watch it Rae for our coverage of Modern Family and also  continued to pursue partnership with CBC for our coverage of Mr. D as well as  retrospective coverage of Little  Mosque on the Prairie.

 Coverage of Mr. D was launched  back in March through episode coverage, news features as well as other media coverage including an interview with Lauren Hamersley and a live chat with Naomi Sniekus. With the show  having  been renewed for season 3, expect more interviews and extensive coverage.

 What plans do  we have for  our impending sixth year? In addition to the Mr D  coverage outlined above,coverage of Modern Family   will also continue to a certain extent.  As always, your suggestions are welcome and can be made through the use of the suggestion box.We are in the process of exploring various other series and will issue an update shortly.

We will also be introducing a few regular features related  to the shows that are being covered as well as regular administrative features such as a  Reader of the Month Program. Contests may possibly take place as well.

 What has your favorite post of the blog been and what types of coverage would you like to see?

What  would you like to see on the site for our  upcoming year. Share your thoughts in the comments section or by e-mail. Thank  you for being apart of the community and I  look forward to another exciting year with the readership where we continue to work together to make the site the best it can be.

Season 5 of Little Mosque on the Prairie Now Available on DVD

Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 12:07 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Little Mosque on the Prairie: Complete Fifth Season

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 .

-322 Minutes

- 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.

Happy Birthday to Us!

Monday, May 21, 2012 @ 01:05 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]


Happy  Birthday to US!  Happy Birthday to US! Today, the blog celebrates  4 years of operation!

It’s hard to believe that it has already been four years since I first  opened this blog.When I first  started this site four years ago I was unsure of what it would become and   would not have believed  that I would be running it four years later. This site means so much to me and I have genuinely enjoyed running it and keeping readers informed about relevant subject matter. It has been a truly rewarding  experience and  provided enriching opportunities, which I never would have thought I would have. I am proud that this blog has been providing prominent coverage for thousands of readers each month on various television series which are of interest. Special thanks are extended to YOU the reader for supporting the blog through your continuous visits, comments and ongoing involvement in other interactive opportunities on the site. Without readers a site has no purpose or future. Your visits truly mean everything!

The last year has been the biggest and most successful year for this site. We welcomed nearly 44 000 visitors which is approximately  4 times the number of visits the site had in its initial year.  We continue to interact with readers through active monitoring of the blog`s Facebook and Twitter page . We pursued   affiliation with both CBC and Westwind pictures that supported the blog by endorsing its coverage of Little Mosque on the Prairie. The blog also further  expanded its diverse network this past year by having partnered with various cross cultural  blogs which have expressed interest in Little Mosque on the Prairie such as Marilyn Gardner`s Communicating  Across Boundaries and Knightley Emma. We were also recognized by the Canada Media  Fund  for  the site`s ongoing coverage of Little Mosque on the Prairie.  The blog connected with Gateworld .net , which is known as the leading online website for Stargate  where many of our interviews with cast members from the franchise were linked from. Thank you to  all of our affiliates for your support of the blog. I have  greatly enjoyed working with each of  your respective  organizations and/ or sites and hope that we  will continue to support one another in this coming year.

We continued our retrospective coverage of  the Stargate franchise after  it drew to an end after 17 years with SGU  through news reporting and interviews with SGU’S Jennifer Spence, Peter Kelamis and   brilliant main cast member , Brian J Smith. We also had the delight of interviewing  Stargate Atlantis, Rachel Luttrel! Thank you to each of  you for  kindly participating in the interviews. I tremendously enjoyed the rewarding experience and I trust each of you benefitted from it as well.

The past year has been a significant year for the blog’s coverage of Little Mosque on the Prairie as the show progressed in its sixth and final year.   In addition on going news coverage and weekly episode features, I   once again interviewed Little Mosque’s  Manoj Sood,   Debra McGrath,   Brandon  Firla  , Arlene Duncan and Aliza Vellani to  extensively discuss  roles within the show’s sixth and final  season. We also interviewed, for the first time, Little Mosque’s Derek McGrath to discuss  the impact  which the departure of his character had on the show as well as the fan favourite , Zaib Shaikh who provided an insightful overview of the show’s sixth and final season as well as  how the program represents  Canada.  Thank to you all of the cast members for your exceptional portrayals and for participating in the interviews. I sincerely hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did and extend best wishes in the future of your acting careers. It has truly been truly an honour and my pleasure to work with each of you .

Indeed, this is the only online media outlet which has interviewed the entire cast of this ground-breaking series.The blog was  recognized  by other institutions of the media for its extensive coverage of Little Mosque on the various occasions for its extensive coverage of this ground-breaking series including   Aquila Asia, a cosmopolitan magazine which did a  complete overview on the series to introduce it to its south Asian  readership. The blog was also mentioned on a live streaming with the cast of Little Mosque on CBC Live where the entire cast of the show thanked  us for its extensive support as well as responding to additional questions which we had about the show’s end.  I also had a chance to appear on CBC`S The National in order to discuss the show’s impact

From February to April the blog hosted a few live chats with various cast members of Little Mosque on the Prairie  including Aliza Vellani, Manoj Sood and Debra McGrath as a way of providing  viewers with the chance to directly  interact with  the stars themselves. Thank you to these prominent Canadian talent and all of the readers who joined in the discussion!

We also covered various other series on the blog. Back in September we launched coverage of FOX`S  new science fiction series,Terra Nova through weekly episode previews as well as through our  interactive features. Although  this show was not renewed for a second season, I greatly enjoyed discovering the series.

The blog launched its coverage of The Office and Web Therapy back in September and January respectively .As a result we have begun to welcome a new audience to the readership  through ongoing news coverage .Interviews  with various cast members of both series may be scheduled within the upcoming period.

I would also like to take  a moment to extend thanks to Youtube group, supportfire115@http://www.youtube.com/user/supportfire115 for kindly providing the decorations used for this celebratory post. Thank you for helping make this special  day even more memorable through your assistance in this regard.Thanks also goes to the blog’s occassional communications auditor , Nisreen O’Neill.

What plans do we  have for year number 5? With Little Mosque and Stargate having ended, we look forward to occasional  ongoing respective coverage of these significant and  defining series for this blog.  The blog will continue to cover  The Office  as we approve its impending ninth season and provide extensive , ongoing coverage of Showtime’s Web therapy through ongoing news, weekly episode guides as well as  interviews with various cast members of this unique  comedy. The blog will also be launching coverage of  CBC`S, Mr. D as the show approaches its second season.  Expect other science fiction series to be covered as well. The blog may launch a music aspect  by  covering  works of  prominent North American  musicians. Further details will follow  next month once precise  plans have been finalized.

Although our previously announced plans to launch a held hosted site have been terminated at this time, we are  in the process of  assessing  various other templates  within WordPress.com. Readers can therefore look forward to a new  design .

What  would you like to see on the site for our  upcoming year. Share your thoughts in the comments section or by e-mail. Thank  you for being apart of the community and I  look forward to another exciting year with the readership where we continue to work together to make the site the best it can be.

CBC’S Zulekha Nathoo Reports on Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Impact

Saturday, April 7, 2012 @ 12:04 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

With Little Mosque on the Prairie having  drawn to a close this past week, media coverage was  quite prominent for the groundbreaking Canadian series. Among the  features done for the show, was one by reporter Zulekha Nathoo from the CBC. Nathoo’s recent report on the show which examined the national impact and international impact which Little Mosque had on Muslim perception from the perspective  of viewers, researchers, cast members  and crew members was featured on  CBC’s,The National on Sunday, April 1@ 9:00pm eastern time.

To see the feature on the series which includes myself discussing my perspective on the show  visit @http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/TV_Shows/The_National/1233408557/ID=2218190950

.Afterwards, share your thoughts on the segment in the comments section!

Little Mosque on the Prairie Season 6 Episode 11 – The Best of Times[ Series Finale]

Monday, April 2, 2012 @ 07:04 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

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.

Notes

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 Season 6 Episode 10- The Worst of Times[ Series Finale -Part 1]

Monday, March 26, 2012 @ 11:03 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Tune in for  the first half of the series finale of Little Mosque on the Prairie to tonight @ 8:30pm eastern  standard time on CBC!

In the lead up to the series finale, Amaar reveals to Baber that he plans to be the Imam of the new Mosque. In turn, Baber revolts and forms a splinter Mosque. Meanwhile, Ann is distraught over Charles’ upcoming nuptials to a younger woman and comes up with a bizarre strategy to fight for her man. And Sarah attempts to rejoin the church choir, with fiery results.[CBC]

What prompted Amaar to change his mind about being the Imam for the community? How will Baber`s revolt affect the unity of Mercy`s Muslim community?What  is Ann`s  bizarre strategy and will she  be successful in   uniting with Charles?How will Sarah disrupt the choir with her fiery results and how will this affect her ability to  effectively reintegrate into the Anglican community. Share your thoughts  and speculations in the comments section of the episode.

Notes and Spoilers

Little Mosque on the Prairie Season 6 Episode 4-

Monday, January 30, 2012 @ 06:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Tune in for a new episode of Little Mosque on the Prairie, entitled The Dating Game@ 8:30pm  eastern time

Amaar needs Baber and Thorne’s cooperation to win a coveted Multi-Faith Award, but Baber and Thorne try to cut Amaar out when they discover the award comes with a cash prize. Meanwhile, Ann sets Sarah up on the worst first-date of her life, which leads to the worst second-date of her life. And Nate and Fatima team up to make a multi-ethnic sandwich[CBC]

What will be Amaar’s response be to the two’s attempt to have him removed from the situation? Given  Amaar’s more liberal approach to  multifaith events, how will Thorne and Baber’s more consrvative  and narrow mimded attutudes  affect their ability to win? What prompts Nate and  Fatema to make a multi sandwich  and how will this turn out?Share your speculations in the comments section and be sure to tune in.

Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Sixth Season Now Available on iTunes

Sunday, January 29, 2012 @ 11:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed, iTunes is now selling episodes of Little Mosque’s current, sixth and final season! This is a great way for viewers who have been unable to watch the show at its weekly time to  be able to watch commercial free episodes  at their own convenience or for those who simply wish to re- watch episodes.Little Mosque On the Prairie, Season 6

Episodes are available both in HD and irregular viewing, with HD viewing costing $ 16.99 for the entire season[ $2:99 per episode] while  the season can be purchased on regular format for a cost of 9:99[ 1:99 per episode}. Episodes are  posted within 24 hours of being aired on CBC  and therefore the  current season’s  first three episodes have been released. To purchase the episode, simply visit http://itunes.app Itunes.le.com/ca/tv-season/little-mosque-on-prairie-season/id492762509?s=143455.

Access to the episodes are only available for Canadian residents who  are members with iTunes. Readers should also note that  each episode also contains a brief excerpt.

 Will you be using iTunes  to follow Little Mosque this season?Drop us a line in the comments section to let us know!

Little Mosque on the Prairie Season Episode 3 Preview-Short Fuse

Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 08:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

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.

Courtesy of Westwind Pictures.

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!

Interview With Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Zaib Shaikh

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 @ 12:12 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 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?

Ammar and Rayyan exchanging a kiss as a married couple in the show’s upcoming sixth and final season.Shaikh comments on the benefits of married couples displaying their affection through kissing as well as the excitement in Ammar and Rayyan living together as a married couple..

 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?

ZS:This space isn’t big enough to list the amazing moments of laughter that has been shared in 6 seasons of Little Mosque in Toronto, Regina and Indian Head and across Canada.

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.