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Friday, January 12, 2007

Little Mosque a huge hit in the ratings - but what about in Muslims' hearts?

Many Muslim Montrealers rolled with laughter Tuesday as they watched the premiere of the CBC sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie.

The show pulled in about 2.1 million viewers, a huge audience for a Canadian show....

Tyrone Ishmael, a Muslim Montrealer originally from Trinidad, said the series is a good tool to bring Muslims and non-Muslims closer toward understanding each other.

"The series highlights the paranoia existing in the society now about Muslims and everything related to them - their prayers, fasting, habits, traditions and celebrations," said Ishmael, a former math teacher.

"Through this comedy, we are able to discuss a serious subject and point out the existing stereotyping in our society. The good thing about it is that it does that in a relaxed atmosphere to help us understand our mistakes. I think it will lead people to moderate their views," Ishmael added. [Link]

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