Little Mosque on the Prairie

Season 1 Episode 5

The Convert

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 14, 2007 on CBC
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The mosque has a new member and this leads to much discussion among the populace of Mercy.

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  • Outrageous and Full of Goofs!

    A very outrageous episode, and I'm really disappointed. Moreover, there are several goofs in the episode:

    1- Sarah would wake up and jump to prayer without performing the "wudoo" or ablution that precedes praying. 2- Sarah prays as soon as the alarm airs the "Athaan" (prayer call) without waiting for the call to finish, which is not right in Islam. Yes, she's not the perfect Muslim, but she can't be that ignorant about such a basic thing.

    3- When Muslims pray, they don't pray and talk to someone and get back to their prayer. Prayer is a one-block thing. And once interrupted, it has to be started over. Sarah talked to the Mayor several times during her prayer. 4- A "technical" goof is when Rayyan is talking to Sarah in the kitchen. When Sarah says "I'm very busy" Rayyan has her hands down. But in the next shot when Rayaan replies "busy not praying" she has her hand holding her headscarf. And in the next shot she has her hands down when Sarah says to her "I'll even bet you", but when Rayaan replies saying "muslims don't gamble" she has her hands on her scarf. 5- Praying takes less than 5 minutes, so showing Sarah exhausted and negligent to her job because of prayer does not make sense at all, and it does not matter weather she's a good Muslim or not. This is very silly I think.

    6- And finally, the silly party they faked to try to banish the new convert is not logical in relation to the characters; Baber, Fatima, and Rayyan are pious Muslims,and some of them are really "Orthodox", so what they did is Islamically outrageous, and it really does not related to their characters in the previous episodes.moreless
  • A very good examination of the convert complex


    I only started watching this show recently, but I really, really enjoy it. It's so wonderful to see such serious issues dealt with in such a lighthearted and completely unoffensive way. I feel like I can really relate to this particular episode. The "overzealous convert" is found in lots of different faiths, and he is portrayed so well in this episode. He keeps harping on the externals and doesn't focus enough on the internals. I really liked how Amaar told him that he was being judgemental, and need to learn some humility. I also liked Sarah's prayer dilemna. I thought it was very realistic. We all try to take our faiths seriously, but it's a lot easier said than done.moreless
  • This episode makes Islam look awful!!

    Praying 5 times a day is not that tiring !! If it was, then the 1.4 billion Muslims around the world would not be able to function. I can maybe see the writers making it look that way because Sarah is supposed to be a "bad" Muslim but it is very exaggerated. Also, the way the Imam gives up on the new convert is disgraceful !! Instead of showing the young man the light of Islam, he simply does not want to deal with him? This is the first episode of this series that I did not enjoy. Other episodes cast some light on to Islamic affairs but this one just attacks one of the pillars of Islam which is the prayer. The 5 prayers are the foundation of Islam and for them to be attacked this way is shameful to the writers. Also, the fact that Muslims intentionaly sin to drive away someone is outrageous !! This show is doing more harm then good to the Muslim religion.

    Oh yeah and it wasn't really funny.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Baber: Away from Islam? Well, what if he falls into Christian hands? I mean, I would rather die.
      Yasir: Settle down, Saladdin. The crusades are over.
      Baber: You tell that to the Americans.

    • Baber: Yasir, I have got it! What if we move the Mosque and simply don't tell him?
      Yasir: Put it on wheels, move it around town?
      Baber: I just can't believe Marlon accused me of all people of decadent behavior.
      Yasir: Baber, that's brilliant!
      Baber: I wouldn't put it that way. No, no, maybe I would.
      Yasir: I'm not saying your brilliant. You've just said something that's given me a great idea. I'm the brilliant one.
      Baber: I definitely would not put it that way.

    • Yasir: It's Sara. There must be some rule in the Koran about praying too much.
      Amaar: Let me get this straight. You're asking a spiritual leader to help someone stop praying?

    • Baber: Isn't that wonderful? A convert! I am Baber.
      Sarah: Hello! I'm right here! I'm a convert too.
      Baber: Yes, but he is serious.

    • Yasir: Amaar, do you have a minute? I need your help.
      Amaar: I'm not holding down another nail for you. My thumb is still throbbing.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Al Rae was nominated for the 2007 Gemini Award for "Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series" for this episode.
      Michael Kennedy was nominated for the 2007 Gemini Award for "Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series" for this episode.