MN: 'LITTLE MOSQUE ON PRAIRIE' PUTS MUSLIMS IN A SITCOM
Kashif Saroya cringed when his e-mail inbox started buzzing about a new Canadian TV sitcom called "Little Mosque on the Prairie."
So the executive adviser to the Muslim Youth of Minnesota started downloading 10-minute snippets off YouTube.
"I just couldn't stop laughing," said Saroya, of Blaine. "Some people think it reinforces stereotypes about Muslims and Islam, but I think comedy is a great way to dispel those stereotypes by humanizing the Muslim character in a positive way."
The show, which centers on a mosque moving into an abandoned church in a rural Saskatchewan town, was a smash hit in its first season on the government-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
Word about the show is spreading swiftly through Minnesota's growing Muslim community, Saroya said. And while some object to the show's tone, many have been delightfully surprised.