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Zarqa Nawaz

Creator of hit television series Little Mosque on the Prairie and author of best selling comedic memoir Laughing all the Way to the Mosque.

Zarqa Nawaz is the creator of the Canadian hit television series Little Mosque on the Prairie and the author of the best selling comedic memoir Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

Muslims Need An Ellen DeGeneres-Style Advocate

Many Muslim communities around the world are calling the killing of three young Muslims at Chapel Hill a hate crime. Others are calling it a parking dispute, a sort of road rage over space. According to his Facebook page, Craig Stephen Hicks, the alleged murderer was a supporter of gay rights, but didn't seem to extend the same warm feelings towards Muslims and Islam. Why tolerance is higher for one minority group and not another has complex roots.
03/04/2015 09:50 EST

Mosques Need Better Social Safety Nets

Muslims are justifiably worried that we'll be implicated in the crimes of these individuals. But Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was still a human being looking for support from both his Muslim and non-Muslim communities. And although we'll never know the truth, it seems he eventually found his support on the Internet, which preys on the marginalized in our society. People want moderate Muslims to speak out and decry radicalization. And they do, but tweets and press releases are not always the answer because they don't solve a very real societal problem. There are unwell people out there who need our help. And they are increasingly showing up in our mosques.
10/24/2014 05:18 EDT

Sleep Apart and Have a Better Sex Life

Like many couples, we learned early that the bed was ruining our marriage. I'm a light sleeper that awakens to the sound of someone else worrying while he can sleep through an earthquake. So we started sleeping apart. When I tell people about our arrangement, I know what goes through their minds and the answer is yes, the elephant in the room is still having sex.
10/15/2014 12:55 EDT