The location is Mercy Saskatchewan, a small town in the Canadian prairies. A small but devout community of Muslims has settled there, headed by community leader Yasir Hamoudi, a local building contractor. He is married to Sarah, a Caucasian ex-Christian who has converted to Islam for her husband. Their adult daughter, Rayyan, is a feminist Muslim doctor. The religious leader of the Muslim community - the Imam - is Amaar Rashid, a young, Canadian-born ex-lawyer from Toronto, who came to Mercy to replace Baber Siddiqui, who was deemed too extreme by many in the Mercy Muslim community. The local diner is run by Fatima Dinssa, a Nigerian Muslim who is strict about her religion but more liberal in her cultural values. The Muslims in Mercy are co-existing with their Christian neighbors, sometimes harmoniously, sometimes not. Reverend Duncan Magee welcomes his Muslim neighbors, especially if th
ey enhance the social and economic fabric of the community and his parish. Likewise, Mayor Ann Popowicz welcomes the Muslim population especially if they vote for her. However, local radio host, Fred Tupper, is suspect of the Muslims and their supposed terrorist ways. But he and many of the townsfolk, Muslim or Christian, are equally as suspect of someone like Amaar since he is from the big bad city of Toronto, a city which has shaped his views and which is contrary to the outlook of a town like Mercy.
09 Jan 2007Description ▼
Yasir has rented space in the local church under the guise of using it as an office for his construction business, but really is using it as an Islamic mosque for the local Muslim community in addition. This act coincides with the arrival from Toronto of Amaar, who Yasir hired as the new Imam to replace Baber, deemed too orthodox in his views. Amaar's arrival also coincides with the start of Ramadan, a celebration on which there is much community dissent both concerning how to calculate when it begins, and what food should be served after the fast: Fatima wants a traditional goat feast, whereas Sarah, going back to her western roots, wants a lighter meal of cucumber sandwiches. But bigger problems ensue when Reverend Magee and the town finds out about the mosque. Amaar, the new spokesperson for the Islamic faith in Mercy, isn't very proficient in his public relations attempt, in part due to his Toronto background, and makes matters worse after appearing on Fred's radio show. Perhaps Amaar isn't cut out to be an Imam, and he contemplates heading back to Toronto, that is if he can get a one-way ticket back after his supposed terrorist remark on his flight from Toronto. But all is well for Amaar in Mercy when Reverend Magee supports the mosque, just as long the Muslim community is on the up and up with him about their goings-on in the church. Realistically, Reverend Magee does exactly the opposite of Fred's editorials.
17 Jan 2007Description ▼
Baber is facing a battle of the generations and a battle of the sexes. His daughter Layla, participating in a fund-raising run, is irking her dad with her choice of running attire. She also experiences her first period, which she hides from Baber since that transition into womanhood means that she must now wear a shawl over her head. Rather than face the battle with her right now, he decides to wait until at least next month. At the mosque, his battle of the sexes concerns his want to erect a barrier between the men and women prayer areas. The feminist Rayyan thinks this medieval thinking. Fred even comes to the rally cry for the women of Mercy. However, the situation is not that cut and dry as traditional Muslim Fatima wants the barrier. Finally, Amaar as the Imam, makes his decision: half the mosque will have the barrier, half the mosque will not, so that each person can make up his and her own mind where he/she wants to pray. No one is happy, but as Amaar says, unhappiness is the Muslim way.
3The Open House
31 Jan 2007Description ▼
To reach out to the non-Muslim residents of Mercy, Amaar wants the mosque to hold an open house. First he needs Yasir, through one of his electrician subcontractors, to fix the problem wiring in the mosque. Businessman Yasir doesn't have the time to participate since it's his busy season, but changes his tune once he learns he can hand out business cards at the open house. Trying to cut corners, non-electrician Yasir decides to fix the wiring himself. The mayor loves the idea of the open house, especially since she sees it as a good photo op and can push her tax plan to the attendees. The open house looks to be moving forward and well attended if only because Fatima is catering and despite Fred's anti-Muslim rantings on his radio show. However Fatima, Rayyan and Baber threaten to boycott the event unless each is allowed to make presentations, to which Amaar ultimately but reluctantly agrees. The big event arrives and everything seems to be going smoothly, that is until Yasir's wiring repair job short-circuits and causes a small smoke fire which brings in the fire department and ruins the open house. It's just another bump in the road for the Mercy Mosque.
4Swimming Up Stream
07 Feb 2007Description ▼
Fatima and Rayyan are on a crusade to get a female lifeguard at the pool. Rayyan has suggested to Fatima, who has sprained her knee, that taking the women's aquafit class would help recovery, but as Muslims they cannot appear in their bathing suits in front men. They feel they can't take the class as the lifeguard/aquafit instructor is male Johnny, despite the fact that Johnny is gay and has no interest in Fatima, Rayyan or any woman. The mayor agrees to hire a female lifeguard/aquafit instructor if they can find the money in the city's budget and if Rayyan and Fatima can get 150 signatures on a petition. As Rayyan and Fatima proceed on their mission, Sarah tries to thwart her daughter's task as the money in the budget is coming from a business trip she has planned to China. As such, she tricks Fred into supporting her view, Fred who causes a media maelstrom around the issue of kowtowing to the Muslim community. Rayyan finds out and is angry with her mother. Ultimately, the pool pump breaks and both Sarah's trip to China and the female lifeguard are nixed in order to fix the pump. That means that Fatima will just have to cover up to attend Johnny's aquafit class. Meanwhile, it's Halloween and Fatima's son, Jamal, and Baber's daughter, Layla, want to partake in the western ritual. Fatima allows Jamal to but Baber thinks it's an evil practice. Amaar, wanting to support the youth, allows them to partake under the guise of calling it Halaloween, and they must dress up as items from the Koran. Jamal and Layla's costumes as a fig and olive don't go over well in general, but their escort Baber, wearing his own clothes, becomes the hit of Halloween dressed as "the terrorist".
14 Feb 2007Description ▼
"White" Marlon is a new convert to Islam. He is extreme in his beliefs and denounces those who are not as devout as he. His arrival sparks talk about Sarah's faith, or lack of, as a former convert to Islam. She bets Rayyan that she can so be a good Muslim by praying five times a day for the next month. This proves to be a little more difficult than expected as she prays all the time and gets no sleep, which affects her job and her relationships. Back with Marlon, Baber is excited to see such enthusiasm for the faith, until he spends time alone with Marlon. After that, Baber, like everyone else, thinks Marlon has gone just a little too far in his beliefs. Yasir, Sarah, Rayyan, Fatima and Baber decide that they need to get Marlon to "quit" being a Muslim, and pull a prank on him showing that the Muslims of Mercy are not devout and thus not worth being with. After the prank, they feel they have done the wrong thing by trying to deflate someone else's faith in Islam. However, Marlon, a spiritual shopper, does decide on his own, that Islam is not for him and moves onto Reverend Magee's parish.
6The Archdeacon Cometh
21 Feb 2007Description ▼
Reverend Magee isn't looking forward to the Archdeacon Gladwin's upcoming visit. The reverend is worried about the increasing money issues due to declining attendance, and he can't let the very strict archdeacon know that what little money is coming in is coming from Muslim rent. Yasir suggests that a full congregation for the archdeacon's sermon would be a good idea, those people being the Muslims. They get a crash course in Christianity from ex-Anglican Sarah, who was as devout a Christian as she is a Muslim. But what's worse is the fact that the archdeacon arrives a few days early. The archdeacon sees the obvious Muslim faces in the congregation but only thinks that the reverend has done a good conversion job. The plan goes awry when Baber, who was not told of the plan, erects a new larger and audio-ized Mercy Mosque sign above the church door just as the archdeacon has finished his service inside. But the archdeacon isn't upset. Rather he extorts the Muslims rent money - he wants to make sure that the archdiocese gets its fair share of the rent money. Utimately it's Yasir who pays the price. Meanwhile, Fred is having lower back problems. He goes to both Fatima and Rayyan for a mixture of traditional Nigerian and western medicine to ease his ailment.
28 Feb 2007Description ▼
Yasir's overbearing mother comes to town, wanting Yasir to take a second wife, specifically a widowed woman back in Lebanon. Obviously, Sarah is outraged, not only with her mother-in-law's request, but also with the way that Yasir kowtows to his mother's every wish. Since Yasir, Sarah and Mother Hamoudi can't resolve their problem, Sarah moves out and ends up sleeping in Ann's office. Based on an off the cuff comment by ex-lawyer Amaar, Yasir thinks his solution is to show Mother Hamoudi a fake pre-nuptial agreement between himself and Sarah stating that he can't take another wife. The ruse works on both Mother Hamoudi and Sarah, who moves home. Meanwhile, Reverend Magee is facing a marriage issue of another kind. Johnny and his partner want to get married at the church, which the reverend sanctions. But a gay marriage sparks debate amongst the townsfolk. The Muslim community has its own issues with this marriage. Baber can't and won't pray in a mosque that shares the building with church that welcomes, in Baber's words, drag queers. But finding another building as the mosque proves to be a challenge for him. And as much as Fatima doesn't approve of homosexuality, she agrees to cater the wedding since good food is more important than improper sexual behaviour. Ultimately Johnny and his partner close the issue when they decide to hold their wedding elsewhere, namely in a church in Toronto with a spa that gives free massages. Thus, there won't be any weddings this week in the Mercy Mosque / Mercy Anglican.
8Playing with Fire
07 Mar 2007Description ▼
Jeff, a non-Muslim fireman, is attracted sexually to Rayyan. All the women of Mercy are attracted to Jeff, but Rayyan, the good Muslim, keeps her distance. However, the whole town is talking about Rayyan and Jeff, even though they're not even dating. Sarah, Layla, the mayor and Rayyan's nurse are excited. Yasir is concerned and decides to meet Jeff under false pretenses. Baber thinks Rayyan is setting a bad example and as such threatens to send Layla away to an Islamic boarding school to get her away from Rayyan's bad example. But Amaar, who reprimands Rayyan - perhaps as a display of jealousy - makes Rayyan reconsider Jeff's date proposal. After Jeff tries to kiss Rayyan on their date, Rayyan realizes that she is just using Jeff and decides that Islam is too important to her to risk dating a non-Muslim.
03 Oct 2007Description ▼
Rayyan wants to assert what she states as more feminine control over the mosque by wanting to make the community announcements at Friday prayers instead of an ailing Baber, but in reality she herself wants more control. Amaar, calling Rayyan's bluff, appoints Sarah to make the community announcements instead. Sarah, in the job, is different than Rayyan would have wanted, and Sarah gets mixed reviews. Ultimately, Rayyan does achieve her original goal of having a role of responsibility at the mosque, but it ends up not quite being what she envisioned. Meanwhile, Yasir has lost the contract for property maintenance of the local cemetery because of lack of cemetery business. In order to regain the contract, Yasir decides to market the remaining plots at the cemetery as a "Muslim cemetery". Everyone at the mosque is excited about the prospect of being buried amongst fellow Muslims, except an ambivalent Amaar who does not want to die in Mercy. Their excitement changes to consternation when they see that their eternal resting place faces directly on a cowboy's saloon. But an enterprising Yasir finds another new and more excited market for those cemetery plots. However, a small mistake is going to cost profit-focused Yasir financially in the end.
10 Oct 2007Description ▼
In an effort to be more popular, Layla decides to put subtle streaks in her hair. However leaving the bleach on too long makes the streaks a little more noticeable than she wanted. To hide the too obvious dye job from Baber, she decides to start wearing the hijab at home. Baber is thrilled, but soon begins to suspect she has ulterior motives. When Baber finds out about the dye job, he decides to confront Layla on her home turf: school. She is forced to either come clean to Baber or wear the hijab at school. Ultimately the tables are turned when Layla wants to wear the hijab after a compliment from the school's "it" girl, Kelly. Meanwhile, Dave Sharpe, manager of the local cable access station, asks Amaar to host a new show on Muslim. The only reason Dave wants Amaar is that he has an "ethnic" quota and the host of the show on Judaism just quit. Regardless, Amaar agrees and sees the opportunity solely to sermonize. However, being cable access, there is little money, and Amaar is forced to use the Judaism show's set and titles. Yasir sees building a new set as a good commercial for his construction company. The show is a flop until Rayyan appears as a guest, she who has natural screen presence. Dave wants her to be the regular host, or at least co-host, to which a jealous Amaar cannot refuse. But continued interference from Yasir and Sarah causes Amaar and Rayyan to do whatever they can to have the show canceled. They get their wish. But Dave still has his quota issue with which to deal.
3Ban the Burka
17 Oct 2007Description ▼
A new mysterious, woman wearing a burka attends the Mercy Mosque. The fact of the burka attracts a lot of attention from the townsfolk in Mercy. Joe, looking at the woman's eyes, thinks she is hypnotizing people for her own devious benefit. Sarah thinks that despite it being her own choice to wear it, the burka is repressive. Sarah has an unusual ally in Fred, both of who look for a way to get her to stop wearing the burka. Sarah comes across an old bylaw which does not allow face coverings. Rayyan, showing solidarity for her fellow Muslim woman, decides to start covering her face, which promptly gets her arrested. Thinking that things have gone too far, former lawyer Amaar comes to Rayyan's aid; he finds that the bylaw had been repealed and Rayyan gets released. But the burka wearing woman has the largest impact on Baber, for whom it is love at first sight. Tongue tied, Baber enlists the help Yasir, who must know about women since he is happily married, to win over his new burka wearing love. But before Baber can approach the mysterious burka wearing woman, she approaches him since she has noticed him watching her. That act is enough to turn him off, as a good Muslim woman would not be brazen enough to approach a man. Meanwhile Amaar and Reverend Magee have a contest if Amaar is a better fudge hider than Reverend Magee is a fudge finder.
24 Oct 2007Description ▼
A bored Rayyan, who is on a break from work, has a double effect on Amaar. First, she agrees to help him with his youth fair, which he has coined Islamapalooza. And second, she comments on his cough, which starts a cycle of other off the cuff medical advice to him, resulting in him having a case of what she suspects is hypochondria. However when no one shows up to Islamapalooza, Rayyan changes her medical diagnosis of Amaar. She nows suspects that Amaar had the flu, which he unsuspectingly passed on to all the Muslim children in Mercy. Rayyan also has an effect on her mother. Gambling is considered a sin in Islam, and as such, Rayyan tries to convince her mother to stop buying lottery tickets. However Sarah can't resist the urge, and she ends up winning $5,000 on her latest buy. She unsuccessfully tries to hide this fact from Rayyan. Ann advises Sarah to guilt Rayyan into accepting the lottery win by lavishing gifts on her. However, good Muslim Sarah decides to be more philanthropic with her winnings. Meanwhile, Yasir is supposed to build a gazebo for the city. However, the construction site turns into a archaeological dig site when an aboriginal artifact is found. Although Yasir is irked in that he can't do his work, Professor Krackle, the head of the dig, is irked even more by the consistent disruptions by his college colleague, Baber, the archaeologist wannabe.
07 Nov 2007Description ▼
Everyone in Mercy is excited when Toronto Maple Leaf Darcy Tucker offhandedly remarks that his excellent play is because he is drinking Mercy Beet Juice. Especially excited is Yasir who has stock in the company and expects the share price to go through the roof. In anticipation of such, Yasir starts spending money like it's going out of style and buys more stock. Baber, the economist, suspects that the run on the Mercy Beet Company stock is just a small blip and predicts a series of events that will eventually and quickly result in bursting the Mercy Beet Company's stock bubble. Indeed, many of those events do happen, such as Mayor Popowicz doing whatever she can to coin Mercy the beet capital, despite she actually hating beets. But Baber decides to buy stock in the company anyway as he sees the last event never happening: Mercy Beets being endorsed by the town doctor, namely Rayyan. But Rayyan surprises Baber by also buying stock. But a declining stock price would end up being good for Yasir without him even trying. Meanwhile, Reverend Magee mentors Amaar on the art of religious leaders getting free meals.
14 Nov 2007Description ▼
Ali, an old friend of Amaar's from their law school days, passes by Mercy on his way to the coast. Friend is too strong a word as their relationship is based more on competition with each other rather than friendship, at least on Amaar's side. This competition continues as Ali is no longer a lawyer but like Amaar is an Imam, his cash rich mosque in the big city, Toronto. All the Muslims in Mercy love Ali, leaving Amaar feeling out in the cold. Despite needing to leave to continue on his journey, Ali decides to stay a few extra days to speak at the weekly services on the pleading of the Muslims in Mercy. With the advice of Reverend Magee, Amaar, jealous, feels like he needs to assert his superiority over Ali by delivering the most compelling service. When the service day comes, Ali and the weather deflate Amaar's plans. Amaar feels at the end of his rope when Ali shows his true colors to the Muslims in Mercy. But which persona is the real Ali? Meanwhile, a drought has hit Mercy and Rayyan suggests they convert the building into the first green mosque in the country. This plan faces some hurdles including some bad press.
7Spy Something or Get Out
20 Nov 2007Description ▼
After a disagreement with Reverend Magee, Yasir decides to move his office from the mosque to home. There, things are just a little too efficient for him and comfortable, so comfortable in fact that a jealous Sarah maneuvers it so that she too can work from home. Their life becomes one relaxing moment after another. With the now vacated space at the mosque, Amaar decides to open a Muslim gift shop with Rayyan working there on a volunteer basis. With the gift shop, whatever Rayyan touches turns to... utter crap. Meanwhile, a CSIS agent, Nancy Layton, comes to Mercy on vacation. Fatima thinks she's come to Mercy to spy on the Muslims in town. Although Amaar doesn't believe that she is spying on them, he is offended that she is indeed not spying on them because she deems them too "rinky-dink". So Amaar does whatever he can to convince her on that they are worth spying, and she reluctantly agrees to take a tour of the mosque. But because Rayyan is on duty at the gift shop, what wrong will go wrong and Layton does now have unfounded suspicions that there is covert terrorist activity going on, so with a SWAT team raids the store. So much for her vacation.
28 Nov 2007Description ▼
After Amaar compliments Baber, Fatima thinks that Amaar has given Baber the evil eye. Baber thinks that is not the case until one bad thing after another starts happening to him. Baber ends up being a disaster zone, Fatima thinking the ultimate remedy being Baber humbling himself back down to Amaar's level, which may be a little too much to handle for Baber. Sarah is tired of being the middleman for the mayor's mail delivery system. To avoid that, Sarah proposes a system of file scoops be implemented in city hall to clear all the mayor's mail off her own desk. Ann reluctantly agrees. Sarah initially loves the new mail system, until she realizes that since she is no longer privy to the mayor's messages, she also no longer knows what's going on. Sarah does whatever she can to get back into the information loop at city hall. Rayyan, with half eaten chocolate bar in hand, realizes she has no money to pay for it. When Bradley, the store clerk, let's her off without paying, she inadvertently gets Bradley fired when the store manager finds out. Rayyan, feeling guilty about what she's done, tries to find another job for Bradley. Rayyan convinces Fatima to hire him. That is a mistake on Fatima and Rayyan's part as they end up finding out the real reason Bradley was fired from his previous job.
9No Fly List
05 Dec 2007Description ▼
Mayor Popowicz, tired of having to use the public washroom at City Hall, decides, with Sarah's advice, to have a luxurious private bathroom/spa built off her office. Sarah has ulterior motives in suggesting such as she wants to use the spa herself. Despite a possible conflict of interest, Yasir wants the contract to do the work. Luckily, Yasir's bid is the lowest, primarily due to a cheap source of materials; he gets the contract. However, Yasir does whatever he can to stop the job from happening when his cheap materials source falls through and he has no way of completing the job without taking a major economic loss. The mayor does whatever she can to get her private spa, ultimately at the expense of the female public, especially those at City Hall. Baber is invited to deliver the keynote address at an economics conference in Chicago. He seems nervous and is adamant about not going. Rayyan learns directly from Baber that he is on the American no-fly list, which probably accounts for his nervousness. Rayyan and Amaar are incensed and think Baber should fight what is obviously racial stereotyping. While Fatima and Jamal stay with Layla (ultimately to Layla's exasperation), Baber, Rayyan and Amaar decide to drive to the closest American consulate - a four and a half hour drive away - to state their case. There, they run into a bureaucratic clerk who won't let them get past the front door, that is until Baber accidentally says the magic word. Rayyan and Amaar ultimately learn that Baber's story is not a clear cut as Baber implied.
10Eids a Wonderful Life
12 Dec 2007Description ▼
This year, the Muslim celebration of Eid is falling close to Christmas. Layla has been asked to do a reading from 'A Christmas Carol' at the school's holiday production. Baber objects, until he finds out it is a multi-faith production and Layla can do a Muslim reading about Eid instead. What's worse for Layla is that Baber wants to do it with her. Feeling nostalgic for Christmas, Sarah, with support from Rayyan, decides that a few decorations and such for Eid at the mosque would be a good thing. If they happen to resemble Christmas decorations, that also is not a bad thing. Since Fatima boycotts Eid at the mosque due to their over the top Christmas decorations, Sarah and Rayyan have to cook the Eid feast at the mosque. Fatima also decides to have her own Eid feast of fresh lamb at the cafÃ©. Amaar and Reverend Magee argue over parking at the mosque as the Eid celebration coincides with the Reverend's Ring-Ding-a-Singalong. When Sarah and Rayyan's cooking is a bust, Fatima's dinner is non-existent and the Reverend's Ring-Ding-a-Singalong gets no attendees, the collective three failures combine to form one success. Meanwhile, there's something about Yasir's arch enemy, Boutros, that seems vaguely familiar.
11Five Year Plan
12 Dec 2007Description ▼
Yet another western tradition not celebrated within the Muslim community is approaching, this time being New Year's Eve. However, the Hamoudi's decide to have a small dinner party, not calling it a New Year's Eve celebration. The invitees and crashers include Amaar, Baber and Ann. Spurred by the fact that Yasir wrote himself a check for $1 million five years earlier as a goal to achieve over that time, the party ends up being a reflection of lives from five years ago. Amaar was a lawyer at his father's law firm and was still living at home with his controlling parents, whose primary mission in life was to see Amaar, who they called P.B. ("Pretty Boy"), married to a good Muslim girl. To make his story more exciting, Sarah envisions Amaar's life like one big Bollywood movie. Baber had just moved to Mercy, recently broken up with his wife, Simina, a non-traditional Muslim. Simina comes to Mercy to tell Baber some unexpected news. And Sarah/Yasir and a less devout Rayyan were on their way to respective New Year's parties, however all decide to back out and stay home when they come to the realization they were invited solely for ulterior motives. Back with Yasir and his $1 million check... It apparently is an update of a check he wrote himself 10 years ago for $500,000 dated five years ago. Back to present day, the only guest treating this get-together as a traditional New Year's Eve party is Ann, who takes full advantage of the fact that Muslims don't drink.
12Jihad on Ice
09 Jan 2008Description ▼
Despite not knowing how to play or even really wanting to learn to play, Amaar can't resist Fred's challenge to put together a Muslim team for the four-team curling bonspiel. Of Amaar's foursome, Baber treats curling like an academic exercise, Sarah treats it like a fashion show, and Rayyan treats it like a game of marbles she played as a child. Both Fred's team and Amaar's team goes through personnel changes because of poaching, mutiny, backstabbing and groveling. But both teams make it to the finals, Amaar's team with the addition of Reverend Magee, his first time back on the ice since 'the accident'. In the end, the winning team must not only make good shots, but have a detailed knowledge of the game itself. Meanwhile, Yasir has been selling shopaholic Sarah's clothes to a second hand store without her knowledge. She doesn't notice them missing, but is happy to buy them back not knowing they were hers to begin with.
16 Jan 2008Description ▼
Despite Layla saying the note was not hers, Amaar thinks Layla has a crush on him when he reads a note that she was passing during teen Koranic studies class, the note stating that "A is so hot". Amaar consults Rayyan, and the two think they should confront Layla. Layla admits the note was hers but that "A" is Asif, another student in the class. Amaar and Rayyan contemplate telling Baber about Layla's crush. When Baber overhears their conversation, he thinks Amaar and Rayyan are talking about a crush they have on each other. Baber decides to talk to Amaar about the crush, which leads to a several discussions between Baber, Amaar, Rayyan and eventually Layla based on misunderstanding of who has a crush on whom. Meanwhile, the radio station is holding a trivia contest for two tickets to a Pain Elevators concert, a heavy metal band. Both Yasir and Duncan vow to win the tickets, but Fred, the contest holder, wants to make the contest so hard that he can keep the tickets for himself. Yasir, however, outwits Fred and wins the tickets. But since Sarah doesn't want to go to the concert, Yasir has an extra ticket to give away to one lucky fan who will grovel and show his appreciation to Yasir the most. And Sarah convinces Fatima to take the Canadian citizenship exam. Sarah is Fatima's study partner, which may not be a good thing for Fatima's chances to pass.
14Welcome to Mercy
23 Jan 2008Description ▼
While Ann is away on vacation for ten days, Sarah pleads to be Acting Mayor. Ann agrees, but Sarah takes the job a little more seriously than Ann would have liked. Sarah faces her first big test when Joe knocks over and breaks the "Welcome to Mercy" highway sign. In replacing the sign, Sarah takes Baber's idea of placing Chinese on it to respect their Chinese sister city. Baber also suggests putting Arabic on it and the Italian Association suggests putting Italian on it and the Association for the Blind suggests putting braille on it and so on and so forth. When Sarah unveils the new sign, all languages seem to be covered except English. Sarah is not the only one facing problems in her new role. Yasir is feeling a little emasculated in his role as first lady, especially when he is asked to make a speech to the ladies auxiliary. Wanting to regain his manhood, he speaks about a subject near and dear to his heart: power tools. He decides to make it a broader public initiative. Sarah isn't too happy with him doing this, until he uses the opportunity to help her out in her role as Acting Mayor. Meanwhile, Duncan is expressing himself through painting. He isn't very good at it. Amaar doesn't want to hurt Duncan's feelings but the paintings are so bad and somewhat scary that Amaar also wants him to stop.
30 Jan 2008Description ▼
Ann wants to cancel the beloved Wheat Week festival. To avoid any backlash from the community, she asks Sarah to find at least one person to complain about Wheat Week, that person who Ann will use as her rationale for needing to cancel Wheat Week. This task is harder than it sounds, but eventually Sarah does find one person who complains about Wheat Week. That person happens to be a Muslim. This news gets out and a community backlash happens against the Muslim community, much to Ann's delight - just as long as the Mayor's office is unaffected. However, Sarah, a Muslim, can't accept the Mayor's behavior, so Sarah not only decides to quit, but she also whistle-blows on Ann, who spent the funds geared for Wheat Week on a portrait of herself for her office. Sarah is miserable, and Ann is miserable as her new PR assistant, Cherry, is causing the Mayor's office more problems. So Ann and Sarah come to a compromise, which includes Sarah getting her job back, Ann apologizing to the Muslim community and Ann reinstating Wheat Week. Meanwhile, Yasir buys a high-definition flat screen TV. He and Sarah and Amaar battle over what to watch, Sarah and Amaar on the same side wanting to watch old movie musicals. And Rayyan and Fatima are having hair problems, although only Muslim women seem to be able to tell what's happening underneath their hijab.
16Ear for Trouble
06 Feb 2008Description ▼
It's Ramadan, and Amaar espouses no lying, no gossiping and no anger in his sermon. Baber accuses Yasir of being a big liar, Sarah of being a big gossip, and everyone accuses Baber of always being angry. Beyond the lack of blood sugar due to the Ramadan fasting ritual, Amaar challenges Yasir to be truthful, Sarah not to gossip, and Baber and Rayyan not to be angry. Yasir equates truthfulness with criticism, Sarah makes up a game of "guess what I'm not gossiping about", and Rayyan and Baber, competing with each other, get angry with each other due to their competition. And when each of Yasir, Sarah, Baber and Rayyan try to avoid their specific vice, they move onto the other two vices. But in an effort to resist their vices, Amaar is the one who suffers when in a effort not to gossip, a secret that Amaar has is discovered by the community.
13 Feb 2008Description ▼
On Baber's directive, Layla gets an internship. What he doesn't count on is that she gets an internship at the radio station with Fred as her boss. Layla likes the job, but doesn't like Fred's manipulation of their personal relationship, which he uses on air to further denigrate Muslims. But Fred starts to change his tune after seeing Layla as a real person and not just an unknown Muslim. Ultimately, Layla decides to sacrifice her professional aspirations to do a Fred a business favor. Meanwhile, Yasir is in the running to get a government contract building a pumping substation in Mercy. The problem is that he knows nothing about pumping substations. He enlists the help of J.J., the son of his former business partner, J.J. who happens to be an engineer. J.J. is also Rayyan's geeky childhood friend. But J.J. has grown up into a successful, handsome man. With J.J.'s help, Yasir gets the contract, but what's better for Yasir is that there seems to be a spark between J.J. and Rayyan. Yasir suggests setting up Rayyan and J.J. in an arranged marriage. Both Sarah and Rayyan are initially offended by the thought, but Rayyan internally has other thoughts. Because of the known sexual tension that has always existed between herself and Amaar, she instead turns to Reverend Magee for advice.
20 Feb 2008Description ▼
Yasir approaches J.J. with the idea of an arranged marriage with Rayyan. J.J. is slightly taken aback until he finds out that Rayyan has agreed to this, which means she likes him. J.J. agrees. The concept of chaperoned dates is awkward for Rayyan, J.J., Yasir and Sarah. The other person taken slightly aback is Amaar. Amaar ends up staying with the Hamoudis after a break in at the mosque, the apartment above where Amaar lives, Amaar arriving at the Hamoudis just in time for Rayyan and J.J.'s date at the house. But what's worse is that in the close quarters, Amaar sees Rayyan in the Muslim equivalent of being naked. Rayyan feels she and J.J. need to get away from Amaar, and thus go on a daytime hike date with Baber as chaperon. The date goes awry as Baber takes his role as hiker a little more seriously than that of chaperon. Meanwhile, Amaar is obviously bothered, but he attributes it to the break-in. Others assume otherwise.
19Islam on Tap
27 Feb 2008Description ▼
Things are going well in J.J. and Rayyan's courtship, that is until J.J. learns that Rayyan has had a couple of traditional western dates in her life, which is not traditional in Muslim culture. These past dates scare J.J. since he never has dated in any sense. What's worse for J.J. is that Rayyan has mementos of these past "indiscretions" that she keeps in a shoe box. This shoe box may be the end of J.J. and Rayyan's relationship. Amaar inadvertently helps them over this hurdle. Meanwhile, Sarah agrees to participate in a fund raising talent show. Having taken lessons as a child, she decides to do a tap dance routine. Both Rayyan but especially Baber think she shouldn't because dancing in front of the opposite sex is considered lewd and thus un-Muslim. Baber further believes Sarah is setting a bad example for Layla. However Layla uncovers some evidence that makes Baber change his tune. Baber does change his tune - he thinks Sarah shouldn't do the dance because he finds out she's an awful tap dancer. Now all Baber needs to do is convince Layla how bad Sarah really is and not to expose the secret she lords over him. Elsewhere, Yasir is off to Dubai for a couple of weeks to work on a project with J.J.'s father. While Yasir strives to pack the perfect carry-on luggage, Amaar arranges for a bon voyage card to be signed by all Yasir's friends. The card signing process ends up being more difficult than Amaar could have ever imagined. Duncan has an especially difficult time with this task. Yasir's packing is more successful but it is all for not when he reaches the airport. Yasir's resulting problems at the airport he can thank Duncan for.
05 Mar 2008Description ▼
Baber gets into a physical altercation, the frustration from which causes him to get into a car accident with the parked car of his nemesis. The accident results in Baber getting a back injury. He'd go to the town's only chiropractor to get his back looked at, but the chiropractor happens to be his nemesis. Instead, Rayyan prescribes him a painkiller which has unintended and unwanted results. Meanwhile, Yasir has returned from Dubai. He's in the doghouse with Sarah as he forgot to buy her a gift. But Yasir comes back to some other news: J.J. wants to marry Rayyan. But first, J.J.'s father, as is Muslim custom, has to speak to Yasir to arrange for the marriage to happen. Before this discussion, news slowly leaks of J.J.'s intentions, resulting in mixed reactions. Yasir is excited and preoccupied about J.J.'s father's impending telephone call from Dubai. Sarah is mad as she feels a wedding should be all about the mother, which this doesn't seem to be. Amaar is brooding as he feels he let Rayyan slip away. And Rayyan thinks long and hard about what she still considers to be ultimately her decision. Baber finally convinces Amaar that he has to tell Rayyan his true feelings. Will he be too late?
1Amaar at the Bat
01 Oct 2008Description ▼
Rayyan has decided to accept J.J.'s marriage proposal. The Hamoudi household is ecstatic, except for Sarah, if only because she feels that it is the right of the mother of the prospective bride to tell the world that her daughter is getting married. But Yasir has beat her to the punch when he - off the cuff - mentions this fact to the mayor who in turn tells the rest of the townsfolk of Mercy. The only way that Yasir feels he can make it up to Sarah is to find someone - anyone - in Mercy who doesn't know the news so that Sarah can tell him/her. The only other person who is not ecstatic is Amaar, who is in love with Rayyan himself. But he is also confused. As Imam and Rayyan's friend, he feels he has a duty to support his friend both professionally and personally. What's worse is that J.J. needs a place to stay in Mercy and decides Amaar's the most appropriate place. However because of this close contact, Amaar gets some inside information to use against his new roommate: J.J. is a closet smoker, this probably against the wants of his future wife, the doctor. Amaar has to think long and hard about what he should do.
2Lord of the Ring
08 Oct 2008Description ▼
Confused with his own feelings about Rayyan and J.J.'s impending marriage, Amaar decides to go back to Toronto to his old life. There, his parents express their concerns about his life in Mercy. He treats all his encounters, even dates and his law clients, like he was counseling as an Imam. Back in Mercy, Baber is happy in his new old role as acting Imam, but no one else is happy. Yasir decides to go to Toronto to see if he can talk Amaar into coming back to Mercy. With Rayyan and J.J.'s engagement, J.J. finally gives Rayyan an engagement ring, the ring which is a family heirloom. It is a large ostentatious ring which Rayyan hates. She doesn't know whether to tell J.J. her feelings. But Rayyan also sees the ring as a symbol that J.J. does not really know her as a person, and she's not too sure if she wants to marry a man that doesn't know her deepest thoughts and feelings.
3A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Mercy
15 Oct 2008Description ▼
Before returning to Mercy, Amaar decides to make a pilgrimage to Mecca to re-energize his faith in Islam. Arriving in Mercy, he claims he is a humbler man. To make him prove this fact, Baber, who is still a bit angry that his own tenure as Acting Imam was not well received, makes Amaar reapply for his old job as Imam. Trying to be humble, Amaar does accept needing to reapply. Not making the process easy, Baber, as one of the stipulations, make Amaar memorize the second chapter of the Koran, something according to Baber that all good Imams should know by heart. Meanwhile, J.J.'s parents are swinging through Mercy while they are in Canada on other business. The Hamoudi's think their visit is an opportune time to hold an engagement party for Rayyan and J.J. Rayyan does not want an elaborate party but rather an informal small tea. What starts out as good intentions on Sarah and Yasir's parts to honor their daughter's wishes turns out to be a huge party out of circumstance. And Rayyan and Amaar are still tying to figure out what they mean to each other. Rayyan suspects her engagement to J.J. was the reason Amaar left Mercy in the first place. She also admits she has some feelings for him, an issue which she skirts around in some telephone messages she's left for him. Regretting the telephone messages, she tries unsuccessfully to retrieve them. She tells Amaar that he is free to listen or delete the messages as he sees fit. But in accessing the messages, Amaar reveals that he still does have feelings for his friend.
4The Ties That Blind
22 Oct 2008Description ▼
As usual, Baber and Fatima are arguing about everything. Layla and Jamal, witnessing the bad behavior of the respective parent, gets Reverend Magee's take on the situation: each is lonely and needs a companion. Layla and Jamal simultaneously agree the only place for people to meet nowadays is through cyberspace. Layla registers Baber on a Muslim dating site. Although initially suspect, Baber is intrigued that there seems to be a perfect match. Not wanting to get to know his match on cyberspace, he instead wants to meet her in person. Layla helps him through the process of setting up a real date. But Layla learns later through Jamal that Baber's date and dream woman is Fatima herself. Layla thinks it's not a good idea for Baber to keep his date, until Baber himself admits what he sees as his failures as a man and husband material. To help his self esteem, she encourages him to keep his date. Meanwhile, Sarah schedules a photo op for the Mayor, thinking it good publicity, but not thinking the Mayor, in her forthrightness, would come across as 'un-Mayoral'. Fred, in an unsolicited editorial directly to the mayor, says that one cannot have a Muslim i.e. Sarah as a PR person as Muslims are not supposed to lie. Who in Mercy is the best liar: he is. The mayor hires Fred on the spot. Sarah thinks that Fred is trying to muscle her out of her position, but Fred later admits that he has other professional sights. Sarah does whatever she can to neutralize Fred's plans. In his first sermon back as Imam, Amaar tells of the basic goodness of the Muslim people. He makes this statement before he realizes someone has stolen his shoes. Rayyan offers to search the sidewalks of Mercy to find who is wearing his shoes. Once he finds who took his shoes, Amaar's not sure how to get them back.
5Rules R Rules
29 Oct 2008Description ▼
Amaar is complaining about the fact that he never has much money. Sarah and Rayyan convince Yasir to hire him to help with his contractor business despite Amaar's lack of knowledge about construction. But Yasir figures Amaar's extra pair of hands couldn't hurt in speeding up completing a relatively simple home deck project. Yasir's new assistant is initially more of a burden, but ultimately helps in ways Yasir could not even have imagined. Meanwhile, based partly on Fatima's refusal to serve breakfast for lunch (she does not believe in a concept called brunch), Rayyan and J.J. kid with Fred about what they consider are obvious jokes about Muslim rituals and beliefs. Fred takes these stories as reality as he tells the world through his radio editorials. Or does Fred really know what's going on and is using Rayyan and J.J.'s stories for his own benefit?
6Let Prairie Dogs Lie
05 Nov 2008Description ▼
Yasir decides to join the Prairie Dog Lodge, a men's group based around hunting. Amaar and Baber can't understand his rationale for joining as Islam frowns upon killing. But Yasir sees dollar signs from joining from all the networking he can do to drum up clients for his construction business. But he has to get accepted first, no easy task as the lodge chief is Fred, who is suspicious of Muslims. But Fred also has ulterior motives in accepting Yasir as the lodge itself is in need of major repairs, and none of the existing members have the expertise to do the work. Once a member, will Yasir and his new lodge brothers be able to live in harmony, especially when Yasir is required to go on a hunting trip. Meanwhile, Rayyan is disappointed when - purely hypothetically - Sarah would not choose her to be her partner is a reality travel game show. Although Sarah does not use the word, others all have the same sentiment in not choosing Rayyan: she's too bossy. Rayyan tries to curb her bossiness to show her mother that they would make a good reality game show team.
19 Nov 2008Description ▼
For Layla's birthdays, Baber has a tradition: breakfast, a game of cricket and a movie - in that order - with his daughter. This year, Layla is turning sixteen and wants to break tradition by having a party with her friends, which upsets Baber. On advice from Rayyan and Amaar, Baber decides to throw Layla a surprise party. Layla, on the other hand, coerces her friend Jane into throwing her a party. Rayyan and Amaar find out about Jane's alternative party. Ultimately, Rayyan and Amaar and Layla are all surprised at Layla's sweet sixteen parties. Meanwhile, Fred is in the doghouse when he cheats on Fatima by eating at Tracy's Truck Stop.
8Mercy Dot Com
26 Nov 2008Description ▼
Yasir buys a fixer-upper for Rayyan and J.J. to live in. Rayyan hates the house because it's a long way up from becoming a fixer-upper. But what's worse, Fred lives next door, and likes to suntan in his backyard. Fred does whatever he can to stop Rayyan from moving in, not so much because of her being a Muslim, but because of the probable massive renovations that Yasir would do which may obscure his access to tanning sun's rays. Fred's plan may backfire when Rayyan finds out something that would stop Yasir from renovating. Ultimately, the facts needs to be straightened out before Rayyan or Fred will be happy. Meanwhile, computer technology has taken over Mercy. Layla talks Fatima into advertising the free Wifi access from a source down the street to attract new customers to the cafÃ©. And Amaar is offended when Layla consults the Internet about a spiritual matter instead of consulting with him. So he decides to give spiritual advice on-line.
9A Hard Days Fight
03 Dec 2008Description ▼
When J.J. tells Rayyan that he has been asked by his father to go back to Dubai to work on a short term project, does Rayyan mean it when she tells him to go if he wants to? Will J.J. go regardless if he wants to or not? Regardless, Rayyan and J.J. discover that they may have problems in their relationship - not so much based on this issue but how they deal with it. Meanwhile, Baber, who is taking a sabbatical from his university position, has been asked by Mr. Bowman, the principal at Layla's high school, if he would substitute for the math teacher while the regular teacher is on maternity leave. Much to Layla's horror, Baber accepts. But how will all Layla's classmates feel about being taught by Layla's father?
10Baber Is from Mars, Vegans Are from Vegus
05 Jan 2009Description ▼
Sarah needs to find a runner to join her in a two-person team for a 10 km fun run, her team representing the mayor's office. She asks in order Rayyan then Yasir, mentioning to both that each is her only choice since she wants to spend quality time with each. Both turn her down. However, after reconsidering - in Yasir's case, with a little prodding by Amaar and Duncan - both Rayyan and Yasir agree. Sarah's problem then becomes who she will choose and how to tell the other that he/she was not her only choice. A further problem may arise for Sarah if either Rayyan and/or Yasir find out about her lie. Meanwhile, a new vegan store has opened in Mercy, Layla who has been frequenting it. Baber initially supports Layla's new shopping locale since Layla has been purchasing halal approved foods. However when Baber sees the interaction between Layla and the store's clerk Rivertree, Baber thinks that Layla is interested in this non-Muslim boy. He then forbids her to shop there since he doesn't trust her. Regardless if she is interested in Rivertree or not, perhaps Baber should place a little more faith in his daughter's judgment.
12 Jan 2009Description ▼
At the Mercy Small Business Awards, what's worse than Fatima losing the Small Businesswoman of the Year award to a dog groomer is that Small Businessman of the Year Yasir inadvertently refers to Sarah as Susan in his thank you speech. And what's even worse than that is that Yasir let's it slip to his wife that he was once engaged to a woman named Susan, a fact she never knew beforehand. Meanwhile, Amaar meets new Mercy Chronicle editor/reporter/newspaper-Jack-of-All-Trades Nate Shore when Amaar wants some publicity for the Mercy Mosque's new venture with the Mercy Meals program. Spending the day with Nate, who has non-Muslim sensibilities, proves to be a little too much for Amaar to handle, especially as Nate sees Amaar as his new best buddy. However, Amaar ends up defending Nate to his Muslim friends. Amaar ultimately has to make a decision on what to do with his new best friend.
19 Jan 2009Description ▼
Ann offers Yasir a job as the town's building inspector, a job he accepts if only to approve his own renovations for Rayyan and J.J.'s house. But Ann buries him under a pile of past paperwork, which primarily consists of building infractions around town reported by one, Baber Siddiqui. But also in the overdue file is an actual building inspection. The building ends up not being to code, but what will Yasir do with the bribe he's already unknowingly accepted to approve the building? Ann, who knows about the historic process of bribes within the building inspection department, unwittingly provides Yasir with a wild idea to get out of this situation. Meanwhile, Nate has another buddy outing planned with Amaar: a double date. Amaar has trouble telling his date Jill - who continues to call him "Aimer" - or Nate that dating in the western sense is not allowed in Muslim culture. But Amaar has a change of focus on the situation when he learns that Jill didn't like him.
13The Week of Dying Dangerously
26 Jan 2009Description ▼
After Rayyan, Fred's doctor, tells him that there is an abnormality on his chest x-ray but that he has nothing to worry about, Fred still thinks that he's dying. To make his transition to the afterlife as positive as possible, Fred decides he needs to makes amends to the Muslim community, a 180 degree turn from his regular anti-Muslim rants. When Fred finds out that he is indeed not dying, he takes drastic measures to get his angry life back. Meanwhile, Baber is giving Layla driving lessons. The lessons are going badly, both for Layla but more so for Baber. Their problems may be due to something besides Baber's bad driving skills.
09 Feb 2009Description ▼
A couple of people in Mercy are trying to get noticed. One is Sarah, who seems to be the only person in Mercy who has not been featured in the newspaper segment Nate's Notables. She'll do whatever it takes to get quoted in the feature. The other is Amaar, who after two years on the job, has never had a raise from his starting salary. Hard nosed Baber, the mosque treasurer, refuses to grant Amaar's demand. In fact, Baber would like Amaar to take a pay cut. Coming to Amaar's rescue is Fred, who appoints himself Amaar's negotiator. Fred suggests Amaar take drastic measures. One person who is trying to get a little less attention is Rayyan. J.J. has returned to Mercy and he and Rayyan have made up from the argument they had prior to him leaving. In their renewed close state, J.J. admits he wants to see Rayyan without her hijab. What's worse for J.J. is that he finds out Amaar has seen her hair before him.
15Colour Me Excited
16 Feb 2009Description ▼
Yasir has finished the renovations on the house that he and Sarah bought as Rayyan and J.J.'s wedding gift. Sarah and Yasir even personalized it by painstakingly choosing the interior color scheme. But Rayyan and J.J. may never live in the house as J.J.'s parents, for a wedding present for their son and future daughter-in-law, bought them a luxurious island. Rayyan is having trouble telling her parents of the Jaffer's gift, not only because it is in direct competition with theirs, but because it also means that she and J.J. may be moving to the island away from Mercy. Meanwhile, Amaar holds an Islam quiz night. The winner, the recipient of the lucrative grand prize of car mats, is an unlikely person: Reverend Magee. This fact irks know-it-all Muslim, Baber, who wants a rematch.
16Recipe for Disaster
23 Feb 2009Description ▼
Fatima is depressed because of the lack of success in her life. To cheer her up, Layla and Fred send in her Lamb Fatima recipe to Bon Appetit magazine for possible publication, Lamb Fatima being probably the most popular item at the cafÃ©. The recipe does get published, but will Fatima appreciate the gesture? Meanwhile, Amaar holds a series of group couples counseling sessions. Sarah wants to attend, but Yasir, who doesn't, tells a white lie that he has a renovation job and can't make it. His renovation job is assisting Baber in setting up his home entertainment system, Yasir in part doing it so that he himself can watch Baber's new satellite TV. In Yasir's place, Sarah takes Duncan to the sessions. The counseling sessions are illuminating both when Sarah finds out about Yasir's white lie, and when Sarah and Duncan seem to be the perfect married couple.
02 Mar 2009Description ▼
Advice is running rampant in Mercy. Amaar feels he's getting too much advice from Reverend Magee and wants to break off his dependency. Many in town, including Sarah, Yasir and Fatima, start getting Muslim approved financial advice from economist Baber. It's not so much the advice to which they're looking to Baber for but solely for Baber to put together an investment portfolio that is making money without all the financial "gobbledy-gook" as Sarah calls it. And Rayyan, J.J. and Amaar are looking for advice on what to do with a certain gift. From J.J.'s cousin, it was a wedding gift to Rayyan and J.J., who inadvertently gave it to Amaar. All three want it but none of the three can figure out what it is even after opening the gift. Their solution?: whoever can figure out what the contraption is used for gets to keep the gift.
18Baber Makes an Entrance
09 Mar 2009Description ▼
After being complimented on her ability to make small talk, Sarah begins to over-think her small talk resulting in her small talk truly becomes just that: small. Meanwhile, under pressure from Faisal and after seeing Layla talk to a boy at the mosque, Baber makes a recommendation to Amaar that the women be made to use a different entrance to the mosque from the men. The men would use the front door and the women would use the back door. The women do not like this change, especially since the back door is currently solely used as the door to the garbage area. Amaar, using reverse psychology, lets Baber implement this plan thinking that he will do the exact opposite. But waiting for Baber to change his mind may be inconsequential if there are no women attending the mosque.
19Meet the Jaffers
16 Mar 2009Description ▼
Kareem and Noora Jaffer, J.J.'s parents, have arrived in Mercy for J.J. and Rayyan's wedding, deemed the Mercy social event of the year. Everybody wants everything to be perfect, but things don't seem to be heading in that direction. First, Baber and Faisal are the direct cause of the mosque being invaded by mice. Second, Kareem insists that Yasir name the amount of the Mahr, the monetary gift J.J. and his family are to provide to Rayyan. Yasir and Sarah are in a quandary as they don't want the amount to be either considered too high or too low, naming an amount that isn't just right which may result in a strain between old friends Kareem and Yasir. And third, Noora seems to have a problem with Rayyan marrying J.J. When Rayyan finds out the reason, Rayyan promises Noora that she will not tell J.J. the reason, which may be a problem since Rayyan tells J.J. everything.
20Can I Get a Witness?
23 Mar 2009Description ▼
Rayyan and J.J.'s wedding day has arrived. More issues have arisen this day beyond the previous problems of J.J.'s parents impending divorce, as well as the mosque being fumigated - leaving nowhere to hold the wedding. Noora, who was in charge of picking up Rayyan's wedding dress, has other things on her mind. Although Amaar is able to find an alternative location for the wedding, it happens to be the Prairie Dog Lodge, which is filled with iconic images offensive to the Muslim culture. And Fred has ulterior motives in offering the lodge in the first place. Will everything turn out well for Rayyan and J.J. by the end of the day?
1Love Thy Neighbour
28 Sep 2009Description ▼
With Reverend Magee's departure from Mercy comes his replacement, Reverend William Thorne. Reverend Thorne is dismayed with his new assignment in many ways: that Mercy is not exactly a bustling metropolis, that the size of the Anglican congregation is small, but most specifically the fact that the Mercy Mosque is located in the church. He can't do anything about the size of Mercy, but he can work on the latter two issues. He does his best to make sure that Amaar is not only aware that he and the mosque are unwelcome in the church, but that he considers Muslims as enemies. Reverend Thorne's wish of getting the mosque to vacate the church may be easier to accomplish than he imagined. Meanwhile, Rayyan, despite still dreaming of J.J. in bad ways, feels that she is over the fact of him leaving her at the altar. However, no one will let her forget as rumors abound in town that Rayyan is still devastated, crying and walking around in her wedding dress. But as she returns wedding gifts, Rayyan comes across one that makes her think that perhaps she should try to reconcile with J.J.
2Big Boys Dont Cry
05 Oct 2009Description ▼
It's time for the annual Mercy Mixer to take place, an event which was in the past co-hosted by Amaar and Reverend Magee to bring together the Muslim and Christian communities. It's aim was high on the education, medium on the social and low on the fun. Reverend Thorne wants nothing to do with it, instead wanting to hold his own Fun Fair solely for the Anglican community in hopes of bringing them back to the church. Reverend Thorne changes his mind after he makes a trip to the bank and sees the depleted savings of the church. He then devises a way to have the mixer, get the mosque to pay for it, and have it more of an Anglican Fun Fair. Will Amaar catch on? Meanwhile, Yasir thinks that Rayyan should start dating again. He believes the perfect person for her to date is his new foreman named Yousef, who is a recent immigrant to Canada. Rayyan, seeing what her father is doing, decides to have a little fun with him. Sarah also can't help but get in on the family games. But Yousef may have other thoughts, even if he can't articulate them properly to Rayyan, Yasir or Sarah.
3What's Yours Is Mine
12 Oct 2009Description ▼
Amaar is having yet another issue with Reverend Thorne. Thorne tricked Amaar into improvising a sermon, while Thorne used the one that Amaar was originally going to deliver. Not only does Amaar's improvisation bomb while Reverend Thorne's sermon receives much praise, Thorne's sermon is reprinted in the newspaper crediting Thorne for the inspirational words. Amaar devises a plan to get back at Thorne by purposely writing a bad sermon for Thorne to steal, but will Thorne take the bait? Meanwhile, Rayyan figures that with the house that Yasir and Sarah bought as a wedding gift for her and J.J. sitting empty, it is time for her to move out on her own. But Yasir, not wanting his daughter to move out until she is married, decides to sell the house from under her. Although Rayyan can no longer move into that house, this move by Yasir may place a permanent wedge between father and daughter.
4Break and Enter
19 Oct 2009Description ▼
Rayyan is relishing the fact of living on her own, if only her parents would leave her alone. Yasir and Sarah, with a key to her house to be used only for emergencies, have been over every day since Rayyan moved out and have even let themselves into the house using that key. Sarah and Yasir, wanting to respect Rayyan's adult wants, propose not to visit for one week uninvited or else they will give back the key. Yasir and Sarah try their best at respecting Rayyan's wishes, but one thing or another always brings them back to her house. Not wanting Rayyan to take away they key, they continually need to break into the house without her knowledge. Meanwhile, others, in Yasir and Sarah's supposed absence, have been coming over to visit Rayyan, despite the fact that she sometimes wants some time alone. Two of her visitors are Amaar and their chaperon Reverend Thorne, who agrees to this role if only as a ruse to continue his hard conversion sell of anyone non-Anglican to his church. And Rayyan's next door neighbor Fred, hearing prowlers (who in reality are Yasir and Sarah) forms a mob watch of the Prairie Dogs to protect the neighborhood.
5Death by Chocolate
26 Oct 2009
8Saving Sarah Hamoudi
23 Nov 2009Description ▼
Both Amaar and Reverend Thorne want to mount some sort of advertising campaign to attract new people to the mosque and church respectively. With some extra time on her hands, Sarah, who does public relations work for a living, volunteers to help whomever wants. Since Reverend Thorne asks her first, she decides to help him instead of Amaar, despite the fact that she is a Muslim herself. As she goes through this process with Reverend Thorne to great success, Sarah has to reconcile the "PR whiz" side of herself with the "Muslim" side of herself. One step to accomplish that is to convince Reverend Thorne to erect a new sign for the mosque in front of the church, to which he agrees. The actual sign, however, is not quite what Amaar would have had in mind. Sarah and Amaar have to come up with a plan to get Reverend Thorne to remove the sign, as he won't do so on his own. Meanwhile, Layla is still living with Rayyan. Baber wants her to move home. Rayyan wants her to move home. But Layla is content where she is. The only way Layla may consider moving back with Baber is if he apologizes to her, which may be impossible as he's just terrible at apologizing to anyone. Baber and Rayyan have to get the help of a true schemer in the form of Yasir to help. But perhaps a little honesty might go much further in accomplishing their mission.
9Gloves Will Keep Us Together
30 Nov 2009Description ▼
Amaar inadvertently agrees to an exhibition fund-raising boxing match with Reverend Thorne, who has a boxing background. Reverend Thorne does whatever he can to provoke Amaar, and is so sure of his victory that he makes a wager on the match. Amaar, seeing the boxing match as a metaphor of the battle between the Muslims and Christians, doesn't want to partake. As he progresses in his training, he admits to his trainer, Rayyan, what he really fears. Rayyan, trying to be supportive but still wanting Amaar to go through with the match, comes up with a plan. Will Amaar still go through with it? Meanwhile, Yasir is getting exasperated by Reverend Thorne's constant changes in the church renovations. The last straw for Yasir is after the reverend requests a change after Yasir has already completed that certain aspect of the job. When Yasir finds out that Sarah failed to give him a message beforehand from the reverend about that change, Yasir has to grovel for his job back.
10Bye Bye Yasir
04 Jan 2010Description ▼
Following his exhibition boxing match with Amaar, the match which Amaar won by a knockout, Reverend Thorne is sporting a neck brace and can barely move. Amaar learns the true nature of the reverend's injuries, and the reason for the brace. Meanwhile, Rayyan, the doctor, attends to an injured Baber at the mosque. As such, word goes around town that Rayyan makes house calls, a rumor she vehemently denies to all who will listen. Regardless, she is asked to make one house call after another, but it's Fred's calls, or his supposed calls, to which Rayyan does not respond. And Mother Hamoudi is having health problems of her own and Yasir is contemplating going to Lebanon to take care of her. Sarah, who has never got along with her mother-in-law - Mother Hamoudi did suggest that Yasir take a second wife - has to figure out a way to seem supportive while still holding a secret grudge against Mother Hamoudi.
11The Great Indoors
11 Jan 2010Description ▼
With Yasir away in Lebanon to take care of Mother Hamoudi, Sarah is running Yasir's business, most specifically the church contract, which is already four weeks behind schedule. As the reverend is threatening not to pay because of the delay, Sarah has to crack the whip with the subcontractors. Cracking the whip isn't Sarah's style, but it is Rayyan's. With the church and mosque shut down for the weekend because of the necessary electrical rewiring, Nate suggests to Amaar that he go camping. Despite not being a camping person, Amaar ultimately thinks it is a good idea as it will allow him to be alone and reflect quietly. But he will have to reflect in a noisy environment when Nate, Baber, Faisal and Fred tag along. But in their collective haste, they forget many of the necessary essentials for camping, such as food and shelter. And without transportation (as Joe, their driver, decided to not stay), the fivesome have to decide how to survive the weekend, not only without food and shelter, but also with each other. The fivesome becomes a sixsome when Amaar runs into another Mercyite communing with nature.
12Pants on Fire
18 Jan 2010Description ▼
After an off the cuff comment by Amaar, Nate prints in the newspaper that Amaar is going to lead the fund-raising drive to save the Mercy Arena from ruin. Although Amaar wants the arena to be saved, he doesn't want to lead the drive. But forced to do so, Amaar, after reading about it, thinks that the $100,000 money that comes with being named the town to host Kraft Hockeyville is the way to save the arena. To sway the voters of Kraft Hockeyville, Amaar, with Nate's help, is going to make a documentary movie about the hockey spirit in Mercy. Reverend Thorne, who has a minor in filmmaking, has other plans for the movie. Meanwhile, Sarah is still running Hamoudi Contracting in Yasir's absence. The Mayor has allowed Sarah only to finish the church contract, but is not allowed to take on any more contract work, or else be fired from her job at City Hall. Can Sarah keep it a secret from the Mayor that she's been contracted by Fred to renovate his bathroom?
14Holly Go Quickly
01 Feb 2010Description ▼
With Yasir still in Lebanon, Sarah has been spending much of her time at his construction business office in the church. She has turned her attention to organizing things at the church, much the way she has organized her life with Yasir. Although they appreciate her efforts, Amaar and Reverend Thorne are at their wits end when Sarah takes her self-appointed organizational duties to an extreme. They have to figure out how to get her to stop without hurting her feelings. Meanwhile, Rayyan thinks about her best friend from college, Holly Weldon, who Rayyan dropped from her life when she became serious about Islam since Holly was not Muslim. Rayyan regrets doing that and wants to reconnect with Holly. Rayyan is surprised that not only does Holly not hold a grudge against her, but that she wants to come to Mercy for a visit. When Holly arrives, Rayyan may regret reconnecting with her old friend as Holly believes she has a mutually-exclusive relationship with Jesus, and that her mission is to save Rayyan from Islam and by association eternal damnation.
16Keeping the Faith
01 Mar 2010
18A Lease Too Far
15 Mar 2010Description ▼
Reverend Thorne has finally got his wish: he's managed to kick the Muslims out of Mercy Anglican without looking like the bad guy. The next step is to get Hamoudi Contracting out as well. Amaar goes looking for another space in Mercy for a mosque, and comes up with what looks to be the only solution: the soon to be demolished Mercy Arena. Back at the church, Sarah tries to make life difficult for Reverend Thorne. But Reverend Thorne's life may be difficult enough without Sarah's help as what may be Reverend Thorne's wish is not that of Archbishop Tom Edmonds, who sees Mercy Anglican as the Anglican diocese's jewel in the prairies due to its vision of tolerance. Unaware of what Reverend Thorne has done, the Archbishop is coming for a visit expecting to see the mosque in the church. Before the Archbishop's arrival, Reverend Thorne has to figure a way to get the Muslims back without letting them know he needs them back. Will there be a fairy-tale ending?
1A Holiday Story
06 Dec 2010Description ▼
It's the December holiday season, and the Christian and Muslim children at the church/mosque are fighting over how to decorate the building. This fight, especially the sight of an ornament looking like a mosque made out of Christmas tree light bulbs, makes Amaar remember back to the one and only major fight he had with Reverend Magee the first year the mosque was located in the church. Without asking, Duncan used the prayer hall as a practice space for the Christmas pageant's choir, then decorated outside the prayer hall with Christmas decorations. Amaar and Duncan were able to overcome these problems amicably, with Duncan even inviting the Muslim congregation to their Christmas party. But the last straw for Amaar was when the Anglican congregation, without Duncan's OK, moved into the prayer hall for the Christmas party since there was no other available space in town. Amaar disallowed the Christmas party in the prayer hall, much to an angry Duncan's chagrin. One other battle that year happened between Sarah and Yasir, who decided to place Hamoudi Contracting invoices in the Christmas cards Sarah was sending out. And Sarah wondered why they weren't receiving any Christmas cards in return.
03 Jan 2011Description ▼
Amaar is ready to propose to Rayyan, but he almost forgets to ask Yasir for her hand in marriage beforehand. In the intervening time, Rayyan is aware that Amaar is about ready to ask her. The unfortunate thing for Rayyan is that everyone else in town is also aware that Amaar is about ready to ask her. That fact ruins the mood for when Amaar is about ready to ask. So both Amaar and Rayyan, with a little help from Sarah (at times too much help), try to come up with individual plans to make the actual proposal special. Meanwhile, Reverend Thorne is on every Mercyite's enemy list both for kicking out the Muslims from the church and denigrating Mercy as a town. Since there is no indication that he will be leaving Mercy anytime soon, he has to try and find a way to get at least the Anglican congregation to be back on his side.
17 Jan 2011Description ▼
In their continuing Christian/Muslim battle of superiority, Reverend Thorne and Baber decide to play bridge. The reverend chooses Sarah as his partner when she shows enthusiasm and a knowledge of the game, while Baber chooses the mayor as his partner. But Baber and Ann are aware, as the reverend soon is as well, that Sarah is a horrible player. When the reverend decides to lie to Sarah to get out of playing with her again, he ends up feeling guilty, especially after she finds out. Never having felt guilt before, he has to find out what the social norm is to deal with guilt and make amends. Meanwhile, Amaar is made aware that there is a wide economic disparity between himself and Rayyan, who many are calling his sugar mama. Based on a comment by Baber, Amaar thinks the perfect solution at least to make himself feel better is for them to have a prenuptial agreement to protect Rayyan. What will Rayyan think about this idea?
24 Jan 2011
31 Jan 2011Description ▼
The roof in the church collapses, destroying Amaar's apartment. Amaar learns that he can never live there again as when Sarah tries to get a building permit to make the necessary repairs, the city informs her that the zoning of the building does not allow any residential use. Stuck for a place to stay at least for that night, Amaar reluctantly takes Thorne up on his offer to stay at his place. As Amaar tries to find a new place to stay, he finds that there seem to be few to no options. Even the few leads he has for either short or long term accommodations seem to fall through at the last minute. Is this bad luck or the work of a lonely Anglican reverend who wants a roommate? Meanwhile, Sarah is doing whatever she can to halt the aging process, or at least to appear young. She is even more determined when she learns that Cassie McTavish, a dear but ultra-competitive friend, is passing through the area. When Sarah sprains her ankle, she refuses to use a cane, thinking it makes her look like an old lady. Sarah and Ann come up with a scheme to allow Sarah to walk without a cane during Cassie's visit.
6Smooth Hate Criminal
07 Feb 2011Description ▼
Thorne has stress related insomnia. The prescription from Dr. Hamoudi is "relaxation". As such, Rayyan suggests to Amaar that he hang out more with Thorne to reduce the stress in Thorne's life. Amaar reluctantly agrees as although he is still staying with Thorne, he still doesn't truly trust him. But the two really do start to bond to the detriment of Amaar and Rayyan's relationship. Meanwhile, Ann's popularity with the Muslim demographic is dropping. So when she accidentally spills some paint on a rug in the mosque in the shape of a cross while helping Sarah, and after Baber, Faisal and some of the other conservative Muslims find the stained carpet believing it's a hate crime, Ann refuses to confess believing such a confession to be political suicide. But when that incident spirals into an all out war of the conservative Muslims versus the conservative Anglicans, new buddies Thorne and Amaar may prove that cooperation is the key to finding the culprit... or is it?
7Brother, Can You Spare a Mosque?
14 Feb 2011Description ▼
Amaar and Rayyan decide that they should purchase a post-wedding item, namely a mattress. It's a good time for Rayyan to test them as she's been working a lot of overtime and is in need of a good sleep. While shopping, Amaar learns something about Rayyan when she falls asleep while lying down on a mattress and that even she did not know about herself: she snores. She denies that she has ever snored. Or does she not know only because she's asleep when she does it? Meanwhile, Sarah works her hardest to do good deeds so that she can be voted local hero. She thinks her prayers have been answered when a young drifter named Phil arrives in Mercy. Sarah decides to help Phil out, and if Nate shows up after she calls him so that he can photograph her helping Phil, so much the better. But when Baber and Thorne learn what Sarah is up to, they decide to hone in her territory by being nice to Phil so that they can be voted local hero. Phil plays each off the other to get as much as he can. But if Phil has to choose between the gifts each is offering him, who will he choose?
8Every Thorne Has Its Rose
21 Feb 2011Description ▼
Amaar and Rayyan learn that Thorne has been lying about being busy at work and about his whereabouts. In reality he's been hanging out at the library as he's attracted to Rose, but he's lost his nerve to ask her out. When Amaar and Rayyan learn what's going on, Amaar wants Throne to follow his heart, whereas Rayyan feels the need to meddle. At first Rayyan thinks that the more experienced Thorne should leave the innocent Rose alone. By the time that Rayyan learns that Rose is attracted to Thorne, she has to convince Thorne to ask her out. Will Rayyan's meddling eventually get the two lonely souls together? Meanwhile, the health inspector shuts down Fatima's for more than health violations, but there are a couple of construction related issues she has to fix before she can reopen. Sarah sees that the job will be an easy one, but Fatima is reluctant to hire a friend. Fatima and Sarah to come to an understanding about the work, but that understanding may not truly be understood by both parties.
9Love at First Fight
28 Feb 2011
10An Arranged Marriage
07 Mar 2011
11The Bachelor Party
14 Mar 2011
12If You Leave Me Now...
21 Mar 2011
13Amaar's Well That Ends Well
28 Mar 2011
09 Jan 2012Description ▼
Amaar and Rayyan cut short their planned one year pilgrimage/honeymoon and return to Mercy early since Rayyan believes Sarah needs her support on Yasir's news that he will be staying in Lebanon to be with his ailing mother, ending Yasir and Sarah's thirty-one year marriage. Rayyan does whatever she can to help her mother over her supposed grief, including encouraging Sarah to attend Ann's divorce support group, and asking Sarah to move in with her and Amaar. Through this support process, Rayyan comes to an understanding on why she needs to help her mother so much, while Sarah tries to convince Rayyan that she's fine. Meanwhile, Baber, who has come to a love/hate relationship with Thorne in his renewed role as Imam, believes that Amaar has come back to assume the position of Imam, despite Amaar's assertion that he has no desire for his old job.
2What's in a Name?
16 Jan 2012Description ▼
Rayyan resuming her medical practice in Mercy comes with some unwanted baggage, namely an overbearingly sweet nurse receptionist named Poppy, who doesn't seem to have a sense of personal boundaries. As unwanted as Poppy is to Rayyan as her nurse receptionist is Amaar's intervention in the matter. Meanwhile, Ann has decided to help Sarah by renewing her driver's license with Sarah's new old name, Sarah Cunningham (her maiden name) which Ann has had legally changed. This name reversion brings up the question from the name's bearer, "who is Sarah Cunningham". In looking back on the life of the old Sarah Cunningham, Sarah finds a woman who lived vicariously through her best friend Ann. As such, Sarah vows that this time around she's going to be a take charge, outgoing person who lives through herself, which is totally against her nature. A side effect of Sarah's name change is that, without consulting her herself, Baber and Thorne battle for her religious soul, or at least her body in their respective congregation.
4The Dating Game
06 Feb 2012Description ▼
Amaar and Rayyan are arguing about how and when to host their first dinner party, which Amaar sees as a piece of cake to arrange, while Rayyan sees it as an important milestone on how others will judge their marriage and as such which requires much thought and consideration. Regardless, they decide to hold it this evening. One unplanned invitee is Charles Thorne, Reverend Thorne's older brother who is in town on business to audit the city's books, much to Sarah's horror and Ann's disgust - disgust both for the audit itself and in that she is attracted to him as a man. The brothers Thorne are somewhat estranged - the reverend who uses the word hate to describe how he feels about his brother - but Charles seems to want to extend an olive branch. Amaar inviting Charles is a way to get the two brothers together and talking. Three issues have the potential to turn the dinner party into a total disaster. First, Amaar is trying an untested menu with non-cook Rayyan as his assistant. Second, three of the four invitees - Reverend Thorne, Sarah and Ann - hate the fourth. And third, the possibility of the character flaw that the reverend sees in his brother - his obsessive nature which led to Charles abandoning his little brother when they were younger - rearing its ugly head despite Charles' assertion that he is a changed man.
7Mosque of Dreams
20 Feb 2012Description ▼
Amaar may have a new goal in life of building a mosque in Mercy, but he doesn't really know how to get started in achieving that goal. Rayyan provides advice, which includes getting the help of some of their friends and family. That help doesn't come as easily as they would like. They need Ann on their side as mayor, but she is preoccupied with her obsession of speaking to a now absent Charles, who doesn't seem to be calling, faxing, emailing or texting as often as she would like. They want Sarah to be their PR person, but Sarah is having a slight crisis in Muslim faith as she flirts with the idea of having an affair with someone who hasn't touched her lips in thirty years: bacon. And Baber believes Amaar's plan will usurp his role as Imam. As such, Baber goes to extreme lengths to show Amaar that the residents of Mercy won't tolerate an actual mosque complete with minarets in their town.
05 Mar 2012Description ▼
Glenda Beckford, the Mayor of nearby Darnley and a colleague of Ann's from their college days, is stopping by Mercy for a visit with her old friend. Glenda is also Ann's best frenemy, the two who have been in open friendly and not so friendly competition with each other as long as they have known each other. Ann asks Sarah to arrange a lunch at the best restaurant in Mercy for Glenda's visit. When Sarah tries to crash that lunch, Ann refuses to let Sarah stay, which leads to the biggest argument the two have ever had and which might end Ann and Sarah's friendship. Glenda uses that opportunity to lure Sarah away to work for her. But working for Glenda isn't all that Glenda made it out to be. Ann is equally as heartbroken about losing Sarah both as a friend and employee. Can either Ann or Sarah mend their personal and professional relationships without crawling back to the other? Meanwhile, it's Rayyan's birthday, which Amaar has totally forgot about as he is preoccupied with tasks around the new mosque. At what ends up being Rayyan's one day late birthday dinner out, Amaar basically ignores her as he deals with those mosque issues on his cellphone. Rayyan is angry over Amaar's behavior, while Amaar refuses to apologize for his behavior. When Rayyan hears about the nature of the phone calls, will she understand why Amaar is so preoccupied? And the church and mosque are holding their regular rummage sale. Both Thorne and Baber are offended when they see that the other has donated to the rummage sale what were originally gifts from one to the other. Their offended selves decide to enter into a challenge on who can sell more. But their challenge may be not to get sentimental about their "friendship" first as those gifted items hit the selling block.
9Haunted Mosque on the Prairie
12 Mar 2012Description ▼
It's three weeks until the new Mercy Mosque is officially open, but no one, besides Amaar, seems to know or really seems to care. Even the fact that Yousef bought a new shirt - as nice a shirt as it is - is garnering more attention. Rayyan suggests that Amaar get Nate to print a story in the Mercy Chronicle, but making such a story exciting to Nate itself becomes a challenge. The one thing that Nate picks up from Amaar's ramblings about the new mosque site is that a dead body was found in the building many years ago. Amaar, believing any publicity is good publicity, fails to tell Nate the complete nature of that dead body. What Nate ends up printing is that the building the new mosque is located in is haunted. Baber designates himself as the official Jinn exorciser, until Thorne inflicts his own western cultural sensibilities on Baber. Only when Amaar and Rayyan turn to PR maven Sarah, who comes up with a PR stunt, may they be able to show all the Muslims in Mercy that the building is safe to enter. Meanwhile, Nate, who believes he has fallen in love, goes to extreme lengths to be with the object of his affections, much to Fred's delight.
10The Worst of Times
27 Mar 2012Description ▼
Ann is lamenting the fact that Charles will soon be getting married. She feels it is her destiny to marry him, but she needs to help that destiny along. Rather than being the bad ending of a romance movie by stopping the wedding at the altar, Sarah suggests Ann show him how good a woman she is for him. Ann puts her own interpretation of that message to take extreme measures to be that Charles Thorne-worthy woman. Meanwhile, Sarah is testing the waters of being an Anglican again. Her short stint in the church choir makes her think twice about the move back to Christianity. And Amaar informs Baber that he plans on reassuming the position of Imam at the Rayyan Mosque when it opens. As such, Baber decides to keep the Mercy Mosque open. Thorne welcomes Baber's decision to stay. But will Thorne think the same if Baber can't raise enough donations from the Muslims who decide to stay at the Mercy Mosque to pay the rent? An action by Sarah may make Baber and Thorne's decisions on the matter a moot point.
11The Best of Times
02 Apr 2012Description ▼
A heartbroken Ann didn't make it to Charles' wedding if only to stop him from marrying another woman. The same applies to Charles himself in that he didn't make it to his own wedding since he came to the realization that he wanted to marry Ann and be with her for the rest of their lives instead. But in the sober light of day, will Ann, who has lived much of her life as the non-monogamous partier, settle down with only Charles if given the opportunity? Meanwhile, the fact that Mercy Anglican is no more due to the fact that Sarah accidentally burned it down and that Thorne failed to renew the insurance leaves Thorne's future in Mercy in doubt. The town is now a place he loves and doesn't want to leave. The fact of the church's physical structure no longer being there also means that the Mercy Mosque is no more, but that fact doesn't stop Baber still from refusing to be a part of the new Rayyan Mosque, with Amaar as its Imam. Amaar feels that he has to reach out to Baber somehow. In reaching out to Baber, Amaar ultimately believes he can kill two birds with one stone, the idea for which stemming partly from the first religious event he sanctions at Rayyan Mosque.
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