Zarqa Nawaz created the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west. Little Mosque on the Prairie premiered to record ratings on the CBC in 2007. It finished airing for 6 seasons in 2012 and is now being broadcast to over 60 countries. Now, Zarqa has written her best selling comedic memoir Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, about growing up as a Canadian of Muslim faith.
In 2005, Zarqa Nawaz made the ground-breaking documentary Me and the Mosque, for the National Film Board of Canada about Muslim women’s battle with patriarchy in the mosque which ultimately inspired the television series. Zarqa has a B.Sc from the University of Toronto and a B.A.A in journalism from Ryerson University.