A shallow, smug, and preachy episode about Rayyan's dating. It sounded like a public announcement warning the "shallow" Jeffs of the world not to come near Muslim women.
I actually like Jeff.
How many times did they have to say "Islam says this and that" and "Muslims do and Muslims don't"? Why can't Rayyan just say "I don't date." This is a little sit com about a little mosque in a a little town. Why the constant urge to speak IN The NAME OF Islam and Muslims? Lose the big head little mosque.
What was the point of collapsing all dating with a Muslim woman dating a non-Muslim man and making that the taboo of all taboos? Why didn't they re-define dating? Especially when the flirting and sexual tension between the Imam and Rayan is used to drive the episode forward?
There are mosques that organize a "Muslim" version of speed dating. There are Muslims "dating" on specialized internet sites. The Muslims I know go on all kinds of dates, some with physical contact of varying degrees (I'll spare you the sports metaphors) and some without. People dated in college (and I don't mean only the leftists. Actually some of the best Habbeebeh (love birds) of my college days were Samer and Maysoon, two leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood on campus).
On this note, in pre-Intifada days many parents from my hometown used to ship their daughters (and sons) home when they reached puberty to protect them from the loose morals of American society. Those kids sometimes are living with their grandmothers or the mothers since the fathers are too busy working in their grocery stores in New York or Dearborn. So in effect the family is split and most of these kids hardly have a relationship with their fathers. The kids usually attend the American school in town and a couple of other private schools that were established to cater specially for them.
Whether the parents want to believe or not, these kids date. Probably more so in Ramallah than in Dearborn.
In short, Muslims date.
But wait--maybe that's the whole point of the episode: that those dating Muslims are not really Muslims or are bad Muslims that need to reform their ways.
In other words a sermon. "I'll get you a pamphlet" kind of non-argument.
Wake up little mosque. You're sounding too provincial even for a little mosque on the prairie.