Zarqa Nawaz: The Canadian Who Inspired Me
“When I was a journalism student at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, as it was called then, my instructor was Stuart McLean. He taught the radio broadcast course, and we were all in awe of him. One day he strode in and asked, ‘Zarqa, how many people are in a barbershop quartet?’
‘Twelve,’ I stammered. I didn’t even know what a barbershop quartet was.
Stuart stared at me for a few seconds, then bellowed, ‘In the Muslim world, it takes 12 people to form a barbershop quartet!’
I never found out why he asked that question, but he would do that: ask questions of us when we least expected it. And he taught us to find the magic in the unexpected. When people say something that confounds you, use the material and spin it into gold. Story is made of magic you collect when you least expect it.” —Zarqua Nawaz is a writer, journalist, filmmaker and creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie.