When Nazir and Fahmida clash at a speed dating night they couldn't be more different. Can a chance meeting on the bus home lead to a potentially beautiful friendship?
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To find the girl of his dreams, Nazir goes along to an Islamic speed-dating evening. But all he finds are women keen to know how he'd support a wife financially and, as Nazir isn't able to support himself financially, it's all a little disastrous. It's even worse when Fahmida, chaperoning her friend Yasmin, insults Nazir for his fecklessness. Nazir leaves, but when he boards the bus home he finds he hasn't got the bus fare and, spotting Fahmida, begs her for the money. To stop the embarrassment of Nazir holding everyone up, she gives him the fare. When they find themselves sitting next to each other, bit by bit they begin a conversation that to their surprise shows they have more in common than they thought. Will Fahmida allow her prejudice against Nazir's poverty to get in the way of a potentially beautiful friendship? Or perhaps more? My Jihad is a tender and funny love story told on a night bus journey home. Written by anonymous

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My Jihad is now four episodes of 15 minutes each on BBC Three. But it is currently only viewable online using BBC iPlayer in the UK. See more »

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19 October 2015 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is really fine. Unpretentious, funny, brilliant characters, pitch perfect. I hope the writer, the director and the actors carry on and do more like this!

I also like it that it is drawing on the root meaning of "Jihad" which (as a non-Moslem) I understand is the struggle to live a righteous life. But it is all done with a light touch, neither diminishing the idea, nor over-egging it.

The pilot draws you in, in a witty sort of a way, and I certainly didn't suspect who the main characters were going to be, until they finally settled into their conversation on the bus.

Why on earth hasn't it been put out on the main BBC? It deserves to be shown everywhere, that is: anywhere where there is more than one culture bumping up against each other - where each has to make the best they can of their own world, in the presence of other worlds that might lack in respect or understanding.


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