The new film The Big Sick explores the challenges when Muslims decide to date outside of their own culture and religion. Based on the real-life relationship of writer and star Kumail Nanjiani, the film centers on a Pakistani-American and his white, non-Muslim girlfriend.

We discuss the themes of the film and the occasionally uncomfortable issues that can arise. Our guests: 

  • Ilhan Ali, intersectional feminist, activist, and stand-up comedian
  • Imad Abid, 25-year-old Muslim American
  • Sareer Fazili, president of the Islamic Center of Rochester
  • Doug Kester, teacher, actor, and traveler

550 local high school students gathered this week for the largest-ever interfaith day at Nazareth College's Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies. We discuss what the students learned, and what they shared about their own experiences regarding religious tolerance. Our guests:

  • Reverend Gordon V. Webster, co-chair of the Hickey Center's Global Citizenship Conference 
  • Nora Bradbury-Haehl, co-chair of the Hickey Center's Global Citizenship Conference
  • Awal Deu, junior at Bishop Kearney High School
  • Jake Evans, sophomore at Victor High School

How much do you know about Islam? Most Americans don't know much about why Sunni and Shia have had conflicts over the centuries.

This hour, we open with a conversation about the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Who are they? What do they believe, and why? We also learn more about the interfaith vigil the local Ahmadiyya Muslim community is organizing on Saturday, December 19. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Baitun Naseer Mosque at 1609 East Main Street in Rochester.

We also discuss the nature of religious worship more broadly. You might have seen that a college professor was placed on administrative leave after she posted on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. What do scholars say? What do our holy books say? Our guests:

Just three weeks after the attacks in Paris, a husband and wife killed 14 people and wounded at least 17 at a holiday party for staff at a social services center in San Bernardino, California. Authorities have learned the woman pledged her allegiance to ISIS.

In Rochester, the local interfaith and Islamic communities had previously scheduled a peace rally for December 4, but decided to postpone it after the shooting. Organizers say the wounds are too fresh, it is too sensitive of a time, and they are concerned about safety. 

Our panelists share their thoughts on Islamophobia, ISIS, and how the local Islamic community is reacting to the shooting.

First hour: Confronting Islamophobia after the San Bernardino shooting

Second hour: Reshaping Rochester Awards

We have an open-ended conversation on what the local Islamic community is experiencing and feeling since the terror attacks in Paris.

Our panelists share their thoughts on prejudice, refugees, ISIS, and how they view their religion. Our guests:

Understanding women in Islam. Some local college students recently spent a day wearing hijbas, the traditional Muslim headscarf for women. The non-Muslim students had the chance to think about life from the Muslim perspective. We'll talk to Muslim and non-Muslim students alike, and we'll explore misunderstandings about women in Islam. with our guests: 

  • Braa Elkhidir, Nazareth student and head of Nazareth Muslim Student Association
  • Angel Tona, local college student
  • Lynne Boucher, Director of the Center for Spirituality at Nazareth College