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

If we seem more polarized than ever, leaders at Ganondagan wonder if it’s because we rarely sit down with people who are different from us. That’s why Ganondagan is hosting an event called “Breaking Bread, Building Bridges.” It will bring together individuals from various gender, religious, and ethnic communities.

We talk to the participants about what they hope to accomplish during the event. Our guests:

  • Gabrielle Hermosa, public speaker and trans woman
  • Mubarak Bashir, director of faith outreach for the Rochester chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
  • Lauren Jimerson, Seneca (Heron Clan), art therapist, and fine artist
  • Meg Joseph, executive director of Friends of Ganondagan

Tarek Fatah is a writer, broadcaster, and liberal Muslim who founded the Muslim Canadian Congress. His book, The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism, examines the historical, psychological, and political divide between Jews and Muslims. 

Fatah will be a guest of ROC4 Israel on Sunday, February 28, but first he joins Connections to discuss his book and the current state of Muslim-Jewish relations.

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.

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:

#IStandWithAhmed: we'll welcome a panel of young, local Muslims to discuss their feelings on the 14-year old from Texas who was arrested after he brought a clock to school. We'll talk about prejudice, their experiences, and the way forward with our guests:

  • Iman Abid
  • Emine Yozcu
  • Muhammed Kafi Ciftci

In this hour, we look at ISIS in the broader context of the Muslim world. We examine the question of how peaceful Muslims – and people of all faiths – can respond to violence in the name of religion. We discuss this with our panel: