This Thursday, May 19th, Jean will talk with Monem Salam the focus of the documentary On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly. The documentary follows Salam, a financial adviser for Islamic financing, as he pursues a lifelong dream of getting a private pilot’s license post-9/11. Salam’s father was a commercial pilot for 25 years.
On a Wing and a Prayer shows the difficulties Salam faces to pursue his dream, including an F.B.I inquiry. The documentary also follows Salam’s family and shows their story as Muslim Americans living in a small town. Both Salam and his wife Iman talk about the importance of their faith in their lives and the way in which they reach out to the community to share that faith post-9/11. Most importantly, the documentary emphasizes Salam’s right as an American to pursue his passions.
Since there was a such a positive reaction to the documentary in interfaith organizations, it is now used in a nationwide project called 20,000 Dialogues, which seeks to change some of the negative opinions about Islam and Muslims by using entertaining films about Muslims along with dialogue.
Visit the show page for On a Wing and a Prayer to find out how to listen and participate.