TV program will explore Islam religion Five commercial television broadcasters and South Dakota Public Television are joining Gov. Bill Janklow in producing and showing a special program, South Dakota Faces of Islam, that will air later this month.
The one-hour show is scheduled to air Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. The show will be taped in advance.
Janklow will host Raf'it Hussain, who is a Sioux Falls medical doctor, and Alireza Salehnia, a South Dakota State University professor at Brookings. Both are Muslims. They will answer questions from Janklow and discuss Islam as a religion.
The show will also feature special news stories by the TV stations about South Dakotans who are Muslims.
"Given what's happening in the world right now, people really need to understand as much as they can about Islam. While it is not overly large, we have a significant number of Muslims in South Dakota. The fact that the terrorists responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks were Muslims should not be held against anyone else just because they follow the religion of Islam," Janklow said.
Commercial TV stations participating in the program and its simultaneous broadcast include three based in Sioux Falls � KSFY, KELO and KDLT � and two based in Rapid City, KOTA and KNBN. In addition to those five, South Dakota Public Television also plans to broadcast the show.