The First Muslim Friendly Luxury Resort in the Americas

Its been a while, hasn’t it? First, Happy International Podcast Day! In celebration I put in a little more effort to get a new episode up :). This episode is actually really cool because I sit down with Rebecca Khan who is the Marketing Director of the first Muslim friendly Luxury resort in the Americas– Grand Medina. Yes you read that right, Muslim friendly! Check out the episode to lear about the accommodations, like halal food and an all women club/spa with an all women’s pool!

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Are you hot in that?

Im not even going to try and pretend that I didn’t have a fangirl moment when I recorded this episode- I completely own it…

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Lets Talk Mental Health and Stigmatization

In my newest episode on This Muslim Girl Podcast, I have the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Alsaidi. Sarah is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in child development and nonfiction writing. After working with survivors of domestic violence at the Arab American Family Support Center, Sarah began her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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This is Brenda and this is her conversion story…(Podcast EP08)

A new episode is live on the podcast! This time I was joined by Brenda who converted to Islam in 1986. I was excited to learn more about her conversion story because although I have known her since I was a child I actually never really knew what her story was.

Brenda, who was born to a White German mother and a Mexican father, was introduced to Islam during a rough time in her life. I couldn’t help but smile as I listened to her story of how her husband introduced her to Islam by giving her a Quran when they first met and how they both as converts grew together as better Muslims, strengthening their Iman (faith). Brenda also talks about the struggles of being in an interacial relationship with an African-American man and the types of discrimination they faced.

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“My Father was Accused of Being a Terrorist”

I love how easy it is to get connected to people today! I feel so fortunate to get to meet such inspiring and strong women from all over the world, and my next guest is an absolute example of that strength.

I met Mariam through a mutual friend who thought Mariam would be a great feature. I was told she was amazing and smart and that I should have her on because she had a story to share. At that time, and really up until I got Mariam on the phone, I didn’t know what that story was. When she started to tell me about it I was compeltetly tuned in! It was one for the books…

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Sister Sister Podcast Episode / Ramadan Mubarak 2017

Salam!

First, Ramadan Mubarak! I know I’m kind of late considering Eid is about a week away. Is anyone else freaked out by how fast time is passing!?

Any who, I recorded an episode with my sister, Hana, that is available HERE for iTunes and HERE for for Android . Hana and I actually tried recording an episode together months ago but for whatever reason our recording was full of problems – wasn’t the time I guess?

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Hand in Hand for Yemen

Yemen, one of the world’s poorest countries, has been torn apart by conflict since 2014. This war has led to the displacement of many of its people, and more importantly, it has triggered a humanitarian disaster. On the verge of famine, Yemen’s humanitarian situation is critical with 4 in 5 Yemenis needing some form of assistance. The health-care system is on the verge of collapsing and millions of people are on the brink of famine. While 19 million people lack access to clean water and sanitation facilities, 7 million don’t know where their next meal will come from. Ramadan is near and fears, on this holy blessed month, substantially increase in these already high numbers.

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Meet Jehan Hakim (Podcast Ep 02)…

…a Yemeni-American advocate changing communities and building bridges.

Leaders in our communities have always been predominately, if not entirely, controlled by men. The involvement of women was minuscule or non existent for whatever reason and that was the norm growing up. Today, with many Yemeni women graduating from university and acquiring knowledge in areas such as political science, sociology, anthropology, and psychology it is paramount that these types of backgrounds are utilized in building and nourishing our communities.

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Meet Anysa Saleh – Podcast Ep. 01

A Yemeni-American Bay Area Artist from the Central Valley of California

I have known Anysa my entire adult life. I met her the first day of my freshman year in college. I didn’t think much of our acquaintance because she was my older sisters friend and 9 years older than me. I later would find out that age was an arbitrary number that was insignificant to the intellectual and artistic relationship we would create. She is an inspirational, strong– yet delicate-, game changer  – but most of all she is one of my best friends.

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