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!
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…
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.
I was so excited to record an episode with one of my best friends, Khulood. She and I are like two peas in a pod and when I wanted to record this episode I knew she would be perfect.
I have been wanting to record a Q&A to answer some common questions, but also allow the listeners to get to know who this Muslim girl is. I hope you enjoy the episode, below are some links to some of the resources I used to learn about producing. I hope you find them helpful and if you have any questions send them my way and Ill try to help as much as I can :).
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.
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…
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?
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.
If you are all about female empowerment, this is for you…
I continue to be amazed by the woman I meet and their stories. Heba is no exception and has become a figure that I hope has a constant presence in her community and to me. I knew from the moment we met, and the time after that when we sat on opposite ends of a forum “Feminism in Islam”, that she was going to be someone I looked up to – I was right…
…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.