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


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 Heba Subeh-Hyder

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…

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Discover Lerdo

I have an hour to an hour and 15 minute commute to and from work every day. Initially I thought this would be something I would get tired of real quick, but instead I found myself enjoying the quite time alone. In addition to that, I got to enjoy the changing views with each season. My drive mainly consists of fields, farming, and agriculture. This includes orchards, vineyards, and even oil field. So I am always inspired by the colors, the textures, the lines, and the reflections in the water.

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