A Beautiful Disaster- Culmination ’17

Hello Internet, 

It is a gloomy Sunday and I am thrilled about spending my entire day indoors. I made myself some hot chocolate and I’m a little disappointed because per my little sisters taste, it is pumpkin spice flavored- rolls eyes

So, I felt the urge to sit down and write something. If you know me then I know what you’re thinking, Noor writing? But for some reason lately I’ve wanted to express myself in a different way. And my apologies for the quality and style, I usually like to scribble on paper not flush my thoughts in words.

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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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