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Episode 36: Please Don’t Stop the Music (ft. Naeem Muhammad)

Naeem Muhammad of Native Deen joins us to chat about the connection between music and faith. In this episode, we shoutout our favorite songs of summer, try to figure out what gospel music is doing right, and get real about what Black artists have to consider when performing for Muslim audiences. 

Guest:

Naeem Muhammad, @naeemusic, is an award-winning singer/songwriter and member of Muslim hip-hop group Native Deen. For nearly two decades, Naeem’s music has highlighted issues impacting Muslims in America for across the globe and inspired an international fan base. You can find out more about Native Deen at nativedeen.com.

Episode 35: Spiritual Survivor

In the final episode of our 5 Pillars Series, “Hajj Pro” Shahidah Sharif joins us to discuss what this ritual means to her and how to prepare for the experience of a life time.

Guest:

Shahidah Sharif is the Program Director of the Faith Institute of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, and is the co-founder and COO of Professional Hajj and Umrah Guides, LLC. In that role, she organizes and leads annual delegations for the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah. To learn more, visit hajjpros.com.

Episode 34: Conver(t)sations (ft. Palmer Shepherd)

So you’ve just converted to Islam. Now what? On this episode, Palmer Shepherd joins us to discuss how becoming Muslim means trying to be the best you can be, what unique challenges converts face and the importance of community in navigating it all.

Guest:

Palmer Shepherd, @shadedpalms, is the former Co-Chair of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity’s LGBTQ Muslim Retreat. He is also fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute.

Episode Extras:

  • For more information on the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity and their LGBTQ Muslim Retreat, you can visit their website at http://www.muslimalliance.org/.

 

Episode 33: The Fast and the Furious (ft. Hazel Gomez)

How can women get the most out of Ramadan when we are unable to fast? We sit down with Hazel Gomez about female bodies, spiritual development and what it might take to change how we think about our periods.

Guest:

Hazel Gomez, @Palunquita, is a student of the Islamic sciences with Rabata.org under the tutelage of Shaykha Tamara Gray. Hazel is a community organizer with Dream of Detroit and is as an advisor and board member to various nonprofits focused on community development, convert care, anti-racism work and mosque development within the Muslim community.

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Episode 32: Praying for Candy and Good Grades (ft. Yusufi Vali)

In Part 2 of our “5 Pillars Series” this Ramadan, we discuss praying for candy, struggling to keep up in taraweeh and the potential benefits of being elbowed in the ribs. Plus we chat with Yusufi Vali, Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, about inclusive mosques and how to find a spiritual home.

Guest:

Yusufi Vali, @YusufiVali, is the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC), the largest Islamic institution in New England.

Episode Extras:

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  • Music by Ibraheem Azam

Episode 31: Learning to Give (ft. Amany Killawi)

In Part 1 of our “5 Pillars Series” this Ramadan, we discuss what zakat means to us, how children’s songs are useful teaching tools and what Islam might be trying to tell us about capitalism. Plus we chat with Amany Killawi, COO and co-founder of LaunchGood, about how her organization helps Muslims put our money where our mouths are and take steps to living more charitable lives.

Guest:

Amany Killawi, @Killawia, is the COO and co-founder of LaunchGood, a global crowdfunding platform created to support Muslims Launching good around the world by helping them raise funds for their campaigns.

Episode Extras:

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  • Music by Ibraheem Azam

Episode 30: Ramadan Muslims

Ikhlas and Makkah discuss what it means to be a “Ramadan Muslim” and share how they are prepping for the month spiritually and socially. Plus Makkah’s five year-old nephew Tariq has some great advice for all you first-time fasters out there.

We’re doing a series for Ramadan and want to know what’s been your Ramadan journey? What does the month mean to you? And if you haven’t been able to fast, what are some things you do to observe the month? Call us at 857-302-0752 and leave your name, city, & answer to these questions to have a chance to be featured on our show! You can also email identitypoliticspodcast@gmail.com.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the National Geographic event!

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  • Music by Ibraheem Azam

Episode 29: Black, Fat and Perfect (ft. Leah V)

How do you balance the fine line of representing yourself with representing others? Ikhlas and Makkah bring on writer, model and body-positive activist Leah V to discuss the representation of Muslim women in the beauty industry, the benefits and the risks of social media and how to deal with the haram police.

Guest:

Leah V, @lvernon2000, is a style blogger, content creator, model, public speaker and body-positive activist from Detroit focused on spreading style and self-love to underrepresented groups. You can find her writing on her blog www.beautyandthemuse.net.

Episode Extras:

  • We were featured in NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/04/12/599215203/americas-next-generation-of-muslims-insists-on-crafting-its-own-story

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  • Music by Ibraheem Azam

Episode 28: Spring Cleaning

We’re back and kicking off Season 4 with a little Spring Cleaning! We all want to get our lives in order, but where do we start? Tune in to hear the lessons we learned about growth in our 20s, the steps we took to take control of our spiritual and professional selves and how to bridge the gap between who we are and who we want to be.

Episode Extras:

Check out our remarks at Columbia University’s 2018 Muslim Protagonist Symposium with Good Muslim Bad Muslim’s Zahra Noorbakhsh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYmAOQgNgh0

Music by Ibraheem Azam

Episode 27: This Christmas (ft. Hind Makki)

It’s the last episode of the season! This Christmas we get real about interfaith cooperation with anti-racism and interfaith educator, Hind Makki. Our big question: Is it possible to do interfaith collaboration without centering and appealing to whiteness?

We also share our best and worst of 2017.

Guest: Hind Makki, @HindMakki, is an internationally recognized speaker and educator. She develops and delivers trainings on interfaith action, anti-racism education and youth empowerment. She is the founder of “Side Entrance,” an award-winning website that documents women’s prayer experiences in mosques around the world.

Episode Details:

(00:00:56) We reflect on the season and THANK YOU for showing us so much love!
(00:07:30) We talk about some of our experiences with and questions about interfaith work.
(00:13:28) Hind Makki joins us and explains how she got engaged with interfaith and anti-racism work.
(00:20:07) What does real interfaith engagement look like beyond the “photo-op”?
(00:30:54) We discuss the need for a diversity of Muslim representation in interfaith circles.
(00:38:08) Is it possible to do interfaith work in this country that de-centers white people?

Music:
Intro and Outro Music: RSPN by Blank and Kytt, CC-licensed

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