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Mommying While Muslim is a one of a kind podcast where two American born and bred Muslim moms share their experiences to raise second generation kids. Having experienced both pre and post 9/11 America, they're acutely aware of the unique challenges their families face on top of the regular messes that all moms share. Mommying While Muslim is a space to take back their stories, and tell those no one will air on the news or portray fully or fairly in the media.Zaiba Hasan and Uzma Jafri are mo ...
 
Venturesome is the podcast and blog about being fiercely ambitious, brave and curious. It’s about taking risks, overcoming uncertainty and being creative in our lives and careers. Join us for interviews, conversations and insights about how to get a step ahead – even during a global pandemic. | ven·ture·some (adjective): willing to take risks or embark on difficult or unusual courses of action.
 
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When we asked Joy Turner, mom of 3 adults ● How do we conduct ourselves when adult kids don’t practice or act according to what we expect? ● How do we retire the red panic button? ● What keeps a mom from going nuclear? we didn’t expect to end up in tears. Joy threw us a curveball on this one because y’all know we like to end on a laugh, but instead…
 
Nora Abbasi, mom of 4 adult children, joins us today to share motherisms that helped her reach this glorious point as grandmother to 12 little Muslims, mashaAllah. Her advice and reflections are so helpful to those of us on the cusp of being empty nesters or those of who fear reaching that point. All things our kids face with us at their sides can …
 
Our 9/11 special was featured by Fireside this month as one of the most compelling episodes of the year. For those who don’t know yet, Zaiba & Uzma host Breakfast Byelines weekly and WOC Book Club once a month on this innovative app that can best be described as “Clubhouse married Facebook Live.” Don't miss out on Fireside, but if you don't want to…
 
Aisha Mshood joins us today as a mom who fostered to adopt and continues to foster children in America in hopes of building the family of her dreams. Her commitment to her children is awe-inspiring, as is her COMPLETE reliance on and in Allah SWT during a process that is not easy. From catfishing to fostering, to all the blocks falling into place j…
 
Cultivating Families out of Texas has this core belief: when all faith communities care for foster and adopted children, NO CHILD WILL BE LEFT TO NAVIGATE LIFE ALONE. This really resonated with us and Executive Director and Rev. Amy Becezny and Board member Sarah Haider Alam of CF are on today to share their journeys of adoption, but more important…
 
As co-founder of @muslimfostercare, Ranya Shbeib knows how to address deficiencies in the community. Namely, Muslim families licensed for foster care to take care of the 405K American children in need of fostering. There are only just over 13K licensed foster homes in America as of 2020. Do the math! ​ ​With the current discussion about Afghanistan…
 
Dr. Alia Irshad, pediatrician and adoptive mom, joins us today to talk about some of the hindrances to domestic adoption for Muslim parents, and the process of going international as she did. The process is demystified for us today, and her personal experience is the happy ending we want for every child of every faith and background. Let’s address …
 
Monica Traverzo talks to us about being a Puerto Rican Muslimah, and how her intersectional kids are being raised in their PaliRico (@mon.del.tra is trademarking it) Arab Latino household. Her points on ethnic, cultural and religious pride should be listened to on repeat because they’re so simple, yet so many Muslim Americans miss the mark on these…
 
Hazel Gomez of Muslim Power Building Project joins us today to talk about Latinos at the forefront of social justice in America. As leaders in the movement for change, Latina Muslims especially are culturally endowed with assets and experiences that lend them towards success. She’s a great reminder of history and how Muslims have always been a part…
 
Sakinah Gutierrez, co-founder of IslaminSpanish @islaminspanish discusses her journey to provide Islamic resources in Spanish besides just a translation of the Quran. Her media vision for the community is leaps and bounds ahead of what masjid boards consider mashaAllah, and we want her knowledge shared with the WORLD. Learn about her conversion sto…
 
Eva Martineau, Afro Latina of Mexican and Haitian lineage and nurse midwife, discusses persistent racial disparities in birth care that traumatize primarily minority populations in America. Find out why this researcher didn't stop at stats, but collected degrees as she decided to set the stirrups straight and serve her community to prevent further …
 
Shownotes: There have been a lot of new listeners recently, and we thought, what better way to give them an intro to the podcast than to provide a montage of our top 5 most downloaded episodes? If you’ve already heard these, you’re ahead of the game, but take a listen to this production to see what the common theme is. Lucky guesses what your fello…
 
Which one of us has met a deaf Muslim? Chances are, very few, but it’s most likely because we aren’t creating spaces where we can, as Andaleeb Elayan, Executive Director of Global Deaf Muslim discusses today. We learn A LOT about accessibility and inclusivity and the most important pearl of the day from Andaleeb herself, “Your deaf child can do EVE…
 
It’s hard to imagine that schools would discriminate against students with disabilities, but Saadia Qureshi leaves us breathless as she discusses her fight to obtain inclusive education for her daughter with Down syndrome. The system is not designed to help our disabled students succeed, and the “separate but equal” model is anything BUT. Learn not…
 
Sara Minkara continues our Disability Awareness series this month by talking about her blindness, the challenges of blind Muslims, and how to change the disability narrative from one of charity to the “suffering,” to one of value-based inclusion: you are important because you are you in every way you are created. The current “favor” dynamic perpetu…
 
​Dilshad Ali shares a day in the life of a mom raising an adult child with autism, inspiring and teaching us today. Tune in to hear all the things we take for granted, and all the beautiful things we miss. Rather than perpetuate cultural behavior and silence around disabilities, we break the sound barrier for Muslim Americans to better support moms…
 
Feroza Syed speaks about her experiences as a transgender Muslim, her transition, and what made her go public with her history. Adoption discrimination against LGBTQi+ couples is the anti motherhood story we know will touch us today. ​We learn terms, more about unmosqueing marginalized Muslims, and how we can be better allies to our momsisters and …
 
Fawzia Mirza AKA Ayesha Trump, storyteller, actor, and director, (oh, yeah, AND lawyer) joins us to talk about all the transformations we make as humans in order to learn our personal identity. It's not just queer Muslims who have to come out--we all have to decide at some point who and what we are going to be. The path is unique, just like us. We …
 
We get a lot of SOS messages from queer Muslim kids and what better way to answer them than by bringing on Erum Rani, founder of Iftikhar Community, who shares her journey of coming out and what that meant mentally and spiritually for her. Hear firsthand what it’s like inside the mind and heart of a queer Muslim child before rejecting them, and how…
 
Shenaaz Janmohamed of Queer Crescent joins us today to discuss her experiences as an LGBTQi+ person. Find out how that informs her exploration of and work towards social justice and equity. What do I do if my kid comes out? How do masajid make ALL kids feel safe? What is gender and what is sex? These are a few of the questions we discuss today. ​Tu…
 
Noor Tagouri, journalist and storyteller, talks today about representative stories and how THAT's news. Or the NEW news. Find out how she uses stories to unearth truths we want to hide, or ones we just don't know because mainstream voices aren't telling them. WE need to do it. Pick up the mic or the pen. It's our turn. Links: Learn more about Noor:…
 
Nargis Rahman joins us today to talk about her dreams, her path to journalism with its U-turns forced by motherhood, and how she practiced her mommying philosophy of “wing it” with her own return to work. Her gems on our God-given potential, and the right of the people upon us to use it, are more than inspirational. They’re aspirational. Learn abou…
 
Rowaida Abdelaziz joins us today to talk about the accidental journalism bug and why it’s important in our endeavor to experience fair and balanced news coverage. We also discuss moms’ roles in supporting their kids’ dreams, role models and mentors when there are so few, keeping our heads down and ears up listening for the scoop, and getting paid i…
 
The first to kick off August’s Muslims in the News series is Laila Alarian, Emmy and Peabody award winning journalist and Executive Producer of the Al Jazeera English investigative documentary program Fault Lines. She takes over the soapbox today, which is not to be missed. While she’s breaking news on narcotics and Palestine, she’s also dealing wi…
 
As we kick off our August series, “Muslims in the News,” Zaiba and Uzma review past big headlines that affected their physical and mental safety. Ask yourself how news coverage would have been different, and HAS been different for non-Muslims suspects. When do Muslim Americans hold their collective breaths and why? This is a series asking the hard …
 
When we discuss entertainment, we think about music, too. Muslimahs have been making music for centuries, but a lot of us haven't been taught that. Amira Daugherty talks about her path from law to music, from activism to making history on American Idol, all without encouragement or accolades because Muslimah voices don't get them. This rapper, sing…
 
Serena Rasoul, founder of Founder of Muslim American Casting, LLC joins us today to talk about Muslims in Entertainment. After House of Cards and other acting opportunities, Serena decided to pursue authentic representation of SW Asian, North African and Arab Muslims. Like other sheroes on the podcast this month, she addresses miscasting, Muslim tr…
 
Morgan MacDermaid used to spend hours in the travel section of the library, looking at all the places she could go. In college, she had her first chance to board a plane and her study abroad in Italy changed the course of her life. After graduation, she traded the possibility of a corporate cubicle for adventure. Morgan has traveled to over 40 coun…
 
Kicking off this month’s Muslim Representation in Entertainment series is scholar Dr. Maytha AlHassen. We explore the historical origins of the most common Muslim tropes, discuss the findings of recent studies done on movies that negatively depict Muslims, and discuss how we can counter them. You may even hear some hints about what’s coming next on…
 
Aseel Elborno joins us today to discuss her longtime research of a particular country where she would like to transplant her family, even if temporarily. Her reasons for doing so should resonate with ALL moms in need of a village and who feel burned out. From community building to family planning, to how to prepare for an international move, we tal…
 
Isra Hashmy joins us today to discuss her epiphany during the rat race of life and following Allah’s guidance to pursue her dream until it manifested into reality. Following the expat life isn’t as easy as we think, so she explains some of those details that could provide hiccups to a family planning on living overseas. Then there’s the hiccups you…
 
If you’ve been a fan of Maroc Mama, you’ll be so excited for this one. For those who don’t know her, you will fall in love. Amanda Moutakki joins us today to discuss her expat achievements and challenges, and running a tourism business in a pandemic. Her POV about living abroad is inspirational AND aspirational. Tune in to also find out about momca…
 
Author mom Adeeba Jafri @adeebajafri_official comes on to discuss what precipitated her move abroad, what life is like, and shares info on the IB program for teens. On top of all that, she's a teacher and author with a new book on the way. Can you believe she stayed up all night nervous about coming on? For NOTHING! She is terrific and you can find…
 
Hurunnessa Fariad joins us today to talk about how masajid can and DO do it right by appointing female leadership. As an employee of a major Muslim American masjid, she’s experienced that representative leadership exists and succeeds. Huri’s takeaways today include ALL women have talent. Plug in to her strengths and watch her soar because she will …
 
Since the breaking of the ceasefire by Israel, Hamas did not retaliate after the indiscriminate attacks on Muslim worshippers. However, no further arms were deployed by either side. Since then, Israel has launched Operation Law and Order. According to this new act, Israel arrested over 500 Palestinians identified as involved in the protests that le…
 
Kristy Sabbah joins us today as a former masjid board member and community leader. She reveals issues women on the board face and what they need from the community to support them. Let’s talk under-representation, leadership accountability, cultural relevance, tokenism, and modeling board leadership for our daughters. The Muslim American masjid exp…
 
Mommying While Muslim has never been late to drop an episode except Eid al Fitr 2021! We hope our lovely audience understands how excited we were to celebrate with our families and we wanted to edit something worth your listening ears. Today is an opportunity to hear about our experiences in the masjid that hurt our hearts because we know the masji…
 
Zaiba and Uzma “call the midwife today” because how can you have new mommy memoirs without one?!?!?! Krystina Friedlander, Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) joins us today to talk about her journey to midwifery and its foundations in social justice work and original motherhood. Some of us know how miraculous these bodies are, but a lot more of u…
 
We meet the incredible Saadia Qureshi, The Keto Muslim Mom, today who jogs us down memory lane to discuss common new mommy issues: complicated diagnoses, health problems, pandemic pregnancy, body image, mompreneurship, and her personal journey to live a particular lifestyle that brings her joy. This is one that requires a mental seatbelt as only Za…
 
Olivia Adams and Rachel Esterline Perkins have a conversation about actions you can take to stand out in your first days, weeks and months in a new job or internship. You can find the Brene Brown episode referenced at brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-on-ffts/ Warning: There is some swearing in this episode.…
 
Sadia Jalali is the founder of Muslim Bliss and Uzma’s college roommate, and back on this podcast to talk about why Muslims moms CHOOSE to go back to the nursery. On this episode of our New Mommy Memoirs series, we change it up by discussing life’s changes that sometimes necessitate having another child in the second (or third) phase of life. She p…
 
Our good friend Shmila Javed is on today to share her new mommy memoirs in the context of a blended family. We are thankfully losing our hang-ups about Muslim nuclear families in America, thereby getting closer to the prophetic model of a happy, healthy household alhamdulillah. She surprises us and confirms a lot of what we imagine it must be like …
 
After a tough month in March, we are ready to talk about BABIES! We’re taking a walk down memory lane with a mom who recently had one in the strangest year on record. Sofia Kamal received a “subhanAllah surprise” when her then youngest was 10 years old and she’d been “done.” Her journey to motherhood was fraught with tests including PCOS and a chal…
 
Dr. Tega Edwin, also know on social media as @HerCareerDoctor, helps women who are unhappy at work get clarity about who they are so they can find a satisfying, fulfilling career. In our interview we talk about coping with workplace trauma and toxic stress, and working through fear. She also talks about how the collective trauma of the pandemic and…
 
As part of the Women’s History Month Speaker Series hosted by CMU’s College of the Arts and Media, Sarah Grandstaff interviewed our host, Rachel Esterline Perkins, about her perspectives on public relations, her time at Central Michigan University and her experiences as a woman in the workforce. You can view all of the videos at facebook.com/CMUCAM…
 
Mom doc Sarah Syed tells us what it's like on the other side of the bed--when you're not the doctor, but the mom with a critically ill infant. Her story of duaa and dawa is not to be missed. ​She's not just Imani's mom. She's our shero so much so, that she inspired us to collaborate with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We found out this year…
 
Madiha Schader joins us today to talk about her experience learning early on that she married someone who wouldn't be safe for her, yet how she continued to hide the details from her family and friends. The cultural reasons she did this are very clear in her story. She’s not unique, but what she focuses on today is that abusive domestic relationshi…
 
Samia Masood joins us today to talk about her harrowing experience through her son's illness and how she survived it. Life pre diagnosis and post-diagnosis is a real thing and very delineated in a mom’s mind and heart for life and we work out some trauma together. Her ordeal didn't end after her son’s initial fight was over, but the hot coals prope…
 
If you haven’t scheduled to listen in on our Firewalker series this month, you’ll want to. These moms aren’t just walking over hot coals--they’re doing it through billowing blazes while taking names and kicking butt. Whether you're ready for it or not, Shazia Imam, host of the Feminine & Fulfilled podcast joins us to drop truths about what it looks…
 
Shownotes: This month’s Love & Marriage series closes out with the expertise of Tawakaltu Busari of Hitched!, a Muslim matchmaking service based in Houston. Not an app-based method, Hitched! provides halal opportunities for singles to meet organically and not in the traditional survey method historically used to match people. There aren’t speed dat…
 
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