“Reclaiming Our Identity” (Our Podcast)

Tune in to our podcasts as we share news, stories, events, and updates from Muslim communities across the United States!

Each quarterly podcast series will feature 5 different speakers representing 5 different communities from around the United States. These podcasts and our guest speakers will be highlighted in our magazine. To read the full stories associated with these stories Subscribe!

In our podcast series “Reclaiming Our Identity”, we will explore the history of the Muslim communities of the United States, their diverse cultural backgrounds, the complex struggles that exist within each community, and the powerful role that these communities have in defining what it means to be American.

We will also welcome special guests and role models to our podcasts to highlight the leadership initiatives that are being taken to address these struggles, to explore the diversity that exists within the Muslim communities in the United States, to recognize Muslim art initiatives, and to highlight upcoming Muslim events that are being hosted across the  United States.

Podcast Episodes for Issue 1, Edition 1:

Podcast Episode 1 – The Other Ground Zero Masjid – The Assafa Islamic Center

Known by many as the Masjid on God Row, the sister to the Ground Zero Masjid, and one of the facilities that spearheaded the development of the unique Muslim cemetery in New Jersey, the Assafa Masjid offers the Muslims of Manhattan a wide array of services. Mufty Luthfur Rahman Qasimy helps us get a better understanding of the history of this 6-story Islamic center and the community relationships that it has helped to develop.

Podcast Episode 2 – Unapologetically Muslim: Islam, Leadership, and Service

In an effort to explore the intricacies of the Muslim American Identity, we interviewed William Antoun Salame, the Outreach Director for the Islamic Organization of North American.

In his interview, he reveals that the characteristics taught to Muslims by the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) (democracy, justice, equality, leadership, service, and integrity) are identical to the characteristics we attribute to the American Identity. Salame helps us explore what it means to be unapologetically Muslim by sharing the story of how he became a Muslim and how Islam shaped his life. He discusses leadership, service, the diversity of the Muslim American community, giving our listeners a sample of what it means to strive to follow the footsteps of the prophet Muhammed (PBUH).

Podcast Episode 3 – Masjid At-Tawheed – Faith, Service, and Advocacy!

The Muslim community of Grand Rapids has grown significantly since the 1980s. Today there are at least 6 masjids that serve the diverse community and provide services to the greater public. In our interview with Dr. Metwalli, we learn more about the history of the Muslims of western Michigan and the various community services they provide.

Podcast Episode 4 –Inspiring the Muslim Youth of America- MY-ICD (Muslim Youth – Islamic Center of Detroit)

Mr.  Sufian Nabhan is the Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Detroit (ICD), a grassroots membership organization that seeks to empower the American Muslim community through faith, education and social activism.

He uses his platform as president of the organization to encourage the youth to actively take a role in the community. Muslim Youth ICD (also known as MY-ICD) is highly regarded as one of the most impactful Muslim youth groups in the United States.

Podcast Episode 5 – The Chandelier of Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Coatesville Pennsylvania is known as the home of the oldest functioning steel mill in the United States. A lesser known fact is that it is also home to an exact replica of an ornate chandelier that is found in the masjid of the prophet Mohammed PBUH in Medina.

Living away from his home in India for the past 20 years, Mohammed Jamaluddin tells the story of how he has made Coatesville his home away from home. He also shares the story of his good friend, the late Abdul Aleem (Christian name Alexander Medley) and how his dream to build a mosque in Coatesville was fulfilled while he battled kidney failure on his way to perform Umrah as a part of his last wish.

 

 

 

 

 

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