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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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Episode 26: Soul Food

Halal, Zabihah, Kosher, Vegetarian, Grassfed, Organic – there is a diet for everything and everyone, but what’s the point of it all? Farmer and interfaith activist Amira AbuLughod joins us to discuss how to build a stronger relationship with nature and how food and farming are connected to our spiritual practice. Guest: Amirah AbuLughod is […]


Episode 25: New Bae, Who Dis? (Bonus Episode)

We’ve talked about searching for bae, but what happens once you find them? On this special bonus episode, Ikhlas and Makkah ask their husbands, Joshua Wilkerson and Rizwaan Akhtar, what life has been like since exchanging vows, how marriage has helped them be better men and what lessons they’ve learned from their partners (that’s us!). […]


Episode 24: Bae Watch (ft. YasGuru)

Turn on the lights, I’m lookin’ for her too. That’s right, it’s cuffin’ season and time to start scouting for bae. If you’re really about that life, you’re always looking for a permanent bae all year long. Ikhlas and Makkah bring on relationship consultant YasGuru to deliver all the goods on how to find bae, […]

Episode 23: Ask a Shaykh (ft. Shaykh Muhammad Mendes)

Ikhlas and Makkah bring on their first shaykh! And literally ask him a million questions. In this episode, we sit down with Shaykh Muhammad Mendes and talk everything from student-teacher relationships to Islamic scholarship in Africa to what he does when he’s not serving as a spiritual guide. Guest: Adeyinka Muhammad Mendes is the imam […]

Episode 22: We’re Fed Up

With more allegations of abuse, harassment and sexual misconduct emerging every day, Ikhlas and Makkah are fed up. This week, we open up about our personal experiences with sexual harassment, how we’ve coped and what gives us hope for the future. Episode Details (00:00:55) Content Warning: This episode includes discussion of sexual harassment, sexual assault […]

“I Pray for the Day”

Here’s a bonus segment for Episode 21: Coming to America. Dr. Ifrah Magan shares a poem she wrote about the refugee experience. We hope you enjoy!


Episode 21: Coming to America (ft. Dr. Ifrah Magan)

What does home look like, feel like? This week, we’re thinking about the temporary and the permanent, the spiritual and the physical. We delve into what it’s like to come to America as a Muslim immigrant or refugee. Guests Maryam Adamu, @maroadamu, is a law student and former podcast guest (Episode 5 and Episode 9). […]

Episode 20: School Daze (ft. Nina Daoud)

It’s back-to-school season so we’re reflecting on our college days — the good, the bad and the formative experiences that helped shape who we are and how we understand the world today. Guests Nina Daoud, @shebatherapy, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy program at the University of […]

Episode 19: The Things We Do for Kids (ft. Dr. Jamillah Karim)

Parents just might understand? It’s Eid al-Adha, and we want to talk about the sacrifices parents make for their kids—the joys, the challenges and why they put up with us in the first place. Guests Tawfiq Farraj and Yasmin Ali are a Chicago-based duo with a passion for the arts and pop culture. Yasmin is […]

Episode 18: How to Start a Podcast

What have we been up to? What do we have planned for this season? Ikhlas and Makkah are back at it and kicking off Season 3 by answering your questions about how we make a podcast! We talk equipment, story development and what makes it all worth it. We have a new website! Check it […]

Episode 17: Resist the Clap Back (ft. Yasmin Yonis and Margari Hill)

Maybe Drake was right, trigger fingers have turned to Twitter fingers. In the world of social justice Twitter it’s all too tempting to go for the clap back—but is that the best way to communicate and advocate for change? Ikhlas and Makkah talk to activist and prolific tweeter Yasmin Yonis and co-founder of MuslimARC (Muslim […]

Episode 16: Muslims in the Media (ft. Malika Bilal and Noreen Nasir)

Nowadays everybody wanna talk about “Muslims” and “the Media,” but what about Muslims in the media? Pop-culture enthusiast Tawfiq Farraj talks to us about the representation of Muslims in TV and film and journalists Malika Bilal and Noreen Nasir join us to chat about how they balance the responsibilities of their profession with the pressures […]

Episode 15: The Good and the Bad (ft. #GoodMuslimBadMuslim)

In episode 15, two podcast worlds collide. #GoodMuslimBadMuslim hosts Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh discuss podcasting while Muslim, Iranian, Bengali, American, feminist, comedian, artist, activist…(you get the point). We talk about what it’s like to walk the fine line between what it means to be a good and bad Muslim — and no we’re not […]

Episode 14: Just Muslim? (ft. Shereen Yousuf)

Is it possible to be “just Muslim?” In Episode 14, Sarrah AbuLughod and Shereen Yousuf reflect on Shia erasure and being invisible minorities in the American Muslim community. Guests: Sarrah AbuLughod, @SarrahABL, is the Community Engagement Manager at The Family and Youth Institute and a graduate student of Islamic Studies, Christian Muslim Relations, and Islamic […]

Episode 13: Where I’m From (ft. Kameelah Rashad and Bashirah Mack)

Where are you from? No, where are you *really* from? It’s a question that many Black Americans don’t always want to or know how to answer. As Black History Month winds down, Makkah and Ikhlas speak with Kameelah Rashad and Bashirah Mack about why they decided to learn more about who they are and where […]

Episode 12: Poems and Pop Songs Might Not Save Us, But They Help

Do you ever feel like you exist in a world that doesn’t have space for someone like you? In Episode 12, Ikhlas interviews her good friend Yasmine Muhammad about her struggle to find her voice within Islam. We also speak with writers and poets Fatimah Asghar, Safia Elhillo and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib about how and why […]

Episode 11: White and Muslim in America

It’s time to talk about race with one group of American Muslims we don’t often hear from on this topic: white people. In Episode 11, we chat with Alex and Lauren, two young white Americans, about how being Muslim influences the way they think about, talk about and experience race. Guests: Alex and Lauren Episode […]

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