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#25. Amal Kassir: A Spoken Word Poet

Amal Kassir is a Syrian-American, international spoken word poet. If you asked Amal to describe herself in 3 words, she would say ‘Story-Telling Activist’ Amal has spoken in 10 countries and over 70 cities in venues ranging from youth prisons to orphanages, universities to refugee camps. She is widely known for her famous Ted Talk, ‘The Muslim on the airplane’, which has over 3 million views on Youtube alone! The Denver-born poet has lost countless members of her family to the violence in...


#24. Peter Gould - Part 2: Hajj Reflections

Peter Gould returns to share his reflections from his recent journey to Hajj in 2018 (1439). Peter provides a powerful reflection based on his experiences , encounters with diverse pilgrims, looking at Hajj from a designer’s perspective and talking about some of the gadgets he came across. He also shares his views on the importance of creating a community, how he created a community of global creative Muslims, and the power of creativity within the youth and what we can do to empower...


#23. Peter Gould - Part 1: Islam, Design and Creativity

Peter Gould is a celebrated designer, creative entrepreneur and artist. His innovative, award-winning work is highly sought after globally and it has touched millions with positive, inspirational creative projects. He has won several awards, launched his own apps & games, created popular online platforms, teaches workshops internationally, and has work published in several books. In 2002, while studying graphic design, Peter embraced Islam. He began travelling abroad to the Middle East and...


#22. Zahra Shah: A Woman In Tech With A Purpose

Zahra Shah is from the UK, she is on a mission to grow Iraq’s tech ecosystem and build talent among youth, so that they can solve local issues using technology. Zahra is a Program Manager for Re:Coded, whose purpose is to provide opportunities for young people affected by conflict to enter the tech industry and become entrepreneurs. Zahra is a ‘tech humanitarian’. She has previously worked at Gaza Sky Geeks, Gaza’s first accelerator and coding school, the UN, and various startups based in...


#21. Remona Aly: Journalist, Commentator & Broadcaster

Remona Aly is a journalist, broadcaster and commentator with a focus on faith, lifestyle and identity. She writes for The Guardian and other media outlets, often promoting positive stories about Muslims in the West. Her articles range from The Great British Bake Off to burkinis, Ramadan to interfaith football, fashion and rock music! As a commentator, she has appeared on TV and radio such a BBC, ITV and Sky News. In this episode, we had fun talking with Remona about journalism, how she...


#20. Mohammed Faris: Becoming a Productive Muslim

Mohammed Faris is an international coach, author, speaker and the founder of Productive Muslim. Productive Muslim is a popular lifestyle blog which Mohammed started in 2007 to explore the question, “Can Islam teach us productivity?” Today, Mohammed dedicates himself to deliver productivity resources and training aligned with Islamic ethics. He has also published a book, ‘The ProductiveMuslim Book: Where Faith Meets Productivity’ which is a culmination of things he has learnt along the...


#19. Sayfullah Nasir: Hajj Ride, Cycling to Hajj

As Hajj is around the corner, we decided to rebroadcast our previous episode with Sayfullah Nasir to inspire you on your own Hajj journey. In July 2017, a group of 8 British Muslims embarked on a journey of a lifetime by cycling from London to Madinah to perform the Hajj. Cycling over 3,500 kilometers, across 8 countries and 3 continents, they reached Madinah after 6 weeks and raised over £250,000 to buy medical aid for Syria with the Human Aid charity. Sayfullah Nasir is one of the ‘Hajj...


#18. Haroon Mota: The Marathon Man

Haroon Mota is a fundraising manager for PennyAppeal, a charity which raises money for noteworthy causes. He is also the head of Challenges at PennyAppeal which means he cooks up some amazing ideas for charitable causes. Haroon is known as the Marathon Man after he completed running a ‘4 marathons in 4 weeks’ challenge, dedicated to his father who died tragically in a car accident. The aim was to raise money for a solar water power centre in Africa which has since been successfully...


#17. Rimla Akhtar MBE: Muslim Women In Sport

Rimla Akhtar MBE is the chair of the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation and the first Muslim woman to sit on the English Football Association council. She is also on the Forbes list of ‘the most powerful women in international sports in 2018’. In 2005 she captained the British Muslim Women’s football team. Since an early age, she has been a sports fanatic and today she champions inclusivity in sports, particularly for women from ethnic minorities to participate in sports that take in to...


#16. Nazia Nasreen: How a Toy Guided Someone to Islam - Ibraheem Toy House

Nazia Nasreen is the founder of Ibraheem Toy House, the world’s leading online Islamic toy store. She’s also a mum of 2 children, a wife and an audiologist. In 2014, Nazia founded Ibraheem Toy House whilst on maternity leave for her second child. She always struggled to find good quality Islamic toys for her daughter to make religious education fun. She decided to create her own online toy store and via word of mouth, this quickly spread and ending up being a full-time business. Nazia...


#15. Fikra Yel: Creating a Community, Ramadan Sharing Fridges

Fikra Yel is the founder of Ramadan Sharing Fridges, an initiative that serves the less fortunate community workers and labourers with free food and drink during Ramadan. In 2015, Fikra had a spare fridge and wondered what to do with it. She decided to put the fridge in her front yard and stock it with free food and drink for workers in the neighbourhood. It was also a great way of instilling the value of sharing in her children. Fast forward a few years, her single fridge evolved in to a...


BONUS - Hiba Masood: Making Ramadan Fun for Kids

In the final episode of our ‘Ramadan prep’ series, we speak to Hiba Masood from Drama Mama about making Ramadan fun for kids! We talk to Hiba about teaching children about Ramadan in a fun way, instilling the spirit of Ramadan into children, craft activities, creating traditions, tips on getting children involved in charity, how can adults who don’t have children make Ramadan special for kids and lots more! Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast so you don’t miss out on future...


BONUS - Nazima Qureshi: Nutrition During Ramadan

In our third episode of the ‘Ramadan prep’ series, we speak to nutritionist Nazima Qureshi about eating healthy during Ramadan. We talk about what we should be eating, foods to avoid, sunnah foods, tips on getting through the long summer days, some great recipes to make sure we have a healthy Ramadan and much more! Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast so you don’t miss out on future episodes! If you liked this episode, please give us a 5 star review on Apple Podcast Find us on...


BONUS - Sayfullah Nasir: Getting Into a Spiritual Mindset for Ramadan

In the second episode of our ‘Ramadan prep’ series, we speak to Imam Sayfullah Nasir about getting in to the spiritual mindset and how to make the most of the blessed month. We talk about the benefits of Ramadan, times when Dua's are more likely to be accepted, Dua's to make, the last 10 days of Ramadan, tips on connecting with the Quran and much more! Don’t forget to subscribe to our podcast so you don’t miss out on future episodes! If you liked this episode, please give us a 5 star...


BONUS - Anees & Foz: Prepare Your Ramadan Goals

This is the first of our bitesize ‘Ramadan prep’ bonus episodes. In order to get in to the Ramadan spirit, we are releasing an episode a day for the next 4 days to get you primed and ready for the month of success. In this episode, we speak to past and future guests about how they prepare for Ramadan and what are their goals for the Holy Month. We hope that these conversations will inspire you to plan your goals for Ramadan and we hope you achieve all of them. We’d love to hear your...


#14. Chris AR Blauvelt: Finding Islam and Launching Good

Chris Abdur Rahman Blauvelt is the founder and CEO of Launchgood, the world's largest faith-inspired crowdfunding platform. They have helped raise more than $37 million across 104 countries for inspiring people doing great work in Muslim communities. At the age of 16, Chris accepted Islam after becoming inspired in part through the autobiography of Malcolm X. He has had a varied background from working for Intel, teaching at a boarding school, producing an award-winning Sundance film and...


#13. Melanie Elturk: Detroit, Chicago, Dubai to NYC- Hear The Haute Hijab Story

Melanie Elturk is the founder of Haute Hijab, one of the leading US modest fashion brands. In 2010, she set out with the vision to bring hijabs into the mainstream and to empower hijab wearing women worldwide. She is a regular contributor to and has appeared on many mainstream media outlets in the US. Melanie shares how at a young age, her close friends had a big influence in her becoming close to Islam. She describes her early experiences at school whilst wearing the hijab and...


#12. Sukaina Dada: Removing Barriers & Creating Inclusion - Founder of SMILE

Sukaina Dada is the founder of SMILE Canada, an organization dedicated to supporting children and families in the Muslim community living with disabilities. A mother of two, Sukaina is passionate about helping Muslim communities become physically, socially accessible and inclusive. She is also the author the book, “A Bedtime Prayer for Peace”, an award-winning children's book inspired by a personal experience. In 2009, Sukaina conducted an academic study that examined the lived experiences...


#11. Teakster: An Artist Inspired by Islamic Heritage

Teakster is one of the leading Muslim digital artists in the world, who offers a refreshing new take on Islamic art in the 21st century. He has exhibited his work to a diverse range of audiences, including various world leaders and Middle Eastern royalty. His artistic style is a fusion of Islamic artistic traditions and modern techniques inspired by his British upbringing. Teakster shares how he secretly pursued his passion in an environment where creativity was not encouraged and overcame...


#10. Fazal Bahardeen: The Entrepreneur Inspiring Muslims to Travel

Fazal Bahardeen is the founder of HalalTrip, the TripAdvisor for Muslims, and Crescent Rating, the world’s leading authority on scoring hotels, airports restaurants et. in terms of being halal-friendly. Fazal is an expert on the Muslim travel industry. He advises hotels and countries on the Muslim travel industry. Fazal shares his story of how he left a well established and successful corporate career to creating his first start up, Crescent Rating. He shares the challenges, lessons and how...