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Every week, BuzzFeed’s Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks together to drink tea, tell stories, and talk about being Muslim in America.

Every week, BuzzFeed’s Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks together to drink tea, tell stories, and talk about being Muslim in America.
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Every week, BuzzFeed’s Ahmed Ali Akbar gathers folks together to drink tea, tell stories, and talk about being Muslim in America.




Episode 52: Clapback But Make It Fashion

This week we have two very different but equally exciting guests. First we speak with political fashion blogger Hoda Katebi about “sounding American,” how the East was gay until colonization, and her new book club. Then, we chat with Katie Couric, American journalist and host of new Nat Geo series "American Inside Out", about "The Muslim Next Door," her exploration into stereotyping, representation, and conflict in the American Muslim community. Follow Hoda Katebi @hodakatebi and read her...


Everything Is Horrible It’s Getting Worse And We’re All Accepting It

BuzzFeed reporters Hannah Allam and Talal Ansari found dozens of instances where state and local Republican politicians publicly attacked Islam. We sit down with Hannah and Talal to unpack the state of Islamophobia in American politics, civil rights fatigue, and the chaos presidency. Plus, ‘The Simpsons’ finally responded to Hari Kondabolu’s documentary ‘The Problem With Apu’ on a recent episode and we talk about how ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ it was. Read Hannah and Talal’s piece at:...


Episode 50: Stop Reading Bad Rumi Translations At Your Weddings

This week we cut to the feeling with cultural critic and author of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (2017) Hanif Abdurraqib, who plays a game of "Sufi or Carly Rae?" and chats music and growing up Muslim. Later we call up Layla Abdullah-Poulos from NbA Muslims to unpack tribalism in the muslim community, state violence, the role of non-black muslim voices in the conversation about the Stephon Clark shooting and police brutality more broadly. Follow Hanif @NifMuhammad, you can buy his...


Episode 49: The White Terrorist Double Standard

What does calling white radicals ‘terrorists’ accomplish? Is it a pandering rhetoric used by white liberals? Joining us to unpack media semantics and government policing around these issues are BuzzFeed’s VP Legal and Associate General Counsel Nabiha Syed with BuzzFeed News reporter Talal Ansari. Later we talk with Murtaza Mohammad Hussein, a reporter at The Intercept, to gut check the trial of Noor Salman, the wife of the Pulse shooter who is facing life in prison. Follow Nabiha...


Episode 48: A Very Afghan New Year

Nowruz Mubarak! Whether you call it Persian New Year, the Spring Equinox, or something else, it’s a time for renewal and refresh celebrated by folks from Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, and more. And so we decided to take a deeper look at how Afghan immigrants celebrate the holiday. First, we talk to political analyst Muhammad Shafiq Hamdam for a quick explainer on Nowruz and its history. Then, we talk to Mina Maqsudi about celebrating Nowruz away from home and learning from her Farsi...


Episode 47: Break The Writer’s Room

Award-winning TV writer Sameer Asad Gardezi stops by the show to chat about his experiences writing for shows like Modern Family, being the only POC in white writer’s rooms, and his work with Muslim writer’s room projects. And then, stay tuned for a quick gut-check on The Oscars and the ‘Inclusion Rider’ (what the h*ck is it?) with our beloved Tabir Akhter. You can follow Sameer Gardezi at@sameergardezi and his website Follow his writing room collaborators @MuslimArc,...


Episode 46: Why The Group Chat Is A Holy Space

Content warning: sexual harassment. Hajj is supposed to be one of the most spiritual, moving moments in a practicing Muslim’s life. But like all communities, Muslims are having a #MeToo moment, as women have started to share their experiences with sexual harassment and abuse in Mecca and American mosques. First, Ahmed talks to his sister Zainab Akbar, Supervising Attorney with Brooklyn Defenders Services, about their experiences in the pilgrimage nearly a decade ago. Later, SSSS...


Episode 45: Let’s Talk About Sex, Habibi

Randa Jarrar is an essayist, professor, and writer of two books of fiction, “A Map Of Home” and “Him, Me, Muhammad Ali.” She stops by the show to talk to Ahmed about her work on sexuality, cultural appropriation, and the humor of human vulgarity. She reads from her latest Bitch Media piece on the politics of consensual domination in sex and also chats about the “thousands of emails from Beckys” she’s received for her work and teaching her son about consent. You can follow her @randajarrar...


Episode 44: “There’s Jojoba Oil in the Wind”

This week, we stan Ryan Coogler. Ahmed talks Black Panther with BuzzFeed culture writer/co-host of Thirst Aid Kit Bim Adewunmi and Senior Interactive Editor at Cosmopolitan Alexis Nedd. They explore the film’s representation of diaspora, queer erasure and plot their dream Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Episode 43: 2/2 Mullahs Agree

We’re back for season 4! First amendment queen Nabiha Syed and gloom and doom DJ Sara Yasin join us for a good ol' round of Halal or Not. Later, we talk about how the FBI meme is appropriating Muslim culture, Hoda Katebi’s legendary local news clapback and the way white media folks try to 'support immigrant' voices, and inevitably otherize them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Episode 42: The Best (?) Of 2017

2017 has been a unmitigated trash fire, and it’s our last episode of the season (and year!) so we’re sharing the (few) things that brought us joy this year. We talk to Krutika Malikarjuna about the year’s best new comedy, The Good Place. Then, we talk to Sara Yasin about the best so-bad-they’re-good headlines she’s collected in her newsletter, Please Kill Me. And then Ahmed calls up his dad to talk about why he thinks Victoria & Abdul was a must-watch. Learn more about your ad choices....


Episode 41: Running, Not Hiding

It’s election season in America and Muslims all around the country are turning up to run for public office, from big (Michigan governor) to small (local city council). But even though the candidates are running on local issues like housing rights and minimum wage, the national conversation about Muslims, national security, and terrorism have trickled down into their campaigns. We talk to BuzzFeed News’ own Talal Ansari about his reporting on these candidates with Hannah Allam. We also call...


Introducing: Thirst Aid Kit

We're thrilled to introduce a new podcast hosted by friends-of-the-show Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins. In this inaugural episode, they examine the charms of Southern men. With a little help from Nichole’s friend Cynthia Harris, they jumpstart the conversation looking at the very juicy André 3000 before sifting through portrayals of the South in film and TV. Plus: a battle for fanfiction supremacy in Fanfic Wars—vote early and vote often for your favorite. Find show notes, fanfic, and...


Episode 40: The Problem With Celebrity Sheikh Culture

There’s an important conversation about sexual harassment and assault happening across the United States. Things are no different for American Muslims. This fall, at least two major Muslim figures have been accused of abuse of power against women — the response has shown how difficult it can be for women to speak openly about abuse, and that many communities have a long way to go when it comes to supporting victims and survivors. So, we talk to BuzzFeed’s Hannah Allam about her reporting...


Episode 39: Halaloween

We’re back with another jinn episode! This year, it’s all about taking the genie narrative beyond the lamp. First, a conversation with Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson about why jinn make for such compelling characters, her own experiences with jinn, and, of course, we talk a little Kamala Khan. Then, it’s a chill round of Do Better with Abid Anwar, where we tackle the jinn sex scene in “American Gods.” Plus, we bring you real life jinn stories from friends of the show. Follow Ahmed...


Episode 38: Beauty Is The Splendor Of Truth, With Brother Ali

Brother Ali’s been on a break from making music — in the five years since his last album, he’s travelled the world, studying up with traditional Islamic scholars and deciding whether hip-hop was still his purpose in life. The end product of that was his most recent album, All The Beauty in This Whole Life, his most spiritual work yet. Ali talks to Ahmed about prioritizing beauty, struggling with judgement within radical and mosque communities, and how KRS-One is a hip-hop sahaba. Plus,...


Episode 37: Happy Birthday From All The Aunties

The show turns one year old this month! We have a lil’ party in the stude with all our fave BuzzFeed big sister types — Nabiha Syed, badass lawyer extraordinaire, Bim Adewunmi, thirst queen and BuzzFeed culture writer, and Tracy Clayton, host of Another Round and podcast genius. We talk about how discussions around being Muslim in America have evolved (or not) in the past year, how to be a good ally, self care, and the pressures of being a public voice. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads Follow...


Episode 36: Every Day Is Ashura And Every Land Is Karbala

This episode, we hear from Shias who are observing Muharram and Ashura — the commemoration of the death of the prophet’s grandson Hussein — and we talk about the power of grief to transform and empower. Plus: A conversation about what it’s like for Shia students to be in the minority in MSAs and other Muslim communities on college campuses. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads Follow Zainab @zainabshah Follow Shereen @ShereenYousuf Follow Faiyaz @FaiyazJaffer Take the audience survey at...


Episode 35: Banned Again

Trump’s immigration policies have mucked up a lot of lives. In this episode, SSSS producer Megan Detrie shares some stories from her reporting in Michigan with the Iraqi Christian community. Specifically, the Chaldean Christian immigrants and community leaders who are dealing with the aftermath of an unexpected ICE raid this summer. Four months later, these folks are still in detention, and their lawyers are arguing that they can't be sent to Iraq because they are likely to face...


Episode 34: Ghee Something Say Something

Ghee is having a moment right now. People call it a magic food that will melt your fat away. Kourtney Kardashian swears by it. Whole Foods is selling it. And the marketing language always comes back to how “ancient,” “pure” and “authentic” it is. And Ahmed can’t stop thinking about it. So this week, we’re spending the whole episode tackling one question: Why is this happening to ghee? We do a taste test with the brain trust, chat with BuzzFeed Health editor Sally Tamarkin, NYU Food Studies...


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