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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 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....

Duration: 00:33:04

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...

Duration: 00:29:00

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...

Duration: 00:40:13

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...

Duration: 00:39:13

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...

Duration: 00:43:43

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,...

Duration: 00:39:28

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...

Duration: 00:38:15

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...

Duration: 00:42:25

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...

Duration: 00:31:11

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...

Duration: 00:38:43

Episode 33: A 91-Year-Old Imam Still Finds Joy In The Podcast Studio

Abdurrahim Rashada has seen a lot in his life. He served in the Navy during World War II. He survived and escaped the Jim Crow South. He worked in the GM factories of Michigan and saw their rise and fall. And then, he joined the Nation of Islam, attracted by their message of freedom, justice, and equality for black folks. And later, when the community moved towards Sunnism, he learned to adapt to a broader community of immigrant Muslims. In 1988, he met Ahmed when he had his first aqiqah...

Duration: 00:30:31

Episode 32: "A Dope Lyric Over A Tight Beat? That’s Like An Ayah”

Umi says shine your light on the world, so in this episode, we explore why for so many Black American Muslims, hip-hop feels like home. Ahmed invites Dr. Su’ad Abdul-Khabeer and musician Salima Ra, into the studio to share one album, one song, and one lyric that they’re listening to right now. Then, we talk about Dr. Su’ad’s book, “Muslim Cool — Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States.” Afterwards, we call up Al-Taw’am, the badass twin dancers you may have seen in a Brother Ali or...

Duration: 00:37:48

Episode 31: “Sorry I Ate You”

Ahmed has a lot to process in this busy week of Eid Al-Adha and Hajj — he went to a halal butcher and zabiha slaughtered a lamb for the first time, so he calls up friend of the show (and Kominas singer) Basim Usmani to help digest his conflicting feelings. Before that, we catch up with Siraj Datoo, journalist and host of “The Pilgrimage” podcast, right before he rushes out the door for his flight to his first-ever pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. We’re making duah that Siraj’s ihram stays...

Duration: 00:42:24

Everyday People and Everyday Psychopaths (The Live Show)

Season 3 of See Something Say Something debuts next week, but before that, a little taste of what we've been doing during our summer break — we recently brought all your favorite things to the stage in Dearborn, Michigan: comics, advice to Hollywood execs, and the true beauty of Dearborn restaurants (Hint: always order the platter). Co-presented with the Arab American National Museum, the show features poet, Hugo-nominated author of Throne of the Crescent Moon and writer for Marvel’s Black...

Duration: 00:58:41

We're Coming To Michigan!

Hey Michiganders, we’re headed your way with a great live show — co-presented with the Arab American National Museum — featuring stories and conversation about politics and pop culture. Not in Michigan? Well, listen anyway for a sneak peek at Season 3. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Duration: 00:02:38

What Time Is It? Summertime…

See Something Say Something is going on a little break to get ready for season 3. We’ll be working on new episodes, lots of videos, and even a Michigan live show. We’ll miss you on the podcast, but we’ll still be out here on Facebook, on twitter at @seesomething, and in our newsletter! And, if you have any ideas about stories or interviews you want to hear in season 3, tell us! We’d love to hear from you at Eid Mubarak and see ya soon! P.S. Send us your...

Duration: 00:02:18

Episode 30: What Do You Think A Soul Is?

In this last episode of our Ramadan series, we hear from friends of the show about the Night of Power and what it’s like to pray all night. Ahmed talks with BuzzFeed’s Nabiha Syed and Zainab Shah about imagining God when they were kids, counting prayers, heaven and hell, and what souls are like. Then, Ahmed calls up a special guest. Follow Ahmed at @radbrowndads, Follow Nabiha at @nabihasyed, Follow Zainab at @zainabshah Follow the show at @seesomething and watch our new videos at...

Duration: 00:46:53

Episode 29: God Giveth Biryani And God Taketh Away Pernil

In the fourth episode of the Ramadan series, Ahmed talks to converts about the struggles and joys of finding community in immigrant Muslim masjids. First, we listen to some of the thoughts Chris St. Louis and Cassandra Villarreal recorded throughout the first few weeks of Ramadan. Then, we check in with them about cultural authenticity, losing pork but gaining biryani, and why it’s frustrating to be introduced as a convert. Then, Ahmed talks to poet Kima Jones about converting when she was...

Duration: 00:46:03

Episode 28: #BlackMuslimRamadan

For the third episode in our Ramadan series, we focus on a community that isn’t often centered during Ramadan — black Muslims. First up, Ahmed talks with Sarah Hagi, who writes for Vice, about the glory of #BlackMuslimRamadan and #BlackoutEid. Then, a longer conversation with Ikhlas Saleem, who co-hosts the Identity Politics podcast, about moving away from, and back to, the black Muslim community she grew up in. Plus — why she joined the international students association in college despite...

Duration: 00:40:56

Episode 27: Prayers Over Here, Kidz Bop Over There

In the second part of our Ramadan miniseries, Ahmed talks about the mosque and the challenges around building community. He’s joined by Hind Makki, creator of Side Entrance, and Margari Aziza, a writer and co-founder of The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative, to talk about how the mosque can exclude women and black American Muslims, and why third spaces have popped up to serve communities. Then, Ahmed calls El-Farouk Khaki, the founder and Imam of the Toronto Unity Mosque, to hear about...

Duration: 00:42:40

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