Activism

24 November 2020
Ep. 62: Divided States: Muslims Post Trump - Salman Younas & Hassan Shibly

What's next for Muslims after the 2020 presidential elections? Impacted by the polarized political climate, divisions within the Muslim community itself deepen, with some moving further left and others further right. Where do Muslims fit in the liberal setting of a Biden presidency?

20 July 2020
Ep. 59: Sacred Activism & Black Lives Matter - Dawud Walid

Dawud Walid, author of the book, "Towards Sacred Activism" discusses engaging in social activism with an Islamic framework and methodology as well as pertinent issues related to the Black Lives Matter movement.

21 June 2020
Ep. 57: On Racism

Mustafa Davis and Moutasem Atiya have a raw, powerful conversation on race in the wake of the ongoing assault on Black lives in America, and we revisit insights from previous guests on anti-blackness, Black history, social justice and anti-racism work.

25 June 2019
Ep. 44: Keep it Real with Allah - Yasir Fahmy

Shaykh Yasir Fahmy returns to the podcast to discuss "keeping it real", the call-out culture, the debates between the right and left, and finding balance in addressing the divisive issues of the day.

16 January 2017
Ep. 7: Principled Engagement: The Challenge Facing Muslim Leaders - Ahmed Shaikh & Mohamed Ghilan

As Muslim leaders and activists engage both the government and their own organizations, a number of ethical questions arise. Does partnering with government entities lend itself to conflicts of interest and inauthenticity? Do programs like CVE impose a frame on the Muslim community that takes away its own agency and agenda? Are activist-driven circles and initiatives any less immune to these risks? Muslim leaders and activists from all sides of the spectrum are challenged to keep themselves anchored in Islamic principles while navigating the complex socio-political realities of our time. In this episode, Ahmed Shaikh, a community leader and lawyer, and Mohamed Ghilan discuss these and other issues and offer their suggestions on preserving our integrity as external actors and internal egos battle for influence in the Muslim community.

27 December 2016
Ep. 5: What Is Muslim Cool? Thoughts on Race Relations - Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer & Moutasem Atiya

In the wake of the recent controversy at the RIS convention, Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, a professor of anthropology and African American studies and author of "Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States", and Moutasem Atiya from Al-Madina Institute discuss the issues at hand, anti-Blackness in the community, and how we can move forward positively.

In the second part of the episode, our guests discuss the path American Muslim culture is taking and explore "Muslim Cool", a culture rooted in embracing Blackness and social justice that connects both Black and non-Black Muslims to Islam in America.

29 November 2016
Ep. 3: The Debate Over Countering Violent Extremism

CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) programs have been a source of controversy in the Muslim American community, yet there is a lack of clarity in the discussion as to what CVE is. Is it a black and white issue as both its proponents and critics make it seem? In this episode, Alejandro Beutel, a researcher in CVE, and Mohamed Ghilan, a critic of CVE, discuss both government and community-led initiatives in countering violent extremism and consider how to address this divisive issue constructively in the Muslim community.

10 November 2016
Ep. 1: Looking Past the Elections

In this new series of conversations on issues facing the Muslim community, Moutasem Atiya & Mohammed Saleem discuss the 2016 presidential elections and how to stay upbeat, what to tell our children, and how we can move forward socially and spiritually.