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Ep 72 - Gay and Muslim: My Struggle

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TMV Podcast, brought to you by The Muslim Vibe is a weekly podcast where we speak to influential and inspiring Muslims across the world. Hosted by the TMV team, the podcast delves deep into the issues affecting Western Muslims and much more!
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TMV Podcast, brought to you by The Muslim Vibe is a weekly podcast where we speak to influential and inspiring Muslims across the world. Hosted by the TMV team, the podcast delves deep into the issues affecting Western Muslims and much more!

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Ep 75 - A (much needed) education on anti-Blackness
This week our host Salim speaks to Nabil Abdulrashid, comedian and activist. Nabil is somewhat notorious for being banned several times across different social media for the things he says, and the discussion explores that. We gain an understanding as to why Nabil is so passionate about this topic, and why he calls out for others to be as well. He talks about the difference between being racist against black people and being anti-black, highlighting how the latter is quite prevalent in our own communities. We learn about the history of anti-blackness, and its impact on so many of the social movements today, and how we've seen the black community fight for all time and time again, and yet they stand alone when they fight for themselves. -- To find Nabil on Facebook, click here: To find him on Twitter, click here:
November 17, 2019
Ep 74 - Prophet Muhammad in the 21st Century
On this week's episode of The Muslim Vibe Podcast, our host Salim talks to Sheikh Ali Hussein Datoo about the life of the Prophet. As his birth anniversary approaches, they take the chance to discuss the morals and lessons we can learn from the Prophet, and how they not only applied then, but also how they apply to us now in the 21st century, 1400 years later. 
November 10, 2019
Ep 73 - A Virtue of Disobedience: A Discussion on 'God-Centric' Activism
This week on the TMV podcast, our host Salim talks to author and CAGE Research Director, Asim Qureshi. The conversation takes us through Asim's past ambitions of corporate law, his motivation and experience with CAGE, and most recently, his book. They have an in-depth discussion of the contents of the book, providing further insight into Asim's words and thoughts around these areas. We get a closer look into some of the stories between the pages, learning more about systemic racism and what it means for us as Muslims to stand and work against it. The talk covers the notion of accountability,  how we need to be more aware of the consequences of our choices and how we inadvertently become collaborators, and how we must address that if we truly wish to be God-Centric in our activism. -- If you'd like to learn more about CAGE, click here: To purchase Asim's Book 'A Virtue of Disobedience', click here:
November 3, 2019
Ep 72 - Gay and Muslim: My Struggle
This week on The Muslim Vibe Podcast, Salim talks to Ali Jaffrey about his journey of dealing with same-sex attraction. Ali walks us through his life, telling us how he came to be aware of his attraction from a young age, how he coped (for a large period of his life in silence) and how he sought help. We learn about Ali's challenges and obstacles, and how they've led him to develop Strong Support, an organisation created to help Muslims who struggle with same-sex attraction but don't want to act on it. As Ali tells his story, we learn how he struggled and how he triumphed over his same-sex attraction. To read the article by Muslim Matters on Same-Sex Attraction discussed in the podcast, click here: To learn more about Ali's organisation Strong Support, click here: or email --- Please Note: The topic of conversation in this podcast is a particularly sensitive one and we wanted to approach it with as much nuance as possible. Ali approached us in November 2018, saying that he wanted to write a series about the struggle of people who experience same-sex attraction but don't want to act on their urges. Subsequently he decided he wanted to come in and have a conversation with us on our podcast about his experience and his journey. We're aware that Ali's worldview may not be the same as yours, but this is his story and a perspective we don't often hear much of. We are not attempting to provide a complete or holistic Islamic perspective on this but rather share a brother's journey based on his personal experience.
October 27, 2019
Ep 71 - I found God in Compton
This week our host Salim talks to Umar Hakim, a brother from California who reverted to Islam 21 years ago. They recount his journey, starting from his chance discovery of Islam, and walking through his conversion, and the aftermath that ensued. Their conversation covers the liberation felt from accepting Islam, liberation from both the vices of the world and the ''colonised mindset'' all too many adopt. We discover how Umar drastically changed career paths, learning how exactly he found himself to be a humanitarian, and what keeps him going further every day. Join us as we discuss Islam, brotherhood, and what it really means to be a Muslim, as we unearth the story of Umar Hakim.  Check out Umar's page here:
October 20, 2019
Ep 70 - Why we started TMV: 5 Year Special
This week our host Salim talks to Haseeb Rizvi, co-founder and creative director of The Muslim Vibe. The two founders take us through the journey of how TMV came to be, sharing with us their nostalgia, trials, and achievements as they worked to create the platform that now exists today. Their trip down memory lane gives us an insider view of how TMV came to be, a commentary spanning its life from concept, through creation, to where it is today. 
October 13, 2019
Ep 69 - My journey into mentoring tomorrow's future
This week Salim is joined by stand-in co-host Taher, as they talk to Aslan Toofani about his passion for mentoring the youth. They explore how Aslan got involved with guiding the flag-bearers of the future, and why it's so important to him to be a listening ear for the youth, drawing on his own personal experiences as a child. Salim and Taher also discuss Aslan's plans for a community 'Hub' and why having a strong community is crucial when it comes to supporting the next generation. You can find Taher's new book 'Lost and Found' online here:
October 6, 2019
Ep 68 - Not done venting: Why I called out Priyanka Chopra
This week Salim and Husam are joined by Ayesha Malik, an influencer who has seen her video retweeted thousands of times for one simple reason: she called out Priyanka Chopra. Ever since the original tweet, Ayesha's life has changed, and we explore it all in this episode. They explore the lead-up to the confrontation, Ayesha's motivations behind it all, and how a 45-second video has sent her in a whole new direction. --- You can find Ayesha's twitter here:
September 29, 2019
Ep 67 - The man who called out Boris Johnson’s Islamophobia: MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi
We made the trip down to Parliament this week to talk to Slough MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (AKA Tan). A video of MP Tan speaking at the House of Commons a few weeks ago went viral and he passionately berated UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his comments about Muslim women and the lack of action from the Conservative party with regards to Islamophobia within the party.  We naturally spoke about this incident on our podcast and we also discussed his personal journey into politics and his views on diversity and representation within parliament. We put questions from our listeners to him and discussed Kashmir, historic Sikh and Muslim relations and even the (in our opinion, somewhat jarring) parliamentary traditions. (Note from Salim: I realise I pronounced Tan's last name wrong in my intro, if you're reading this Tan, I am very sorry!)  --- Big shoutout to Infocus Opticians in Baker Street, who let us record our intro and outro in their shop. A great team who offer great customer service and are less than five minutes walk from Baker Street Station: --- Finally if you enjoyed this podcast and would like to support The Muslim Vibe, you can do so here:
September 22, 2019
Ep 66 - The Overlooked Story of Hajar (as)
Salim is joined by Mariam Hakim on this week's podcast. They discuss Mariam's past articles with The Muslim Vibe, and how she finds it important to focus on both dark and light content. This leads up to Mariam's book "An Ocean in One Drop", a project that started as a continuation of an article she once wrote for The Muslim Vibe about Hajar. They walk through the journey of publishing her book, giving an inside look to all the decisions made, from the Rumi-inspired title, to the illustrations based off a deeply rooted Gulf culture. ---- To keep up to date on the book and future projects follow Mariam on Instagram and Twitter at @mariamkshakim Follow @wawstories on Instagram and Twitter to find out where and when you can buy her book Be sure to check out Mariam's articles, mentioned in the podcast: And if you're interested in following Mariam's footsteps and writing for us, click here:
September 4, 2019
Ep 65 - Counter-extremism, spoken-word poetry and breaking binaries
Salim is joined by Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan (AKA The Brown Hijabi) on this week's podcast. They discuss Suhaiymah's poetry and journey thus-far, starting out with her (once anonymous) blog: and then talking about her poetry going viral a few years ago and the doors that has opened up for her. They also discuss the recent incident involving Suhaiymah's withdrawal from the Bradford Literary Festival and her thoughts on the government's counter-terrorism/counter-extremism projects and strategy.  ---- Suhaiymah has a collection of her poetry coming out soon. You can pre-order your copy here: You can find Suhaiymah on Twitter here: And finally be sure to check out Suhaiymah's own podcast Breaking Binaries here:
August 28, 2019
Ep 64 - How to Achieve Success by Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself
Salim is joined by Hussein Charara from WISE Academy in Dearborn, Michigan. They discuss how to achieve a future reality you envisage of yourself, by having a clear intention and an elevated emotion. Hussein's philosophy is that if you look at your future through the lens of the past, then your familiar past will become your predictable future. He wants to show you how to break the habit of being yourself!  A fascinating insight into a quite unique and possibly life-changing way of thinking.
August 21, 2019
Ep 63 - Meet the Muzlamics: Ali Official and Aatif Nawaz
Salim and Husam are joined by Aatif Nawaz and Ali Official, the writers and stars on BBC sketch show 'Muzlamic'. They discuss their different journeys in the world comedy, their BBC show and how they got to where they are today! Here is the podcast Salim mentioned on the show about Ben who converted to Islam because of Mo Salah:
August 7, 2019
Ep 62 - Is there such a thing as God-conscious leadership?
Salim and Husam speak to Mohammad Arshad, this week, founder of Muslim CEO and Muslim Mastery. They talk about the distinction between running Muslim organisations and organisations run by Muslims, as well as what it really takes to get an organisation running like a well-oiled machine. The conversation provides some insight to how The Muslim Vibe works and how it came to be, as well as touching on leadership. They discuss what it means to be a leader, how to be a leader, and whether leadership can be God-conscious. Mohammed Arshad can be found at for personal development and at for business development.
July 31, 2019
Ep 61 - Getting Real with Tez Ilyas
This week, Salim and Husam speak to Tez Ilyas, a comedian whose gigs have ranged from open mic nights to openers at the O2. They talk about how he left the Home Office for comedy gigs, his past appearances on TV, and how he's managed to stay authentic through it all. They walk through his journey and his accomplishments; looking at how he started, how he made it, and how he always keeps it real. Check out his brand new show The Tez O'Clock Show at 11pm every Thursday on Channel 4.
July 24, 2019
Ep 60 - Hollywood visual FX, comic books and (the lack of) diversity
On this week's episode of TMV Podcast, Salim talks to Farhan Qureshi, an engineer turned VFX artist turned comic book author. Having worked on projects like Alien Vs Predator, Harry Potter, and Batman Begins to name a few, Farhan discusses his experience in the film industry, and quite particularly, his experience as a Muslim in the industry. They also talk about his journey between careers that's landed him as an author, and his most recent project Digitopia, an action-adventure comic touching on fake news, media double standards, and demonisation.   ---  To fund Digitopia on Kickstarter  visit,  To listen to our podcast on representation of Muslims on screen (Ep 49) visit,  To read about the study conducted on UK media contributing to Islamophobia, visit,  To purchase Farhan's book 'Visual Effects and Computer Graphics Survival Guide' visit (the kindle version is free),  And to support us here at The Muslim Vibe,  visit
July 17, 2019
Ep 59 - How Mo Salah Made Me a Muslim
This week, Salim speaks to Ben, a recent revert to Islam. They talk about how his perspective on Islam has changed over the years; how he went from once holding Islamophobic views, to embracing Islam just a few weeks ago. Ben's story is fascinating, it's about how a girlfriend, a research paper, and a famous football star by the name of Mohammad Salah completely changed his path. ---- Salim's recent article: "I experienced it, now research has proved it, Mo Salah is the cure to Islamophobia" ---- You can get 20% off tickets at the Palestine Expo using checkout code 'FOAMVIBE'. Get your tickets here: 
July 3, 2019
Ep 58- Are the clothes on your back halal and ethical?
On this week's podcast, Salim and his new co-host Husam are joined by Hoda Katebi, who is the founder of JooJoo Azad which is an unapologetic, anti-capitalist, intersectional feminist and body-positive political fashion platform. They discuss Hoda's journey into this niche genre and her views on ethical fashion generally. They also talk about her live interview on an American TV station a few years ago that went viral...for all the right reasons! You can check out her blog here: ----- As mentioned at the beginning of the podcast, be sure to check out and get your tickets now! Use checkout code 'FOAMVIBE' for 20% off your tickets. The expo is taking place on the 6th and 7th July in London. 
June 26, 2019
Ep 57- Palestine and BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions)
If you're based in London, you may have seen adverts on the London Underground for the Palestine Expo, which is taking place on 6th and 7th July at the London Olympia.  On this week's podcast, Salim speaks to Shamiul from FOA (Friends of Al Aqsa), who are the organisation behind the event. They talk about people can expect from the expo itself as well as where the idea came from and struggles they've faced along the way. They also discuss the BDS movement which has been in the headlines both in the UK and USA recently.  ---- You can get 20% off tickets at the Palestine Expo using checkout code 'FOAMVIBE'. Get your tickets here: 
June 19, 2019
Ep 56 - 8 Years Later, My Bad
On this week's TMV Podcast, Haseeb talks to Malik Elarbi about his new EP 8 Years Later, My Bad . Malik spoke to TMV director Haseeb Rizvi about his journey into music, where he started, what he's learned, and how that brought him to where he is today. 
June 12, 2019
Ep 55 - Marrying Muay Thai with a Muslim Life
On this week's TMV Podcast, Salim is joined by Khadijah Safari, Muay Thai kickboxing instructor and founder of Safari MMA. Having practised Muay Thai for over a decade, Khadijah spoke to The Muslim Vibe's Chief Editor Salim Kassam on this week's podcast about her introduction to the martial art, her later conversion to Islam, and how the two lead to her being where she is today.
June 5, 2019
Ep 54 - Muslim Entrepreneurs in Tech
This week, Salim Kassam, Chief Editor of The Muslim Vibe, speaks to Ismail Jeilani, co-founder of Scoodle. Scoodle is an app that connects tutors with students, an idea that was spawned from Ismail's own time in university. We discuss his introduction to entrepreneurship in university, his journey from doing small scale tutoring to co-founding a startup, and why we need more Muslim entrepreneurs.
May 29, 2019
Ep 53 - Tokenism, Sensationalism, and Identity Politics
On this week's TMV Podcast, Salim is joined by Ali Milani, the Labour Party's prospective candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. Ali Milani is a 24 year-old councillor, Vice President of the National Union of Students and is looking to take on Boris Johnson at the next General Election. We discuss the media's fixation on Ali's identity (as a Muslim immigrant) as opposed to his political stances, and what his thoughts are being boiled down to this label. Note: This podcast was recorded on 24/04/2019.
May 22, 2019
Ep 52 - My Ten Nights: Never miss out giving charity on Laylatul Qadr
On this week's podcast, Salim is joined by Jessica as they speak to Ayat from  My Ten Nights in an automation platform that allows you to never miss Laylatul Qadr - you pick your charity before the last ten nights comes in, decide how much you want to pay across the last ten nights - and if you want to give more charity in the odd nights of Ramadan you can, and then it schedules it all in, meaning it's all automated, so you can focus on your Ibadah.  Last year My Ten Nights facilitated donations of over £1.3 million for various charities and this year they intend to smash that target. We speak to Ayat about the journey of the platform so far and also how we can stay authentic in our acts of worship in a increasingly automated and technologically advanced world! 
May 18, 2019
Ep 51 - How to get in the zone this Ramadan
As the month of Ramadan has blessed us once again, TMV chief editor Salim Kassam sits down with Sheikh Alihusain Datoo to talk about how to make the most of the holy month. The discuss the tradition of fasting within Islam as well as how to balance work and family with optimising the nights. They go on to discuss the last 10 nights of the holy month and the night of Qadr. We pray this month of Ramadan is a beneficial one for all our listeners! 
May 5, 2019
Ep 50 - The Honest Struggle: From gang-life to God
On this week's TMV Podcast, Salim is joined by Justin Mashouf, director of The Honest Struggle,  and Sadiq, an ex-convict turned convert. The Honest Struggle follows Sadiq around after completing his sentence, depicting the trials faced as he re-enters society. We discuss the issues faced by many converts who leave prison, the lack of effort made by 'born-Muslims' to help them adjust, and the shocking reality that all too many face after their sentence is fulfilled. The Honest Struggle is will be available on April 8 on Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon in the US, Canada and UK. Outside of those regions it can be watched at  Be sure to check out their trailer: --- Support our Fragile Lives Launchgood campaign here: You can support The Muslim Vibe at
April 10, 2019
The Christchurch Terrorist Attack
Earlier today whilst Muslims in New Zealand were attending Juma prayers, gunmen entered a couple of mosques and shot indiscriminately at worshippers. So far 49 people have lost their lives and dozens more are injured in hospital. The perpetrators are believed to be far-right extremists and one of them filmed the entire shooting on a bodycam which was live streamed on the internet. He also published a manifesto online, citing mass immigration as one of his motives. On this TMV Podcast, Salim speaks to Yaser, a Muslim based in Auckland, about the attacks and his initial reaction as well as the reaction of the New Zealand Muslim community and the public at large. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives. Al-fatiha. 
March 15, 2019
Ep 49 - The Riz Test: Challenging how Muslims are portrayed on screen
On this week's TMV Podcast, Salim is joined by Jessica (TMV Deputy Editor) and Shaf, a co-founder of The Riz Test. Taking their name from British-Muslim actor Riz Ahmed, they took inspiration from his now famous speech at the House of Commons in 2017. We discuss how The Riz Test came to be, the need for more Muslim representation in film and television, and the surprising number of films and television shows that fails in terms of accurately portraying Muslims onscreen. Be sure to check out ------ You can support The Muslim Vibe at
March 6, 2019
Ep 48 - A "Redneck" Muslim on combating White supremacy
On this week's TMV Podcast, Salim spoke to Shane Atkinson, an American convert to Islam and self-described "redneck Muslim" about his journey to Islam, his role as a white "redneck" in the Muslim community and combating white supremacy.  You can watch the PBS documentary about Shane here: ----- Click here to support The Muslim Vibe:
February 5, 2019
Ep 47 - Locked up by the FBI
After being detained without charge by the FBI for 10 days, held as a 'material witness', we were joined on a special podcast by Sister Marzieh Hashemi who talked to Salim and Haseeb about her ordeal. She discusses the events of the last few weeks as well as her struggle to observe her faith whilst detained, being deprived halal food and having her hijab removed and she also has a message for young Muslim activists across the West. --------- You can support The Muslim Vibe here:
January 28, 2019
Ep 46 - Exploring Surah Yusuf
On this week's TMV Podcast, Salim is joined by Sheikh Alihusain Datoo as they talk about Surah Yusuf, exploring both the depth of the story of Prophet Yusuf as well as the human element of this Surah that remains so empowering to this day.
January 15, 2019
Ep 45 - The Link Between Spirituality and Mental Health
Berak Hussain, a Muslim mental health speaker and Islamic counsellor and therapist, is pioneering the way for not only opening up discussions around mental health in general, but to also help Muslim communities break away from cultural taboos around ignoring mental health issues as well. Speaking to The Muslim Vibe's Chief Editor Salim Kassam on this week's podcast, Berak touches on important issues such as the link between faith and mental health, why men are typically not as involved in mental health discussions, and finally how to help survive mental illnesses such as depression and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
December 20, 2018
Ep 44 - Jae Deen On Writing Out The Qur'an, Muslim Influencers and Deen Squad Controversy
Jae Deen, a convert to Islam and part of the popular Muslim hip-hop group Deen Squad, is no stranger to controversy. Converting to Islam while still attending his Catholic high school and navigating his way through the complicated world of balancing religion with hip-hop, Jae Deen recognizes the power in both being an influencer as well as staying grounded. Speaking to The Muslim Vibe's Chief Editor Salim Kassam on this week's podcast, Jae Deen reflects on his personal journey through Islam and music, the role of Muslim influencers and their responsibility, and finally the inspiring Quran project that he recently undertook. Read more here:
December 10, 2018
Ep 43 - Lisa Vogl Talks About Surviving Domestic Violence And Being An Entrepreneur
Lisa Vogl, an award-winning American fashion photographer, is the co-founder of the immensely popular modest fashion brand Verona Collection. Converting to Islam in 2011 and a proud supporter of hijab, Lisa spoke to The Muslim Vibe's Chief Editor Salim Kassam on this week's podcast about her journey through the entrepreneurial world with modest fashion, why conversations around hijab must be lead by women and not men, and her own experience of being a survivor of domestic violence and how she used her platform to speak out against it.
December 4, 2018
Ep 42 - Muslims Of The World
This week Salim has a chat with Sajjad Shah, the founder of popular Instagram account: Muslims Of The World ( They discuss where the idea for the page came from and how it grew to become the successful page it is today, boasting over 260K followers and having recently published their very own book with unique stories from Muslims around the world. Sajjad talks about the most memorable and mindblowing story he's encountered over the last few years and they also discuss armchair activism amongst many other things. You can purchase the book now on Amazon: ----- Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes: or find us on Android podcast apps by searching for 'TMV Podcast'
November 26, 2018
Ep 41 - Photojournalist Emily Garthwaite Reflects On Her Arbaeen Experience
This week Salim is joined by Emily Garthwaite, a 25-year-old photojournalist from London who returned back from Iraq a few weeks ago having travelled to photograph the Arbaeen pilgrimage. The Arbaeen pilgrimage is one of the largest peaceful gatherings that takes annually and it marks 40 days after the day of Ashura, which commemorates the death of Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. He was killed alongside his family members and close companions in the city of Karbala in the year 61 After Hijra. Every year millions of pilgrims flock to Iraq to remember Imam Hussain and the stand that he took against the tyrant Yazid. Be sure to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes:
November 19, 2018
Ep 40 - Bridging Mental Health With Spirituality (Interview with Hooman Keshvarzi)
Syed Rizvi speaks with Hooman Keshvarzi, founding director of the Khalil Center, the largest provider of mental health for Muslims in the U.S. Syed has followed Hooman’s work since he was an undergraduate in Psychology attempting to better understand the overlap of Islam, as a spiritual discipline, and Psychology, as a set of principles designed to help individuals with unseen diseases. Specifically, the integration of the two and how the linking of spirituality and psychology could be the missing piece for what each was lacking. Psychology failing to understand the role of the ‘spirit’, and spirituality failing to account for neurological, biological, or societal deficits which may impair one’s spirit from ever flourishing in the first place. For more information on the Khalil Center, please visit: Thank you to Islamic Society of North America Convention for facilitating this conversation!
October 24, 2018
Ep 39 - It's Time To Talk: Right-Wing Activist vs Muslim Scholar (Debate)
Right-wing activist James Goddard debates Muslim scholar Sheikh Jaffer Ladak on a variety of concerns and issues. 1:22 - Intro & Islamophobia 33:59 - Israel/Palestine 54:45 - Is Islam Inherently Violent? 1:07:01 - The Right Wing Movement 1:30:30 - Immigration
August 13, 2018
Ep 38 - The Sheikh Who Conquered Twitter
On the TMV Podcast this week, our chief editor Salim Kassam is joined by Sheikh Azhar Nasser as they discuss social media, dealing with hate and his new book entitled 'The Grand Tour: Quranic Descriptions of Paradise'. Sheikh Azhar Nasser was born and raised in Michigan, USA and has a degree in cultural anthropology. Sheikh Azhar has a deep passion for the study of the Holy Quran and is also the religious director of CBE, an organization which specializes in the production of short, spiritually-uplifting videos. Only last year he began posting on Twitter and has quickly amassed a following of over 50,000 people. You can find him on Twitter here: His book is now available to purchase on Amazon:
June 11, 2018
Angels of Mercy (Spoken Word)
This emotional spoken word is in tribute to Razan al-Najjar and every innocent Palestinian soul killed fighting for their rights. Scroll down for the video and full lyrics. Razan al-Najjar was a Palestinian medic from Gaza who was brutally killed by an Israeli sniper as she heroically tended to the wounds of injured protesters. Though she was clearly wearing a white medic coat, Zionist occupation forces still pulled the trigger from a sniper which pierced her chest leaving her coat soaked in blood. Razan al-Najjar isn’t the first innocent civilian to be killed by the genocidal forces of Israel, and certainly will not be the last until Palestine is free from the occupiers.
June 11, 2018
Ep 37 - Reflective back on 21 years of activism with the IHRC (ft. Arzu Merali)
Salim is joined by Arzu Merali as they discuss the origins and work of one of the longest standing Islamic activist groups in the UK, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC). Arzu Merali is a writer and researcher based in London. She is one of the co-founders of the IHRC and recently authored a research paper on Dominant Counter-Narratives to Islamophobia, co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union.
May 22, 2018
Ep 36 - Are we going to face a Muslim genocide in The West?
Salim is joined by Imran Shah and Haseeb Rizvi as they discuss the notion of Muslims facing a potential genocide in the West given the heightened levels of Islamophobic narrative found in some parts of the media and in online dialogue, alongside increased anti-Muslim attacks and hate-crimes across the region. Imran Shah is currently the head of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK (MPACUK) team. Haseeb Rizvi is the co-founder and director of The Muslm Vibe. You can subcribe to our podcast on iTunes here:
May 14, 2018
Ep 35 - Moving the Muslim discourse away from terrorism
Salim is joined by Tufyal Choudhury, as they discuss moving the Muslim narrative away from terrorism and towards recognising the richness, diversity and plurality of Muslim culture. Tufyal is an Assistant Professor of Human Rights Law at Durham University and Director of MFest - a festival of Muslim cultures and ideas taking place in London this April. You can find out more about MFest here:
March 29, 2018
Ep 34 - Answering Questions About Mental Health (ft. Berak Hussain)
Salim is joined once again by Berak Hussain, a qualified counsellor and a registered psychotherapist to try and deal with your issues and questions. There is no topic off the table and we promise complete anonymity. We sat down this week with Berak to answer some of the questions sent in via our website. If you have any questions for next month's Mental Health podcast, feel free to send them in anonymously here:
March 19, 2018
Ep 33 - The Muslim Woman Experience (ft. Malia Bouattia & Sabah Choudhry)
Salim is joined this week by Malia Bouattia and Sabah Choudhry, two panellists on British Muslim TV's discussion show 'Women Like Us'. On this podcast they discuss the issue of access to Islamic centres for women, the discrimination faced by Muslim women in the public sphere, the rise of the modest fashion industry and much more... Subscribe to The Muslim Vibe podcast on iTunes here:
March 6, 2018
Ep 32 - Activism Through Art
Art is an incredible avenue for activism. We're joined by Usaama Minhas and Asiya Elgady to tell us about their incredible talent and how they use it to make a difference. Usaama is the Hammer and Tongue Nations Slam Champion of 2018. You can find Usaama on social media here: YouTube: Twitter/IG: @yoUsaama Facebook: Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here:
February 27, 2018
Ep 31 - The 4 core reasons why marriages fail
If you're having trouble with your marriage, this podcast is for you. Salim sits down with Abbas Merali, co-author of 'From Marriage to Parenthood: The Heavenly Path', to discuss the essential relationship rules that couples must follow to enjoy a healthy marriage.
February 19, 2018
Ep 30 - Is Islam a Misogynistic Religion?
Today marks one hundred years since the first women were given the right to vote in the UK. On this week's podcast, Salim is joined by Sheikh Jaffer Ladak as they discuss everything from gender roles within the household, female leadership in our mosques and the modern feminist movement. This podcast is one not to be missed! Subscribe on iTunes here: You can find Sheikh Jaffer Ladak on social media below:
February 6, 2018
Ep 29 - Real Talk: Answering your mental-health questions with Berak Hussain
We're joined by Berak Hussain, a qualified counsellor and a registered psychotherapist to try and deal with your issues and questions. There is no topic off the table and we promise complete anonymity. We sat down this week with Berak to answer some of the questions sent in via our website. If you have any questions for next month's 'Real Talk' podcast, feel free to send them in anonymously here:
January 30, 2018
Ep 28 - New Year, New You? (with Mahmood Mawjee)
Have you set New Years Resolutions that you're struggling to stick to? This week, Salim is joined by Mahmood Mawjee, a motivational speaker and life-coach. They discuss how to achieve happiness in life, setting goals in life that are achievable and how to stick to those goals! Mahmood has spent the last few years inspiring local communities about getting in good physical & mental shape as well as, importantly, how to maintain that lifestyle. You can follow Mahmood on Facebook here:
January 24, 2018
Ep 27 - Inside the Soul of Islam with Mamoon Yusaf
Inayat is joined this week by author, peace activist and transformational life coach Mamoon Yusaf to discuss his new book 'Inside The Soul of Islam'. They discuss Mamoon's fascinating personal journey as his first book, which offers a unique view into the love, beauty and wisdom of Islam for spiritual seekers of all faiths. You can get your copy of the book here: Also be sure to follow Mamoon on Facebook:
January 10, 2018
Ep 26 - Inclusiveness In The Muslim Community
This week Inayat discusses disability and inclusiveness in our community centres. Joined by Sukaina Dada from SMILE Canada and Maisam-Reza Khaku a London-based deaf activist, they explore how much our centres currently cater for those with physical and mental disabilities and what more can be done. Note: We are always learning and raising awareness and even this discussion is a prime example as we have learned to be more aware of the words we use - people live with disabilities but that doesn’t mean they are ‘suffering’ You can find out more about SMILE on their website or on their Facebook page
January 2, 2018
Ep 25 - A glimpse into the halal food industry
Inayat is joined by Siddika Jaffer from Halal Dining Club and Fizzah Sayed from London Haloodies as they discuss everything halal food related in this week's podcast!
December 18, 2017
Ep 24 - Muslims in the Mainstream Media with Assed Baig
This week Inayat is joined by journalist Assed Baig as they discuss his journey working in the media and pose the questions: do we need more Muslims within the mainstream media? Are there obstacles for minority groups getting into media positions? Can we work within the mainstream media without compromising their values? And much much more!
October 31, 2017
Ep 23 - Black History Month
Inayat is joined by Saraiya Bah and Sakina Lenoir to discuss the UK's Black History Month
October 16, 2017
Ep 22 - Dove's racist advert, Harvey Weinstein and the Vegas shooting
As The Muslim Vibe turns 3 years old(!), Inayat is joined by Haseeb and Nouri as they discuss the Las Vegas shooting, the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Dove's recent racist advert and the future of The Muslim Vibe!
October 16, 2017
Ep 21 - Cornershop Show: Muslims in creative spaces
This week Inayat is joined by Islah and Rob from YouTube's Cornershop Show. They talk about the story behind the show that has amassed thousands of subscribers and have a wider discussion about Muslims in creative spaces! You can watch Cornershop on YouTube here:
September 21, 2017
Ep 20 - The plight of the Rohingya
This week Inayat is joined by The Muslim Vibe editors Salim and Afrah. They discuss the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma, the Parsons Green terrorist attack as well the rise of the podcast.
September 15, 2017
Ep 19 - Muslims And Fostering
Inayat is joined by Mehtab Jeraj and her daughter Esmat. Mehtab has spent over 25 years fostering vulnerable children and Esmat (having grown up in that household) recently wrote a response to the media stories vilifying a Muslim foster family that was looking after a 'Christian' child. This is a fascinating insight into their lives and experiences!
September 6, 2017
Ep 18 - Princess Diana 20 Years On, Hajj and Nuclear Disarmament
This week Inayat is joined by Ishtar al-Shammari from Alleya Designs and editor-in-chief of The Muslim Vibe, Salim Kassam. They discuss the life and legacy of Princess Diana 20 years after her death, as well as sharing their experiences from visiting the holy cities of Mecca and Medina for the Hajj pilgrimage. Finally they finish with a brief look at the current North Korea situation and ask whether we should even have nuclear weapons at all!?
August 31, 2017
Ep 17 - Barcelona Attacks, Channel 4's 'The State' and Muslims on Social Media
This week Inayat is joined by writer and journalist Hussein Kesvani as well as editor-in-chief of The Muslim Vibe, Salim Kassam. They discuss the gamification of terror attacks online in light of the recent Barcelona attacks, Channel 4's drama 'The State' about new recruits joining ISIS fighters in Syria as well as Hussein's upcoming book about British Muslims on social media.
August 22, 2017
Ep 16 - Charlottesville, Amir Khan's divorce and Neymar's big money move
This week Inayat is joined by the editor-in-chief and senior editor of The Muslim Vibe, Salim Kassam and Nouri Sardar. They discuss some of the trending news stories at the moment. In particular the recent rise of right-wing extremism in America under the presidency of Donald Trump, Amir Khan's decision to make his personal issues public through the use of social media and finally the implications of Neymar's decision to leave Barcelona for a £500,000+ per week salary!
August 16, 2017
Ep 15 - The forgotten Kashmir conflict
Inayat is joined this week by Shahid Lone to discuss the conflict in Kashmir. Shahid is a writer, orator, activist and doctoral fellow in Political Economy and has devoted much of his life to raising awareness about the situation in Kashmir.
August 1, 2017
Ep 14 - My trip to war-torn Mosul
Inayat is joined by Madiha Raza of Muslim Aid and Haseeb Rizvi the director of The Muslim Vibe. This week's podcast discusses Madiha's recent humanitarian trip to war-torn Mosul as well as the political and humanitarian situation in Iraq and the future of the region.
August 1, 2017
Ep 13 - Muslim Dating: What your swipe hand possesses
This week Inayat is joined by renowned comedians Omar Hamdi and Bilal Zafar. They discuss the topics of marriage, dating and the growing use of technology in the match-making process. Subscribe to our podcast here:
July 20, 2017
Ep 12 - Female Muslim Empowerment
Inayat Kanji is joined by Suhaiymah (AKA The Brown Hijabi) and Ishtar al-Shammari from Alleya Designs and this week they discuss female Muslim empowerment, creative expression, colonialism and more! Make sure you subscribe to our weekly podcast: You can check out The Brown Hijabi's blog here: You can follow Alleya Designs on Instagram here:
July 11, 2017
Ep 11 - Islamophobia And right-wing extremism
Inayat Kanji is joined this week by the chief editor of The Muslim Vibe, Salim Kassam and secretary of the APPG on Islamophobia Hayyan Ayaz Bhabha as they discussing the recent trend of rising Islamophobia and right-wing extremism in the UK. You can subscribe to our weekly podcast here:
July 5, 2017
Ep 10 - Grenfell Tower Fire
The Muslim Vibe podcast is back! With a new host - Inayat Kanji - and joined this week by Chief Editor Salim Kassam and Senior Editor Nouri Sardar. This week they discuss the horrible Grenfell Tower fire that took place a few weeks ago in London as well as Nouri's spoken-word piece dedicated to the victims of the tragedy.
June 22, 2017
Ep 9 - Muslim women carving a new space in politics with Naz Shah and Faduma Hassan
On this week’s podcast, Salim and Afrah get a little serious with Naz Shah, the MP for Bradford West and Faduma Hassan, a member of Momentum. In the podcast, they discuss the following topics: - The gender imbalance in British parliament - Being a Muslim woman in politics - Career choices and the wider community - Engaging the youth in politics If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions for our future podcasts, don’t hesitate to get in touch on Please make sure you subscribe to our podcast on iTunes:
January 26, 2017
8 things every Muslim needs to look out for in 2017
Salim and Haseeb discuss 2017 and what kinds of things we as Muslims need to look out for. If 2016 is anything to go by, this coming year promises to be...interesting - to say the least!
January 1, 2017
Ep 8 - Does the problem of racism exist within the Muslim community?
We discuss racism and Islam with one of the leading voice for Muslims and Islam in Michigan. Dawud Walid is the Executive Director of the Michigan branch of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) and an Imam who has traveled around the USA delivering speeches and sermons on a range of topics. On this podcast, we tackle the issue of race within our communities, the Black Lives Matter movement and Trump's America. We apologise for the audio quality as there were a few technical issues this week, but do tune in and feel free to get in touch with any feedback or ideas for future podcasts on Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here:
December 21, 2016
Ep 7 - Discussing #MuslimsLikeUS with Zohra from the show
In the UK this week a TV show called Muslims Like Us aired on BBC2. It was a social experiment of sorts, where they took 10 Muslims from across the UK and put them in a house together for 10 days. The two-part documentary was a fascinating look at the broad spectrum of Muslims in the UK and on this podcast we discuss the documentary, Zohra's experiences being on the show and the response after it was aired on national television. We also discuss notions of identity, what it means to be British and the representation of Muslims in the mainstream media. You can watch both episodes on YouTube here: Zohra is the founder and editor of HalalGems, an online magazine and app that finds the best halal food in the world! Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes:
December 15, 2016
Ep 6 - The death of Vine, interracial marriage and a chat with Subhi Taha
We take things international this week and have a chat with fashion designer and blogger, Subhi Taha. We discuss... - the death of the social media platform Vine - interracial marriages (in light of Subhi's video: - Muslim men in fashion and Subhi's his new line (which you can find here: If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions for future podcast, don't hesitate to get in touch on Please make sure you subscribe to our podcast on iTunes:
December 6, 2016
Ep 5 - In conversation with Imran Yusuf
Afrah and Salim have a chat with award-winning comedian Imran Yusuf... They discuss identity, race, history, Brexit, Trump, David vs Goliath, Star Wars, Imran's latest venture - HaLOL... and so much more! Imran has toured the country performing his comedy routines and has featured on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow on BBC1. To find out more about HaLOL, please visit: If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions for future podcast, don't hesitate to get in touch on
November 29, 2016
Ep 4 - Obama's legacy, Maajid Nawaz and the dangers of street Dawah
On this week’s podcast, Salim and Afrah are joined once more by Nargess Moballeghi ( and Haseeb Rizvi to discuss: - The dangers of aggressive street dawah with the likes of Dawah Man - Maajid Nawaz being listed on the Southern Poverty Law Centre as an anti-Muslim extremist - The 'legacy' of President Barack Obama The articles discussed in this podcast can be found here: "Maajid Nawaz: Islam's threat from within - Dawah Man and the dangers of aggressive street dawah - We look forward to your thoughts and feedback, and hopefully some suggestions for our next topics. You can do so by emailing us on
November 25, 2016
US Election Special: President Trump - what now for American Muslims?
Donald Trump is president-elect of the USA.... In this US Election Special, Salim and Afrah are joined once more by independent journalist, Nargess Moballeghi ( and in a debut for Haseeb Rizvi, the director of The Muslim Vibe. In this podcast, they will be discussing Donald J. Trump being elected as the next President of the United States of America and what that could mean for American Muslims... In this special election edition, they discuss their responses (and that of the wider world) to the results, why it is that Clinton lost and what’s next for American Muslims. We look forward to your thoughts and feedback, and hopefully some suggestions for our next topics. You can do so by emailing us on
November 10, 2016
Ep 3 - Hajj reflections and Taekwondo hijabis
On this week’s podcast, Salim and Afrah decide that it's about time to talk about their journey to Hajj this year. As promised ahead of their trip, they share their reflections on what it means to make the journey into the heart of Islam. You can see some of the pictures from their journey shared on our Instagram. They discuss how we should take inspiration from the journey of Hajj and learn to get past our differences and to come together if we truly seek to change the world in which to live. Furthermore, any kind of change is one that comes from inside and the commitment of such a journey is one that should start with ourselves ahead of anything else. In the second part of this podcast, the team has a chat with the silver medalist of the Great Britain Taekwondo Nationals, Duha Al-Hassani, which comes off the back of quite a surprising interest on the story of Kubra Dagli, Turkish Taekwondo world champion, who competed in a hijab. Read more here: Duha discusses the way in which Muslim women are changing the face of sports and the positive responses she has received in her own journey into competitive sporting. She also picks on some incredible Muslim sporting heroes and you can see the video of the Iranian Futsal team discussed here: She also mentions Lutalo Muhammad's narrowly missing out on the gold medal in Taekwondo in the Olympics over the summer. Here is the video of his heartbreaking interview immediately after the bout: We look forward to your thoughts and feedback, and hopefully some suggestions for our next topics. You can do so by emailing us on Don’t forget to connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes!
November 8, 2016
Ep 2 - Calais Jungle, veganism and the US Elections
In this episode, Salim and Afrah are joined by independent journalist, Nargess Moballeghi (Twitter: @JournoNargess) to discuss the following key points: - The destruction of the Calais Jungle - Should more Muslims turn to veganism? - The insanity of the US Elections The articles accessed and discussed in this podcast can be found here: Nadia Kadry: It is time more Muslims turned to Veganism? (Link: Sheikh Jafer Ladak: Thinking of voting for the lesser of two evils in the US elections? Why not vote for someone not evil? (Link: Faizhan Hussain: Why Donald Trump should be the next President (Link: Muddassar Ahmed: If you're remotely even vaguely Muslim and you don't vote for Hillary, you are contributing to your own destruction (Link: Dawud Walid: Why American Muslims cannot afford to vote 3rd party this election (Link: The Islamic perspective on the environment: (Link: We look forward to your thoughts and feedback, and hopefully some suggestions for our next topics. You can do so by emailing us on
November 2, 2016
Ep 1 - Prevent, Wonder Woman and caring for the elderly
We're pleased to announce the launch of The Muslim Vibe Podcast! In this episode, independent journalist, Nargess Moballeghi and our chief editor, Salim Kassam, join our deputy editor, Afrah Mansour to discuss the following key points: Britain’s counter terrorist policy, Prevent, and if it’s working in the current political climate. The United Nation making Wonder Woman the gender equality ambassador. The ethics of looking after our elderly, and if we’re failing to do so in our communities. The articles accessed and discussed in this podcast can be found below: Miqdaad Versi for The Guardian: “Prevent is failing. Any effective strategy must include Muslim communities.” – 20th October 2016. Rob Merrick for The Independent: “Oxford University vice-chancellor says Prevent strategy is ‘wrong-headed.’” – 22nd October 2016 UN Petition: “Reconsider the choice of Wonder Woman as the UN’s Honorary Ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls.” Afrah Mansour for The Muslim Vibe: “The ethics of looking after our elderly.” – 23rd October 2016. Jeremy Hunt for the Department of Health: “The forgotten million.” – 18th October 2013. We look forward to your thoughts and feedback, and hopefully some suggestions for our next topics. You can do so by emailing us on Don’t forget to connect on FB, Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to our podcast.
October 25, 2016
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