Me & My Muslim Friends Drop in on convos happening now in Muslim communities across America and experience the nuances of a faith and culture.Host Yasmin Bendaas invites you to listen in as she and her friends discuss the diverse spectrum of Muslim identity, sharing thought-provoking stories, underrepresented perspectives and laughter too. Whether or not you have a Muslim friend, you'll find one here.
Me & My Muslim Friends

Me & My Muslim Friends

From North Carolina Public Radio

Drop in on convos happening now in Muslim communities across America and experience the nuances of a faith and culture.Host Yasmin Bendaas invites you to listen in as she and her friends discuss the diverse spectrum of Muslim identity, sharing thought-provoking stories, underrepresented perspectives and laughter too. Whether or not you have a Muslim friend, you'll find one here.

Most Recent Episodes

Season 2 Mid-Season Trailer

We're dropping back into Season 2, where we're talking about how social justice intersects with our faith. Catch up on our already-released episodes, and join us as we don't shy away from some harder social justice issues like racism faced by Black Muslims and the occupation of Palestine.

Episode 9. Muslim Women in Politics: Part II

Guests Nida Allam and Lela Ali are two trailblazing Muslim women in politics. As Durham County Commissioner, Allam is the first Muslim woman elected to office in North Carolina, and she recently announced her bid for Congress (no big deal). Ali is Policy and Program Director at Muslim Women For, nurturing vibrant Muslim communities through grassroots organizing. In Part II, we discuss how their activism is influenced by their faith, the burden of representing the Muslim community, and what their message is for young Muslims who also want to step into politics.

Episode 9. Muslim Women in Politics: Part II

Episode 8. Muslim Women in Politics: Part I

Guests Nida Allam and Lela Ali are two trailblazing Muslim women in politics. As Durham County Commissioner, Allam is the first Muslim woman elected to office in North Carolina, and she recently announced her bid for Congress (no big deal). Ali is Policy and Program Director at Muslim Women For, nurturing vibrant Muslim communities through grassroots organizing. In Part I, we discuss their motivations for entering politics and the challenges they face, including Islamophobia. Listener's note: This episode discusses the anti-Muslim hate crime that took the lives of 3 Muslim students in Chapel Hill in 2015.

Episode 8. Muslim Women in Politics: Part I

Episode 7. MENA, Whiteness & the US Census

Guests Abdullah Dorgham and Ahmed Amer share the same confusion when filling out their race on forms. According to the US Census categories, those of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) descent are considered white. But Abdullah and Ahmed, who are of Palestinian and Egyptian descent, say that racial category misses the mark on their identity.

Episode 7. MENA, Whiteness & the US Census

Season 2 Trailer. The Social Justice Season

Coming up in Season 2, we'll be talking about how social justice intersects with our faith. And with a community as diverse as ours, there is no shortage of causes to get behind. Join us as we discuss race and racism, pioneering Muslim women in politics, and our hopes for social justice here and abroad.

Season 2 Trailer. The Social Justice Season

Season 1 Highlight. Black Muslims & Racism

In this excerpt from Season 1, guests Eiman Ali and Nigel Edwards discuss the Black Muslim experience, including topics like their experiences of racism within the Muslim community, navigating their layered identities, and the challenges of an interracial marriage.

Season 1 Highlight. Black Muslims & Racism

Season 1 Highlight. War & Mental Health

In this excerpt from Season 1, guests Farris Barakat and Belal Ali discuss the emotional and personal consequences of wars in Syria and Iraq, their parents' home countries.

Season 1 Highlight. Latina Converts

Guests Kathia Guerrero and Shirley Puente are Mexican and Peruvian converts to Islam. In this excerpt from Season 1, we discuss what drew them to the faith, how they maintain their Latina identity with their Muslim identity, and how they discovered a bigger Latinx convert community than they expected.

Season 1 Highlight. ISIS

The recent and devastating attack in Afghanistan by the so-called "Islamic State" killed up to 170 people at the Kabul airport—demonstrating that the battle against branches of the extremist group isn't over, while both Muslims and non-Muslims remain in their line of fire. In this excerpt from Season 1, Imam Mohamed AbuTaleb of the Islamic Association of Raleigh walks us through Islamic texts as we refute ISIS's claim to Islamic teachings. Please note: This episode discusses topics like suicide and sexual violence.

Episode 6. 9/11: 20 Years Later

My friends Lynn Zitawi and Sarah Derris were just toddlers when 9/11 happened. We talk about how they learned about 9/11 and navigated the realities of growing up Muslim in a post-9/11 world—including facing bullying at school, 9/11 "guilt" and the aftermath of the War on Terror.