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Author: Ahmed Ali Akbar

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Each week, Ahmed Ali Akbar covers everything that American Muslims are talking about right now — misrepresentation in the media, equality in the mosque, Asahd memes, and much more.
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The Tribes of the Jinn

The Tribes of the Jinn

2019-10-1900:49:17

Happy Halloween! Jinn, those mischievous beings made of smokeless fire, are one of three races featured in the Qur’an (humans and angels being the others). They’re important figures in folklore too and a common indicator of the religion’s adaption to local culture. Assistant Professor of History Ali A. Olomi joins the podcast to tell some spooky stories and to help us understand what the jinn really are.   Our show is crowdfunded and made possible by our beloved listeners. Subscribe our Patreon for as little as $1 a month to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. You can find other ways to support here: https://moneyyy.me/$ahmedaliakbar Your support means the world to us.   Follow Ali @aliaolomi. Read one of his viral threads on jinn here:https://twitter.com/aaolomi/status/1161724366456905728?lang=en. Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads. Follow the show on Twitter @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email the show at info@seesomethingpodcast.com. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.    
Long-Term Recovery

Long-Term Recovery

2019-09-2400:41:46

  You know that catchy jingle that starts our show? That’s by The Kominas, a punk band that’s been influential in South Asian and Muslim scenes. One of the guitarists, Shahjehan Khan, is a longtime friend of the show who has been open about his issues with mental health and addiction. There's a new Kominas album too this month, "The Systems Are Down," so we bring on Shahj to discuss about his struggles with addiction, how he’s turned around his life, and releasing the album on September 11th. Warning: we discuss include depression, suicidal ideation, addiction, and related topics. Also--We’re bringing “Halal Or Not?” back, but this time we’re helping our listeners make halal not decisions. Call (646) 50-HALAL and tell us what you need help figuring out--we may call you back to figure it out live on the show.  Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads. Buy the new Kominas album here: https://kominas.bandcamp.com/album/the-systems-are-down Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas. Fill out this survey so we can get some advertising revenue: http://survey.libsyn.com/seesomethingsaysomething. Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com.
Teaching Uyghur in America

Teaching Uyghur in America

2019-09-0100:55:53

Over the past few years, China has increased its internment and surveillance of the Uyghur people for expressing their culture and Muslim religion. This has spread to the diaspora, where the community lives in fear of retaliation for family members back home, even for something as basic as teaching the Uyghur language itself. So, Ahmed talks to journalist Megha Rajagopalan about her groundbreaking reporting and the context for China’s growing surveillance state. Then, he talks to activist and teacher Irade Kashgary, co-founder Ana Care and Education, a Uyghur cultural and linguistic after-school program for kids and young adults in Northern Virginia.  Special thanks to Munawwar Abdulla for production support and guidance on this episode. Donate to the Patreon to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. Your support means the world to us. $10 donors get access to exclusive content Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads. Follow Megha @Meghara Follow Irade @IradeKashgary Links from the episode: thetarimnetwork.com, https://www.norightsnogames.org, and https://www.anacareeducation.com/. Fill out this survey so we can get some advertising revenue: http://survey.libsyn.com/seesomethingsaysomething. Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.
The July 30th and 31st Democratic debates had 20 (TWENTY!) candidates on stage. So, what do Muslim folks working in PR think about how the candidates fared? We invited on Firdaus Arastu, political consultant and activist, to discuss her work, how American Muslims can reclaim the narrative, and to break down the debates.   Donate to the Patreon to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. Your support means the world to us. New donors of $5 or more get a handwritten postcards and entered in a raffle to win a SSSS mug if they commit by August 9th  Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads. Fill out this survey so we can get some advertising revenue: http://survey.libsyn.com/seesomethingsaysomething. Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.
Ramy

Ramy

2019-07-2300:43:54

Ahmed talks to Ramy Youssef, the writer and creator behind the Hulu show “Ramy” and the HBO Comedy Special “Feelings.” They discuss representation, future Muslim TV shows they hope to see, and why it’s important to resist being “the first.”   Donate to the Patreon to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. Your support means the world to us. $10 donors get access to the show’s Discord chat server.   Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads. Fill out this survey so we can get some advertising revenue: http://survey.libsyn.com/seesomethingsaysomething. Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.
Follow Me, Akhi

Follow Me, Akhi

2019-07-1300:36:21

Journalist Hussein Kesvani’s new book, “Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims” covers the many ways British Muslims use the internet. So Ahmed invites Hussein on for a cross-Atlantic conversation on growing up online. They talk about confronting Islamophobic trolls, No-Fap groups, and Muslim dating apps. It’s as wild and weird as the internet itself.   Buy “Follow Me, Akhi”: https://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/follow-me-akhi/   Donate to the Patreon to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. Your support means the world to us. $10 donors get access to the show’s Discord chat server.   Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads. Follow Hussein: @hkesvani Fill out this survey so we can get some advertising revenue: http://survey.libsyn.com/seesomethingsaysomething. Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.
Eid and Aladdin Snacks

Eid and Aladdin Snacks

2019-06-1700:32:47

Ramadan and Eid zoomed by and in the meantime, Ahmed watched the new live-action Guy Ritchie Aladdin movie… and turns out kind of enjoyed it?  Controversial, yes, but you have to speak your truth. So we’re joined this week by Nida Abbasi and Maryam Adamu to discuss Eid traditions and why we had fun in Aladdin despite how flawed the movie is. Also making an appearance:  jinn-human romances, Heba Hasan’s love for Eid’s morning coffee, Salimah’s mishap with a mosque bounce house, and The Komina’s song, “Eid Mubarak.”   Also, we were limited in our mic setup this week and only had access to one, so the show will sound a little bit different this week.   Donate to the Patreon to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. Your support means the world to us. $10 donors get access to the show’s Discord chat server.   Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads. Fill out this survey so we can get some advertising revenue: http://survey.libsyn.com/seesomethingsaysomething. Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.
The Honest Struggle

The Honest Struggle

2019-05-3000:53:36

American Muslims have long participated in the struggle against mass incarceration, and this Ramadan, we speak to three people who can help us make sense of where things stand now. First, we talk to Sadiq Davis on his reentry journey through Muslim communities in Chicago and L.A. after 25 years in prison. Then, Justin Mashouf, the filmmaker who captured Sadiq’s story in the documentary “The Honest Struggle,” talks to us about prison reform and telling Sadiq's story with mercy and compassion. Finally, we talk to Dr. Suad Abdul-Khabeer about Believer’s Bailout, a community-led effort to bail out Muslims in pretrial incarceration and ICE custody as a form of zakat.   Donate to the Patreon to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. Your support means the world to us. $10 donors get access to the show’s Discord chat server.   Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads. Follow Justin @Mashouf. Follow Dr. Suad @DrSuad. Watch The Honest Struggle here: http://honeststruggle.co/watch-now/ Read more about Believer’s Bailout here: https://believersbailout.org/ and donate to their LaunchGood: https://www.launchgood.com/campaign/believers_bail_out_3#!/. Read Sapelo Square’s Black Muslims Reflect on the Qur’an series here: https://sapelosquare.com/religion/.   Fill out this survey so we can get some advertising revenue: http://survey.libsyn.com/seesomethingsaysomething. Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.
Brown Boy Syndrome

Brown Boy Syndrome

2019-05-1400:33:48

Ramadan Mubarak! We're happily loopy from our first week of fasting. In this episode, Ahmed talks to New York Times best-selling novelist, Fatima Farheen Mirza. Her novel, “A Place For Us,” explores the relationships between the children and parents of a Hyderbadi Muslim family and what happens when a brown boy doesn’t meet family and community expectations. It's kind of like that Warsan Shire tweet — "my dj name is dj eldest immigrant daughter." Plus: Salimah, Fatima, and Ahmed share their favorite suhoor memories. Donate to the Patreon to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. $10 donors get access to the show’s Discord chat server. Fill out this survey so we can get some advertising revenue: http://survey.libsyn.com/seesomethingsaysomething. Follow Ahmed on Instagram and Twitter: @radbrowndads. Follow Salimah on Instagram and Twitter: @salimahfm. Follow Fatima @fatimafmirza on Twitter and @ffmirza on instagram. Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com.
See Something Say Something is officially back, but we need your help! We’ve shifted to an independent, crowdfunding model; bear with us as we spend a few minutes discussing our new Patreon and how your donations will help us make the show. A big thank you to the all the Patrons who’ve already donated and help us keep the show going. But also: remember, we’re committed to providing this space for free and it is totally okay if you can’t support. After that, join us as Ahmed and Salimah discuss how they’re preparing for Ramadan this year.   Donate to the Patreon to help support the show: https://www.patreon.com/ahmedaliakbar. $10 donors get access to the show’s Discord chat server. Fill out this survey so we can get some advertising revenue: http://survey.libsyn.com/seesomethingsaysomething. Follow Ahmed @radbrowndads. Follow Salimah (on Instagram) @salimahfm. Follow the show @seesomething and facebook.com/seesomethingpodcast. Email Ahmed at radbrowndads@gmail.com. Our music is by The Kominas, follow them at @TheRealKominas and kominas.bandcamp.com
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