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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!
85 Episodes
This week, Salim is joined by Jessica as co-host, as they talk to Mary about her journey to Islam. The conversation starts with an introduction to her background and moves steadily through to her decision to sell her belongings and book a one-way ticket out of America. They discuss her travels, from Tunisia to Germany, France to Jordan, learning some of the tips that Mary picked up along the way (two weeks in the desert is more than enough for anyone). As the discussion continues, we learn of how she met her husband and her conversion to Islam, but mostly we learn of her faith as she shares some of the difficulties she has faced. Towards the end, Salim, Jessica and Mary reflect on God's plan and though oftentimes it may differ from our own, it is always what's best for us. -- To read Mary's article, visit: To get in contact with Jessica, please email  To watch her series Being Muslim, and subscribe to our YouTube channel, visit: --- Send in a voice message:
Once again, our host Salim is joined by cohost Husam as they speak to this week's guest - Ibn Ali Miller, a speaker and activist who went viral a couple of years ago for being recorded stopping a fight on the side of the road. In light of Black History Month, they reflect on the role Islam has played in the civil rights movement, and the role that Black Muslims have played in securing freedom for others as well. The discussion explores several topics, spanning from the years-old viral video, as we hear what he was really thinking as he pulled over to break up the fight, and continues to define what being Black, and the Black Muslim experience really is. --- Ibn Ali Miller can be found at @ibn.ali.miller on Instagram, and on Facebook. See the original video here:  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content! - --- --- Send in a voice message:
Salim is joined by this week's co-host Rukshana, as they broach the topic of homeschooling. They speak with Maryam, founder of Nurturing Learners, about the merits of this alternative to conventional teaching. The discussion covers the merits of homeschooling as a Muslim parent, how it tries to succeed where traditional schooling fails, its challenges and its criticisms. They also talk about the struggle that homeschooling can put on parents and how to cope with it, addressing "super-mom" culture and similar trends that prioritise perfection.  The conversation winds down with an address to common concerns and critiques of homeschooling - answering the questions and correcting the misconceptions most of us may have. -- You can find Maryam at or on Instagram at Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content! - --- Send in a voice message:
Salim is joined by Sheikh Javad Shomali, who shares some deep and insightful thoughts on how we see religion, reassessing our relationship with Islam and also some musings on what the purpose of life is.  Sheikh Javad shares some incredible nuggets of wisdom throughout the podcast and provides some of the personal lessons he's learned along the journey of studying the religion. This is one not to be missed!  You can find Sheikh Javad's YouTube channel here: His Instagram page (that he shares with his wife is here): --- Send in a voice message:
In this week's podcast, our host Salim speaks to Hoda Abrahim, founder and CEO of BlendMatching. They talk about the company's take on matchmaking, which echoes the traditional approach, and how Muslim matchmaking has evolved over time. Sharing anecdotes of their own, Hoda and Salim reflect on marriage, discussing its merits, trials, and tribulations, with a focus on cross-culture marriage and the cost of closed-mindedness.  -- To find out more about BlendMatching, visit To watch our video '10 years in 10 minutes: A Muslim Decade' and subscribe to our YouTube channel, click here: --- Send in a voice message:
Salaam everyone! Just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your continued support! The TMV Podcast has grown exponentially over the last year and we have you all to thank for that!  We're taking a short break before the new year and would love for you to give us feedback and suggestions for 2020. You can email me on or tweet @themuslimvibe or @msalimkassam  Also would really appreciate a quick 5 star rating wherever you get your podcasts. Oh and tell your friends to subscribe!  We are currently planning for 2020 and already have loads of great guests and topics in the pipelines. Oh and we may or may not be starting up a 2nd podcast, but more on that once things are finalised! Exciting times... --- Send in a voice message:
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: --- Send in a voice message:
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.  --- Send in a voice message:
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: --- Send in a voice message:
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. --- Send in a voice message:
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: --- Send in a voice message:
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.  --- Send in a voice message:
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: --- Send in a voice message:
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: --- Send in a voice message:
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: --- Send in a voice message:
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: --- Send in a voice message:
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: --- Send in a voice message:
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. --- Send in a voice message:
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: --- Send in a voice message:
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. --- Send in a voice message:
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