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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.

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Seasons 2 and 3 of the podcast produced in partnership with North Carolina Public Radio, WUNC.

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  • In the final episode of our Faith, Ritual and Spirituality season, we explore Islamic practices around death. Friend Tasbeeh Othman shares her experience helping with ritual washing of the body before burial and Dr. Hamdy Radwan joins us to explain Muslim funeral rites along with the age old question: What do we believe happens to us when we die?
  • In this episode we discuss the fifth and final pillar of Islam: Hajj. Friend Yosef Nofal joins to share his personal experiences of the holy pilgrimage and Dr. Youssef Carter, Professor of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, examines the spiritual meaning of going through Hajj rituals.
  • In this episode we discuss the third pillar of Islam: charity. Duke University professor Dr. Mona Hassan joins us to discuss the religious requirements and context behind Islamic giving while Ahmad Quqa of Edward Jones brings a financial advisor's perspective to making halal investments.
  • In this episode we discuss the second pillar of Islam: prayer. Friend of the podcast Yasmeen Kashef and Duke University professor Dr. Mona Hassan are our guests, as we explore required ritual prayers called salah and voluntary prayers called dua. We also share our personal struggles in establishing regular prayer and the meaning and purpose we’ve found in the ritual.
  • Duke University Muslim Chaplain Joshua Salaam and WUNC podcast producer Anisa Khalifa join us on this episode to discuss the first pillar of Islam, a declaration of faith called the Shahada. In addition to the Shahada, we dive into the foundational texts and scriptures that provide guidance for our practices and rituals.
  • Welcome to Season 3! On this episode, Duke University Muslim Chaplain Brother Joshua Salaam and former MLS and Palestinian national team soccer player Nazmi Albadawi join us to chat about Ramadan. We discuss the joys and challenges of fasting (especially as an athlete), exceptions for those who are unable to fast, and how we celebrate this month.
  • This season on Me & My Muslim Friends we explore faith, rituals, and spirituality. Through discussions of the 5 pillars of Islam and even death, host Yasmin Bendaas dives into the practices that make up our individual spiritual journeys and unite Muslims as a community. Whether or not you have a Muslim friend, you’ll find one here.
  • Last August, the US pulled out of Afghanistan, ending a 20-year war. The abrupt pullout triggered a refugee crisis, with more than 76,000 Afghan refugees arriving in the US afterward. In this episode, we speak to Mangal Mohmand (who arrived as a refugee from Afghanistan 8 years ago) to discuss his experience and the process of resettling his family in America. We also speak to Asma Khan, president of the Triangle Association of Muslim American Mothers (TAMAM), about the nonprofit’s charitable work which includes refugee resettlement.
  • Anisa Khalifa, a producer on the Me & My Muslim friends team at WUNC, also hosts her own podcast called Muslim in Plain Sight. The show focuses on coming of age post-9/11 and how our community became both “invisible and hypervisible.” In this bonus episode from Muslim in Plain Sight, Anisa and co-host Khadija Khalil talk to Joshua Salaam, Muslim Chaplain at Duke University, about being Muslim in the military, anti-Black racism in our communities, and Salaam’s musical and professional career post-9/11.
  • Palestinian-American guests Samia and Abdullah have navigated a politicized identity their whole lives. On this episode we discuss their eye-opening experiences visiting the Palestinian territories, how they’ve maintained their culture and identities growing up in the US, and their hopes for lasting peace.