By Muslim StoryTellers
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So what is Muslim Storytellers about? Well, storytelling has been trending for a while, to the point where it is now an established medium of communication of any event or story. Stories shows different, all perspectives of world event, small or big, local or international. My reason to make this happen was because of the narrative, taking back control of the Muslim narrative. The public needs to know about our stories. They are rich, diverse, and true. These will be stories that we hope Muslims and people of other faiths, relate to. Something gripping, outside of what the media talks about. When I write in my journal, I do it to get everything out of my mind into paper, hoping to make sense of it all – there is no method or order. When reading some of my previous entries, I was surprised. The bits and pieces put together made a great story, a true story – Muslim’s story. At the time, I did not know what to do with this, but it is clear now. The stories in them need to be told. Why? Because at least one person will get it. Why? Because they will feel empowered to tell their story and share perspectives that other people share, and even better, tell a whole new audience something they have not heard, seen, or experienced before – something different than what we hear on TV. For 15 years, we have been trying to make people understand, but condemnation, or continuously repeating “Islam is/means Peace” is not enough. We need to start a new record instead of playing the broken one repeatedly. We have a great opportunity to take back our narrative. And that is why Muslim Storytellers, or MuST, for short, has started. The idea is simple, get together, write, and narrate our own story and share it with others in a podcast series. Our podcast channel will have stories from different Muslim writers, regardless of age or writing skill, there is no restriction. The greatest story ever told is your story.
||CleanEpisode 16: Coming Off the Sidelines||Our latest story comes from Rand Alkurd. She is an Arab American journalist who is of Palestinian descent. She and her family emigrated to the United States in 2000, and resided in Charlotte, NC since then.||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Through the Lens of an Activist||Braxton Winston is an activist here in Charlotte, NC. He and many members of the Charlotte community took to the streets the day of the shooting of Keith Scott and the days and weeks after. Winston livestreamed his experiences and interactions with||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Where Do We Go From Here?||This podcast explains my thoughts of this year's election and what we must do as Americans to make this country great again (not in the Trump sense).||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Muslims for Social Justice||Manzoor Cheema, founding member of Muslims for Social Justice and the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia, tells us in this episode about how we can fight social justice, racism, and Islamophobia, and gives teaches us a lesson on what we must do to.||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: The Day After the Death of Keith Lamont Scott||Yesterday's tragedy in Charlotte has caused anger and outrage as reports of a black man, Keith Lamont Scott, was shot and killed by the police. This raw podcast was recorded to give my thoughts and to let people know how they can help during this tim||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: 9/11, 15 Years Later – Part I||Our story today comes from Aziz Ahsan, an Attorney from Hopewell Junction, NY. He was born in Pakistan and became a US Citizen in 1984. He is a 9/11 survivor and was a subject of two PBS TV documentaries. He has also appeared on radio, television,||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Salam, I Come in Peace||Our story today comes from Rose Hamid. Many of us in Charlotte know her for her community work, interfaith work, and her activism. In January, she received national and international attention when her peaceful, graceful,||7/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: One Day in San Bernardino||Our story today comes from Faisal Qazi. He lives in southern California. By day he is a Neurologist, and fills in his spare time providing free health care and job training to people in need as well as focusing on community development,||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: A Hillbilly in the Foothills||Duston Barto, editor of Muslim American Magazine, co-founder of the Foothills Interfaith Assembly, and a resident of Lincoln County, NC stepped up to defend religious liberties for everyone after the county Chairman expressed unprovoked hate against||7/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Seven Days After the Tragedy in Orlando||This episode speaks about my thoughts 7 days after the tragedy in Orlando. Many things have occurred in the past 7 days; the ones which I talk about are my experiences at two community vigils and an Interfaith Iftar (fast breaking dinner at sunset).||6/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: How to Help the Victims of the Orlando Shooting||The recent tragedy in Orlando has been called the worst mass shooting in US history, with 50 dead and over 50 injured. Within 24 hours, there has been an outpour of support for the victims and their families as well as for the LGBTQ and Muslim communi||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Making Peace with the Past||Lindsey Faraj, a 30-year-old white American, mother, wife, Nutritionist, activist - and a Muslim convert - speaks about her journey to Islam.||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: The Journey||This story is from Keith Stringfellow, who teaches American History, World History, and English at the Charlotte Islamic Academy. The story he shares to Muslim StoryTellers is his journey to embracing Islam; it is a journey unlike any other.||2/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: My Friend Deah||On February 10, 2015, the Muslim community lost 3 great gems, Deah Barakat and Yusor and Razan Abu-Salha; it has been now one year since Our Three Winners have passed. They were three inspiring, charismatic,||2/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Vigil||This story is from Hannah Abdul-Awwal , Founder of Shahadah Stories. Shahadah Stories is a stage production, featuring true stories that shed light on every day people and their journey to become Muslim. Her story is about her reaction and emotions aft.||1/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: A 9/11 Story||When thinking about what story to podcast, I had a few to choose from, and the only way I could choose was to ask myself one question: if there is one story you could tell, which one would it be? The answer was instant.||1/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0a: More About Muslim StoryTellers||The previous episode, Episode 0, was the Why. This is the How, What, When, and Where. In this episode I talk about the format of this series, how you can get involved in narrating your story, and where you can reach us.||12/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0: Introduction to Muslim StoryTellers (MuST)||So what is Muslim Storytellers about? Well, storytelling has been trending for a while, to the point where it is now an established medium of communication of any event or story. Stories shows different, all perspectives of world event,||12/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Great short stories about the lives of ordinary Muslims in America. Get a real representation of the Muslim Narrative.
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Great Podcast! A good way for Muslims to take back control of the narrative.
Everyone needs to listen to this podcast
All the episodes have been very informative.
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