The She Speaks We Hear Podcast

This podcast is to amplify the voices of British Muslim women. Topics include news, politics and lifestyle. You will hear from successful Muslim women talking about anything and everything.

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Welcome to the She Speaks We Hear podcast

The She Speaks We Hear podcast aims to empower British Muslim women to own their narrative, build confidence and bridge the gap between them and the wider public sphere. It provides a safe space for Muslim women to discuss and tackle difficult and sensitive issues, including sexism, racism and Islamophobia.

This podcast brings to life the very real perspectives of Muslim women, who are often unheard or sidelined in the mainstream media. Each episode features unique interviews that uplift women and empower them to tell their own stories on their own terms, enabling the listener to better understand the positive contributions of British Muslim women. 

Produced by Sharmeen Ziauddin

Episodes

4 days ago

In this empowering episode, Sharmeen speaks to entrepreneur Khalila Lister about her journey into Islam and how she found her voice again. They talk about her business, her niqab (face veil) and how her family reacted when she became Muslim at 19-years-old. It’s not a long episode but it packs a punch. Listen to her incredible story now. You can watch Khalilah’s TED talk that she talks about here and follow her on her socials @powerofvoiceacademy You can find out more about She Speaks We Hear on the website: https://shespeakswehear.com/ and don't forget to sign up for the newsletter by subscribing. You can also follow us on: Twitter Instagram LinkedIn   

Monday Apr 25, 2022

This episode is a bit controversial! Sharmeen speaks to poet, writer, and educator Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan about her work. They talk about her experience at Cambridge University as a woman of colour and the impact of Islamophobia and how she thinks it motivates policy-making and new laws. They also discuss how she became a spoken word poet and about her recently published book “Tangled in Terror – Uprooting Islamophobia” which is available now on Pluto Press. You can read more about Suhaiymah and her work on her website suhaiymah.com and you can find her on Instagram and Twitter as @thebrownhijabi. Here is a link to Suhaiymah’s performance in the poetry slam she mentions in the episode. You may hear the following Arabic words used in the podcast so here is a little translation: Alhamdolillah - Praise be to God Inshallah - God willing Mashallah - What God has willed Asalaam-alaikum - Peace be unto you Walaikum-asalaam - And unto you peace You can find out more about She Speaks We Hear on the website: https://shespeakswehear.com/ and don't forget to sign up for the newsletter by subscribing. You can also follow us on: Twitter Instagram LinkedIn   

Tuesday Mar 29, 2022

This episode is slightly different because it's a candid discussion between Sharmeen Ziauddin – Editor-in-chief and Aliya Zaidi – Head of Content Strategy of SSWH. They give their views about some of the major issues of the day – the war on Ukraine and refugees, Islamophobia in India, Muslim Women's Day, The Oscars and of course the upcoming month of Ramadan — so definitely a mixed bag! As promised here are the links to the women they shouted out: Areej Abu Ali  - Founder of Women in Tech SEO Humaira Ahmed – SSWH’s new social media co-ordinator and book blogger - Bookish Connections You can find out more about She Speaks We Hear on the website: https://shespeakswehear.com/ and don't forget to sign up for the newsletter by subscribing. You can also follow us on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn  Produced by Sharmeen Ziauddin

Monday Mar 07, 2022

No expletives in this episode but there is some discussion about sex workers and suicide bombers. In this episode Sabbiyah talks to Sharmeen about life as a BBC reporter. They talk about what makes a good journalist, representing Bradford and the North as a communities reporter and what it's really like working for the BBC. You can find Sabbiyah on Twitter @sabbiyahpervez Please subscribe and follow this podcast to be updated with the newest episodes. You can find out more about She Speaks We Hear on the website: https://shespeakswehear.com/ and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter by subscribing. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram Produced by Sharmeen Ziauddin 

Monday Feb 21, 2022

TW: There is a detailed discussion about the loss of a child, infertility, and trauma. No swearing but the word p*ki is used when talking about racism and immigration. This deep and heartfelt episode with Tazeena Dhunna, an transformational life coach and media trainer, discusses grief, spirituality, gratitude and trauma. Tazeen shares her journey from being a successful trader and financial journalist to deliberately changing her career path to doing something that feeds her soul. There is also a discussion about the impact of immigration on those who emigrated to the UK in the 60s and 70s as well as the charity Tazeen started called Humanity’s Heart. She also talks about Sufism – the mystical and spiritual side of Islam that led her to where she is now. You can find out more about her from her website Tazeen.tv and also by joining her Facebook group. You may hear some guests use the following Arabic words so here is a little translation: Duniya: World Alhamdolillah - Praise be to God Inshallah - God willing Mashallah - What God has willed Asalaam-alaikum - Peace be unto you Walaikum-asalaam - And unto you peace You can find out more about She Speaks We Hear on the website: https://shespeakswehear.com/ and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter by subscribing. You can also follow SSWH on Twitter and Instagram Produced by Sharmeen Ziauddin     

Wednesday Feb 09, 2022

In this episode, Sharmeen speaks to writer and podcaster Tasneem Abdur-Rashid. They talk about her debut rom-com book, Finding Mr Perfectly Fine, and about the podcast she co-hosts. There is talk about marriage and how difficult it can be to find a partner which forms the inspiration for her novel. Tasneem gives her tips on how to get published if you are an aspiring writer and we talk about some controversial guests she has interviewed on her podcast. You can find Tasneem on Instagram: @tasneemarashid and @notanothermumpod where you can keep up to date with her book which will be published by Zaffre/Bonnier in summer 2022. You may hear some guests use the following Arabic words so here is a little translation: Alhamdolillah - Praise be to God Inshallah - God willing Mashallah - What God has willed Asalaam-alaikum - Peace be unto you Walaikum-asalaam - And unto you peace You can Find out more about She Speaks We Hear on the website: https://shespeakswehear.com/ and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter by subscribing. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram Produced by Sharmeen Ziauddin   

Sunday Jan 23, 2022

Warning: There is a tiny bit of swearing in this episode.  In this episode, Sharmeen interviews the first hijab-wearing Sudanese female comedian on TV, Ola Labib, about her double life as a pharmacist by day and comedian by night. Ola tells us why she became a comedian and what her journey into stand-up was like. She talks about her Sudanese family, what they think of her new job and what it is like being a visible Muslim on the comedy circuit. Ola has toured with well-known comedians and has had many TV appearances. You can find out more about her here: https://www.utcartistmanagement.co.uk/artist/ola-labib/ or follow her on Instagram: @theolalabib Find out more about She Speaks We Hear on the website: https://shespeakswehear.com/ Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Produced by Sharmeen Ziauddin 

Monday Jan 10, 2022

In the first episode of 2022, we speak to Julie Siddiqi MBE about activism and what drives her to keep going, the importance of interfaith work, problems with traditional feminism and the difficulties Muslim women face when calling out issues in their communities. So nothing too heavy then! You can reach Julie on Instagram  - @Julie.Siddiqi You can Find out more about She Speaks We Hear on the website: https://shespeakswehear.com/ Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Produced by Sharmeen Ziauddin 

Monday Dec 13, 2021

In this episode, we speak to life and relationship coach Aamna Khokhar of leafcoaching.com. Aamna is also the resident life coach for She Speaks We Hear and has done several workshops with us in the past. She explains the difference between coaching and therapy, how to find a good coach and how relationship coaching can help couples achieve better understanding. You can find out more from the website leafcoaching.com or on Instagram @leaf_coaching . For more information about SSWH go to the website: https://shespeakswehear.com/ Follow us on Twitter and Instagram Produced by Sharmeen Ziauddin 

Monday Nov 29, 2021

In this episode, Sharmeen speaks to inspiring PE teacher and ex-professional sportswoman Dana Abdulkarim. Not only was Dana the first Muslim hijabi to play for England (rounders) but also the first hijabi to become a PE teacher! Dana, who is from Yorkshire, goes deep into her experiences of racism whilst growing up and playing sport, being the only Muslim in the village and shares her thoughts about racism in cricket.  

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