Launched in 2020, Not Another Mum Pod is a fun and relatable podcast that explores issues relevant to Muslim women today. Created by two Muslim mums, it goes beyond motherhood and delves into relationships, Islam, hot topics, health, families and more.
15. Polygamy Part 2: The untold story of the first wife (with Sarah)
TRIGGER WARNING: Accounts of torture, violence and black magic
When revert sister Sarah realises her husband is interested in taking a second wife, she tries to be a supportive partner. But not all that glitters is always gold, and as the secrets and deceit begin to pile up, it’s Sarah and her children who end up paying the price.
Join us on a harrowing journey through Europe and North Africa as Sarah fights for survival and tries to break free from a situation that has spiralled out of control.
This is the second part of two episodes covering stories of polygamy in Islam, hearing directly from the wives in question. Note, the first half of the story is related to Sarah's polygamous experience. The latter half is other themes described in the trigger warning. Listener discretion is advised.
14. Polygamy Part 1: I'm a second wife - not a home wrecker (with Layla)
Villain or heroine, friend or foe? We’ll let you decide as we speak to second-wife Layla who shares her story of how she became caught up in a love triangle.
From dealing with sharing her husband to revealing what goes on behind closed doors, we ask Layla all the difficult questions about her life with the ‘man who has it all’ … or does he? Tune in and let us know your thoughts!
This is the first part of two episodes covering stories of polygamy in Islam, hearing directly from the wives in question.
Listener discretion is advised.
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13. How I survived mental health (with Harmeet)
Mental Health is a topic that is still massively misunderstood in our community. This episode is the first of a series that will be looking at the challenges women face that impact their mental health, and how we can acknowledge, heal and protect it.
In today's show, sister Harmeet Bharya speaks candidly about her mental health and the impact it has had on her life and health from losing her baby to feeling suicidal. Join our conversation to find out how Harmeet faced some incredibly dark moments in her life and how she came through it stronger, empowered with a positive attitude and outlook.
Trigger warning: viewer discretion advised - themes of baby loss, postnatal depression and suicidal thoughts
Note: Better Health - Every Mind Matters is a digital resource to empower people to look after their mental health and support others. At its heart is a ‘Mind Plan’, a free, NHS digital tool that enables people to create their own action plan to help them take simple, practical steps to look after their mental health.
12. Child Bride: A Story of Survival & Self-Discovery (Samra Zafar)
“People have this idea that child marriage is like a child being taken, kicking and screaming into a room and being chained or roped up or tied up, and then forced to sign somewhere. Force is not a gun to your head or a knife to your throat.
Force is coercion. Force is pressure. Force is that invisible, intangible cycle that is created around you, that if you say no, you're damned, and if you say yes, you're damned.”
How many of us know someone or have heard about someone who has suffered from domestic abuse? How many of us know someone or have heard of someone who has been pressured or coerced into a marriage? This episode delves right into a harrowing story of how Samra Zafar was pressured into a marriage at a young age only to be stifled into an existence of abuse from her parents to husband and mother-in-law. From emotional abuse to spiritual, from verbal to physical, from sexual to financial abuse - there was no stone unturned. Samra rose from the ashes by finding the courage to learn what was happening to her. Armed with knowledge, she began to plan her escape. Samra Zafar is now an award-winning international speaker, author, scholar, and entrepreneur who advocates for equity, inclusion, and human rights.
This podcast is campaigning against domestic abuse with:gov.uk/domestic-abuse, supporting the ‘Ask for ANI’ scheme, which allows those at risk or suffering from abuse to discreetly signal that they need help and access support.
Anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse and needs immediate help can ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy. If a pharmacy has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display, it means they’re ready to help. They will offer you a private space, provide a phone and ask if you need support from the police or other domestic abuse support services.
Action Needed Immediately!
Do you feel controlled, belittled or isolated by a partner or family member? This is domestic abuse and it is never your fault. Help is always available and You Are Not Alone. You do not deserve abuse. You deserve support. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, Ask for ANI in phramacies displaying the 'Ask for Ani' logo to get immediate help to call the police or support services.
For free helplines, support and advice visit gov.uk/domestic-abuse.
#DomesticAbuse #AskForANI #YouAreNotAlone
WARNING: this is an explicit episode with adult themes and language. Please put your earphones on and listen to this in private. By listening to this podcast, you agree not to use this podcast as a medical or mental health advice to treat yourself or others, please consult your own physician for any diagnosis.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed on these podcasts are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Not Another Mum Pod’s management or of any sponsors. Any content provided by our contributors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, identity (gender or sexual) club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.
11.1 Bonus Track: The Story of Palestine with Eman Askar (@emmasworld.101)
Instagram sea shanty on the ‘Story of P-alestine’ was viewed 10 MILLION times in 48 HOURS! In honour of P-alestine, especially for our audience, from the singer/songwriter herself, Tiktoker Eman Askar, an Egyptian mother of two, who became an overnight sensation when she sang an adaptation of “The Wellerman” sea shanty, shares her own story for you.
Her song went viral after she replaced the lyrics to explain the history of P-alestine and how the illegitimate Isra-eli occupation came about, resulting in 10 million views!. She has a special message for our listeners and talks about her story of how this song came about from a picture from her childhood.
11. LIVE from the Gaza Strip: the untold story behind the horror (with Nisreen Al-Khatib from Quds News Network)
Today’s episode is hard-hitting and at times emotional, but really, really important. As the world dissects what’s happening in Palestine, we’re putting aside the politics for now, and focussing on the humans of Palestine: the souls behind the statistics, the reality on the ground, what it’s really like to live and grow up in the Gaza Strip, and what life is like under occupation and under siege.
In this episode we talk to Nisreen Al-Khatib, a married, 27 year old mother to a one year old baby boy, living in the Gaza Strip since she was 5 years-old. She is the Co-Founder of Quds News Network and tells her story from the heart.
Trigger warning: This episode has themes of war, violence and terror.
Some useful links:
Watch Mesut Kurtis interview of Nisreen: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CPBqFWvl4ao/?utm_medium=copy_link
Watch Raef’s interview of Nisreen with Salam Charity: https://instagram.com/mesutkurtisofficial/live/17858684489530006?igshid=i1vrsu9lytt
This was great to listen to, very easy listening and nice to hear how other people have found lockdown
So much fun!
Thanks for this. What a breath of fresh air, made me feel like I was right there with you all as friends. Good topics!
Loved it! It was really refreshing to listen to this new podcast. Looks like some interesting and good conversations up ahead. I likeed the humour and friendship too. Looking forward to more episodes and am excited. Thank you