18 episodes

In this podcast, working Muslim women share their stories, struggles, triumphs and lessons learned along the way in pursuit of their careers and family life. Our vision is to continue to foster and celebrate Professional Muslim Women in their respective fields. We strive to hear stories and connect the many Muslim women who have succeeded professionally and have challenged the status quo of what it means to be a Muslim woman in their workplace. Get ready to be inspired, empowered and break stereotypes!

Professional Muslim Women Qaali Hussein, MD, Hani Ahmed, MD

    • Self-Improvement

In this podcast, working Muslim women share their stories, struggles, triumphs and lessons learned along the way in pursuit of their careers and family life. Our vision is to continue to foster and celebrate Professional Muslim Women in their respective fields. We strive to hear stories and connect the many Muslim women who have succeeded professionally and have challenged the status quo of what it means to be a Muslim woman in their workplace. Get ready to be inspired, empowered and break stereotypes!

    Ep 17: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding in the Workplace

    Ep 17: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding in the Workplace

    It’s never easy being a mom and having a full-time job. Balancing work and home is always a very challenging feat but is it really impossible to become successful at both?

    Recently, the Harvard Business Review published an article that talks about women, being an ideal worker or a perfect mom. The article was demeaning as it deems that women have to choose between motherhood and career if they want to excel and meet society’s high standards.

    Join us in this episode as we break that narrative that society continues to throw at us. We will also tackle the issue of pregnancy and breastfeeding in the workplace as well as debate on why the article written by Harvard is wrong in many ways.
     
    In this Episode, We Talk About:
    Pregnancy and breastfeeding in the workplace Why there is nobody who’s an ideal worker and a perfect parent Filtering out people who aren’t good candidates for you to work for or work with How to advocate for yourself  
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    Resources:
    Ideal Worker of Perfect Mom? From Harvard Business Review

    • 32 min
    Ep 16: Mental Health Counseling: Dealing with Vicarious Trauma & Postpartum Depression with Dr. Anjabeen Ashraf

    Ep 16: Mental Health Counseling: Dealing with Vicarious Trauma & Postpartum Depression with Dr. Anjabeen Ashraf

    Join us in this episode as we sit with Dr. Anjabeen Ashraf to talk about trauma, depression, mental health, and social justice activism.  Dr. Anjabeen is a mental health expert, speaker, researcher, educator, and social justice activist. Her work is mainly centered on exploring the experience of American Muslims and South Asian Americans.  In this conversation, Dr. Anjabeen explains what vicarious trauma is all about and how one can heal from traumatic experiences. She also shares some of her findings on vicarious trauma from her research study. Moreover, we also tackle the issue of postpartum depression and what you can do about it.    Talking about your struggles is another way to heal, and so Dr. Anjabeen elaborates on the importance of honoring your mental, reaching out for help, and the role of a community in helping others heal. She offers tools you can apply to yourself and your community to cope with stress, depression, and trauma. Lastly, we talk about boundaries, how to set up healthy boundaries in the workplace and Dr. Anjabeen’s social justice work as part of the hate crime law implementation committee in Oregon. In this Episode, We Talk About: What is ‘vicarious trauma’? What Dr. Anjabeens research study reveals about vicarious trauma Honoring your mental health Healing through community Coping with your stress and trauma through ‘grounding’ What to do when you have symptoms of postpartum depression Boundary work and why it matters Setting boundaries in the workplace Dr. Anjabeen’s social justice work on the hate crime law implementation committee in Oregon Dr. Anjabeen’s advice to young Muslim women who are thinking of a career in counseling, psychotherapy, mental health, and psychology Where to reach Dr. Anjabeen Ashraf:
    Facebook Twitter Instagram  
    Dr. Anjabeen Ashraf Bio:
     
    Dr. Anjabeen Ashraf holds a doctorate in Counselor Education and a Master’s degree in Counseling. Her work has focused on vicarious trauma in American Muslims, mental health counseling, and anti-oppression work.
    She has presented on a number of topics including working with Muslim clients, social justice issues, mental health issues, and courtship/marriage.
    Dr. Ashraf is currently serving on the Hate Crime law implementation committee in Oregon. This groundbreaking legislation passed in Oregon in 2019 and amends the criminality of hate crimes and expands the state’s tracking of hate crimes and hate incidents. Dr. Ashraf’s work on the steering committee focuses on trauma-informed practices and support for survivors of hate crimes.
    Dr. Ashraf firmly believes in the power of counseling and personal growth work. Her online presence is focused on destigmatizing mental health and wellness in South Asian and Muslim communities. Engaging with the public outside the siloes of academia is important in Dr. Ashraf’s anti-oppression framework.
     
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    Resources:
    Revolution Counseling, LLC

    • 36 min
    Ep 15: Fostering Your Child’s Self-Confidence through Literature with Rahma Mohamed

    Ep 15: Fostering Your Child’s Self-Confidence through Literature with Rahma Mohamed

    "For the little girl that didn't know a word of English or French, then to graduate in University with both official languages, I felt victorious."  -Rahma Mohamed 
    Literature has always been a passion of Rahma's.  Having to forego pursuing her college studies in literature to satisfy her immigrant parents' need for security in choosing a career, Rahma found her way back to her passion unexpectedly.  Having never read a children's book herself, Rahma became fascinated with the value and legacy in nurturing and sharing this childhood experience with her own children. As she tried to create this experience with her children, she realized the scarcity of diversity and representation in children's literature.  Because of the lack of diversity in the market for Muslim Children’s Book, she decided to self-publish children’s books to encourage kids to be proud of their uniqueness, spread awareness, and celebrate diversity.
    Join us in this episode as we talk about diversity in literature, storybooks and parenting with Rahma Mohamed, a children’s storybook author.

    In this Episode, We Talk About:
    Rahma’s early school and career experience What made Rahma walk the path of being a Children’s Storybook Author What it feels like to be the only child of color in your class How to raise your child so that they have self-confidence within themselves Why literature representation for people of color is important The role of diversity in literature
    Where to reach Rahma Mohamed:
    Instagram Rahma Rodaah  
    Rahma Mohamed's Bio:
    Rahma Mohamed was born and raised in Hargeisa, Somalia. At the age of eight, her family immigrated to Quebec, Canada where she attended her first formal school in French. She mastered both French and English and became the first to graduate from University in her family.
    She didn’t learn to read until she was at the age of ten. When she learned to read, a new world opened up to her. And she read all kinds of stories. But sadly, she never found herself in any of them.
    Once she became a mother, she set out to self-publish children’s books to encourage youth to be proud of their uniqueness by celebrating diversity. 
    Fueled by her struggles and life experience, she became determined to offer books centered on characters that are Muslim and with African roots.
    She firmly believes that children need to be able to identify themselves in the book they read to enhance their self-confidence as well as bolster their sense of pride. She writes under the pen name Rahma Rodaah which is her first name and middle name combined.

    Mentioned from this episode:
    Muhiima’s Quest by Rahma Little Brother for Sale by Rahma Pebbles that Build Mountains by Rahma Mohamed | TEDx
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    • 35 min
    Ep 14: Halal Parenting: Muslim Perspective on Parenting & Entrepreneurship with Gulnaz Ahsan

    Ep 14: Halal Parenting: Muslim Perspective on Parenting & Entrepreneurship with Gulnaz Ahsan

    As a Muslim, how should we approach parenting? Raising a child is no walk in the park. It’s confusing and daunting, especially that as a parent you’re expected to do a perfect job. But it is also rewarding at the same time, especially when your child grows into a fine, responsible, and loving adult. What should we do as parents to raise our kids properly while still keeping with the principles of Islam?

    Join us in this episode as we talk about parenting in the Islam perspective with Gulnaz Ahsan, the editor of Halal Parenting.

    Halal Parenting is a magazine that offers parenting techniques that work. It provides a delicate balance of fresh, modern parenting content that incorporates Islamic principles to help you make the best decisions for your children and family.

    In this conversation, Gulnaz shares why she decided to become an entrepreneur and why she founded Halal Parenting. She also talks about parenting from the perspective of Islam and how parenting is likened to an on-the-job training. She also addresses the misconception that women automatically know how to take care of and raise a child. Gulnaz explains why entrepreneurship is the ideal career for women and moms who want to stay at home and take care of their children.

    For our Professional Muslim Women listeners, we’re offering you a 15% discount off the annual subscription to Halal Parenting magazine! Use our exclusive coupon code PMW15 when you purchase!

    In this Episode, We Talk About:
    Gulnaz’ early career experience From finance to entrepreneurship Parenting from the perspective of Islam What to do when your child is throwing a tantrum Staying consistent as a parent Why entrepreneurship is a good career choice for women
    Where to reach Gulnaz Ahsan:
    LinkedIn
     
    Gulnaz Ahsan's Bio:
    Gulnaz Ahsan the editor of Halal Parenting magazine. She studied International Business Finance in the UK and later took Business Software Applications in Northern California. She works as a licensed investment advisor with a focus on managing clients for a few and then later on married and moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin. She continues to work for project outsourcing companies that serve large financial institutions throughout the country.

    Mentioned from this episode:
    Halal Parenting Halal Parenting - Facebook Hala Parenting - FB Group
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    • 21 min
    Ep 13: Blazing Your Career through Mentorship with Dr. Uzma Syed ID/ALIGN US

    Ep 13: Blazing Your Career through Mentorship with Dr. Uzma Syed ID/ALIGN US

    Choosing a career is hard enough. Having a mentor to guide and help you with your chosen career makes all the difference and keeps you right on track.
    Today, our guest is Dr. Uzma Syed who is a true Muslimah trailblazer.  She is the President of Align Us, a not-for-profit organization that offers unique mentorship opportunities to help foster career development for high school students. Align Us is an after school program which helps students bridge classroom to real-world experiences.
    Join us in this episode as Dr. Uzma Syed shares her experience in becoming a public figure and trailblazer in her community.  She tells us about the difficult road of pursuing her doctorate career without a mentor and how that experience inspired her non profit. Her ultimate goal is to bridge cultural and societal gaps so that all American citizens have an active role in their community at hand.
    In this Episode, We Talk About:
    Her activism in having Islamic Holidays recognized state wide The huge benefits of mentorship to young students Advise for blazing your career Getting the right resources  
    Where to reach Dr. Uzma Syed:
    Instagram @uzmasworld Twitter @druzmasyed Linkedin @uzma-syed  
    Where to reach Align Us:
     
    Website Email: info@align-us.org Facebook Twitter  
    Dr. Uzma Syed’s Bio:
    Dr. Uzma Syed is a board-certified infectious disease specialist, an education leader and a political activist. She cares a lot about education, from directing a nonprofit called Align Us that provides mentorship and career development to serving on school board committees as an advisor.
    She's a rising Muslim civic figure in Nassau community politics, she co-founded the eighth-holiday coalition, served on the commissioner's community council, and is recognized by the legislature as a female trailblazer.
    She also ran as a school board trustee candidate in 2018 all while being a proud and visible Hijab Muslim woman.
    Mentioned from this episode:
    Dr. Uzma Syed a Woman of Substance Want to hear more stories from amazing Muslim Women?
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    • 31 min
    Ep 12: Redefining Beauty and Exposing the Dangers of Skin-lightening Products with Amira Adawe, MPH

    Ep 12: Redefining Beauty and Exposing the Dangers of Skin-lightening Products with Amira Adawe, MPH

    Beauty comes in all colors. But sadly, skin color (colorism) features in defining standards of beauty due to the historical context of colonialism in large parts of the world.
    Our next guest, Amira Adawe, MPH was the researcher who discovered the high levels of mercury and other toxic chemicals in skin lightening creams. These chemicals were not identified on the label, which not only bucks FDA laws but led to harmful effects on unsuspecting women.
    Join us in this episode as Amira talks to us about her early research and ongoing advocacy through The Beautywell Project a non profit organization that aims to end skin-lightening practices and chemical exposures. She’s on a mission to help women embrace their identity and love themselves.

    Amira shares why she started her research on preventing skin-lightening products and the dangers it can cause. We also discuss the topic of beauty standards and how we can change the narrative around it.
    In this Episode, We Talk About:
    The origin of skin-lightening practices The reason why Amira started her research on preventing skin-lightening practices How colonialism affected the defining of beauty in many cultures around the world  The dangers of skin-lightening products What beauty means in the culture Is a career in public health really fulfilling? Educating individuals about wellness The reason why Amira chose to teach Where to reach Amira Adawe:
    LinkedIn Twitter Amira’s Bio:
    Amira is the Founder and Executive Director at The Beautywell Project, a non-profit organization that aims to combat skin-lightening and chemical exposures as well as addressing other environmental impacts in Minnesota, nationwide and international.
    She previously managed Minnesota’s Children Cabinet of Governor Mark Dayton where she worked on early childhood in all policies and systems using equity lens. She’s also a public health researcher and her research interests include women’s and children’s health in the areas of access to health care, skin-lightening practices, and chemical exposures.
    Amira is the host of Beauty-Wellness Talk at KALY Radio and Podcast. Amira has an undergraduate degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She was also a Policy Fellow 2015-2016 at Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Amira's work has been featured on local and national media including StarTribune, Minnpost, STAT News, National Public Radio (NPR), Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien and WSB-TV. 
    Mentioned from this episode:
    BeautyWell Project Why black people discriminate among ourselves: the toxic legacy of colorism  
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    • 32 min

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I am a non Muslim physician looking to better understand my Muslim colleagues and patients this is a great listen. Lots of issues discussed are relevant to all professional women and it is great to learn how to better support my Muslim sisters.

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So glad I found this! I had 3 in training, 4th as attending, survived postpartum psychosis (miraculously aH, so did the kids and my marriage!), breastfed FOREVER, fighting and learning through Dr. MILK about my breastfeeding and reproductive rights as a physician. I think I read about Dr. Hussein somewhere and was like, she can’t be human mA, but I’m thrilled that young Muslim women aiming to balance family and demands of work/life have you as a role model. I’m all caught up on your episodes and can’t wait to keep listening ❤️❤️❤️.

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