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MuslimCentric is a podcast to EDUCATE, INSPIRE and ENTERTAIN on all issues related to Muslim life.

    #61 Brother Ali - “I’m at war!” Hip-hop artist on Music, Islam & Cancel Culture

    #61 Brother Ali - “I’m at war!” Hip-hop artist on Music, Islam & Cancel Culture

    Join us for a deeply personal interview with Brother Ali, a renowned hip hop artist and activist. In this episode, we explore Brother Ali's incredible journey: from growing up with albinism and being embraced by the black community, to converting to Islam at 15, and his outspoken stance on critical issues like Palestine that led to his marginalisation by influential powers.
     
    - Early Life & Albinism: Brother Ali shares his experiences growing up with albinism and finding acceptance within the black community.
    - Conversion to Islam: Hear about Brother Ali's spiritual journey and conversion to Islam at the age of 15.
    - Advocacy & Cancel Culture: Discover how his advocacy for Palestine and other causes has impacted his career, leading to his "cancellation" by some in the industry.
    - Entertainment Industry: From performing on Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien to appearances at Glastonbury and Coachella, Brother Ali reflects on his changing career.
    - Relocation to Istanbul: Brother Ali discusses his move to Istanbul and his reflections on America.
    - Relationships with Legends: Insights into his connections with Yasiin Bey, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Rakim, KRS-One, and Dave Chappelle.
     
    Brother Ali’s openness and honesty provide a unique look into the mainstream entertainment world and the challenges faced by Muslims. His story is one of resilience, faith, and unwavering commitment to truth.
    #BrotherAli #HipHop #Islam
     
    In this episode, we discuss:
    Relocating from USA to Istanbul
    Being authentic, challenges in my career
    Albinism. Black people taught me how to live life.
    My conversion to Islam - Part 1
    HipHop legends - KRS One, Chuck D
    My conversion to Islam - Part 2
    Music and Islam
    Entertainment Industry
    Albinism
    Fame and Celebrity: Dave Chappelle.
    How therapy has helped me
    Sacrifice
    My legacy
    Love and Service – New Album
    What to listen to me if you have never heard my music
    I want to help those who want to come to Islam
     
    USEFUL LINKS
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    - Brother Ali
    https://www.instagram.com/brotheraliisblind/
    https://www.facebook.com/brotherali
    https://www.youtube.com/@BrotherAli_Travelers
     
    - NEW ALBUM: Brother Ali's new album Love and Service - available on Spotify and other streaming platforms, as well as physical copies at https://www.brotherali.com/
     
    - MUST-WATCH VIDEOS
    The Collapse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0WACI8OJSI
    Cadillac: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxZHHkBSQbo
     
    - Support Independent Artists like Brother Ali, whose voices are often silenced. By supporting independent music, we ensure that important messages and diverse voices continue to be heard.
     
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    • 2 hr 8 min
    #60 Isam B of Outlandish | Global hip-hop star on ‘Aicha’, fame, faith, fatherhood & Palestine

    #60 Isam B of Outlandish | Global hip-hop star on ‘Aicha’, fame, faith, fatherhood & Palestine

    Isam Bachiri is a singer, songwriter and artist who was one of the founders of the award-winning Danish hip-hop group Outlandish. They had a global hit, including a number 1 in Germany, with their cover of the song Aicha and one of their songs even featured on the video game FIFA 07.
     
    We explore his Moroccan roots and his relationship with his father, who moved to Denmark in 1967 as an undocumented migrant We speak about Isam’s evolution from a shy introvert into a global superstar, and how he coped with the challenges of fame and celebrity whilst staying true to his faith.
     
    He tells me about saying no to performing on Big Brother, turning down Netflix acting roles, how Hajj came at the right time for him, and his lifelong support for Palestine.
     
    In this episode, we discuss:
    Parent’s journey from Morocco to Denmark
    The significance of preserving and celebrating our heritage
    Early childhood influences
    The formation of Outlandish
    9/11, Hajj and the timing of the song Aicha’s success
    Palestine and silence of some artists
    Entertainment industry and pressure to sacrifice your morals
    The end of Outlandish after 20 years. Advice on collaborating with friends
    Sacrifice
    Mental health. Navigating tough times
    Legacy and future projects
    #outlandish #aicha #isamb
     
    USEFUL LINKS
    - Watch this episode on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/muslimcentric?sub_confirmation=1 
     
    Aicha (Video) https://youtu.be/f0nFTdKlKLw
    Look Into My Eyes - Palestine (Video) https://youtu.be/DkwxMYiyd_M
    Celebrating Ramadan (Video) https://youtu.be/ubiNIqIxmJM
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/isamb_official/
     
    Book: Fædreland / Fatherland by Isam B and Tarek Omar
     
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    #59 Azeem Muhammad | Comedy, Allah Made Me Funny, Drugs, Gangs and NOI Farrakhan

    #59 Azeem Muhammad | Comedy, Allah Made Me Funny, Drugs, Gangs and NOI Farrakhan

    Azeem Muhammad is an American Muslim comedian celebrated for his role in the groundbreaking comedy tour, 'Allah Made Me Funny'.
     
    Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Azeem talks candidly about growing up in difficult circumstances as an introverted young man who loved to read. His life was shaped by the rise of hip-hop and gangster rap. His attempt to become a drug dealer was short-lived due to the strong guiding presence of his mother.
     
    Azeem’s life was turned around in an instant when he saw Louis Farrakhan on TV, leading him to join the Nation of Islam. From that point on, a journey of self-discovery and discipline unfolded, intertwined with his pursuit of comedy.
     
    Azeem shares his experiences of providing entertainment to Western Muslims in the aftermath of 9/11, shedding light on the complexities of belonging and acceptance, particularly for Black Muslims within the broader Muslim community.
     
    Join us as we delve into Azeem's story of resilience, transformation, and the power of laughter in navigating life's challenges.
     
    In this episode, we discuss:
    Early life and childhood.
    Struggling to fit in as a child. Feelings of loneliness and abandonment
    Racism
    Gangster rap and hip-hop
    Gang culture
    Becoming a drug dealer
    Louis Farrakhan and conversion to Nation of Islam
    Becoming a Muslim
    Global comedy tour ‘Allah Made Me Funny’
    Showing Western Muslims how to laugh
    Sacrifices
    Balancing work and home life
    Legacy
    #comedy #muslimcomedy #noi #nationofislam #farrakhan #AllahMadeMeFunny #islam #humour #muslim #racism #funny
     
    USEFUL LINKS
    - Watch this episode on YouTube:
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    - Azeem Muhammad
    https://azeemcomedy.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/azeemcomedy/
    https://www.facebook.com/AzeemComedy/
    https://twitter.com/AzeemComedy
     
    - Allah Made Me Funny
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allah_Made_Me_Funny
     
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    #58 Gaza, Islamophobia, Politics..and Piers Morgan | Muslim Thought Leaders - Shaykh Ruzwan, MCB's Zara Mohammed, Media strategist Osama Saeed

    #58 Gaza, Islamophobia, Politics..and Piers Morgan | Muslim Thought Leaders - Shaykh Ruzwan, MCB's Zara Mohammed, Media strategist Osama Saeed

    A captivating and thought-provoking conversation with esteemed Muslim thought leaders.
    In this episode, we are honoured to host a panel featuring prominent Islamic scholar Shaykh Ruzwan Mohammed, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain Zara Mohammed, and seasoned media relations strategist Osama Saeed.
    Together, they engage in an enriching dialogue covering a wide spectrum of topics, offering insights and perspectives that promise to broaden your understanding and stimulate critical thinking. 
    Topics discussed include #gaza #palestine #islamophobia #muslims #israel #antisemitism #muslimleadership #media #piersmorgan #mainstreammedia #theoryofchange
    In this episode:0:00:00 Introductions0:02:00 How has the Gaza war affected you?0:03:00 How has the Gaza war affected you? (Zara)0:05:19 How has the Gaza war affected you? (Osama)0:08:07 How has the Gaza war affected you? (Shaykh Ruzwan)0:13:10 Has there been an effective response from the UK Muslim community ?0:31:17 Zara's experience of the Muslim community after travelling to 300 organisations0:36:09 Mosques, Imams and Vision0:37:30 UK versus USA Imams and Mosques0:38:00 A solution to the Palestine conflict0:40:05 Who should Muslims vote for in the UK and USA ? Has the UK Labour party lost the Muslim vote?0:44:00 Muslims engaging in politics0:47:25 Has the push for Muslims to be involved in politics in the West been a waste of time?0:55:00 Osama's Theory of Change for peace in Palestine - the art of persuasion 0:56:55 Joe Biden and Israel1:00:55 Shaykh Ruzwan: The community inflicting this is a traumatised community1:01:33 Normalisation of Israel by Saudi Arabia, UAE and other countries1:04:00 Muslim countries and their position1:06:53 What do Non-Muslims think of the Muslims?1:10:10 What does NOT change? Example of Amazon1:11:44 What has Zara learnt about the Media Machine? 1:15:23 Zara's response to "Do you condemn Hummus?"1:17:08 Should Zara appear on the Piers Morgan show? Osama's advice from a media relations expert1:20:22 The Muslims need a Message. Tackling Islamophobia. Anti-Semitism.What needs to happen? What do Muslims have to offer?1:23:30 Politicians and Food banks. A loss of dignity1:25:25 Shaykh Ruzwan's 'controversial' views on the media, Muslim messaging, communication, Muslims in the civic space, Islamophobia and the Prophetic example1:30:30 Challenges of bringing on board Islamic Scholars to address current issues such as Islamophobia1:36:00 Solving Zara's dilemma - how to get the right Islamic Scholars involved?1:38:24 An alternative solution to Islamophobia - examples from the LGBT community. Pride, Stonewall and the Rainbow1:41:25 The reality of Muslims being victimised and attacked1:46:05 A question of courage. Come out of your echo chamber1:47:40 Are there intelligent Muslims forming a vision and long-term strategy for Muslims in the UK?1:53:57 Concluding messages
    Recorded 31 January 2024
     
    USEFUL LINKS
    - SHAYKH RUZWAN MOHAMMEDRegarded as one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the West. 
    Desert Island Gems interview: https://youtu.be/HuoEr_L_KXw
    https://www.isyllabus.org/teachers/
    https://www.iidr.org/people/21-ruzwan-mohammed/
     
    - ZARA MOHAMMEDAward-Winning Leadership Strategist, Public Speaker & ConsultantRegarded amongst the most influential women in the UK today.
    https://twitter.com/ZaraM01
    https://www.instagram.com/zara_m02
    https://zara-mohammed.com/
     
    - OSAMA SAEEDDirector of comms, policy and campaigns at ShelterFormer Amnesty International's comms directorFormer Al Jazeera Media Network's head of comms
    https://osamabhutta.scot/
    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/osamasbhutta
    https://instagram.com/osamasbhutta
    https://twitter.com/osamasbhutta
     
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    #57 Suicide - Myths, Muslims & Mental Health | Prof Rory O’Connor | World Expert on Suicide Research

    #57 Suicide - Myths, Muslims & Mental Health | Prof Rory O’Connor | World Expert on Suicide Research

    *NOTE -  This episode discusses suicide. If you are affected by suicide or are worried about someone, please see the links at the end of these show notes*
     
    Muslims die by suicide too.
     
    This may be an uncomfortable reality for many within religious communities but is an important issue for us to discuss. Research suggests that discussing suicide does not make it more likely but may actually help people get the right support.
     
    My guest is Professor Rory O’Connor, a Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow who has been working on suicide research for over 25 years. As the head of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory at the University of Glasgow, President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and Past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research, Professor Rory brings a wealth of knowledge to the conversation.
     
    As well as contributing to BBC documentaries on the subject, his award-winning book “When it is darkest: Why people die by suicide and what we can do to prevent it” addresses the common questions, myths and misunderstandings surrounding suicide.
     
    In this interview, Professor Rory not only shares leading research on the topic but also opens up about his personal experiences of losing people to suicide. This episode aims to foster understanding, dispel myths, and encourage dialogue around a critical issue affecting communities worldwide.
     
    In this episode, we discuss:
    How to talk about suicide
    Why Rory wrote the book
    Patterns of suicide throughout our lifetime
    Suicide in men
    Importance of sleep
    Understanding deliberate self-harm and suicide
    Coping with the loss of a loved one
    The unpredictability of grief
    Why people die by suicide – the Integrated Motivational-Volitional (IMV) model
    Advice if you have suicidal thoughts
    Social media and news guidelines
    Faith, religiosity and suicide
    Suicide in Muslim countries and around the world
    Is suicide preventable?
    Helping those who are suicidal
    What are the signs someone may be suicidal?
    Developing a safety plan
    A Muslim parent’s story of losing his child by suicide
     
    USEFUL LINKS
     
    - Watch this episode on YouTube:
    https://www.youtube.com/muslimcentric
     
    - Professor Rory O’Connor
    https://twitter.com/suicideresearch
    https://suicideresearch.info/
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/healthwellbeing/staff/roryoconnor/
    https://www.instagram.com/oconnor_roryc
     
    Trustee & Podcast Host, MQ Mental Health Research
    https://www.mqmentalhealth.org/category/mq-open-mind-podcast/
     
    President, International Association for Suicide Prevention
    https://www.iasp.info/our_team/rory-oconnor/
     
    Past President, International Academy for Suicide Research
    https://suicide-research.org/
     
    - Book
    When it is darkest: Why people die by suicide and what we can do to prevent it
    Professor Rory O’Connor
    https://amzn.eu/d/deKVide
     
    - Article
    A Muslim parent’s story of losing his child by suicide
    https://inayatscorner.wordpress.com/2021/07/15/goodbye-to-my-dear-son-adam-salih/
    https://inayatscorner.wordpress.com/2022/07/06/my-son-adam-suicide-one-year-on/
     
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    **GETTING HELP IF YOU ARE SUICIDAL**
    Support is available. Inshallah things will get better so do not feel you have nowhere to turn. Here are some options to consider.
     
    1-Call or text a helpline
    Supports in UK – Note services may vary depending on where you live
     
    - Samaritans: For everyone
    Call 116 123
    Email jo@samaritans.org
     
    - Muslim Youth Helpline: Faith and culturally sensitive support by phone, live chat, WhatsApp or email.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    #56 Preacher Moss | American Muslim Comedian | Allah Made Me Funny

    #56 Preacher Moss | American Muslim Comedian | Allah Made Me Funny

    Preacher Moss is a distinguished American comedian, writer, and educator, best known for his pivotal role as the founder of the groundbreaking comedy tour, 'Allah Made Me Funny.' This tour played a crucial role in boosting the confidence of Muslims worldwide in the aftermath of the events of 9/11 in 2001. Collaborating with fellow comedians Azhar Usman, Mo Amer, and Azeem Muhammad, Preacher Moss embarked on a journey that not only entertained but also served as a source of empowerment.
     
    Beyond his success in the stand-up comedy realm, Preacher Moss's talents extended to writing for renowned figures such as Damon Wayans and George Lopez. Despite achieving trailblazing success as an American Muslim comedian, Moss, often referred to as the O.G. (Original Gangster), deliberately resisted the allure of mainstream comedy career opportunities, steadfast in his commitment to uphold his faith without compromise.
     
    Born into a Christian family in Washington DC in the 1960s, Moss's formative years were shaped by the harsh realities of racism. His parents, both civil rights activists, embody the spirit of change—his father a Black Panther, and his mother having crossed paths with Martin Luther King Jr.
     
    As a Sunni Muslim, Preacher Moss was inspired by Imam Warith Deen Muhammad but also benefited from the discipline and self-dignity espoused by the Nation of Islam.
     
    Delving into his unique perspective, Preacher Moss shares his experiences of being Black within the Muslim community, shedding light on how he navigated the challenges of racism within this diverse group.
     
    His story not only entertains but also serves as a platform for fostering understanding and unity. Listen in as Preacher Moss opens up about his unique journey, offering valuable insights and inspiring anecdotes that transcend the boundaries of comedy.
     
    In this episode, we discuss:
    Early life and childhood. Growing up in an active civil rights household.
    Racism as a child
    Becoming a Muslim
    Origins and strategy behind ‘Allah Made Me Funny’
    Muslim comedians in the mainstream
    Comedy mentor Dick Gregory
    Imam Warith Deen Muhammad and the Nation of Islam
    Personal sacrifices
    Meeting Muhammad Ali
    #comedy #muslimcomedy #AllahMadeMeFunny #islam #humour #muslim #racism
     
    USEFUL LINKS
     
    - Watch this episode on YouTube:
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    - Preacher Moss
    https://preachermoss.com/my-story
    https://www.instagram.com/preachermoss
    https://twitter.com/PreacherMOSS
    https://www.facebook.com/preachermoss
    https://www.youtube.com/@PreacherM1
     
    - Allah Made Me Funny
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allah_Made_Me_Funny
     
    - Interview with Brother Ali (Travelers Podcast)
    https://youtu.be/iX9__GYxkv8?si=UKO6gPcXVGxZgALr
    https://youtu.be/9iRZ3XRcPPo?si=p_jNPSuxP9CKwFX3
     
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    • 1 hr 31 min

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