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Straight Talk Podcast with Dr. Maher Hathout
25 minutes | Jan 22, 2015
Practical Tips for Resolving Conflict
Have you ever been so angry that you can’t think straight? Or do you see kindness during conflict as a sign of weakness? Or perhaps you appease the other party to “rescue” the relationship. During this short conversation, Dr. Maher Hathout and Aziza Hasan, Executive Director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, discuss the […]
31 minutes | Oct 23, 2014
Satan’s Model Is the Appeal of Extremism
Omar Noureldin, a Special Projects Fellow with the Muslim Public Affairs Council and a Research Fellow at the University of Southern California Law School, joins Dr. Maher Hathout to tackle the complexities of extremism and freedom. They investigate causes for extremism, as well as the culture of compulsion, despite strong Islamic evidence deterring these ideas. […]
30 minutes | Oct 10, 2014
This Is What I Dreamed…
The Grandfather of the “American Muslim Identity” Talks About Coming to America and Dedicating His Life to Activism Following up on a conversation that started a year ago, Edina Lekovic, MPAC’s Director of Policy and Programming, rejoins Dr. Maher Hathout to further explore his life and dreams growing up.Dr. Hathout recounts the special relationship with […]
20 minutes | Sep 25, 2014
Light Up Your Candles: Is Sensitivity a Weakness?
Inspired by a poem Dr. Hathout wrote in medical school, Deana Nassar, MPAC’s Hollywood Liaison, discusses the importance of compassion and sensitivity when dealing with not only patients, but all human beings. (Right click the link above and choose “Save As.”)
19 minutes | Jun 12, 2014
The Letter vs. Spirit of the Law on Women
Cases involving abuse of women in the name of Islam continue to grab headlines, placing fundamental questions about Islam and sharia center stage. Continuing her conversation with Dr. Maher Hathout, attorney Sireen Sawaf returns for a frank conversation about the difference between the letter and the spirit of the law. Complex and often controversial issues, […]
25 minutes | May 29, 2014
Is Islam Abusing Muslim Women?
Cases involving abuse of women in the name of Islam continue to grab headlines, placing fundamental questions about Islam and sharia center stage. In the first of two episodes, Dr. Maher Hathout is joined by attorney Sireen Sawaf for a frank conversation about polygamy, women serving as witnesses and marital and domestic violence. When it […]
27 minutes | May 15, 2014
Can Women Lead Prayer & Marry Outside Their Faith?
Bayan Claremont Dean Jihad Turk returns to StraightTalk to continue a timely and hot set of topics about Muslim women. From leading prayer to marrying outside of Islam, what does the Quran and Islamic history tell us is permissible and, beyond that, is it wise to do so? In Dr. Hathout’s words, the central question […]
23 minutes | May 3, 2014
Are We Alienating Women from Our Mosques?
We currently are witnessing a movement of the “unmosqued,” where people are feeling increasingly disconnected from houses of worship. In this episode, Dr. Maher Hathout is joined by Jihad Turk, the Dean of Bayan Claremont University, who discuss how much this may have to do with the role of women and the […]
25 minutes | Apr 10, 2014
How Do We Stop Ego from Killing Leadership?
Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, a longtime student of Dr. Maher Hathout, sits down for a conversation about the complexity of leadership. Leadership is an issue that strikes deep within the Muslim community as we sometimes find ourselves being led by those who are celebrities instead of those who serve the people. Where is the line between […]
24 minutes | Mar 21, 2014
Beauty in the ‘I’ of the Beholder
It’s the age of selfies, Photoshop and Instagram filters, and personal image is under the microscope more than ever. For our 50th episode, Straight Talk Podcast Producer Maha Awad and Dr. Maher Hathout talk about beauty. Is there only one definition of beauty? Can beauty and personal satisfaction co-exist? Listen as Dr. Hathout speaks of […]
23 minutes | Feb 28, 2014
What’s Your Hope for the Future?
Returning for a conversation with Dr. Maher Hathout is Samira Idroos, a producer of Straight Talk podcast and “Haram,” a play based on Dr. Hathout’s poetry. In this episode, the pair of friends talk about hopes for the future through reflections on the past. “If you are preoccupied with the future, you are young, regardless […]
28 minutes | Feb 14, 2014
True Love: More Than Lust & Sex
Leading up to Valentine’s Day, this episode focuses on love – love of oneself, love of others and love of the community. Joining Dr. Maher Hathout for this new episode is Nagwa Ibrahim, a lawyer and filmmaker who focuses on telling multi-dimensional human interest stories. Their candid conversation centers around a quote from Dr. Hathout: […]
28 minutes | Jan 24, 2014
“Haram” Makes a Dream Come True
For the first time in months, Dr. Hathout is back at the mic for a brand new episode of Straight Talk. This time, he sits down with filmmaker Wesam Nassar, who is also the director of “Haram: An abstract drama based on the poetry of Maher Hathout.” When it debuted in L.A. two weeks ago, […]
8 minutes | Dec 11, 2013
25 Years on the Road Less Traveled
One of Dr. Hathout’s most valued achievements is the growth and influence of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which he co-founded in 1988. In this Straight Talk special release, Dr. Hathout is joined by Edina Lekovic, MPAC’s Director of Policy and Programming, to give us his candid and heartfelt reflection on the good, the bad […]
27 minutes | Sep 27, 2013
Muslim Women: Still Struggling for their God Given Rights?
Can a Muslim woman lead prayer? Dr. Maher Hathout examines this very subject with Samer Hathout, an attorney and his daughter. They discuss the current role of women in the Muslim society, including the stagnation of women’s rights and where we are are headed. Leading prayer is just the tip of the iceberg to the […]
16 minutes | Aug 29, 2013
Extremism: What is it & why should I care?
In an age of near constant news about people who use violence as a means of making a political or social statement, what kinds of extremism should we worry about? In this episode, Ohio-based community activist and physician, Dr. Wayel Azmeh joins Dr. Hathout to discuss the relationship between extremism and violence, the danger of […]
29 minutes | Aug 15, 2013
Dealing with Your Inner Demons – Lessons from the Prophet
San Francisco-based artist Samira Idroos joins Dr. Hathout to reflect on the personal and very human side of Prophet Muhammad, whose own prayers for protection from anxiety and depression are documented in the Quran. Lets be real. Everyone faces the realities of self doubt, anxiety, stress and disillusionment. How do we free ourselves from our […]
32 minutes | Jul 21, 2013
Laughter Can Change the World: An Inside Look at “Little Mosque”
Canadian actor Zaib Shaikh joins Dr. Maher Hathout for a funny and moving conversation about how his hit sitcom “Little Mosque on the Prairie” broke down barriers and opened the door for more positive portrayals of Muslims as it airs in more than 100 countries. They also explore the spiritual and emotional power of creativity […]
35 minutes | May 30, 2013
Muslim Youth: Their Fears & Dreams
What’s on the minds of young American Muslims? Sami Ghanem and Marwa Abdel Ghani, two vocal and active members of the Muslim Youth Group of the Islamic Center of Southern California, join Dr. Maher Hathout for a frank conversation about their aspirations and concerns about growing up in today’s world. They discuss the role of […]
29 minutes | May 2, 2013
Leadership Between Movements & Cults
What do Islamic ideologist Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani and former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir have in common? In this packed episode, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati returns to discuss leadership with Dr. Maher Hathout. The two explore the signature qualities of leaders past and present, charisma vs. character, the difference between leaders who produce leaders & […]
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