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That Revert Girl Podcast
37 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Episode 17: Susian | Vietnamese Buddhist to Muslim
In this week's episode I talk to Susian, a Canadian Vietnamese revert with strong ties to her Buddhist family. We talk about Susian's journey to Islam, difficult family situations and how Allah placed Islam in Susian's life long before she became Muslim subhan'Allah.
46 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Episode 16: Ron Geaves | The Life of Abdullah Quilliam
In this week's episode we go back in time to the 1800s in Victorian Britain to learn about the first British Muslim revert, Abdullah Quilliam (né William Henry Quilliam). Born into a wealthy Christian family in Liverpool nearly two centuries ago, William Quilliam became a prominent solicitor and journalist in Victorian Britain. In his early 30s he travelled to Morocco and Algeria where he converted to Islam and became Abdullah Quilliam. His story is remarkable and complex and during my years of being a Muslim revert I have taken a lot away from his adversities and how he balanced faith with his British culture. I am so honoured to have Professor Ron Geaves on this episode, a respected professor on comparative study of religion who wrote the first full biography on Quilliam.
69 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Episode 15: Whoopi | Pastor-in-training to Muslim
In this week's episode we have Whoopi, a revert with strong Samoan roots living in Australia. Whoopi was a key member of her church even training to become a pastor. She converted in 2016 despite an undeniable bond with her family and the ultimatum they gave her: choose between Islam or them. Whoopi’s strength and trust in Allah is a true inspiration for us all masha’Allah. We talk about a lot of key issues in this episode from negative family reactions to not feeling accepted as part of the ummah to dealing with islamophobia and then finally about how her family eventually came together again.
54 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Episode 14: Perrie Biston | Hoops to Deen
In this week's episode we have Perrie Biston, a revert of 8 years from Cardiff, Wales. We talk about life before Islam, what he was looking for when he found Islam and why it intrigued him. Perrie shares an incredible story of what happened the night before he converted which I truly think was a sign from God subhan'Allah.
64 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
Episode 13: Alice | Hijabs for bantz
In this week's episode we have Alice, a British mental health nurse who converted to Islam seven years ago. In this episode we talk about her journey, navigating challenging family dynamics, leaving unhealthy sister circles, embarrassing stories and how Islam can show up in your life even before you convert to Islam.
59 minutes | Jul 2, 2020
Episode 12: Rotimi | Revert marriage challenges
In this week's episode I talk to Rotimi, an American Nigerian revert who went viral on Tiktok after sharing a video of his marriage into a Bangladeshi family. We talk about Rotimi's journey to Islam, misconceptions about reverts, marriage and the challenges that came with marrying a Bengali spouse.
41 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
Episode 11: Mathilde Loujayne | Big Little Steps
Welcome to Season 2 of my podcast! Season 2 will feature many many amazing guests and I am so honoured to kick-off Season 2 with one of my favourite friends Mathilde Loujayne. Mathilde is the author of Big Little Steps, a women's guide to embracing Islam. In this episode we talk about her journey converting to Islam and (spoiler alert!) her family's journey as well, we discuss the many issues that reverts face and why she embarked on her journey to write Big Little Steps.
43 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
plus one: Momodou Taal @thegambian
In today's plus one I speak to Ustadh Momodou Taal (IG: @thegambian) about the Black Lives Matter movement and the issues that Black people face. We talk about why people are fixating on the riots and property destruction, what non-Black Muslims can do to help make community spaces more inclusive and many many other topics.
51 minutes | May 31, 2020
plus one: Helwa @quranquotesdaily
In this plus one session Helwa, author of Secrets of Divine Love and person behind @quranquotesdaily, and I answered questions sent in and shared gems from our journeys. This session took place during the weekend of Eid al-Fitr 2020 at the Virtual Eid Party.
34 minutes | May 16, 2020
Episode 10: A revert's reflections
In this week's episode I end the season by sharing with you my revert reflections. These are 5 things I wish someone told me before I converted about my identity, culture and adversity. Last week I came across a letter that I wrote to my mum the day I converted, I share this with you at the end of the podcast.
58 minutes | May 7, 2020
Episode 9: A conversation with a good friend
In this week's episode I have a conversation with a good friend who I took my shahadah with 7 years ago. We talk about the influences I had when I looked into Islam, what it was like for him when I took my shahadah with him over the phone, his own journey being born a Muslim and how I handled things with my family over time.
17 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Episode 8: My first sujood
In this week's episode I talk about how I slowly started to introduce different practices into my everyday life and what it was like learning how to pray.
23 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Episode 7: My first Ramadan
In this week's episode I revisit my first Ramadan as a revert and I talk about how we need to be doing a better job as an ummah.
85 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
plus one: HerIkigai
In this plus one session I invite Hamida from @herikigai to talk through our experiences as Muslim women of colour in investment banking careers. We talk about how we got into finance, microagressions in the work place and why we started our podcasts.
19 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
Episode 6: Taking my shahadah
In this week's episode I talk about the day I took my shahadah and what led me to finally decide to become a Muslim. This is the real turning point in my story this far.
15 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Episode 5: My first time at a mosque
This week's episode talks about what happened the first time I went to visit a mosque after wanting to connect more with Islam.
17 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Episode 4: Friends & siblings
This week's episode talks about how friends come and go but siblings are forever. I share two stories with you about my childhood best friend and my big brother.
32 minutes | Mar 29, 2020
plus one: Husband
Introducing the plus one series where I invite different guests from time to time to have a more casual conversation outside of my normal season on my revert journey. I invite my husband to my first session to answer questions we have been sent. We talk about how we met, what our first impressions of each other were, how our families dealt with us marrying outside of our culture and how we support each other during spiritual dips.
19 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
Episode 3: Telling my mum
This week's episode talks about life at home when I wanted to become Muslim and the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
21 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Episode 2: Life before Islam
This week's episode talks about what my life was like before Islam and what I was looking for when I found it. "And Allah found you lost and guided you" - Qur'an (93:7)
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