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No Nazar: South Asian weddings and podcast debuts

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No Nazar: South Asian weddings and podcast debuts

I feel like I’m constantly falling in love with new people. Not romantic love; don’t be weird. But that kind of “oh my god I love your style/intellect/skills/what you have to say” love.

I recently met a woman named Zainab. From a Pakistani family, Zainab hails from Toronto, but her accent gives away the fact that she’s also got roots in the UK. She reached out in a Facebook group, looking for South Asian women (or non-binary/trans folks) to share their stories for a podcast she was starting called No Nazar. “Nazar” is the Urdu/Hindu word for evil eye, a concept that exists in nearly every culture… but has a very special place in ours.

The funny thing is that I had literally been scrolling through iTunes for the past few days, looking for podcasts by and about desi women. I had found a couple, but none with the same radical political/social beliefs as me (I’m sure they’re out there, I just couldn’t find them). After a few seconds of self-doubt and staring at her post in awe, I pushed myself to reach out to Zainab about my then-recently published article about South Asian weddings on The Tempest. I was honestly more excited to find out more about her project and when I could listen, but I figured, desis love weddings. My article and the discussion around desi wedding culture might be a perfect fit for her show.

Turns out, she’d actually already read it… a cousin had sent it to her. She invited me onto the show, and I spoke with her via Skype audio.

The podcast was fun as hell. Talking to Zainab about her vision for the show got me so hyped that I was eagerly awaiting this debut before I even found out I’d be the guest featured in it.

I’ve posted the episode above. Please do give it a listen, and share on social media where you can. It’s on Soundcloud for now, but I’ll update once it’s finally up on iTunes as well.

[Update: You can find the iTunes version here. Or just find No Nazar in your Podcasts app.]

I always fall in love when I meet a Pakistani woman who is unafraid to talk about the things that need to be said.  No Nazar is one-woman show, and that one woman is absolutely someone worth following. Put this on your list of “Podcasts to Watch”. Zainab did a fantastic job with every aspect of the show, and she is such an insightful, intelligent, and creative person that it’s only going to get better from here.

Nazar na lag jaye.

 

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America needs to catch up with Muslim women’s empowerment

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America needs to catch up with Muslim women’s empowerment

So there was a bit of a snafu with some posts I was waiting to have published on MissMuslim, but all is forgiven because I’ve got one up (and because I have a bit of a crush on Editor-in-Chief Jenan Matari). One of my favorite past-times is spectacularly shutting down Western misconceptions about Muslim countries and Islamic law and history. As an American, I am really disappointed that my fellow countrymen are such misogynists that they picked Cheeto Voldemort over just-as-qualified-as-she-is-corrupt Hillary Clinton. But I can’t help but be a bit… smug about the fact that White America has yet again failed to do what Muslims have been doing for years. (And yes, it was White America. Check the polls. More on that later.) There, I said it. I’m not proud of it. I don’t revel in the fact that the U.S. still hasn’t had a female head of state. I’m not really about that moral superiority life. But it’s nice to take ignoramuses down a notch.

My list comprises of eight heads of state who happen to have an extra X chromosome. (Click it. Click the pretty, red words.) Seven of these countries are Islamic states; one of the countries is not, yet the head of state in question was herself Muslim with a lot of Muslim support). One of these Muslim countries even has a female atheist head of state. Food for thought for those who enjoy putting 1.6 billion Muslims in a box without a semblance of nuance or historical context.