Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota: Podcast
Meet Ayan Omar. Ayan is an educator and interfaith dialogue practitioner in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Since she was a young Somali refugee separated from her family, hope has been a guiding force in her life. Whether she's telling the story of Emmett Till to her middle schoolers or teaching the essence of Islam to her neighbors, Ayan never gives up hope for a better, brighter world.
Meet Suad Ismail. Suad is a mental health advocate who’s disrupting the narrative around mental health in her Somali community. Working as a case manager, she’s approaching the taboo topic and fighting the cultural stigma with compassion and empathy. Accompanied by an illustration from our intern/illustrator extraordinaire Hodan Ali, this NEW episode is about Suad's career plans and the mental health needs that she sees within the community.
Meet Rihab Naheel. Born in Aleppo, Syria, raised in Germany, she calls Minnesota home. She's an ESL teacher, mom, and nonprofit social activist. Although she's teaching a new language to students, she's also guiding them through a different culture, different norms, and even a different sense of humor. She also runs CISPOS — Committee in Solidarity with the People of Syria — a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting the Syrian people's struggle for dignity and freedom.
Meet Krista Siddiqui. Minnesota born and bred, raised in the Lutheran tradition, she embraced Islam during her college years. She's the first and only Muslim hijabi nursing home administrator in Minnesota. Her heart lies in nonprofit and charitable projects. Working with families on the brink of poverty and facing homelessness, she co-founded ZACAH, an organization that provides assistance through transitional homes.
Meet Faryal Khan. Her family immigrated from Pakistan for a chance at higher education and to break glass ceilings. She runs the Emergency Assistance program at Building Blocks of Islam, which alleviates the financial burden of numerous families and individuals in need every year. She's a busy mom who understands self-care and the value of our owning your narrative. As she's working on her master's degree to become a marriage family therapist, she's starting the conversation on sexuality in the Muslim community. It's uncomfortable, funny, and absolutely necessary.
Meet Nimo Ahmed. As a social worker and healthcare advocate, Nimo works to enrich the lives of disabled African people. She’s packed bandages, beds, and dialysis machines into a “hospital-in-a-box” and shipped it off to Mogadishu. She works hard in connecting resources in transportation, workforce development, and education to bridge the equity gap that people with disabilities face.
Meet Sumera Islam. From Karachi to Nigeria to California, Sumera now calls Minnesota home. Her day job as a Senior Financial Analyst at a Fortune 500 company doesn't stop her from community activism and her busy family life. She volunteers at a women's prison, serves on the board of her children's school, and started a local interfaith book club. Listen to learn how this Shero continues to create positive change in her community.