Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota: Podcast
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, norms and even understanding the American 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 every year in need. She's a busy mom, understands self-care and the value of our owning your narrative. As she's working on her Master's degree to be a marriage family therapist, she's starting the conversation on sexuality in the Muslim community. It's uncomfortable, funny, but absolutely necessary.
As a social worker and healthcare advocate, Nimo Ahmed 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 people with disabilities face.
From Karachi to Nigeria to California, Sumera Islam 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 up a local interfaith book club. Listen to how this Shero continues to create positive change in her community.