"The Hijabi Diariesis a podcast project started by myself and my friend Anna Maidi in the fall of 2015. As Anna and I started hearing more and more anti-Muslim rhetoric coming out of the mouths of politicians and ordinary Americans, and as we stood in the wake of a violent attack on a member of the Bloomington Muslim community, we knew we had to do something to reach out to ordinary, non-Muslim, Americans and help them understand Islam, and American Muslims who practice.
We teamed up with the ICOB (the Islamic Center of Bloomington) and started"the Hijabi Diaries Podcast." During the show, Muslim women speak about their lives, their faith, why they choose to cover, and share their thoughts about the current climate of prejudice in the U.S. We have also expanded to include interviews with politicians, scholars, and experts in various fields, providing various perspectives on the experiences and issues Muslim women and their families face. During its three short years in existence, the Hijabi Diaries has won an award for Public Affairs programming from the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Professional Journalists, it airs on WFHB on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm and releases a new episode monthly, and it has listeners coast to coast and around the world (as far away as Saudi Arabia and Indonesia).
The Hijabi Diaries works in collaboration with Anna Maidi's Openhearted Campaign. This campaign is a call for peace and mutual understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim Americans. The campaign reaches out to businesses, organizations, and individuals nationwide with an invitation to take a pledge to protect the constitutional right of freedom of religion for all, to actively condemn all hate speech and hateful political rhetoric, and to create a climate of mutual understanding between Muslim Americans and all Americans.
I am not a Muslim myself, and I didn't create the Hijabi Diaries out of any particular interest in Islam as a religion. I created these projects because I saw people being misunderstood. From that misunderstanding grew hatred, and then oppression. I wanted to help build a bridge of understanding between Muslim people in my community and the community at large, because I believe that all Americans should show love, kindness and respect for each other, especially in our times of greatest need, no matter our differences. I also believe that it is in particular the duty of artists everywhere to help people who are suffering from oppression to make their voices heard. "
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