Spidey is looking forward to attending his Eid party with all his friends. Before the party, Spidey goes shopping for shoes, but is saddened when Hen doesn’t have eight pairs of shoes for his eight feet. When he visits his friends Froggie the frog & Elie the elephant he realises that they all have shoes for the Eid party. Spidey decides not to go because he is upset that he will be the only person without shoes at the party. So his friends come together to surprise him with the best present he’s ever received. Listen to find out what happens next.
Abandoned by her father at six, Naz’s family was jumping from squalor to squalor and living meal to meal. Far from a normal upbringing, she was sent to Pakistan at 12, to protect her from the man sexually exploiting her mother over a mortgage. She was forced into an abusive marriage at 15, and upon return to the UK, was beholden to her mother killing her abuser. From here on, Naz was thwarted into a life juggling between campaigning for her mother’s rights, visiting solicitors, working odd jobs and raising her younger siblings. We sit with Naz and hear of the incredible set of events which took her from homeless, abused and uneducated, to eventually gaining a sweeping victory over George Galloway as the Member for Bradford West. If there is any story that embodies true perseverance, it is this one.
In case you missed it, check out our interview with social justice advocate Dalia Mogahed.
On episode 2 of 7 stories, Sarah is excited for her first day of school. She has a new rainbow bag with matching rainbow shoes that she can’t wait to show all her friends. Adam is also excited, he likes rainbows as well but loves giraffes even more. Join Sarah & Adam on their first day of school. It’s plenty of fun and there’s a great lesson to learn about always being truthful as well.
The Transit Lounge Episode 4 with Mufti Menk
Mufti Menk is arguably the most popular and renowned Mufti on the planet. Having been in the ‘Top 500 Most Influential Muslims’ list 6 years in a row, his name and online lectures are a staple in millions of Muslim households. To no surprise, we learn the Mufti was reading the Quran at the tender age of 3 and memorised it cover-to-cover by 11 (yes, you read those numbers right). A fast-tracked upbringing was just the beginning; after being enrolled (somewhat a surprise to him) into Madina University, Ismail Menk began on a journey of hardship, enlightenment, struggle and joy. We trace the Mufti’s journey from childhood in a Christian school, to early medical career aspirations, studying abroad and a difficult divorce – all of which made the Islamic Scholar we know as Mufti Menk.
There are few Muslims who can say they had a seat at the President’s table, and Dalia Mogahed is one of those rare few. An Egyptian American at the forefront of Muslim Activism for over a decade, Dalia’s journey has seen her lecturing at colleges, training law enforcement and eventually, advising the Obama Administration. We trace Dalia’s life from a normal Egyptian American childhood to the banality of corporate life up until an event that radically changed the fabric of American society: 9/11. We dig deeper to uncover an inspiring mix of spirituality, hope, desperation and wisdom that drives Dalia to navigate the perplexing maze that is the life of an American Muslim.
Hi there little ones, oh…and hello big kids too! Welcome to 7 Stories, a podcast from Toledo Society.
My name is Wasan, and I’ll be your host… oh…. and I’m Moeed, and I’ll be your co-host.
Over the past year, we’ve been working to write and produce 7 Stories…7 minute stories for your trip to school. We’ll have funny stories…and sad stories…and scarrrrry stories….but each story has an important message for you to discuss with your parents!
We’re going to hear the story about Sarah’s rainbow bag…
We’ll hear how Spidey the haiiiiiry red spider couldn’t find any shoes for his 8 wiggly feet!….
We’ll hear when Yusuf and Noora ran outside to play…and found rubbish right across their doorstep!!
We’ll be releasing one story every fortnight. If you have any ideas for new stories, please write to us by visiting toledosociety.com!
Toledo Society Podcast with Haroon Meer
Haroon Meer grew up in the tail end of Apartheid South Africa, but his future was far from bleak. After almost two decades in information security (and playing a lot of pool!), Haroon founded Thinkst, a start-up responsible for bringing Canary to the world, a cyber-security honeypot used by some of the biggest tech giants in the world including Slack and Etsy. In this interview we reflect on Haroon’s journey that saw him consulting NATO, sleeping on the Quantico base, and everything in between. What does it take to become an authority in one field? Haroon’s experience draws us closer to answering that question.
Professor John Esposito took on a master’s program and later a PhD – specialising in a strange and unpopular subfield of a subfield – Islam. To contextualise, during the 1960s, Islam wasn’t a hot-button topic like it is now.
Prof. Esposito talks with host Mohamad Zaoud about his unlikely journey to become Gerogetown University’s Scholar of Islam. He shares his formula for success, how his upbringing helped shaped his mindset, and delivers a powerful & pragmatic message to the next generation of Muslims.
One thing that can’t go unnoticed is Prof. John Esposito’s sense of humour. It makes for a great conversation and is guaranteed to keep you engaged the entire way through. Listen away and let us know what you think!
So you might be asking, “Why Toledo Society? Why Transit Lounge? Why bother?”. We asked our Head of Content, Mohamad Zaoud the very same questions when he first told us about his idea for a Muslim Podcast network. His reply, an eloquent recount of a trip he previously took to an island of random animals. Listen in and you’ll see the snow ball effect of a single thought turning into a fully operational podcast network.
And for those that don’t know Mohamad Zaoud, who is also the host of our first original production – “The Transit Lounge”, you can see his short bio here:
Mohamad Zaoud is a brand enthusiast and consults businesses and NGOs on brand & growth strategies. He’s currently the Manager of Digital Growth – EMEA, and formerly Head of Marketing MENA, at Al Jazeera Media Network where he’s worked on flagship brands including Al Jazeera and AJ+.