MCEP 001: Introducing the MakkahCentric Education Podcast

Welcome to the MakkahCentric Education Podcast. I appreciate you stoping by and listening to the first episode of the show. Let me introduce myself, the person behind the mic. I am Zahra Osman, educator, mom, and social entrepreneur. I have a vision for uplifting our cause as an ummah and I’m convinced education is the key. I don’t have all the answers, but through podcasting and interviewing other Muslim educationalists, I hope to inspire a movement for Islamic pedagogy.

To kickstart this episode, I’m sharing the mic with my wonderful friend and partner in ambitions, Roda Omer. Roda is a homeschooler, consultant, and entrepreneur. Apart from helping administrate the Toronto Muslim Homeschoolers, she’s an expert in the field of networking, event coordination, management, fundraising and consulting. She has over a decade of work in program management and executive leadership for several major city-wide conferences, conventions and initiatives (e.g. Journey of Faith, Being Me, Nikah Wedding Convention, Women’s Health Expo). Her entrepreneurial drive has been fueled by the desire to orchestrate her vision to empower and encourage other women to the freedom and expertise of entrepreneurship. So her perspectives are always valued.

In this episode, Roda and I introduce you to the show and walk you through some of the ideas and goals behind the MakkahCentric Education podcast. I am the host of the show, but in this episode Roda is doing the interviewing. Listen to her critical questions and hear us out as we discuss some of the educational challenges Islamic schools experience while exploring possible solutions to help overcome them.

This is the first podcast of its kind, and possibly the first platform aiming to bring Muslim experts together to discuss and share strategies on helping us enrich the learning journey of Muslim students. Listen, subscribe, and comment. Be part of the movement.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The idea behind the MakkahCentric Education podcast and how I came up with it.
  • What is makkahcentric education and what it may look like
  • What Islamic schools are missing
  • Why western models of schooling don’t work well in Muslim majority countries
  • Why culture and identity are so important in the learning process of the child
  • How I started integrating Islam into teaching when I didn’t know what integration was
  • Why separating secular subjects and religious subjects is not effective for Muslim youth
  • Why we should acknowledge the efforts of Islamic Schools but be critical as well
  • The role parents play in improving Islamic schools
  • Some examples of how to provide a spiritually transformative learning experience
  • Reflecting on the problems of our youth, its causes, and how Islamic schools contribute or help solve
  • Who is this podcast for

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Special thanks to Roda for joining me this week. Until next time, ma’a salam.

11 comments on MCEP 001: Introducing the MakkahCentric Education Podcast

  1. Omar says:

    Awesome content!

  2. Munazzah says:

    Important, solid convo! Congrats on your first podcast.

    1. Zahra Osman says:

      Thanks Munazzah,
      Hope to have you on the show again to discuss your successful edcamp!

  3. Haniya says:

    MashaAllah, TabarakaAllah!!!
    Very insightful, and critical evaluation of our current Islamic education system. Great podcast! Looking forward to more.

    1. Zahra Osman says:

      Jazakillahu khairan Haniya,
      You also have lots to offer on the topic. Drop in often and share some knowledge!

  4. Arifa says:

    MashaAllah Zahra this is so interesting and different from the regular vision we are exposed to from your ordinary Islamic schools. Keep up the great work!

    1. Zahra Osman says:

      Right, we’ve been used to a standard way of doing things assuming that duplicating the public system is what works best for us. We have work to do, and alhamdulillah lots of educators are on board!

  5. Marwa Umm Sulaym says:

    Already an avid listener. The global Muslim educational world is in need of likeminded individuals that want to better our ummah by educating ourselves and our children

    May Allah bring khayr and barakah to this project

    1. Zahra Osman says:

      Ameen. Jazakillahu khairan Marwa for you kind words. You’ll love the next episode! I’ll be bringing more like minded people on the show to learn from inshaAlah! Stay tuned, and join the mailing list if you haven’t already.

  6. Jan Zac says:

    Hello ,

    I saw your tweets and thought I will check your website. Have to say it looks very good!
    I’m also interested in this topic and have recently started my journey as young entrepreneur.

    I’m also looking for the ways on how to promote my website. I have tried AdSense and Facebok Ads, however it is getting very expensive.
    Can you recommend something what works best for you?

    Would appreciate, if you can have a quick look at my website and give me an advice what I should improve:
    (Recently I have added a new page about FutureNet and the way how users can make money on this social networking portal.)

    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Maybe I will add link to your website on my website and you will add link to my website on your website? It will improve SEO of our websites, right? What do you think?

    Jan Zac

  7. Amal Samanter says:

    Awesome Podcast Zahra. Much needed!!

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