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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Jazakallahu Khair for Listening!

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Until next time, ma’a salam.</span></p> <span id="tve_leads_end_content" style="display: block; visibility: hidden; border: 1px solid transparent;"></span> </div> <div class="tags-secondline"><i class="fa fa-tags"></i><a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/tag/culturally-responsive-pedagogy/" rel="tag">culturally responsive pedagogy</a> <a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/tag/islamic-integration/" rel="tag">Islamic integration</a> <a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/tag/islamic-pedagogy/" rel="tag">islamic pedagogy</a> <a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/tag/islamic-schools/" rel="tag">Islamic schools</a></div><div class="clearfix-slt"></div> <div class="no-sharing-divider-slt"></div> <div class="clearfix-slt"></div> <div id="comments" class="comments-area"> <h4 class="comments-title"> <span class="comment-count-title">15 comments</span> on <span class="comment-title-inline">MCEP 001: Introducing the MakkahCentric Education Podcast</span> </h4> <ol class="comment-list"> <li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-1"> <div id="div-comment-1" class="comment-body"> <div class="comment-author vcard"> <img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/7fb3d47d3e75d1e7d98988aebacfce83?s=80&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/7fb3d47d3e75d1e7d98988aebacfce83?s=160&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-80 photo' height='80' width='80' loading='lazy'/> <cite class="fn">Omar</cite> <span class="says">says:</span> </div> <div class="comment-meta commentmetadata"><a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/001/#comment-1"> December 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm </a> </div> <p>Awesome content!</p> <div class="reply"><a rel='nofollow' class='comment-reply-link' href='#comment-1' data-commentid="1" data-postid="319" data-belowelement="div-comment-1" data-respondelement="respond" data-replyto="Reply to Omar" aria-label='Reply to Omar'>Reply</a></div> </div> </li><!-- #comment-## --> <li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-2"> <div id="div-comment-2" class="comment-body"> <div class="comment-author vcard"> <img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/6d744cc111654087c0db7c146bf82d1e?s=80&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/6d744cc111654087c0db7c146bf82d1e?s=160&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-80 photo' height='80' width='80' loading='lazy'/> <cite class="fn"><a href='http://edcampislamicTO.wordpress.com' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Munazzah</a></cite> <span class="says">says:</span> </div> <div class="comment-meta commentmetadata"><a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/001/#comment-2"> December 3, 2017 at 5:29 pm </a> </div> <p>Important, solid convo! Congrats on your first podcast.</p> <div class="reply"><a rel='nofollow' class='comment-reply-link' href='#comment-2' data-commentid="2" data-postid="319" data-belowelement="div-comment-2" data-respondelement="respond" data-replyto="Reply to Munazzah" aria-label='Reply to Munazzah'>Reply</a></div> </div> <ol class="children"> <li class="comment byuser comment-author-admin bypostauthor even depth-2" id="comment-4"> <div id="div-comment-4" class="comment-body"> <div class="comment-author vcard"> <img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/f7c8473b3c900182a106d9f9f5b690e7?s=80&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/f7c8473b3c900182a106d9f9f5b690e7?s=160&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-80 photo' height='80' width='80' loading='lazy'/> <cite class="fn">Zahra Osman</cite> <span class="says">says:</span> </div> <div class="comment-meta commentmetadata"><a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/001/#comment-4"> December 4, 2017 at 4:45 pm </a> </div> <p>Thanks Munazzah,<br /> Hope to have you on the show again to discuss your successful edcamp!</p> <div class="reply"><a rel='nofollow' class='comment-reply-link' href='#comment-4' data-commentid="4" data-postid="319" data-belowelement="div-comment-4" data-respondelement="respond" data-replyto="Reply to Zahra Osman" aria-label='Reply to Zahra Osman'>Reply</a></div> </div> </li><!-- #comment-## --> </ol><!-- .children --> </li><!-- #comment-## --> <li class="comment odd alt thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-3"> <div id="div-comment-3" class="comment-body"> <div class="comment-author vcard"> <img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a1b391fcdc6f05fe8901d66fef865035?s=80&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a1b391fcdc6f05fe8901d66fef865035?s=160&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-80 photo' height='80' width='80' loading='lazy'/> <cite class="fn">Haniya</cite> <span class="says">says:</span> </div> <div class="comment-meta commentmetadata"><a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/001/#comment-3"> December 3, 2017 at 9:22 pm </a> </div> <p>MashaAllah, TabarakaAllah!!!<br /> Very insightful, and critical evaluation of our current Islamic education system. Great podcast! Looking forward to more.<br /> Congrats!</p> <div class="reply"><a rel='nofollow' class='comment-reply-link' href='#comment-3' data-commentid="3" data-postid="319" data-belowelement="div-comment-3" data-respondelement="respond" data-replyto="Reply to Haniya" aria-label='Reply to Haniya'>Reply</a></div> </div> <ol class="children"> <li class="comment byuser comment-author-admin bypostauthor even depth-2" id="comment-5"> <div id="div-comment-5" class="comment-body"> <div class="comment-author vcard"> <img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/f7c8473b3c900182a106d9f9f5b690e7?s=80&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/f7c8473b3c900182a106d9f9f5b690e7?s=160&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-80 photo' height='80' width='80' loading='lazy'/> <cite class="fn">Zahra Osman</cite> <span class="says">says:</span> </div> <div class="comment-meta commentmetadata"><a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/001/#comment-5"> December 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm </a> </div> <p>Jazakillahu khairan Haniya,<br /> You also have lots to offer on the topic. Drop in often and share some knowledge!</p> <div class="reply"><a rel='nofollow' class='comment-reply-link' href='#comment-5' data-commentid="5" data-postid="319" data-belowelement="div-comment-5" data-respondelement="respond" data-replyto="Reply to Zahra Osman" aria-label='Reply to Zahra Osman'>Reply</a></div> </div> </li><!-- #comment-## --> </ol><!-- .children --> </li><!-- #comment-## --> <li class="comment odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1 parent" id="comment-10"> <div id="div-comment-10" class="comment-body"> <div class="comment-author vcard"> <img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/eacd24d5ef1cc38da86192c3a77aaace?s=80&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/eacd24d5ef1cc38da86192c3a77aaace?s=160&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-80 photo' height='80' width='80' loading='lazy'/> <cite class="fn">Arifa</cite> <span class="says">says:</span> </div> <div class="comment-meta commentmetadata"><a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/001/#comment-10"> December 10, 2017 at 10:15 am </a> </div> <p>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!</p> <div class="reply"><a rel='nofollow' class='comment-reply-link' href='#comment-10' data-commentid="10" data-postid="319" data-belowelement="div-comment-10" data-respondelement="respond" data-replyto="Reply to Arifa" aria-label='Reply to Arifa'>Reply</a></div> </div> <ol class="children"> <li class="comment byuser comment-author-admin bypostauthor even depth-2" id="comment-12"> <div id="div-comment-12" class="comment-body"> <div class="comment-author vcard"> <img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/f7c8473b3c900182a106d9f9f5b690e7?s=80&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/f7c8473b3c900182a106d9f9f5b690e7?s=160&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-80 photo' height='80' width='80' loading='lazy'/> <cite class="fn">Zahra Osman</cite> <span class="says">says:</span> </div> <div class="comment-meta commentmetadata"><a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/001/#comment-12"> December 11, 2017 at 5:57 am </a> </div> <p>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!</p> <div class="reply"><a rel='nofollow' class='comment-reply-link' href='#comment-12' data-commentid="12" data-postid="319" data-belowelement="div-comment-12" data-respondelement="respond" data-replyto="Reply to Zahra Osman" aria-label='Reply to Zahra Osman'>Reply</a></div> </div> </li><!-- #comment-## --> </ol><!-- .children --> </li><!-- #comment-## --> <li class="comment odd alt thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-11"> <div id="div-comment-11" class="comment-body"> <div class="comment-author vcard"> <img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/973add3eb91a3b9bbf9b6ae7dc8cc3f5?s=80&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/973add3eb91a3b9bbf9b6ae7dc8cc3f5?s=160&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-80 photo' height='80' width='80' loading='lazy'/> <cite class="fn">Marwa Umm Sulaym</cite> <span class="says">says:</span> </div> <div class="comment-meta commentmetadata"><a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/001/#comment-11"> December 11, 2017 at 2:22 am </a> </div> <p>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</p> <p>May Allah bring khayr and barakah to this project</p> <div class="reply"><a rel='nofollow' class='comment-reply-link' href='#comment-11' data-commentid="11" data-postid="319" data-belowelement="div-comment-11" data-respondelement="respond" data-replyto="Reply to Marwa Umm Sulaym" aria-label='Reply to Marwa Umm Sulaym'>Reply</a></div> </div> <ol class="children"> <li class="comment byuser comment-author-admin bypostauthor even depth-2" id="comment-13"> <div id="div-comment-13" class="comment-body"> <div class="comment-author vcard"> <img alt='' src='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/f7c8473b3c900182a106d9f9f5b690e7?s=80&d=mm&r=g' srcset='https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/f7c8473b3c900182a106d9f9f5b690e7?s=160&d=mm&r=g 2x' class='avatar avatar-80 photo' height='80' width='80' loading='lazy'/> <cite class="fn">Zahra Osman</cite> <span class="says">says:</span> </div> <div class="comment-meta commentmetadata"><a href="https://podcast.makkahcentriceducation.com/001/#comment-13"> December 11, 2017 at 5:59 am </a> </div> <p>Ameen. 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