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Episode 18: Becoming Muslim with Aysha & Ameenah

Season 1, Ep. 18

Have you ever wondered why so many women convert to Islam? This episode is an honest, spiritual conversation with Aysha Mercedes and Ameenah Shaw about their very personal journeys to Islam. Both women became Muslim in adulthood and share their experiences which led to that moment, and what has happened since. Aysha (a counsellor) and Ameenah (a natural hair product business owner) present the Sister2Sister podcast together and both also work as TV presenters at Islam Channel.


Here are the meanings of some of the Arabic words used in the podcast:

Revert = Someone who has converted to Islam – the word revert is used because Muslims believe everyone is born Muslim so if you are brought up in a different faith when you become Muslim, you revert back

Noor = Light

Wudu = Ablution/cleansing ritual

Al-Fatiha = The first chapter in the Quran

Tawhid = Oneness of God

Shahada = Testifying that Allah is one and Muhammad (pbuh) is his messenger – it is what people say when they officially become Muslim

Dawah = The act of inviting or calling people to embrace Islam

Alhamdulillah= Praise be to God

Subhanallah = Glory be to God

Iman = Faith

Abaya = Long dress/cloak worn by some Muslim women

Duniya = World

Salah = Ritual prayer

Ummah = Community

Asalaamu-alaikum - Peace be unto you (equivalent to hello)

Walaikum-asalaam - And unto you peace (response to the greeting)

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