A podcast series discussing the everyday struggles of Muslims with same-sex attractions (SSA) who want to live a life true to Allah and Islam. I am Waheed Jense...
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#88 - Podcast Finale
In the podcast finale, we take a look at the entire journey across all five seasons and reflect on key take-home messages and memorable words from my guests and co-hosts. We wrap up with acknowledgments, a dedication, and final words and prayers.Link to A Way Beyond the Rainbow bookBackground music used in the episode:(0:39-4:14) Now We Are Free (theme from Gladiator), 2CELLOS(4:14-7:39) River Flows in You, Yiruma(7:39-13:51) Adagio in G Minor (Albinoni), HAUSER with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra(13:51-17:21) The Lonely Shepherd (Georghe Zamfir and James Last), HAUSER with the London Symphony Orchestra(17:22-23:04) My Heart Will Go On (theme from Titanic by James Horner), 2CELLOS(23:05-31:00) A Way of Life (theme from The Last Samurai), Hans Zimmer(31:01-33:53) Once Upon a Time in the West (Ennio Morricone), HAUSER(33:54-37:31) Tennessee (theme from Pearl Harbor), Hans Zimmer(37:32-39:28) La Valse d'Amélie (Version orchestre), Yann Tiersen(39:28-44:26) Never Too Late, Yanni(44:27-48:56) Playing by Heart, Yanni(48:57-51:45) House of Cards, Audiomachine(51:54-57:45) Guardians at the Gate, Audiomachine (extended)(57:46-1:01:12) Song of the Caged Bird, Lindsey Stirling(1:01:13-1:07:29) Farewell - In His Purest Form, Yanni(1:07:30-1:10:23) Breath and Life, Audiomachine (extended)(1:10:24-1:13:07) Above and Beyond, Audiomachine(1:13:08-1:17:07) In the Mirror, Yanni(1:17:08-1:20:04) Almost a Whisper (Seléna's Theme), Yanni(1:20:45-1:25:20) Chopin's Nocturne in C Sharp Minor (Frédéric Chopin), HAUSER with the London Symphony Orchestra(1:25:25-1:28:41) Mia and Sebastian's Theme (theme from La La Land by Justin Hurwitz), HAUSER with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra(1:28:43-1:31:31) Valerie (theme from V for Vendetta), Dario Marianelli
A blooper reel featuring many of the out-takes with my co-hosts, Amina and Aadam, that didn't make it to the final cut.
#87 - For Imams, Chaplains and Community Leaders
This episode is a discussion with Imam Dawud Walid on the current challenges facing imams, chaplains and community leaders given the current global pro-LGBT socio-political climate, and how we, as Muslim communities, can help our imams and community leaders navigate these challenges so they can, in turn, effectively help their communities.What are some of the struggles that imams and community leaders face in their mosques and communities as far as issues related to same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria? Why are imams scattered when it comes to these matters and not unified in their stance? What is the "jurisdiction" of imams and community leaders in that regard, and what is out of their league? How can we support our imams, chaplains and community leaders as we pave our way together amidst all of these challenges? These and other questions are explored in this episode.Imam Dawud Walid's books:- Towards Sacred Activism- Blackness and Islam- Centering Black Narrative: Black Muslim Nobles Among the Early Pious Muslims- Centering Black Narrative: Ahl al-Bayt, Blackness & Africa
#86 - For Teachers and Educators
This episode is a discussion with Br. Yahya Van Rooy on the current challenges facing teachers, educators and school administrators given the LGBT paradigm, and how Muslims parents and teachers can navigate them together.How can we provide the Muslim youth with firm footing so as not to be swayed by modern media and pop culture? How can we help students navigate challenges with regards to the LGBT narrative within their own schools? How can we support teachers and parents navigate those challenges? How do we, as fellow students, teachers and staff members, deal with students "coming out" in our schools? What resources are available for Muslim teachers and educators? These and other questions are explored in this episode.Resources mentioned in the episode:- ISLA course outline "Addressing LGBTQ issues in our schools and communities" (with resource links)- Working Towards Principles on Islamic Sexual Ethics (slideshow)- Religious Schools and Colleges Guidance for Same Sex Issues, Sample and Model Policies from the Christian Legal Society
#85 - Ty and Danielle Mansfield's Story: Faith, Love and Vulnerability (Part II)
This is part II of a two-episode series with Dr. Ty Mansfield and his wife Danielle where we talk about their personal experience with their mixed-orientation marriage.In this episode, we dive deep into spiritual themes, as well as how we can support men and women experiencing SSA or GD in our communities. How important is recognizing one's Divine purpose in our individual and collective journeys? What can Muslims learn from the Mormon experience in providing appropriate safe spaces and support systems for men and women experiencing SSA or GD? What are ongoing projects that we can help support and learn from? These and other relevant questions are explored in this episode. References mentioned in the episode:- North Star International- Voices of Hope project- Voices of Hope: Latter-Day Saint Perspectives on Same Gender Attraction- An Anthology of Gospel Teachings and Personal Essays- In Quiet Desperation: Understanding The Challenge Of Same-gender Attraction- Voices of Hope podcast
A podcast series discussing the everyday struggles of Muslims with same-sex attractions (SSA) who want to live a life true to Allah and Islam. I am Waheed Jensen, and I have SSA. In today’s world, it seems the overwhelming narrative out there is “love is love” and “embrace your sexual identity”. There are many of us who find that to be incompatible with the life we want to live, which is a God-conscious life in line with the teachings of Islam. This podcast series is a safe space for Muslims who struggle with SSA, as well as parents, family members, friends, imams, chaplains, community leaders, and the community at large.