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RIYADH: During Ramadan, podcasts provide a welcome diversion for many Muslims who want to take a break from listening to music to be entertained and, perhaps, learn more about issues related to their faith.

Here are six of the best, most interesting, entertaining, informative or useful podcasts that the Arab News team has found. They cover a wide variety of topics, from discussions of Islamic issues to cultural viewpoints, mentoring, children’s storytelling and charity.

“The Digital Sisterhood” is a female-led, Islamic faith-based podcast that aims to unite Muslim women around the world. It addressed many stigmas and debunked false beliefs surrounding women’s views in Islam. It also covers many other broader topics, including mental health awareness, the struggle to strengthen one’s faith, marriage, and courtship.

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● Next on our list is “Freshly Grounded”, which shares stories and ideas about business, lifestyle and current affairs with its international audience, while raising awareness of many international Muslim charities.

● ‘Muslim Central Podcasts’, a private podcasting platform that hosts a number of shows on a variety of topics, including expert discussions on understanding the Islamic faith and modern conflicts facing young Muslims can be faced.

In its two seasons so far, the podcast has attracted 1.6 million listeners worldwide. Its producers say their goal is to represent Muslim women and share their untold stories in an authentic way. It’s a perfect listening choice for Muslims and non-Muslims who want to hear real stories from strong Muslim women around the world and learn more about them and the issues that affect them the most.

Next on our list is “Freshly Grounded”, which shares stories and insights on business, lifestyle and current affairs with its international audience, while raising awareness of many international Muslim charities.

The podcast, hosted by British Muslims Faisal and Sam, launched in 2017 and has produced over 274 episodes to date. In addition to its entertainment value, the podcast also raises funds to sponsor orphans, build schools, and conduct numerous philanthropic initiatives through the charity Supporting the People of Tomorrow, or SPOT for short.

If you’re interested in a fun and engaging podcast that’s also on a mission to help those less fortunate, “Freshly Grounded” is a great choice.

Then we have Muslim Central Podcasts, a private podcasting platform that hosts a number of shows on a variety of topics, including expert discussions on understanding the Islamic faith and the modern conflicts that young Muslims can struggle.

Two of the platform’s most popular podcasters among young audiences are Mufti Menk, who has produced over 2,041 episodes to date, and Mohammed Hoblos, who has recorded 89. They recently went viral on TikTok and Instagram with their moving lectures on the challenges facing young Muslims living in the West. Muslim Central is a great choice especially for young people trying to find their place in the modern world.

Mindful Muslimah Speaks, which has produced over 325 episodes to date, aims to empower Muslim women to achieve their goals and become the best versions of themselves. He helps them achieve this by providing guidance in a Muslim context on a wide range of topics including parenting, mindfulness, organization, love and relationships. It also seeks to create a global community of online support groups.

“Once Upon A Crescent: Muslim Kids Podcast” is a podcast for young listeners hosted and produced by Ms. Hashimi, a Muslim elementary school teacher. It shares stories of characters such as warrior princesses who offer helpful messages and advice on conflict resolution and more, all wrapped up in fun Islamic bedtime storytelling. The podcast started in 2020 and so far has over 35 stories for parents to choose from.

“Yaqeen Institute’s Quran 30 for 30” delves into the 30 sections of the Quran during the 30 days of Ramadan. Hosted by Sheikh Omar Suleiman and Sheikh Abdullah Oduro, the show explores the complex messages and lessons of the Quran in detail through the narration and discussion of life lessons linked to sections of the text. A new episode is released every day during the holy month, featuring guest speakers from various areas of the Islamic world.