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Talking in Memphis

I love Memphis
New Orleans is awesome, but Memphis is giving the “Big Easy” a run for her money.

Written by Theresa Corbin

A couple of weeks ago, I gave a talk inviting people to understand Islam and the Muslims in Memphis, TN. I had many fears before going to Tennessee. Having read about anti-Muslim sentiment in Murfreesboro, TN, I fully expected to be shot.

I went anyway. And instead of hostility, I found the Memphian community full of interfaith camaraderie. I found Muslims working hard to enrich their community and create an atmosphere that fosters understanding and cooperation. I found warm and welcoming non-Muslims who greeted their Muslim neighbours- and me!- with big smiles and kindness.

My experience in this amazing community has enriched my life (and my waistline. Their BBQ ain’t no joke) in so many ways I cannot even begin to explain.

In order to raise awareness about my talk, I had the opportunity to speak about my topic in interviews on TV and radio.

What follows are my interviews:

On TV: WREGClick me: WREG

On Radio:

* Hajar’s son’s name was Ishmael (Peace and blessings be upon him).

**please note that Sarah was not the one who made Abraham leave Hajar in the desert of Mecca. This was a directive from God. I just learned this and feel embarrassed that I let my former Christian understanding of the story — that can be very misogynistic (Eve responsible for the first sin. Not true in Islam)– shape my attitude toward Sarah. 😦

I hope to post the video of my talk “An Open Invitation to Understanding Islam and the Muslims” next week. So stay tuned!

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24 thoughts on “Talking in Memphis

  1. MashaAllah it was great presentation in TV and Radio, Muslim intellectuals like you; are the best ambassadors for Islam
    JAK
    Osman

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      1. Yes, I did understand your speaking on TV much! But, I couldn’t catch your speaking on radio well. It was too fast! ha..ha. I understood a little that you were talking about your religious family, your experience in college how to find Islam. You’re great sister n Muslima! Indeed! ❤

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  2. Reblogged this on ا صلا ح and commented:
    Masha’Allah, it’s really beautiful post from our sister Theresa Corbin. She explained about Islam well. Do you want to know about her great job, please visit her blog and watch her conversation on TV, live! It’s truly amazing! Jazakillah khoirul jazaa, Sis Corbin for all your efforts in Islam!

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  3. This is big, this is really really big Corbin. I read the post and saw the telecast, I will have you know that there are very few times I am rendered speechless and bowled over and this one has done that.
    MashAllah, truly you are a great ambassador for Islam and Muslim Ummah and hope one day you could come to the eastern hemisphere and Pakistan and I could have the pleasure to interview you live! 🙂

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    1. I can’t believe that I made YOU speechless 😉 Truly Alhamdulillah I was so worried that I would stick my foot in my mouth. a lot of duas went into this. I dream about the day when I can come to your corner of the world and be interviewed by you. What an amazing time we would have!

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  4. This turned out to be a beautiful event for you, your faith, and your ministry. I am happy to hear that and to hear your experiences. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Corbin!!!!Can I reblog the interview with a short narrative, I will off course credit you and muslimsinmemphis.org. Let me know,thanks so much 🙂

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      1. Thanks, but i need the link to the video as the wreg site link is not uploading !!!! Can you help me out? 😉

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      2. Thanks, actually I wanted to upload that video but for some reason it shows the URL link only.. Trying again, btw in need of your expertise?!

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      3. I don’t know how to just get the video. It’s not on youtube, and I am tech challenged. My expertise? LOL you need help on how to be lazy. Just joking, I will help if I can.

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      4. Yes its not on youtube yet but the post is ready to rock, so as soon as it gets there, will publish it. :))))

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      5. if/when you reblog this please add this: **please note that Sarah was not the one who made Abraham leave Hajar in the desert of Mecca. This was a directive from God. I just learned this and feel embarrassed that I let my former Christian understanding of the story — that can be very misogynistic (Eve responsible for the first sin. Not true in Islam)– shape my attitude toward Sarah. 😦

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  6. That’s very true, sister! All things Abraham did were from Allah. In Islam everyone has responsibility for his/her sins.
    (My name is Eve too, 🙂 )

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