Podcast platform AccidentalMuslims.com is set to mark its 100th episode this week. Since its launch in 2016, the podcast series has gained a loyal following, with fresh content from leaders in the business and social fields – aimed at inspiring audience members to live with purpose – airing weekly.
AccidentalMuslims.com is the brainchild of social entrepreneurs Khalil Aleker and Zaheer Parker. Remarking on the 100th episode milestone, the duo said they were “truly blessed and humbled” at the response and the support they have received thus far.
“We had no idea when we launched AccidentalMuslims.com that it would grow so quickly and so effectively. In just 18 months we have accomplished so much; from hosting leadership conferences to opening up additional chapters in Durban and Johannesburg,” Aleker said.
Besides hosting their weekly podcast, the team have also collaborated with other community-based organisations, helped arranged speakers tours and documentary film premieres. It has also started producing content-specific series’ such as their groundbreaking “Depression Series” which sparked great conversation and reach on social media.
AccidentalMuslims.com has become a new media outlet to access untold stories, profile prominent individuals and hidden gems from the South African Muslim community.
“We are definitely changing the South African Muslim narrative in a positive way. Our stories that we feature are challenging stigmas and the status quo. We are doing this by using new media in the form of podcasts, live videos, and social media networking,” Aleker said.
He attributed finding diverse stories as a catalyst to their continued success. “In a world of negativity, interviewing 100 people from different backgrounds has inspired us to push harder and double down on positive, hopeful news and stories.”
Echoing these sentiments, Parker added: “We are all on different paths. It was imperative upon us to gain varying perspectives in order to remain relevant to our growing audience. This has added to the appeal of our podcast.”
“The podcast has been our longest running project to date. As we enter into our 5th season and reflect on the partnerships we have made, we are delighted to have reached our 100th episode. We hope that our humble efforts will help build bridges and inspire audience members to go forth and find their own story, to live with purpose and to be of benefit to society as a whole,” Parker concluded.
Plans for 2019
The AccidentalMuslims.com brand continues to grow. The duo said they hope to add more community events to their schedule and would be hosting leadership conferences in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg respectively. They will also be rolling out a mentorship programme for youth. For more information visit www.accidentalmuslims.com.