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New Muslim Explains Her First Pilgrimage to Mecca, feat. Imam Wisam Sharieff (USA)

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New Muslim Explains Her First Pilgrimage to Mecca

In this episode we are joined by Imam Wisam Sharieff, founder and creator of Quran Revolution, an innovative system for connecting with the Quran. He is also founder of Advocating Quranic Lifestyle and Memorize Mentor. He has taught 25,000 plus students through a variety of in-person and on-line platforms.

In December 2021, Imam Wisam Sharieff and Gina DeBarthe went on Umrah. This was Sister Gina's first Umrah. We discuss this amazing and life-changing experience together.

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We discuss the following:

  • The overwhelming emotional experience of Umrah.
  • The disparities encountered during Umrah and the inequalities in the United States.
  • The shock of Umrah, the test of Umrah and redefining reality.
  • How Umrah equalizes us as Muslims. The King and the Beggar.
  • The day of judgement and the hadith about competing to build tall buildings.
  • Making circumambulations, pow-wows, stupas, burning man, and other forms of collective ecstasy.
  • The experience of making Tawfah around the Kabbah.
  • The encroachment of technology on the experience of Umrah.
  • The electromagnetism of our mobile technology.
  • Headspace: Mobile meditation.

Other topics:

  • Thoughts and anxiety on the side of the mountain.
  • Sitting in front of the Kabbah and one existential moment.
  • Energy centers and ganglia points in the body.
  • Umrah as a method for cleansing the body.
  • Surah Tin and finding lost objects
  • Hands of Light and Wheels of Life.
  • Memorize Mentor book list.
  • Heaven and Hell.
  • Growth after Umrah.
  • The healing of Umrah.
  • Wudu in Madinah
  • Surah Fatihah.
  • Virtual Memorization videos

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Episode Host: Gina Marie DeBarthe (USA)

Gina Marie DeBarthe converted in 2019

Her mother is from Honduras, a small country in Central America, and her father is from Missouri.

She was born in California.

Her father was in the Navy and then in Civil Service, so she lived all over the US and she spent time in Germany.

She currently lives in Independence, Missouri.

Gina is a Speech language pathologist.

She works with adults and children with communication disorders, developmental disabilities, and those who have had strokes, or traumatic brain injuries.

Gina states, "I feel very blessed for being guided to Islam. I have had a few trials and difficulties in life. More than once, I almost died. When I read the Qu'ran, so many things in my life made sense. Also, after taking shadada, I found I was truly able to forgive and let go of those things from my past that had been encumbering me".

More career details:

Experienced Speech Language Pathologist with a demonstrated history of working in Acute Rehabilitation and with Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). Skilled in E-Learning, Instructional Design, Tele-practice, Bilingual Speech Therapy, Research, and Science. Strong healthcare services professional graduated from University of Kansas.

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