From Harlem to Mecca: A Latino's Journey in Islam (USA)


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Host: Gina Marie DeBarthe.

Guest: Imam Yusef Maisonet.

Imam Maisonet reverted to Islam when he was a teenager living in New York City.

He was born in New York City, and has gone on to visit Europe, Africa, the Pacific, the Middle East and more, all while learning from the vibrant and diverse Muslim communities living there.

He has served as an imam for 12 years in Mobile, Alabama. He is also a chaplain for death row inmates and the regular prison population in Alabama. He is active in working with the Latino Muslim community in its approach to spreading this beautiful way of life.

He is the author of an amazing memoir entitled:

"Harlem to Mecca, A Latino's Journey in Islam."

In this episode we discuss his book and his journey to Islam. More information on his book can be found on his website:

He is currently writing a second book about his experiences with the Alabama Prison Systems and their mistreatment of Muslim inmates.

  • In this episode we discuss:
  • Imam Yusef's conversion to Islam upon hearing Surah Ihklas.
  • His first Ramadan.
  • His separation from his parents, and upbringing in a Catholic orphanage.
  • His travels around the globe and his encounters with various Muslims from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.
  • His journey to Mecca and Medina for his first Haj.

Further we discuss the mistreatment of Muslim inmates in the Alabama prison systems and how he is suing the system for infringing on the religious rights and freedoms of incarcerated Muslims, especially those on death row.

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