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Welcome to "We’re Just Talking About It" (WJTA)

Islam 101: for non-Muslims...

This is an informal conversation about Islam and Muslim cultures.  It's the conversation America should have started on 12 September 2001.  

We talk about everything.  Send us your questions:

We talk to people from every Muslim culture...send us an email if you want to be on our show.

The host of “We’re Just Talking About It” is Major (retired) Jason Criss Howk. He is the author of a double award winning Modern English Qur'an interpretation and speaks nationally about Islam. He holds a masters in Middle East studies, is a Malone Fellow in Arab and Islamic Studies, studied Dari and Arabic, and teaches introduction to Islam courses at numerous institutions.

Your producer and co-host is Hollie Fleck owner of Candid Light Films. She has a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is an Emmy-award winning television news reporter and now runs her own video company. Hollie is curious by nature and always asking questions in hopes of learning and understanding the world we live in. 


Aug 16, 2019

We dive right in to episode S2 E15 to discuss the Islamic misconception that, "All Jihad is terrorism." 

Salma breaks down the difference between terrorists claiming to use Jihad and individuals who are "Jihadist." 

"Jihad is a noble struggle for God. It is a struggle that is pleasing to Allah."

Another misconception we touch on is that "Islam permits forced marriages." Salma says forced marriages are typically a cultural thing, not a religious thing. 

Other misconceptions we talk about:

"Islam forces people to become Muslim." 

"Muslims do not share good and noble values with non-Muslims."