The Good Muslim, Bad Muslim host shares how Trump’s election inspired her to return to prayer, what it’s like to be a comedian of color in the current political climate, and how she feels about Lindsay Lohan flirting with Islam.


Today, we’re joined by Zahra Noorbakhsh. She’s the comedian behind such shows as All Atheists Are Muslim and Hijab and Hammer Pants. She’s also a podcast host, and a self-described pork-eating, alcohol-drinking, premarital-sex-having Muslim.

We talk about how the election of Donald Trump led Zahra back to prayer…

After Trump’s Election, A Nonpracticing Muslim Returns To Prayer

When I was a kid, Mom used to say, “You know you’ve become an infidel when you forget the Fatihah.” The Fatihah is the preamble to the Quran, a prayer Muslims repeat five times a day. Mom used to warn me to be grateful for the practice.

…why she’s kind of thankful for melting icebergs…


…what it felt like to be at the Milo Yiannopoulos protest in Berkeley…


…whether she’s excited about Lindsay Lohan maybe becoming a Muslim…


…and why she loves a show called Little Mosque on the Prairie (which is a real thing).

And we cap things off with a song of Zahra’s choosing, “Blow” by Ke$ha:

Until next week!

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Zahra Noorbakhsh Speaks on Behalf of All Muslims 13 March,2017Emmanuel Hapsis


Emmanuel Hapsis

Emmanuel Hapsis is the creator and editor of KQED Pop and also the host of The Cooler. He studied creative writing at University of Maryland and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. In his free time, he sings his heart out at karaoke.

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