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“A Way Beyond the Rainbow” is a podcast series discussing the everyday struggles of Muslims with same-sex attractions (SSA) who want to live a life true to Allah and Islam. This podcast series is a safe space for Muslims who struggle with SSA, as well as parents, family members, friends, imams, chaplains, community leaders, and the community at large.

Podcast webpage: https://awaybeyondtherainbow.buzzsprout.com/

You can also listen to the podcast on your favorite podcast apps (Google podcast, Apple podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, among many others).

The podcast series took off in 2020, continued in 2021, and ended in 2022, with a total of five seasons and 88 episodes, as follows:

Season 1 (Episodes 1 – 12): we tackle the topics of shame, vulnerability, self-compassion, identity and the psychological perspectives related to the genesis of same-sex attractions and gender dysphoria, as well as particular relevant therapeutic models.

Season 2 (Episodes 13 – 26): we tackle the spiritual dimensions related to the struggle, from the wisdom of hardships and tribulations, attachments and surrender, as well as gifts and Divine openings, to the struggle with temptations and desires, sin and repentance, as well as the story of the people of Lut (PBUH).

Season 3 (Episodes 27 – 40): the season focuses on the importance of support systems and social connections and answers frequently-asked questions when it comes to friendships and support groups. The season also tackles in depth the topics of marriage and celibacy, as well as marital intimacy and sex.

Season 4 (Episodes 41 – 65): the season is dedicated to healing and recovery work. We tackle foundational topics relevant to our healing journey, from complex trauma, emotional attachments, dependency and codependency, as well as inner child work and reparenting, self discipline and self esteem, to sexual compulsions and addictions as well as sexual abuse.

Season 5 (Episodes 66 – 88): the season addresses the wider community and focuses on relevant sociopolitical themes, such as revisionist movements, Shari’i perspectives, gender dysphoria and transgenderism, as well as relevant topics for parents and family members, spouses, teachers, imams and community leaders.