What Our Editorial Process Revealed in 140 Characters, or Less Trent Gilliss, online editor
Well, the query we’ve been nurturing over the summer has revealed some real gems for voices. So far we’ve received more than 120 lovely stories from Muslims located in all parts of the globe. And, the age ranges and family histories and professional paths add to the layers of complexity and vivacity of these responses.
We narrowed our list of interviews to 16 eloquent people, 30 minutes each. Over four editorial sessions, a small group of us listened to more than six hours of interviews (thankfully, Mitch answered my emergency call and stepped in for the first two).
While listening, I wanted to share, real-time, with our audiences some of the phrases that struck my ear, kernels of wisdom and insight that surprised me. And what more immediate way is there than through our Twitter stream.
For those of you who don’t follow @softweets, here’s a transcript of what I wrote and interjections from folk following our tweets.

RT @trentgilliss We’re in the 1st of 4 editing sessions for our upcoming show featuring Muslim voices. I’ll be sharing some quotes here. 10:33 AM Aug 18th
Sahar Ullah on the Qur’an: “To listen is an act of worship.” 10:35 AM Aug 18th
keepercaines34 RT @SOFtweets: Sahar Ullah on the Qur’an: “To listen is an act of worship.” 10:36 AM Aug 18th
ronowen Sahar Ullah on the Qur’an: “To listen is an act of worship.” (via @SOFtweets) 10:42 AM Aug 18th
sarasweeneyRT @SOFtweets: Sahar Ullah on the Qur’an: “To listen is an act of worship.” 10:42 AM Aug 18th
Ny’kisha Pettiford on her Muslim identity: “I am a woman in corporate America and yet keep true to my faith and its laws.” 10:44 AM Aug 18th
Basem Hassan on navigating the grey areas of creating art as a Muslim: “…at least understand the spectrum of debate.” 10:53 AM Aug 18th
Basem Hassan: “2nd + 3rd generation Muslims are embracing the arts as a form of rebellion.” 10:54 AM Aug 18th
kaeti The quotes that @SOFtweets is sharing are the only highlight of my football-deluged twitter stream right now. (Oh, and @kcmpls.) 11:17 AM Aug 18th
Libraryben @kaeti thanks for letting me know about @SOFtweets and sorry about the sports, sports, sports 11:25 AM Aug 18th in reply to kaeti
stephiep33 @kaeti - i love Speaking of Faith! great link @SoFtweets. god bless #NPR 11:39 AM Aug 18th
Ibrahim Al-Marashi, as a Muslim on living in Spain and Moorish culture: “I can forget the darker side, seeing beauty every day…” 1:44 PM Aug 18th
Ibrahim Al-Marashi on fasting + ice cream as a student at UCLA: “I learned a Jew from Iran can be more considerate than an Iraqi Muslim.” 1:59 PM Aug 18th
Ibrahim Al-Marashi worked in a Star Wars analogy and the three monotheistic religions. He’s won us over with his sci-fi acumen! *grin* 2:01 PM Aug 18th
Samar Jarrah, who grew up in Kuwait and has lived in many other places in the world: “These Muslims I have only met in America.” 2:07 PM Aug 18th
Samar Jarrah on being challenged at a lecture when talking about God: “I had never met an atheist.” 2:10 PM Aug 18th
Samar Jarrah, when asked why she remains in Jordan or Egypt for Ramadan: “The best Ramadan I ever spent in my life is always in America.” 2:13 PM Aug 18th
EgyTweets RT @softweets: Samar Jarrah, when asked why she remains in Jordan or Egypt for Ramadan: “The best Ramadan I ever spent in my life i … 2:14 PM Aug 18th
Feruze Faison, a Turkish Muslim now in NY on coming out: “Rumi and Yunus made me believe that love is what rules, and nothing else.” 2:36 PM Aug 18th
Feruze Faison on community: “It’s always easier to talk about peace and joy. When it comes to practice, it’s a little bit more challenging.” 2:43 PM Aug 18th
If you don’t mind, I’ll be quoting from our editorial sessions for the 2nd day of listening to Muslim voices for our upcoming show. 10:13 AM Aug 19th
Wajahat Ali, a burgeoning playwright and his path from law school to drama: “Allah works in mysterious ways.” 10:18 AM Aug 19th
Wajahat Ali on his new-found success in the Muslim-American art community: “There is a burden that is upon me, a sense of responsibility.” 10:19 AM Aug 19th
Wajahat Ali on mastering his ambition: “Do you want to be that petty person who undercuts or be a risk-taker and do something different.” 10:22 AM Aug 19th
muslimvoices RT @SOFtweets: Wajahat Ali on his success in the Muslim-Amer. art community: “There is a burden that is upon me, a sense of responsibility.” 10:29 AM Aug 19th
muslimvoices RT @SOFtweets: Wajahat Ali, a burgeoning playwright and his path from law school to drama: “Allah works in mysterious ways.” 10:29 AM Aug 19th
Wajahat Ali: “I listen and read everything. … That makes me a product of America.” 10:53 AM Aug 19th
Maria Enriqueta Romero, a Mexican-American who converted to Islam: “Living in Seattle makes it easier to be Muslim.” 11:02 AM Aug 19th
Maria Enriqueta Romero: “If they only knew my cultural clothing are the jeans and t-shirt that I wear underneath my abaya.” 11:05 AM Aug 19th
DomBrady @SOFtweets Does she say why it’s easier to be Muslim in Seattle? 11:06 AM Aug 19th in reply to SOFtweets
Maria Enriqueta Romero on how Islam informs her law practice: “If you’re going to do something, do it with dignity.” 11:07 AM Aug 19th
Maria Enriqueta Romero on family law: “My faith has developed and that has helped me take on challenges I wouldn’t have taken on before…” 11:11 AM Aug 19th
jeantabaka RT @SOFtweets:Maria Enriqueta Romero on how Islam informs her law practice: “If you’re going to do something, do it with dignity.” 11:11 AM Aug 19th
@DomBrady Maria alludes to the open cultural atmosphere of the city’s scene and talks about random experiences with people on the street. 11:13 AM Aug 19th
DomBrady @SOFtweets Interesting.  Thanks. 11:14 AM Aug 19th in reply to SOFtweets
Maria Enriqueta Romero when asked why she wears the abaya: “You’re not going to get the most religiously correct answer. They’re beautiful.” 11:18 AM Aug 19th
Lisamol1 @SOFtweets Love Ms. Romero’s “abaya” answer. Sounds like an interesting show, can’t w8 to hear it. 11:25 AM Aug 19th in reply to SOFtweets
Yanina Vashchenko, a Russian-born American living in Dallas, converted to Islam after a spiritual path from her Russian Orthodox roots. 11:34 AM Aug 19th
Krista poses the question, “Are there two shows here?” A unanimous “Yes!” from Marc, Nancy, Colleen, and me (@trentgilliss). Now, to Kate… 11:37 AM Aug 19th
Now, do we create a 2-part series, complementary shows not tied together but reference one another, or discrete shows w/ different formats? 11:43 AM Aug 19th
Yanina Vashchenko, on an exchange outside a mosque in Texas: “If you want people to understand you, you have to show yourself to them.”11:51 AM Aug 19th
visualspeech RT @SOFtweets:”The heart of Buddhist practice is to generate our own presence in such a way that…” Thich Nhat Hanh 11:54 AM Aug 19th
zaf4eva @SOFtweets ,r u revert muslim ? 12:10 PM Aug 19th in reply to SOFtweets
islamoyankee @SOFtweets I’d go for two complementary shows. Seeing the tweets, and thinking of my pedagogical needs. :) 1:06 PM Aug 19th in reply to SOFtweets
@islamoyankee *grin* 1:40 PM Aug 19th
Adnan Onart, a Turkish-born poet living in Boston, read a beautiful poem, “Ramadan in Dunkin’ Donuts.” 1:52 PM Aug 19th
Sabiha Shariff, raised in Mumbai and living in Dallas. The Qur’an says that “indulging in gossip is like eating your dead brother’s flesh.” 2:07 PM Aug 19th
poetryc RT @softweets Adnan Onart, a Turkish-born poet living in Boston, read a beautiful poem, “Ramadan in Dunkin’ Donuts.” http://bit.ly/1Mzm0D 2:09 PM Aug 19th
islamoyankee @SOFtweets i would check that quote. it doesn’t sound Qur’anic and a quick search doesn’t turn it up. might be an obscure hadith. 2:26 PM Aug 19th in reply to SOFtweets
Allee Ramadhan, a retired federal prosecutor: “There was not a large incentive for a black child to be proud of the fact he was a Muslim.” 2:29 PM Aug 19th
Allee Ramadhan on memorizing the Qur’an: “…understanding is as important as reciting.” 2:31 PM Aug 19th
Our listening session with Allee Ramadhan was interrupted by a tornado touching down in Minneapolis! Will pick up tomorrow. 4:03 PM Aug 19th
Lisamol1 @SOFtweets Hope everything’s ok in Minneapolis!
5:02 PM Aug 19th in reply to SOFtweets
Our last editorial session for our upcoming programs including individual Muslim voices is now under way. Let the tweets begin! 10:44 AM Aug 20th
Allee Ramadhan: “There was nothing b/w me and my God. … When you remain humble in the world, you tend to approach people with equality.” 10:47 AM Aug 20th
Allee Ramadhan on being a diabetic + Ramadan, “I try to be a little more generous than I normally am. I try to compensate in other ways.” 10:51 AM Aug 20th
africankelli @SOFtweets Cannot tell you how excited I am to hear these new episodes! Your tweets about them are teasing. 10:53 AM Aug 20th in reply to SOFtweets
Tayyaba Syed, on taking care of her parents now and a saying from the Qur’an: “You don’t even say uff to them.” 11:19 AM Aug 20th
Nicole Queen, a 20-something celebrity photographer from Dallas who converted to Islam, asked herself, “Is the best enough?” 11:24 AM Aug 20th
Nicole Queen, a party girl on what drew her to Islam: “You start to respect the things that you don’t see often in your own lifestyle.” 11:27 AM Aug 20th

What Our Editorial Process Revealed in 140 Characters, or Less
Trent Gilliss, online editor

Well, the query we’ve been nurturing over the summer has revealed some real gems for voices. So far we’ve received more than 120 lovely stories from Muslims located in all parts of the globe. And, the age ranges and family histories and professional paths add to the layers of complexity and vivacity of these responses.

We narrowed our list of interviews to 16 eloquent people, 30 minutes each. Over four editorial sessions, a small group of us listened to more than six hours of interviews (thankfully, Mitch answered my emergency call and stepped in for the first two).

While listening, I wanted to share, real-time, with our audiences some of the phrases that struck my ear, kernels of wisdom and insight that surprised me. And what more immediate way is there than through our Twitter stream.

For those of you who don’t follow @softweets, here’s a transcript of what I wrote and interjections from folk following our tweets.

RT @trentgilliss We’re in the 1st of 4 editing sessions for our upcoming show featuring Muslim voices. I’ll be sharing some quotes here.

Sahar Ullah on the Qur’an: “To listen is an act of worship.”

keepercaines34 RT @SOFtweets: Sahar Ullah on the Qur’an: “To listen is an act of worship.”

ronowen Sahar Ullah on the Qur’an: “To listen is an act of worship.” (via @SOFtweets)

sarasweeneyRT @SOFtweets: Sahar Ullah on the Qur’an: “To listen is an act of worship.”

Ny’kisha Pettiford on her Muslim identity: “I am a woman in corporate America and yet keep true to my faith and its laws.”

Basem Hassan on navigating the grey areas of creating art as a Muslim: “…at least understand the spectrum of debate.”

Basem Hassan: “2nd + 3rd generation Muslims are embracing the arts as a form of rebellion.”

kaeti The quotes that @SOFtweets is sharing are the only highlight of my football-deluged twitter stream right now. (Oh, and @kcmpls.)

Libraryben @kaeti thanks for letting me know about @SOFtweets and sorry about the sports, sports, sports
in reply to kaeti

stephiep33 @kaeti - i love Speaking of Faith! great link @SoFtweets. god bless #NPR

Ibrahim Al-Marashi, as a Muslim on living in Spain and Moorish culture: “I can forget the darker side, seeing beauty every day…”

Ibrahim Al-Marashi on fasting + ice cream as a student at UCLA: “I learned a Jew from Iran can be more considerate than an Iraqi Muslim.”

Ibrahim Al-Marashi worked in a Star Wars analogy and the three monotheistic religions. He’s won us over with his sci-fi acumen! *grin*

Samar Jarrah, who grew up in Kuwait and has lived in many other places in the world: “These Muslims I have only met in America.”

Samar Jarrah on being challenged at a lecture when talking about God: “I had never met an atheist.”

Samar Jarrah, when asked why she remains in Jordan or Egypt for Ramadan: “The best Ramadan I ever spent in my life is always in America.”

EgyTweets RT @softweets: Samar Jarrah, when asked why she remains in Jordan or Egypt for Ramadan: “The best Ramadan I ever spent in my life i

Feruze Faison, a Turkish Muslim now in NY on coming out: “Rumi and Yunus made me believe that love is what rules, and nothing else.”

Feruze Faison on community: “It’s always easier to talk about peace and joy. When it comes to practice, it’s a little bit more challenging.”

If you don’t mind, I’ll be quoting from our editorial sessions for the 2nd day of listening to Muslim voices for our upcoming show.

Wajahat Ali, a burgeoning playwright and his path from law school to drama: “Allah works in mysterious ways.”

Wajahat Ali on his new-found success in the Muslim-American art community: “There is a burden that is upon me, a sense of responsibility.”

Wajahat Ali on mastering his ambition: “Do you want to be that petty person who undercuts or be a risk-taker and do something different.”

muslimvoices RT @SOFtweets: Wajahat Ali on his success in the Muslim-Amer. art community: “There is a burden that is upon me, a sense of responsibility.”

muslimvoices RT @SOFtweets: Wajahat Ali, a burgeoning playwright and his path from law school to drama: “Allah works in mysterious ways.”

Wajahat Ali: “I listen and read everything. … That makes me a product of America.”

Maria Enriqueta Romero, a Mexican-American who converted to Islam: “Living in Seattle makes it easier to be Muslim.”

Maria Enriqueta Romero: “If they only knew my cultural clothing are the jeans and t-shirt that I wear underneath my abaya.”

DomBrady @SOFtweets Does she say why it’s easier to be Muslim in Seattle?
in reply to SOFtweets

Maria Enriqueta Romero on how Islam informs her law practice: “If you’re going to do something, do it with dignity.”

Maria Enriqueta Romero on family law: “My faith has developed and that has helped me take on challenges I wouldn’t have taken on before…”

jeantabaka RT @SOFtweets:Maria Enriqueta Romero on how Islam informs her law practice: “If you’re going to do something, do it with dignity.”

@DomBrady Maria alludes to the open cultural atmosphere of the city’s scene and talks about random experiences with people on the street.

DomBrady @SOFtweets Interesting. Thanks.
in reply to SOFtweets

Maria Enriqueta Romero when asked why she wears the abaya: “You’re not going to get the most religiously correct answer. They’re beautiful.”

Lisamol1 @SOFtweets Love Ms. Romero’s “abaya” answer. Sounds like an interesting show, can’t w8 to hear it.
in reply to SOFtweets

Yanina Vashchenko, a Russian-born American living in Dallas, converted to Islam after a spiritual path from her Russian Orthodox roots.

Krista poses the question, “Are there two shows here?” A unanimous “Yes!” from Marc, Nancy, Colleen, and me (@trentgilliss). Now, to Kate…

Now, do we create a 2-part series, complementary shows not tied together but reference one another, or discrete shows w/ different formats?

Yanina Vashchenko, on an exchange outside a mosque in Texas: “If you want people to understand you, you have to show yourself to them.”

visualspeech RT @SOFtweets:”The heart of Buddhist practice is to generate our own presence in such a way that…” Thich Nhat Hanh

zaf4eva @SOFtweets ,r u revert muslim ?
in reply to SOFtweets

islamoyankee @SOFtweets I’d go for two complementary shows. Seeing the tweets, and thinking of my pedagogical needs. :)
in reply to SOFtweets

@islamoyankee *grin*

Adnan Onart, a Turkish-born poet living in Boston, read a beautiful poem, “Ramadan in Dunkin’ Donuts.”

Sabiha Shariff, raised in Mumbai and living in Dallas. The Qur’an says that “indulging in gossip is like eating your dead brother’s flesh.”

poetryc RT @softweets Adnan Onart, a Turkish-born poet living in Boston, read a beautiful poem, “Ramadan in Dunkin’ Donuts.” http://bit.ly/1Mzm0D

islamoyankee @SOFtweets i would check that quote. it doesn’t sound Qur’anic and a quick search doesn’t turn it up. might be an obscure hadith.
in reply to SOFtweets

Allee Ramadhan, a retired federal prosecutor: “There was not a large incentive for a black child to be proud of the fact he was a Muslim.”

Allee Ramadhan on memorizing the Qur’an: “…understanding is as important as reciting.”

Our listening session with Allee Ramadhan was interrupted by a tornado touching down in Minneapolis! Will pick up tomorrow.

Lisamol1 @SOFtweets Hope everything’s ok in Minneapolis!

in reply to SOFtweets

Our last editorial session for our upcoming programs including individual Muslim voices is now under way. Let the tweets begin!

Allee Ramadhan: “There was nothing b/w me and my God. … When you remain humble in the world, you tend to approach people with equality.”

Allee Ramadhan on being a diabetic + Ramadan, “I try to be a little more generous than I normally am. I try to compensate in other ways.”

africankelli @SOFtweets Cannot tell you how excited I am to hear these new episodes! Your tweets about them are teasing.
in reply to SOFtweets

Tayyaba Syed, on taking care of her parents now and a saying from the Qur’an: “You don’t even say uff to them.”

Nicole Queen, a 20-something celebrity photographer from Dallas who converted to Islam, asked herself, “Is the best enough?”

Nicole Queen, a party girl on what drew her to Islam: “You start to respect the things that you don’t see often in your own lifestyle.”

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