Tauhierah Salie

How did you get your start in radio?

After weeks of easing in and out of departments during an internship at Bush radio, I found myself producing and reading news bulletins and thereafter behind the presenters mic. I only did so to complete the practical aspect of my media studies. But, I fell in love with speaking to an invisible, highly attentive audience about a host of inspirational and educational topics. I haven’t been more passionate about anything since!

What is your profession?

Radio journalist, producer and presenter. Aspiring photographer and environmental and animal rights activist.

What is your past time?

Hiking, watching doccies and taking pictures of random things- especially in nature.

Most memorable moment while on air?

Tough question! Probably my first feedback report with Uncle Shafiq on Drive Time. Entered with three pages of notes; used none. It was then that I realized what journalism was REALLY about.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“You know”, “beloveds” and “fantastic”

Any pet peeves?

High pitched voices, especially if it comes from a woman that is complaining or speaking about other people!

What is your most treasured possession?

An English translated and transliterated Quran.

What would surprise us about you?

I am obsessed with weaponry, particularly knives. But also, shells and rocks.

What’s something you want to learn or wish you were better at?

Learning to speak Arabic, connecting with people better.

Who are the people who have shaped your life?

Too many to mention. Definitely my parents though.

Best advice you ever received?

Fear none but Allah. Ask for clarity. Demand respect and always give it. Don’t be afraid of rejection or failure. Don’t leave anything you can do today for tomorrow. Always strive to become a better Muslim. All from mom and dad.

Favourite or your most inspirational verse of the Quran.

And He found you lost and guided you – Surah Ad Dhuhaa (93:7)

Verily, with hardship there is relief – Surah Al-Inshirah (94:5)

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