DER Weekends: Muslim women of business

On Detroit Evening Report Weekends, we take a step away from the news of the week and spend some time with the community members who make up Detroit’s rich culture and identity.

A large group of hijabi women pose for a picture in a meeting space

The kickoff event for the Muslim Women of Business, an organization that hopes to bring like-minded women together.

In the latest installment of DER Weekends, Nargis Rahman tells the story of Muslim businesswomen in Southeast Michigan coming together to foster a community around entrepreneurship and faith.

Listen and Subscribe to the Detroit Evening Report

NPR | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts

When a group of Muslim businesswomen came together and realized they had unique needs that weren’t being met—and others may too – they decided to create a network of like-minded women who build their businesses with faith and community in mind. 

Khalipha Kane, owner of Khalipha’s Mobile Kitchen and Khalipha Catering in Detroit, says the idea came from a business panel held at a women’s coworking space a few months prior.

“Typically we talk and we have these dialogues but we don’t do anything after that,” she says.

Kane, Aliyah Mahdi, co-owner of The Social Loft, and mindset coach Nikeba Sampson came together to create Muslim Women of Business. 

Kane says the organization was created with Muslim women in mind – from creating prayer breaks during events – to sharing spiritual tips for business best practices. 

“The unique thing that makes this Women of Business gathering unique is that we are all Muslim, without compromising our faith in the midst of trying to establish something grand and great we want to keep our priority which is to serve our Lord,” Kane says. 

Related posts:

This story first appeared as part of Communities of Hope, a series that tells stories of resilience and belonging from metro Detroit’s minority communities.

Do you have a community story we should tell? Let us know in an email at

Trusted, accurate, up-to-date.

WDET strives to make our journalism accessible to everyone. As a public media institution, we maintain our journalistic integrity through independent support from readers like you. If you value WDET as your source of news, music and conversation, please make a gift today.

Donate today »


  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.