Ep. 46: Muhammad Fraser-Rahim

My guest today is Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim. Muhammad is currently the  Executive Director, North America for Quilliam International. Muhammad is not only a scholar of religion and Islam, but has been at the forefront of tackling violence and extremism in the US and abroad. I am very fortunate to have worked alongside him on very exciting projects, and I am even more fortunate to call him a friend!

Episode Notes
5:45 – influence of Ahmadiyya movement
8:27 Nation of Islam
9:66 current Ahmadiyya Mosques in US
10:47 jazz and Islam
11:28 1975 and WD Muhammad
15:28 Sunni influences in WD Muhammad conversion
18:08 Difference between black islam and immigrant islam
27:23 The importance of West Africa and Sufism
32:16 Ancestors who fought in Civil War
34:28 Thoughts on working in government as a Muslim
44:43 Dealing with crises of faith working for government
49:43 Dealing with extremism and prevention work
100:28 Quilliam Foundation
106:28: Some of Majid’s more offensive comments
112:28 Final advice – to be in every space possible

Quran Mentioned
“You are the best nation created for mankind…”

Hadith Mentioned
“love of country is from faith” 

People Mentioned
Sulayman Nyang
Mufti Muhammad Sadiq 
Abdulrahman Ibrahim
Yarrow Mamout 
Yusef Lateef 
Elijah Muhammad
W D Mohammed
Imam Darnell Karim 
Omar Ibn Said
Hudhayfa Ibn al-Yaman
Imam Ali
Abiy Ahmed, PM Ethiopia
Maajid Nawwaz
Dr. Ali Gomaa
Ed Husain 
Imam Husayn 
Ibn ‘AtaAllah

Selected Links
Jim Crow Laws
National of Islam
Clara Mohammed School
Gullah Geechee
Call and response tradition
The Risala  
Middle passage journey
Daughters of American Revolution
Sons of American Revolution
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Yellow Cake
UNDP Journey to Extremism
Al Shabab
Book Haram
Pulse night club attack, Florida
Al Qaeda
King Abdallah II Davos – Civil war in Islam
Quilliam North America
Pew Poll – American Muslims
Citadel Charleston South Carolina
Art of Party Crashing in Iraq
Farabi’s Book on Music
Southern Poverty Law Center

Ep. 45: Islamic Principles #13: Theoretical Person

This is a concise discussion on the importance of theoretical people/theoretical structures in Islamic law. While organizations and companies often time seem to function like people, a common theme in the Western world, they are actually not real people and are therefore theoretical in structure. This construct, while sounding a bit strange is important as it allows a great deal of flexibility in adapting nuanced services in the modern world.

Ep. 44: Islamic Principles #12: Rulings as Symbols

The rulings of the Sharia carry a larger meaning than their specific legal context. The spirit or symbol behind these laws remind us of the greater purpose of religion and identity. In this episode, I explore this concept with some concrete examples from Islamic history.

Hadith Mentioned
The Companion who was told to wash when wounded and died. (Abu Dawud)
“Drink the milk of the cow as it is a medicine, use its fat because it is a healing, but stay away from its meat, which has sickness.” (al-Hakim)

Quran Mentioned
“Andtake off your sandal” (20:12)

People Mentioned
Jalal Akbar
Imam Sirhindi
Last descendent of Genghis Khan