Ep. 78: Khuram Zaman

Khuram Zaman is the CEO of Fifth Tribe, a leading digital agency serving the Washington DC Metropolitan Area based out of the 1776 Startup Co-working Space. In his professional capacity, he has provided digital marketing services to clients as diverse as the Department of Defense, Kaiser Permanente, Oxfam America, Ernst and Young, and The Hult Prize. His writing has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur.com, and Business2Community.

Our conversation is very eclectic, but revolves on how our faith fuels our work!


Episode Notes
Fifth Tribe
Tribe of Leadership” by Dave Logan
Agile Scrum
Python code
Kaggle ISIS data set
Warren Buffet on Financial Statements
Financial Basics” (Harvard)
Financial Shenanigans
Ftibit
Under Armour
The Drink for the People of Purity
Reliance of the Traveller
Resignation of CEO of McDonalds




Ep. 77: “In Shaykh’s Clothing” Danya Shakfeh & Danish Qasim

“In Shaykh’s Clothing” is a service and website to support survivors of spiritual abuse around the world, and to prevent spiritual abuse through education and preventative training in Islamic institutions. Services include coaching for those who have faced abuse, cult-exit and recovery coaching, and policy formation.

Episode Notes

In Shaykh’s Clothing Website

Murabit al-Hajj

Ahmad Zarruq

Izz al-Din Ibn Abd al-Salam

Abd al-Ghani Nabulsi

“whoever has seen me in a dream has seen me” (Bukhari

Satanic Verses 

“whoever saves a life…” (Quran 5:32)

Ep. 76: Hena Khan

Hena Khan is an award winning Pakistani American children’s author. Her middle grade novel Amina’s Voice was named a Best Book of 2017 by the Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, NPR, and others. She is the author of the Zayd Saleem: Chasing the Dream series: Power Forward, On Point, and Bounce Back. Hena has written several acclaimed picture books including Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Night of the Moon, It’s Ramadan Curious George, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets and Under My Hijab. Her newest book, More to the Story, is a middle grade novel inspired by Little Women.

Hena began writing for children with Scholastic book clubs, publishing books for a number of popular series. She went on to write several choose-your-own format books including adventures to Mars and the Amazon. But, as a young mother, Hena yearned to see books that represented kids like her children, and decided to write them. Today, Hena writes full time, often highlighting aspects of her culture, faith, community, friendship and family, and she draws heavily from own experiences. She enjoys presenting to children, educators, community members and others, and being a mom to two now teenaged boys. Whenever she gets the chance, Hena travels with her family, bakes, and reads books written by her favorite children’s authors.

You can connect with Hena through her website here:

Episode Notes:
Tariq Aziz Former Iraqi Prime Minister

St. Thomas Aquinas

Washpo April 2019 article on bullying 

ISPU Muslim Poll

Iftar

Literary agent

Big five publishers

Chronicle Books

Lee & Low Publishers

Simon & Schuster

Salaam reads imprint

Beverley Cleary

Middle grade fiction

Renee Watson “Piecing Me Together” 

Jasmine Warga  “Other Words for Home”

Karina Yan Glaser – “The Vanderbeekers Series” 

Ruth Behar “Lucky Broken Girl”

Ibn Sina

Shakespeare

William Faulkner

Shelby Foote

Proust “In Search of Time Lost”

Ep. 75: Umar Lee

Umar Lee is a writer and activist from St Louis currently living in the Dallas metro area. He has been published in Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, Quartz, and other publications. Umar is also the host of the St Louis Speaks Podcast and The Unmosqued Khutbah. Books are available on Amazon. 

Twitter: @UmarleeIII
Instagram: stlazorahai
Facebook: The Unmosqued Khutbah

 

 

 

Episode Notes
Quran Mentioned

O you who believe, if a sinful person brings you a report, verify its correctness, lest you should harm a people out of ignorance, and then become remorseful on what you did.  (49:6)

Notes
Rise and Fall of Salafi Dawah in America

Bigamy

Organization FACE

People Mentioned
McDonalds CEO resigning

‘Abdallah Azzam

Safar al-Hawali

Muhammad ‘Abduh

Ali Tamimi

Anwar Awlaki

Zaid Shakir

Jordan Peterson

Richard Spencer

Linda Sarsour

Ilhan Omar

Siraj Wahhaj 

Ep. 74: Bid’a/Innovation

There is probably no word more abused in our contemporary religious discourse than bid’a/innovation. Is there room in Islam for innovation, iteration, nuance, etc. in our expression of faith? Is there room for cultural interpretations of faith practices? I try to answer these questions and more in this episode.

Episode Notes
Hadith Mentioned

“whoever invents something in this religion that is not from it, it is rejected.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

“every innovation is a bid’a and ever bid’s is in the hellfire.” (Muslim)

Ep. 73: Music”

“What does Islam say about music?” is perhaps one of the top 10 questions Muslims ask every day. This episode seeks to lay down some basic ground work, important scholarly references, and ultimately a straightforward answer. Enjoy!

Quran Mentioned
“by looking at the stars they are guided” (16:16)

“God commands us to be just, do good, and keep family ties…” (16:90)

Hadith Mentioned

Hadith of ‘Abdallah Bin Zayd “teach the adhan to Bilal since he has a better voice than you.” Abu Dawud

“you have been given the sounds of the Psalms of David.” Bukhari & Muslim

Hadith the Day of Bu’āth (Bukhari)

Hadith of Hassān Bin Thābit, “the spirit that God has created will aid you.” (Bukhari)

Hadith of Final Hour (Bukhari)

Episode Notes
Quadrivium

Trivium

Pythagoras (d. 495 B.C.)

Al-Khalil Bin Ahmad (d. 170/786)

Al-Farābī (d. 339/950)

‘Abd al-Ghani Nābulis (d. 1143/1732)

Ibn Ṭāhir al-Qaysarani (d. 507/1113)

Ep. 71: Islamic Principles #26: Making Islam Look Good

We all know the common complaint that Islam looks bad and is misrepresented. It doesn’t help that it seems often times the worst elements of our community are those speaking on our behalf. If we ever hope for the Islam to make sense to us and to our children, it must be made to look good. Easier said than done, but at least we can lay out some final principles as we conclude this series within the Podcast.

Episode Notes

Quran Mentioned 
“And if they incline to peace, then incline towards peace as well.” (8:61)

“Peace on me the day I was born” (19:33)

Hadith mentioned
“I have been sent as a merciful gift.” (al-Dārimī)

Ep. 70: Islamic Principles #25: Passing on Islam

We frequently hear the statement that Islam is valid for all time, place, and circumstance. Yet, the key underlying question associated with that statement is do we actually understand Islam at all? How can we ensure that our understanding is correct? More importantly, how can we pass it on if we don’t understand it? In this episode I want to look at some of the keys we need to unlock the code of our intellectual heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ep. 69: Islamic Principles #24: Men & Women

This was a hard episode for me to put together. There is so much back-and-forth today about issues of gender relations, how Islam treats women, inherit inequality of the Sharia towards women, etc. While this is not traditionally a first principle jurists speak of, I believe strongly that we need to include to help weed out practices that are not compatible with our belief system. Hopefully this will be just a beginning to a longer conversation.

 

 

 

Quran Mentioned
“ created you from a single soul” (7:189)
“when the girl child asks by what right was I killed” (81:8)
“no soul bears the sins of another” (35:18)
“for the man double the share of the women” (4:11)

Hadith Mentioned
Follow my sunna and the sunna of the rightly guided caliphs. Hold to it with your molar teeth!” (Tirmidhi)

People Mentioned
Imam Tabari

Imam Ibn Abi Layla

Selected Links
Responding from the Tradition