Imam Jamal Rahman – United States

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Imam Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations, and has been featured in The New York Times, on CBS News, the BBC and various NPR programs. He is co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Seattle, Washington, and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. A former host of Interfaith Talk Radio, Jamal travels nationally and internationally, presenting at conferences, retreats, and workshops.

Jamal’s books include:

  • Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & an Imam
  • Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith
  • Out of Darkness Into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Quran with Reflections from Jewish and Christian Sources
  • The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam
  • Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights and Practices from the Quran, Hadith, Rumi and Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart and Mind
  • Sacred Laughter of the Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mulla’s Comic Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom

Jamal’s passion lies in interfaith community building. He remains rooted in his Islamic tradition but cultivates “spaciousness” by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths. Through the process of an authentic and appreciative understanding of other paths, Jamal feels that he is becoming a better Muslim. This spaciousness is not about conversion, but about completion. Jamal has an abiding faith in the power of heart to heart connections to encompass differences and dissolve prejudices.

Since September 11, 2001 Jamal has been collaborating regularly and actively with Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie. Affectionately known as The Interfaith Amigos, they travel the world sharing a message of inclusive spirituality.

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