"WHY do we believe the things we do? I talk to interesting people from all walks of life to find out." Hosted by Mahin Islam. Based out of Chicago.
Episode 052 - Human Trafficking in the Heartland - Rana Zakaria
Rana Zakaria is a Community Educator for the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking (CCAHT). Rana completed her bachelor’s in human services with a minor in social work at East Tennessee State University.
I met Rana on Clubhouse and felt she would be a great person to educate the listening audience about human trafficking; how it works, common misconceptions, and what we can do to combat it. It was shocking to learn that human trafficking is such an issue that there are regionalized efforts (like in East Tennessee of all places). If you want to learn more about her organization, you can check out https://growfreetn.org/
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Episode 051 - Med School, Anti-Vaxxers, & Kicks - Dr. Mohamed Ghilan
Dr. Mohamed Ghilan has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and is a recent medical school graduate from the University of Queensland in Australia.
In this episode, he reflects upon what he learned from medical school and how that adds insights to what he brought in as a Ph.D in neuroscience.
We also discussed the ideology of anti-vaxxers, specifically focusing on one of the main ideologues behind the movement, Andrew Wakefield.
Finally, Dr. Ghilan tells us about his newfound affinity for sneakers.
To learn about Dr. Ghilan and the work he puts out, please visit https://alandalusacademy.com/
The book about Andrew Wakefield that is referenced is called "The doctor who fooled the world" by Brian Deer. You can get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Doctor-Who-Fooled-World-Deception/dp/1421438003/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1627864703&sr=8-1
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Episode 050 - The "Injil", Lying Muslims, and other Tangents - Ijaz Ahmad, Joe Wyrostek, Usama Dakdok
Episode 50 of the podcast was meant to be a discussion between Ijaz Ahmad of EFDawah and Calling Christians and Joe Wyrostek, Pastor of MPI Church in Chicago. The topic was intended to be around the concept of the "Injil" in the Quran and why it poses an issue for Muslims (from Joe's POV). We may or may not have covered that as we went in multiple different angles throughout the show. Joe was also joined by Usama Dakdok, a Christian Arab.
You can follow Ijaz on Twitter, Clubhouse and TikTok @IjaztheTrini
You can find Joe at https://mpichurch.org/
Episode 049 - California Nightmare - Yusuf Clack
Yusuf Clack is the owner of ClackFit, a gym that opened in 2009 and closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, we talked about approaches to fitness and his perspective on how the state of California handled the pandemic. You can follow Yusuf on Instagram @clackfit.
Episode 048 - Epistemological Warfare - Hamza Dudgeon
In this episode, I caught up with Hamza Dudgeon from the YouTube channels "Hamza the Historian" and "Hamza the Linguist". Hamza is a Muslim convert from Minnesota who I met while he was doing his graduate studies at the University of Chicago. In this almost 3 hour long episode, we talked about powerlifting, his upbringing in Minnesota, his conversion to Islam, approaches to understanding various world views and the aftermath of the George Floyd murder.(We recorded this episode during the trial but it's being released after the conviction of Derek Chauvin)
His full bio is available below.
Hamza Dudgeon is an academician in Religious Studies and Islamic History. He holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago and is currently a doctoral student at the Islamic University of Minnesota.
He has experience teaching at the university level, in public schools, and in a seminary setting. Hamza has taught Somali refugees, graduate students, undergrads, and visiting professors, as well as children of all ages and people of various ethnic backgrounds.
Besides teaching, Hamza is also passionately committed to his research. At the University of Chicago, he specialized in Islamic ritual (fiqh). Hamza's doctoral dissertation is on nascent Islamic legal epistemology (Uṣūl al-Fiqh) before al-Shāfiʿī (d. 820). Most in the field claim that a 9th century figure, al-Shāfiʿī is the first to advocate an Islamic legio-ritual theory known as Uṣūl al-Fiqh. However, al-Shāfiʿī’s teacher, Muḥammad b. al-Ḥasan al-Shaybānī (d. 805), promulgated a legio-ritual theory in his Kitāb al-Aṣl, which is largely untouched and unknown by Western Academics. Even before that, legal analogy (qiyas) and jurisprudential discretion (istiḥsān) is seen in the thought of al-Awzāʿī (d. 774).
Hamza Dudgeon has also written on Sufism’s esoteric allegories of Islamic ritual, how Chicago muftis use modern science to produce fatwas on transgenderism, Islamic ritual footwear, and Isma’ili Shi’ite legio-ritual theory. Hamza's paper on Islamic ritual footwear, “The Khuffayn in Muslim Ritual Thought,” was presented at the Middle Eastern Studies Association’s annual conference held in San Antonio, TX Nov, 2018. He has also published in JMIAS twice “The Counter-Current Movements of Andalusia and Ibn ʿArabī: Should Ibn ʿArabī be considered a Ẓāhirī?” and “The Revival of Sharia's Allegories: al-Ghazzālī and al-Ḥakīm al-Tirmidhī.” Hamza has an article on the entire history of the Hanafi school of Islamic jurisprudence, which is forthcoming in Routledge’s Handbook of Islamic Ritual & Practice.
Episode 047 - Prophecy or Blasphemy? The Ahmadiyyah Movement
The Ahmadiyyah Movement was started in the late 1800s by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian which is located in the state of Punjab in modern day India. The Ahmadiyyah ascribe Messiah-ship to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and are considered to be outside the fold of normative Islam by traditional Muslims.
In this episode, I talk to Farhan Yusufzai, who used to engage in dialogue with the Ahmadiyyah and wrote a book called "With Love to the Ahmadis of the world". The book is available for free download at https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/with-love-to-the-ahmadis-of-the-world-by-farhan-khan-2010.pdf
I also speak to Bashir Ahmad Shah, who was raised in an Ahmadi household before leaving the movement in the mid-2000s. Bashir runs the website https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/ and the YouTube channel by the same name. You can access the YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtJCxHPvj4vRg4I5uR6Nmbw
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I would love for you to interview Dr Khalid Shabazz. He is a chaplain in the Us army
Outstanding podcasting and broadcast journalism
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As a non- Muslim I find this podcast fascinating. I have maintained that any faith that makes you a better person is worthy and this podcast confirms my opinion. People live better lives with guidance on how to live a faith like Islam can provide that guidance