Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. He has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and various NPR programs. Co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Seattle's Interfaith Community Sanctuary (prior to October 2012, known as Interfaith Community Church) and adjunct faculty at Seattle University, he is a former host of Interfaith Talk Radio and travels nationally and internationally, presenting at retreats and workshops.
He is the author of "Sacred Laughter of the Sufis - Awakening the Soul with the Mullah's Comic Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom;" "Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights & Practices from the Qur'an, Hadith, Rumi & Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart & Mind;" "The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam;" and co-author of "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;" and "Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam."
Jamal's passion lies in interfaith community building. He remains rooted in his Islamic tradition and cultivates a "spaciousness" by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths. By authentically and appreciatively understanding other paths, Jamal feels that he becomes a better Muslim. This spaciousness is not about conversion but about completion.
Since 9/11 Jamal has been collaborating with Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie. Affectionately known as the Interfaith Amigos, they tour the country sharing the message of spiritual inclusivity.
Imam Jamal, originally from Bangladesh, has an abiding faith in the power of heart-to-heart connections to encompass differences and dissolve prejudices. He enjoys programs that celebrate life and unity through delight, laughter, and food. He has a private spiritual counseling practice serving individuals and couples, and is available for interfaith weddings and ceremonies. Jamal offers a variety of classes and workshops, including the popular "Blush of the Beloved," a course in spiritual deepening and discernment drawing upon the practices, insights, and wisdom within Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat co-founders of the "Spirituality & Practice -- Resources for Spiritual Journeys" website, recognized Jamal Rahman in their "Living Spiritual Teachers Project," June 2013. Visit their website and follow the links provided to reveal more of Jamal's work: LINK
Jamal's Upcoming Events in the wider community
Creating a Life of Beauty & Purpose: Reflections on Interspiritual Insights and Practices
with Imam Jamal Rahman 7 weeks: July 14th -- August 25th, 7-9pm. Tuition: $160.00. To Register, email SallyJoGilbert@gmail.com. Classes held at Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Ballard.
Night of Destiny
Wednesday July 23rd evening
7:15pm-10:15pm - follwed by late night prayer vigil
Interfaith Community Sanctuary, 1763 NW 62nd Street, Ballard, 98107.
Ann Holmes Redding and Jamal Rahmanwith Interfaith Community Sanctuary
host the Interspiritual Community Summit Hospitality Visit!
"Night of Destiny" commemorates and celebrates the night the Qur'an was Revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Come, share this evening with us as we explore this very holy night to learn about the Revelation of the Qur'an, angel Gabriel, Prophet Muhammad, Khadija and more...
We will honor the Ramadan fast and serve water and dates at sundown, followed by prayers, then a potluck dinner. Please bring a potluck dish to share. We will honor the Ramadan schedule of breaking fast at sunset with water and dates followed by prayers, then we will share a meal together. After the potluck, there will be a late night prayer vigil.
Center for Spiritual Enlightenment
San Jose, CA Sunday Worship July 27th 9am and 11am
2pm workshop "Awakening the Soul with Laughter and Inspiration"
We have created you from a male and female and made you into nations and tribes that you might get to know one another. —Qur'an 49:13
We believe in God and what has been sent down to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ismail and Isaac and Jacob and their offspring and what was given to Moses and Jesus and all other Prophets by the Lord and we make no distinction between them. —Qur'an 2:136