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
InterSpiritual Seder led by Rabbi Ted Falcon
with deepening by Ann Holmes Redding and Imam Jamal Rahman Wednesday April 16th 6:30pm -- 8:30pm Interfaith Community Sanctuary 1763 NW 62nd Street
Interfaith Easter Sunday April 20th 10:00am -- 11:30am followed by potluck.
Imam Jamal Rahman is joined by members of his congregation to present the morning worship service weaving wisdom and insights from seven spiritual traditions on the theme of resurrection, rebirth and renewal. Interfaith Community Sanctuary 1763 NW 62nd Street Seattle, WA 98107 Website
Saturday April 26th 10:00am -- 4:30pm The Interfaith Amigos are the keynote speakers at this conference for the more than 75 counties that make up the Texas Panhandle and South Plains area.
The Ultimate Goal: Enlightenment, Salvation, Self-Realization, or Something Else? Jamal visits the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas Sivananda Bahamas May 11th -- 15th.
Worship service with Imam Jamal Rahman Sunday June 1st 10am The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey IslandLINK.
Sacred Laughter of the Sufis Conversation, Reading and Q&A followed by book signing. Tuesday, June 17th 7-8pm. University of WA Bookstore 4326 University Way NE Seattle, WA 98105.
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