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. Cofounder and Muslim Sufi minister at Seattle's Interfaith Community Sanctuary (before 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 coauthor 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.
"Spirituality & Activism" with Imam Jamal Rahman "Be just, this is the closest to God-consciousness." ~ [Qur'an 5:8] "Protect and honour the earth, for the earth is like your mother." [The Prophet Muhammad, pbuh] Eight Monday evenings: April 27th -- June 22nd (no class Monday May 18th) 7:00 -- 9:00pm
Tuition: $175.00. Includes study text: "The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism" by James O'Dea. To Register, email SallyJoGilbert (at) gmail (dot)com. Classes held at Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Ballard, 1763 NW 62nd Street. 98107.
"Breaking Free: Spiritual Liberation through Interfaith Dialogue with the Interfaith Amigos Spirituality & Practice April 13 -- May 8 Registration and info here.
East West Bookshop Saturday May 2nd New Location: 6407 12 Ave NE Seattle 98115 Community Blessing 7pm Website.
Western Washington University Talk: "Islamophobia" Wednesday evening May 6th 7- 9pm Associated Students of WWU
Byakko Shinko Kai (White Light Association) Tokyo and Mt. Fuji, Japan Interfaith Dialogue and Symphony of Peace Prayers Ceremony Friday May 16th & Saturday May 17th Discover on website: www.byakko.org.
Worship 9am and 11am Sunday June 7th Unity of Lynnwood website
Women's Spirit Center Mindful Awareness and Meditation in Everyday Living workshop 9:30--12 noon Wednesday June 24th website
Worship Sunday July 5th 10:30am Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation website
Worship 9:30am & 11am
Sunday August 23rd East Shore Unitarian Church website
Worship 10am Sunday August 30th Seattle Unity Church website
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