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
"Seeking the Heart's Universal Elixir" with Imam Jamal Rahman
7 weeks: September 8th -- October 20th, 7-9pm. Tuition: $160.00. Includes study text: "Love's Alchemy"* by David and Sabrineh Fideler To Register, email SallyJoGilbert@gmail.com. Classes held at Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Ballard. ("Love's Alchemy" offers elegant translations from original Persian sources of Sufi poems exploring aspects of human life and the spiritual path.)
Public Lecture with Jamal Rahman "Sacred Laughter of the Sufis: Awakening the Soul with the Mulla's Teaching Stories and Other Islamic Wisdom"
Sunday September 7th 4-5:30pm
Theosophical Society in Seattle 717 Broadway East Seattle, WA 98102 206.323.4281 www.seattle-ts.org
"How Religion Goes Astray" The Interfaith Amigos in Troy, New York at Hudson Valley Community College
Thursday October 23rd.
"How Religion Goes Astray" The Interfaith Amigos in River Forest, Illinois atDominican University Wednesday October 29th
Talk & Book Signing "Sacred Laughter of the Sufis..." EastWest Bookshop Thursday, November 13th 7-8:30pm Free
Reflective Gathering of Spiritual Teachers in Kyoto, Japan "Sharing Transformative Spiritual Practices in a Multicultural World"
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