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 (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 Spiritual Gems of Islam: Insights & Practices from the Qur'an, Hadith, Rumi & Muslim Teaching Stories to Enlighten the Heart & Mind (Skylight Paths) and 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 a Sheikh.
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
Tuesday November 12th 11am & 7pm Scholarly Event - Anderson Auditorium Buena Vista University 610 West 4th Street, Storm Lake, IA 50588 Read more HERE
Saturday November 16th 11am--2pm "Moving Forward, Together: A Fall Fundraiser Brunch with the Grunewald Guild" St. Marks Cathedral 1245 10th Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102 Read more HERE
Sunday November 17th 10am Worship Service Jamal is joined by his Interfaith Amigos colleagues, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie. The service features an annual Blessing of the Warm for Winter handmade hats and scarves. Founder, sister Janice Tufte will be present at this service and will deliver scarves to homeless shelters following the Blessing. Location: InterfaithCommunity Sanctuary 1763 NW 62nd Street Seattle, WA 98107 View website HERE
Sunday, November 24th 9am & 11am Worship Service Celebration Hall Center for Spiritual Living 5801 Sand Point Way NE Seattle, WA 98105 206.527.8801 View website HERE
Sunday November 24th 2-4pm 27th annual Inter-Spiritual Celebration of Gratitude at Thanksgiving St. Patrick Catholic Church 2702 Broadway Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102 Learn more about St Pat's HERE. Includes a Blessing of the Warm for Winter scarves! Read more HERE.
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