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..
Spiritual Development Class with Imam Jamal Rahman "Discovering Your Unique Path to Happiness" Insights and Practices from Sufism and Hinduism Monday July 18th -- Monday August 29th, 7-9pm June 17th (See more details on class description page.) To Register email SallyJoGilbert (at) gmail (dot) com. 1763 NW 62nd Street Seattle, WA 98107 www.interfaithcommunitysanctuary.org
Worship and Workshop with the NW Interfaith Amigos Sunday July 24th 11am worship "Beyond Polarization." 1pm workshop "Paths to Peace: Dealing with Anger and Fear." Unity of North Kitsap 18732 Division Ave NE Suquamish, WA 98392
Presentation with NW Interfaith Amigos: "The Challenges of Interfaith Dialogue" Friday August 5th 7:30pm Temple Beth Hatfiloh 201 8th Avenue SE Olympia WA (sponsored by Unity of Olympia) Hiroshima to Hope Saturday August 6th 6:00pm -- 9:30pm Green Lake Seattle northwest shoreling Next to the Bathhouse Theater Read more here.
Interfaith Amigos will be the Keynote Speakers at closing plenary session of Seattle University conference Tuesday August 9th 3--4pm "Just Sustainability - Hope for the Commons"
Book Launch Interfaith Amigos at University Bookstore Wednesday August 10th 7:00pm "Finding Peace Through Spiritual Practice..."
NW Interfaith Amigos "The Bridge: An Interfaith East West Art Exhibition" Sunday August 21st 1:30 -- 4:00pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral 147 NW 19th Avenue Porland, OR 97209
Imam Jamal Rahman and Rabbi Ted Falcon September 11th Unity of Lynnwood
Interfaith Program Friday September 16th Advent Lutheran Church 4306 132nd Street SE Mill Creek, WA 98012
Interfaith Amigos "The Power of Interfaith Dialogue"
Two workshops and evening presentation September 22nd Alpena, Michigan
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