Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations. Along with his Interfaith Amigos, he has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and various NPR programs. Jamal is co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. He is a former co-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..
E-Course! Spirituality & Practice
"Beauty and Wisdom in the Qur'an" Monday, May 29 through Friday, June 23 Register Here.
Class with Imam Jamal Rahman "Beauty of InterSpiritual Wisdom: Gleanings from Sufism, Buddhism, Hinduism, & Taoism" Starts Monday July 10th. See Class Information page for more details. Interfaith Community Sanctuary 1763 NW 62nd Street Seattle, WA 98107
Sadana - Summer Solstice Celebration Saturday June 17th Guru Ram Das Puri, New Mexico The Interfaith Amigos will receive the Siri Singh Sahib Corporation Awardfor Social Justice and will be featured speakers at A Day of Music, Dance and Prayer -- International Peace Prayer Day.
Lailat at Qadr - Night of Destiny Friday June 23rd 7:30pm - until late in the evening. We gather for prayer and fellowship and delicious potluck food to break the fast and learn about this important night commemorating the night the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) through Angel Gabriel (Jibril) on 22 December 606 CE. We will break fast at 9:12pm.
Worship Service with Jamal Rahman at Interfaith Community Sanctuary 1763 NW 62nd Street Seattle 98107 Sunday July 16th 10:00am "True Community and Communication and Truthful and Loving Speech" - Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism Potluck Luncheon follows the morning worship
Last Fridays Summer Speakers Series August 25th 7:00pm Unity of Lynwood The Interfaith Amigos offer a presentation: "Interfaith Dialogue for Challenging Times."
Worship Service with Jamal Rahman at Interfaith Community Sanctuary (1763 NW 62nd Street, Seattle, WA 98107) "Protecting and Nourishing the Sangha" - Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism
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