episode 08

In conversation with Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

Dr Umar Faruq Abd-Allah is an American Muslim who is the Scholar in Residence at the Oasis Initiative based in Chicago, a non-profit organization that educates Muslims in the US about Islamic teachings. He is a respected author and a sought-after teacher and lecturer.

The video podcast of this interview will be available exclusively for 10 days, after which you can listen to the audio on Apple Podcast and Google Play Music.

All funds generated from the video will be used for production costs of this and future podcasts.

More about Dr Umar: www.facebook.com/Dr.UmarFaruqAbdAllah
To learn more about his publications see: https://www.theoasisinitiative.org/publications/



episode 07

In conversation with Saleh Nass

Saleh Nass is an award-winning film director, producer, and editor based in Bahrain and educated in the UK. In this interview, he shares his keen insights into the world of films and filmmaking, gives advice for aspiring filmmakers, and speaks about the process for making the music video for Sami Yusuf's single, 'Al Faqir'.

Watch 'Al Faqir' here: https://youtu.be/re8pdxTClDQ"

Get the track here: http://andnt.co/alfaqir"

Read Sami Yusuf's blog 'The Journey to Al Faqir' here: http://samiyusufofficial.com/the-journey-to-al-faqir/


episode 06

In conversation with World Food Programme

This episode addresses a topic very close to my heart. As you may know, I've been a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Food Programme since 2014. As such, I've tried to raise awareness of the plight of the hundreds of millions of people suffering from hunger around the world. Last month I was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the WFP signed by David Beasley (Executive Director of the U.N. World Food Programme) and given an extensive tour around the International Humanitarian City, a humanitarian hub created by the Government of Dubai to support global humanitarian efforts out of the UAE, and the WFP operations there.

I was humbled by the tour and trip. We recorded this interview at the International Humanitarian City where I spoke with three key people about the phenomenal work they are doing there: Giuseppe Saba, the CEO of the International Humanitarian City, Abdallah Al-Wardat, Director of the UN Office of the World Food Programme in the UAE and Elise Bijon, Head of Private Sector Partnerships for the World Food Program in the Middle East Region.

We talked about the critical problem of hunger - which, tragically, is increasing around the world. We discussed what the IHC and the WFP are doing about it, and how an individual can get involved to make a real difference in the lives of those in need.

With a tap on your smartphone you can "share the meal" with a child in need. It costs only US $ 0.50 to feed one child for a day. Download the ShareTheMeal App now: sharethemeal.org

To learn more about the World Food Program's initiatives and how you can get involved visit www.WFP.org


episode 05

In conversation with A. R. Rahman

My guest on this episode is the remarkably talented, two-time Academy Award winning composer and musician A.R. Rahman. AR and I first met in London over 10 years ago and I recall being instantly drawn to his humility and gracious character. Those familiar with AR will testify that he is a man of few words. It's not easy getting him to talk for 30 minutes straight. So you can imagine my surprise and delight when he said "yes" to appear on Reflections! I feel both privileged and grateful for the opportunity to share our conversation. We talk about what keeps him grounded; how he maintains his passion and drive for film music; the role of (or lack of) spirituality in the industry as well as a fourteen hour round-trip bus journey which was all for an amazing fifteen minute experience at a special place! I'm sure you will love this inspirational episode.

And for those who are interested, Nagore Dargah, the place that AR and I discuss visiting together, is a place of pilgrimage for both Muslims and Hindus, and a wonderful example of the peaceful interweaving of the two religions. Click here to read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagore_Dargah


episode 04

In conversation with Felice Liao

Felice Liao is passionate about manifesting Daoist concepts of balance and harmony, especially in the domain of the foods we eat. Her TaiPei Dao Teahouse and Restaurant in Dubai reflects this passion in its menu and ambience.


episode 03

In conversation with Michael Sugich

Michael Sugich is a native of Santa Barbara, California and studied at UCLA and the California Institute of the Arts. He was initiated into a traditional Sufi order in 1972. Since that time he has studied Sufi doctrine and practice with spiritual masters across the Arab and Islamic world.

He lived for 23 years in the precincts of the sacred city of Makkah Al Mukaramah where he kept company with many men of knowledge and illumination. He has written Palaces of India, a travel book, and Living in Makkah, a children's book, and, most recently a feature documentary film on the life of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, "Faisal: Legacy of a King".

Michael Sugich is author of Signs on the Horizons: Meetings with Men of Knowledge and Illumination, a memoir of 40 years with Sufi saints of the 20th and 21st centuries.



episode 02

In conversation with Dr Tim Winter (Sh. Abdal Hakim Murad)

Abdal Hakim Murad (Dr Tim Winter), b.1960, is University Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, and is dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, which trains imams for British mosques. He is Director of Studies at Wolfson College, and is a holder of the Pilkington Teaching Prize at the University of Cambridge. He has been described as Britain's most influential Muslim thinker by The Independent newspaper.

In 2006 he published Abraham's Children, co-edited with Bishop Richard Harries and Rabbi Norman Solomon. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology (2008).

His most recent book is Commentary on the Eleventh Contentions (2012).

Abdal Hakim Murad's articles have appeared in The Independent, the London Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Catholic Herald, Islamica, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, and Prospect. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day.


episode 01

In conversation with Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders is the world's pre-eminent photographer of the Muslim world. For more than 45 years, he has captured over half a million images reflecting a rich traditional civilization filled with warmth, humanity and compassion.

He began his career in the 1960s as one of London's leading rock and roll photographers, and his images of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones, among others, are today considered classics of the period.

After trekking through India and Morocco, meeting Hindu swamis and Sufi saints, he found his true calling: to share with the world images of the people and places enlightened by knowledge and wisdom. Over the next five decades, Sanders crisscrossed Asia, Africa and Europe, seeking those luminaries as well as the spaces that have traditionally inspired people to experience presence and wholeness.



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About Reflections

'Reflections' is a search for meaning and understanding through a series of dialogues between Sami Yusuf and some of the most remarkable minds today as they explore the ideas and values that are shaping our world. Leading creative thinkers in topics ranging from culture, arts, spirituality, sciences, and much more, discuss underlying trends and ideas, in their full depth and subtlety.

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