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EP 114: Defenders of the Faith: The Islamists | Shadi Hamid

On this week's episode Mahin, SIM and Shaykh Amir talk to Shadi Hamid on the struggle for Islamic governance in the Muslim world. Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing editor at The Atlantic. He is the author of Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World and co-editor of Rethinking Political Islam =============================== Twitter: @ShadiHamid Facebook:...


EP 113: Wheels of Confusion | Dr. Mohamed Ghilan

Mahin, SIM and Shaykh Amir talk to Dr. Mohamed Ghilan about consciousness and philosophy. The last hour is just an open goofy/serious dialogue for those you who prefer those kinds of episodes. Dr. Ghilan is a neuroscientist, Islamic lecturer, YouTuber, and Podcaster. =============================== - Join the Andalus Book Club! Search for "Mohamed Ghilan" in iTunes and subscribe to his podcast. Twitter: @MohamedGhilan =============================== Mohamed Ghilan...


EP 112: Far Beyond Driven | Ahmed Hankir (The Wounded Healer)

Dr. Ahmed Hankir is a psychiatrist, lecturer, found of the Wounded Healer and recipient of the prestigious Royal College of Psychiatrists Foundation Doctor of the Year award in 2013. Selected Links: ============== E-mail us your comments, feedback, and questions at Twitter: @TheMadMamluks Facebook: Instagram:...


EP 111: Seek Hallowed Land | Ramadan Round Table ft. Ahmed Shaikh

On this weeks episode, we talk about flaky fasters, career choices for artists and later in the episode we call up former ISNA board member, Ahmed Shaikh to understand what's going on with the rescinded invite to Wajahat Ali via ISNA (Islamic Society of North America). Ahmed Shaikh is an Estate Lawyer, ISNA Board Member and a writer for MuslimMatters. Twitter: @bornshaikh ============== E-mail us your comments, feedback, and questions at...


EP 110: The Warriors Prayer: Ramadan Shred | Shakeel Shafiuddin

The guys talk to Shakeel (Shak) of Jaanwar Fitness about nutrition and workout tips during Ramadan. Instagram: jaanwar_fitness ============== E-mail us your comments, feedback, and questions at Twitter: @TheMadMamluks Facebook: Instagram: TheMadMamluks


EP 109: Eat Some More | Sameer Sarmsat

We sit down with Sameer Sarmast from the popular halal restaurant review show on YouTube. Sameer Sarmast is the Host and Executive Producer of “Sameer's Eats”, the popular Halal restaurant review show on YouTube. “Sameer’s Eats” was co-founded by Sameer and his friend, Saad Malik in 2010. In 2013, Sameer and his team launched "The Halal Food Tour" in 5 U.S. cities across the country. The tour was a series of Halal Food Festivals highlighting local Halal restaurants while Sameer and Yvonne...


EP 108: The Kids Aren't Alright | Abdul Malik Merchant

The guys sit down with Imam Abdul Malik Merchant from ISBCC. We have a free-flowing discussion about raising children, being mentors, chaplaincy and his life studying in the KSA. After ten years of intensive study, both within Umm al-Qura University and privately with respected scholars, Imam Abdul-Malik graduated in May, 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies with a Concentration in Dawah and Islamic Culture. He is currently enrolled at Boston University in a dual masters...


EP 107: Airstrikes Sell...But Who's Buying? | Dilly Hussain

We talk to journalist and political commentator, Dilly Hussain about the recent Air Strikes in Syria and the Turkish television series Ertugrul. Dilly is known for his writing at Middle East Eye, Foreign Policy Journal, Al Jazeera English and is the Deputy Editor at 5Pillars. Contact: Twitter: @dillyhussain88 Facebook: ============== E-mail us your comments, feedback, and questions at Twitter:...


EP 106: After Forever: The Divine Reality | Hamza Tzortzis

SIM and Shaykh Amir talk to Hamza Tzortzis about his new book “The Divine Reality: God, Islam & The Mirage of Atheism". Hamza Andreas Tzortzis is a public speaker, instructor, essayist and author of “The Divine Reality: God, Islam & The Mirage of Atheism”. He has over a decade of experience in articulating a compassionate and rational case for Islam and has studied Islamic thought and theology under qualified scholars. He has two postgraduate degrees in Philosophy (PgCert and MA) and is...


EP 105: Over the Wall: Overcoming Artificial Narratives | Uthman Badar

Mahin, SIM and Shaykh Amir talk to the infamous Austrailian thinker and activist, Uthman Badar. We discuss how to deal with difficult issues like free speech and narratives the media creates for Muslims. Uthman is a writer, activist and student of Philosophy, Economics, Arabic & Islamic sciences. ============== God & Prophets should be protected from insult Debate with Lawrence...


EP 104: Seasons in the Abyss: Navigating the Western Social Climate | Mobeen Vaid

Mahin, SIM and Shaykh Amir talk to Mobeen Vaid about several issues like the #MeToo movement, neo-atheism, transgenderism, feminism, etc. Mobeen Vaid is a Muslim public intellectual and writer. His writings center on how traditional Islamic norms and frames of thinking intersect the modern world. As of late, he has focused on Islamic sexual and gender norms. Vaid also speaks at confessional conferences, serves as an advisor to Muslim college students, and was campus minister for the...


EP 103: Down on the Upside: Bringing Mental Health Awareness | Haleh Banani and Sarah Sultan

Nour Goda and Naureen Ahmed talk to Sarah Sultan and Haleh Banani about bringing awareness to mental health. Sarah Sultan is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and has a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She has experience in a variety of therapeutic interventions and has worked with several age groups including children with special needs, adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues,...


EP 102: Reprise Revive | Round Table Discussion

SIM and Ismail talk to Twitter commentators on the revival of Islamic statecraft. Participants: AQ: Formerly Oxford, now Cambridge grad student. Mostly focused on philosophy and Islamic theology Evollaqi Dimashqee: Student of politics and history. Dimashqee Hossam Gamea studied Psychology at Hunter College, has been involved with several political grassroots efforts, including Criminal Justice reform, anti-government surveillance, anti-racist, anti-war, and Pro-Palestine efforts, and...


EP 101: The Crooked Hooks | Shaykh Hamzah Maqbul

Shaykh Hamzah Maqbul talks to Mahin, Shaykh Amir and SIM about rediscovering Rumi, the dilemma of the Qadiani movement and other thoughts. Shaykh Hamzah Maqbul is originally from the West Coast and currently resides in the Chicagoland area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Washington in Seattle. After graduation Shaykh Hamzah went on to pursue traditional Islamic studies, which took him to a number of...


EP 100: On a Highway to Timbuktu | Shaykh Abu Taubah

We talk to Shaykh Abu Taubah from Orlando, FL about his time in Mauritania, his educational approach and marital advice. Hosts: Shaykh Amir Saeed, Mahin, and SIM Abu Taubah (born Marcus Robertson) is a convert to Islam from Brooklyn, New York. He comes from an educated family where his father was the founding Vice President of Medgar Evers College, the only Negro college in the Northeastern United States. His mother was a school principal and college professor. He served in the U.S....


EP 099: Vanishing Point | Haytham Soliman

SIM and Shaykh Amir talk to Haytham Soliman, CEO of Muslim Matters Inc. and reveal the big announcement. Haytham graduated at the top of his class with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and went on to earn a Masters of Science in Nano Science and Microsystems. He has been active with a variety of Muslim organizations in the United States in a variety of management positions. Currently, Haytham is the CEO and a board member of, and the Director of Texas Dawah Convention...


EP 098: Where Eagles Dare: The Female Scholars | Ustadha Zaynab Ansari

Mahin and Ismail talk to Ustadha Zaynab Ansari at Texas Dawah Convention. Zaynab Ansari spent a decade studying Farsi, Arabic, and traditional Islam, sitting with male and female scholars in seminaries in the Middle East, including traditional scholars in Damascus in the 1990s. Upon her return to the United States, she earned degrees in history and Middle Eastern Studies from Georgia State University. Since 2014, Zaynab Ansari has served as a scholar-in-residence for Tayseer Foundation,...


EP 097: The Quantum Chronicles | Fahad Tasleem

Mahin, SIM, and Nour sit down with Fahad Tasleem at Texas Dawah Convention. Fahad Tasleem plays a multifaceted role as an ambassador, an instructor, an entrepreneur, a lecturer and a student. He is the founder of DC Seminary - An institute dedicated to spiritually empowering Muslim working professionals, graduates and students. He is also the lead ambassador and instructor at the Islamic Education and Research Academy United States (iERA US). His areas of interest include Islamic...


EP 096: A Question of Heaven: The Apologetics | Bassam Zawadi

On this week's episode, we talk to Bassam Zawadi who is known for his writings, debates, and lectures on answering some of the toughest questions regarding the Islamic belief to Muslims. Hosts: Mahin, Sh. Amir and SIM Resources: List of Bassam Zawadi's Refutations and Rebuttals How to Debate for Muslims by Bassam Zawadi ==================== E-mail us your comments, feedback, and questions at Twitter: @TheMadMamluks Facebook:...


EP 95: The Seeds | Imam Daniel Abdullah Hernandez

Imam Daniel Abdullah Hernandez sits down with us talk about how his relationship with basketball and NBA brought him to Islam. Hosts: Mahin, Ismail, and SIM =============== Imam Hernandez is an educational leader and facilitator of IslamInSpanish. Imam Abdullah organizes events in Spanish at the Pearland masjid in Pearland TX on a weekly basis, teaches regular classes in Spanish and English, and leads a Dawah initiatives on behalf of IslamInSpanish domestically and internationally. Imam...