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The Transit Lounge chronicles the journeys of people who’ve had a considerable impact on the Muslim world. In season 1, we hear from successful entrepreneurs, academics, scholars and politicians. Hosted by Mohamad Zaoud, each episode explores the highs and lows of our guests, and tackles the question of our time - what does it take to find balance when living a contemporary Muslim life.Mohamad Zaoud is a brand enthusiast and consults businesses and NGOs on brand & growth strategies. He’s cur ...
 
Have you ever heard something about Islam that made you double take? Questions like “With our political climate, will my children be Muslim?” or “If God is the Most Merciful, why does Hellfire exist?” Welcome to DoubleTake, Yaqeen Institute's new podcast exploring Islamic topics that give us pause. Join our host Mohamad Zaoud and array of experts and scholars as they address these tough questions and topics by exploring the bigger picture through current events, pop culture, and practical ap ...
 
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The importance of mental health is discussed everywhere today, from workplaces and schools to television shows and social media. In most cases, however, it has a distinctly secular approach. There is rarely any mention of the role that faith and spirituality can play in mental well-being. A recent study by Yaqeen makes the case that religiosity is …
 
The James Webb Space Telescope is set to be operational by July as NASA’s flagship mission in astrophysics. In the coming years, we are expected to learn more about the first stars and galaxies after the Big Bang, and we may see significant progress toward becoming a multi-planetary species. What does Islam have to say about the importance of space…
 
Abortion is dominating headlines as the United States Supreme Court considers a decision that could lead to it being outlawed in many states. While the political debate is framed as being either pro-life or pro-choice, the Islamic perspective is not so simple. Is abortion halal or haram, and are there any exceptions? What principles do Muslim schol…
 
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, and more. Cryptocurrency has continuously made headlines in recent years, but despite the popularity of the subject, it seems like there is still no consensus about how Muslims should engage with it. ⁠ ⁠ What should Muslims know about investing in cryptocurrency? ⁠ ⁠ How can we be mindful of Islamic values while trying …
 
Pørnography. It’s a word that’s taboo to say out loud in many of our communities, yet it’s responsible for psychological, spiritual, and social harms on a scale that is almost impossible to comprehend. While it is common knowledge that watching pornography is forbidden in Islam, its addictive nature makes it difficult to overcome. What are the harm…
 
Every culture has expectations for men and women about their roles at home and in society, but the line between cultural practices and religious duty isn’t always clear. The role of men is often reduced to being the financial provider for the home, but does this fully capture their responsibilities? Are the roles of men and women in the home interc…
 
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis, please reach out immediately to the S∪icide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or to you local prevention centers or mental health experts . --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- S∪icide is one of the leading causes of …
 
Jealousy can be psychologically and spiritually devastating if it goes unchecked, but that doesn’t have to be the case. How can we detect jealousy before damage is done? What role does social media play in worsening these feelings? How can we remove jealousy from our hearts and protect ourselves from feeling it again? In the second episode of a two…
 
Jealousy is a complex emotion that causes anger, sadness, pettiness, and other negative feelings. Nobody wants to feel jealous, yet this hyper-connected age of oversharing makes it easier than ever to become consumed by it. What causes jealousy? What are the psychological and spiritual harms of letting it fester? How can our relationship with Allah…
 
For many people, our Ramadan excitement is high at the beginning, lower near the middle, and high again toward the end. But the question is: Where does that excitement go after Ramadan? More importantly, if one of the signs of an accepted Ramadan is the continuation of our deeds after the month comes to an end, if one of the signs of an accepted Ra…
 
We often hear that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, but conversions to Islam aren’t necessarily the main reason for this growth. In fact, despite the appeal of Islam to many people who seek the truth about God, joining a new faith community can be difficult, and some converts struggle to hold onto their religion. What are some of…
 
Ramadan is the month Muslims wait all year for. It’s a time when devils are chained and mosques are full of worshipers. But what does it mean if we find ourselves falling into familiar sins during this blessed month? Can our fasts still be accepted if we commit sins while fasting? And what does an ideal Ramadan fast look like? How can we make the m…
 
Note: The quote Ustadha Ieasha mentions at 8:00 (“Allah says…”) is not a verse from the Qur’an, but a quote from the Israa’eeliyyaat, a narration from the people of the Book. It means that Allah (SWT) puts love and knowledge of Himself in the heart of His slave. --- In verse 183 of Surat al-Baqara, Allah says, “O believers! Fasting is prescribed fo…
 
Season 3 of DoubleTake is finally here! New episodes will be released weekly starting next Wednesday, inshaAllah - starting with four Ramadan specials! Don't forget to rate the show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify - it makes a difference! Follow the show on Instagram for updates: instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast Do you want to see us answer a specific que…
 
In 1989, at fifteen years old, Dr. Yusef Salaam was tried and convicted in the “Central Park Jogger” case along with four other Black and Latino teenage boys. The infamous case made headlines around the world. The Exonerated Five spent between seven to 13 years behind bars for crimes they did not commit, until their sentences were overturned in 200…
 
Among the most foundational beliefs of Muslims is that the Qur’an is the divine, preserved, unparalleled Speech of God. The Qur’an itself challenges those who deny it to “produce something like it” if they are truthful in their claim. This is known as the eternal challenge of the Qur’an, and it is part of demonstrating that the Qur’an’s authorship …
 
Modern technology has made it easier than ever to instantly connect with a world far bigger than our local neighborhoods. It’s given us the opportunity to learn, work, and keep up with our loved ones no matter where we are, and in the midst of a global pandemic, this has been a blessing for a lot of people. However, the smartphone era has also intr…
 
Human beings are imperfect, and no one knows this better than God, but He has given us resources that can help us better understand our shortcomings and how to come back when we stray from His path. Where do sins come from, and what can we do to protect ourselves from them? What’s the difference between sins that come from ourselves and those that …
 
Islam was revolutionary at preserving and elevating the rights of women when it was revealed over 1400 years ago, but today’s challenges and sensibilities may cause us to wonder if that is still the case. However, many of our concerns have been addressed as early as the time of the Prophet (S), when female companions asked him about differences in …
 
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) compared the believers to one body; when one limb aches, the whole body feels it. However, the members of this body come from different backgrounds, and this can sometimes cause us to become disconnected from one another and from our responsibilities to each other. What can we learn from the different experiences of Muslims…
 
Have you ever felt it was difficult to follow Islamic practices? Learning about Islam is a necessary part of every Muslim’s faith journey, but sometimes, we come across rules and recommendations that may feel confusing or overwhelming. We might feel like our day-to-day experiences in the West clash with our practice of Islam and make our lives feel…
 
“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This phrase from the United States Declaration of Independence presents three examples of rights that it says have been given to all people. But what does “happiness” mean from a Quranic perspective? What’s the difference between how Muslims think of happiness compared to people of other faiths? What d…
 
The consumption of drugs and alcohol is a subject that is under-discussed and understudied in the Muslim community. The legalization of marijuana and easy access to vapes and electronic cigarettes should push parents and guardians to take the lead on these conversations in their homes. What is driving people, young and old, to consume drugs and alc…
 
God has given us the ability to reach out to Him for guidance and support in all our affairs, and one of the most challenging of those affairs is parenthood. God does not expect us to fulfill our responsibilities on our own, and He has filled the Qur’an with examples of righteous parents and their prayers for their children. What is missing from ou…
 
God has promised us that with every hardship comes ease, and we know that He does not send any tests or difficulties without the means to seek His aid and relief. Why, then, do we sometimes struggle to trust His plan? What is missing from our understanding of God that can help us feel comfortable with the unknown? What does it look like to do our p…
 
Human beings naturally desire to be in a state of peace, but understanding what that means can be complicated, and the journey to attaining it is full of challenges and distractions. Allah tells us that He is as-Salām, the Flawless, the Source of Peace. How can our understanding of God transform our hearts? What does it look like to be in a state o…
 
The Qur’an is the rope of Allah that saves all who hold onto it. It is nourishment for our souls and a light that discerns between truth and falsehood. But its messages and meanings cannot be unlocked without tadabbur: deep and regular reflection. What role should the Qur’an play in the daily lives of those who believe its message? What are the bar…
 
The DoubleTake production team makes their first on-camera appearance, alongside host Mohamad Zaoud, to talk about season one, their favorite episodes so far, and what they’re looking forward to exploring in Season Two: The World Through the Qur’an. Have some thoughts you want to share? We'd love to hear them! Share your feedback here: yqn.io/podca…
 
Are you ready?! Season 2 of DoubleTake kicks off next Wednesday. Join host Mohamad Zaoud as he sits down with special guests to explore how the Qur'an can strengthen our faith, change our perspectives, and help us understand ourselves and the world around us. Have some thoughts you want to share? We'd love to hear them! Share your feedback here: yq…
 
The struggle for social justice has shaped many of our conversations in recent years. Issues like police brutality, income inequality, and the oppression of minorities are at the forefront of the minds of many. What does Islam have to say about our role as believers in addressing social injustices? What are the issues that we should be mindful of a…
 
The document known as the ‘Constitution of Medina’ has been described as the first-ever written constitution in human history. Some attempt to use it to defend and formulate their political views, while others question its authenticity and significance. How important is the ‘Constitution of Medina’ to our view of an ideal society? What were the maj…
 
Aisha (ra), the wife of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, was known for her level of scholarship, her love for the Messenger ﷺ, and her love for Islam. Yet these days, many conversations about her life center on the age when she got married. How can we understand this incident considering how we view marriage today? More importantly, what are we missing by reduc…
 
It can often be unclear what causes someone to struggle with their faith and identity as a Muslim. The roots of religious doubt can vary from person to person, and they manifest in ways that may be contrary to popular belief. To better understand this phenomenon, Dr. Youssef Chouhoud fielded a survey of over 600 Muslims across America and asked the…
 
Seeking forgiveness after wronging someone can be difficult, but how do we seek redemption from the Lord of the Universe? How do we know that our repentance has been accepted? And if God is All-Powerful, All-Knowing, and the Most Merciful, why do we have to seek forgiveness in the first place? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud sits down with Sr. …
 
There is a rapidly growing industry in the Western world dedicated to fighting radicalization, the process of individuals developing an intent to support or commit acts of political violence. But is this industry accomplishing what it claims to be working toward? If it is, then at what cost? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Tarek Yo…
 
COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more available around the world, and people are starting to return to their places of work, recreation, and worship. However, life still feels far from normal for many of us. How have the lives of Muslims changed during the past year? What can we learn from the experiences of early Muslims who endured similar plagues?…
 
Apostasy and atheism have been on the rise in America in the past decade. Although Muslim families transmit their religious affiliation to their children at higher rates than Christians in America, approximately 20% of those raised as Muslims do not identify as Muslim in adulthood. In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Osman Umarji, auth…
 
Tahajjud, or qiyaam ul-layl, is the voluntary night prayer that was recommended by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is a simple act of worship that can have profound benefits. In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Tamara Gray, author of the Yaqeen Institute paper “Tahajjud: Fuel for the Self and Society,” about how tahajjud c…
 
The Qur’an frequently describes God as the Most Merciful, but it also describes the severity of Hellfire. How do we reconcile God’s mercy with His punishment? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud explores this question with Sheikh Mohammad Elshinawy, author of the Yaqeen Institute paper “The Infinitely Merciful and the Question of Hellfire.”…
 
The question of how Islam started from a small desert city in the Arabian Peninsula to eventually reach Spain and China is sometimes reduced to the faith being “spread by the sword.” In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Hassam Munir, author of the Yaqeen Institute paper “Did Islam Spread by the Sword? A Critical Look at Forced Conversions,”…
 
In a recent study of over 17,000 individuals, 64% of them had experienced something traumatic during their childhood years. Trauma can be something your friend endured as a child, an event your sibling has kept private to themselves, or a load that you have been quietly carrying with you without even realizing it. In this episode, host Mohammed Zao…
 
Have you ever heard something about Islam that made you double take? Questions like “with our political climate, will my children be Muslim?” or “if God is the Most Merciful, why does Hellfire exist?” Welcome to DoubleTake, Yaqeen Institute's new podcast exploring Islamic topics that give us pause. Join our host Mohamad Zaoud as he explores difficu…
 
LaunchGood has become the biggest Muslim-specific crowdfunding platform across the globe. Whilst many comfortably use the platform, they are unaware of the story behind its inception. Co-Founder Omar Hamid's journey started in late high school, as he kicked off his design career by starting his own agency - that’s right - during high school. The de…
 
Magid Magid may have lived the most unconventional journey to politics there is. After leaving Somalia as a refugee, he arrived at Britain at the tender age of 5. After schooling and working long shifts at factories for cash, Magid eventually enrolled into university to study Aquatic Zoology. Apart from an exotic degree, Magid got a lot out of his …
 
Arguably the forerunner in Islamic related design across the world, Peter Gould's journey is fascinating on both a personal and business level. By the time Peter hit university, he discovered two crucial things that would inform his work to come; his passion for design and his belief in Islam. Instead of working at a corporate firm to channel his d…
 
If there is anyone who has walked the world through his career, its Shahed Amanullah. He's worked at several major engineer firms, at the World Bank, in real estate development and a in the US State Department. But these jobs have only been in between what Shahed is truly passionate about - creating, leading and supporting impactful start-ups. A Si…
 
Recent times have seen massive strides in Muslim mental health awareness. The ways in which we understand wellness have shifted a great deal and it's increasingly clear that mental illness is not to be pushed under the rug. However, we often don't hear of the individuals who tirelessly work on the ground to create this awareness. One such personali…
 
Riyaad Minty grew up in a South Africa just recovering from decades of oppressive apartheid. With a keen interest in human rights in a post 9/11 world, Riyaad chose to do a Law degree at university; but only for so long. With a vision in mind and a company to build, Riyaad dropped out of university after his first year of study. Starting off in the…
 
By any measure of the word, Mohamad Jebara is a true Math whiz. Scoring in the top 0.5 percentile in his year 12 finals, he ventured to take on the toughest Math he could find at university: actuarial studies. By his mid-20s, Mohamad's genius saw him being named senior partner of a lucrative derivatives trading firm in Sydney. But after just two mo…
 
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