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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 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…
 
Abandoned by her father at six, Naz's family was jumping from squalor to squalor and living meal to meal. Far from a normal upbringing, she was sent to Pakistan at 12, to protect her from the man sexually exploiting her mother over a mortgage. She was forced into an abusive marriage at 15, and upon return to the UK, was beholden to her mother killi…
 
Mufti Menk is arguably the most popular and renowned Mufti on the planet. Having been in the 'Top 500 Most Influential Muslims' list 6 years in a row, his name and online lectures are a staple in millions of Muslim households. To no surprise, we learn the Mufti was reading the Quran at the tender age of 3 and memorised it cover-to-cover by 11 (yes,…
 
There are few Muslims who can say they had a seat at the President's table, and Dalia Mogahed is one of those rare few. An Egyptian American at the forefront of Muslim Activism for over a decade, Dalia's journey has seen her lecturing at colleges, training law enforcement and eventually, advising the Obama Administration. We trace Dalia's life from…
 
Haroon Meer grew up in the tail end of Apartheid South Africa, but his future was far from bleak. After almost two decades in information security (and playing a lot of pool!), Haroon founded Thinkst, a start-up responsible for bringing Canary to the world, a cyber-security honeypot used by some of the biggest tech giants in the world including Sla…
 
To say Professor John Esposito is an accomplished academic would be an understatement. He's Professor of Islamic studies at the esteemed Georgetown University, has published 60 books (yes, within one lifetime) and is a senior member of the UN Alliance of Civilisations. To make this seem all the stranger, we discover Professor Esposito spent a decad…
 
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 …
 
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