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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 applications.
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Love our content? Sign up for the DoubleTake companion email featuring bonus supplemental content and a SNEAK PEEK of next week's episode! Sign up here: https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signupIn the 51st chapter of the Qur’an, verse 22, Allah (SWT) says, “In heaven is your rizq and whatever you are promised.” Rizq, meaning provision or sustenance, comes in different forms, but Allah is clear that He is the One who provides it. Can we control our rizq to get the things we want? If our provision is already determined, what is the purpose of our effort? How can our understanding of God as The Provider change our day-to-day actions? Join host Mohamad Zaoud for a conversation with Dr. Jinan Yousef, a fellow at Yaqeen and author of the popular book, "Reflecting on the Names of Allah." 📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
Love our content? Sign up for the DoubleTake companion email featuring bonus supplemental content and a SNEAK PEEK of next week's episode! Sign up here: https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signupSome of the most popular influencers today are being hailed as guides and teachers for boys and men. They claim to understand the challenges that men are facing, and they say they have the solutions. Why are people talking so much about masculinity, and are these conversations productive? What does the Islamic tradition have to say about what it means to be a real man? What are the values that men should be building in order to thrive in the modern world? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Osman Umarji, the Director of Survey Research and Evaluation at Yaqeen.#podcast #masculinity #islam 📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
Love our content? Sign up for the DoubleTake companion email featuring bonus supplemental content and a SNEAK PEEK of next week's episode! Sign up here: https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signupThe most authentic and verified texts for Muslims, after the Qur’an, are the books of Hadith. They’re foundational to how we understand and practice our religion. But if the Qur’an is complete and perfect, why do we even need the Hadith? What is the method that scholars use to determine if the Prophet (S) really said something? How can we be certain that we are understanding and applying the Prophet's (S) narrations correctly?In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Jonathan Brown, the Director of History and Islamic Thought at Yaqeen.📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
Love our content? Sign up for the DoubleTake companion email featuring bonus supplemental content and a SNEAK PEEK of next week's episode! Sign up here: https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signupIn Surat Faatir, Chapter 35 verse 6, Allah (SWT) says, “Indeed, Shaytan (Satan) is an enemy to you; so take him as an enemy.” One of the weapons at Satan’s disposal is his whispering. What does it mean for Satan to whisper to us? How do we draw the line between his whisperings and our own thoughts? What is the relationship between these whisperings and obsessive-compulsive disorder? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Sr. Najwa Awad, a fellow at Yaqeen Institute and author of the paper, “Clinicians, Imams, and the Whisperings of Satan.”📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
Love our content? Sign up for the DoubleTake companion email featuring bonus supplemental content and a SNEAK PEEK of next week's episode! Sign up here: https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signupWhen Facebook changed its company name to Meta, it doubled down on its commitment to the future of the internet: the so-called “metaverse.” But with tech companies laying off thousands of employees and billions of dollars being wiped out in the cryptocurrency bubble collapse, the future is still unclear, and preparing for it seems as confusing as ever. What is Web3, and what will it change about how we use the internet? As Muslims, how should we assess the risks and opportunities offered by this new frontier? How can we utilize the latest technologies as a means of better serving Islam, Muslims, and the world at large?In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Sh. Mustafa Umar, a fellow at Yaqeen and the Religious Director at the Islamic Center of Irvine.📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
Love our content? Sign up for the DoubleTake companion email featuring bonus supplemental content and a SNEAK PEEK of next week's episode! Sign up here: https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signupWhen people choose to follow a religion, they are often looking for feelings of peace, contentment, and connection to a higher power. This feeling of spirituality is central to the life of a Muslim, but some may feel like it’s not necessary to follow a religion in order to experience it. They might consider themselves spiritual, but not religious. Do sentiments like this help people come closer to God? Can a person be spiritual without being religious? What does an Islamic approach to spirituality look like? Mohamad Zaoud explores these questions and more with Imam Tom Facchine, a fellow at Yaqeen and the Imam of Utica Masjid in New York.📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
Love our content? Sign up for the DoubleTake companion email featuring bonus supplemental content and a SNEAK PEEK of next week's episode! Sign up here: https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signupThree-in-ten American adults describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or “nothing in particular” when they are asked about their religious identity, according to a Pew Research report from December 2021. Proving God’s existence is important, but it’s not the end of the conversation. What distinguishes the Islamic perspective on God from other religious traditions? How certain can we be that Islam is correct? What are people missing when they choose to follow other religions? Join host Mohamad Zaoud as he discusses these questions and more with Sh. Mohammad Elshinawy, Associate Director of the Systematic Theology Department at Yaqeen.📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
Love our content? Sign up for the DoubleTake companion email featuring bonus supplemental content and a SNEAK PEEK of next week's episode! Sign up here: https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signupNo matter which religion a person is born into, we all eventually face the same question: “Do I really believe in God?” The Qur’an tells us that the signs of His existence are spread all over the world around us, yet today, more than ever before, people are saying it’s not enough. Is it possible to prove God’s existence? What is the strongest argument for His existence, and do we have evidence for it in our tradition? Beyond proving God’s existence, how do we know that He is worthy of worship? In the Season 4 premiere of DoubleTake, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Sh. Hamza Karamali, founder of Basira Education, about proving the existence of God.📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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 not only relevant to mental health, but central to it. What are the biggest factors affecting the mental health of Muslims? How can religiosity lead to positive psychological outcomes? Can religiosity even be measured? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Osman Umarji and Dr. Farah Islam, co-authors of “Faith in Mind: Islam’s Role in Mental Health.” Read the study here.📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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 exploration? How does the Big Bang fit into our understanding of creation from the Islamic perspective? Does studying space have any importance to our daily lives as Muslims? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to astrophysicist and data scientist Dr. Aycha Tammour, about how Muslims should think about space exploration.📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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 scholars use to determine their understanding? How should we be thinking about this issue on an individual and political level? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Omar Suleiman and Sr. Hanaa Hasan about the Islamic perspective on abortion and the article Islam and the Abortion Debate. 📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @yaqeenpodcast📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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 to keep up with the latest trends in finance? ⁠⁠What can we do to take ownership of our financial futures? ⁠⁠In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Sh. Joe Bradford, one of the leading experts on issues involving Muslims and Finance in North America, about how Muslims fit into the world of cryptocurrency. ⁠📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @yaqeenpodcast📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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 harms of watching this content? What are the underlying issues that cause people to turn to it, and why do they have a hard time turning away? What can we do to stop this habit before it becomes an addiction?Join host Mohamad Zaoud for a conversation with Dr. Omar Husain, Head of Instruction at Yaqeen Institute and Assistant Professor at Seattle University in the Clinical Mental Health Program. 📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @yaqeenpodcast📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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 interchangeable, or are there distinct Islamic expectations for each? How can men balance these responsibilities to become ideal fathers and husbands? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Sh. Mohammad Elshinawy, co-author of the Yaqeen Institute paper “Gender Uniqueness in Islam and the Significance of Fatherhood.” Read it here.📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @yaqeenpodcast📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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 death in the United States, and despite what some may believe, Muslims are not immune to it. As such, it is necessary for us to understand how best to respond to it. What is Islam’s position on s∪icide and those who passed away from it? How should we respond as a community when we lose someone in this way? What can we do as individuals to protect ourselves and others from this crisis? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud sits down with Dr. Farah Islam, Director of the Psychospirituality Department at Yaqeen Institute, to explore these questions and discuss suicide prevention.📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback------------------------------------------------The contents of this episode are for general informational purposes only, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any condition or disease or substitute for medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician, mental health professional, or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.#mentalhealth #islam #yaqeeninstitute👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us! Instagram: @yaqeenpodcastFacebook: facebook.com/yaqeenpodcast📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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-part special, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Sr. Sarah Sultan and Sr. Najwa Awad, co-authors of the Yaqeen Institute paper, “‘Why Is Everyone’s Life Better than Mine?’ Protecting Yourself from the Dangers of Comparison.”📨  Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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 help us make sense of these feelings? In the first episode of a two-part special, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Sr. Sarah Sultan and Sr. Najwa Awad, co-authors of the Yaqeen Institute paper, “‘Why Is Everyone’s Life Better than Mine?’ Protecting Yourself from the Dangers of Comparison.”📨  Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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 Ramadan is the continuation of our deeds after the month comes to an end, does that mean there are consequences to slowing down? Is this dip inevitable, or is there something we can do to stop it? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Ustadha Lobna Mulla, Board Member at Yaqeen Institute, about overcoming the post-Ramadan dip.📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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 the challenges that new Muslims face? What can Muslims do, as communities and individuals, to help converts on their journeys? What role can Ramadan play to strengthen their resolve? Join host Mohamad Zaoud as he sits down with Sh. Abdullah Oduro, Head of Convert Resources at Yaqeen Institute, to discuss the convert experience. Additional Resources for New Muslims:New Muslim Landing page Telegram communitySurvey  Don't forget to think of your akhirah and support free resources like this. Donate!Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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 most of the moments when we aren’t able to worship directly? In this Ramadan special, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Tamara Gray, founder of Rabata and senior fellow at Yaqeen Institute, about making the most of fasting.Don't forget to think of your akhirah and support free resources like this. Donate!Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📨 Share your feedback! https://yqn.io/podcastfeedback📫 Join the newsletter! https://yqn.io/doubletake-email-signup👍🏻 Follow us on Instagram! https://instagram.com/yaqeenpodcast
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ForexTraderNYC

such polished n well structured presentation..no fluff just great meaningful conversation. mashallah yaqeen never sounds boring. Content is so relatable n rich. great work guys!

Oct 14th
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ForexTraderNYC

love omer for sake of Allah, what an ambassador for muslim ummah in west. A man of balance,calmness n effective speaker, may Allah increase his ranks.

Jul 9th
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ForexTraderNYC

wow the amount of knowledge u guys shared on how to be a good muslim parent n identity you covered in just 30 min is remarkable. It enlightened me that we r composed of many sub identities n strong on sum weak on others. This episode was nothing but real talk, no fluff, bare practical stuff. i love segment where host asks these rhetotical questions taking on a 3rd person identity n asks tuff questions without holding back for political correctness. Yaqeen institute is impressing me day by day.

May 27th
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