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Author: Sami Yusuf

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'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 bring their wisdom to topics ranging from culture, arts, spirituality, sciences, and much more, and discuss underlying trends and ideas in their full depth and subtlety.
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It’s a true honor to have Seyyed Hossein Nasr as my guest on ‘Reflections’. Dr. Nasr is one of the most influential Muslim scholars in the world. He is a rare polymath, whose vast body of work covers the most important areas of contemporary thought from classical philosophy, sacred art, Islamic science, Sufism, and critique of modernity to interfaith relations and the environment. In this interview he discusses the significance of the current pandemic, the roots and implications of the ecological crisis, and the need for sacred and traditional music in our world. An eloquent lecturer and author of over 60 books and several hundred articles that have been translated into all major languages, Dr. Nasr is currently University Professor of Islamic Studies at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. The quest for knowledge that — to quote him — “liberates and delivers from the fetters and limitations of earthly existence” — continues to be the central concern of Dr. Nasr’s intellectual life.
It’s a pleasure to welcome Ibrahim Kalin to Reflections. Ibrahim Kalin currently serves as the presidential spokesperson and special adviser to the President of Turkey. He is a prolific writer, a renowned scholar of Islamic studies and comparative philosophy, and an accomplished musician. In this wide-ranging interview he shares his thought-provoking insights on metaphysics, music, and finding much-needed balance in our lives. Watch Ibrahim Kalin’s single ‘Çırpınıp İçinde Döndüğüm Deniz’ here https://youtu.be/QP5M79NF6n8
Episode 11: Aled Jones

Episode 11: Aled Jones

2020-11-1031:54

Joining me on Reflections is the legendary Welsh singer, Aled Jones. Aled became a household name across Britain and beyond as a boy in the mid-80s when he released his angelic song, ‘Walking in the Air’ from the movie ‘The Snowman’. He has gone on to have a brilliant career not only as a great vocalist — with over 40 albums to date and many highly successful world tours — but as a broadcaster known for his television and radio programmes including ‘Songs of Praise’ on the BBC and his shows on ITV and Classic FM to name just a few. In addition Aled’s talent for acting has landed him several roles in television, movies, and on the stage. With all that being said, I personally am delighted to have gotten to know Aled as a humble, thoughtful, and sincere human. Recently I had the pleasure to record a duet with him for his just released album ‘Blessings’ which also features Dame Judi Dench and Susan Boyle among others. Today we’re going to talk about the album, about his life in music, and so much more. Get Aled’s new album ‘Blessings’ here http://aledjones.lnk.to/blessings — Classic FM – UK Digital Radio Station https://www.classicfm.com/ Everyday Blessings: Inspirational Words of Comfort and Hope by Aled Jones https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everyday-Blessings-Inspirational-words-comfort/dp/1473682746  ‘Walking in the Air – Aled Jones Sings With His Younger Self’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=engSQve1CKU BBC programme Songs of Praise https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006ttc5
Born in the UK and based in Jerusalem, Rabbi Rosen was granted a papal Knighthood in 2005 for his contribution to Jewish-Catholic reconciliation and in 2010 made a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for his work promoting interfaith understanding and cooperation. He was the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, and is currently the International Director of Interreligious Affairs of AJC, the American Jewish Committee, as well as a leading figure in several prominent interreligious dialogue organizations. FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.rabbidavidrosen.net/
Dr Joseph E B Lumbard is an Associate Professor in the Arabic Studies Department of the American University of Sharjah and a former adviser on interfaith affairs to the Jordanian Royal Court. Among his recent publications is the unparalleled and comprehensive work, The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary, for which he was a general editor and author. We’re releasing this podcast during the holy month of Ramadan as our conversation focuses primarily on The Study Quran. It’s a nearly 2,000-page work that gives a comprehensive picture of how this sacred book has been read by Muslims for over 1,400 years. The Study Quran has been described as ‘monumental’, ‘magisterial’, and ‘a huge and significant scholarly undertaking’. We begin with Joseph Lumbard speaking about his experience working on this impressive project. To learn more about his publications visit: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joseph-E.-B.-Lumbard/e/B0034PMESY
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. More about Dr Umar: www.facebook.com/Dr.UmarFaruqAbdAllah To learn more about his publications see: https://www.theoasisinitiative.org/publications/
Episode 7: Saleh Nass

Episode 7: Saleh Nass

2018-05-1527:201

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/
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: https://sharethemeal.org/ To learn more about the World Food Program’s initiatives and how you can get involved visit www.WFP.org To learn more about the International Humanitarian City visit www.IHC.ae To see the music video ‘Forgotten Promises’ that was mentioned during the conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKV2oeS4vw8
Episode 5: A. R. Rahman

Episode 5: A. R. Rahman

2018-03-1625:271

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 4: Felice Liao

Episode 4: Felice Liao

2018-03-1025:50

I’m a foodie. There, I've said it. Whilst searching for “the best Chinese food in Dubai” on our–mostly reliable–friend Google, I stumbled upon a name I hadn’t heard of before but that had raving reviews. Fifteen minutes later, I walked straight through the doors of TaiPei Dao. We ordered some amazing–and surprisingly healthy–food and just before we were about to leave the lovely owner came over to our table, and, well, that’s how it all began. 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. I met up with her at her restaurant and we had a very interesting and inspiring conversation. I’m sure you’re going to love this episode!
A few years ago, I came across a book called Signs on the Horizons. It’s about an individual’s personal encounters with extraordinary human beings from around the world. To be honest, it left such a profound impression on me that I just had to meet the author in person — and I finally did! My guest on this episode is Michael Sugich, a Santa Barbara native who studied at UCLA and the California Institute of the Arts. In his writing, he describes a living mystical tradition that’s as much a part of our world as the materialism that consumes most people’s attention. We discussed, among other things, show business; his love of film; his upcoming books and projects as well as a near-death experience that permanently changed his view on life. He is a very humble man who has accomplished a many great things but he will not allow me to mention them publicly. I’m sure you will love this episode! Just so you know, “Sidi Ali” (the blind caretaker from Meknes) passed away peacefully shortly after this interview was recorded.
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 a Director of Studies at Wolfson College, and is a holder of the Pilkington Teaching Prize at the University of Cambridge. He’s been described as Britain's most influential Muslim thinker by The Independent. 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). Dr. Tim Winter’s articles have appeared in The Independent, the London Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Catholic Herald, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Prospect. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's ‘Thought for the Day’. As a Muslim myself, I’ve often been troubled by the predominately negative media coverage associated with Muslims around the world, as well Muslims in my home country, the UK. I reached out to Dr. Winter because he is a man of profound knowledge and someone I believe is capable of addressing and answering my questions. We discuss, among other things, the importance of training British born Imams to address the “ideological emergency” that British Muslims face today; the internet as a “very poor replacement” for seeking authentic knowledge; and the roots and causes of extremism as well as the reasons behind the rise of the far-right. Just a quick heads-up, there are quite a lot of non-English terminologies used in this episode. You can find captions and explanations for all these references on the video version of this episode which can be found on www.ReflectionsPodcast.com.
Episode 1: Peter Sanders

Episode 1: Peter Sanders

2018-03-0628:383

Peter Sanders is a legendary photographer who has been taking pictures for over 50 years. He also happens to be a very dear friend and someone I have a great deal of respect for. He is a man of profound wisdom and experience. He is also one of the most humble people I have ever known. Peter joins me for our first episode of Reflections. We talk about the 60s and why that era is often dismissed as hedonistic; his 45-year-long book project; his hope in the youth and in Jeremy Corbyn as well as meditation and mindfulness. I hope you will enjoy this first podcast!
Introduction

Introduction

2018-03-0502:401

The reason why I started Reflections as a Podcast!
Comments (6)

Dildor U

He is perfect💜

Jul 25th
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Wrya

Weldone brother you are really doing great work and I am happy to state that all the previous episodes were amazing. I wish you the best of luck with the greatest success in your career and future plans.

Jul 16th
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KhadijaSamiYusuf

So beautiful

May 21st
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Ayesha_SY

Very amazing conversations.Thanks u so much samiyusuf for your amazing and great works.All works u do i love all.

Mar 17th
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Lareb Sami

reflections is a perfect place to talk about spirituality thank you @samiyusuf for reflection podcasts

Mar 17th
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