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Muslims On Fire

Muslims On Fire

Author: Maruf Yusupov

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Stories of Ordinary Muslims Doing Extraordinary Things
30 Episodes
Bobir is a Serial Tech Entrepreneur with 20 years of experience founding and scaling multiple 8 figure companies from scratch. Currently operating an IT consultancy agency ( and a remote work solutions product ( Former government official under the administration of the president of Uzbekistan. In this episode, we discussed his life story and his $1 billion dollar mistake. I hope you will enjoy this episode as much as I did. --- Send in a voice message:
Dr. Musharraf Hussain is a Sunni Scholar and the chief Executive of Karimia Institute Nottingham. He came to Britain from Pakistan in 1966 with his parents to the town of Halifax, where he memorized the Quran, learned Tajweed and basic Quranic Arabic. After completing a degree in Biochemistry at Aston University, he went on to gain a Science doctorate. He worked as a Scientist till 1990 and then decided to dedicate himself to serving the Muslim community. He studied the Islamic sciences at a seminary in Pakistan under the guidance of Justice Pir Muhammad Karam Shah and then at Al-Azhar University, Cairo. He was awarded an OBE in 2008 for his services to community relations in Britain. Formerly he was the director of the PGCE teacher training course and vice-chair of the Association of Muslim Schools (2000-2003) as well as the chairman of the Christian Muslim forum (2008-2010). --- Send in a voice message:
In this episode, I had the pleasure of talking to Sh. Mustapha Khattab. We talked about his life story as well as what inspired him to write the new English translation of the Quran: Clear Quran.  Dr. Mustafa Khattab is a Canadian-Egyptian authority on interpreting the Quran. He was a member of the first ‎team that translated the Ramadan night prayers (Tarawîḥ) live from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca and the ‎Prophet’s Mosque in Medina (2002-2005). Dr. Khattab memorized the entire Quran at a young age and later ‎obtained a professional ijâzah in the Ḥafṣ style of recitation with a chain of narrators going all the way to Prophet ‎Muḥammad ‎ﷺ‎. He received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in Islamic Studies in English with Honors from Al-Azhar ‎University’s Faculty of Languages & Translation. He lectured on Islam at Clemson University (OLLI Program, 2009-‎‎2010), held the position of Lecturer at Al-Azhar University for over a decade starting in 2003, and served as the ‎Muslim Chaplain at Brock University (2014-2016). He is a member of the Canadian Council ‎of Imams, a Fulbright ‎Interfaith Scholar, and an iERA-Canada Outreach Specialist. He has served as an Imam in the U.S.A. and Canada ‎since 2007 and is the translator of The Clear Quran (2015), the author of The Nation of Islam (2011) and Outfoxing ‎Fox News (2017), and contributor to the Encyclopedia of Muslim American History (2010). His forthcoming works ‎include Qamus-ul-Quran (The Clear Quran Dictionary), The Clear Quran for Kids, and Shukran (children’s ‎story). He's currently the senior Imam of the Anatolia Islamic Centre, Mississauga, Canada.‎ --- Send in a voice message:
Yvonne Maffei is a self-taught chef, food & travel writer, cookbook author, e-commerce entrepreneur, public speaker, food industry consultant, niche consumer marketing expert, and the founder of the first blog on halal food & cooking, She gives cooking classes, presentations on the meaning of halal, and educates about conscious cooking and healthy eating. She consults food brands, schools, and hospitals on how to understand and source for halal ingredients and methods in cooking for food and cosmetic products. Her book titles include Clean Your Kitchen Green (2010), Summer Ramadan Cooking (2013), and My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, Lifestyle Inspiration (2016). She has been an invited guest at the White House under the Obama Administration, a special counselor to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a guest speaker at such prestigious events as the recent World Halal Summit in Istanbul, Turkey (2018), and a consultant to Aramark Corporation for the first-ever all-halal university dining facility at New York University in Manhattan. She divides her time between the USA and Turkey and is working on a  healing cookbook about holistic cooking and lifestyle, as well as conducting research on the superfoods of the Turkish Aegean & Mediterranean region. --- Send in a voice message:
Sajjad Chowdhry is an entrepreneur and management professional who draws on a diverse range of experience in startups, commercial real estate finance, Islamic finance, structured finance, investment, and trade & manufacturing, along with his strong academic pedigree. In this episode, we discussed leadership in Muslim communities. I hope you will enjoy this as much as I did.  --- Send in a voice message:
Today Khalid is a Conversion Rate Optimization expert. It means he helps companies sell more by improving their websites. However, he started his business journey as a book store owner at the age of 12. In this episode, we discussed many lessons from human psychology: why we do what we do. I hope you will learn a lesson or two not only how to improve your site only, but your habits as well :)  --- Send in a voice message:
Rafi is one of the thought leaders when it comes to Islamic Economy. Here is why I say this. He is the managing director of Dinar Standard and Rafi and his team has been publishing "Islamic Economy Reports" in partnership with Thomson Reuters for the global Muslim market.  He is one of the very few people I know who are smart and humble. This is why he is not only a good friend but first and foremost one of my mentors and advisors.  In this episode, we discussed how we can as a Muslim ummah transform from consumers to contributors to serve God by serving humanity.  --- Send in a voice message:
Siddiqa Juma is an award-winning Muslim graphic artist. In this episode, we discussed creativity in Islam and as Muslims in our current time.  We also discussed her journey to the house of Allah one painting at a time which is a recurring theme in her artwork.  --- Send in a voice message:
Osama is the founder of Mocha7 - a product innovation design and launch studio based in Seattle, USA.  He is also a mentor at Founder Academy among other things. In this episode, we discussed how he pivoted in his career towards being a purpose-driven path.  He recently started a campaign to support the orphans with other Muslim photographers. Their charity campaign - - is in its last week. Check it out if you haven't yet.  --- Send in a voice message:
In this episode, I talked to Usman Majid. He is also a podcaster and you should check his podcast as well. Usman's journey via identity crisis is something we all can learn from. Hope you will enjoy this talk as much as I did. --- Send in a voice message:
Shelina is a vice president at Ogilvy Noor.   She helped in establishing Ogilvy Noor's pioneering role in the growing Islamic branding and marketing industry, and the growth of the Muslim consumer market, as well as establishing our thought leadership. She is also an author. She wrote Generation M and A Love in a headscarf. But it all started with taking an action. Listen to the episode to discover her story.  --- Send in a voice message:
Peter is a designer at heart. He has been leading design teams for over 20+ years now.  In this episode, we discuss how his spiritual journey lead him to Islam via design and curiosity.  --- Send in a voice message:
Almir Colan is a Director at the Australian Centre for Islamic Finance (AUSCIF) and CEO at Olive Investments. Almir is also an advisor to a number of institutions that provide Islamic finance services. In this episode, we discussed a bit about his childhood and Bosnia where he grew up. We also discussed a bit of history, Islamic Finance, and cryptocurrencies as well.  --- Send in a voice message:
In this episode, we had a heart to heart talk with a dear friend of mine Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt.  While some of you have heard of his website Launch Good - a Kickstarter for Muslims, do you know his life story? This is exactly what this episode all about. Enjoy. . --- Send in a voice message:
Yusuf is originally from Bangladesh but he lived most of his childhood in the blessed city of Mecca. Life was good until one day his family got a notice that they have to leave the country. It changed everything.  Listen to this story full of adventure how it is to start from scratch in a new country and eventually he made it to America where he helps other entrepreneurs with their websites and online presence.  --- Send in a voice message:
Nazir was raised in a family environment that some of us may call broken. It is not what happens to you, but what you do with it counts.  Today he is a father of 10 children and a Muslim parenting coach.  Listen to this episode to discover his story what led him to make this 180 degrees change.  --- Send in a voice message:
Halil Demir started a local Muslim charity just months before 9/11.  Now it is a multimillion-dollar international relief organization: Often we only see what is in front of our eyes and tend to forget how things are always in the years in the making.  What you might not know that he is originally from a farmer's family where he started taking care of the animals at the age of 6-7. In this episode, we go back, way back when he started volunteering and helping those in need first in his home country in Turkey.  Later he continued his volunteer work while studying in Europe. Today Zakat Foundation of America is one of the leading Muslim charities in the world helping the needy.  We also discussed his book "9 Myths About Muslim Charities" and some funny stories Mr. Halil deals with as a Muslim charity in the US. --- Send in a voice message:
Harun Rashid is a serial entrepreneur. He is also the co-founder of Islamic Design House - a pioneering modest fashion brand. In recent years, he was involved in MEN - Muslim Enterperenuer Network and Leverage Program where his integrity was put to test. It was a difficult conversation. However, we still need to talk about these issues in our community to learn from our mistakes. I hope you will enjoy this episode and let us know what you think. --- Send in a voice message:
It is a shameless plug :) Following the advice from Chris - the founder of Launch Good, I have decided to share my story as well. It is awkward to talk about yourself so I asked another good friend of mine Baba Ali to interview me. By the way, you can also read more about me here: Hope you will enjoy this episode and let me know what you think. Here you can learn more about our projects: --- Send in a voice message:
Tody Tarek Fahim runs Endure Capital - a successful VC based in Palo Alto, California. He was also one of the early investors in the ride-hailing app Careem which recently got acquired by Uber.  Tarek was born and raised in Kuwait by Egyptian engineer parents. His parents set an example by helping others in the community.  This lesson in helping others towards fulfillment as a human being pushed him forward all throughout his life.  This is why he created an NGO Alboraq while studying at the university as an engineer.  Later in his career, he always felt this itch for helping others more than just working as an engineer. This led him to study his MBA, then starting his own startup from scratch later helping other entrepreneurs as a VC.  At the end of the day, we invest in people. Companies may succeed or fail. People are the right thing to "bet" on. –Tarek Fahim Listen to the full episode for the hidden gems and once how he almost became a dentist :) --- Send in a voice message:
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