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Muslims On Fire

Muslims On Fire

Author: Maruf Yusupov

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Stories of Ordinary Muslims Doing Extraordinary Things
24 Episodes
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:
Br. Anas was born and raised in England. Growing up he began to notice the materialistic nature of his surroundings and it felt like a "cold" and "empty" place. He was looking for a greater purpose in life. Fortunately, he went to an ethnically diverse school where he could get a glimpse of different views of the world. He also noticed that in general people with religion seemed happier compared to those who lived their lives without one.  Eventually, this intention to live with religion led him to Islam. His love for Islamic knowledge was so intense so he migrated to the Middle East to study Islam. He visited Mecca for hajj during this time. It was then he envisioned a Muslim clothing brand to enable more beautiful and modest options for ever-growing Ummah. Shukr Clothing was born.  --- Send in a voice message:
After World War II in 1947, there was a division of British ruled lands into India and Pakistan. Many Muslim families started migrating to Pakistan. Br. Arif's dad was one of these immigrants. When he came to Pakistan he almost had nothing but a suitcase of books. In other words, he had to start from scratch in a new land. He loved books and the books helped him to rediscover himself again as one of the leading book publishers after many years in Pakistan. In 1980, there was a change in the air. This time it was a "computer revolution". His dad bought a computer to learn the new possibilities and what it may mean for his book publishing business. For br. Arif and his brothers, the computer was a new toy where they can play games. The boys soon started learning more about coding to develop their own games. This sense of curiosity led br. Arif to dive deep into computer programming. Today his company PAK Data is among the pioneers for the Global Muslim market with apps as Quran Majeed and other Islamic apps with over 40 million app installs worldwide. Listen to the full episode to discover how br. Arif started his journey.  --- Send in a voice message:
Sabiha and her parents migrated from India to the USA when she was one year old. It was another 8 years before she could visit India again.  While she enjoyed the visit she also noticed the vast difference between these two worlds.   Much later when she was at the right age, she was introduced to her future husband during one of these visits. You may call it an arranged marriage, but for Sabiha and her father, it was uplifting and helping a community member similar to what her parents did.  Even though it started with helping one more fellow human being towards a better life, this marriage ended up being much more productive.  It turns out that her husband Faisal Masood is a serial entrepreneur and one of those Muslims on "fire".  Faisal and Sabiha are the co-founders of AMCC. It is a non-profit organization to empower Muslim startups and entrepreneurs.  --- Send in a voice message:
Sometimes all it takes is just one email to change someone's life course to 180 degrees. This is what happened to our guest in this episode.  Muhammad's life was just the way he wanted. He was working at a bank and making a good living.  Until one day he received an email. He discovered he could no longer keep doing what he was doing and had to quit his job.  What would you do in this case? Listen to the full episode to find out what Muhammad did and where he is today. --- Send in a voice message:
He was adopted as the 11th child. His home was so tight that he had to sleep under a dining table instead of a bed.   Today he is the CEO and Founder of Brainy Bunch - Islamic Montessori Schools. It is over 100+ schools today and they teach to 6000+ students. It may seem far fetched, but there is a deep connection where he was raised and what he does today. Listen to the full episode to discover the links.  --- Send in a voice message:
Sh. Ismail Kamdar was born in South Africa. He lost his father at an early age. He also started his Islamic education at 13 initially to please his mom. Soon he found himself in the ocean of Islamic knowledge and he loved it so he became a life long student. For many, this would be enough for a lifetime, but not for Sh. Ismail. He wants to follow Abu Hanifa in his footsteps to be financially independent so he can serve without compromising his integrity. He started his transition five years ago by tapping into entrepreneurship. Alhamdulilah, he is halfway there as of today. It is a story of life long learning, endurance and patience. --- Send in a voice message:
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