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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.
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.
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!👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @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!👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @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!👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @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!👍🏻 Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @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! 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:
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Note: The quote Ustadha Ieasha mentions at 8:00 (“Allah says…”) is not a verse from the Qur’an, but a quote from the Israa’eeliyyaat, a narration from the people of the Book. It means that Allah (SWT) puts love and knowledge of Himself in the heart of His slave.--- In verse 183 of Surat al-Baqara, Allah says, “O believers! Fasting is prescribed for you—as it was for those before you—so perhaps you will become mindful of Allah.”  Every Ramadan is full of reminders that the purpose of fasting is to gain taqwa, meaning mindfulness of God, or God-consciousness. But how exactly does that work? What is the relationship between what our bodies physically consume and the states of our hearts? What should be mindful of throughout our fasts so we can achieve the goal Allah intends for us? In this episode, Ustadha Ieasha Prime joins the show for a special presentation about how fasting protects and cleanses the heart, followed by a personal reflection by host Mohamad Zaoud.Don't forget to think of your akhirah and support free resources like this. Donate!Share your feedback!
Season 3 of DoubleTake is finally here! New episodes will be released weekly starting next Wednesday, inshaAllah - starting with four Ramadan specials! Don't forget to rate the show on Apple Podcasts and Spotify - it makes a difference!Follow the show on Instagram for updates: you want to see us answer a specific question or explore a topic of your choice? Do you like or dislike what you've heard so far? Share your feedback here:
Among the most foundational beliefs of Muslims is that the Qur’an is the divine, preserved, unparalleled Speech of God. The Qur’an itself challenges those who deny it to “produce something like it” if they are truthful in their claim. This is known as the eternal challenge of the Qur’an, and it is part of demonstrating that the Qur’an’s authorship cannot reasonably be attributed to anyone but God. What does it mean for the Qur’an to be miraculous in nature? What are the different proofs that show us this is true? How does this knowledge affect our relationship with God and with His Book? In the season 2 finale of DoubleTake, join host Mohamad Zaoud for a conversation with Sh. Suleiman Hani, author of the Yaqeen Institute paper “Introduction to I’jāz al-Qur’ān: The Miraculous Nature of the Qur’an.”Share your feedback!
Modern technology has made it easier than ever to instantly connect with a world far bigger than our local neighborhoods. It’s given us the opportunity to learn, work, and keep up with our loved ones no matter where we are, and in the midst of a global pandemic, this has been a blessing for a lot of people. However, the smartphone era has also introduced new challenges to our spirituality that we aren’t always aware of. Are smartphones tools that we can use to our benefit, or are they designed to be harmful? What are the spiritual consequences of our over-reliance on social media and modern technology? What can we do to mitigate the harms of technology as we strive to connect with God? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Zara Khan, author of the Yaqeen Institute paper, “Taking Account of Tech: Fulfilling Our Personhood in the Smartphone Era.” Share your feedback!
Human beings are imperfect, and no one knows this better than God, but He has given us resources that can help us better understand our shortcomings and how to come back when we stray from His path. Where do sins come from, and what can we do to protect ourselves from them? What’s the difference between sins that come from ourselves and those that are inspired by shaytaan? Why is it that we sometimes feel numb to our sins, and what can we do to change that? In this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Sh. Yahya Ibrahim, presenter of the Yaqeen Institute video series “Road to Return.”
Islam was revolutionary at preserving and elevating the rights of women when it was revealed over 1400 years ago, but today’s challenges and sensibilities may cause us to wonder if that is still the case. However, many of our concerns have been addressed as early as the time of the Prophet (S), when female companions asked him about differences in the way men and women were addressed in the Qur’an. Are the concerns of women secondary to the concerns of men in Islam? How can we make sense of Qur’an verses and Hadith narrations that challenge our understanding of the status of women? How can we better understand these issues at a time when it seems like good role models are hard to come by? In this episode, join Mohamad Zaoud for a conversation on women in Islam with special guest Ustadha Zaynab Ansari.Feedback -
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) compared the believers to one body; when one limb aches, the whole body feels it. However, the members of this body come from different backgrounds, and this can sometimes cause us to become disconnected from one another and from our responsibilities to each other. What can we learn from the different experiences of Muslims from different socioeconomic backgrounds? How can poverty and wealth affect our relationship with God? In a special episode of DoubleTake, host Mohamad Zaoud sits down with Dr. Tahir Wyatt, the Director of the Systematic Theology Department at Yaqeen Institute, to discuss his background, his work in the inner city of Philadelphia, the relationship between material circumstances and faith, and how we can find our place in our local communities.
Have you ever felt it was difficult to follow Islamic practices?Learning about Islam is a necessary part of every Muslim’s faith journey, but sometimes, we come across rules and recommendations that may feel confusing or overwhelming. We might feel like our day-to-day experiences in the West clash with our practice of Islam and make our lives feel more difficult. What should we do when we feel burdened by Islamic rulings and recommendations? How can we make sense of rules that feel disconnected from our perspectives and daily lives? How can we understand the wisdom behind rulings that we find difficult to follow? Join Mohamad Zaoud as he explores these questions and more with Dr. Tesneem Alkiek, Director of Expanded Learning at Yaqeen Institute.Share your feedback!
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such polished n well structured fluff just great meaningful conversation. mashallah yaqeen never sounds boring. Content is so relatable n rich. great work guys!

Oct 14th


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


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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