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Soul of Islam Radio is a leading-edge personal growth and spiritual development podcast to support you upon your personal path of health, happiness, harmony and success both in this life and the next.




Soul of Islam Radio is a leading-edge personal growth and spiritual development podcast to support you upon your personal path of health, happiness, harmony and success both in this life and the next.




Crowdfunding with Chris Blauvelt of Launchgood

Crowdfunding, also referred to as crowdsourcing, is an ingenious method of sourcing funding for all types of projects and causes by facilitating direct relationships between campaigns and a global audience via the internet, and over the last decade or so has become a key method of making possible programs and initiatives that otherwise would have been impossible to undertake to fruition. Chris Blauvelt was inspired with the idea of creating a crowdfunding platform primarily designed and...


Secrets of Divine Love with A. Helwa

A. Helwa is the author of the beautiful book Secrets of Divine Love, which is a wonderful introduction to Islam and its spiritual dimension, the goal of which is connection and communion with the Divine. The great mystic poet Jalaluddin Rumi (qs) stated, “Love is the bridge between you and everything,” and they upon the spiritual path have always ultimately realized that the bridge between the human being and his or her Lord is the door of divine love. Thus, they have often focused on and...


The Role of a Shaykh in the Religion

The student and teacher relationship is as old as humanity, and the path of faith, religion and spirituality is no different in the necessity of learning from a qualified guide so as to avoid the myriad of pitfalls, misinterpretations and misunderstandings that inevitably arise without guidance from a qualified mentor upon the path. A qualified and competent master is even more essential upon the path of spiritual awakening, for the goal of the way is nothing short of the transcendence of...


Sacred Manhood and Masculinity with Jamil Popatia

In an age in which cultural confusion is pushing for the ever increasing androgenization of human beings and the increasing blurring of gender differences, it is high time we in the Muslim and faith-based communities begin discussing the importance of a return to sacred manhood and masculinity which seeks to uphold the original purpose of creation with excellence, beauty, wisdom, light and love. In this episode of Soul of Islam Radio, join myself and coach and counselor Jamil Popatia as we...


Exemplars for Our Time with Michael Haroon Sugich

Michael Haroon Sugich is the author of several important works within the Islamic faith and spiritual tradition including Signs on the Horizons and Hearts Turn, both of which are invaluable resources upon the path for they who seek to draw nearer unto the Divine Presence of Truth and who seek to awaken to their divine purpose. His most recent project is the pioneering Exemplars for Our Time, which is a nine-volume work that is a collection of biographies of modern day spiritual luminaries...


The Story of Khabib Nurmagomedov and His Father

Khabib Nurmagomedov recently announced his retirement with an unblemished record of 29 wins and 0 losses after defeating Justin Gaethje in the second round at UFC 254. In this episode of Soul of Islam Radio, we look more deeply into the spiritual, emotional and psychological sources of Khabib’s seemingly unmatched strength, skill and success in the octagon, and seek to shed light on what is increasingly becoming a lost aspect of human culture: our relationships with our Creator and our...


Mental Health and Wellness for Muslims with Dr. Nafisa Sekandari

In this episode of Soul of Islam Radio, we have a much needed conversation with clinical psychologist Dr. Nafisa Sekandari on the subject of mental health and wellness for Muslims, and for human beings in general. Based on her extensive clinical experience and professional practice, in addition to her own personal path, Dr. Sekandari shares with us the startling reality of the unprecedented global pandemic of mental illness due to persistent and chronic stress, fear, anxiety and...


Dune: The Deeper Dimension

Dune, first published by Frank Herbert in 1965, has been heralded as the most significant work of science-fiction ever written, and has captured the imagination of millions since its original publication. Now again a major motion picture adaptation and directed by Denis Villeneuve set for release in December of 2020, and featuring a star studded cast including the likes of Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgard, Oscar Isaac, Jessica Ferguson and many others, Dune is...


Religion and Revelation of Light

It is with great joy that we relaunch Soul of Islam Radio with the first episode of Season 5, in which we discuss the deeper dimension and purpose of al-Islam as a path of transmutation from density and ego-based consciousness to a reality of light and the transcendence of a material-based state of consciousness. We hope you enjoy and benefit from this episode which serves as an introduction to an ever-expanding topic that will drive the next phase of this podcast as a means and tool to...


Expansion of the Heart with Imam Fode Drame

It is with great joy that we bring to you this illuminating interview on the expansion of the heart with Imam Fode Drame. Imam Fode is a leading-edge guide and teacher deeply rooted in classical tradition yet unique able to convey the heart and soul of the spiritual path in the modern world. In this episode, you will learn about the three phases in the life and mission of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and how in contemporary times we have nearly lost the foundational essence of al-Islam, which is...


Special Announcement

In this brief special announcement, Ihsan shares the vision and goals of Soul of Islam Radio, highlighting the support and love from our community, and humbly extends the opportunity for members of our community, our beloved listeners throughout the world, to support, sustain and enable Soul of Islam to continue growing and evolving. There is so much more that we can and must do with this platform to reach more people with the divine message of peace, light, love and beauty, and you can...


Seeking Sacred Knowledge with Ustadha Linda Ayyash

Ustadha Linda Ayyash at a very young age was called to the deeper study of al-Islam and its sacred sciences, and so took it upon herself to pursue the seeking of sacred knowledge at classical institutions of learning and with teachers of traditional knowledge. In this inspiring episode of Soul of Islam Radio, Ustadha Linda Ayyash shares with us the unique challenges that many of us face living in the modern world with regards to seeking sacred knowledge and striving to live an upright life...


The Ten Forms of Quranic Recitation with Shaykh Mostafa Muftah

Shaykh Mostafa Muftah is a world-recognized master reciter and teacher of the Holy Qur’an, one of the top reciters in the world and but one of a literal handful of Qur’anic reciters qualified to recite the sacred scripture in all ten classical forms as taught by the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. In addition to his mastery of Qur’anic recitation, Shaykh Mostafa Muftah has also completed advanced studies of Tafsir, or Qur’anic Exegesis, Fiqh, or Islamic Jurisprudence, and more. In this...


Compassionate Communication with Jamil Popatia

Jamil Popatia is a leading-edge coach, trainer, facilitator and mediator in the field of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which can also be referred to as Compassionate Communication. In this illuminating interview and conversation with Jamil Popatia, discover the fundamental necessity of learning to communicate, and thus think, compassionately. Compassionate and empathic communication form the basis of healthy and loving relationships, and is essential in developing the character and state...


Facing Addiction with Farhad Ameli

Addiction, whether with regards to substance abuse or in the context of behavioral addiction, is a universal malaise, and the Muslim Community is no exception. In this engaging interview on Soul of Islam Radio with Farhad Ameli, director at 2 Shine Again Treatment Center in California, Ihsan discusses the nature of addiction and how one must take a proactive and positive approach to healing and helping others heal from self-destructive behavior. The nafs, or the self, is naturally prone to...


Shaykh Faisal Abdur-Razzaq on Classical Islam

In this illuminating interview with Soul of Islam Radio, Shaykh Faisal Abdur-Razzaq sheds light on key aspects of Classical Islam, particularly as they relate to the contemporary practice of the modern Muslim. Beginning with the Hadith of Jibril (as), Shaykh Faisal describes the Three Levels of Islam and the vital importance of tasawwuf and tazkiyya, also known as Sufism and self-purification, on the path to developing greater compassion and mercy in the soul’s evolution towards the Divine...



Joy, although at times elusive, is in fact our natural state. Yet often, as we grow, mature, develop and are programmed in and by the world, we progressively lose this original and natural state of joy, and so increasingly succumb to fear, stress, anxiety, worry and unhappiness. Yet by learning how to transcend negative emotions by consciously choosing joy, we begin to reclaim personal power and are able to exercise free will. Thus do we rewire our brains for happiness and peace, and learn...



We are excited to launch Season 4 of Soul of Islam Radio which will focus on the emotional health, wellbeing and state of the believer. In this first episode, Ihsan discusses the centrality of peace in Islam, and explains how through internal spiritual surrender, one can attain to peace both internally and externally. We also learn that this is the very meaning of the word Islam, and that in the Last Days, known as Akhir Zaman, it will be a return to the foundation and essence of the Islamic...


SOIR Announcement

In this mini-episode of Soul of Islam Radio, Ahmad announces his retirement, discusses surrender and change with Ihsan, and shares his love, appreciation, and gratitude with the listeners and supporters of the program. Ahmad and Ihsan announce the continuation of the podcast with Season 4, which will resume after Ramadan insha’Allah. Ihsan will post further updates in the coming weeks in regards to the next season of Soul of Islam Radio. Lastly, Ahmad concludes the mini-episode with a...


Prosperity Based Consciousness

In this episode of Soul of Islam Radio, Ahmad and Ihsan will take the opportunity to introduce and discuss prosperity-based consciousness and its connection with spirituality. The different perspectives and current interpretations of prosperity have hindered spiritual growth and development, and this is why the topic of prosperity-based consciousness needs to be addressed. The misinterpretations of prosperity and the propagation of poverty-based consciousness into the world, have been used...