“We seek knowledge to know where we sit in relation in God’s creation, and to be able to say we did our best to not screw things up.”

The Wikipedia entry of Menlo Park, California literally begins with the words “Menlo Park is an affluent suburb”. Apparently 21% of Menlo Park residents work at Facebook. In any case, it’s still in many ways a typical nice and quiet suburb of America. I know this because I’ve been there. I went there to visit my friend Scott.

Scott grew up in Menlo Park and he and I currently study at an Islamic liberal arts college in Berkeley, California called Zaytuna College. In this episode we get to hear about his life, his existential struggles,  and the journey which eventually led him to Islam and now to Zaytuna College.

 

  1. C.Y.
    Jan 19, 2016

    That was just beautiful. Thank you for the story!
    My best wishes to all of you at Zaytuna.

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  2. Aïdah
    Jan 20, 2016

    Peace and Blessings Imran, I’m over here in my car in tears after listening to your podcast. Masha’Allah. I literally just pulled over on the side of the road to let you know it was incredible! Congratulations. I’m really grateful to be a witness to this this awesome project. I’m just so happy for you and thanks for sharing Scott’s story. That was remarkable and completely heart warming. Insha’Allāh see you around campus.

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  3. Khushbo K
    Jan 23, 2016

    Subhan Allah, this is really powerful. I am in the same place that Aidah was — in tears. Storytelling is an art. I think you have definitely displayed your skills as an artist here, Imran. Scott’s story is so special… thank you for sharing! I am so very moved by the experiences and wisdom shared in this piece. My prayers are with you.

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  4. Noor
    Jan 24, 2016

    Allah(swt) guides whom He wills. This is a true religion of submission to God Alone and through that having peace in one’s heart and to extend that peace to all of God’s creation and humanity. Yes all of God’s creation is in peace except man. Man needs to reach that goal …every soul is searching for that peace. To Him we belong and to Him we will return. God is all encompassing with His highest mercy and compassion. Peace and Allah(swt) bless this brother.

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  5. Omar Hasan
    Jan 24, 2016

    Beautiful. Very thought provoking.

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  6. saneea khan
    Jan 24, 2016

    that was beautiful. :’)

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  7. Roma Mohammed
    Jan 24, 2016

    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu . Salaam [peace]
    Thank you for your kind words and precious times for sharing. May Almighty Allah subhanawata’ala creator of All creations in this world bless you, your soul more to understand and have all right knowledge about human and all creations. Whom all has there own rights to live life with all dignities and their souls moralities.
    Thank you and best wishes to live life Here and After peaceful with all love and care. Allah bless you and guides you always and protect you from all ill and wrong doings of Evils and our own Nafs.Aameen.

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  8. AD
    Jan 24, 2016

    Bless you for sharing your story. Thank you.

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  9. Laura
    Jan 24, 2016

    Subhan’Allah… Inspiring. Working on getting that discipline key so I can stop spinning and interact properly with knowledge.. A great blessing is having your mother support you.

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  10. Saima
    Jan 24, 2016

    Beautiful. Well done.

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  11. Janice Adam
    Jan 25, 2016

    Really beautiful, mashAllah. These amazing stories always include the words “seek” and “search”. May Allah bless the seekers.

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  12. Ismail Cruz
    Jan 25, 2016

    Assalamualaykum Br. Imran,

    All I have to say seriously is masha’Allah… This was so enjoyable for me to listen to, and very meticulously made. I wish it didn’t end when it did, because the content was right on point and smooth. This was an amazing story to cover and frankly I enjoyed every moment of it. May Allah reward and preserve you both.

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  13. Assiya
    Jan 25, 2016

    Assalam Alaikum, this was amazing. May God bless you, your loved ones and your teachers. Insh Allah your bicycles will take you on joyfull rides and bring you the best of destinies: jinah

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  14. Amin
    Jan 25, 2016

    The most beautiful and genuine part of this interview is in the words of the mother, such a lady.

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  15. Khurshid
    Jan 25, 2016

    Just beautiful words about Islam and entering Islam. I was born into Islam and sometimes wonder if I would have made it into the fold had I not been born muslim. Allah knows best… Thank you for sharing your story!

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  16. saneea khan
    Jan 25, 2016

    This was incredible and creative. Your ability to tell a story was powerful and moving, to say the least. I have benefited from his beautiful story much.

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  17. Eka
    Jan 25, 2016

    It’s a very compelling story. The journey of a soul in search of it’s Creator. The story provides detailed components of the journey in a short program. Well done! May Allah keep showering us with His knowledge.

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  18. Ayoub
    Jan 25, 2016

    Interesting perspective about Islam ! Born and grown in a Muslim country, your story is amazing for me and teaches me a lot about my religion. Religion back home means something different for people. Religion and reason are pictured as being in conflict or from different nature.
    May Allah bless you brother !

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  19. Salim
    Jan 26, 2016

    Masha’Allah, thanks for sharing this story

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  20. Michael
    Feb 24, 2016

    Mash’Allah this was fantastic. As a recent revert this has been a great listen and I appreciate your work. Alhamdulillah the production values are phenomenal and the story was great to listen to.

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  21. Faisal
    Mar 17, 2016

    Salam Imran, I listen to a lot of podcasts and this ranks with the best pieces I’ve listen to. Very well done. I look forward to the next episode!

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