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Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience Podcast by Parvez Ahmed

Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience Podcast

by Parvez Ahmed

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Highlighting and focusing on unique and interesting personalities from both within and without the Muslim community, engaging them in illuminating and invigorating conversation about a variety of subjects. New episodes every month!


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Episode 48: Dr. Ihsan Bagby

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Mon, Apr 03, 2017


For this month’s show, we’re joined by Dr. Ihsan Bagby, professor of Islamic Law at the University of Kentucky. Listen as he shares the story of his own journey to Islam, as well as his experience working for social equality over the last several decades. Check out the show at the embed below or at this link. As always, send any questions or comments to diffusedcongruence@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page.



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Episode 47: Baraka Blue

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


For our latest episode we’re pleased to be joined by renowned singer and poet Baraka Blue for a fun and engaging discussion about his journey to Islam, his work in the thriving Muslims arts scene, and a special reading from his latest book, Empty & The Ocean. As always, you can check out the show at the embed below or at this link. As always, send any questions or comments to diffusedcongruence@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page.



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Episode 46: Azhar Usman Returns!

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Tue, Feb 28, 2017


For this month’s show, we’re joined once more by world renowned comedian and true force of nature Azhar Usman. With his previous appearance on our show remaining an audience favorite even two years later, we’ve been hoping for a return engagement, and Azhar didn’t disappoint, having built up quite a backlog of things to discuss and comment on, including some thoughts on our current politics and how language is the key to the future. He also offers a window into some of the exciting projects he has coming up in the near future (including the all-new Amazon Prime series Patriot), and much more. Check out the show at the embed below or at this link. As always, send any questions or comments to diffusedcongruence@gmail.com, or at 



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Episode 45: Zaki Barzinji

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Jan 27, 2017


For this month’s show, we’re joined by Zaki Barzinji, the White House’s Muslim American Community Liaison during the Barack Obama era. With last week’s inauguration of President Donald J. Trump marking the end of Zaki’s tenure in that position, he takes a look back at the beginnings of his interest in politics, how the Obama Administration tried to increase engagement with the American Muslim community, and what it felt like to be working in the White House on Election Night last year as the realization slowly dawned that we were looking at a Trump presidency. Check out the show at the embed below or at this link. As always, send any questions or comments to diffusedcongruence@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page.



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Episode 44: Talking Star Wars With Omer Mozaffar

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Mon, Dec 19, 2016


As we wrap up 2016 at Diffused Congruence, we’ve once again decided to end the year on a less serious note, and are joined by lecturer and film critic Omer Mozaffar for what’s becoming an annual tradition as we have a conversation about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The latest visit to the galaxy far, far away gave us old school Star Wars fans a lot to chew on, from an entertainment, political, and even spiritual perspective, and we spend the hour going deep and wide into this new entry in the storied franchise. To that end, we’ve invited. Listen to it below, or download at the link. Also, be sure to hit us up at our Facebook page to let us know how we [...]



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Episode 43: Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Dec 09, 2016


For our latest episode we take a break from the headlines to present the uplifting story of Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, her all-star collegiate basketball career and pioneering efforts for Muslim women athletes to play ball professionally while observing the Hijab. Join us as she discusses her love and dedication to basketball, her overall atheltic career, and the exciting new projects she’s currently involved with. As always, you can check out the show at the embed below or at this link. As always, send any questions or comments to diffusedcongruence@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page.



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Special Episode: Post-Election 2016 Wrap-Up

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


This episode is as much - if not more - for us as it is for the listeners! We had to sit down to ruminate, analyze, commiserate, “unpack” and just try and make sense of the Presidential election results. In spite all of the post-election, armchair quarterbacking, and pontificating that’s out there in the ether right now, we hope that you enjoy and benefit from the conversation and the analysis we attempt to offer. As always, you can check out the show at the embed below or at this link. As always, send any questions or comments to diffusedcongruence@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page.



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Episode 42: Dr. Jonathan Brown

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Nov 04, 2016


On our latest episode we are joined by Dr. Jonathan Brown, scholar of Hadith and Islamic Studies, and Professor at Georgetown University. Dr. Brown walks us through his journey to Islam, engages in an illuminating discussion about how Muslims have navigated their fidelity to their tradition through changing times, and explores some of the “controversies” raised by Islam’s detractors. We close out the episode with Dr. Brown sharing his support of the BDS Movement and the reasons for his impassioned critique of the Muslim Learning Initiative (MLI) program. Listen to the show via the embed below, or via iTunes or Stitcher Radio. As always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any comments or questions to 



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Episode 41: Shadi Hamid

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Sun, Oct 16, 2016


For our latest episode we’re honored to welcome back special guest Shadi Hamid, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of the new book Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World. Shadi brings his considerable wisdom and insight on global geopolitics to a discussion that spans both the domestic and international political situation, and we’re confident you’ll enjoy diving into the deep end with us. As always, you can check out the show at the embed below or at this link. As always, send any questions or comments to diffusedcongruence@gmail.com, or at our Facebook [...]



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Episode 40: Cavalcade of Annoyance

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Mon, Sep 19, 2016


We’ve hit the big 4-0! Zaki and Parvez return after a summer hiatus to ruminate on the ISNA Convention, Eid-ul-Adha and animal sacrifices, and the Presidential Election. Expect all of the “unpacking”, analysis, and fun banter you’ve come to enjoy from the show! It’s a rare occurrence for the show that the two of us just get a chance to catch up and share some reflections. We hope you enjoy these episodes as much we do recording them! Listen via the embed below, and as always, send any questions or comments to diffusedcongruence@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page.



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Episode 39: Nader Khan

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Sat, Jul 30, 2016


Our guest for this episode of the show is renowned singer/songwriter Nader Khan, who tells us about his life’s journey, how he ended up choosing the path that he did, and what new projects he has coming up. Also, hear Zaki discuss his trip to Washington DC for the Eid-al-Fitr reception at the White House, as well as other odds and ends. It’s a breezy hour-and-change that we’re confident you’ll enjoy listening to, and you can check it out at the embed below or at this link. As always, send any questions or comments to diffusedcongruence@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page.



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Episode 38: Zarqa Nawaz

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Jun 24, 2016


For our latest episode we’re joined by Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the CBC comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie (the first sitcom to ever focus on the lives of Muslims in the west). During this breezy conversation Zarqa discusses her own entry into the creative arts, how the idea for the show came about and how it got to the air. She also talks about her engaging and very funny book Laughing All the Way to the Mosque: The Misadventures of a Muslim Woman. Listen via the embed below, and as always, send any comments or questions to us at 



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Episode 37: Ramadan Fitness and Fiqh-ness Special

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Mon, Jun 06, 2016


Welcome to our special Ramadan episode of Diffused Congruence, as Parvez and Zaki are joined by guest Imam Tahir Anwar for some insight into how best to maximize one’s spiritual pursuits during the month of Ramadan, and fitness trainer Rehan Jalali on how to make one’s morning and evening meals as efficient and healthy as possible so you don’t feel ill-effects from the long fasts. We had a great time with both of our guests, and we’re confident you’ll find a lot to benefit from in these interviews. Send any comments or questions to diffusedcongruence@gmail.com or via 



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Episode 36: Joe Bradford

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Mon, May 16, 2016


For our latest episode we’re delighted to be joined by Joe Bradford, Muslim scholar, author, blogger, and entrepreneur. Joe discusses his journey to Islam and experiences studying Islamic law and legal theory in Saudi Arabia. We spent a good amount of time discussing issues related to finance and the current projects he is involved with in that field. We also discuss a recent and very interesting encounter he had with the Ted Cruz campaign! Check it out through the embed below, or via iTunes or Stitcher. As always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any comments or questions to DiffusedCongruence@gmail.com.



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Bonus Episode: On Grief, Death, and Dying

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


Well this is a first. We started out recording this bit as a brief, five minute addendum to tag onto the live show, but as tends to happen when we get together, five minutes stretched into twenty-five, and so we decided to turn it into its own little mini-episode. For this special show, Parvez and Zaki have a conversation about the recent deaths of public figures, some Muslim, some non-Muslim, and how they’ve resulted in a particular conversation in regards to seemliness of expressing grief or sadness in a public sphere. Give it a listen to hear our thoughts, and then hit us up at DiffusedCongruence@gmail.com, or at our Facebook page to offer your take on our takes! 



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Special Live Episode: Mark Gonzales

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


We were honored to present our very first live recording of the show a few weeks ago, and now here it is for your enjoyment. Our guest this time was poet and storyteller Mark Gonzales, who talked about his own journey to Islam, and what he’s learned along the way. It was a fun and invigorating conversation that also included a Q&A with the audience at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, in Oakland, CA. Many thanks to the Muslim Writers’ Collective for arranging this special event. We had a blast participating, and we’re confident you’ll feel the same after listening. Check it out through the embed below, or via iTunes or Stitcher. As always, 



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Episode 35: Dr. Meraj Mohiuddin

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Apr 15, 2016


For our latest episode we’re pleased to be joined by Dr. Meraj Mohiuddin, author of the upcoming book Revelation: The Story of Muhammad. Listen in as Dr. Mohiuddin shares how he came up with the idea for the book fifteen years ago, and his long journey bringing it to fruition. You can catch the show via the embed below, or via iTunes or Stitcher Radio. As always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page



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Episode 34: Dr. Ingrid Mattson

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Apr 01, 2016


For this month’s show we’re joined by Dr. Ingrid Mattson, renowned scholar and former president of ISNA (the Islamic Society of North America), who discusses her own personal journey to Islam, and also her experience at the forefront of combatting Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment during her ten years with ISNA. It’s a fascinating and insightful conversation that we hope you’ll enjoy listening to via the embed below. You can also listen at iTunes and 



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Episode 33: Professor Mohammad Fadel

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Feb 26, 2016


With this election season’s craziness really kicking into gear, we’re very excited to be joined by Mohammad Fadel, Associate Professor of Law at University of Toronto, to help us make sense of the rampant Islamophobia being espoused by many candidates, how that may translate into the election, and what the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia will mean for the tone and tenor of the Supreme Court moving forward. We had a blast recording this one, and we’re confident you’ll have as much of a blast listening to it. Listen to our conversastion via the embed below, or download at the link. Also, be sure to hit us up at our Facebook pag [...]



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Episode 32: Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Jan 08, 2016


Happy New Year! Starting 2016 strong with our latest episode! We are truly honored to be joined by one of the foremost Muslim scholars in America, Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah. Dr. Umar takes us on a riveting journey as he shares his personal story, with stops along the way reflecting on America, metaphysics, Islam in America and the modern world, to name just a few. Listen to the show via the embed below, or via iTunes or Stitcher Radio. As always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any comments or questions to 



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Episode 31: Talking Star Wars With Omer Mozaffar

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Mon, Dec 28, 2015


We’ve had a great 2015 here at Diffused Congruence, and we wanted to wrap up the year’s offerings with something a bit less serious than perhaps we’re used to. With the current release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens tearing up box office records in its wake, old school Star Wars fans Parvez and Zaki decided it might be fun to spend an episode unpacking this revival of the storied franchise. To that end, we’ve invited lecturer and film critic Omer Mozaffar to join us for a fun conversation about this latest visit to the galaxy far, far away. Listen to it below, or download at the link. Also, be sure to hit us up at our Facebook page [...]



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Episode 30: Dr. Joseph Lumbard and The Study Quran

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Mon, Nov 30, 2015


For our latest episode we’re joined by renowned author Dr. Joseph Lumbard, who served as co-editor of The Study Quran, a new translation that aims to contextualize and add commentary to the text, and features contributions by several well-known Islamic scholars. In addition to discussing the fascinating story of his own journey to Islam, Dr. Lumbard also explains why The Study Quran is so essential in today’s politically-charged environment. Listen below or at iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a review!). Send e-mail to DiffusedCongruence@gmail.com



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Episode 29: Micah Anderson on Meditation and Mindfulness

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Nov 06, 2015


Continuing last month’s theme about emotional problems within the American-Muslim community, we’re joined by Micah Anderson, an expert on meditation and mental health, for a fascinating conversation about his own journey, as well as some best practices that we can all adopt to nurture our own emotional well-being. Listen below or at iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a review!). Send e-mail to DiffusedCongruence@gmail.com, and be sure to hit “like” on our Facebook page


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Episode 28: Social Worker Sabeen Shaiq

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Tue, Oct 20, 2015


This month we’re joined by clinical social worker Sabeen Shaiq for a riveting conversation about the things that tend to remain unsaid in many American Muslim families. Sabeen talks about the importance of communication in relationships, how mental health challenges are manifesting in the current generation, and the work she does to help people overcome them. Listen to our chat via the embed below, or download at the link. Also, be sure to hit us up at our Facebook page to let us know how we’re doing!



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Episode 27: Hind Makki of Side Entrance

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Sat, Sep 19, 2015


This episode we’re joined by Hind Makki, interfaith activist, speaker, and founder of the globally-acclaimed website Side Entrance, which catalogs the “sisters’ sections” of mosques all over the world. In addition to discussing her interfaith work, Hind also shares her experiences with ISNA (the Islamic Society of North America), talks about the role of feminism in Islam, plus much more. It’s a fascinating conversation that we’re confident you’ll enjoy listening to just as much as we enjoying engaging in it. Listen below or at iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a review!). Send e-mail to DiffusedCongruence@gmail [...]



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Episode 26: Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Sep 04, 2015


For our latest episode, we’re joined by Mokhtar Alkhanshalithe “Indiana Jones of coffee” and founder of Mocha Mill, who shares the amazing story of how your favorite caffeinated beverage originated in the Muslim world, and how its spread through the world also ends up being the story of civilization. He also shares his harrowing tale from earlier this year of being trapped in Yemen while fighting had broken out, and trying to find his way back home to the United States. It’s gripping stuff, and you can hear it all at the embed below, or download via 



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Episode 25: Dr. Ebrahim Moosa

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Wed, Aug 12, 2015


For our big twenty-fifth episode, Parvez and Zaki are honored to be joined by Dr. Ebrahim Moosa, renowned scholar and professor of Islamic Studies at University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Dr. Moosa shares his life journey with us, and also examines many of the pressing issues facing the American Muslim community today. Listen to our interesting and enriching conversation via the embed below, or download at the link. Also, be sure to hit us up at our Facebook page to let us know how we’re doing!



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Episode 24: Comedian Maysoon Zayid

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Jul 17, 2015


For this week’s show we’re joined by actress, comedian, and commentator Maysoon Zayid, who’s made a name for herself thanks to her raw political comedy and her many appearances with Keith Olbermann on his former MSNBC show. Maysoon discusses her approach to comedy, the challenges of being a practicing Muslim in this field, and how she learned to incorporate her cerebral palsy into her act. It’s a breezy hour of big laughs and deep thoughts, and you can listen via the embed below, or download via iTunes and 



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Episode 23: The Team From Islamica!

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Jul 03, 2015


Diffused Congruence welcomes in July with a fun and funny conversation with the jokesters at satire site Islamica News! Founded in 1999, Islamica revels in combating Islamophobia through a humorous lens, while also poking fun at some of the humorous eccentricities that those of us within the Muslim community are all too familiar with. We’re happy to be joined by co-founders Azher Ahmed and Mirza Baig as we discuss their earliest collaborations (including a video that Zaki had a cameo in), the company’s founding, their general approach to figuring out what’s funny, and sharing some of their most popular “news” stories. Download or stream the show below, or listen at 



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Episode 22: Haroon Moghul

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Jun 19, 2015


It’s twice the Diffused Congruence this month! For this episode of the show we’re joined by Haroon Moghul, PhD candidate at Columbia University and renowned commentator on Islam and public affairs, for a fun and free-flowing conversation that includes his explanation for why he doesn’t mind being a “punching bag” for the anti-Muslim industry, and what Islamophobes can learn from the upcoming reboot of Star Wars. Listen via the embed below, or download via iTunes and 



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Episode 21: Professor Sherman Jackson

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Jun 05, 2015


This month we’re honored to be joined by Dr. Sherman Jackson, professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, for our lengthiest conversation yet as he shares his personal story, going deep and wide into the amazing journey he’s been on throughout his life. Listen to the show via the embed below, or via iTunes or Stitcher. As always, please hit “like” on our Facebook page, and send any comments or questions to DiffusedCongruence@gmail.com.


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Episode 20: Entrepreneur Shahed Amanullah

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, May 15, 2015


For this month’s show we’re joined by self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur” Shahed Amanullah, founder of AltMuslim.com, Zabihah.com, Halalfire.com, and many others, for an in-depth chat on the role of Muslims in engaging with new media. With extensive experience in both the activist and policy spaces, having worked for the State Department under Secretaries Clinton and Kerry and also serving as one of the architects of the recent Haqqathon conference in Abu Dhabi, Shahed is uniquely equipped to answer some of the big questions pertaining to American Muslims taking a larger role in shaping their own narrative, and we’re excited to be able to pick his brain on the subject. You can listen to the show via the embed below, or 



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Episode 19: Marvel Comics Editor Sana Amanat

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Apr 03, 2015


For this month’s show we’re joined by Marvel Comics’ Sana Amanat. In addition to overseeing multiple fan favorite titles, Sana is also director of content and character development for the American’s biggest comic book publisher, helping to spearhead the 2014 creation of Kamala Khan, a.k.a Ms. Marvel, the first female Muslim superhero to headline her own monthly title. This conversation offered us a chance to let our fanboy flags fly, and whether a fan of Marvel’s comics, movies, or merchandise, we’re sure you’ll find a lot to glom onto on this breezy chat. Listen to it via the embed below, or download/stream at iTunes and Stitcher Radio. As always, send any comments or questions to 



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Episode 18: Imam Zaid Shakir

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Mon, Mar 09, 2015


We’re very excited to be joined by renowned scholar Imam Zaid Shakir for this month’s episode. As a founding member of Zaytuna College, the first accredited Islamic college in the United States, Imam Zaid discuss the school’s history and its mission, and then shares the amazing story of his own journey to Islam, in the process helping to add yet more layers to the ongoing tapestry of the American Muslim experience that we’ve been weaving together ever since our very first show. It’s a fascinating conversation with one of the most prominent and preeminent Muslim minds in the world, and you can listen via the embed below, or download via 



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Episode 17: Al Jazeera’s Wajahat Ali

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Feb 20, 2015


This month we’re joined by award-winning playwright, journalist, and humorist Wajahat Ali for a far-ranging conversation that starts with a lengthy discussion about the recent tragic shooting of three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, NC. After that, we tackle Wajahat’s work on Fear, Inc., a report uncovering the Islamophobia network, as well as how his other recent projects are helping to positively shape the American Muslim narrative today. There’s plenty of deep thoughts and big laughs, and you can listen to via the embed below, or you can download at the link. As always, make sure to hit us up at our Facebook page to le [...]



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Episode 16: Comedian Azhar Usman Gets Serious

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Sat, Jan 24, 2015


For the first episode of 2015, Parvez and Zaki are joined by stand-up comedian Azhar Usman — “America’s Funniest Muslim” — for a wide-ranging, free-form conversation that’s as incisive and introspective as it is hilarious. Azhar covers everything from the role of satire and humor in Islam to the recent tragic terror attacks in Paris — and that’s just scratching the surface. You can listen in via the embed below, or download at the link. Also, be sure to hit us up at our Facebook page to let us know how we’re doing!



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Episode 15: The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi on His New Book

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Mon, Dec 15, 2014


This month Parvez and Zaki are pleased to be joined by actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi as he talks about his journey as a working actor to becoming The Daily Show’s “Senior Foreign Looking Correspondent.” He talks about how his time with Jon Stewart has made him more “Muslim-ish,” what he’s learned during a lifetime occupying many different cultures, and how that all led to his new book, No Land’s Man. Listen via the embed below, or download at the link. Also, be sure to hit us up at 



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Episode 14: Serial’s Rabia Chaudry

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Thu, Nov 27, 2014


Since its launch last October, the Serial podcast has taken the country by storm. Reporter Sarah Koenig’s gripping investigation into the 1999 murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee, and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed for the killing — a crime for which he maintains his innocence to this day — has set records and spurred conversation with how it combines the intrigue of a weekly procedural with broader questions about cultural assimilation and the peculiarities of the legal system. For this episode, Parvez and Zaki are joined by Rabia Chaudry, an attorney and civil rights activist who is a family friend of Syed’s, who first brought this case to Koenig’s attention. Listen to our conversation to hear Rabia discuss her history with Adnan, her thoughts on what she’s heard on the show thus far, as well as the other work she’s engaged in. L [...]



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Episode 13: Our Lunch With Dean Obeidallah

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Thu, Nov 13, 2014


We start off episode thirteen with highlights from Zaki’s roundtable interview with Daily Show host Jon Stewart on his feature directing debut, the based-on-true-events Iranian prison drama Rosewater. After that, listen to Parvez and Zaki’s lunchtime conversation with comedian and political commentator Dean Obeidallah as we cover a whole host of topics, including his time at Saturday Night Live, what drew him to comedy, and the portrayal of Muslims in media post-9/11. You can download or stream the show below, or listen at iTunes



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Episode 12: Parvez & Zaki Celebrate One Year!

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Oct 10, 2014


After last week’s debate about Islam and Muslims between Bill Maher and Ben Affleck (which conspicuously had no Muslims actually involved in the conversation), Parvez and Zaki use the twelfth episode of Diffused Congruence to chat with each other about the rise of anti-Muslim and Islamophobic invective from mainstream media figures, and why this podcast is meant at least partially as a response to that. In addition, they also delve into the secret origins of the show, and and what they hope to achieve going forward. Download or stream the show below, or listen at iTunes



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Episode 11: Ayesha Mattu and Ali Eteraz

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Tue, Sep 23, 2014


For this episode of the show, Parvez and Zaki shine a spotlight on Muslim authors who’ve successfully broken through into the mainstream. First, we chat with Ayesha Mattu, co-editor of Love, Inshallah and its new sequel Salaam, Love about how the two books came about, what the reactions have been, and what she’s learned from her audience. After that, we have a conversation with Ali Eteraz, author of 



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Episode 10: Shadi Hamid

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


For this month’s show we’re joined by Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institute and author of Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East for a far-ranging conversation on the foreign policy events that have been playing out in the Middle East over the last few years, including the Arab Spring, the rise of ISIS, and the escalation of conflict between Gaza and Israel this past month. Whether you’re a policy wonk or just have a mind to learn more about what’s been going on lately, this is a conversation you’re certain to enjoy. As always, download or stream below, and listen at 



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Episode 9: Mustafa Davis

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Jul 18, 2014


For this episode, we’re joined by famed photographer and filmmaker Mustafa Davis, co-founder of Ta’leef Collective, about his road to Islam, and what he views as the role of Muslim-Americans artists. As usual, download or stream the show below, and also listen at iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a review!) and Stitcher Radio. Feel free to send any comments or questions our way at diffusedcongruence@gmail.com or via 


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Episode 8: Zareena Grewal

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, May 16, 2014


This month, we speak with Professor Zareena Grewal about her new book, Islam is a Foreign Country, and engage in a spirited conversation about the many rich facets of Islam in America. You won’t want to miss this one! Download or stream the show below, and also listen at iTunes< [...]


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Episode 7: Faran Tahir

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Apr 11, 2014


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For this month’s show, Parvez and Zaki are joined by acclaimed Pakistani-American actor Faran Tahir, who’s been appearing on big and small screens for more than twenty years now in big budget fare such as Iron ManStar Trek< [...]



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Episode 6: Abu Qadir Al-Amin

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Mar 14, 2014


This month we’re honored to be joined by Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin, a veteran religious leader in the San Francisco Bay Area who came to Islam after first being exposed to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. Imam Abu Qadir shares his reflections on being at the forefront of Black Muslim experience, including thoughts on Malcolm X, and his memories of the late W.D. Muhammad, one of the most influential religious leaders of our time. Download or stream the episode below, as well as via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a review!). Send any questions and concerns our way at diffusedcongruence@gmail.com.



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Episode 5: Muneer Fareed

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Feb 07, 2014


For episode five of the show, we had an in-depth chat with with Islamic scholar Dr. Muneer Fareed on a variety of topics, including the distinctions between secular and spiritual scholarship, what he learned during his time as an imam in Detroit, and his work with ISNA (the Islamic Society of North America), the ALIM Program, and more. You can download or stream the show below, as well as via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a review!). Send any questions and concerns our way at diffusedcongruence@gmail.com.



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Episode 4: Rehan Jalali

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Jan 17, 2014


We encountered a slight delay thanks to various unforeseen technical difficulties, but nonetheless, the Diffused Congruence team is back to help you ring in 2014! And for this, their very first episode of 2014, co-hosts Parvez Ahmed and Zaki Hasan are joined by world renowned fitness expert Rehan Jalali, who has plenty of advice to offer on how to make 2014 the healthiest it can be, how he’s achieved all the success he’s achieved, and the role that his Muslim faith plays in that success. You can download or stream the show below, as well as via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a review!). Send any questions and concerns our way at diffusedcongruence@gmail.com.



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Episode 3: Kamran Pasha

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Dec 06, 2013


It’s the first Friday of the month, and that means it’s time for a new Diffused Congruence podcast! Our special guest for this episode of the show is Hollywood writer-producer Kamran Pasha, who’s spent more than ten years working in the film industry on projects such as Sleeper Cell on Showtime and Kings on NBC, and also authored the acclaimed novels Mother of the Believers: A Novel of the Birth of Islam and 



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Episode 2: Zahra Billoo

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Nov 01, 2013


For our second episode, hosts Parvez Ahmed and Zaki Hasan are joined by Zahra Billoo, executive director of the San Francisco-Bay Area chapter of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), for an in-depth conversation on the goals, history, and criticisms of the venerable civil rights organization (it marks its second decade next year), and her own efforts to bridge interfaith understanding both before and after becoming a part of it. You can download or stream the show below, as well as via iTunes (don’t forget to leave us a review!). Also, many thanks for all the feedback and comments on episode 1! Please keep them coming! You can send any questions and concerns our way at diffusedcongruence@gmail.com.



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Episode 1: Usama Canon

Author: Parvez Ahmed Author: &Author: Zaki Hasan
Fri, Oct 04, 2013


Welcome to Diffused Congruence, an all new podcast celebrating the many facets of the American Muslim experience. With new episodes slated to drop the first Friday of every month, the goal of our show is to highlight and focus on unique and interesting personalities from both within and without the American Muslim community, and engage them in what will hopefully be a worthwhile and invigorating conversation not only for the guests, but also for listeners. For the first episode, hosts Parvez Ahmed and Zaki Hasan are joined by Usama Canon, founding director of the San Francisco Bay Area-based Ta’leef Collective, as he discusses his journey to Islam, the challenges facing young people in the 21st century, and what T’aleef is all about. You can stream or download the episode below. Please send all questions and comments to DiffusedCongr [...]



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