The Al Hakam Inspire Podcast explores inspiring research & ideas with guests from various fields of Science, Medicine, History, Politics & Religion. Where applicable, the inspiration & ideas from Islam and Religion are discussed. The aim of the podcast is to provide an enjoyable experience of knowledge acquisition, exploring current research & future ideas, and reflecting on the spiritual and Islamic traditions. The Al Hakam Inspire Podcast is hosted by Ataul Fatir Tahir and Dr Hasham Ahmad. *Disclaimer: AHI assumes no liability of any specific conclusions or information discussed.
Do Islam & Science go hand in hand | Dr Sohail Husain | AHI #18
Joining our podcast is Professor Sohail Husain, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Stanford University in California, USA.
He is a physician-scientist whose lab focuses on determining areas related to the Pancreas. Professor Husain has authored over 100 scientific papers, 12 book chapters, and has filed several patents related to pancreatic disorders. He serves as Past Chair of the North American Pediatric GI Society’s Pancreas Committee and Research Committee, and a Councilor of the American Pancreatic Association (APA).
Professor Husain also serves as President of the Association of Ahmadi Muslim Scientists USA. His most recent research paper, published in 'Science Translational Medicine', reveals a novel, unexpected discovery that might compel you to eat your carrots more often! It has been widely picked up by various news outlets.
We discuss if Islam & Science
04/09/2023 • 39 minutes 20 seconds
Genomics & Precision Health | Dr Naveed Aziz | AHI #17
Our guest today is Dr Naveed Aziz who is a Genomics research scientist & serves as the Chief Executive Officer of CGEn, Canada’s national platform for genome sequencing & analysis. Dr Naveed’s leadership has enabled CGEn to fuel research and innovation, playing a key role in the advancement of technological developments within the field of genomics.
He is passionate about the development of powerful and efficient solutions enabling high-speed data exchange at national and international scale. His previous roles include serving as the Director of Technology programs at Genome Canada, Head of Genomics at University of York, UK and as a Research Fellow at the Noble Research Institute, USA.
In addition to being awarded the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) 2022
Research Partnership Award, Dr. Aziz was also named one of Canada’s Emerging Executive
Leaders by adMare Academy Executive Institute in 2018 and i
06/08/2023 • 27 minutes 29 seconds
The Mind, Mental Health & Religion | Dr Shakeel Ahmad | AHI #16
Our guest today is Dr Shakeel Ahmad, a Consultant Psychiatrist, who has over 20 years of working in different sub-specialties of adult psychiatry.
During this time, he has also served in senior operational roles including Clinical Director for General Adult Psychiatry in Surrey, UK and as Chair of London Division, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. Dr Shakeel Ahmad has also been one of the contributors to WHO Guide on Mental Health to Primary Care, UK. He had an early interest in philosophy and development of human mind; as an undergraduate he co-founded an organisation to promote creative thinking amongst the youth through self-discipline.
He has also been involved with research projects on the Holy Quran, within the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and is a regular contributor to the Voice of Islam UK radio.
We discuss the development of the Human Mind, Cognition and Thought. We explore Mental Health including Anxiety & Depre
22/06/2023 • 45 minutes 32 seconds
Christian Academic's View of Muhammad (SA) | Dr Craig Considine | AHI #15
Our Guest is Dr Craig Considine, an award-winning professor and the best–selling author of The Humanity of Muhammad – A Christian View (Published in 2020). He is a recognised scholar of Islam who has gone in depth to research the Seerah, the life of the Prophet Muhammad (SA). Dr Considine is recognised as an authority in interfaith dialogue, particularly Christian and Muslim relations. He has written several books for the field of Islamic studies, including People of the Book – Prophet Muhammad’s Encounter with Christians (Hurst & Oxford 2021).
Dr Considine is a faculty member of the Department of Sociology at Rice University. holds a PhD in sociology from Trinity College Dublin.
Dr Considine’s opinions appear regularly in leading news & media outlets around the world. He is a practising Roman Catholic and is recognised as an authority in interfaith dialogue, particularly Christian-Muslim relations.
22/04/2023 • 28 minutes 52 seconds
Embryology in the Holy Quran | Dr Hasham Ahmad | AHI Podcast #14
Join Dr Hasham Ahmad, a Medical Doctor and Researcher, exploring an introduction into the process of Embryology as described in the Holy Quran.
The Holy Quran is a book of wisdom and was revealed in the 7th Century A.D. to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), with the commencement of the revelations during the blessed month of Ramadan. The Holy Quran is well known to contain knowledge and guidance pertaining to various specialities of life, both spiritual and of worldly nature. Embryology is the branch of science which studies the principles of pre-natal development of the gametes (sex cells), embryo and foetus. The degree of scientific accuracy within the Holy Quran, in relation to the topic of embryology, is explored and presented.
#embryology #Quran #Science #Podcast
[02:34] The Revelation of the Holy Quran
[03:32] What is Embryology?
13/03/2023 • 23 minutes 38 seconds
War & World Economics | Jeffrey Sachs | AHI Podcast #13
Our guest is Jeffrey D. Sachs, a World-renowned Professor of Economics, Leader in Sustainable Development, Senior UN advisor and Bestselling Author. He is a syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. His latest piece is entitled ‘A Mediator's Guide to Peace in Ukraine’.
Jeffrey Sachs has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times as “probably the most important economist in the world”, and by Time Magazine as “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.
Jeffrey Sachs was appointed as a University Professor at Columbia University in 2016. Prior to joining Columbia, he has spent over twenty years as a Professor at Harvard University.
World-renowned Economist, Jeffrey Sachs discusses
07/01/2023 • 24 minutes 33 seconds
The Power of Quantum Physics | Dr Muddassar Rashid | AHI #12
Our guest is Dr Muddassar Rashid, an Experimental Physicist and Postdoctoral Researcher.
He completed his undergraduate studies in Physics at University College London. He undertook a specialised MSc in Photon Science from the University of Manchester, before completing his PhD in Physics from the University of Southampton. Dr Muddassar continued on as a postdoctoral researcher, working on rotational optomechanics and novel measurement schemes in levitated systems. He then joined King's in 2019 to work in the Photonics & Nanotechnology group, focussing predominantly on levitated electromechanics for studies in nano-thermodynamics. He was the former chairman of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Research Association (AMRA).
We discuss the realm of Quantum Physics and attempt to understand the application of these theories to our everyday life.
#science #physics #knowledge
13/12/2022 • 30 minutes 40 seconds
Why International Aid Fails: The Oslo Accords | Dr Jeremy Wildeman | AHI #11
Our guest is Dr Jeremy Wildeman, Adjunct Professor & Fellow at Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), University of Ottawa. We talk about the intricacies and politics of international aid, and why it fails to bring about peace in the current world dynamics. Dr Wildeman unpacks the reality on the ground and the hidden agendas of governments, even when individuals want to do good.
He discusses the Oslo accords, which were agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in an effort to bring peace to the region. He also tells us why humility and understanding cultures can play a big role in getting aid to work and bring about peace.
#internationalaffairs #worldaid #politics
[01:16] International Aid: Good-will vs politics
[04:30] Oslo Accords: A History
[13:50] Prof Wildeman's realisation about the Middle East
20/10/2022 • 33 minutes 13 seconds
Why are Muslim States Failing in Science & Discovery? | Prof Ahmet T Kuru | AHI #10
Our guest is Professor Ahmet T. Kuru, USA, (PhD, University of Washington), Director of the Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies and Porteous Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University.
Professor Ahmet was a postdoctoral scholar at Columbia University and is the author of 'Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey,' which received the book award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
His most recent book, "Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison" (Cambridge University Press, 2019) became the co-winner of the American Political Science Association's International History and Politics Section Book Award. Professor Kuru’s works have been translated into Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Malay, Persian, and Turkish and he has sparked much debate in the Muslim and Western world.
We ask Prof. Ahme
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The AHI Podcast explores inspiring research & ideas with guests from various fields of Science, Medicine, History, Politics and Religion. Where applicable, the inspiration & ideas from Islam & Religion are discussed.
The aim of the podcast is to provide an enjoyable experience of knowledge acquisition, exploring current research & future ideas, and reflecting on the spiritual & Islamic traditions.
🎙 The Podcast is hosted by Ataul Fatir Tahir and Dr Hasham Ahmad.
📱 Socials: @alhakaminspire
27/08/2022 • 7 minutes 54 seconds
Intelligence: Understanding IQ & Improving Learning Skills | Dr Jalil Sharif | AHI #9
Our guest is Dr Jalil Sharif, Intellectual Disability Psychiatrist at NHS England with an MSc in Genomic Medicine and Chief Resident for Solent NHS Trust. He has a postgraduate qualification in Applied Neuroscience from King's College London. Dr Jalil Sharif is specialising in neurodevelopmental disorders, intellectual disability and autism and ADHD.
#podcast #intelligence #neuroscience
[00:45] Introduction to Scientific Research & Psychiatry
[02:21] What is #IQ & intelligence?
[03:00] Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Adults (WAIS) & Children (WISC)
[05:05] IQ is fixed from Birth!
[05:40] How does development & upbringing affect IQ?
[07:56] Reaching your maximum IQ!
[09:11] IQ in Intellectual disability, #ADHD & #Autism
[10:42] Can you be successful if you have ADHD or Autism?
[12:57] How does #Neuroplasticity correla
21/08/2022 • 26 minutes 44 seconds
Brain States & Improving everyday life | Dr Asif Jamil, Harvard Med & MGH | AHI #8
Our guest is Dr Asif Jamil who is a Researcher in Neuropsychiatry at Harvard Medical School & Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
He completed his BSc in Neurobiology, MSc in Neuroimaging, and has 2 PhDs, one in systems neuroscience and the second in rehabilitation science. He has also recently completed his postdoctoral training, and his research focuses on development and application of device-based non-invasive neuromodulation to treat human neuropsychiatric disorders.
He has recently been appointed September 2021 as a faculty member of Harvard Medical School (Instructor in Psychiatry) and a Principal Investigator at the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
We discuss brain states, how they affect our everyday life, mood, sleep and how to focus better.
#podcast #brain #neuroscience
17/07/2022 • 54 minutes 41 seconds
Great Ancient Civilisations in Africa | Rizwan Safir | AHI #7
Our guest is Rizwan Safir, an archaeologist and curator. Rizwan specialised in Middle Eastern archaeology and has worked for over a decade across the region, participating in excavation and heritage projects in Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Qatar.
He has worked for the British Museum, Humboldt University Berlin and Copenhagen University on leading research projects and is currently working as the Head of Research for Barker Langham, a cultural heritage consultancy focused on the development of museums and exhibitions around the world.
Rizwan also serves as the Chairman of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Research Association UK (AMRA UK) and is the Editor for the Archaeology Section of the Review of Religions.
We discuss the great archaeological history in Africa and the civilisations that thrived in the past and remain greatly unknown.
#research #archeology #Africa <
23/06/2022 • 46 minutes 57 seconds
How Evolution convinced a Surgeon of God’s Existence | Dr Adeel Bajwa | AHI #6
Our guest is Dr Adeel Bajwa, a consultant colorectal and general surgeon, cancer lead, working in the NHS. Dr Adeel Bajwa has also co-hosted the ‘Science Hour’ on the Voice of Islam Radio and has been studying the link between religion and science since his endeavours in his medical field.
We discuss how science and religion are not at odds through the lens of evolution from an Islamic perspective.
Science Hour @Voice of Islam Radio
#science #religion #God
00:00 - Introduction
00:48 - Clash between religion & science
03:28 - Evolution & atheistic dogma
06:29 - How does Evolution theory link with religion?
09:22 - Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad & Revelation and Rationality
10:08 - Atheists, Neo-Darwinian theory & challenges
13:21 - Evolution of the Eye & Darwinian Evolut
02/06/2022 • 38 minutes 1 second
The Fate of Abraham: Why the West is Wrong about Islam | Peter Oborne | AHI #5
Our guest is Peter Oborne, an award-winning British journalist, author & broadcaster. Peter was the Chief Political Correspondent of The Daily Telegraph (until he resigned in 2015) and has written for countless newspapers and magazines including The Spectator and The Guardian. He has also appeared on and presented TV shows and documentaries.
We discuss Peter's recent book, “The Fate of Abraham: Why the West is Wrong about Islam”, and uncover why & how Muslims have been perniciously targeted by the West, despite Islam being part of the Abrahamic tradition.
Order the book:
#Islam #history #politics
00:00 - Introduction
01:11 - A false narrative about Islam
07:12 - Culture in Western journalism & reporting of foreign affairs
10:44 - Creating a 'good vs bad' nar
19/05/2022 • 51 minutes
Muslim Neurosurgeon talks Neuroplasticity, Islam & Our Brain | Dr Athar N Malik | AHI #4
Our guest is Dr Athar N Malik MD/PhD, Neurosurgery Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Neuroscience Researcher in Neurobiology. He has a special interest in Brain Circuits, Functional & Restorative Neurosurgery. He is also a member of Muslim Scientists, USA.
We speak about how Our Brain Functions, Neuroplasticity and Neural circuits. We discuss how Islam & religion may help humans to reach their potential, and the future of research between Science & Our Spirituality.
#neuroplasticity #brain #Podcast
00:00 - Introduction
01:11 - Brain circuits & how they work
02:50 - Hubel & Wiesel: Experiences shape our brain
06:04 - What is Neuroplasticity?
07:17 - Creating the best environment for our brain
09:11 - The Quran speaks of Neuroplasticity
09:49 - New habits & examples of real-life Neuroplasticity
12/05/2022 • 47 minutes 18 seconds
Our Next Energy (ONE): The Future of Electric Vehicles & Sustainable Energy | Mujeeb Ijaz | AHI #3
Our guest is Mujeeb Ijaz, Founder & CEO of Our Next Energy (ONE), an advanced technology battery company with headquarters in Michigan, USA.
Mujeeb Ijaz is a battery systems engineer with over 30 years of experience in the development of electric vehicles (EVs) and battery systems technologies. His career work has focused on furthering the adoption of EVs through advancements in battery safety, range, and cost.
In January 2022, ONE was in the headlines after increasing and nearly doubling the range of a Tesla Model S with a ONE Gemini 001 battery pack, driving 752 miles.
Watch the full video: Our Next Energy (ONE) Powers Tesla EV 752 Miles on a single charge
#ElectricVehicles #SustainableEnergy #Tesla
00:00 - How Mujeeb Ijaz got into Electric Vehicles (EVs)
03:50 - ONE's remarkable achievement with extending range
07:25 - How wi
30/04/2022 • 47 minutes 28 seconds
How The Eyes Function & Improving Your Vision | Dr Ahsan Khan | Al Hakam Inspire Podcast #2
Our guest is Dr Ahsan M. Khan, Consultant Ophthalmologist, specialising in Cataract & Glaucoma Surgery & the Director of the Gift of Sight Program for Humanity First USA.
We learn about how the eyes function, how to improve our vision, modern-day problems affecting our eyes and the mechanisms of glasses & contact lenses.
Dr Ahsan speaks of the immensely rewarding Gift of Sight project which he has had the opportunity to serve in and reflects on the great rewards that restoring eyesight provides for those living in developing countries.
We also discuss about how the Eyes are mentioned in the Holy Quran, and the rich Islamic history in the field of Optics.
Dr Ahsan Khan has been in practice for 16 years and has written various publications in the field of Ophthalmology including a book chapter on glaucoma laser treatments. He also serves as the Director of the Gift of Sight program for Humani
17/04/2022 • 46 minutes 48 seconds
Addictions, Neuromechanisms & Islamic inspiration | Dr Musa Sami | Al Hakam Inspire Podcast #1
Our guest is Dr Musa Sami, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist (specialising in addiction & substance abuse issues) at the University of Nottingham, UK. We discuss the fundamentals of how addictions develop, the biological effects & methods to counteract addiction.
As an Ahmadi Muslim, Dr Musa Sami also comments on Islamic studies to reflect on how Islamic principles can guide & alleviate addiction. We further discuss avenues for future research and ideas for exploration.
#Addiction #SubstanceAbuse #Islam
00:00 - How Dr Musa Sami began researching Addiction
04:12 - How is Addiction defined
05:51 - Behavioural addiction
06:44 - A mental disorder
07:10 - The presence of harm
08:20 - Dopamine & Brain activity
15:05 - Edwards and Gross dependence criteria
18:29 - Brain & body changes
20:19 - Wh
03/04/2022 • 43 minutes 21 seconds
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