My name is Walid. I am a Muslim, husband and a dedicated father of two. I began this podcast as a solution to boredom while in traffic. I like listening to engaging topics, which unfortunately is rare on mainstream radio. There are tons of podcasts available on iTunes but all the targeted Muslim ones are either solely religious or in a foreign language (non English). I couldn’t find podcasts that had intriguing interviews and meaningful discussions that address issues that Muslims face in America (and around the world). So I thought maybe I should host one. That is how The Greed for Ilm podcast was created.
Since I started, I had the pleasure to speak with some extremely interesting and passionate people like International Music Star Sami Yusuf, investigative journalist Amber Lyon, Oliver Stone’s son Sean Ali Stone and many more. Not only do I feel blessed to have listened to their passionate perspectives, but to share these with you is even better.
What is “ilm”?
Ilm is arabic for “knowledge.” In order to initiate any positive change in the world, there must be a “greed” for knowledge. There is plenty greed for money, power, etc. but seldom any “greed” to increase one’s knowledge.
I started a Facebook page towards the end of 2011 with the goal to raise personal awareness to become better individuals, whether it’s through religion or not. With over 400K followers, I decided to start a podcast to further promote the cause. There are 3 main reasons that stand out as to why I started this podcast:
- #1: To provide a platform for issues that directly, or indirectly, involve the average American Muslim.
- #2: To provide a platform for self-respecting authors, investigative journalists, and bloggers a chance to share their views.
- #3: To share issues and topics that I personally find interesting and intriguing.
There are a ton of passionate people out there that want to get their stories heard. Just because we don’t see them in mainstream media, doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I had the pleasure to speak with numerous authors, journalists and other extremely passionate people. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to share the discussions I had with you all.
Thank you and I hope you enjoy the podcast!