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. Personally, I do not listen to mainstream radio. Pretty much all the stuff on the radio is crap. I wanted to listen to engaging topics. 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.” I believe that in order to initiate any positive change in this 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.
Mission of The Greed for Ilm Podcast
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 450K followers, I decided to start a podcast to further promote the cause. There are 3 main reasons that stand out in my mind as to why I wanted to start a 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. Through knowledge we can defeat Islamophobia, anti-semitism or any other form of ignorance.
- #3: To share issues and topics that I personally find interesting and intriguing.
I realized that 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 for taking the time to read this!