Archive for June, 2014

Disruptive Economics: Beyond Banks & Billionaires – 21 June

The panel consists of 1 banker, 1 ex-banker and 1 unRiba activist. I am merely the person pouring some oil on the fire. Hints: I would like to explore microeconomics changes that can impact the macro-economy rather than the opposite. Revival of the spiritual aspect of economics. This is closely related to moral standards and ethics,

so says Abdel-Jallal Ziat, moderator for this session. Come check it at ‪#‎FAST‬ ‪‎CoolerLumpur‬ Festival this 21 June 2014.

Right after the event, we’ll be co-organizing a networking session. Come through to meet like-minded heads. 🙂

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Podcast: Dr. Bilal Hassam Talking Across Religions

When we saw that Bilal (from London, part of The Leaf Network) was coming to Singapore last year, we had to pull him in to KL to do some stuff. One of our volunteers hosted him and another organization close to us, Hawi al-Khairat (HAK) supported with logistics. Pic is of him helping us carry our equipment after an event. Clearly it was easy hosting him. 🙂

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The main part of the trip was to help setup a bunch of meetings for him and colleague Krish Raval of Faith in Leadership to support their work in developing (future) leaders of faith background or connected to it, foster better relations between each other. We also organized a workshop and a talk for them and look forward to having. Click here for photos.

Hey.. thanks for bringing in Bilal Hassam. His interview aired last month & was so excellent. Bilal is an excellent speaker & considering all the rubbish that’s going on as far as religion is concerned in the country, his talk was a breath of fresh air. We received so much positive feedback that it was repeated over the weekend. Thanks again for the contact. – Meera Sivaoothy, BFM

BFM was helpful in hosting an interview with him which they aired recently and was very well received. Listen to that interview here.

*We met Bilal two years prior to this trip, when he was a guest at an event of ours. As a group of individuals, before Peace Meal’s inception, we hosted a session at Mukha Cafe with Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya from California, now based in Michigan – he is often seen on YouTube as the translator for his teacher, Habib Omar Bin Hafidz when they do English programs.

Anyway, we had consulted the former Californian surfer boy turned scholar Shaykh Abdul Karim Yahya on some ideas we had, which he gave support and advice to. Little did we know, those ideas eventually became what we know today as Peace Meal.

MOCA Translations at Cooler Lumpur – 22 June

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One of four things we’re doing at FAST:CoolerLumpur Fest. This will be a poetry recitation, translation, commentary…and then a response to it by artists – spoken word by Jamal Raslan, Japanese koto by Hisako Sube, as well as gambus by Raja Zulkarnain and guitar AZ Samad.

We’ll be looking at two master poets, Hadramout’s Habib Ali Muhammad Alhabshi and Aceh’s Hamzah Fansuri. This part will be handled by Syed Muhiyuddin Al-Attas – who is currently pursuing his M.Phil at CASIS and also works as a lecturer at KUIS. His research interest is in S.M.N Al-Attas’ conception of the West, encompassing the origins of the worldview of the West, its philosophical, cultural and religious roots, and how this worldview is impacting the world.

Gain insights to some of the classical works of Muslim scholars in the medieval period, and its significance for the modern day world. Experience the interplay between literature, and the arts, during which a reading of a classical text will be followed by artistic responses of various traditional instruments from the Muslim and non-Muslim world.

Click here to the FB Event page, and here for the Festivals’ main website.


Fund Raising for Muslim Community with Abdel-Jallal & Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt – 13 June

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We’ll be looking into the various ways of how the Ummah raise money for its welfare and benefit. From zakat, to entrepreneurship. From traditions of the Salaf, to crowd funding across the world.

You’re welcome to have your dinner at the venue prior to the event. One way to support venue sponsors Talent Lounge for them helping us out to make this happen. 🙂