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Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

Listen to a variety of experts as they address the central themes of Belief & Beyond Belief.

Join us for personal revelations and profound meditations from a range of speakers on the full spectrum of Belief & Beyond Belief festival.

Speakers include:

- Jumoké Fashola, a broadcaster, journalist and vocalist. She currently presents Inspirit with Jumoké Fashola, BBC Radio London’s Sunday Breakfast magazine programme which examines religious, moral and ethical issues. As a vocalist she has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Dionne Warwick, performed with Bobby McFerrin at Royal Festival Hall, sung Handel at the London Arena and was a volunteer dancer at the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony. Her debut album, The Condition of Being A Woman, was released in 2014. She is the creator and host of the Jazz Verse Jukebox, a night of improvised jazz and spoken word (originally based at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club), now held regularly at Hoxton Hall in East London.

- Muzammal Hussain, who has been involved with grassroots ecological work for about 20 years, and in 2004 initiated the UK’s first local Islamic ecological activist group, now called Wisdom In Nature. Muzammal is drawn to what he describes as the ‘Restoration of Wholeness’ – creating the conditions and relationships such that the earth and communities can regenerate, becoming both productive, beautiful, and whole. This calling drew Muzammal to permaculture and he completed his Full Permaculture Design Course as part of ‘Earth Activist Training’ in 2009 and is now completing an applied diploma in the subject. The same journey also led Muzammal to natural healing – Muzammal is an emotional breakthrough therapist and coach, as well as a medical doctor with experience in psychiatry; and to conscious group work approaches: he has led workshops, courses and retreats weaving together ecology, inclusive decision making and social transformation. Muzammal has been interviewed by BBC News 24, The Guardian, Islam Channel and various radio stations over the years, and has advised groups such as Friends of the Earth and Sustrans. Muzammal also has an MA in Environment, Development & Policy, and his final dissertation focuses on Islam and climate change.

- Fatimah Ashrif, a student of the Mevlevi Sufi tradition which was founded on the teachings of Mevlana Jalal ud Din Rumi (13th-century Muslim mystic, poet, scholar and jurist). She facilitates a monthly Dhikr (Remembrance) Circle in Cheshire where she lives. She is also a member of Rumi’s Circle which is inspired by the wisdom of Rumi and is interested in creating spaces for the exploration of the spiritual wisdom at the heart of all faith traditions.

- Naima Khan, an Imam and a trustee of the Inclusive Mosque Initiative (IMI), a feminist mosque open to people of all genders. As part of her work with IMI she leads prayers, gives sermons at Friday prayers and conducts Islamic wedding ceremonies.

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall


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This event is included in the Saturday Pass, and is part of Rituals and Seasons: Religion and Our Natural Life.