Spirituality of Compassion

Compassion is a hallmark of authentic religion. The infusion of compassion into religious life was the culmination of a spiritual transformation in Axial Age (a 600-year period in history between 800 BC to 200 BC). Pre-Axial religion was mostly concerned with rituals and animal sacrifice; as such, religion did not have much ethical and spiritual content. Axial Age sages and prophets gradually shifted the focus of religion from rituals to a spirituality of compassion. Henceforth, authentic religion would be less concerned with beliefs, dogma and rituals; its primary aim would be to change the believers at a profound level: to empty them of their selfishness and fill them with a genuine concern for “others”. In this presentation, we will discuss how compassion became the defining feature of authentic religion.



Do Muslims Love or Hate Jesus?»

This program is a conversation about Islam, Christianity and Jesus Christ: 1) Why do so many Muslims hate Christians? 2) Do Muslims hate or love Jesus? 3) Do Muslims believe Jesus was God? 4) What does Rumi say about Jesus? 5) What does Islam say about virgin Mary? 6) Did the Prophet Mohammad wish to […]

Is Islam Inherently Violent?»

Atrocities carried out by terrorist organizations like ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram around the globe have fueled perceptions of Islam as a religion of violence, war and intolerance. More than half of Americans today believe “extremism” is spreading within the Muslim community across America. So, is Islam inherently violent? This presentation will explore the facts […]

The Spiritual Fruits of Ramadan»

Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar, because it opens up vast opportunities for spiritual rejuvenation and personal growth. True fasting is not about starving the stomach, but the Carnal Soul; it is not about losing weight, but vices. This lecture will explore the spiritual dimension of Ramadan. We will discuss 3 […]

Spiritual But Not Religious: A Sufi Perspective»

This lecture was conducted by Hamid Entezam at ICCF in Fresno on May 30, 2015.

Topic: “Spiritual But Not Religious: A Sufi Perspective”.

Duration: 78 Minutes


+Upcoming Events+

Speech in Fresno, California»

Guest Speaker at Clovis Community College. Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. Topic: Is Islam Inherently Violent? Address: Clovis Community College. 0309 N. Willow. Fresno, CA 93730. Phone: (559)325-5200


Christ in Islam»

The Monotheistic religious tradition is dominated by the trio of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. All three religions trace their lineage to Abraham. This common root inevitably leads to adoption of a common general framework for spirituality. Not surprisingly, we find substantial commonality among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; nonetheless, we still have three distinct religions, not one. Their differences primarily stem from their focus.

Jihad, Violence, and Intolerance»

Historically, the Christian West has not viewed Islam favorably. Western scholars ordinarily characterize Islam as a religion of sword, a tradition inherently devoid of reason or love. Islam’s Prophet Mohammad is often portrayed as a warlord who imposed his beliefs on a reluctant world by the sword. The rapid spread of Islam outside its birth place (Arabia) is credited to invading Arab armies who gave the conquered peoples a simple choice: adoption of Islam or annihilation…

Christ In Christianity»

Christianity is a faith that revolves around Jesus’ life and death. As such, one cannot overemphasize the centrality of Jesus to Christianity.

Jesus was quite unique by any standards. The circumstances of his birth, his life experiences, and his death are nothing short of extraordinary…

Media Coverage

What Iranians Must Do to Replace Islamic Cleric-Led Regime. Interview with GVWire.»

The uprising that occurred after the death a year ago of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran’s morality police could serve as a blueprint for future uprisings, one of which will someday successfully end the Islamic cleric-led regime that has held power for nearly a half century, says Hamid Entezam, an Iranian-American lecturer in comparative religions who is a close observer of Iranian and international politics.

Find a Little Light This Holiday Season- Interview with the New York Times»

At the end of a tough year, spiritual leaders offer some ways to prepare yourself for whatever comes next.

Is Islam Inherently Violent? Interview with GVWire»

ISIS and the Iranian government have damaged the reputation of Islam, almost to the point of no return. That is one of the assessments of lecturer Hamid Entezam. And it’s why he is constantly on the lecture circuit addressing perceptions about the Islamic faith.

Questions and Answers

Why does God allow so many innocent children die in Africa every day?»

Q: If God is Just and Compassionate, why does He allow so many innocent children die in Africa every day due to malnutrition and starvation? What have these helpless kids done to deserve this horrible fate? A: We cannot blame God for malnutrition and starvation around the world. God has created sufficient resources on planet […]