VIDEO: Avoid Common Mistakes on Mosque Projects (ISNA CHICAGO 2015)

ISNA 2015 Video Promo

Special Thanks to ISNA for providing us with the raw (unedited) video footage from our Presentation at the 2015 ISNA Convention in Chicago.  Also thanks to my friend Javaid Malik for editing the video and making it presentable, since the original video was unfortunately not recorded professionally.Feel free to share the video with anyone you think will benefit from it.  Here is the video:How to Avoid Common Mistakes on Mosque Projects (ISNA Chicago 2015)For any questions/comments, p … [Read more...]

Avoid Common Mistakes on Mosque Projects – Part II

ISNA 2015 Blog Promo

Christopher McCoy and I were invited to do another Mosque panel discussion at ISNA’s 52nd Annual Convention held in Chicago, IL this past Labor Day weekend (Sept 4th to 7th, 2015). We doubled our panel size and added two more speakers to join us this year.We made sure to have a Muslim woman Architect on our panel, as last time we had many questions about the involvement of women in the design of Mosques in the U.S. We were fortunate to find Saaema Alavi, a native of Chicago and an A … [Read more...]

Super Suhoor Smoothie!

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 Suhoor (or Sehri in Urdu/Hindi) is the pre-dawn meal, which Muslims wake up (or try their best to wake up) for getting some food and drink in before the long day of fasting ahead.  Nowadays with the small food processors like the "magic bullet" and others, you can make quick and easy smoothies that will give you a healthy, yet tasty super smoothie!Here is a great recipe for a Super Suhoor Smoothie which can help you get through those long fasts during the summer!The main … [Read more...]

Free Advice for Architecture Design Clients


Over the past couple of years, people have asked me for advice on building design and construction projects.  Some of these are for private residences and others are for larger commercial or assembly projects.  I thought some of them are good to share because a lot of people have similar questions regardless of the type of building it is.So I hope these "Free Advice" points can help you out.  Feel free to share it with others:1. Q: Can I make interior changes to a building without a pe … [Read more...]

SuperBowl Recipe: La Taquiza Poutine


Here is another great recipe for your SuperBowl party (or any other get together) by Nyela G. from Mississauga, Canada:La Taquiza PoutineThis is a twist on the classic poutine blends together the Mexican culture with a French classic. By incorporating chicken, sour cream and guacamole to the poutine, it makes a hearty entrée that is scrumptious and flavourful. This recipe is suitable for any type of gathering or parties. It can be served on a platter or served … [Read more...]

Interview with Writer/Producer Kamran Pasha

Kamran Pasha

Recently, I watched the Showtime Series “Sleeper Cell” which aired for 2 seasons from 2005 – 2006. Although the TV show is almost 10 years old now, its subject matter of terrorism in relation to American Muslims is still very relevant today. When “Sleeper Cell” came out, there was a lot of push back from the Muslim community in America, most of which occurred before the series even aired. Although the cable TV series does have its flaws, I believe it did have a lot of in-depth analysis of the int … [Read more...]