5 Good Books for American Muslims (and everyone else)


Last year, I did a lot of reading (probably the most since I graduated from college) and I thought it would a good idea to share my top 5 books (for some reason, I like listing things in 5 digit intervals:)). Some of these I have not fully completed reading yet, but have read enough of them to recommend them all:)!  These are not in any particular order, but they are all very good in their own right.  They all relate to Islam and Muslims in someway or the other, but most of them would also … [Read more...]

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My Top 5 Halal (Zabihah) Restaurants in the Bay Area

Top Deck Deli in Santa Clara, CA

 Currently I have nearly 200 reviews on Zabihah.com - a website created by a friend of mine, Shahed Amanullah, about 10 years ago which is a user generated review site for Zabihah Halal restaurants across the world! Zabihah is an arabic word which means an animal is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary laws (similiar to Kosher for Jews) and it is Halal (permissible in Islam) for Muslims to consume. Since many people see my reviews online, I got the nickname of "Mr. Zabihah.com" from … [Read more...]

30 Mosques in 30 days


Here is a link to a blog by two Muslim guys (Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq) travelling around NYC every day in Ramadan having iftaar (breaking of the fast) at a different mosque each night. It's pretty interesting because not only do they talk about the different types of food, but also the culture and history of the mosque as well. They also got some very nice pictures.  Check it out here: http://30mosques.tumblr.com/post/189907332/day-26-masjid-at-taqwa#disqus_thread … [Read more...]

Architecture Pakistan: Bhong Mosque

Bhong Mosque, Pakistan

Check out this very interesting piece on Architecture in Pakistan, featuring the Bhong Mosque, which received the Agha Khan Award in Architecture in 1986.  The mosque had 50 years of continuous construction from 1932 to 1982! This Article from Pakistan.Com was written by Owais Mughal: http://pakistaniat.com/2009/07/27/architecture-pakistan-bhong-mosque/ … [Read more...]

“New Muslim Cool” – is pretty cool


I recently watched the "New Muslim Cool" documentary and was pretty impressed.  The film directed and produced by Jennifer Maytoerna Taylor, is about a Puerto Rican Muslim convert, Hamza Perez, who as a former drug dealer, struggles to make a new life for himself, his family and his new Muslim community in Pittsburgh, PA. It is an inspiring story of how a young Muslim, who uses Hip Hop music to express his feelings in a very creative and productive way, is not only able to stay on the straight … [Read more...]

First Pakistani Starship Captain in latest “Star Trek” Film

Faran Tahir

I watched the latest "Star Trek" film in IMAX this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised to see Faran Tahir, a Pakistani-American who played the lead villian in "Iron Man" last year, as Captain Robau of the Starship U.S.S. Kelvin. According to an article on scifiwire.com, Tahir was cast by Director J.J. Abrams specifically because of his ethnicity, which is a tradition of the "Star Trek" series since the 60's when Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had a mutli-ethnic cast depicting the … [Read more...]

First Islamic Architecture Mosque Tour in the Bay Area

ISEB Mosque Tour Flyer

The Islamic Society of the East Bay (ISEB) will host its first Islamic Architecture Mosque tour in Fremont, CA. The tour of the 10,000 square foot mosque and recently completed 13,000 square foot school building will be lead by Amin Adil Qazi, Architect,  AIA (American Institute of Architects), and Shakeel Ahmed, PE. The tour will also include a presentation about Islamic influences on American Architecture by Irfan Rydhan, Assoc. AIA. “This event offers a unique opportunity for the … [Read more...]

First Mosque Designed by a Woman in Turkey

The Sakirin Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

A friend posted this video clip on facebook about the First Mosque in Turkey designed by a Woman (Zeynep Fadillioglu): http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7985351.stm I was impressed with the creativity and look of the Sakirin Mosque in Istanbul, especially with the stylized mihrab, elegant mimbar and blown glass "rain drops" hanging from a chandelier on the inside of the 130 foot diameter dome.  The design is very contemporay, yet very respectful of the past Islamic traditions, such as the … [Read more...]

My Interview on KGO-TV (Ch. 7) news about U.S. Aid to Pakistan

I was recently interviewed by KGO-TV (ABC Ch. 7) news about U.S. Aid to Pakistan, the flogging of a young women in the SWAT valley and Illume magazine's coverage of Greg Mortenson's work of building schools in the mountain areas of Pakistan. I stated that this type of treatment of women is not based on Islam, but ancient cultural and tribal practices that go back hundreds of years.  It also has to do with a lack of education, not only in general, but also a lack of understanding of Islam.  … [Read more...]