Muslim Media Activism, Circa 1998

In 1998, I had been out of college (UC Berkeley) for 1 year and was living in Oakland, CA.  After a year of working, I decided to join my friend Javaid, who recently got his degree in Radio & TV Broadcasting from SFSU to start a Video Production Company to serve the needs of the American Muslim Community (we wanted to make a feature film, but ended up making wedding videos instead).  As there were always negative stereotypes of Muslims in the media (even before Sept. 11th, 2001), we also w … [Read more...]

The Birth of a Nation: Film Review

Recently my friend, Nizar Ahmed and I had a discussion on facebook about the new movie by Nate Parker called "The Birth of a Nation" which is the story of a slave rebellion in 19th Century America led by Nat Turner.  Nizar believed the new film was a "remake" of the 1915 American Silent film of the same name (The Birth of a Nation) by D.W. Griffith, which was a pro-Confederacy, Anti-Black film which portrayed the Ku Klux Clan (the film was originally called "The Clansman") as a heroic force … [Read more...]

7 Reasons Why I Support Colin Kaepernick

Embed from Getty ImagesCounting down to the number one reason why I support Colin Kaepernick and his right to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem.7. This is still a Free Country and everyone has the right to do or say whatever they want, as long as it is not "Hate Speech" and/or can lead to violence. … [Read more...]

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ISF – Abdul Sattar Rydhan Media Scholarship

Dear Friends and Family,My family and I recently initiated a scholarship through the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) in memory of my late father, Abdul Sattar Rydhan, who passed away 8 years ago this month. We named it the ISF-Abdul Sattar Rydhan Media Scholarship.He loved his community and had a passion for media activism, so our family believes this will be a great way to honor his legacy and support those young American Muslims who want to study a field of the media such as journalism, … [Read more...]

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

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

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...]