The Silicon Valley Mosque of the (Near) Future

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Recently, The Islamic Monthly Magazine had a contest for people to describe what a Mosque, 50 years in the Future (in North America) would be like. I submitted a piece called "The Silicon Valley Mosque" which was one of the winning entries, although the judges thought my description was more for a mosque 20 years in the future, rather than 50. I don't have any spaceships or flying cars in my piece, so I guess they are right!:) Anyways, here is a portion of my piece. You can read my full … [Read more...]

The “Bat-Ramadan” Situation

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“Is that the new moon for Ramadan?…no wait…it’s the Bat Signal!”For movie geeks, the third and final film in director Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” is opening up in theaters on July 20th, 2012 – which  coincidentally is the 1st day or night of Ramadan (depending on if you follow local moon sighting or not)!There has been much discussion online on whether or not young Muslims should go and watch the movie because of its unfortunate release during  R … [Read more...]

Pakistani Cargo Truck Art….in Kansas City?!?

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Asheer Akram, an artist and sculptor of Pakistani descent, was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1984. He and a group of artists and artisans from Kansas City, Missouri have started the “Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative” – which is formatted around the visual aesthetic of the cargo trucks of Pakistan and the ideas that surround their intended purposes.“We are building a cargo truck in the traditional Pakistani-style with a Midwest twist and a new function.” Says Akram. “For this project we hav … [Read more...]

FBI Love (Sung to Tune of Drake’s “Crew Love”)

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FBI Love (Sung to the tune of Drake's "Crew Love")[Verse 1] Get your nose out of our masjid board What you bothering us for? There's a room full of Pakis What you following me for? This aint no damn terror plot So what you trying to entrap us for? Cause you think we gonna blow like a C4? Nah, sorry we cant afford to blow like a C4 Undercover agents keep the case going with their Fake ID's - throw em in the trash we going straight to the top and complaining to the President With a hand full of … [Read more...]

OUTSOURCED vs. LOWES

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Originally Posted on ILLUME magazine.Everyone has been talking about the controversy surrounding Lowe’s Hardware stores pulling their advertising from TLC’s “All American Muslim” reality TV show, because of the email campaign from Conservative Christian “Florida Family Association.”But besides the few email complaints to Lowe’s or signing of petitions online, there hasn’t been much creative response from the Muslim-American community.That’s when the comedic duo, Rizwan Manji and Parvesh Che … [Read more...]

Zaki Hasan: The Grandmaster of Geekdom

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Originally Posted on ILLUME Magazine.Zaki Hasan has been a geek all his life, though he's never felt comfortable admitting it until now. From a childhood steeped in Superman comics and STAR TREK reruns to his current role as a professor of communication & media studies, Zaki has spent much of the last two decades analyzing and evaluating the role of popular culture in shaping and defining our cultural, societal, and spiritual discourse. It's this realm of ideas that's central to GEEK … [Read more...]


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