Halal Fest: One Month Later

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Recently, I conducted an interview with ILLUME Magazine about the Halal Fest event, which was held one month ago on August 17th. Although a lot of the "noise" online was negative, most people who attended the event, even if they did not get to eat any of the food, thought the event itself was a big success. With over 10 articles about the event (some of which are featured here on the HalalFest website), and approximately 10,000 people in attendance, HalalFest was one of the largest and most … [Read more...]

Inteview with the Founders of “Noor Kids”: From Harvard Business School Project to Full Time Job

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Recently I interviewed Amin Aaser, 24 and Mohammed Aaser, 27 - the Business school graduates and founders of "Noor Kids" books for Muslim children. They talk about how their passion, desire and hobby for creating an alternative educational book for their own children has turned into a full time job. 1.      Why did you start "Noor Kids" My brother and I felt compelled to. Like it was something of a duty, given that nothing like it exists currently. Growing up as a Muslim-American in … [Read more...]

Before You Blame Obama for the Problems in the Middle East – Read this Book!

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Recently I read Fawaz A. Gerges’ latest book, “Obama and the Middle East: The End of America’s Moment?” (2012). Gerges is a professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics & Political Science.  I must admit, that I was skeptical at first, and did not think there would be anything new, but after reading it, I was shocked to learn some of the insights on US foreign policy over the past almost 70 years since World War II. Gerges, who also serves as the … [Read more...]

“The Qur’an: With or Against the Bible?” – A Book Review

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Islam and Muslims have been in the news often over the past 11 years. Ever since the tragic  events of Sept. 11th, 2001, the US Media has been fascinated to know what the Qur’an – the holy scriptures of Islam, actually teaches and instructs it’s followers to do. Many Muslims, as well as Non-Muslims, unfairly take quotes from the Qur’an out of context and use them to justify acts of violence, ill treatment of people of other faiths, and oppression of women in Muslim countries. Moreover, … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Crisis of Islamic Civilization

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Recently someone recommended I read this book called “The Crisis of Islamic Civilization” by Ali A. Allawi. Mr. Allawi served as the Minister of Defense and Minister of Finance in the Iraqi postwar governments. He is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at Princeton University. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book, because unlike other books with similar subject matters, this was not just an academic book filled with many footnotes and a few historical facts, … [Read more...]

New Book “All American: 45 Men on Being Muslim – An Anthology of American Muslim Voices

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Salaams All I was lucky enough to be one of the 45 Men to be featured in this new book: "All-American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim". I talk about how I became interested in Media Activism work and my struggles (and accomplishments) as the youngest member of my masjid board. The title of my essay is called "The Trouble Maker." It will hopefully be an entertaining and educational read for everyone. You can order the book now with a 40% discount on the cover price by purchasing … [Read more...]


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