The Silicon Valley Mosque of the (Near) Future

Image and Design by Oliver Ephgrave

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...]

Ramadan 2014 – White House Iftaar & Learning to Play the Game

WhiteHouseIftaar

As many of us heard via social media, President Obama made a statement at the 2014 White House Iftaar in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against Rocket Fire from Hamas. I, like many American Muslims, was very upset after hearing this and wondered how and why the President, who I supported and voted for in 2008 and 2012, would say something so disrespectful to an audience of mainly American Muslims at a White House Iftaar.But after thinking about it and reading articles and f … [Read more...]

The Rain Prayer: Did it Really work ?

Sh Hamza speaking at the Rain Prayer in Pleasanton, CA

As most people know, California is going through one of the worst droughts in it's history. 2013 was the driest weather in California in the last 400 years!Many of the world's religions have special supplications ("Duas" in arabic) and prayers for rain. In fact many Christian Churches across California as well as many of the Western States of the United States have been asking their congregations to pray and fast in hopes that God will give us much needed rain.In religion of Islam, the … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Recipe: Jamaican Style Halal Jerk Wings & Dipping Sauce

jamaican style halal jerk wings

It's that time of the year again: The Super Bowl. And Super Bowl Parties. A day when most people prefer to watch the commercials than the game itself and when snack foods are better than the actual meal. Luckily, there are more and more Halal Snack Food options out there nowadays (usually frozen), but sometimes you need something new and fresh. So here is a unique and tasty take on the traditional football snack of chicken wings. How about some Jamaican Style Jerk Wings? - Halal of course … [Read more...]

NCIS: A Case Study on US Military Propaganda

No Comment. It's Obvious.

Usually I don’t watch the CBS program “NCIS” (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) because I don’t like being bombarded by blatant propaganda which promotes US & Israeli Military aggression (see the image to the left and tell me if I’m wrong), but I happened to see some trailer’s for the new season’s first episode called “Kill Chain” and it peaked my interest.The 11th season opens with a US Navy Petty officer being killed; by get this, a US Drone! Now usually, as most of the whole world kno … [Read more...]

Halal Fest: One Month Later

Packed Crowds at Halal Fest, Aug. 17th, 2013 - Photo Credit Vasim Pathan

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...]


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