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...]

The Aftermath: 12 years later

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12 years ago, my friend Javaid Malik and I started on this documentary video called, "The Aftermath: American-Muslims After September 11th." It took us 14 months to complete as we did all the pre-production, research, script writing, shooting, editing, post-production, marketing, and promotion ourselves (although we did get help from a few people along the way).At the time it was a somewhat controversial video since it was rare for American Muslim leaders and activists to come on camera and … [Read more...]

Avoiding ‘Fat-Rebound’ After Ramadan

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Avoiding 'Fat-Rebound' After Ramadanby Guest Blogger Yusuf Clack of "Clack Fit"*** Consult your doctor before changing your diet or exercise program***For some us, we lose 4-10 lbs in Ramadan, but... put it ALL back by the end of Shawwal!We get our hopes up every year. This time will be different. It’s a new chapter. We’ve changed!Until... gravity takes over. Fail.Part of the perceived rapid weight loss is often due to faulty weighing practices. If you weigh yourself to … [Read more...]

Umar Lee: Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

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For those who don’t know, former Muslim convert Umar Lee, is (or should I saywas) a well known blogger in the “Islamic” blogosphere.  I must admit, I do not know “Mr. Lee” personally, but I have read some of his writings and heard about him from those who know him personally. First of all, I didn’t agree with most of what Mr. Lee said while he was a so-called “Muslim” because most of it was extreme “Salafi” or “Wahabi” methodology;  meaning that he being a recent convert to the centuries old rel … [Read more...]

An American [Werewolf] in Lahore – Part 1

Me at the Minar-E-Pakistan in Feb. 2012

Last year, I went to Pakistan after 25 years and to Lahore for the first time ever.  My father was from Karachi, but since most of my relatives are here in the U.S. now, we did not have much reason to visit Pakistan.  My wife’s family is from Lahore, so since we both had the time to go last year, we decided to make a last minute trip.  This will be the first part in a series, chronicling my eye-opening trip to Pakistan, and I hope I can pass along some entertaining, yet useful information to all … [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 Minn … [Read more...]


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