ILLUME Media Seminar: Digital Journalism in the Age of Multi-Media Story Telling

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ILLUME magazine in assocation with the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) Media Committee, CAIR-SFBA, and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) present a special 2 -day In-Depth workshop for students of Media and Journalism as well as others who are interested in learning the art and techniques of professional story telling in the Digital Age.  The weekend seminar will take place on April 17th and 18th, 2010 in the S.F. Bay Area.  There is also a FREE panel discussion … [Read more...]

Bollywood King goes back to his Muslim Roots

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By no means am I a Bollywood (Indian Cinema) fan.  I have only seen a handful in my life and never watched one in a theater - before last night when I went with my wife and a few friends to watch the King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and his new film "My Name is Khan" which is making headlines across the world because of it's "Pro-Muslim" storyline - which is a rarity in Hindu dominated Indian cinema. A majority of the film was also shot here in the San Francisco Bay Area and since a few of … [Read more...]

30 Mosques in 30 days

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Here is a link to a blog by two Muslim guys (Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq) travelling around NYC every day in Ramadan having iftaar (breaking of the fast) at a different mosque each night. It's pretty interesting because not only do they talk about the different types of food, but also the culture and history of the mosque as well. They also got some very nice pictures.  Check it out here: http://30mosques.tumblr.com/post/189907332/day-26-masjid-at-taqwa#disqus_thread … [Read more...]

Architecture Pakistan: Bhong Mosque

Bhong Mosque, Pakistan

Check out this very interesting piece on Architecture in Pakistan, featuring the Bhong Mosque, which received the Agha Khan Award in Architecture in 1986.  The mosque had 50 years of continuous construction from 1932 to 1982! This Article from Pakistan.Com was written by Owais Mughal: http://pakistaniat.com/2009/07/27/architecture-pakistan-bhong-mosque/ … [Read more...]

“New Muslim Cool” – is pretty cool

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I recently watched the "New Muslim Cool" documentary and was pretty impressed.  The film directed and produced by Jennifer Maytoerna Taylor, is about a Puerto Rican Muslim convert, Hamza Perez, who as a former drug dealer, struggles to make a new life for himself, his family and his new Muslim community in Pittsburgh, PA. It is an inspiring story of how a young Muslim, who uses Hip Hop music to express his feelings in a very creative and productive way, is not only able to stay on the straight … [Read more...]

First Islamic Architecture Mosque Tour in the Bay Area

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The Islamic Society of the East Bay (ISEB) will host its first Islamic Architecture Mosque tour in Fremont, CA. The tour of the 10,000 square foot mosque and recently completed 13,000 square foot school building will be lead by Amin Adil Qazi, Architect,  AIA (American Institute of Architects), and Shakeel Ahmed, PE. The tour will also include a presentation about Islamic influences on American Architecture by Irfan Rydhan, Assoc. AIA. “This event offers a unique opportunity for the … [Read more...]

First Mosque Designed by a Woman in Turkey

The Sakirin Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

A friend posted this video clip on facebook about the First Mosque in Turkey designed by a Woman (Zeynep Fadillioglu): http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7985351.stm I was impressed with the creativity and look of the Sakirin Mosque in Istanbul, especially with the stylized mihrab, elegant mimbar and blown glass "rain drops" hanging from a chandelier on the inside of the 130 foot diameter dome.  The design is very contemporay, yet very respectful of the past Islamic traditions, such as the … [Read more...]

My Interview on KGO-TV (Ch. 7) news about U.S. Aid to Pakistan

I was recently interviewed by KGO-TV (ABC Ch. 7) news about U.S. Aid to Pakistan, the flogging of a young women in the SWAT valley and Illume magazine's coverage of Greg Mortenson's work of building schools in the mountain areas of Pakistan. I stated that this type of treatment of women is not based on Islam, but ancient cultural and tribal practices that go back hundreds of years.  It also has to do with a lack of education, not only in general, but also a lack of understanding of Islam.  … [Read more...]

My Memory of Dear Sattar Uncle – by Adeel Iqbal

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I was just a college freshman then, as I sat face to face with Br. Abdul Sattar Rydhan, marhoom – Sattar Uncle, as I called him – at his home in San Jose. Tape recorder, notebook and pencil in hand, I was ready to begin my first interview for an assignment I had taken on in Dr. Hatem Bazian’s course on the development of Islam in America.  It was mid Spring 2004 and like all the other lazy Muslim kids in Dr. Bazian’s class who opt for what they think will be an easy way out of UC … [Read more...]

Three Cups of Tea

Greg Mortenson with the children of Korphe in Pakistan

I recently finished reading "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.  My first reaction after reading the story of Mortenson's 15 + year story of building schools for the impoverished children of Pakistan and eventually Afghanistan's mountain villages was - why do the Non-Muslims do Allah's work without making any excuses, but we Muslims just argue, cheat and fight amongst ourselves?!  For those who don't know Mortenson's story - he was a mountain climber who in 1993 … [Read more...]