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...]

Man of Steel: The Good, The Bad and The Super

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Recently I watched Man of Steel, the latest Superman flick, and although it was a pretty good movie (way better than the last 3 Superman films); I still rank 1980’s Superman II as my all time favorite.  But here is my take on all that was good and bad about this latest one made for a 2013 audience (Warning : There are some Spoilers Below): The Good: The Kryptonians have all this futuristic technology and are expert scientists and explorers. The Bad: They still use some kind of black & wh … [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...]

Why I Plan to Vote for President Obama Again…as an American Muslim

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There have been a lot of discussions going on lately online among Americans, including American Muslims on whether to vote in this year's presidential elections.  Many people, especially Muslims feel that President Obama has disappointed them, thus they will not vote to help re-elect him for a second term. Still others believe that it is no use for us to vote because either party will not help us American Muslims out and a few people also think that it is Haram (unlawful in Islam) to even vote i … [Read more...]


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