The Religion of ‘Star Wars’: Why People of All Faiths Embrace the Force

Yoda, seen here in The Empire Strikes Back, has parallels in many religious traditions. (Photo: Everett)Gwynne Watkins WriterYahoo Movies May 25, 2017A lifelong Star Wars fan from California, Irfan Rydhan always saw echoes of his Muslim faith in the concept of the Force. But when he began researching the parallels between Star Wars and Islam for a blog post, he was surprised to find a traditional Sufi figure that reminded him of Yoda. “Al-Khidr is described as a green being w … [Read more...]

Muslim Media Activism, Circa 1998

In 1998, I had been out of college (UC Berkeley) for 1 year and was living in Oakland, CA.  After a year of working, I decided to join my friend Javaid, who recently got his degree in Radio & TV Broadcasting from SFSU to start a Video Production Company to serve the needs of the American Muslim Community (we wanted to make a feature film, but ended up making wedding videos instead).  As there were always negative stereotypes of Muslims in the media (even before Sept. 11th, 2001), we also w … [Read more...]

The Birth of a Nation: Film Review

Recently my friend, Nizar Ahmed and I had a discussion on facebook about the new movie by Nate Parker called "The Birth of a Nation" which is the story of a slave rebellion in 19th Century America led by Nat Turner.  Nizar believed the new film was a "remake" of the 1915 American Silent film of the same name (The Birth of a Nation) by D.W. Griffith, which was a pro-Confederacy, Anti-Black film which portrayed the Ku Klux Clan (the film was originally called "The Clansman") as a heroic force … [Read more...]

29 Bay Area Halal Eats for #SuperBowl50 Foodies

One of the largest sporting events in the country, SuperBowl50 will be coming to the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday February 7th, 2016.Thousands of people around the world will be visiting the Bay Area during the nine days leading up to the Big Game, from Jan 30th to Feb 7.San Francisco is definitely a “Foodie” city, but the whole Bay Area from San Jose to Fremont and Oakland have many gems as well. Here is a list of not only Halal, but well known seafood and vegetarian places which mak … [Read more...]

FAUX NEWS: Trump Dislikes New Star Wars Movie! (Parody)

For Immediate Release:FAUX News (Dec 25th, 2015): Trump Dislikes New Politically Correct Star WarsMr. Trump issued a statement after watching the latest Star Wars film, “The Force Awakens” on Dec. 25th at a press conference:“I’m a fan of Darth Vader, so was disappointed that he was not in the latest Star Wars movie.  Also why is there a Black Storm trooper and a little girl Jedi?”After prodding from the Press, Trump continued: “I mean they (storm troopers) all have white armor and … [Read more...]

Interview with Writer/Producer Kamran Pasha

Recently, I watched the Showtime Series “Sleeper Cell” which aired for 2 seasons from 2005 – 2006. Although the TV show is almost 10 years old now, its subject matter of terrorism in relation to American Muslims is still very relevant today. When “Sleeper Cell” came out, there was a lot of push back from the Muslim community in America, most of which occurred before the series even aired. Although the cable TV series does have its flaws, I believe it did have a lot of in-depth analysis of the int … [Read more...]