7 Reasons Why I Support Colin Kaepernick

Embed from Getty Images Counting down to the number one reason why I support Colin Kaepernick and his right to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem. 7. This is still a Free Country and everyone has the right to do or say whatever they want, as long as it is not “Hate Speech” and/or can lead to violence. Read more

Why I Eat Halal Food (Part 1)

I started eating fully Halal when I was about 16 years old.  At that time most of my Muslim friends did not eat fully Halal and it was only after learning about Halal in Sunday school that I started to take it more seriously. When I was growing up in the 80’s and 90’s there were not many Halal restaurants in the Bay Area – except for one or two Muslim Chinese spots and a couple of Indian-Pakistani restaurants.  In… Read more

ISF – Abdul Sattar Rydhan Media Scholarship

Dear Friends and Family, My family and I recently initiated a scholarship through the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) in memory of my late father, Abdul Sattar Rydhan, who passed away 8 years ago this month. We named it the ISF-Abdul Sattar Rydhan Media Scholarship. He loved his community and had a passion for media activism, so our family believes this will be a great way to honor his legacy and support those young American Muslims who want to study a… 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… Read more

Lessons from a Halal Restaurateur

Recently I sat down with Ali Malik, a native of the SF Bay Area and an American Muslim entrepreneur, who stumbled into the Halal restaurant business accidently after being in the banking and finance industry for 8 years. A few years after the financial collapse of 2009, Ali became a partner at Falafel Corner in Fremont, CA. A few years later he started a new partnership at a Halal Mexican Restaurant called Gourmet Degree Grill in Union City, CA. Unfortunately… 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 Wars Mr. 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… Read more

VIDEO: Avoid Common Mistakes on Mosque Projects (ISNA CHICAGO 2015)

Special Thanks to ISNA for providing us with the raw (unedited) video footage from our Presentation at the 2015 ISNA Convention in Chicago.  Also thanks to my friend Javaid Malik for editing the video and making it presentable, since the original video was unfortunately not recorded professionally. Feel free to share the video with anyone you think will benefit from it.  Here is the video: How to Avoid Common Mistakes on Mosque Projects (ISNA Chicago 2015) For any questions/comments, please… Read more

Avoid Common Mistakes on Mosque Projects – Part II

Christopher McCoy and I were invited to do another Mosque panel discussion at ISNA’s 52nd Annual Convention held in Chicago, IL this past Labor Day weekend (Sept 4th to 7th, 2015). We doubled our panel size and added two more speakers to join us this year. We made sure to have a Muslim woman Architect on our panel, as last time we had many questions about the involvement of women in the design of Mosques in the U.S. We were… Read more

Super Suhoor Smoothie!

  Suhoor (or Sehri in Urdu/Hindi) is the pre-dawn meal, which Muslims wake up (or try their best to wake up) for getting some food and drink in before the long day of fasting ahead.  Nowadays with the small food processors like the “magic bullet” and others, you can make quick and easy smoothies that will give you a healthy, yet tasty super smoothie! Here is a great recipe for a Super Suhoor Smoothie which can help you get through… Read more

Free Advice for Architecture Design Clients

Over the past couple of years, people have asked me for advice on building design and construction projects.  Some of these are for private residences and others are for larger commercial or assembly projects.  I thought some of them are good to share because a lot of people have similar questions regardless of the type of building it is. So I hope these “Free Advice” points can help you out.  Feel free to share it with others: 1. Q: Can… Read more