Levels of stress and anxiety have never been higher, with approximately 40 million Americans reporting that they regularly suffer from anxiety. There are multiple possible causes for the growth of stress in society, from financial pressures to the increased use of social media as the main communication tool and its negative effect on self-esteem. Is it any wonder in today’s constantly busy world we can find ourselves overwhelmed? However, there are steps we can take to try to ease daily… Read more

Life isn’t always easy, so there’s no point in making it harder on yourself. What you want to do is come up with ways to welcome more peace into your day to day life. This is achieved by paying attention to what you’re doing daily and revisiting and revising your habits. Bring more positivity into your life by making better choices and attending to your self-care needs. Believe you can improve your way of life and you’re already halfway there…. Read more

                                                Photo Credit: Michelle Pemberton, Indy Star. . Although we are living in troubling times, especially for Muslims in America, there continues to be many Mosques and Islamic Centers as well as schools being built all around the country.  Most of the time, they are approved by the local city and county planning and zoning boards without… Read more

As one of the organizers for the Halal Food Festival (aka “Halal Fest”) in the Bay Area, I come across a lot of different “Halal” products, businesses and services. Here are my top 13 Halal Products which you Need in your Life in 2018: Click on Continue Below. Read more

When you go to church/mosque/temple, donate money, volunteer to help, and aid in comforting fellow congregation members, you know that you’re doing a good thing. Acts of service to God are immeasurable. This means that anything you do, from holding the door open for a person walking to a building right behind you, to paying for someone else’s groceries when they come up short, involves being kind and good, no matter what faith you follow. While some religions have limitations… Read more

Here are a few reasons why I believe “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is also an “Islamic Story”:   Read more

Continuing our series on the history of Muslim Media Activism in the Bay Area from last month, I was recruited by my local mosque, the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) in San Jose, CA shortly after the tragedies of Sept. 11th, 2001. According to Mohammad Azizuddin, the former Vice-President of the Mosque Board at the time, “[The] Majority of the SBIA membership is from San Jose, which is the largest city in the bay area in terms of Muslim population, but had… Read more

Yoda, seen here in The Empire Strikes Back, has parallels in many religious traditions. (Photo: Everett) Gwynne Watkins Writer Yahoo Movies May 25, 2017 A 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… Read more

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… Read more

I recently went on a family vacation to Dubai and stayed there for a little over 2 weeks.  Dubai is known for many things, including extravagance as well as incompetence, but almost everyone agrees that it is one of the best places in the world for foodies.  Being a “Halal Foodie” myself (someone who only eats Halal food), I of course ate a bunch of American “Fast Food”, since I can rarely eat that here in the United States.  But… Read more

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