November 21, 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

October 18, 2015

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

July 11, 2015

  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

May 25, 2015

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

January 30, 2015

Here is another great recipe for your SuperBowl party (or any other get together) by Nyela G. from Mississauga, Canada: La Taquiza Poutine This is a twist on the classic poutine blends together the Mexican culture with a French classic. By incorporating chicken, sour cream and guacamole to the poutine, it makes a hearty entrée that is scrumptious and flavourful. This recipe is suitable for any type of gathering or parties. It can be served on a platter or served… Read more

December 24, 2014

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… Read more

September 19, 2014

On Saturday August 30th, I was invited by ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) to their 51st Annual Convention, held in Detroit, Michigan this year, to moderate a panel with American Muslim Architects about how to Avoid common mistakes on Mosque projects in the United States. Due to some last minute cancellations and changes in plans by some of the scheduled panelists, I ended up becoming one of the panelists along with Architect Christopher McCoy (President of McCoy Architects LLC… Read more

August 23, 2014

Recently, The Islamic Monthly Magazine had a contest for people to describe what a Mosque, 50 years in the Future (in North America) would be like. I submitted a piece called “The Silicon Valley Mosque” which was one of the winning entries, although the judges thought my description was more for a mosque 20 years in the future, rather than 50. I don’t have any spaceships or flying cars in my piece, so I guess they are right!:) Anyways, here… Read more

July 26, 2014

As many of us heard via social media, President Obama made a statement at the 2014 White House Iftaar in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against Rocket Fire from Hamas. I, like many American Muslims, was very upset after hearing this and wondered how and why the President, who I supported and voted for in 2008 and 2012, would say something so disrespectful to an audience of mainly American Muslims at a White House Iftaar. But after thinking… Read more

March 19, 2014

March 19th, 2014 – It’s been 6 years since you passed away. A lot has changed since 2008. You have 3 grand children now: Zunaira, Mustafa and Inaya. They are all healthy and happy, Alhamdulillah. Mustafa has some of your personality – very friendly and likes talking to people, unlike me, which is good, Mash’Allah. Your daughter Sana also got married last year, but I think you know that already. Imam Tahir did the Nikkah and made a nice dua… Read more




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