I recently finished reading "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. My first reaction after reading the story of Mortenson's 15 + year story of building schools for the impoverished children of Pakistan and eventually Afghanistan's mountain villages was - why do the Non-Muslims do Allah's work without making any excuses, but we Muslims just argue, cheat and fight amongst ourselves?! For those who don't know Mortenson's story - he was a mountain climber who in 1993 … [Read more...]
For Those of you who live in San Jose/Campbell, CA - Be sure to check out the interviews I conducted a few weeks ago of American Muslim Activists in the S.F. Bay Area to get their views and opinions on Barack Obama's election to the Presidency of the United States of America. This unscripted and special edition of the "Muslim Round Table Television" program will air on Friday Feb. 27th, 2009 at 3:30pm on Comcast Channel 15 which airs in San Jose and Campbell, CA. For those of you not in the … [Read more...]
“Slumdog Millionaire” wins Best Picture and 6 other Oscars, including two for A.R. Rahman, for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.
I found out recently that A.R. Rahman, the Academy award winning composer of “Slumdog Millionaire” as well as many other Bollywood films, was inspired by Sufism and converted from Hinduism to Islam in 1989. His full name is Allah Rakkha Rahman. He comes from a Tamil background and said “God is Great” in Tamil after he won the first Oscar. Congratulations to A.R. Rahman as well as to the other Muslim actors in the film including Irrfan Ali Khan, who plays the police inspector, … [Read more...]
The recent tragedy affecting American Muslims is the murder by decapitation of Sr. Aasyia Zubair, the co-founder of BridgesTV, reportedly by her husband Muzzamil Hasan, the CEO of BridgesTV. I have met Muzzamil "Mo" Hasan a few years ago, when he came to the Bay Area searching for funds and content for the new American Muslim "lifestyle" channel he was starting called "BridgesTV." I along with some other Bay Area Muslims who met him, thought he was like any other "normal" Pakistani Muslim man, … [Read more...]