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...]

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 those days, Halal eaters like me were happy to be able to eat meat outside of th … [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 field of the media such as journalism, … [Read more...]

SuperBowl Recipe: La Taquiza Poutine

Here is another great recipe for your SuperBowl party (or any other get together) by Nyela G. from Mississauga, Canada:La Taquiza PoutineThis 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...]

How to Avoid Common Mistakes on Mosque Projects

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 in … [Read more...]

Ramadan 2014 – White House Iftaar & Learning to Play the Game

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 about it and reading articles and f … [Read more...]