A Letter to my Father

My Dad rolling in a Classic Car

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 for you.You would also be happy to know that Same … [Read more...]

Top 10 Ways on How NOT to Build a Mosque in America

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Here are the top 10 items which the American Muslim Community should do if they do NOT want to build a new Mosque:10. If your community finds a good sized piece of land (or an existing building) at a good price, then don’t look into the zoning or check to see if a religious assembly can legally be held there!  You can figure out the zoning later, after you have bought the land and invested a lot of the community’s money. Getting a legal use permit is a waste of time and money.  We don’t have … [Read more...]

Minar-E-Pakistan (Tower of Pakistan)

Minar-E-Pakistan

Minar-e-Pakistan is a tall monumental tower in Iqbal Park, Lahore which was built in 1968 in commemoration of the Lahore Resolution of 1940. The minar (tower) reflects a blend of Mughal and modern Architecture, and is constructed on the site where on March 23, 1940, seven years before the formation of Pakistan, the Muslim League passed the "Pakistan Resolution", demanding the creation of Pakistan.Here is a slideshow of some picture of the Minar-E-Pakistan and Iqbal Park from my recent trip to … [Read more...]

Islamic Science Rediscovered in San Jose, CA

The Oglee Arch - designed by Muslim Architects

Recently I went to the Tech Museum in San Jose, CA where one of the exhibits here on a limited engagement is "Islamic Science Rediscovered."  I highly recommend everyone who is interested in Science to check it out.  But surprisingly it is not only about Islamic contributions to Astronomy (the astrolabe, development of star charts), Mathematics (algebra, arabic numerals and the number zero) and Medicine (development of optics, eye surgery), which most people may already be aware of - But it also … [Read more...]

The Agha, The Architect and The Mosque

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I originally wrote this interview for ILLUME magazine here.  Below is the full and un-edited version of my interview with Maryam.Maryam Eskandari, an architect at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and MIT, currently has a traveling exhibit on American Mosques. Her exhibit, Sacred Space: (Re) Constructing the Place of Gender in the Space of Religion is touring the nation.  ILLUME recently conducted an exclusive interview with Maryam  to get her views on the design of Am … [Read more...]

Islamic Influences on American Architecture

Below is the power point slide show from a presentation I made in May 2009 to a group of Architects, Engineers and other interested people before a tour of the ISEB mosque in Fremont, CABecause of all the recent Mosque controversies across the country, I thought some people may be interested to learn more about Mosques in general and Islamically influenced Architecture in the United States.  I think some of you may be pleasantly (or not ) surprised!Check it out and let me know if you have … [Read more...]


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