Free Advice for Architecture Design Clients


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 I make interior changes to a building without a pe … [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...]

The Silicon Valley Mosque of the (Near) Future

Image and Design by Oliver Ephgrave

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 is a portion of my piece. You can read my full … [Read more...]

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


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...]

Al Mihrab Nominated for a Brass Crescent Award – Please Vote for My Blog!

My blog post entitled "The Agha, The Architect and the Mosque" was recently nominated for a Brass Crescent Award for "Best Post or Series."Please vote for my blog here: … [Read more...]

Masjid Makeover by Rahim’s Wood Gallery

My friend, Rahim Akbar is a Naval architect and engineer by day and an inspired artist by night. He hails from a well known Mughal family that is endowed with a rich and rare history in architectural design, woodworking, iron smith and masonry. His outstanding works which are carved in wood, may be seen gracing ceilings, walls, doors, or as stand alone pieces that invite the viewer to step into the world of the written word… or simply remind one of the beauty and serene complexity of Islamic desi … [Read more...]