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...]

Book Review: The Crisis of Islamic Civilization


Recently someone recommended I read this book called “The Crisis of Islamic Civilization” by Ali A. Allawi. Mr. Allawi served as the Minister of Defense and Minister of Finance in the Iraqi postwar governments. He is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow at Princeton University.I must say that I was pleasantly surprised while reading this book, because unlike other books with similar subject matters, this was not just an academic book filled with many footnotes and a few historical facts, but in … [Read more...]

Islamic influence on American Architecture (Article)


  Islamic influence on the Design of the World Trade CenterSpanish Moor (Islamic) Influence on the Alamo Lately, there has been a lot of misinformation and hatred toward Islam and Muslims being spewed out by major media outlets, which in turn has caused a lot of fear in the minds of many Americans about Muslims and thus many mosque projects across the country from New York to Tennessee to California are being criticized and sometimes even attacked by arsonists and … [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...]

5 Good Books for American Muslims (and everyone else)


Last year, I did a lot of reading (probably the most since I graduated from college) and I thought it would a good idea to share my top 5 books (for some reason, I like listing things in 5 digit intervals:)).Some of these I have not fully completed reading yet, but have read enough of them to recommend them all:)!  These are not in any particular order, but they are all very good in their own right.  They all relate to Islam and Muslims in someway or the other, but most of them would also be of … [Read more...]