Muslim Media Activism, Circa 1998

In 1998, I had been out of college (UC Berkeley) for 1 year and was living in Oakland, CA.  After a year of working, I decided to join my friend Javaid, who recently got his degree in Radio & TV Broadcasting from SFSU to start a Video Production Company to serve the needs of the American Muslim Community (we wanted to make a feature film, but ended up making wedding videos instead).  As there were always negative stereotypes of Muslims in the media (even before Sept. 11th, 2001), we also w … [Read more...]

Construction Costs for Mosques in Trump’s America

The aftermath of the election of Donald Trump for President of the United States has brought more attention to parts of the country, which for many have been largely ignored by mainstream media: Middle America. Some of the strongest support for Trump came from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee. Although they do not all fall under the category of Middle America, they do have very similar characteristics: Small towns, where many people are middle class, traditional family values, some … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Avoid Common Mistakes on Mosque Projects (ISNA CHICAGO 2015)

Special Thanks to ISNA for providing us with the raw (unedited) video footage from our Presentation at the 2015 ISNA Convention in Chicago.  Also thanks to my friend Javaid Malik for editing the video and making it presentable, since the original video was unfortunately not recorded professionally.Feel free to share the video with anyone you think will benefit from it.  Here is the video:How to Avoid Common Mistakes on Mosque Projects (ISNA Chicago 2015)For any questions/comments, p … [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...]

A Letter to my Father

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

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...]