An American [Werewolf] in Lahore – Part 1

Last year, I went to Pakistan after 25 years and to Lahore for the first time ever.  My father was from Karachi, but since most of my relatives are here in the U.S. now, we did not have much reason to visit Pakistan.  My wife’s family is from Lahore, so since we both had the time to go last year, we decided to make a last minute trip.  This will be the first part in a series, chronicling my eye-opening trip to Pakistan, and I hope I can pass along some entertaining, yet useful information to all … [Read more...]

Inteview with the Founders of “Noor Kids”: From Harvard Business School Project to Full Time Job

Recently I interviewed Amin Aaser, 24 and Mohammed Aaser, 27 - the Business school graduates and founders of "Noor Kids" books for Muslim children. They talk about how their passion, desire and hobby for creating an alternative educational book for their own children has turned into a full time job.1.      Why did you start "Noor Kids"My brother and I felt compelled to. Like it was something of a duty, given that nothing like it exists currently. Growing up as a Muslim-American in Minn … [Read more...]

How I Could Just Kill a Goat!

Recently, my wife and I had our first child, a baby boy we named Mustafa, on Nov. 20th, 2012. In the Islamic faith it is custom, but not a requirement to perform an Aqiqah or sacrifice of a goat(s) to thank God for the blessing of a new child in the family. In our tradition, 1 goat is sacrificed for a girl and 2 goats are sacrificed for a boy.  These are only the suggested minimums set by our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who lived during a time when female infants were buried alive by Non-Muslim … [Read more...]

Before You Blame Obama for the Problems in the Middle East – Read this Book!

Recently I read Fawaz A. Gerges’ latest book, “Obama and the Middle East: The End of America’s Moment?” (2012). Gerges is a professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics & Political Science.  I must admit, that I was skeptical at first, and did not think there would be anything new, but after reading it, I was shocked to learn some of the insights on US foreign policy over the past almost 70 years since World War II.Gerges, who also serves as the director of the M … [Read more...]

The “Bat-Ramadan” Situation

“Is that the new moon for Ramadan?…no wait…it’s the Bat Signal!”For movie geeks, the third and final film in director Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises,” is opening up in theaters on July 20th, 2012 – which  coincidentally is the 1st day or night of Ramadan (depending on if you follow local moon sighting or not)!There has been much discussion online on whether or not young Muslims should go and watch the movie because of its unfortunate release during  R … [Read more...]

Round Table Discussion: Professional Muslim Women

This Video Discussion is from "The Muslim Round Table Television" (MRT) Show, which I produced a few years back.This episode was guest hosted by Audrey Peard and features 3 professional American Muslim women (A Marketing Manager, Retired Nurse and a 6th Grade School Teacher).They have an interesting discussion on misconceptions and stereotypes of Muslim Women, as well as how they balance their work and family life.Check it out here: MRT: Professional Muslim … [Read more...]