The Rain Prayer: Did it Really work ?

Sh Hamza speaking at the Rain Prayer in Pleasanton, CA

As most people know, California is going through one of the worst droughts in it's history. 2013 was the driest weather in California in the last 400 years!Many of the world's religions have special supplications ("Duas" in arabic) and prayers for rain. In fact many Christian Churches across California as well as many of the Western States of the United States have been asking their congregations to pray and fast in hopes that God will give us much needed rain.In religion of Islam, the … [Read more...]

Halal Fest: One Month Later

Packed Crowds at Halal Fest, Aug. 17th, 2013 - Photo Credit Vasim Pathan

Recently, I conducted an interview with ILLUME Magazine about the Halal Fest event, which was held one month ago on August 17th. Although a lot of the "noise" online was negative, most people who attended the event, even if they did not get to eat any of the food, thought the event itself was a big success. With over 10 articles about the event (some of which are featured here on the HalalFest website), and approximately 10,000 people in attendance, HalalFest was one of the largest and most … [Read more...]

The Aftermath: 12 years later

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12 years ago, my friend Javaid Malik and I started on this documentary video called, "The Aftermath: American-Muslims After September 11th." It took us 14 months to complete as we did all the pre-production, research, script writing, shooting, editing, post-production, marketing, and promotion ourselves (although we did get help from a few people along the way).At the time it was a somewhat controversial video since it was rare for American Muslim leaders and activists to come on camera and … [Read more...]

“The Qur’an: With or Against the Bible?” – A Book Review

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Islam and Muslims have been in the news often over the past 11 years. Ever since the tragic  events of Sept. 11th, 2001, the US Media has been fascinated to know what the Qur’an – the holy scriptures of Islam, actually teaches and instructs it’s followers to do. Many Muslims, as well as Non-Muslims, unfairly take quotes from the Qur’an out of context and use them to justify acts of violence, ill treatment of people of other faiths, and oppression of women in Muslim countries. Moreover, many pract … [Read more...]

EID Day Recipes – Enjoy!

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Here are some good recipes for EID day.These came from Cooking Fanatic Nyela G. in Mississauga, Canada.  She can be reached via email at maplemasala16@gmail.comSheer Korma ("Milk with Dates" in Urdu - it is a popular sweet dish eaten on the Morning of Eid)Ingredients: 5 cups milk 1/2 packet vermicelli noodles 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup blanched almonds 1/2 cup pistachios 4 small cardamom pods 1/4 cup raisins 1/2 cup oilDirections: In a pot, boil milk. Add sugar and cardamom, a … [Read more...]

The New McCarthyism: Islamophobia, American Muslims, and the Progressive Response

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The New McCarthyism: Islamophobia, American Muslims, and the Progressive Response is a three part online course presented by Jason Van Boom on how progressives and American Muslims can fight Islamophobia. This three week course running from July 23rd to August 6, 2012 gives an insider’s candid perspective on Islamophobia and American Muslims, and the implications for progressives of all faiths and none. Drawing from his professional experience working with Islamic nonprofits, his s … [Read more...]


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