The Agha, The Architect and The Mosque

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I originally wrote this interview for ILLUME magazine here.  Below is the full and un-edited version of my interview with Maryam.Maryam Eskandari, an architect at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and MIT, currently has a traveling exhibit on American Mosques. Her exhibit, Sacred Space: (Re) Constructing the Place of Gender in the Space of Religion is touring the nation.  ILLUME recently conducted an exclusive interview with Maryam  to get her views on the design of Am … [Read more...]

The Halal Carts of New York

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Originally posted on ILLUME magazine: http://www.illumemag.com/zine/articleDetail.php?Halal-Carts-New-York-13699#/6Over the last 5 to 6 years, New York City has seen an exponential growth of it’s “Halal Food” industry.One element is the very visible “Halal Food” carts, which number well over 200 all across New York City and the surrounding areas.The majority are located in Manhattan, but I also came across one in the Chinatown section of Flushing, NY on my recent trip – which was a very ple … [Read more...]

Islamic influence on American Architecture (Article)

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  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...]

My Top 5 Halal (Zabihah) Restaurants in the Bay Area

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 Currently I have nearly 200 reviews on Zabihah.com - a website created by a friend of mine, Shahed Amanullah, about 10 years ago which is a user generated review site for Zabihah Halal restaurants across the world!Zabihah is an arabic word which means an animal is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary laws (similiar to Kosher for Jews) and it is Halal (permissible in Islam) for Muslims to consume.Since many people see my reviews online, I got the nickname of "Mr. Zabihah.com" from some of … [Read more...]

30 Mosques in 30 days

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Here is a link to a blog by two Muslim guys (Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq) travelling around NYC every day in Ramadan having iftaar (breaking of the fast) at a different mosque each night.It's pretty interesting because not only do they talk about the different types of food, but also the culture and history of the mosque as well.They also got some very nice pictures.  Check it out here:http://30mosques.tumblr.com/post/189907332/day-26-masjid-at-taqwa#disqus_thread … [Read more...]


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