Masjid Makeover by Rahim’s Wood Gallery

My friend, Rahim Akbar is a Naval architect and engineer by day and an inspired artist by night. He hails from a well known Mughal family that is endowed with a rich and rare history in architectural design, woodworking, iron smith and masonry. His outstanding works which are carved in wood, may be seen gracing ceilings, walls, doors, or as stand alone pieces that invite the viewer to step into the world of the written word… or simply remind one of the beauty and serene complexity of Islamic desi … [Read more...]

Pakistani-American Playhouse Breaks New Ground

BY IRFAN RYDHAN for ILLUME MAGAZINEhttp://www.illumemag.com/zine/articleDetail.php?Pakistani-Playhouse-Breaks-New-Ground-13490Imran S. Javaid and Imran W. Sheikh, two young Pakistani-American Muslims, started “Parwaz Playhouse” – the first major Pakistani Theatre Company in the Fall of 2009.  ILLUME caught up with them as they prepare for their latest production – an adaption of Eugene O’Neill’s “Beyond the Horizon”, which will begin performing to audiences on Feb. 25, 2011 in New York C … [Read more...]

Bollywood King goes back to his Muslim Roots

My Name is Khan

By no means am I a Bollywood (Indian Cinema) fan.  I have only seen a handful in my life and never watched one in a theater - before last night when I went with my wife and a few friends to watch the King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and his new film "My Name is Khan" which is making headlines across the world because of it's "Pro-Muslim" storyline - which is a rarity in Hindu dominated Indian cinema.A majority of the film was also shot here in the San Francisco Bay Area and since a few of our … [Read more...]

Architecture Pakistan: Bhong Mosque

Bhong Mosque, Pakistan

Check out this very interesting piece on Architecture in Pakistan, featuring the Bhong Mosque, which received the Agha Khan Award in Architecture in 1986.  The mosque had 50 years of continuous construction from 1932 to 1982! This Article from Pakistan.Com was written by Owais Mughal: http://pakistaniat.com/2009/07/27/architecture-pakistan-bhong-mosque/ … [Read more...]

My Interview on KGO-TV (Ch. 7) news about U.S. Aid to Pakistan

I was recently interviewed by KGO-TV (ABC Ch. 7) news about U.S. Aid to Pakistan, the flogging of a young women in the SWAT valley and Illume magazine's coverage of Greg Mortenson's work of building schools in the mountain areas of Pakistan.I stated that this type of treatment of women is not based on Islam, but ancient cultural and tribal practices that go back hundreds of years.  It also has to do with a lack of education, not only in general, but also a lack of understanding of Islam.  S … [Read more...]

Three Cups of Tea

Greg Mortenson with the children of Korphe in Pakistan

I recently finished reading "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.  My first reaction after reading the story of Mortenson's 15 + year story of building schools for the impoverished children of Pakistan and eventually Afghanistan's mountain villages was - why do the Non-Muslims do Allah's work without making any excuses, but we Muslims just argue, cheat and fight amongst ourselves?! For those who don't know Mortenson's story - he was a mountain climber who in 1993 after a … [Read more...]


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