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...]

29 Bay Area Halal Eats for #SuperBowl50 Foodies

One of the largest sporting events in the country, SuperBowl50 will be coming to the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday February 7th, 2016.Thousands of people around the world will be visiting the Bay Area during the nine days leading up to the Big Game, from Jan 30th to Feb 7.San Francisco is definitely a “Foodie” city, but the whole Bay Area from San Jose to Fremont and Oakland have many gems as well. Here is a list of not only Halal, but well known seafood and vegetarian places which mak … [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...]

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...]

The Rain Prayer: Did it Really work ?

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

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...]