January 30, 2016

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… Read more

December 28, 2015

Recently I sat down with Ali Malik, a native of the SF Bay Area and an American Muslim entrepreneur, who stumbled into the Halal restaurant business accidently after being in the banking and finance industry for 8 years. A few years after the financial collapse of 2009, Ali became a partner at Falafel Corner in Fremont, CA. A few years later he started a new partnership at a Halal Mexican Restaurant called Gourmet Degree Grill in Union City, CA. Unfortunately… Read more

December 25, 2015

For Immediate Release: FAUX News (Dec 25th, 2015): Trump Dislikes New Politically Correct Star Wars Mr. Trump issued a statement after watching the latest Star Wars film, “The Force Awakens” on Dec. 25th at a press conference: “I’m a fan of Darth Vader, so was disappointed that he was not in the latest Star Wars movie.  Also why is there a Black Storm trooper and a little girl Jedi?” After prodding from the Press, Trump continued: “I mean they (storm… Read more

November 21, 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, please… Read more

October 18, 2015

Christopher McCoy and I were invited to do another Mosque panel discussion at ISNA’s 52nd Annual Convention held in Chicago, IL this past Labor Day weekend (Sept 4th to 7th, 2015). We doubled our panel size and added two more speakers to join us this year. We made sure to have a Muslim woman Architect on our panel, as last time we had many questions about the involvement of women in the design of Mosques in the U.S. We were… Read more

July 11, 2015

  Suhoor (or Sehri in Urdu/Hindi) is the pre-dawn meal, which Muslims wake up (or try their best to wake up) for getting some food and drink in before the long day of fasting ahead.  Nowadays with the small food processors like the “magic bullet” and others, you can make quick and easy smoothies that will give you a healthy, yet tasty super smoothie! Here is a great recipe for a Super Suhoor Smoothie which can help you get through… Read more

May 25, 2015

Over the past couple of years, people have asked me for advice on building design and construction projects.  Some of these are for private residences and others are for larger commercial or assembly projects.  I thought some of them are good to share because a lot of people have similar questions regardless of the type of building it is. So I hope these “Free Advice” points can help you out.  Feel free to share it with others: 1. Q: Can… Read more

January 30, 2015

Here is another great recipe for your SuperBowl party (or any other get together) by Nyela G. from Mississauga, Canada: La Taquiza Poutine This is a twist on the classic poutine blends together the Mexican culture with a French classic. By incorporating chicken, sour cream and guacamole to the poutine, it makes a hearty entrée that is scrumptious and flavourful. This recipe is suitable for any type of gathering or parties. It can be served on a platter or served… Read more

December 24, 2014

Recently, I watched the Showtime Series “Sleeper Cell” which aired for 2 seasons from 2005 – 2006. Although the TV show is almost 10 years old now, its subject matter of terrorism in relation to American Muslims is still very relevant today. When “Sleeper Cell” came out, there was a lot of push back from the Muslim community in America, most of which occurred before the series even aired. Although the cable TV series does have its flaws, I believe… Read more

September 19, 2014

On Saturday August 30th, I was invited by ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) to their 51st Annual Convention, held in Detroit, Michigan this year, to moderate a panel with American Muslim Architects about how to Avoid common mistakes on Mosque projects in the United States. Due to some last minute cancellations and changes in plans by some of the scheduled panelists, I ended up becoming one of the panelists along with Architect Christopher McCoy (President of McCoy Architects LLC… Read more




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