Interview with Ben Youcef from the movie “The Algerian”

August 13, 2015

I first heard of Ben Youcef a couple of years ago. I had read an article about a Muslim actor in Hollywood who is a “muezzin,” someone who gives the call to prayer. Youcef had been featured in an article on NPR, which made the rounds on Facebook. Everyone I know seemed to be posting […]

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Buraaq – From Comic Book to Animated Series

April 10, 2015

Several years ago, two brothers, Adil and Kamil Imtiaz, felt the need to present an alternative to the kind of Muslim one generally hears about in the news. Circling back to the comic books they read as kids, the two were inspired to create a Muslim superhero named Buraaq – a masked superhero by night […]

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Going through the Mocha Trail with Mokhtar Alkhanshali of Mocha Mill

January 12, 2015

Before I discovered that with the right beans, black coffee can taste really good, a mocha was my coffee drink of choice. I never gave much thought to the origins of the word “mocha” since for me, it meant espresso + chocolate + steamed milk. However, I discovered that “Mocha” is actually the name of […]

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Traveling While Muslim – Interview With Haroon Moghul

October 10, 2014

A couple of years ago, my sister and I were part of a “Islamic Heritage” tour in Spain with about 40 people. Haroon Moghul was our illustrious tour guide, painting the history of a particular place as we made our way through Andalucia. His lectures throughout the journey enhanced the trip and for me, instilled […]

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Conversing on Coffee with Usama Canon of Ta’leef Collective

September 18, 2014

I’ve been attending classes at Ta’leef Collective in Fremont for a while now. A couple of years ago, I was at one of their events when I found out that they were planning on building out a cafe in their facility. I ceased listening to anything further and was instead fixated on what I just […]

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Hip Hop Hijabis – An Interview with Director Mette Reitzel

February 18, 2013

Sometimes, when people see a girl wear a hijab, they have certain types of thoughts that automatically come to their minds: that the girl is meek and subservient. Usually those who have these types of thoughts have never met a girl who wears hijab and therefore their assumptions are based in nothing. Truth is, hijabis […]

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An Interview with Justin Mashouf – Filmmaker and B-boy

December 27, 2012

I first read about Justin Mashouf when I was reading the book All American: 45 American Men on Being Muslim. The introduction to his essay mentioned that he is a filmmaker who met with Iranian breakdancers and also participated in a b-boy battle while filming his documentary Warring Factions in Iran. It was one of […]

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On Reading Love, InshAllah

February 12, 2012

The book Love, InshAllah recently came out. It’s a collection of 25 narratives from American Muslim women about love, romance, and relationships. I had a chance to interview Ayesha Mattu, one of the co-editors, for Illume Magazine last week (which I’ll reprint at the end of this post) and wanted to write a bit more […]

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Interview: Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, Creator of the Comic Book The 99

October 9, 2011

Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, creator of the comic book series The 99, which is also currently being produced as an animated series, is the subject of the upcoming documentary Wham! Bam! Islam!, to air on PBS on October 13th. From the website: Al-Mutawa came up with the concept of The 99: a team of superheroes, each […]

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‘Miral’ Writer Rula Jebreal Discusses Her Controversial New Film

March 30, 2011

Previously published on Miral, a movie about a Palestinian girl who grows up in an orphanage in Jerusalem, recently opened in New York City and Los Angeles with plans to expand in the next few weeks. Directed by Award-Winning Director Julian Schnabel, Miral has been facing a lot of criticism since its release that […]

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