Random Reads from the Week

March 15, 2015

The problem with Facebook and Twitter is that people post so many articles that are worth reading that you can really abandon all your plans for the day and spend your time reading the content. Of course, I wouldn’t actually ever do that (Hi, all my coworkers reading this, I do work, I promise!) but […]

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On Charlie Hebdo

January 7, 2015

I got onto the BART train this morning right before the doors closed. The train was filled up and started moving before I even had a chance to sit down. I wondered why it was leaving earlier than usual but I chalked it up to the fact that it may have been a late train […]

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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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Volunteering in Detroit

September 7, 2014

Shortly after registering for the ISNA conference (see last post), I got an email about a  community service opportunity for one of the mornings of the conference on behalf of a group called Dream of Detroit. Here’s a short description of Dream of Detroit from their website: Dream of Detroit is a Muslim-led initiative that’s […]

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Wandering around Detroit and Drinking Coffee in the Motor City

September 2, 2014

I went to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference over this past Labor Day weekend. The ISNA conference, the largest conference for Muslims in the U.S. of A happens every year and I’ve been a few times. Honestly though, I wasn’t initially planning to go but this year but when I found out […]

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An Untitled Condemnation

August 20, 2014

When I got back into video games a few years ago (which turned out to be for just a short period of time), I bought myself a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I had been totally immersed in the gameplay of Uncharted 2, the first game I played when I bought the […]

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And… We’re Halfway Through Ramadan

July 14, 2014

One year back when I was in college, Ramadan happened to take place almost entirely during the winter break in between two semesters. It was nice to be able to sleep in after suhoor, not having to rush anywhere in the morning. I had a rule that I didn’t watch any TV while I fasted, […]

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It’s (not yet) Ramadan!

June 1, 2014

The month of Ramadan is coming up. It starts around June 28th/29th according to the Islamic calendar, which follows a lunar cycle with each new month beginning and ending with the sighting of a new moon.* Sometimes, Ramadan does this thing where it creeps up. Then there’s that last minute, trying to get your head […]

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“This is the End” Makes Me Want to Be a Better Muslim

December 29, 2013

When I first heard of the movie This is the End, I was intrigued. The premise is that a bunch of actors that are playing themselves, like Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson are at a party at James Franco’s house when the Rapture, the literal Biblical end of times, starts. The […]

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