Hanging in Pakistan – Nine Years Later

November 10, 2016

I was wandering through the aisles of Springs Mart, a grocery store in Karachi, Pakistan, studying everything. A supermarket isn’t a big deal but checking one out in another country is always fascinating to me. I saw stuff that I’m used to seeing in markets here but then there were also items I had never […]

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This Week On How To Be a Non-Threatening American Muslim in the United States…

June 6, 2015

If you all haven’t seen Jon Stewart’s segment on the incident on a United flight that happened with Muslim Chaplain, Tahera Ahmad, you need to check it out. Part 1 The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive After discussing the incident on the plane, the video also […]

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Scenes from a Cafe in Sarajevo

March 18, 2015

When I was in Sarajevo last month, I walked into Cajdzinica Dzirlo-Tea House for some Bosnian coffee on my second full day in the city. I heard that this particular cafe was really good from a couple of sources and had been looking forward to checking it out. At that point, I already had Bosnian […]

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Wandering Through Bosnia

February 19, 2015

It was 11pm for me in Sarajevo when I got a text message from my mobile service provider saying that my data roaming usage was in excess of 100 bucks. I did use data roaming for a bit but I bought a international data package before I left the U.S. of A on my trip […]

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Five Cups of Tea

February 10, 2015

The last time I was in Istanbul, I had made the assumption that Turkish coffee was consumed all the time and I had made a point to seek it out (check out my blog post on Turkish coffee). While it’s still definitely a thing here to drink Turkish coffee, with it being on the menu […]

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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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Reflecting on the Blog and All That Good Stuff

January 3, 2014

I always use this time of year to reflect on the previous year to see what I have accomplished, whether or not I met any goals, and what I want to do going forward. This isn’t something I do because it’s the new year, it’s just that the new year happens to be around the […]

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I’ll Move On After This, Promise

October 12, 2013

In Istanbul, I found myself sitting in the Fatih Mosque one day. My friend and I were visiting that area of Istanbul specifically to check out the mosque. This district is in the “Old City” of Istanbul but the area is not as touristy as say the Sultanahmet district we were staying in. I took […]

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On Cliches And Sunsets

September 28, 2013

It’s my last night in Santorini. I watched my fourth sunset on this Greek island just a short time ago. The view from the hotel is quite amazing and I’ve never had the opportunity to see the sun disappear little by little into the horizon the way it does here, like it’s dipping into the […]

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T-S-A! T-S-A!

November 18, 2010

I haven’t really been following the news lately so when all of these TSA/security check/body scanner/pat-down stories cropped up in my Twitter feed over the last couple of days, I figured something was up for everyone to get so riled up. I initially thought that maybe the masses are coming to the aid of those […]

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