Surah Al Alaq – What’s in a name? Surah Al Alaq contains the earliest revelation to the Prophet Muhammad, therefore its the beginning point of my Millennial Quran Study Project (MQSP), formally the Quran Year Project (QYP). I realized, while I was in Pakistan, that there was no way I was going to read theContinue reading “QYP -Field Notes #1”
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A Journey With Cancer
I was in the middle of studying for a test in my Spanish 201 class, when I felt I needed to cope with what I deem as an emotional breakdown earlier today. My Aunt passed away from cancer in 2008 and I just found myself crying about it inconsolably. It was quite weird for me,Continue reading “A Journey With Cancer”
Pakistan, What if we took an area in the country and started from scratch?
Pakistan is a hot mess. I got that sense of Pakistan recently when I was invited as a distinguished guest to Pakistan’s 73rd Republic Day event. Yes, Pakistan has a Republic Day, which is separate from the August 14, 1947 Independence Day. Republic day marks the day when Indian Muslims decided to split from theContinue reading “Pakistan, What if we took an area in the country and started from scratch?”
Mangoes: A Tribute to a Tradition of Asian Solidarity
Kristie Yung pays tribute to one of the pioneers of music in South Asia, the legendary Alamgir by singing a song in Urdu. She is a young acoustic-soul singer/songwriter that has effortlessly brings together music and lyrics even when its in a language she doesn’t speak. Alamgir on the other hand, is an amazing musician from the GoldenContinue reading “Mangoes: A Tribute to a Tradition of Asian Solidarity”
No, thats not a Gay Festival. Its Muslim guys hanging out.
I feel that I might lack the requisite language and intellectual prowess to write about my observations of being a Muslim guy in an American Muslim experience where certain norms of male behavior seem out of sync with Western norms (majority) and from an outside perspective norms of Islamic traditions. Part of the difficultyContinue reading “No, thats not a Gay Festival. Its Muslim guys hanging out.”
Ramadan Day 5- Relationship with others
So the whole mercy toward others thing is something I don’t think I need to jump into to much. As toddlers we are taught how to relate with one another, from the very first concept of “sharing” our toys with others to the more complex concept we learn later in school about stereotypes and racismContinue reading “Ramadan Day 5- Relationship with others”
Alu Andhay, Pakistan National Identity and a New Generation
My last visit to Pakistan was in 2008. I wrote to a large degree about my experience in Karachi- Pakistan’s largest city, its economic life line to the globalizing world and the center of its financial future. Karachi is a city of some 14 million people, large swathes of it are not only left withoutContinue reading “Alu Andhay, Pakistan National Identity and a New Generation”