Sunday, September 18, 2011

Happy birthday to me!

A dying granny tells her granddaughter: 

"I want to leave you my farm. That includes the villa, the tractor, and other equipment, the farmhouse, and £22,398,750 in cash." 

The granddaughter, absolutely stunned says: 

"Oh Granny, you are SO generous! I didn't even know you had a farm. Where is it?" 

With her last breath, Granny whispered: 


I always hate growing older. Why can't I just be goofy and stupid like these two?

But then again I'd probably end up working at a pizza place for the rest of my life. Thats life for ya. Meh.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 and the Georgetown University event.

So 10 years ago from today two planes crashed into the World Trade Center and completely changed (re: screwed) the course of history forever. I had just spent my first year in Saudi Arabia and I was just about to turn 17 later that month when I turned on my TV and saw all hell break loose. I still remember my reaction: bewilderment, mixed feelings, not sure what to make of it. I guess I would have had a much stronger reaction had I actually still been living in the US. The reports came out that the attacks were carried out by so called "islamic" terrorists from Al Qaeda. Now things had gotten even more twisted. Because I was also "islamic". But I was also an american. Two sides of a coin that is still flipping in mid-air to this day. Little did I know this dichotomy would eventually define me as an american who happened to be muslim and a muslim who happened to be american.

Well the 10th anniversary was a fairly quiet affair as was the rest of the day, typical for a Sunday. While nothing particularly interesting happened that day, more interesting things occurred three days prior. On Thursday September 8th I had the opportunity to visit Georgetown University's Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding for an event called "Religion and the American-Muslim Community Post 9/11". The speakers were John Esposito, Linda Moreno, Arsalan Iftikhar, and the keynote speaker was Karen Armstrong.

Here's some pics from the event.

Before going into the event hall.

The speakers.

Me and Professor John Esposito

You can view more pictures right here

Here's a video clip of me speaking with Professor John Esposito. Check it out!

Check out the other videos from the event on my youtube channel.

The event itself was good however I wasn't completely sure if doing so would really affect any immediate change to the current islamophobic environment prevalent in parts of the US media and unfortunately, the government as well. I was also a bit disappointed by the lack of media coverage the event received. However in general it was a fairly eye-opening event, particularly the talk given by Linda Moreno. You can see her video right here


Saturday, September 10, 2011

Eid Mubarak!

Ok ok first off.....wishing everyone Eid Mubarak! Even though i'm like almost 2 weeks late....ya know...cuz thats how I roll.  My eid was pretty uneventful, I basically went down to Fairfax in virginia to pray Salat al-Eid at my uncle's masjid then just hung out at his place for a while. This is of course just days after Maryland was struck with Hurricane Irene which hit the northeast coast of the USA. So what did you guys do for Eid?