Abercrombie & Fitch AGAIN

I found ANOTHER incident concerning Abercrombie & Fitch–Again–for intolerance against a hijabi employee. Man, has it been like two times now? This is ridiculous!

A Muslim college student who worked at a Hollister clothing store at the Hillsdale mall in San Mateo told KTVU Wednesday that she was fired because she wore a traditional head scarf or hijab.

Hani Khan said the store’s human resources department told her she did not fit the company’s “look policy.”

“The lady told me that my hijab was not in compliance with the ‘look policy’ and that they don’t wear any scarves or hats while working,” said Khan. “I told her it was for religious reasons and again she stated it was against their ‘look’ policy.'”



a miracle of survival: the Alamo robbery victim’s story

A short video, but pay attention to what is written on the pendant:


A pendent a man brought in China that says “Allah” in Arabic saves his life in a robbery shooting. When asked about it he told the camera “It’s suppose to give you more energy.”

The owner of the jewelery shop plans to sell 500 more of his pendents via his shop in Alamo, California.

From West Bank to “Amreeka” the Movie

An email I received. The trailer looks fantastic

The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau and National Geographic Entertainment invite you to attend a series of premiere events of the widely-acclaimed film “Amreeka,” across the country. Each screening — held in Southern California, New York and Washington, DC — will be followed by a Q&A with writer/director Cherien Dabis.

Dabis’ first feature film, “Amreeka,” received a five-minute standing ovation when it was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, and has received rave reviews by film critics.

Inflected with drama and humor, the film chronicles Muna, a single mother from Ramallah, and Fadi, her teenage son, and their bittersweet adjustment to a multicultural way of life after they move to the American Midwest in the early 1990s, just as U.S. troops enter Baghdad. How mother and son cope with each other and adjust to the American relatives who welcome them is as much the revelatory subject of “Amreeka” as their reactions to the strange behavior of ordinary people in this land of liberty. “Amreeka” opens up in theaters in September.

We have a limited number of tickets available for each screening. Two tickets will be given to the first 15 people to email Amreeka-RSVP@mpac.org with their RSVP for each screening. Please provide your name, phone number and which screening you are interested in attending.

Monday, August 17
8:30 p.m.
Walter Reade Theatre
70 W. 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

Wednesday, August 19
7:30 p.m.
Westpark 8 Cinema
3755 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606

Thursday, August 20
7:30 p.m.
Writers Guild Theater
135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Wednesday, September 2
7:30 p.m.
Grosvenor Auditorium
National Geographic Society
1600 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau recently held a screening of “Amreeka” during the annual ISNA convention in Washington D.C. During that event, Dabis shared her personal experiences growing up Arab in Omaha, Nebraska, and the great pains she took to cast authentically Arab and Arab-American actors in the film.

MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau serves as a bridge between the Muslim American Community and the entertainment industry by fostering relationships with industry professionals, providing consulting and expertise on film and television projects, and creating networking opportunities for aspiring Muslim filmmakers, screenwriters and actors.

Upcoming Project in the Bay Area

Sanaa Subhani, an activist in the Bay Area, is starting up a sports tournament to help a gravely lacking cohesive Muslim community in the area. There are rumors of the Muslim youth group Generation M being revived again and helping out with the project. There are also tentative plans for the venture eventually becoming a branch of MIST. [Previously written about here.]

If you are interested in volunteering or in helping fund this project you can email Sanaa at methysanu@hotmail.com.

Wajahat Ali’s The Domestic Crusaders, first major Pakistani Muslim American play

I have heard great things about this play, The Domestic Crusaders, that debuted in the San Fransisco Bay Area. It’s two-act play about a Pakistani Muslim American family. [Think a Pakistani Muslim Raisin in the Sun]. Facebook group here.

Please join “FODC” for social networking/fundraiser events in the DC area with Wajahat Ali – author of the first major Muslim-American play “The Domestic Crusaders” . He will be in the DC area on March 27, 28 and 29.

The play is opening in September at the acclaimed Off-Broadway Theater, The Nuyorican Cafe in New York City.

Emma Thompson, Academy Award winning actress and screenwriter is supporting the play and said, “The Domestic Crusaders is exactly the sort of theater we need today. The gulf that separates cultures must be bridged and Art is one of our best hopes. I’ll be supporting this all the way – please join me and Wajahat in building this bridge! … I’ll pledge too.”— Emma Thompson

DC Area event listing:

March 27 – 9:00 pm onwards – Chi-Cha Lounge, 1624 U St NW # 100, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-8400. To learn more http://bit.ly/dcindc-chicha-mar27

March 28 – 6:30-10:30 pm (dinner) – Shamshiry, 8607 Westwood Center Drive, Tyson’s Corner, VA (www.shamshiry.com and 703-448-8883). To learn more http://bit.ly/dcindc-va-sh-mar28

March 29 – 5-7 pm – Busboys and Poets (14th and V), 2021 14th St, NW Washington, DC (www.busboysandpoets.com and 202-387-7638). To learn more http://bit.ly/dcindc-bb-mar29

Domestic Crusaders

Domestic Crusaders

If you can attend the DC events – please RSVP to dcindc2009@gmail.com with ‘Chi Cha’, ‘Shamshiry’, ‘Busboys’ in the subject line to indicate which event you will attend and include your name, email and tel #.

If you can’t attend the DC events, but would like to know more or to meet Wajahat, please email dcindc2009@gmail.com.

Please donate at the events or online at http://www.domesticcrusaders.com to support this fundraising effort! All donations are tax deductible and made to the Before Columbus Foundation (Tax ID: 94-2534340).

Thanks –
Friends of Domestic Crusaders

More about Wajahat…..
Is an Associate Editor of Altmuslim.com, an online magazine; and a contributing editor to Illume Magazine. He was instrumental in the “Call for Swift Action Against Domestic Violence” in February 2009. He is also a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Counterpunch and Chowk. His first movie, “Ms. Judgments,” was a finalist for the prestigious LinkTV Muslim American Film Contest. His first short story, “Ramadan Blues,” was published in January 2009 in the anthology “Pow Wow” published by Perseus/De Capo Press . Also, his blog, “Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground”  is ranked in the top 7% of all political blogs and recently rated “Great” by blogged.com.

InshAllah a “Royal Kill” at the boxoffice by the Muslim Director Babar Ahmed

Seems like there’s a new Muslim Director in town and his name is Babar Ahmed –no, not the “terrorist suspect” (more like terrorized)–but the British coughPakistanicough writer/director. He’s already won awards with his debut Genius (2003) including:

  • Outstanding Film Creativity. New York Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, 2003 
  • Gold Medal For Excellence. Audience Favorite. Park City Film Music Festival, 2004
  • Best Feature Film. Jury Award. Valleyfest Film Festival, 2003

And it seems now he’s coming up with a new film due to be released this April 10th 2009 called the “The Royal Kill” (http://www.royalkill.com/). Even Sheik Wikipedia has something to say about it:

Royal Kill is a 2009 psychological thriller starring Academy Award nominees Eric Roberts along with Lalaine and professional wrestler Gail Kim.

For those of you who don’t recognize some of the names in this film, Eric Roberts is from the movie The Dark Knight and Pat Morita is from The Karate Kid (OMA!).

Here’s some more info, hopefully this movie is running somewhere near you:

Release date: April 10 2009 (only for the weekend)

AMC Cantera , 28250 Diehl Rd, Warrenville, IL60555
AMC South Barrington, 175 Studio Drive, South Barrington, IL 60010

AMC Ontario, 4549 Mills Circle, Ontario, CA 91764
AMC Covina, 1414 N Azusa Ave, Covina, CA91722


AMC Hoffman, 206 Swamp Fox Rd, Alexandria, VA22314

The Muslim Director himself: Babar Ahmed.

The Muslim Director himself: Babar Ahmed.