United Against Malaria “One Body : One Goal”

This looks like such an amazing event, mashAllah:

United Against Malaria

United Against Malaria

United For Change is historic; the maiden voyage is a unique convention entitled: United For Change Presents: United Against Malaria, One Goal, One Body during Labor Day weekend at the Gaylord Hotel, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Rarely have so many Muslim speakers committed themselves to this day, and collectively found agreement in a cause of this nature.

Amongst the many confirmed speakers to attend the convention will be:

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy, Imam Mohamed Majid, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Imam Suhaib Webb and Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam Syed Naqvi.

Find it on Facebook here. To view poster and buy tickets click here.


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.

Are you MISTified?

For those of you who don’t know what MIST (Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament):

One of the main objectives of MIST is to encourage high school students (of all different faiths) to develop the skills needed to represent Muslims and the true peaceful spirit of Islam in a professional manner through the media, creative arts, and other forms of public interaction.

Another objective is to develop, revive, strengthen, unify, and enlarge Islamic educational clubs/MSAs within the high schools of North America with a competition made specifically for them!

MIST has regional tournaments all over the nation during the spring and has a national competition every summer for the winners of each region. This year’s MIST Nationals will take place in July 2008, and will include regional winners from Houston, Atlanta, Alabama, North Carolina, Toronto, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Boston, Ohio, and Michigan!

MIST TO just held their second successful MIST, Alhumdullah, with their overall winner, Sarah Rostom (and head of MYNA TO), making the news (mashAllah!).

DC MIST needs some help and is looking for judges for Debate which entails lawyers and law students and a judge for writing; short story, poetry, and children’s book.* DC MIST is happening  March 27th – 29th. Comment and I’ll send you the email address to get involved if you are interested.

*I think they would have asked for an English major, if they knew anyone (heehee, lame jab at the Muslim community–not to say non-Muslims can’t get involved too!)

MIST Boston: April 3-4 2009 at Harvard

MIST Boston: April 3-4 2009 at Harvard

Speaking of non-Muslims, I know some non-Muslims are going to be involved with MIST Boston April 3-4, at Harvard University. If interested in helping out, and they need help, email: MISTboston@gmail.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.

Project ‘Uloomination –yeah that’s a pretty cool play on words

If you are in the DMVarea (DC/MD/VA) you well probably want to check out Project ‘Uloomination, seems affordable and the topics and speakers are grand and the opening of this email swept my heart off it’s feet (let’s pretend it has feet).

Project 'Uloomination http://www.uloomination.com/

Project 'Uloomination http://www.uloomination.com/

“As-salamu alaikum

Wish you could learn something more about Islam beyond boring khutbahs? Want to go beyond the local halaqas organized by youth? Do you think its time to increase your knowledge beyond googling websites on the internet?

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says in the Qur’an:

[“Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?”]

Project ‘Uloomination is designed to connect the youth in the Baltimore-Washington DC Metropolitan Area with ‘Ulema on a variety of fundamental concepts.

Topics Covered:
– The Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge
– Developing Love for Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)
– ‘Uloom al-Qur’an (The Sciences of the Qur’an)
– The Outer and Inner Dimensions of Jurisprudence
– The Immense Character of the Prophet (sallahu alayhi wa sallam)
– Introduction to the Science of Hadeeth
– Developing Love for the Sahabah and Ahl ul Bayt (radhi allahu anhum)

– Shaykh Irfan Kabiruddin (Darul Uloom Maryland)
– Shaykh Omar Qureshi (Seeker’s Guidance)
– Shaykh Faraz Rabbani (Seeker’s Guidance)
– Shaykh Khalid Abdusattar
– Shaykh Bilal Ali al-Ansari (Darul Hikmah)

– Friday March 20th 6 to 10pm
– Saturday March 21 6 to 10pm
– Saturday April 4 4 to 10pm
– Saturday April 18 6 to 10pm
– Saturday April 25 6 to 10pm

– Regular Registration: $40
– Student Discount: $30
– Group registration (10 people): $20
– Attending Only One Lecture: $10
– Presidents of MSAs, Masajid, or other Islamic organizations get in for free!

– The first night (Friday March 20th) is FREE so bring all your friends!

Register online at our website:

Check Us Out On Facebook:

If you have any questions or comments, e-mail uloominate@gmail.com.

May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) grant us all knowledge that benefits. Ameen!


Project ‘Uloomination Staff