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Naazish YarKhan

Entries by Naazish YarKhan

Lessons Learned and Those to be Mastered

(1) Comments | Posted December 25, 2010 | 9:19 PM

It's Christmas Day and we've spent it with family and friends. It has also been a day where I am trying to get back into school mode and am actually back to reading some of the suggested readings that I could not quite get to during my MSC at Northwestern....

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Quick Picks and Must Reads

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 1:33 AM

The holiday season really isn't about relaxing by the fireplace and snuggling into a good book.
Nonetheless, if there is a sliver of hope that you'll have some down time, these are the books that you've got to add to your wish list. If you'd rather not read...

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See You at the Second Annual American Muslim Consumer Conference!

(2) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 2:17 PM

The American Muslim Consumer Conference broke ground last year with a conference that was titled "American Muslim Consumer: Who? What? Where?" and drew a crowd of over 250 participants. This year they are back, and I hope to be one of the attendees. The conference is a platform for industry...

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An Open Letter to Pastor Terry Jones, the Brain Behind 'Burn-A-Quran Day'

(6) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 2:37 PM

I think Pastor Terry Jones, leader of the miniscule, 50-member, extreme right-wing Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, and brain behind "International Burn a Koran Day," was out for some cheap publicity at the cost of being totally un-American, unpatriotic and un-Christian. Just ask Hillary Clinton and...

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Chicago Muslim Photographer Invited to White House Iftaar Dinner

(15) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 6:19 AM

Mrs. Sadaf Syed, a native Californian who now lives in Illinois, has photographed American Muslim women who wear the hijab, or head covering. The result is a stunning coffee table book that has caught the attention of none other than President Obama.

On August 13, 2010 Obama recognized both...

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Why Muslims Want the Muslim Community Centre in Lower Manhattan

(4) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 12:14 AM

I've read more than my share of news reports that claim that Muslims don't denounce terrorism. We do, but those pronouncements really don't make for riveting news. After all, what bleeds leads. And why wouldn't we denounce terrorism? Muslims died in the 9/11 attacks, and they are murdered by terrorists...

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Expanding Halal Food's Availability

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 9:33 PM

May 22-24, I was at the National Restaurant Association (NRA Show). What an experience! Over 2,000 vendors displaying products that ran the gamut from salsa to baked chips and dip to veggie rolls to teas of every concoction. Then there were vendors selling everything from cutlery to crockery. This was...

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Finally, a YA Novel About the American Muslim Experience

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 2:23 PM

Filling a gaping void in the world of American young adult literature, Neither This Nor That explores the struggles of an American Muslim girl living in the United States. The novel, written by Chicago author, Aliya Husain offers American Muslim youth a fiction novel that they can relate to in...

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Illinois GOP Orchestrates Smear Campagin Against Muslim Civic Organization CAIR

(18) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 4:54 PM

I am shocked and but again, should I really be? Yesterday the Illinois GOP issued a press release baselessly accusing CAIR, a respected civil rights Islamic organization, of being anti-Semitic. The Illinois GOP's open vilification of Muslims, and organizations that dare to have an independent opinion when it comes to Palestine and Israel, is frightening to...

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The Holiday Season is Here!

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 4:26 AM


"Ramadan is the Muslim holy month where acts of worship and charity are especially recommended for Muslims. It is especially significant at this time, when Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset, to...

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Muslims and Jews Break Bread Together at 'Iftar in the Synagogue'

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 8:21 PM

 Ignorance is the real enemy, and in an effort to mend fences and grow relationships Muslims and Jews in Chicago have been part of the Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative for several years now.

Ramadan is the holy month  when Muslims fast and abstain from eating or drinking anything (and from marital...

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Sri-Lankan American Writes Disobedient Girl Reflecting Life Down To Its Smallest Details

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2009 | 6:27 PM

In a beautiful country where fate, religion and sorrow are like living beings, five year old Latha is brought into the Vithanage home as a servant girl and companion to Thara, the daughter of the house and a girl her own age. Though their girlhood is spent together in intimate...

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Israeli, Palestinian Teens Talk Peace in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 9:32 PM

Although Israelis and Palestinians have been meeting and communicating at a grassroots level to better understand one another and work toward a more peaceful future, the initiatives that bring them together do not receive the recognition that they deserve. Until a comprehensive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is found,...

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Writers Conference for Teens and Twenties? You bet!

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 4:31 PM

If athletes are being recruited out of high school, where are the talent scouts for teen and tweeen literary stars in the making? Well, now there's finally a conference where aspiring writers can learn something and meet agents too! Yours truly will also be presenting one of the workshops.  

Teens ‘N Twenties Writers...

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French TV Airs First Ever Ad on Halal Foods!

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 3:22 PM


August 2009 - The veil may be the eye of the storm in France (and it is dead set against the burkha) but apparently businesses know where there’s money to be made. I have often wondered how intolerant France is of its Muslims and then lo and behold!...

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A Halal Spin on Italian and Mexican Food at My Halal Kitchen

(19) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 7:31 PM

She was born to a Sicilian father and Puerto Rican mother, both Roman Catholic. Her ethnic heritage also meant growing up to enjoy culinary feasts for the senses and the soul - authentically delicious Sicilian style pizzas, lasagna, meatballs, Puerto Rican rice and beans, chicken, meat pies and custard desserts...

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Atlas of Unknowns Keeps Readers Engrossed Until the Last Page

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 4:42 PM

I had the pleasure of listening to Tania James read from her novel, Atlas of Unknowns, a few weeks ago. The few paragraphs she chose, had me hooked. The entire novel, now that I've completed it, didn't disappoint either. Set in New York and Kerela, India, it kept me engrossed...

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Curry is Thicker Than Water Says Canadian-Indian Author, Jasmine D'Costa

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2009 | 2:12 PM

Summer is here and I'm getting up to speed on my reading of South Asian North American writers. I'll be interviewing them and doing reviews of their books all summer long, so stay tuned!

I began Jasmine D'Costa's collection of short stories Curry Is Thicker Than Water (sold on...

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Celebrating the Power of (Muslim) Women

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2009 | 5:07 PM

Quick Question: What do you get when you assemble 250 women in one room? Answer: Sheer energy! Yes, that would aptly describe the very sold out, much buzzed about, inaugural Muslim Women's Alliance (MWA) brunch at the Westin in suburban Lombard recently.

The fledgling MWA is the brainchild of...

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On Aasiya Hassan's Murder

(8) Comments | Posted March 3, 2009 | 9:14 AM

When I was deciding on a husband, one of my criteria was that my spouse be the kind of guy who'd never hit me. A calm temperament was absolutely essential. My husband claims I had low standards. "Wouldn't you expect personal safety in any marriage?" He teased. Growing up in...

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