Mino Akhtar - Activist, speaker and writer in peace and social justice issues.

Women’s Interfaith Initiative

Date posted: January 26, 2018 Comments: one comment

Last night we had our first meeting in 2018 of the Bergen County Women’s Interfaith Initiative at my house.  We are a group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women who have been meeting monthly at different homes for many years. Our group is an off-shoot of a nationally organized Muslim/Jewish study group that was studying […]


2018 An Amazing Opportunity

Date posted: January 1, 2018 Comments: no comments

Sitting in our living room with friends last night, we welcomed the New Year of 2018 by reflecting all that was good in our own lives. It felt so good to focus on our micro-worlds and not the big, bad, ugly world out there that has seemed like a nightmare that won’t end.  We also […]


The Silk Roads- A New History of the World

Date posted: December 8, 2017 Comments: no comments

A few months ago, I Skyped with my friend Sue Devenish-Meares from Australia- who thankfully went back to her home country Australia right before the 2016 elections! She was about to go on a trip through the Central Asian countries, which in itself is so adventurous, and so in line with who she is.  in […]


Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equity- October 2017 Conf. in DC

Date posted: November 5, 2017 Comments: no comments

Last Thursday, October 25, my husband and I traveled to Washington DC to attend the WISE Summit at the Carnegie Institution for Science.  The objective of the summit was to launch the WISEUP Report – Knowledge Ends Extremism (www.wiseupreport.org) .  It was attended by people from many states, including scholars, activists, journalists, philanthropists, imams as […]


Celebrating NYC Diversity

Date posted: August 21, 2017 Comments: no comments

My son’s parents-in-law, Javaid and Fauzia Syed, invited us to join them at the NYPD Muslim Officers Society’s Ninth Annual Scholarship Dinner.  It is one of the many causes they continue to support as philanthropists.  Even though it was a weekday, and I had just returned from Philly, I was curious to go to this […]


Pakistan Civic Association- 6 Values to enjoy life

Date posted: July 25, 2017 Comments: 2 comments

For me, leadership has been always been “self-leadership”, i.e. challenging myself to achieve more than the norm. Leadership has also been in the form of a “backseat” leader: I  helped co-found and support several organizations, especially those helping women and girls achieve greater role and recognition in society, here and abroad.  So when my son’s […]


The face of human sadness

Date posted: July 21, 2017 Comments: no comments

This Ramadan, my husband and I made an intention to become First Friends volunteers. First Friends organizes volunteer visits to immigration detainees held in jails across our NY/NJ area.  Our first step was to be trained in visitation by First Friends staff at their office, which we did as a group.  It also gave us […]


Transformation of Ramadan

Date posted: June 30, 2017 Comments: no comments

Last Sunday, Muslims celebrated the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.  I remember as the month approached I was worried how I would keep the long 16 hour fasts, which required getting up at 3am to eat something, sleeping at 4am after prayers, and then not having any food – not even water- until […]


The Making of a Pakistani Carpet

Date posted: April 3, 2017 Comments: one comment

The Making of a Pakistani Carpet On my recent visit to Lahore, Pakistan I had the most amazing unanticipated experience – a visit to a carpet factory to see the A-Z of how handmade carpets are made! To see how a truly beautiful, precious human artifact is made from scratch is a delight and a […]


Happy Birthday dearest Amijan

Date posted: March 26, 2017 Comments: 2 comments

Happy Birthday Amijan! What does the term “mother” conjure up for you, whether your mother is living or passed on? As I was getting ready for my mother’s 88th birthday celebration this past weekend, I paused to reflect on what motherhood means to every human being – isn’t it the ultimate definition of love, patience, […]