Mino Akhtar - A Speaker and civil rights activist in the American Muslim community.


The Making of a Pakistani Carpet

Date posted: April 3, 2017 Comments: no comments

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, […]


Karachi- City of Cool and Chaos

Date posted: February 16, 2017 Comments: 2 comments

My city of birth used to be a sleepy fishing village. My mother told me that its streets were washed every morning, with the fresh smell of water seeping into its desert sands filling the morning air. On my recent visit after 3 years, I observed Karachi’s journey more keenly than ever. On the one […]


Facebook Fast No.1

Date posted: December 27, 2016 Comments: no comments

Recently I watched a very interesting movie on Netflix- my go-to place for fantastic programming including a lot of interesting series and especially global content, which I delight in! It was actually a documentary called “Minimalism” about two men who abandoned their high-flying lifestyles to live more simply- it’s really well-made, with lots of great […]


Quiet Joy

Date posted: December 12, 2016 Comments: no comments

Recently, my uncle Nisar Aryne from Jordan was visiting his son in Connecticut. I called him and told him that I would be visiting my mother Akhtar, his elder sister, over the weekend, and he should come along to be with her. He agreed and we got to Philly and settled into my sister Sabah’s […]


My outrage at race rage

Date posted: November 15, 2016 Comments: one comment

I remember attending an event for Zaytuna College recently, and Sheikh Hamza Yusuf saying that American Muslims owe a big debt and apology to black American Muslims. And I realized how honest and true that statement was. We- immigrants from Middle East and Asia- started coming here in the 60’s and 70’s, benefited through our […]


The Healing Begins

Date posted: November 9, 2016 Comments: one comment

As I sat at my dear friend’s Nuzzo and Sajjad Iqbal’s house glued to the TV, my hopes were dashed as state of after state went to Trump. Depression descended on all of us, and our earlier fears of when the Trump campaign returned, with macabre jokes about identity cards, even more open hostility than […]


Your Best Just Got Better and my garage

Date posted: June 26, 2014 Comments: 2 comments

What would a book called “Your Best Just Got Better” (Jason Womack) http://www.amazon.com/Your-Best-Just-Got-Better/dp/1118121988/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403833254&sr=8-1&keywords=Your+best+just+got+better which I got from a colleague at a Harvard seminar have to do with my garage, my nemesis…well read on and you will see.  Normally, I do not like “how-to” books…there are too many of them, they take a small idea and […]


Memories of my father Mohammed Farooq

Date posted: June 15, 2014 Comments: 2 comments

My father, the late Mohammed Farooq, left us on November 17, 1982, far too early and suddenly for all of us.  He was only 57 when he got lung complications from heart surgery at Cornell Medical Center, Upper East Side, New York City.  It was a tough time for all of us.  My mother lost […]


Day 5 Petra

Date posted: September 24, 2013 Comments: no comments

My daughters, Sonia and Sheema, and Sonia’s husband Eric were in Jordan it seems ages ago, but was in fact only 4 months ago.  And if there is one vision that continues to symbolize that experience, it was the first step into Petra on Day 5 of our trip.  We had driven to the office […]