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

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, […]


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 […]