He That Believeth In Me

John 11:25-26 –  "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" Battlestar Galactica‘s story arcs have always drawn dark and uncomfortable parallels with the War on Terror – themes of […]

Crudy Giuliani…

…is ‘Ready‘. A hateful, cynical and manipulative movie trailer (‘…a people perverted’?) or a political ad from a candidate who could only get a 6% election erection?

I’m A Muslim, Get Me Out Of Here!

I’m A Muslim, Get Me Out Of Here! Uhuh, that’s exactly what I was feeling just minutes into last night’s opening episode of Channel 4’s Make Me A Muslim…it may as well have been called Jihad Factor, Strictly Forbidden or X-Terrorist. It seems the contestants learned nothing about the belief structure of Islam or the […]

Customer Support… for Islam

A few weeks ago, I got to tinkering with Satisfaction, a web app for ‘people-powered customer service’…it’s a wonderful concept, essentially crowdsourcing support 🙂 Interestingly, products and service listings aren’t ‘owned’ by companies and organisations; they’re simply participants, placing them on an equal footing with their customers…I’m sure diminishing a company’s control over its support […]

(* I’m praying…

Tarique and I have been plotting service ideas for Believr for several months and with a lot of our family and friends now happily ensconced in Twitter and Facebook…we’re starting to think about how we can bring Believr to users in those services… Twitter Lingo is partially created by the user community. The D command […]

28 Days

The month of Shawwal has been a symmetry of life and death for our family, bracketed by the passing of loved ones and punctuated by the arrival of new lives. Twenty eight days ago, on the bright, crisp Autumn morning of Eid-ul-Fitr, we lost our beautiful baby sister Aisha after a long and debilitating illness…just […]


Just two days before the arrests of the alleged Toothpaste Terrorists in August, UK Home Secretary John Reid made a speech about sacrificing civil liberties in support of national security. The suspects had been tracked for several months, so the timing of Reid’s speech was deeply manipulative; emphasising an urgent, imminent threat that simply did […]

Maps Of War

I’m a Muslim and a map nerd, so this is very cool…


My good friend Ali is due to make one of his many media appearances tommorow on the BBC Asian Network. Ali’s inadvertently become the go-to guy for the media on hip’slam so I figured some media training on live TV, press conferences, radio appearances and interviews would stand him in good stead. A few tips: […]

Roadmap to Ramadan

Years ago someone gave me a planner consisting of thirty personal targets that one should aim to complete within the month of Ramadan. I never managed to follow the planner, but I intend to do so this year…and also to share, so here goes: Send a neighbour some food for Iftar. Feed a homeless person. […]