Winna Time: Out

4 04 2010

I finally upgraded back to a DSLR.  The same one I had before in fact, Pentax K10D.  So far, so good 🙂  Picking the same camera back up had its advantages, I didn’t need much time to adjust to it, pretty much got right into it and started taking pics I was happy with.  So, after a few months of collecting shots, I think I have enough to put together a nice, meaty post.  My updates are becoming almost seasonal aren’t they? I split the Winter updates into 2 posts, check em out.

Turkish Delight

We took a road trip to NYC in January for a concert at the Apollo, organized by IMAN.  It was an amazing show!  We got to hang in Brooklyn with Bilal for a few days and he took us to this great Turkish restaurant around his way.  Dahman intently gettin into the meal in this pic…

Dr. J

Dr. Jackson and Dr. Fareed came to the ADAMS Center for the Winter ALIM program recently.  I was asked to do photography for the event, this is one of the shots of Dr. Jackson teaching about….something?  I forgot.  It was heavy though.

You can view the rest of the event pictures on my Flickr page.

BK Bilal

You know when you’re traveling and you meet someone you’re staying with after a long absence, and they stay up really late to let you in, and you’re all just vibing and catching up, and there’s that happy/tranquil/satisfied feeling you get  because you’ve reached your destination, met with your friends/family and can finally rest?  This was in the midst of that type of encounter, at Bilal’s place in Brooklyn, around 5am.

Trainspotting

Amer, looking out for the train to Manhatten from Brooklyn.  Amer and I had a friendly photography competition, using pictures we both took during our NYC trip.  The theme was “Words” and we had a group of friends vote on the submissions.  Here’s my (winning) shot.  And Amer’s.  This is me rubbing in the fact that the vote was unanimous.

Dr. F

Dr. Muneer Fareed at the Winter ALIM event at ADAMS Center.  The ALIM summer intensive is an amazing program.  I had the privilege of attending 4 years ago and would highly recommend it to anyone that’s interested.  Dr. Jackson and Dr. Fareed are the core scholars for the program.  Here, Dr. Fareed is taking one of his usual pauses to let his gems marinate amongst the students.

Caught Red-Meated

The IMAN team hosted a lunch meeting with the volunteers from the IMAN DC initiative before the Apollo show at this nice restaurant in Harlem.  Amer’s sisters tagged along and sat in the corner…stuffing their faces.

I wasn’t able to take any pictures inside the Apollo of the event, but there were some real photographers doing their thing inside.  Here are some event pics from one of my favorite photographers:

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2 Eids

18 12 2008

After Ramadan, there were some Eid festivities at Dar Al-Noor and at Six Flags.  There are also pictures from the more recent Eid that just passed, or rather from the DC Green Muslims Dinner #6, which was 2 days before Eid.   I also got a roll of film developed that had pictures in it from the summer, I threw in some of those shots as well 🙂

 

Flash

Flash

We were at the mosque for an Eid BBQ.  Tayeeb was chilling after waiting in line for half an hour to get food.

 

House

House

 

 

Ali was hanging out at a Halloween bash down in Richmond.  Guess who he’s dressed as?  (Hint: read the caption)

 

The Mufti

The Mufti

Mufti came down to visit for the Eid BBQ.  The smoke behind her is from the grills, this isn’t a protest or anything.  Just burgers and hot dogs.

 

Around The Bend

Around The Bend

This was at the Butler Center in DC, during the DC Green Muslims Dinner #6.  The room got so packed that some of us had to sit on the stairs in the hallway to eat dinner.  Sarwar was chillin on the steps afterwards.

 

Stairstory

Stairstory

Later on in the evening, everyone was mingling and networking.  I should mention, I took these pictures using NJ‘s camera.  She edited them and added the color effect, so she should def get credit.

 

Radiant

Radiant

This was from a program at the Islamic Study Center in Charlottesville.  Sheikh Ninowy was visiting and delivered an excellent presentation to a packed house.  

 

All Eyes On

All Eyes On

Ibrahim stood up to give a presentation towards the end of the program and captured the full attention of the entire audience.

 

Pardon Me

Pardon Me

Arafat was dressed up as a prisoner, next to Shakeeb who came dressed as Obama.  Here, they’re both teamed up in a game of foosball against two others.

 

Scholarly Advice

Scholarly Advice

Sheikh Ninowy receives some guidance about the program from Shaykh Nooruddeen during the lunch break.  This program at the Islamic Study Center was focused on learning from The Book Of Wisdom by Ibn Ata Illah.

 

On My Coaster

On My Coaster

Six Flags hosted the Muslim Family Day, in celebration of Eid.  The park opened early and had a special section set aside with Halal food vendors and prayer areas.  All in all, it was a fun day.  I went with my cousins and had a great time, would def recommend something like this in the future.

 

Life Coaching?

Life Coaching?

Tariq (right) speaks with Esa after the Green Dinner.  Tariq is a Life Coach by profession, but Esa is a teacher.  Hmm, I wonder who is schooling whom?

 

Semi-Accessible

Semi-Accessible

The grass around Dar Al-Noor was strictly taped off during the masjid’s Eid BBQ.  I guess they really wanted to protect the lawn…with caution tape.





It’s Usually Sunny in NYC

14 10 2008

This is the last of the pictures from our road trip to NYC/Philly.  The weather was pretty amazing for most of the weekend, as you can see from the pictures.  It rained a little bit, but not enough to ruin the trip in the least.

 

Central Perk

Central Perk

 10/20/07

Oussama was straight chillin in Central Park.  We came in from the entrance at Harlem and hung out around the lake that’s right there.  Here’s B&W shot of him in front of the sparkling water.

 

Shady Photography

Shady Photography

Dahman was hiding under a tree, with some really droopy leaves, and was taking pictures of ducks or something.  

 

 

Sunny Reminder

Sunny Reminder

At the entrance to the World Trade Center train station, an observation area allows people to see what’s being done with the site.  It’s basically a giant pit, full of construction equipment, but the mood is always somber and still with the reminder.  Oussama leaves behind him a shadowy reminder of what once was.

 

 

Beyond the Doors

Beyond the Doors

Dahman and Tayeeb stand in the rainy street outside of Masjid At-Taqwa on Bedford Ave in Brooklyn.  Imam Siraj was out of town that weekend, so we just took a little tour of the masjid and headed on our way.  The surrounding area is loaded with Muslims and halal restaurants.

 

 

Not On My Fork

Not On My Fork

Outside of a Halal Chinese restaurant on Bedford Ave in Brooklyn, Oussama stands under a neon sign that reads, “No Pork”.  This, and many other restaurants in the area cater specially to the dietary needs of the large Muslim community that resides there.  

 

 

Phone Home

Phone Home

Back in our room, Tayeeb stands in front of a sun-filled window as he speaks with his family back at home over the phone on the final day of our trip.  Soon afterwards, we were all on our way back home.





MANA

10 10 2008

I couldn’t help it.  I had to go back.  We took another trip to Philly, just me and Ali this time.  We went up for the first MANA conference, in downtown Philly.  It was a really good trip, and an amazing conference.  I def plan to go again next time around, iA.

 

 

Students in the Shade

Students in the Shade

11/3/07

We went back to AICP, and of course to Saad’s.  While we were at AICP, there was a small class being taught in the corner.  I was taking a few pictures, b/c it looked really nice.  Afterwards, some guy started asking me all these questions about why I was taking pictures and everything…I guess he was paranoid that I was spying on them or something.  

 

 

Here it Comes...

Here it Comes...

This was on our drive back.  The clouds kept covering the sun.  Right here is where they began to part and the sunlight started to stream through even more.  It was even more beautiful in reality, this picture doesn’t do justice.





The Fraternal Twin

8 10 2008

I could’ve posted all of the Philadelphia pictures into one entry, but I don’t think that would do justice to the unique character of city.  Everything in the previous post was taken in downtown Philly.  The following are pictures taken from West and North Philly.  The vibe is completely different in these areas, compared with downtown.  They’re not at all identical, but they’re def still twins…fraternal twins!

How Meterful

How Meterful

8/4/07

In West Philly, there is an outdoor marketplace that’s over 5 blocks long.  Here you can find all sorts of stuff, clothes, sunglasses, shoes, watches, etc.  There’s a huge Muslim population in the area and you can find many Islamic merchandise stores, masjids and halal restaurants all around this region.  As we parked and eagerly stepped out into West Philly for the first time Tayeeb took a second to fill the meter before we went exploring…

Rebel Movement

Rebel Movement

Dahman was standing in front of a window in the hotel room, taking in the view, as we were getting ready to head out for the day.  Here, he’s pictured with a shirt he designed, as part of his Rebel Movement collection.

Reflecting Glass

Reflecting Glass

The AICP mosque in West Philly was originally a church that was turned into a masjid.  The windows of the building all have this very decorative design that makes it stand out against all other buildings in the area.

Longing...

Longing...

A vase full of flowers on a window ledge…looking out into the real world?  Maybe wishing they could get some fresh air…?  Who knows…

Holy Socks

Holy Socks

Not the most flattering picture, I know.  But Tayeeb’s socks just seemed to fit right in with the holy atmosphere inside of the AICP mosque…

Inside Out

Inside Out

I’m sure you can guess where we are in this one.  The 52nd St. Masjid is a small prayer room on the second floor of a building that directly overlooks the outdoor market in West Philly.

Hey Lo Ish

Hey Lo Ish

Really gettin that glow after praying, no?  Tayeeb continues to take in the sights at the 52nd St. Masjid.

Scrumptious

Scrumptious

I know it’s a fatboy thing to do, to post pictures of food, but this chicken was sooooo good!!!  “Saad’s Halal Place” is a well-known middle eastern restaurant in West Philly, right across the street from AICP.  His rotisserie chicken is amazing, not to mention many other items on the menu.  I think he only has this chicken on the weekend’s though…a must visit for those who like to…eat.  You know who you are.

Graffilly

Graffilly

So, I heard Philly was the birthplace of graffitti.  Naturally, we had to go out and find some street art to see if it was really true.  Not only is Philly just plastered with murals and art all over buildings from all parts of the city, but the graffitti specifically is amazing.  We wandered into North Philly after visiting the Al-Aqsa mosque in that region and we found an abandoned building cooovered with graffitti.  These are some of the pieces that were on that wall.

So Sickk

Illness is a Blessing

I have no clue what this says, but I love it.

So True...

So True...

It really don’t, stay tuned…





A Grand One

6 10 2008

Dar Al-Noor holds it’s annual BBQ and festival during the summertime, this year’s event is the official Grand Opening of the completed center.  This facility serves the Muslim community in Prince William County and this event draws a crowd of about 3-5,000 annually.  Here are some pictures from the event.

 

 

Lookout

Lookout

7/15/07

I caught Ghazi in mid-speech while we stood behind the mosque, waiting in line for food.

 

 

The Grillinator

The Grillinator

Ali’s favorite part about volunteering – grilling chicken!  Look at all that meat…but with the amount of people that came, I bet it didn’t take long for all of it to finish.

 

 

Twice the Coverage

Twice the Coverage

The mosque arranged for a shuttle service to bus people back and forth between the facility and overflow parking lots at adjacent shopping centers.  Here a woman walks to her car after riding the shuttle.

 

 

A Community Gathered

A Community Gathered

Crowds of hundreds gathered at the front of the mosque in anticipation.  Special guests Tim Kaine, Gov. of VA, and Tom Davis, VA Congressman, visited Dar Al-Noor for its Grand Opening Ceremony.  This is just minutes before their arrival.

 

 

Something In The Air

Something In The Air

During the cleanup, after the event, storm clouds gathered in the sky and strong winds scattered boxes and other loose debris.  Fortunately, the weather cleared up and allowed the volunteers to finish wrapping up smoothly after a very successful event.





Youth Group Meeting

6 10 2008

The youth group at Dar Al-Noor is becoming increasingly more active and the group is slowly growing larger and larger.  These pictures are from a game day/planning meeting that was held in the mosque on a weekend.

 

 

A View To The Outside

A View To The Outside

3/17/07

From the upper floor of the mosque, you can see the dome through the windows.  

 

 

Overcast Dome

Overcast Dome

 

 

The Good Book

The Good Book

In the main prayer hall, there are bookshelves along the walls.  Here, there is a Qur’an placed in a decorated stand used to hold the book open.

 

 

Father/Daughter

Father/Daughter

The youth coordinator, Zahid, moderates a planning meeting with the kids while his daughter sits behind him on the steps of the mimbar.  

 

 

Collector of All Words Holy

Collector of All Words Holy

The microphone that stands near the Imam’s position at the front of the mosque.

 

 

More Than A Page

More Than A Page

The Arabic text that’s written in the Qur’an is usually adorned with decorative designs and borders.  Attempts are made to beautify its appearance as much as possible, while still leaving the text clearly legible.  Here is a random excerpt…