• Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    HISD Teacher Who Called Muslims "Goat-Fuckers" Challenges Quanell X Over Racism Accusations

    The controversial HISD teacher who made disparaging comments about Muslims on a local conservative cable access TV show is now challenging community activist Quanell X for accusing her of being a racist. Angela Box, a third-grade teacher at HISD's Ray K. Daily Elementary School on the West side of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Local Islamic Group Wants Probe into HISD Teacher Who Called Muslims "Goat-Fuckers"

    The Houston office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling for HISD to launch an independent investigation into whether a teacher's blatantly anti-Muslim views have bled over into the classroom. In a letter sent to HISD Superintendent Terry Grier on Tuesday, CAIR questioned the deci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    What A Muslim Looks Like

    Several years ago, my mom told me about an incident in which one of my cousins and his friends were told, or more fittingly "yelled at," to "go back to their damn country." They were playing basketball in a local, empty outdoor court, when some white people drove by and started slinging slurs at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    What is Halal Meat, and Why Should You Care?

    "These things alone he has forbidden to you: What is already dead, blood, the flesh of swine, what has been offered up to other than Allah." Al-Anam 6:145 While driving around Houston, you've probably noticed signs for Halal meat markets or Halal delis. You've probably read labels touting that a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Houston Mosque Will Ball Hard for Palestine

    In case you didn't know, Houston is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the country and the city is home to a network of mosques and religious centers run by the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. Anyone who has grown up in or around an American-Muslim community knows the role basket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Houston Restaurants Observe Ramadan with Sehri and Iftar

    Ramadan began on June 28, meaning observant Muslims across the world are participating in the month-long fast that makes up one of the Five Pillars of Islam. From dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from a number of activities including eating and drinking. During these, the longest, hottest days of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Wanna Buy Pork-Coated Bullets in Case You're Attacked by a Terrorist?

    Texas is renowned as a gun-lover's paradise, and firearm enthusiasts in Houston are fortunate to have a vast array of gun shops to choose from -- but unfortunately, if you want pork-laced ammunition to fend off a crazed jihadist, you'll have to order it from the clear-minded, level-headed folks at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Company Proud of Bigot-Baiting Billboard That'll Hit Houston Soon

    Green Pharmaceuticals is savvy when it comes to creating buzz -- the California-based maker of a throat-spray for snoring treatment got a lot of attention when it paid a dude in Omaha more than $37K to temporarily tattoo an ad on his forehead. It also paid a Chicago man to run the New York marathon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Chef Hassan Obaye of the Four Seasons: On Helping Houstonians Celebrate the End of Ramadan Top 5 Reasons To Attend His Eid-al-Fitr

    As a freshman in college, I joined my roommate in fasting during one week of Ramadan. I did so as a gesture of solidarity since we were fast becoming close friends and I figured she could use some company in, um, not eating. Quite a silly assumption when you think about it that given that with mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Islamic Indoctrination Comes to Texas, and Heads Straight for Ninth-Grade Girls

    Despite our best efforts, it seems Islamism has finally managed to worm its way into East Texas. These small towns dotting the eastern forests, lands heretofore known simply for Friday Night Lights and Christian piety -- the kinds of places that comprise Real America, don'tcha know -- have finally t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Houston Sets Off National Dialogue on Islamic Innocence

    The imam smiled. He'd been waiting for this question, it seemed. It was a soft Saturday afternoon, and this imam, Azhar Haneef, the national vice president of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, had just finished an hour-long tour of videos displaying the prophet Muhammad's pacifism at the Baitus Samee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Slaughtered Pig Left Outside of Cypress Mosque a Possible Hate Crime

    As a group of Muslims came to pray last night at the Islamic Outreach Center on Wilks Drive near Mueschke Road in Cypress, they made a sickening discovery. There was a dead pig on the deck of the deck at the entrance of the mosque. "Although Muslims do not abhor any animal, it is not allowed (not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Who is Ted Cruz, Really?

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Iman Academy: Texas' Private-School League Asks Muslim Schools Why They'd Play With Christians

    The New York Times took a look at the story of the Beren Academy, a Jewish school that was initially going to have to forfeit its playoff run because the schedule conflicted with the Sabbath. The organization making that decision was the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Michael Berry: 5 Places Worse Than A Gay Bar That He Could Have Been Seen At

    As much of the nation knows by now, Michael Berry attended a drag show in Montrose and allegedly got involved in a hit-and-run. Berry is a minor-league version of Rush and Hannity, ranting on the radio with truthiness to disparage anything that isn't Tea Party Republican. A Montrose gay bar is pro ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 8, 2011

    Desert Couscous

    Casablanca worth a visit in a city with so little Moroccan food.

  • News

    August 18, 2011

    Praying with Perry

    Readers on The Response

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Whole Foods vs. Ramadan: The Original Email

    ​Since our post yesterday on Whole Foods's reluctance to promote Ramadan this year after a few customer and blogger complaints, the story unexpectedly went viral. Saffron Roads CEO Adnan Durrani called the post "a tempest in a teapot" when interviewed by CNN. And NPR reported: "Looking to set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Whole Foods: "We Should Not Highlight Ramadan"

    No "Ramadan Mubarak" wishes this year from Whole Foods.​Under pressure from right-wing bloggers who blindly associate Ramadan and Muslims with terrorism and burqas, Whole Foods has sent an email to its stores across the United States in which it specifically tells stores not to promote Ramadan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt reported on a Whole Foods email which advised stores not to promote Ramadan. Commenter "My money where my mouth is" shared some thoughts: Not that i particularly care whether a store advertises its products to me at Ramadan or any other time with little placards say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Ramadan Iftar, Sponsored by the City, Draws Hundreds of Muslims

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderMayor Parker backed Saturday's citywide iftar. ​Sealed bottles of water sit on the white-clothed tables before the crowd of thirsty fasters. It's Ramadan, so for one month, observant Muslims like those gathered here at the downtown convention center will abstain from ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Ramadan Begins Today: Where Will You Eat Iftar?

    I use this photo for Ramadan every year because Burger King's ads amuse me to no end.​The annual period of fasting called Ramadan has begun today for observant Muslims across the world. What does that mean? In a nutshell, no eating or drinking from sunrise until sunset -- and in August, that's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Billboard Touting American Muslims Put Up By Houston CAIR Chapter

    CAIRExpect to see this billboard soon​The Texas chapter of CAIR, a group that fights anti-Islamic hatred, will announce tomorrow they're putting up a billboard touting the Muslim presence in Texas. "This pro-active campaign is designed to promote mutual understanding and to highlight the cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Idiots Try to Burn Mosque

    Fire didn't have time to spread.​The Texas chapter of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) is asking the FBI to investigate an attempted arson at a southwest side mosque as a hate crime. Media reports say at least three men in masks broke a window at the Madrasah Islamiah mosque near ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Houston Entree: If you're still hungry for follow-up about the Houston Restaura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Health Dept. Roundup

    ​Here's our weekly foray into the deliciously seedy world of Houston health inspections. Delicious in the figurative sense. Anyway, let's get started: Poparazzi's Popcorn (8236 Kirby), a shop near Reliant that specializes in flavored - you guessed it - popcorn, racked up a couple of violations dur ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    FAIR-y Tales: Bookworms

    White-nationalist reads in the United States and Europe reflect anti-migrant hatred in a grim economy.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Why I'd Rather Eat Halal Food (Including Campbell's Soup)

    ​The latest round of anti-Muslim rhetoric to spew forth from the nation's right-wing extremists has formed from the strangest combination of ingredients: Canada and Campbell's soup. News that Americans have started a Facebook group called "Boycott Campbell Soup" [sic] -- which has nearly 3,50 ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 16, 2010

    Spinning Sichuan

    Grab your friends and order it up at at this revamped Chinatown favorite.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Cumin Lamb at Chinese Sichuan Cuisine: As Good As Ever

    Photo by Robb Walsh​While Robb Walsh was counting down his 100 favorite dishes in Houston, one of his choices was an unusual and delicious dish he'd encountered while reviewing Chinese Halal Cuisine: cumin lamb, which he placed in the No. 64 spot on his list. The lamb, cooked with -- as indica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Hayya' alas Salaah: Ramadan Begins Tomorrow

    That's right: Even Burger King gets in on the Ramadan festivities.​August 11 marks the beginning of Ramadan in 2010. The date that signifies the beginning of the ninth month of the Islamic religious year changes each year based on the Islamic lunar calendar (which is, coincidentally, the only ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2010

    "Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Arts of Islam"

    The MFAH deepens its commitment to Islamic art

  • Dining

    August 6, 2009

    Chinese Chili

    Thanks to Indians and Pakistanis, spicy Chinese Halal cooking is famous all over the world.

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Uyghur Flavors at Chinese Halal Cuisine

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Cumin lamb is my favorite lunch special at Chinese Halal Cuisine on Bellaire, the subject of this week's Café Review. The pungent aroma of this spicy lamb dish might remind you of Tex-Mex, since cumin, chiles and garlic are major components in Chinese Muslim Uyghur cooking ... More >>

  • News

    February 26, 2009

    Guantánamo's Final Days

    As America prepares to close the infamous camp, what about those prisoners?

  • Calendar

    November 15, 2007

    “Seasons of Sharing”

    Children’s Museum of Houston explores holiday traditions from around the world

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2007

    Get Lit: The Secret Servant, by Daniel Silva

    With the terrorism plot in London just upon us in real life, it seems that bestselling thriller writer Daniel Silva could not have picked a better time for the release of his latest book, The Secret Servant. Because it is in London that this story reaches its high point, in an England that as the ma ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 17, 2007

    Guantnamo: Pictures from Home. Questions of Justice

    A FotoFest exhibition questions justice

  • Dining

    October 5, 2006

    Dates and Camels

    A new Afghani restaurant on Bissonnet offers a novel way to break your Ramadan fast

  • Calendar

    June 1, 2006
  • News

    April 15, 2004
  • Film

    March 11, 2004

    From Bad to Worse

    An Afghan girl faces the terror of life under the Taliban

  • News

    February 20, 2003

    High-Tech Shia Pet

    A Houston computer whiz uses the Internet to become a Muslim marriage matchmaker

  • Calendar

    November 28, 2002

    Saving Beauty

    An exhibit at the MFA highlights Afghanistan's cultural riches

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Dining

    June 20, 2002

    Hotter than Halal

    Islamic fusion restaurants are all the rage because of their organic meat -- and whole chiles

  • News

    November 15, 2001

    No Veiled Threats

    Heidi covers her face when she leaves the house. So do an increasing number of Muslim women in Houston. But don't call them terrorists -- or oppressed.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Gadfly

    Dr. Alkebu Motapa

  • Dining

    December 21, 2000

    Economic Fasting

    Speaking off the toque: Sam Said

  • Music

    March 5, 1998
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