When my friend Latifa travels she sends me wonderful photos of the culture and texture of the country through their crafts. This year she went to Morocco, Turkey and Iran. One thing she's mentioned is that where ever she's traveled people are people, and she is endlessly fascinated by them.
The photos are of incredible craftsmanship in wood, tile, plaster and reed. The workmanship says volumes about the value of beauty at least historically in these societies.
Last night was Illume's celebration of it's first year in publication. The event included speakers, dinner and a fund raiser and was a very inspirational event.
Illume Media is an independent media organization that aims to connect to the peoples of the Bay Area and to the global electronic community in an effort to share a balanced perspective of Muslims and Islam through web and print media. Illume Magazine was the dream of my friend Javid Ali who has been a good friend to Barakah Life so it was a pleasure for me to work on this event.
Above: banners made from Illume Magazine's first year of covers.