Boxer Amir Khan goes to Pakistan

Earlier I wrote about Amir Khan, British boxer, winning the WBA title and breaking stereotypes. 23 year old Amir has recently flow to Pakistan to help with disaster relief. [Which one in Pakistan you ask? The floods affecting over 20 million.]

The 23-year-old Khan (23-1, 17 knockouts), a former Olympic silver medalist of Pakistani descent, left for Pakistan early on Monday but already had been raising awareness concerning the flooding disaster that rages on in Pakistan.

“You know, I’m going to go over to Pakistan and show my support. My parents came over from Pakistan. They were born there. I was born in England. But still, I have my roots. I got family there, and plenty of relatives there. My mom just came back from visiting there,” Khan told FanHouse during a recent interview.

“Six weeks ago, I was in Pakistan just before the weather kicked in the floods kicked in. I left just before that. I was in America when the floods happened, and I saw lots of live links to what was going on on news stations,” said Khan. “It’s sad to see over 2,000 people have died in this disaster, and over 15 million people have been affected.”

“This disaster, compared to the Pakistan earthquake about two years ago, and the Haiti disaster and also the tsunami in Thailand, if you could put all of those three together, the floods in Pakistan are as bad or worse than those,” said Khan.

“In Pakistan, it’s a real shame because it seems like it’s on its last legs,” said Khan. “It seems to me that they really need help. I’m not a politician, and I like to stay out of politics, but there are a lot of things that need improving in that country. This is a wake up call for Pakistan.”



“Fordson” Movie

“Fordson” is a feature length documentary film that follows four talented high school football players from Dearborn Michigan as they gear up for their big senior year rivalry game during the last ten days of Ramadan, a month when Muslims traditionally fast every day from sunrise to sundown.

The story is set against the backdrop of the stunningly beautiful Fordson High School, a public high school built by Henry Ford in 1922, which was once all white, but now boasts a 98% Arab population. As our team readies itself to play its affluent, cross town rival, we unearth the adversity faced by a community that is desperately holding onto its Islamic faith and trying to gain acceptance from their fellow U.S. citizens in post 9-11 America.

Through the eyes of the team, their coaches, and their fans, we get an unprecedented glimpse inside the lives of a community that is home to the largest concentration of Arabs in any city outside of the Middle East, and their determination to hold on to the American Dream.

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Muslim Stars of the World Cup

Elan, a great Muslim magazine came out with a timely article, while not nearly as comprehensive or complete– it’s a stab at an interesting subject:

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is now underway, and while there are a number of majority-Muslim countries in this year’s tournament, many of the best Muslim players don’t in fact play for these countries. Here’s a break down of some key players who are openly Muslim:

Nicolas Anelka: One player is Nicolas Anelka, a starter for the French national team.  Anelka, who plays for one of the top British teams in Club play, Chelsea, would be considered by some as the top Muslim player in the world. He converted in 2004, while he was playing for one of Britain’s other top Club teams, Manchester. Anelka told The Independent: “My religion offers stability and keeps my feet on the ground. It helps me to know who and where I am.”

You can read more here.

Ali Farokhmanesh: America’s most popular name

Ali after shooting and winningWith news articles like “Iranian-American Ali Farokhmanesh lights up NCAA Tournament” popping up all over the internet and twitter feeds going crazy, it was hard not to take notice yesterday.

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The mightiest has fallen in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Overall No. 1 seed Kansas was eliminated Saturday by No. 9 seed Northern Iowa in a 67-65 thriller.

Ali Farokhmanesh hit a key 3-point shot and two foul shots in the final seconds as Northern Iowa, representing the Missouri Valley Conference, sealed the deal against the Jayhawks.

Farokmanesh also hit the 3-point buzzer-beating basket that allowed Northern Iowa to win its first-round game over UNLV.

The win over Kansas was the biggest of three more upsets Saturday in a tournament that has already seen many of them.

Earlier, the Saint Mary’s Gaels, a No. 10 seed, wiped out Big East power Villanova, 75-68. And No. 11 seed Washington dropped No. 3 seed New Mexico, 82-64.

The other No. 1 seed in action Saturday, Kentucky, waltzed past No. 9 seed Wake Forest, 90-60. And No. 2 seed Kansas State outlasted Brigham Young, 84-72.

But surprises are the story of the tournament so far. In fact, another potential upset fizzled in the final seconds Saturday as No. 13 seed Murray State lost to No. 5 seed Butler, 54-52.

Butler reached the Sweet Sixteen for the third time in eight years — and the Bulldogs would love to continue on to the Final Four in their hometown of Indianapolis.

In other action Saturday, No. 6 seed Tennessee ended Ohio University’s Cinderella dreams and No. 3 seed Baylor overcame No. 11 seed Old Dominion, 76-68.


Muslim boxer Amir Khan wins WBA title

UK boxer, Amir Khan is aspiring to be the next Manny Pacquiao after beating Andreas Kotelnik by a unanimous points

Amir Khan

Amir Khan

decision to win his first world title at the MEN Arena here. I remember reading about this chap a few months ago. Happy to see he’s reaching his aspirations.

You can read more here.