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.”

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New Campaign: Inspired by Muhammad

A fancy website and ads on the UK metro to boot has plastered polished ads detailing how people have been “Inspired by Muhammad.” Take a look at the website and you won’t be disappointed, it’s complete with colorful pictures and videos.

Prince Charles urges the world to follow Islam to protect the environment

Interesting story caught my eye. Prince Charles, second to the throne addresses the Islamic Studies department at Oxford and argues that the destroying the environment is particularly unislamic.

Prince Charles

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Movies: Shahada and the Infidel

Infidel looks like a hilarious British comedy about a Muslim who finds out he was adopted and originally Jewish. The trailer is below:

To contrast Shahada is a serious and dramatic movie about the struggles and some very real issues of being Muslim and understanding Islam in modern Germany. The trailer looks promising:

Mohammed Ali – Aerosol Arabic

Some of you may have heard of Mohammed Ali – Aerosol Arabic,

a graffiti artist who is famous for his spiritual murals.

He’ll be at an event, more info below:

Mohammed Ali (aka Aerosol Arabic)’s Writing on the Wall will see the renowned graffiti artist join forces with leading international poets in front of a live audience for a special one-off show at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Thursday 21 January 2010.

Having established himself in the arts scene for the past decade, Mohammed Ali’s latest project sees an idea thought up four years ago coming to life. With the guidance of legendary Hip Hop theatre director Jonzi D, Ali will accompany three internationally renowned poets on stage for a radical live art show.

The line-up for Writing on the Wall includes Zena Edwards, who has been performing as a professional poet for the last nine years, manipulating the boundaries of language and experimenting with the ways people hear and interpret the spoken word. She will be joined by American poet Amir Sulaiman who has twice featured on HBO’s Def Poetry programme, and Dreadlock Alien, who was Birmingham’s Poet Laureate in 2006. During the two-week lead-up Mohammed will also be working with local visual artists to create unique images, before embarking on the one-night-only performance on Thursday 21 January 2010 in Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s scenic workshop.

Inspired by the theme of ‘3’, the production will build towards a show that interweaves sights and sounds to inspire the audiences’ imagination, provoking thoughts and creative fires. During the performance, live poetry and painting will blend seamlessly in front of and all-around the audience.

If that didn’t get excited enough here’s some more:

Here’s a moving piece flimed by Musa Syeed about one of Aerosolarabic’s murals in New York called “Sacred Street Art”:

Sacred Street Art from Mohammed Ali – Aerosol Arabic on Vimeo.