Khan Academy

Salman Khan, an MIT grad started up a wonderful project called “Khan Academy”. It supplies an organized library of youtube videos covering maths to history.

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere. Despite being the work of one man, Salman Khan, this 1600+ video library is the most-used educational video resource as measured by YouTube video views per day and unique users per month. We are complementing this ever-growing library with user-paced exercises–developed as an open source project–allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World. Learn more about the Khan Academy and Salman Khan…

http://www.khanacademy.org/

“We feel that opening this world of access to the rich intellectual resource of a public university is core to what we do,” he said. “Anyone around the world, whether a taxi driver in London or budding computer engineer in Africa, can tune in.”

Students who take all or part of their classes online perform better, on average, than those who complete the same courses only in a traditional classroom, according to a meta-analysis – or a study of studies – released earlier this year by SRI International.

Among a field crowded with exalted institutions, Khan Academy stood out enough to be named as one of three laureates in the education category of this year’s Tech Awards, organized by the Tech Museum in San Jose.

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Buddhism and Islam in America

Here’s a great article drawing parallels between the USA’s recent bout of Islamophobia and the xenophobia concerning [American] Japanese during World War II. It’s worth a look.

The “30 mosques” during Ramadan Project

These guys are all over the media and you should def check out their blog which is tastefully written and very interesting.

Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq are constantly plugged in during their journey.

30 Mosques in 30 States is Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq’s Ramadan road trip across the United States.

Beginning August 11 in New York City, the two will spend each night of Ramadan at a different mosque in 30 states around the country. The two’s 12,000 mile route will essentially take them on an outline of the entire country and conclude in Dearborn, Michigan – home to one of the largest concentrations of Muslims in the country.

Muslims for the month of Ramadan are required to fast, going without food or drink from sunrise to sunset. There are an estimated 7 million Muslims living in the United States that come from a wide mix of ethnic backgrounds including African Americans, South and East Asians, Arabs and East Africans.

Each day during Ramadan, Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq will visit a different state and blog about the experience each night, highlighting stories about the people they’ve met, the mosque they prayed in and of course the tasty cuisines each place has to offer.

News: America is Islamophobic? WHHHHAATTTT …NO WAY

Seems like the news is being overwhelmed with Islam in America. Here are few links:

Public Remains Conflicted Over Islam – Pew Research Center

Muslim cab driver slashed by upstate New York man because of his religion, police say

Muslim Americans Are Also Dying for America – The Daily Beast

So disturbing: Rent-This-Missile Ad Agency Donates Two ‘Missiles’ To Protest Against Manhattan Mosque http://tpm.ly/9xfwuw

Jon Stewart’s brilliance continues to shine. On the so-called “Ground Zero” Mosque: http://bit.ly/a7rj5i

The Parent Company Trap – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 08/23/2010 – Video Clip | Comedy Central

The Onion:Man Already Knows Everything He Needs To Know About Muslims

Second anti-Muslim Hate Crime in 24 Hours | loonwatch.com

Burn a Qur’an Day Fails Miserably – Maniac Muslim

The Death of Riad Hamad

WTF. I am supremely disgusted:

Riad Hamad

According to Austin Police Department Sgt. Joe Chacon, the death of Austin schoolteacher and peace activist Riad Hamad remains under investigation. Chacon says homicide investigators are “open to all possibilities” but that the initial investigation reflects that Hamad appears to have committed suicide. Hamad had been reported missing by his family on Monday night, April 14, and (partly by means of a cell-phone GPS search authorized by his wife) his car was found Tuesday afternoon in a parking lot off South Lakeshore Boulevard, on the south side of Lady Bird Lake. A land and water search turned up nothing more, but a little after 2pm on Wednesday, passersby on the hike-and-bike trail on the opposite (north) side of the lake, just east of the I-35 bridge, spotted a body floating near the shore. Hamad’s eyes were covered in duct tape, his legs and his hands also bound – fueling Internet-amplified rumors that he had been murdered. According to a report that day by KXAN-TV news, “Park-goers who saw the body said the death did not look accidental. They said the man’s face was wrapped with duct tape, and his arms appeared to be tied in front of his body.”

On Thursday, April 17, APD released a statement saying, “The bindings of his hands and legs and placement of the tape were consistent with Hamad having done this to himself.” Chacon told the Chroniclethat additional evidence – including a security videotape of the parking area where Hamad’s car was found and statements from persons who knew him that “he had been experiencing suicidal thoughts” – also support a finding of suicide but that police are waiting for completion of the entire investigation, including the full autopsy and toxicology report, which will take several weeks. “For all intents and purposes, as far as we know right now,” Chacon said this week, “this was a suicide.”

An autopsy was performed by Travis County Chief Medical Examiner David Dolinak, generating yet another controversy over official autopsy procedures. On April 17, when Hamad’s body was transported by a funeral home from the medical examiner’s office to the Islamic Center of Greater Austin on Manor Road, said Imam Ibrahim Dremali, it was in a “barbaric” condition, one that he had never seen in 20 years of preparing bodies for burial. Dremali said the body was seeping blood from one incision and was inadequately sutured, and in spots the flesh was torn as though “an animal might have attacked him.” He said two experienced colleagues working with him “panicked” at the sight of the corpse and left the room, and he had to use towels and tape to clean Hamad’s body and to pad the brain cavity and the torso, in order to make it presentable for burial. Later, he demanded and received a meeting with Dolinak and APD Chief Art Ace vedo. Afterward, Dremali and Dolinak each told theChronicle that they believe the meeting was useful and should lead to better medical examiner practices, but Dremali said he “cannot accept” the apology offered by Dolinak for any misunderstanding or mistakes. “I believe they were sending us a message,” he said, “and that’s what I told the people here [at the mosque], that they believe they do not have to respect the bodies of Muslims.”

Asked about Dremali’s charges, Dolinak said that although there may have been some misunderstanding over his office’s expectation that the funeral home would be doing the final, cosmetic preparations of the body, he insisted, “We did absolutely nothing on our part to show any intentional disrespect.” He said they followed standard autopsy procedures and that he simply can’t say what Dremali may have experienced in similar situations before. “In most cases, all the final preparations [of the body] occur at a funeral home,” he said, “but as in any religion, there is a whole spectrum of practices, depending on the family’s wishes. We’ll certainly try to work with [local Muslim clerics] better on the next case.” Dolinak also could not confirm what Dremali described as apparent facial bruising on the body.

You can read more here.

hilarious article: “How Miss USA will push the secret Muslim agenda”

I am a little late in finding this hilarious article. Since the Miss USA, Rima Fakih, happens to be Arab and Muslim many have accused her of many things. A genius work of satire Wajahat Ali writes “How Miss USA will push the secret Muslim agenda”. I highly recommend the read.

u.s. immigrant stories

Immigrant Stories is a recently launched project “documenting the stories that make the United States great and unique.” You are welcome and encouraged to submit your stories, videos, poetry, art, photos, etc., sharing how you, your parents or your ancestors immigrated to the U.S.

For more information on how to take part, go to the website here and the Facebook group here. Also read this piece in the Washington Post by Smith College student and fellow Muslim Ilana Alazzeh, who started the Immigrant Stories project: United States of immigrants.

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