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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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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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

Afro-Arab singer Malika Zarra & Takin’ It to the Streets event

Moroccan jazz artist Malika Zarra talks about the hardships faced by North Africans in Europe.

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She’ll be at the Takin’ It to the Streets event along with others like Mos Def.

InfoWhat: Takin’ It to the Streets: Urban International Festival
When: June 19th, 2010
Time: 9am-9pm
Location: 6734 S. Kedzie Ave. in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois Click here to see the map
Price: FREE*

*donations encouraged

20,000 people. 200 vendors.

100 artists. 4 stages.

1 day.

Takin’ It to the Streets is a Muslim-led festival where artistic expression, spirituality and urban creativity inspire social change.

Takin’ It to the Streets bridges today’s cultural divides by connecting diverse racial, ethnic, and religious communities through a dynamic festival. The festival will enrich cross-cultural community building not only in Chicago, but around the world.

Featured Artists:

  • Mos Def – Grammy Winner
  • Brother Ali – Minnesota, USA
  • Tinarwein – Mali
  • Chabab al Andalous – Morocco
  • And many more!

Four Stages:

  • Unity Stage: Reflects this unifying principle and showcases the diverse musical talents of contemporary artists
  • Hip Hop Pavilion: Bringing together the elements of MCing, DJing, Breakin’, and graff art, with skateboarding and workshops
  • World Music Stage: Blending global expression of traditional art forms through international artists
  • Streets Stage: The festival’s signature stage bringing together dynamic performers and inspiring speakers

Activities:

  • Faith & Justice: Speakers, panel discussion, and dialogue on a variety of issues relating to spirituality & social change
  • International Bazaar: Cultural artifacts, multi-ethnic cuisine, community organizations and more!
  • Health & Wellness Fair: Free health screenings, information on healthy living and refreshments 
  • Sports Arena: 3-on-3 Basketball tournament open to all
  • Family Zone: Rides, interactive games, children’s activities, and family-friendly performances
  • Prayer Center: A quite space open all day for meditation, reflection and prayer

Additional Streets 2010 Events

Since its inception in 1997 as a single-day event, Takin’ It to the Streets has steadily grown in attendance and impact, and in 2010 it is preceded by a full week of events that embrace a new Muslim cultural renaissance.

Salaam Film Festival June 13-15: University of Chicago

A three-day festival highlighting the power of film as a tool for peace and social change. The festival will also screen films from the One Chicago, One Nation online film contest. Click here for more info

Melodies from Morocco June 16: Old Town School of Folk Music

The festival continues with a performance by the renowned Orchestre Chabab Al Andalous from Morocco Click here for more info

Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices June 17: Millennium Park

World Music artists Tinariwen, from Mali, and Omar Faruk Tekbilek, from Turkey, will perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Click here for more info

About the Producer

Takin’ it to the Streets is produced by the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), a globally recognized leader that aims to change, serve and inspire by working on social justice issues, delivering a wide range of direct services, and cultivating the arts in urban communities.

The Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Learn more about IMAN: www.imancentral.org

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Abercrombie & Fitch AGAIN

I found ANOTHER incident concerning Abercrombie & Fitch–Again–for intolerance against a hijabi employee. Man, has it been like two times now? This is ridiculous!

A Muslim college student who worked at a Hollister clothing store at the Hillsdale mall in San Mateo told KTVU Wednesday that she was fired because she wore a traditional head scarf or hijab.

Hani Khan said the store’s human resources department told her she did not fit the company’s “look policy.”

“The lady told me that my hijab was not in compliance with the ‘look policy’ and that they don’t wear any scarves or hats while working,” said Khan. “I told her it was for religious reasons and again she stated it was against their ‘look’ policy.'”

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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.

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Islam in Korea

There seemed to be a lot of interest in the story I posted about halal Korean food. I also found this informative video clip about Islam in Korea.

Korean Muslim soldiers pray at a mosque in Hannam-dong, Seoul/Yonhap

I also found an article on Korean Muslims:

What is it like to be a Korean Muslim in Korea? “Not easy would be an understatement,” was the response of Hasna Bae, a 23-year-old student.

Bae is one of 35,000 Korean Muslims in the country, and one of 1.6 billion in the world. Although the religion is very big worldwide, there are few Muslims in Korea. There are migrant Muslim workers, but the total number barely reaches 200,000.

Being a minority religion in Korea, Muslims say their different lifestyle makes them stand out more than others in society.

Yu Hyun-il, 22, serves as president of the Islamic students’ association of the Hankook University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul. He said he found the Muslim eating requirements the most difficult thing for him…