Happy British Muslims: The HonestyPolicy created this video to show the world despite the negative press, stereotypes and discrimination we are burdened with we should respond with smiles and joy, not anger. Watch the video and read the story at the HonestyPolicy Blog.
In Frozen, we watch the little girl Elsa create snowfall and her enchanting ice world emerge. The line between fantasy and reality blurs, so real are the images. But this much is clear; the artist behind this graphic wizardry deserves the three Oscar awards he has received in six years.
The recognition from the industry for Pakistani visual effects artist, 38-year-old Mir Zafar Ali, has been nothing short of a dream come true. His latest Academy Award, for Frozen, was the first in the animation category for the Walt Disney Animation Studios. The 3D musical fantasy-comedy film is now the highest-grossing animated film in history, beating the Lion King and Toy Story 3. It has also made it to the top 10 biggest films, leaving far behind the likes of Star Wars and the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
An increasing number of young Australian men and women are now crossing over and converting to Islam.
Washington State Legislature passed SB 5173 ” Respect for Holidays of Faith and or Conscience” and Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill into law on March 31, 2014. Five years ago the idea for a Holiday bill was generated and discussed on a Seattle Muslim e-group with the Islamic Civic Engagement Project. When the Farole sisters took on the bill idea in 2012 they went the extra mile in ensuring that SB 5173 was actually written and filed through Senator Bob Hasegawas office, then presented in the legislature while bringing exposure of the bill to communities in our region.
Washington State Senator Bob Hasegawa and House Representative Luis Saul Moscoso were primary sponsors on the Holiday bill. In early 2013 Senator Hasegawa and Muslim leadership gathered to discuss the advancement of SB 5173 which ensures two excused floater days of absence for students and state employees. The written and verbal testimonies for this bill were an excellent opportunity for our Islamic community to educate our state legislature about Eid ul Fitr and Eil ul Adha and how the dates are determined, why this bill is important to us. Other faiths in America face similar challenges as the Muslims do when hoping to observe their holidays with time off, due to how work and scheduled school vacations are set. This was a multi-faith advocacy effort ensuring that citizens faiths and beliefs will be recognized regarding days of for faith and or conscience.
Thanks should be given to all who advocated for the passage of SB 5173 “Respect for Holidays of Faith and or Conscience” bill allowing for two excused floater days for students and state employees. Special thanks to many legislative staff and aides, who were very patient and steadfast in walking our community members through the many steps it takes to pass a bill through the state legislative process; in and out of hearings and committees, direct communications to each committee leadership separate and specific to each committee, rewrites to the bill, changes to the bill title name, and with perseverance the best end of all, signed into law by our Governor. All of this process was long, and nerve wracking at times, especially when we might only know hours before when the bill was to be heard in a committee.
Thanks also goes to Muslim Civic Leadership, Jewish Federation, Faith Action Network, Church Council of Greater Seattle and the Islamic Civic Engagement Project. Each of these groups worked collaboratively this 2014 session to ensure that SB 5173 was passed. Many Masjids, Islamic organizations and individual Muslims participated in the bill passage by exercising their civil rights; calling and or writing to their respective state elected official during this process.
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Janice E Tufte
Islamic Civic Engagement Project
"Your Voices Form the Laws" is the tagline for the Islamic Civic Engagement Project, we believe that we all are able to create a better future for generations ahead through voicing our concerns and building laws to protect civil rights, our environment, our food systems, our housing, and safety for all residents in America.
ABC 7 News: Oakland teenager Akintunde Ahmad has 5.0 GPA, 2100 SAT score and on his way to Ivy league.
He’s the first to tell you that his appearance throws people off, which is why he keeps his grades saved in his smartphone to show non-believers. Not only is he gifted in the classroom, but he also plays three instruments and has baseball scholarships on the table as well.
Like so many of his peers in the Oakland Public school system, he has tales of growing up and seeing his share of violence and losing friends in the process. But, fortunately for him, he has a ticket out of that situation and into the Ivy League school of his choice.
American Muslims are ethnically diverse — they have roots in every region of the world — and they have all the opportunities of their non-Muslim neighbors, making major contributions to their communities, the nation and globally.
The US State Department Bureau of International Information Programs published a 100 page report on American Muslims as is downloadable PDF file.
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This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in February 2014. This selection is from a four-part series on American Muslims.
Ummah Sports is a publication that focuses on Muslim athletes, the intersection of sports and Islam, and health and fitness in the Muslim community. Ummah Sports is not exclusively for Muslims, however, nor is it exclusively for sports fans.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 360 million people worldwide have a disabling hearing loss. Added to that, current production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of the global need. It can be argued that the production is low simply due to the affordability of these devices. iHear Medical, based in San Leandro, California, is out to change that with the world’s first web-enabled hearing aid system selling for approximately $199 for each ear, that price point will remove the barrier for many who could not afford a hearing aid.
MPAC’s Safe Spaces Initiative seeks to help communities create spiritual safe spaces for open dialogue and debate while also providing physical safe space by helping mosque and community leaders deal with any misguided individuals espousing violent extremism.
Mohamed Mansour is a hacker and open source developer from Ontario, Canada. He is also coming up on his one-year anniversary as a developer on the Bing Social team at Microsoft Silicon Valley.
A dental relief organization has chosen a traditional teeth-cleaning twig as its namesake and the symbol of its mission. Miswak Foundation promotes dental education, prevention strategies and dental relief missions in underserved areas across the world.
The Class Projects at Peace Terrace Academy in Fremont, CA is specially designed to help students give back to their community. This year 5th graders were given the task of figuring a way to help orphans.
They invited Sr. Dian from the GiveLight Foundation to visit them so that they could learn more about what GiveLight offers to orphans throughout the world.