Archive for March 2011

Poverty, money — and love

What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: “they” need “our” help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder of talks about how her attitude changed — and how her work with microloans has brought new power to people who live on a […]

Don’t insist on English!

Longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world’s focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It’s a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas.

Tough truths about plastic pollution

Islam teaching to look at the benefits and harms of any action we do as a society. Certainly, one of the great harms in the modern times has been the making of plastic. There is another video on Mushrooms that gives a very good alternative to plastic, however, because of the harmful effects of plastic […]

What’s wrong with what we eat

The Quran uses a term for the type of food, “Eat pure food”, repeatedly, to encourage mankind to eat the right foods that is grown organically, but food is mostly pure in its eaten locally and and its pure food when its real food.

Light and Darkness: A Sign of God

“And We (I, your God)  have beautified the earth’s  heaven with lamps” 067.005″ And made your sleep for rest, And made the night as a covering,And made the day as a means of subsistence? And We have built above you seven strong heavens, And We made a shining lamp” (78:9-13) The sun is like a lamp […]

Introduction To Islam

The following is a short & comprehensive view of Islam. The presentation is just short of 30 min. The topics covered are:- Existence of God Prophets and Philosophers Jesus in Islam Social Issues in Islam Political Issues in Islam Women in Islam Quran & Science

Making Global Labor Fair

Globalized industries where no single national body can keep workers safe and protected. How can we keep our global supply chains honest? The Quran gives a sever warning, “Destruction to those who cheat in business. Those who, when they have to receive by measure from men, demand full measure, And when they have to give […]

“O God, Do not let those who have no mercy on us rule us”

“O God, Do not let those who have no mercy on us have rule and authority over us” This is one of the prayers of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Aaron Huey: America’s native prisoners of war; Aaron Huey’s effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where […]

Simplicity, Complicated, and Complex: A Sign of God?

How complicated ideas, become simple when we look at the bigger picture. Complexity leads to simplicity. Ecologist Eric Berlow doesn’t feel overwhelmed when faced with complex systems. He knows that more information can lead to a better, simpler solution.

The Easy Quran, Chapter 2, Verses 1-26

Easy Explanation