Science & Islam – The Language of Science — a BBC Documentary

Science & Islam – The Language of Science — a BBC Documentary

Jim Al-Khalili OBE (born 20 September 1962) is an Iraqi-born British theoretical physicist, author and science communicator. He is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey. He has hosted several BBC productions about science and is a frequent commentator about science in other British media venues.

Early life and education

Born in Baghdad in 1962 to an Iraqi father and English mother, Al-Khalili studied physics at the University of Surrey. He graduated with a B.Sc. degree in 1986 and stayed on to pursue a Ph.D. degree in nuclear reaction theory, which he obtained in 1989. In 1989, he was awarded a Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) postdoctoral fellowship at University College London.

Career in physics

Al-Khalili returned to Surrey in 1991, first as a research assistant then lecturer. In 1994, Al-Khalili was awarded an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Advanced Research Fellowship for five years, during which time he established himself as a leading expert on mathematical models of exotic atomic nuclei. He has published widely in his field.[3]

Al-Khalili is now a professor of physics at the University of Surrey where he also holds a chair in the Public Engagement in Science. He is a Trustee and Vice President of the British Science Association.[4] He currently holds an EPSRC Senior Media Fellowship.[5]

 

Al-Khalili was awarded the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize for science communication for 2007[6] and elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Physics since 2000 when he also received the Institute’s Public Awareness of Physics Award. He has lectured widely both in the UK and around the world, particularly for the British Council. He is currently a member of the British Council Science and Engineering Advisory Group, a member of the Royal Society Equality and Diversity Panel, an external examiner for the Open University Department of Physics and Astronomy, a member of the Editorial Board for the open access Journal PMC Physics A, and Associate Editor of Advanced Science Letters. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Cheltenham Science Festival.

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February 2, 2012 5:29 pm 3 comments

Documentary about Muslim Jamaat Ahmadiyya by a Jamia Student UK

Documentary about Muslim Jamaat Ahmadiyya by a Jamia Student UK
December 21, 2011 4:43 pm 3 comments

Amazing Northern Lights — Time Lapse

Amazing Northern Lights — Time Lapse

Courtesy and Source: Youtube and National Geographic:

The Northern Lights are one of nature’s most spectacular visual phenomena, and in this time lapse video they provide a breathtaking display of light, shape, and color over the course of a single night in Norway.

November 29, 2011 10:41 am 1 comment

Living under siege

Living under siege
November 12, 2011 8:37 am 0 comments

Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey and Hajj and Universal Brotherhood

Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey and Hajj and Universal Brotherhood

Documentary by Spencer Wells

YouTubeDNA is more than 99% similar among all humans, so all claims for discrimination, like caste system, polygenetic theory of human origin or some people being the ‘chosen people’ are only self indulgence.  There is very little difference in the intellectual abilities of different races or families.  The Journey of Man is a documentary by Spencer Wells, talks about our evolution, our recent history, and how we came to be to the way we are today.  The story starts when ancestors of San bushman in Kalahari Desert in Namibia started migrating out of Africa some 50,000 years ago.  The findings and data discussed in this documentary are in line with the Universal Brotherhood as expressed in the Quranic verse, “O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female; and We have made you into tribes and sub-tribes that you may know one another.” (Al Surah Al-Hujuraat 49:14).

To read more about Hajj and Universal Brotherhood:

November 2009 Alislam-eGazette

November 2010 Alislam-eGazette

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November 7, 2011 6:14 am 1 comment

Muslims for Life – Alabama

Muslims for Life – Alabama
October 29, 2011 12:21 am 0 comments

Ṣaladin: Who taught Europe the Ethics of War

Ṣaladin: Who taught Europe the Ethics of War

This is an hour and a half movie or documentary about Saladin and Richard the Lionheart. If the movie inspires you in some ways, remember that the Latter Days, which is our times, are an era of Jihad with pen and the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him had prophesied this. Come join the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and volunteer your services for the Muslim Times.

According to wikipedia: “Saladin’s chivalrous behavior was noted by Christian chroniclers, especially in the accounts of the Siege of Kerak, and despite being the nemesis of the Crusaders, he won the respect of many of them, including Richard the Lionheart; rather than becoming a hated figure in Europe, he became a celebrated example of the principles of chivalry.”

Saladin did not destroy the True Cross, even though he had it after the Battle of Hattin. In the same spirit we want to preserve everything that is wonderful in the Christian tradition and useful for humanity, as we engage in our ‘Jihad with Pen, Keyboards and Internet!’

When Saladin finally captured Jerusalem, he did not kill the Christian population of Jerusalem, the descendents of the crusaders of the First Crusade, who had killed each and every Muslim inhabitant of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. He was following in the footsteps of his master, the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, and trying to mimic his mercy and forgiveness that he had shown to the polytheist population of Mecca a few centuries before.

To read the account of the First Crusade:

Richard the Lionheart killed three thousand prisoners of war in cold blood. To read an account of the Holy Prophet Muhammad and prisoners of war:

First article:

Second article:

The picture is of a Statue of Saladin in Damascus.

October 2, 2011 7:00 am 0 comments

Charter for Compassion by Karen Armstrong

Charter for Compassion by Karen Armstrong

As she accepts her 2008 TED Prize, author and scholar Karen Armstrong talks about how the Abrahamic religions — Islam, Judaism, Christianity — have been diverted from the moral purpose they share to foster compassion. But Armstrong has seen a yearning to change this fact.

People want to be religious, she says; we should act to help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help her build a Charter for Compassion — to help restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.

September 18, 2011 6:10 pm 2 comments

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Steve Jobs tell three stories of his life in which he discusses his passion of knowledge and desire to succeed.

Very inspiring speech.

September 17, 2011 5:59 pm 1 comment