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Nouman Ali Khan: Success and Failure (Audio)

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Today was the first day of school in Gaza (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 Today was the first day of school in Gaza. Many students did not return after the summer break. Heartbreaking pictures.

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Scandinavia opens first Islamic theology school

Mina Hindholm Imam Khatib school will take on students aged 18 and up from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

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Source: worldbulletin.net

The northern European region of Scandinavia has officially opened its first Islamic Theology boarding school, known as an Imam Khatib school, in the Danish city of Slagelse.

The school is due to take on students from Denmark, Norway and Sweden and will teach the national curriculum along with Turkish and Islamic lessons in the fields of Qur’an, Hadith and Islamic creed.

Boarding school head Ahmet Deniz told Anadolu Agency said that Mina Hindholm will be Denmark’s first official Islamic school for students aged 18 and up. The school, which is Europe’s second Imam Khatib after the one in Belgium, already has 52 students.

Israeli soldiers fire tear gas at 6-year-old children on their way to school (Video)

Source: electronicintifada.net

By: Rania Khalek

The new school year started four days ago in the occupied West Bank, and Israeli soldiers have fired tear gas and hurled stun grenades at Palestinian elementary school students on at least two occasions already.

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The Deen Show: Student Loan crisis and how Islam protects you from loan sharks (Video)

info-pictogram1 In this weeks show we’ll be talking about the Student Loan crisis and how borrowers are finding themselves in a paralyzing predicament of repaying two, three or multiple times the original amount borrowed, with no bankruptcy protection, no cap on fees and penalties and no recourse to the law. Points covers in this show:
1.What Usury is and how it equals modern day Interest
2.Why charging Interest is unjust and is a form of great oppression.
3. How Charging interest is not only prohibited in ISLAM and the Quran but also in the Bible and Christianly
4. How Interest/Usury used to be outlawed.
5. How bankers took over the job of loan sharks
6. Solutions and tips on how to stay debt free and avoid being in- slaved to Interest/Usury, all this and more on this weeks show of TheDeenShow with Eddie.
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Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda

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By: Ben Lynfield

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/

In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences.

The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, which will oversee the programme, confirmed its launch and wrote that its aim was to “strengthen Israeli public diplomacy and make it fit the changes in the means of information consumption”.

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Want better exam results? Take notes on paper NOT a laptop!

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By: Elliot Davies

Sourcehttp://www.independent.co.uk/

Students who write notes by hand during lectures perform better on exams than those who use laptops, according to a new study – even when the computers are disconnected from the Internet to avoid distractions.

In fact not only do handwritten notes appear to help students better understand lectures right away, but they may also lead to superior revision in the future.

Students are increasingly using laptops for note-taking because of the speed and legibility they confer. But research into how note-taking affects students’ academic performance has found that laptop users are less able to remember and apply the concepts they have been taught, despite making more notes than students who write by hand.

The study was carried out by Daniel Oppenheimer, an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, and Pam Mueller, a psychology graduate student at Princeton University. They performed a series of experiments that aimed to find out whether using a laptop increased the tendency to make notes “mindlessly” by transcribing word for word.

In the first test, students were given either a laptop (disconnected from the Internet) or pen and paper. They all listened to the same lectures and were told to use their usual note-taking strategy. 30 minutes after the end of the talk, they were examined on their ability to recall facts and on how well they understood concepts.

The researchers found that laptop users took nearly twice as many notes as those who wrote by hand, which can be useful. However, the typists performed considerably worse at remembering and applying the concepts they had been taught. Both groups scored similarly when it came to memorizing facts.

The researchers’ report said: “While more notes are beneficial, at least to a point, if the notes are taken indiscriminately or by mindlessly transcribing content, as is more likely the case on a laptop, the benefit disappears.

“Verbatim note-taking, as opposed to more selective strategies, signals less encoding of content.”

In another experiment aimed at testing long-term recall, students took notes as before but were tested a week after the lecture, with a chance to revise beforehand. This time, the students who wrote notes by hand performed significantly better at both parts of the exam – even though some of the faster typists had managed to transcribe most of the lecture verbatim.

Taken together these two studies suggest that handwritten notes are not only better for immediate learning and understanding, but that they also help embed information for future reference.

In a final test, the researchers specifically told some of the laptop users not to take verbatim notes. The students were told that “people who take class notes on laptops when they expect to be tested on the material later tend to transcribe what they’re hearing without thinking about it much”.

But despite being explicitly aware of the potential pitfalls, members of this group still got lower scores in both parts of the exam, suggesting that taking notes by hand really is a superior technique.

The findings will be published in a paper called “The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note-Taking” in the Psychological Science journal.

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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf talks about school life in the USA (Video)

info-pictogram1 Race to Nowhere Screening by Kinza Academy with Hamza Yusuf by Nabila Hanson. A video from a screening of the film, Race to Nowhere hosted by Kinza Academy at UC Berkeley and featuring a discussion with Nabila Hanson and Hamza Yusuf.
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For centuries, Muslim students in West Africa have written their lessons on tablets like these. (IMAGE)

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For centuries, Muslim students in West Africa have written their lessons on tablets like these.