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Haji Mohammad Rafiq Ahmad TSCHANNEN, a Swiss national, converted to Islam at the age of 15 after reading Sura Fateha and the last ten Suras of the Holy Quran. By profession Rafiq first had a long international career as Director of Finance & Administrator in private industry and later as Chief Executive for an International Governmental Organization.

In Central African Republic, Catholics reach out to Muslim ex-rebels

By Oliver Maksan    Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the president of the bishops’ conference and archbishop of the capital city of Bangui, recently visited a camp where former members of the…

Qur’an lesson for today: 325. Commandment – Wine and the game of hazard and idols and divining arrows are forbidden and unlawful

325. Commandment – Wine and the game of hazard and idols and divining arrows are forbidden and unlawful   [5:91] O ye who believe! wine and the game of hazard and…

Non-EU family members do not need visa to enter UK, says European court Judges’ decision in McCarthy case is another setback in campaign by British government to control immigration from EU

Non-EU family members do not need visa to enter UK, says European court Judges’ decision in McCarthy case is another setback in campaign by British government to control immigration from…

PILOT PROJECT : Pioneering course helps refugees integrate

In canton Lucerne a pilot project is building new opportunities for refugees who have been granted asylum in Switzerland. (SRG Schweiz Aktuell,  swissinfo.ch) Sursee in canton Lucerne is breaking new…

Jordan’s Palestinian draft calls for peace with Israel in a year

UNITED NATIONS: Jordan formally submitted to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday a draft resolution calling for peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year that “fulfills the…

Islam condemns the killing of children — Queen Rania

AMMAN — “When did children become legitimate targets for radicals? When did global human rights treaties designed to protect children cease to matter?” Her Majesty Queen Rania asked in an opinion…

Qur’an lesson for today: 324. Commandment – what is forbidden and unlawful for you

324. Commandment – what is forbidden and unlawful for you   [5:4] Forbidden to you is the flesh of an animal which dies of itself, and blood and the flesh of swine; and…

MIDDLE EAST PEACE : Israel criticised at Geneva meeting

DEC 17, 2014 – 15:56 Construction materials being unloaded at a new housing unit in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Har Homa (Keystone) A total of 126 of 196 parties…

Learn how to live for free on your next holiday

  Want to make your next holiday unique and save money at the same time? Join Home Exchange, a fast-growing social network that helps you stay for free. Read on…

‘Palestinians to press’ UN vote despite US veto warning

AFP | Dec 16, 2014 | JORDAN TIMES RAMALLAH — The Palestinians are to submit a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on Wednesday as planned although US Secretary…

Jordan: House speaker urges restraint as MPs reject projected gas deal with Israel

by Raed Omari | Dec 16, 2014 | 23:49 MP Mahmoud Kharabsheh (second left) is among signatories to a memo calling for a no-confidence motion in the government (Photo by…

Robert Fisk: Peshawar school attack: Massacre of the innocents in Pakistan born of ambivalence towards Taliban. Army and security police have wavered between backing and attacking the group

It was a massacre of the innocents. Every report must admit this – because it’s true. But it is not the whole truth. The historical and all-too-real connections between the…

Qur’an lesson for today: 323. Commandment – Save some food for famine and difficult time

323. Commandment – Save some food for famine and difficult time   [12:48] He replied, ‘You shall sow for seven years, working hard and continuously, and leave what you reap in its…

ACCIDENTAL TOURISTS: Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees

12.14.14 On scene at what’s becoming Italy’s makeshift Ellis Island. Will Europe learn to accept Syria’s huddled masses yearning to breathe free? AUGUSTA, Sicily—“There is a little office near the…

Prophet’s Mosque expansion work goes apace

Source: Arab news In a race against time, over 6,000 individuals, from engineers to construction workers, are pooling their efforts to complete the expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque. That huge…

Spain slams move to erase Islamic past of Cordoba cathedral

MADRID: The regional government of southern Andalusia is protesting what it says are moves by the Catholic Church to downplay or eliminate references to the Islamic past of Cordoba’s ancient…

Stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism. It’s bigoted and Islamophobic.

There’s a certain ritual that each and every one of the world’s billion-plus Muslims, especially those living in Western countries, is expected to go through immediately following any incident of…

#illridewithyou: Australians support Muslim neighbors during Sydney hostage crisis

As the Sydney hostage crisis continues to unfold, thousands of Australians have joined a spontaneous movement of solidarity with the country’s Muslims. Using the hashtag #illridewithyou, people from around the…

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