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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.

EUROPE – As Islamists Seek to Fill Ranks, More Western Women Answer Their Call

By STEVEN ERLANGEROCT. 23, 2014 LONDON — The young Western Muslims trying to join radical Islamist groups in Syria and Iraq now include increasing numbers of young women who are…

It’s Been 20 Years Since One Of The Middle East Peace Process’s Biggest Success Stories

The Washington Institute For Near East Policy DAVID SCHENKER, THE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE FOR NEAR EAST POLICY October 26 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty. Prior to the…

Qur’an lesson for today: 273. Commandment to walk thou at a moderate pace and dignified manner

273. Commandment to walk thou at a moderate pace and dignified manner [31:20] ‘And walk thou at a moderate pace, and lower thy voice; verily, the most disagreeable of voices…

Jordan: Four imams banned for pro-Islamic State Friday sermons

by Taylor Luck, The Jordan Times AMMAN — The Awqaf Ministry has banned four clerics for encouraging citizens to support the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group during Friday sermons earlier…

Jordan world’s second water-poorest country

by Hana Namrouqa | Oct 22, 2014 | JORDAN TIMES AMMAN — Jordan now ranks as the world’s second water-poorest country, where water per capita is 88 per cent below…

Returning Haj pilgrims wish they stayed longer 

JEDDAH: FOUZIA KHAN Published — Thursday 23 October 2014 Several Haj pilgrims who have just concluded their lifetime spiritual experience appeared sad while leaving the holy land and many of…

Belated death of a British illusion – recognition of a Palestinian state

NEIL BERRY ARABNEWS.COM Published — Thursday 23 October 2014 The “recognition” of a Palestinian state by the UK Parliament on Oct .13 has been scorned as gesture politics. The criticism…

Qur’an lesson for today: 271. Commandment to turn not thy cheek away from men in pride nor walk in the earth haughtily.

271. Commandment to turn not thy cheek away from men in pride nor walk in the earth haughtily [31:19] ‘And turn not thy cheek away from men in pride nor…

Qur’an lesson for today: 272. Commandment to be moderate in laugh and weep

272. Commandment to be moderate in laugh and weep [9:82] They must laugh little and weep much as a reward for that which they used to earn.…

Jordan: Blankets for Syrian refugees from HUMANITY FIRST reach Mafraq, near the Syrian border.

By the grace of Allah HUMANITY FIRST’s consignment of blankets for Syrian refugees reached Jordan just in time for the coming cold season. Distribution will start in the next few…

Business schools: Swiss Executive MBA programmes rise in rankings

Four Swiss business schools have appeared in the Financial Times’ ranking of 100 executive MBA (EMBA) programmes, with IMD in Lausanne performing best, climbing four places since last year to…

Qur’an lesson for today: Commandment to shun all that which is vain

268. Commandment to shun all that which is vain [23:4] And who shun all that which is vain, [25:73] And those who bear not false witness, and when they pass…

Qur’an lesson for today: 269. Commandment to let not one people deride another people

269. Commandment to let not one people deride another people [49:12] O ye who believe! let not one people deride another people, who may be better than they, nor let…

Qur’an lesson for today: 270. Commandment not to be an arrogant as Allah loves not any arrogant boaster

270. Commandment not to be an arrogant as Allah loves not any arrogant boaster [46:21] And on the day when those who disbelieve will be brought before the Fire, it…

Cameron is warned ‘no possibility’ of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal

Andy McSmith Sunday 19 October 2014 David Cameron’s plan to restrict the amount of time that EU migrants can spend working in Britain will never be accepted by the other…

Ebola: There is nothing to fear but panic itself

Summary by David Ignatius, Daily Star, Lebanon You could feel a shiver of panic coursing through the American body politic this week as the country struggled with a metastatic set…

Pakistan Charity Boss Abdul Sattar Edhi ‘heartbroken’ after robbery

One of Pakistan’s top charity leaders has told the BBC he is heartbroken after being robbed at gunpoint. Abdul Sattar Edhi, 86, was asleep when a gang of armed men…

The Israeli citizens trying to win the Arab World’s answer to X Factor

When two young people returned home from a televised singing contest their passports were confiscated and they were at risk of up to four years in jail. Their apparent crime?…

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