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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.

Food bank users in Britain triple to 900,000

London (AFP) – The number of people in Britain using food banks has nearly tripled to more than 900,000 over the past 12 months, according to a shock report on…

Suffer the children

by SYED FAKHAR KAKAKHEL DAWN “Amrikay jasees day,” (It’s an American spy) they shouted in the typical Waziri dialect as they gathered to witness the execution of a US spy…

How the West Gassed Thousands to Death in Damascus

By Tony Cartalucci Global Research, April 19, 2014 New Eastern Outlook The bombshell report by Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran journalist Seymour Hersh titled, “The Red Line and the Rat Line,” contains…

Prayer is better than sleep

IDRIS TAWFIQ Published — Friday 18 April 2014 When young Muslims meet others for the first time and find out that they are Muslim, often one of the very first…

Nobody is winning in Syria

 RASHEED ABOU-ALSAMH Published — Sunday 20 April 2014 A series of recent interviews given by Syrian authorities to foreign journalists visiting Damascus at the invitation of the government, have…

Religion helps heal Cyprus’ ethnic division as Muslim, Christian leaders wage quiet diplomacy

FAMAGUSTA, Cyprus – An unexpected moment during the Good Friday service in a long-abandoned church in Cyprus’ breakaway north illustrated how religion is helping to bring together Christian Greek Cypriots…

Saudi Arabia to build world’s tallest tower, reaching 1 kilometer into the sky

  By Daisy Carrington, for CNN (CNN) — Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive, will soon have some competition from neighboring Saudi Arabia. Dubai’s iconic…

Refugee facing deportation from Sweden saved by fellow passengers refusing to let plane leave

A man facing deportation from Sweden has been granted a temporary reprieve after fellow passengers aboard his flight to Iran prevented it from taking off by refusing to fasten their…

10 Muslim- Friendly “Halal” Makeup products to Try

By: May Rostom “Halal” or “Muslim- friendly” makeup products are known to be free of alcohol and are popular amongst Muslim women living in strict countries like KSA and Indonesia.…

Europe’s African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?

Since Italy began rescuing Africans from the Mediterranean after the last major tragedy in October, the number of refugees coming to Europe has risen dramatically. Fears of economic immigrants could…

Why the Israeli-Palestinian talks fail

BY RAMI G. KHOURI Patient, serious diplomacy appears to be bearing fruit in many places simultaneously this week, except in the Israel-Palestine talks that have gone on for two decades since…

US calls on Myanmar to stop Rakhine violence

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador Samantha Power to UN called on Myanmar’s government Thursday to take urgent steps to stop the violence in the western region where thousands of Rohingya Muslims…

Repentance provides relief to the heart

One of the primary distinguishing features between unbelievers and believers is that believers frequently perform the religious obligation of repentance; since unbelievers try to regard themselves as free of sin,…

Makkah authorities brace for increased number of pilgrims

Makkah is bracing for the increased number of visitors and pilgrims in the holy month of Ramadan. Authorities including the Presidency of the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque, the Civil…

The Daily Quranic Lesson: And fix your attention aright at every time and place of worship

99. And fix your attention aright at every time and place of worship  [7:30] Say, ‘My Lord has enjoined justice. And fix your attention aright at every time and place of worship, and call upon Him,…

Good Friday 2014 marked in Jerusalem, around world

April 18, 2014 (JERUSALEM) – Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem’s Old City. Good Friday 2014 in…

Saudi spy chief ousted under U.S. pressure: experts

The exit of Saudi’s spy chief was the result of US pressure over his stance on Syria but does not signal a shift in Riyadh’s goal of toppling the Damascus…

US to seize Iran-owned skyscraper in New York

STORY SUMMARY US prosecutors unveiled plans Thursday to sell an Iran-owned Manhattan skyscraper in the largest terror-related seizure ever, and distribute proceeds to families affected by attacks linked to Tehran.…

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