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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.

How Saudi Arabia is distancing itself from the Islamic State

Thirteen years after US President George W. Bush declared war on terrorism, the Middle East is no closer to victory. Instead, terrorism appears to have morphed into an even more…

Say no to Haj selfie!

Say no to Haj selfie!  JEDDAH: AFIFA JABEEN QURAISHI ARAB NEWS Published — Tuesday 30 September 2014 They can be seen video recording themselves walking around the Kaaba, kissing…

IS insurgents hide behind civilian homes to avoid airstrikes

 • Locals say strikes have reduced checkpoints • Militants travel on two wheels instead of four • Hide in trenches in backyards of civilian houses RAHEEM SALMAN AND YARA…

KSA to host 1.4m Hajis from abroad

JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR ARABNEWS.COM Published — Tuesday 30 September 2014 More than 1.4 million foreign pilgrims are expected to perform Haj this year, said Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar. “About…

The myth of religious violence – by Karen Armstrong

The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history…

Pilgrims urged to pray for world peace

JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR       ARAB NEWS A prominent Indian Muslim leader has called upon pilgrims who have come for Haj this year to pray for global peace…

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives? – Nobody criticises the Israeli government when it swaps prisoners with Hezbollah

by Robert Fisk, The Independent   He’s offered to do a deal with Isis. No, not David Cameron. Not Obama, of course. I’m talking about Walid Jumblatt, the Lebanese Druze leader.…

KSA has allocated SR252bn in foreign aid since 1990 (67.2 billion US$)m but actually delivered so far only 10.9 billion US$

Saudi Arabia allocated SR252 billion ($67.2 billion) in aid to foreign countries between 1990 and 2014, according to a financial report.Saudis gave SR85 billion ($22.7 billion) in aid to nine…

Syrian refugees’ reactions mixed to airstrikes against ‘Islamic State’.

Syrian refugees’ reactions mixed to airstrikes against Islamic State [9/27/2014 3:17:19 PM] AMMONNEWS – Ask Syrian refugees sheltering in neighbouring Jordan about the advent of U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State…

Did 120 Muslim Scholars just re-confirm Ahmadis as Muslims?

Source: Rabwah Times Over 120 Islamic scholars from around the world, many of them leading Muslim voices in countries like Egypt & Saudia Arabia have issued an open letter denouncing…

David Sheen – Russell Tribunal 2014 – 24/09

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDNFdjwolaI&app=desktop A ‘must-view’ for any one trying to understand Israel. (after viewing this film you will understand the reason for Israeli Apartheid).…

Palestinian President Mahmood Abbas’s full speach at the United Nations General Assembly

Mr. President, At the outset, I wish to extend our sincere congratulations upon your election as President of the United Nations General Assembly this session and to express our gratitude…

Iraq’s Christians start taking security into own hands

AFP | Sep 27, 2014 | 23:18 Updated: Sep 27, 2014 | JORDAN TIMES AL QOSH, Iraq — When jihadists raided their ancient heartland last month, Iraq’s Christian Assyrians were…

Western Muslims, troubled, rally against extremism

AP | Sep 27, 2014 | 22:39 Muslims attend a gathering in front of the Paris Mosque after Friday prayers to pay tribute to Herve Gourdel, a French mountain guide…

As the UK prepares for another war in Iraq, is its strategy any more coherent than in 2003?

Patrick Cockburn, who led the world in warning of the rise of Isis, wonders if David Cameron has really thought through his plans Britain is set to join the air…

Spiritual, physical and financial preparations of a Haj pilgrim

Shawana A. Aziz ARABNEWS.COM In this life people are usually aware of two kinds of journeys; those made to earn a livelihood and those undertaken for pleasure and sightseeing. The…

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has advised pilgrims to avoid politicizing the Haj.

Grand Mufti: Avoid politics at Haj  . GETTING READY FOR HAJ: With five days to go for the trek to the nearby tent city of Mina at the start…

Abbas demands end to Israeli occupation ‘now’

Summary Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas demanded on Friday an end to Israeli occupation, telling the United Nations that “the hour of independence for Palestine has arrived”. Abbas, however, did not…

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