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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.

George Galloway attacked in the street as he poses for pictures – Controversial Respect MP hospitalised with a suspected broken jaw as he is punched in the street

By Press Association9:53PM BST 29 Aug 2014 Controversial Respect MP George Galloway has been taken to hospital for treatment to a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked in the…

Marriages don’t have to cost a fortune

Couples are being urged not to spend thousands on a wedding and advised to opt for cheaper weddings to escape from heavy debt. A forum highlighting how families can ease…

KSA ‘does not fund or support IS murderers’

JEDDAH: SIRAJ WAHAB Published — Saturday 30 August 2014 Saudi Arabia had not and would not support or fund criminals who have unleashed a reign of terror in many areas…

SWITZERLAND: BY THE NUMBERS: Young and jobless? The solution isn’t always university

By Duc-Quang Nguyen INFOSWISS.CH Over the last 20 years, the number of university graduates has been steadily rising all over the world. That’s true in Switzerland, too, although historically fewer…

A political coming of age in the Gulf

Summary by Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star, Lebanon The apparent airstrike against targets in Tripoli, Libya, last week by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, in conjunction…

Now is time to preach love for all -Khalifatul Masih

by SEKINAH LAWAL on Aug 30, 2014 A clarion call has gone to humanity to preach the message of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat – “Love for all, hatred for none”…

Qur’an lesson for today: 220. Let every soul look to what it sends forth for the morrow

220. Let every soul look to what it sends forth for the morrow [59:19] O ye who believe! fear Allah; and let every soul look to what it sends forth…

‘Stop faith-based killings’ say UN experts in report on Pakistan Muslim minority

BY PETER KENNY In Pakistan the plight of Christians and other religious groups such as Hindus has been recently documented. But in the Muslim-majority country a minority Islamic group is…

Fijian UN troops in Golan used as hostages

AGENCIES arabnews.com Published — Friday 29 August 2014 UNITED NATIONS: Negotiations are going on for the release of 43 United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers in the Golan Heights…

Allah and the limits of human imagination

DAUD MATTHEWS Published — Friday 29 August 2014 And they urge you to hasten the punishment. But Allah will never fail in His promise. And indeed, a day with your…

Pilgrims from India, Bangladesh begin arriving for Haj 2014

The first Haj flight from India arrived in Madinah on Wednesday. Air India flight AI 5001 transported 235 pilgrims from Kolkata to Prince Mohammed International Airport. More than 136,000 Indians…

‘We’re Like Animals To Them’: An American City’s Daily Racism By Markus Feldenkirchen

By Markus Feldenkirchen spiegel.de As they pull up to the place where Michael Brown was killed, shot six times by a policeman, they sink to the ground and stare at…

TAX EVASION: Expectations too high for Pakistan-Swiss talks

A delegation from Pakistan is currently in Switzerland to re-negotiate the double taxation agreement between the two countries. However, Pakistan is unlikely to gain access to information on its citizens’…

Qur’an lesson for today: Indeed, the most honorable among you, in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous among you

219. Imdeed, the most honorable among you, in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous among you [49:14] O mankind, We have created you from a…

UK : The five biggest myths surrounding overseas aid

BILLY HILL THE INDEPENDENT Wednesday 27 August 2014 Why does something that has saved millions of lives abroad remain so unpopular? It’s time to set the record straight Last year…

Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation – Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there

by Robert Fisk, The Independent ’Twas not a famous victory – but that’s what the Palestinians of Gaza are celebrating. There was much shaking of heads in the international media…

Palestinian joy as Israel agrees Gaza truce – Hamas and Israel agree long-term deal which will ease Israeli blockade of enclave after talks brokered by Egypt.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said on Tuesday from the occupied West Bank that a formula had been accepted by all parties and that a ceasefire had gone into effect…

The Unprotected: A Gaza Family Destroyed by Israeli Bombs

By Julia Amalia Heyer and Juliane von Mittelstaedt SPIEGEL.DE Zaki Wahdan is looking for a head. Or a body. The remains of eight people that have to be here. The…

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