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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.

One of the oldest Christian communities has been destroyed as the Sunni Caliphate spreads It’s easy to see where the Christians have made political mistakes in the Middle East

by Robert Fisk, The Independent For three years, the Arab revolutions cast “Palestine” and Palestinians to the fringe of memory in the Middle East. And now the new bloodbath in…

It’s not just radicalised Islamists – what about foreign fighters who flock to the IDF? Is the Government interested in UK citizens who have been fighting in Israeli uniform in Gaza in the past couple of weeks?

by Robert Fisk, The Independent Now I think it’s a good idea that the lads in blue are keeping their eyes open at Heathrow for British citizens who’ve been fighting…

‘Reject extremism, defeat terrorism’ – Eid message of H.M. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of Ramadan on Sunday. On the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, the king said: “Eid brings joy…

JORDAN: THE GEOPOLITICAL SERVICE PROVIDER by Emmanuel Comolet

An interesting study on Jordan, by the Brookings Institute: (February 2014) http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2014/02/jordan%20geopoltical%20service%20provider%20comolet/arab%20econpaper4comolet%20v2.pdf Editor’s note: What the researchers did not realize: Why is Jordan ‘a island of peace’ among ‘troubled nations’?…

Makkah hotel room rates break records 

. RIYADH: ARAB NEWS Published — Monday 28 July 2014 Several tourism and commercial firms are taking advantage of high demand by leasing hotel rooms with views overlooking the Grand…

Documenting death: The man who counts the bodies in Gaza

AFP | Jul 27, 2014 | JORDAN TIMES GAZA CITY — Inside Ashraf Al Qudra’s cramped office in Shifa Hospital, the phone never stops ringing, with news flooding in of…

Robert Fisk: What if it had been 35 Palestinian dead, and 800 Israeli?

Many hundreds of thousands of people – I wish I could say millions – around the world want an end to this impunity Impunity is the word that comes to…

‘Only stones remain’: Gaza lies in ruins

Palestinians in Gaza have been shocked by the scale of Israeli destruction, as long-term truce efforts continue July 27, 2014 by Mohammed Omer @Mogaza BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip — Umm…

On Eid-ul-Fitr Muslim world is rudderless ship: Rehmani

Islamabad, July 27 (KMS): The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has on the eve of Eid ul Fitr—the day of congratulations and festivities stressed…

Iraq mayor axes Eid celebrations in Muslim-Christian solidarity bid

Staff writer, Al Arabiya News Sunday, 27 July 2014 The mayor of the southern Iraqi province of Thi Qar has cancelled celebrations for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr…

Qur’an lesson for today: And if thou art in doubt concerning that which We have sent down to thee, ask those who have been reading the Book before thee

188. And if thou art in doubt concerning that which We have sent down to thee, ask those who have been reading the Book before thee [10:95] And if thou…

Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies: Social media campaign goes viral (PHOTOS)

As the Israeli operation Protective Edge has so far claimed over 1,000 dead, users have been flooding the web with dozens of photos of Jews and Arabs together showcasing peace…

Go to the roots when addressing Gaza

Rami G. Khouri| The Daily Star Those watching the terrible situation in Gaza today are focusing on whether or not the parties can agree to a humanitarian cease-fire that would…

Why are so many people obsessed with Muslim women’s wardrobes? It’s dangerous to target a minority of women for the way they dress, argues Shaista Aziz

If someone asked you to list the most sinister developments of our time, I guess a few of us would say the atom bomb, warfare, the HIV virus, global hunger…

Iraq crisis: End ‘very near’ for Christianity after Isis takeover, says Bishop of Baghdad

The vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq has warned the end for Christians in the country appears “very near” as he appealed for help after a deadline set…

Widodo will bear great responsibility for Asean unity

WATARU YOSHIDA, Nikkei staff writer SINGAPORE — At the Asean summit held in Brunei last fall, the relaxed chatter of delegates in the lobby was interrupted by the arrival of…

Japanese employers learn to practice what Islam preaches

ATSUSHI TOMIYAMA, Nikkei staff writer A little past 3 p.m., the sparks stop flying at Sasakura Engineering’s factory outside of central Jakarta. Workers shuffle off the shop floor into an…

LIVE UPDATES: Summit over Gaza cease-fire begins in Paris

Palestinian death toll in Israeli operation in Gaza passes 1,000; humanitarian cease-fire takes effect; two IDF soldiers killed in Gaza, dozens injured. READ MORE HERE: http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.607272…

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