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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.

PDF English translation of complete books of Barahine-e-Ahmadiyya now on Alislam.org

Jonathan M.A.Ghaffar has kindly forwarded us the following links: AA. Here are the links to download / read the English translation of Barahine-e-Ahmadiyya (the Arguments of Ahmad) — see below.…

Qur’an lesson for today: 237. Commandment to forgive the People of the Book

237. Commandment to forgive the People of the Book [2:110] Many of the People of the Book wish out of sheer envy from their own selves that, after you have…

Swiss universities top in mainland Europe

Switzerland’s federal technology institutes ETH Zurich and EPFL rank in the top 20 universities worldwide with the ETHZ coming in top in mainland Europe, according to the latest edition of…

ISIS Draws a Steady Stream of Recruits From Turkey

By CEYLAN YEGINSU SEPT. 15, 2014 THE NEW YORK TIMES ANKARA, Turkey — Having spent most of his youth as a drug addict in one of the poorest neighborhoods of…

Another war to rearrange the ME

RAMZY BAROUD ARABNEWS.COM Published — Tuesday 16 September 2014 A few months ago, not many Americans, in fact Europeans as well, knew that a Yezidi community in fact existed in…

The Invention of the Land of Israel by Shlomo Sand – review In this second volume of his trilogy of Jewish studies, Sand explores how the ‘Land of Israel’ was invented, and debunks popular nationalist mythology

In 2009, Shlomo Sand published The Invention of the Jewish People, in which he claimed that Jews have little in common with each other. They had no common “ethnic” lineage…

How historian Shlomo Sand “stopped being a Jew”

Rod Such – The Electronic Intifada 15 September 2014 “Is not the very fact of defining oneself as a Jew within the State of Israel an act of affiliation to…

The U.S. plan leaves lingering doubts

Summary by Rami G. Khouri I dearly wish that ISIS will be contained and then defeated by the many countries and armed groups who say they are committed to achieving…

Netanyahu faces new Gaza reality

Israel’s failed war on Gaza has shifted the political ground on both sides of the conflict, bolstering Hamas, which Israel set out to destroy, and discrediting Israeli propaganda, which no…

Impressed by Saudi students’ friendship bond, Briton embraces Islam

JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR Published — Friday 12 September 2014 A simple act of kindness can do wonders. A Briton embraced Islam after he witnessed a fellow Saudi patient being…

George Galloway on Scottish independence: The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain

If No triumphs it will be despite the mainstream parties rather than because of them by George Galloway, The Independent David Cameron may lose his premiership over this and Ed…

Qur’an lesson for today: – 234. Commandment to be a beneficial to mankind

234. Commandment to be a beneficial to mankind [13:18] He sends down water from the sky, so that valleys flow according to their measure, and the flood bears on its…

Qur’an lesson for today: 233. Verily, the righteous will be placed amid gardens and fountains. ‘Enter therein with peace, in safety.’

233. Verily, the righteous will be placed amid gardens and fountains. ‘Enter therein with peace, in safety.’ [15:46] Verily, the righteous will be placed amid gardens and fountains. [15:47] ‘Enter…

Qur’an lesson for today: 235. Let not your works go vain

235. Let not your works go vain [47:34] O ye who believe! obey Allah and obey the Messenger and let not your works go vain.…

Practicing patience while facing problems

ABU AMEENAH BILAL PHILIPS Published — Friday 12 September 2014 If we look at the obstacles in life we can put them under a variety of headings: Personal problems, family…

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Israel of committing war crimes by attacking three UN-run schools in the Gaza Strip in fighting in July and August, killing Palestinian…

5,000 hired to clean holy sites 

JEDDAH: NADIM AL-HAMID Published — Saturday 13 September 2014 The city of Makkah has hired 5,000 workers to clean the holy sites during this year’s Haj, an official told Arab…

Grand mufti: Drugs more dangerous than A-bombs

The Kingdom’s grand mufti and president of the Council of Senior Scholars, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, has called for tough action against those who smuggle, promote and sell drugs. “Drugs…

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