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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.

Mullah Nasruddin said:

Deductive reasoning – “How old are you, Mullah?”, a boy asked. – Mullah Nasruddin responded, “3 years older than my brother”. – “How do you know that?” the boy asked.…

Laughter is the best medicine: Radio Yerevan jokes (during the Socialist times):

Radio Yerevan Jokes By Allan Stevo January 14, 2011, Bratislava, (BratislavaGuide.com) – If you grew up west of the Iron Curtain, you might not have known that Yerevan was the…

A British Convert to Islam: ‘I found Qur’an mother of all philosophies’

Source: Arab News By Myriam Francois-Cerrah, who became popular when she was a child for acting in the 90s hit film ‘Sense and Sensibility.’ Now she is gaining more popularity…

In Libya’s anarchy, migrant smuggling a booming trade

AP | Apr 23, 2015 | JORDAN TIMES Migrants crowd an inflatable dinghy as rescue vassel ‘ Denaro ‘ (not in picture) of the Italian coast guard approaches them, off…

Terrorism is the greatest challenge to world peace — Crown Prince of Jordan

 by Jordan Times, April 23, 2015 HRH Prince Hussein chairs a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Thursday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court ) AMMAN — HRH Crown…

Water Apartheid in Palestine: A Crime Against Humanity — CounterPunch

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Thom Prentice [Apartheid Israel using its Private Water Company to Parch the Palestinians. Real Auschwitz of the Iraelis, I would say…] by AYMAN RABI…

Counting on the Kurds: The Peshmerga’s Prospects Against ISIS

By Denise Natali APRIL 22, 2015 Kurdish Peshmerga forces celebrate on the eve of Newroz Day, a festival marking their spring and the Persian New Year, in Kirkuk on March…

Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group

BY MICHAEL LIPKA AND CONRAD HACKETT  The expected growth of Islam around the world is perhaps the most striking finding in the recent Pew Research Center report projecting the future…

Jewish Settlers Break into Al-Aqsa Mosque

  JERUSALEM, April 22, 2015 (WAFA) – Jewish settlers Wednesday broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound through Bab El-Magharbeh (Dung Gate) bridge, and toured its yard under the heavy protection of…

446. Commandment – O ye who believe! be not forward in the presence of Allah and His Messenger, but fear Allah

  Commandment – O ye who believe! be not forward in the presence of Allah and His Messenger, but fear Allah [49:2] O ye who believe! be not forward in the…

445, Commandment – Love the Prophet of Allah as you love your own near and dear relatives

  Commandment – Love the Prophet of Allah as you love your own near and dear relatives [42:24] This it is whereof Allah gives the glad tidings to His servants who…

Top Egypt businessman Sawiris testifies at Al-Jazeera retrial

Naguib Sawiris, one of Egypt’s wealthiest businessmen, testifies during the retrial of Al-Jazeera television journalists at a court in Cairo, on Wednesday. (Reuters) REUTERS Published — Thursday 23 April 2015…

The American shift to making peace in Afghanistan will fail

Summary Brahma Chellaney| The Daily Star Since toppling the Taliban regime in Afghanistan 14 years ago, the United States has been waging a nonstop battle against its foot soldiers. Months…

The European dilemma

ABDULATEEF AL-MULHIM Published — Thursday 23 April 2015 Last update 22 April 2015 11:42 pm Ask any African why is he in Europe. His reply would be: The Africans are…

‘Faced with boat disasters, Europe must act’

Source: SWI ‘Faced with boat disasters, Europe must act’ By Thomas Stephens APR 20, 2015 – 08:57 The weekend’s refugee disaster off the coast of Libya has prompted indignation in…

Russia says ISIL emergence outcome of US ‘activities’ in Mideast

Russia says ISIL emergence outcome of US ‘activities’ in Mideast Wed Apr 22, 2015 1:30PM Source: Press TV Russia’s foreign minister says the emergence of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists stems…

The ‘normal guys’ from the UK and US who have given up their day jobs to fight Isis in Syria

Rare photos shows Western fighters working alongside Kurdish forces HEATHER SAUL Wednesday 22 April 2015 A team of foreign fighters hailing from Europe, Canada and the US who made the…

The perils of our hopeless Arab youth

Summary BY RAMI G. KHOURI Millions of primary and secondary school-age youth have never entered a school, and millions more are in danger of dropping out. It shows that more…

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