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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.

Jordan: Blankets for Syrian refugees from HUMANITY FIRST reach Mafraq, near the Syrian border.

By the grace of Allah HUMANITY FIRST’s consignment of blankets for Syrian refugees reached Jordan just in time for the coming cold season. Distribution will start in the next few…

Business schools: Swiss Executive MBA programmes rise in rankings

Four Swiss business schools have appeared in the Financial Times’ ranking of 100 executive MBA (EMBA) programmes, with IMD in Lausanne performing best, climbing four places since last year to…

Qur’an lesson for today: Commandment to shun all that which is vain

268. Commandment to shun all that which is vain [23:4] And who shun all that which is vain, [25:73] And those who bear not false witness, and when they pass…

Qur’an lesson for today: 269. Commandment to let not one people deride another people

269. Commandment to let not one people deride another people [49:12] O ye who believe! let not one people deride another people, who may be better than they, nor let…

Qur’an lesson for today: 270. Commandment not to be an arrogant as Allah loves not any arrogant boaster

270. Commandment not to be an arrogant as Allah loves not any arrogant boaster [46:21] And on the day when those who disbelieve will be brought before the Fire, it…

Cameron is warned ‘no possibility’ of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal

Andy McSmith Sunday 19 October 2014 David Cameron’s plan to restrict the amount of time that EU migrants can spend working in Britain will never be accepted by the other…

Ebola: There is nothing to fear but panic itself

Summary by David Ignatius, Daily Star, Lebanon You could feel a shiver of panic coursing through the American body politic this week as the country struggled with a metastatic set…

Pakistan Charity Boss Abdul Sattar Edhi ‘heartbroken’ after robbery

One of Pakistan’s top charity leaders has told the BBC he is heartbroken after being robbed at gunpoint. Abdul Sattar Edhi, 86, was asleep when a gang of armed men…

The Israeli citizens trying to win the Arab World’s answer to X Factor

When two young people returned home from a televised singing contest their passports were confiscated and they were at risk of up to four years in jail. Their apparent crime?…

With the US led strikes on Isis intensifying, it is a good time to be a shareholder in the merchants of death. Last month American warships fired $65.8m worth of Tomahawk missiles within just 24 hours of each other

by Robert Fisk, The Independent So who is winning the war? Isis? Us? The Kurds (remember them?) The Syrians? The Iraqis? Do we even remember the war? Not at all.…

Loan Sharks and Financial Terrorism: The Wonga Payday Lending Experiment

By Binoy Kampmark Global Research, October 19, 2014 This business has been too focused on growth and cared more about the loan outcome than the customer outcome. Andy Haste, Wonga…

Book review: The Politics of Empire. The US, Israel and the Middle East

By Dr. Ludwig Watzal Global Research, October 20, 2014 Review of James Petras’ Book published by Clarity Books The Israeli military went again on a rampage against the ghettoized people…

New hair-brained ideas in the Middle East

by Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star, Lebanon Summary Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine…

Black holes: A manifestation of Allah’s name of Al-Hafiz

Harun Yahya Published — Friday 17 October 2014 ARABNEWS SURAH At-Tariq refers to a ‘piercing star’: “(I swear) by Heaven and the Tariq! And what will convey to you what…

The Prophet’s inexhaustible patience

Shahul Hameed Published — Friday 17 October 2014 One of the marvelous qualities of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was his infinite patience. God was with Muhammad…

Children below 10 may face Haj ban

JEDDAH: SIRAJ WAHAB Published — Sunday 19 October 2014 Children below the age of 10 may be barred from performing Haj from next year. According to a report in a…

An Israeli in Berlin: The Chocolate Pudding Exodus

By Raniah Salloum Spiegel.de Five days ago, a young Israeli posted a grocery shopping receipt on Facebook: It included everyday items like orange juice, eggs, bread, pasta and three cups…

Uyghur photographer battles stereotypes with fascinating portraits

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Uyghur photographer wants to dispel stereotypes about Xinjiang. The Chinese province has become associated with Islamic terrorism. Kurbanjan Samat has taken more than 500 portraits. He hopes to…

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