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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.

Spring surge: Africans risk lives to reach Europe

Thursday, 24 April 2014, 09:15 , by Paul Schemm, Associated Press They perched atop a barbed-wire laced fence for more than seven hours, hands and feet bloodied, buffeted by chill…

UK police ask Muslim women to help stop youngsters going to Syria

Reuters | Apr 24, 2014 | JORDAN TIMES LONDON — British police are asking Muslim women to dissuade young people in their communities from going to fight in Syria, the…

Merits of the prescribed prayers at its appointed times

 ABU HAMID AL-GHAZALI Published — Friday 25 April 2014 “Prayers have been prescribed for the believers at set times.” (Qur’an, 4:103) INDEED, the five Prayers remove sins, just as…

Illnesses are the tests of this world

HARUN YAHYA Published — Friday 25 April 2014 Illnesses are means by which believers can show their passion for and devotion to our Lord. People who believe in God and…

Iran’s divorce rate rising

TEHRAN: More than one in five marriages in Iran ended in divorce last year — despite the government’s push for more couples to wed and have children to reverse slowing…

Preparations for Haj to begin early

JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR Published — Friday 25 April 2014 Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar announced Wednesday that his ministry would begin allocating spaces for pilgrims at the holy sites of…

Assad’s new exit strategy: to lose at the elections?

“Do you think Bashar al-Assad decided to hold presidential elections in Syria so he can exit from the crisis and cede power in a legitimate manner?” This is what an…

Book Review: The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami

About the Book The Moor’s Account is the story of the first black explorer of America—a Moroccan slave who was left out of the history books. In 1527, the conquistador…

Editorial: Minority Groups Need Protection

By Jakarta Globe on 12:11 am Apr 25, 2014 Indonesia’s Constitution, the country’s highest legal authority, has clearly guaranteed the right of any citizen or group of people to live…

Muslims and fashion – Hijab couture

Apr 26th 2014 | CAIRO, JEDDAH AND RIYADH FEW sartorial choices are scrutinised as closely as those of Muslim women. Their clothing is regulated both in countries where Islam is…

Qur’an lesson for today: Commandment for Ablution before Prayer

105. Commandment for Ablution before Prayer [5:7] O ye who believe! when you stand up for Prayer, wash your faces, and your hands up to the elbows, and pass your…

Envoy: Terrorism common enemy of India and Pakistan

NEW DELHI: Pakistan says it is “encouraged” by comments from India’s election frontrunner Narendra Modi who stressed cooperation with foreign governments if he was elected prime minister. Pakistan High Commissioner…

SWISS-IRANIAN RELATIONS : Politicians’ trip to Tehran raises eyebrows

April 23, 2014 – 19:31 Six Swiss People’s Party politicians are making headlines after their controversial visit to Iran over Easter. The group of rightwing politicians included two who helped…

Israel scraps Palestinian peace meet after unity deal — PM’s aide

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM/GAZA CITY — Israel cancelled a peace meeting with the Palestinians it said was scheduled for Wednesday after the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas pledged to form a…

Blair’s speech on Islamic extremism generates strong reactions International commentary focuses on former prime minister’s credibility on the subject as much as the subject itself

Julian Borger and Ian Black theguardian.com, Wednesday 23 April 2014 14.53 BST Tony Blair’s speech seeking to rally global support for a confrontation with Islamic extremism generated a storm of…

Robert Fisk: Another ‘sham’ election is over, so what now for Algeria?

The ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a fourth term in a ballot decried as fraudulent by his critics In Algeria, politics is theatre, blood is real. You may joke about…

INTERNATIONAL GENEVA: Immigration vote leaves foreigners mired in confusion

by Simon Bradley in Geneva, swissinfo.ch April 23, 2014 – 11:00 Will I be able to stay in Switzerland? Can my wife work? What will happen to my cross-border status?…

Planners seek to expand Baptism Site experience for tourists

DEAD SEA — Work is currently under way to turn the key Christian archaeological location, Bethany beyond the Jordan, into a full-fledged site of pilgrimage for Christians. This will be…

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