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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.

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

by Andrew Johnson, The Independent   One of Islam’s most revered holy sites – the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed – could be destroyed and his body removed to an…

Israel’s ‘land for lives’ is theft. Pure and simple World View: Israel takes land, Palestine loses land; that’s the way it works

by Robert Fisk, The Independent So a bit more of Palestine has slidden down the plughole. A thousand more acres of Palestinian land stolen by the Israeli government – for…

The Saudis will be vital in helping to fight ISIS

Summary by David Ignatius, The Daily Star, Lebanon Riyadh will be a crucial, if quixotic, ally as the United States seeks to mobilize Sunni Muslims against the terrorist ISIS. For…

Isis isn’t the first group to use the butcher’s knife as an instrument of policy. Nor will it be the last – Not since the Nazis have we had culprits documenting their war crimes on such a scale

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT Chopping off someone’s head or sawing it off or slicing it off is about gore. Blood. Pain. Grotesquerie. Death by the blade is about shame,…

Ahmadiyya Muslims: British convention of a religious minority persecuted abroad spreads a message of love and peace

by Emily Dugan, The Independent The rise of Isis has raised the threat of terror in the UK and led to a summer of negative headlines about Islam – even…

Migrant boat carrying 100 capsizes off Libya

Associated Press The Daily Star, Lebanon TRIPOLI, Libya: A Libyan coast guard official says a boat carrying more than 100 migrants has capsized off the coast near the capital. Abdel-Latif…

Qur’an lesson for today: The raiment of righteousness – that is the best

222. The raiment of righteousness — that is the best [7:27] O children of Adam! We have indeed sent down to you raiment to cover your shame, and to be…

George Galloway attacked in the street as he poses for pictures – Controversial Respect MP hospitalised with a suspected broken jaw as he is punched in the street

By Press Association9:53PM BST 29 Aug 2014 Controversial Respect MP George Galloway has been taken to hospital for treatment to a suspected broken jaw after he was attacked in the…

Marriages don’t have to cost a fortune

Couples are being urged not to spend thousands on a wedding and advised to opt for cheaper weddings to escape from heavy debt. A forum highlighting how families can ease…

KSA ‘does not fund or support IS murderers’

JEDDAH: SIRAJ WAHAB Published — Saturday 30 August 2014 Saudi Arabia had not and would not support or fund criminals who have unleashed a reign of terror in many areas…

SWITZERLAND: BY THE NUMBERS: Young and jobless? The solution isn’t always university

By Duc-Quang Nguyen INFOSWISS.CH Over the last 20 years, the number of university graduates has been steadily rising all over the world. That’s true in Switzerland, too, although historically fewer…

A political coming of age in the Gulf

Summary by Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star, Lebanon The apparent airstrike against targets in Tripoli, Libya, last week by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, in conjunction…

The Worldwide Leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: “Now is the Time to Preach Love for All!”

Source: National Mirror By SEKINAH LAWAL on Aug 30, 2014 A passionate call has gone to humanity to preach the message of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – “Love for all,…

Qur’an lesson for today: 220. Let every soul look to what it sends forth for the morrow

220. Let every soul look to what it sends forth for the morrow [59:19] O ye who believe! fear Allah; and let every soul look to what it sends forth…

‘Stop faith-based killings’ say UN experts in report on Pakistan Muslim minority

BY PETER KENNY In Pakistan the plight of Christians and other religious groups such as Hindus has been recently documented. But in the Muslim-majority country a minority Islamic group is…

Fijian UN troops in Golan used as hostages

AGENCIES arabnews.com Published — Friday 29 August 2014 UNITED NATIONS: Negotiations are going on for the release of 43 United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) peacekeepers in the Golan Heights…

Allah and the limits of human imagination

DAUD MATTHEWS Published — Friday 29 August 2014 And they urge you to hasten the punishment. But Allah will never fail in His promise. And indeed, a day with your…

Pilgrims from India, Bangladesh begin arriving for Haj 2014

The first Haj flight from India arrived in Madinah on Wednesday. Air India flight AI 5001 transported 235 pilgrims from Kolkata to Prince Mohammed International Airport. More than 136,000 Indians…

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