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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.

Minor issues remain on Iran bans in nuclear talks: Iran negotiator

Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:29PM Hamid Baeidinejad (L), an Iranian nuclear negotiator, speaks with press about negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program outside the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland,…

Arab parties may alter Israeli politics

Lihi Ben ShitritMahmoud Jaraba| The Daily Star A close look at the results of this Israeli parliamentary election in comparison to the 2013 election reveals no significant movement on the…

421. Commandment – O Joseph, turn away from this

421. Commandment – O Joseph, turn away from this [12:30] ‘O Joseph, turn away from this and thou, O woman, ask forgiveness for thy sin. Certainly, thou art of the guilty.’…

422. Commandment – O woman, ask forgiveness for thy sin

422. Commandment – O woman, ask forgiveness for thy sin [12:30] ‘O Joseph, turn away from this and thou, O woman, ask forgiveness for thy sin. Certainly, thou art of the guilty.’…

INTERACTIVE MAP Switzerland’s Bollywood hotspots

By Duc-Quang Nguyen and Anand Chandrasekhar MAR 23, 2015 – 10:59 The courtship scenes in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) put Switzerland firmly on the tourist map for many Indians…

Arab leaders back Yemen operation, agree to set up joint force

by Mohammad Ghazal | Mar 28, 2015 | SHARM EL SHEIKH — The Saudi Arabia-led operation against the Houthi rebels in Yemen is crucial to protect the region’s stability, Arab…

Jordan urges comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism, address Islamophobia

Following is the official translation of His Majesty King Abdullah’s address delivered by Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour at the 26th Arab Summit at Sharm El Sheikh on Saturday: In the…

The reasons for our Arab wars lie deep

Rami G. Khouri| The Daily Star The latest war in the Middle East, the Saudi Arabian-led assault onYemen to prevent the Houthi movement from taking full control of the country,…

UN chief: Negotiations way to prevent long Yemen conflict

HAMZA HENDAWI AND AHMED AL-HAJ | AP Published — Saturday 28 March 2015   SHARM EL-SHEIKH: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said negotiations are the only way to prevent a…

ISLAMIC STATE : Swiss want International Criminal Court intervention

MAR 28, 2015 – 14:10 Iraqi security forces prepare to confront Islamic State in Tikrit (Keystone) Switzerland has appealed to the UN Security Council on Friday to prosecute war crimes…

Moroccan ‘FBI’ and imam training keep jihadists at bay

AFP | Mar 26, 2015 | 22:43 A member of the Moroccan special forces guard stands outside of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) building on Monday during a…

UN envoy calls on Security Council for Israel action

AP | Jordan Times – Mar 26, 2015 | 22:33 UNITED NATIONS — The UN’s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to step up and lead the…

The battle for the Middle East’s future begins in Yemen as Saudi Arabia jumps into the abyss

As a Saudi-led coalition wades into the fight for Yemen – currently under siege from Houthi rebels who are backed by Iran – Robert Fisk examines the much wider-reaching repercussions…

419. Commandment – If a son is not believer then he is not part of the family

  Commandment – If a son is not believer then he is not part of the family [11:42] And he said, ‘Embark therein. In the name of Allah be its course…

Dr. Juergen Todenhoefer’s 7 points plan for the Middle East

The German retired politician and peace activist Dr. Juergen Todenhoefer has launched the following 7 points plan for the Middle East (as per his facebook page): 1.  Long term Peace…

SAUDI-LED STRIKES KILL 25 CIVILIANS IN SANA’A

Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki (author)    YEMEN TIMES SANA’A, March 26—Twenty-five citizens were reported killed and another 40 injured in the capital Sana’a on Thursday following Saudi-led airstrikes early that morning.…

OIC supports military action in Yemen

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has backed the military action in Yemen and slammed the Houthis for undermining the country’s legitimate government. Iyad Ameen Madani, secretary general of the…

Allah is the sole Creator

God never had a child, nor have there been any gods beside him. [Had there been any], each of them would have appropriated to himself what he created, and some…

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