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The new Madinah railway station situated close to the Prince Muhammad Airport would serve Haj and Umrah pilgrims more efficiently. It is the first high-speed passenger railway line between Makkah and Madinah. The construction is expected to be complete by January 2014. Al-Seraisry, Chairman, Saudi Railway  Organisation said that the work on the Haramain High […]

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Gaza will no longer be “liveable” by 2020 unless urgent action is taken to improve water supply, power, health, and schooling, the United Nations’ most comprehensive report on the Palestinian enclave stated recently. “Action needs to be taken now if Gaza is to be a liveable place in 2020 and it is already difficult now,” […]

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While there is broad agreement on the core tenets of Islam, Muslims across the 39 countries and territories surveyed, differ significantly in their openness to multiple interpretations of their faith and acceptance of various sects. The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are united in their belief in God and Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) and are bound together by such religious practices […]

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Rabia Khedr and her younger sister Uzma Khan were awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals for their efforts in advocating for disabled people. The blind Muslim sisters were among more than 600 Canadian receiving the medals at Toronto’s Roy Thomson in third week of June. Khedr is a well-known Canadian Muslim who has worked tirelessly to raise awareness around disability issues. At university, she became actively involved with the […]

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The Dutch Muslim Party (NMP) has dissolved, following the resignation of leaders Henny Kreeft and Jacques Visser. The two men, converts to Islam, started the party in 2007 with the purpose of decreasing the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims. The party had little electoral success, winning no seats in the 2010 federal elections, with 0.5% of the vote. The party dissolved because “the time is not […]

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A special village for orphans, abandoned children and those of unknown parentage is being built in Umm Al Qaiwain in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the lines of the world famous SOS Children’s Villages. The ministry of social affairs said the village, officially named “The Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Social Care Village”, is being constructed and funded by the Khalifa bin Zayed Humanitarian Foundation. The […]

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Dubai plans to build the first eco-friendly mosque near the Clock tower Roundabout in Deira. Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) said, the 45,000 square feet mosque would take shape over an area of 105,000 square feet. As the largest mosque in Dubai, the facility will accommodate 3,500 worshippers. Using green building techniques, the mosque is likely to be completed in 2013. The mosque will feature green spaces, […]

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Human Development Report 2011 By S. Tahsin Ahmed The India Human Development Report (HDR) 2011 brought out by the Institute of Applied Manpower Research, a research body  under the Planning Commission, did not create a storm as could be expected – given the nature of its disclosures. The Report examines  whether certain sections of the Indian society suffer from multiple deprivations by investigating how different castes and […]

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Jeddah: On June 20, many countries mark U.N. World Refugee Day with events to raise awareness about the situation of refugees. In  recent years, Muslim countries have seen a huge growth in refugees. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),  António Guterres, recently stated that “in 2011, the 57 Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states, hosted 50 per cent of the  people who are of concern […]

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Swat: The UAE Project to Assist Pakistan has completed 40 world-class schools and institutes and handed them over to the local  authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. This was in line with the directives of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed  Al Nahyan. Nearly 21,000 boys and girls have already started classes. A grand opening ceremony was held at one of the boys’ schools  in the presence of […]

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