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Uzbek president observes construction of ‘Minor’ mosque

Source : Trend / 19 Jul 2014

President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov observed the construction of the new mosque 'Minor' in Tashkent, Uzbek national news agency (UzA) said on July 19.

The president inspected the work of builders and craftsmen, and made recommendations on improving the complex under construction.

Uzbek president also inspected the mosque's adjacent territory. Extensive works have been carried out in this area for improvement.

 

It takes 8 full months to make kiswa

Source : Arab news / 16 Jul 2014

The black cloth used to cover the House of God at Makkah costs SR22 million and takes eight full months to make, Abdullah Bajawda, Kiswa Factory manager, told a local daily.

“The ‘kiswa’ used to be previously bought abroad, but in 1927, the late King Abdulaziz ordered the construction of a special factory for manufacturing the cloth in the Ajyad district in Makkah, which was later relocated to the Tayseer district.”

 

Exhibition of rare copies of Holy Quran to be held in Ural

Source : islam.ru / 12 Jul 2014

In honor of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the month of the revelation of the Holy Quran, in scientific library of UGGU opens an exhibition "Secrets of the Holy Book." 

During the exhibition will be displayed about one hundred Qurans from around the world, including rare copies of pre-revolutionary period, of which particular value will be rare copies of Holy Quran - the first printed Qurans issued during the reign of Emperor Alexander I (1801-1825) by Muslim Tatars. 

 

New book features Kiswa as top Islamic symbol

Source : Arab News / 10 Jul 2014

The Kiswa, or covering of the Kaaba, has been featured as one of the most important symbols of Islamic society in a new publication launched in Sharjah on Monday. 

The book is entitled “Islamic Textiles from the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization.”

 

Holy Qurans exhibition opens in Istanbul

Source : Kuzey news agency / 09 Jul 2014

Hand-written Qurans along with the ones written in several languages are exhibited in Istanbul during holy month of Ramadan, the month when the Quran was first to be revealed by Allah.

 

Non-Muslims attempt Ramadan fast in Turkey

Source : World Bulletin / 03 Jul 2014

It is during this time of the year – according to the Islamic lunar calendar – that many Muslims across the world welcome the arrival of Ramadan fasting; for the many foreigners living in Turkey it is a time of adjusting to a new way of life.

Ramadan is the most important time of the year for Muslims as the revelation of the Holy Quran to the Prophet Muhammad happened during this month.

 

Siqaya service back in Holy Mosques to revive tradition

Source : Arab news / 02 Jul 2014

A Saudi charity organization aims to revive the Siqaya service, an old tradition that has become obsolete by time where pilgrims, guests and visitors of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah were offered water during the holy month of Ramadan as a gesture of good will by the natives.

 

UNESCO adds Tatarstani site to world heritage list

Source : Rferl / 25 Jun 2014

The ancient city of Bolgar in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The inscriptions came on June 23 at the ongoing 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar.

 

Qur’an available in 72 languages at Grand Mosque

Source : Arab news / 25 Jun 2014

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has almost completed elaborate and comprehensive arrangements for Qur’an recitation at Makkah’s Grand Mosque ahead of Ramadan. The Qur’an is now available in 72 different foreign languages.

 

Jeddah to enter world heritage list of UNESCO

Source : Arab News with Unesco.org / 22 Jun 2014

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), announced on Saturday that the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has decided to include the historical sites in Jeddah in the World Heritage List during its meeting in Qatar.

 
 

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