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GCC railway project to go ahead

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News | Riyadh / 20 Sept 2011

The Council of Ministers on Monday gave the go-ahead to implement the $25 billion Gulf Cooperation Council railway project, which aims to link the six GCC countries through a 2,117-km railway network.

“The Cabinet approved a request from the Transport Ministry to prepare engineering blueprint for the railway and follow up implementation of the project,” Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said.


Nuclear US threat to world: Iran

By Reuters | Vienna / 20 Sept 2011

The United States and Iran traded accusations at a meeting of the UN atomic agency on Monday, underlining the deep deadlock between the two adversaries in a long-running dispute over the Islamic state’s nuclear program.

In speeches to the annual member state gathering of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iranian nuclear energy chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani and US Energy Secretary Steven Chu took aim at the policies of their respective countries.


Turkey to freeze EU ties if Cyprus gets EU presidency

By Jonathon Burch | Reuters | Ankara / 18 Sept 2011

EU-candidate Turkey will freeze relations with the European Union if Cyprus is given the EU presidency in 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency Anatolian late on Saturday.

The comments could signal a new low point in ties between the European Union and Turkey which began accession talks to the bloc in 2005.


Blood flows in the streets of Sanaa

By News Agencies | Sanaa / 18 Sept 2011

Yemeni government forces opened fire with anti-aircraft guns and automatic weapons on tens of thousands of anti-government protesters in the capital demanding ouster of their longtime ruler, killing at least 26 and wounding 342, witnesses said.


Assault on Qaddafi bastion ends in chaotic retreat

By Maria Golovnina and Alexander Dziadosz | Reuters/ Bani Walid/Sirte / 18 Sept 2011

Libyan interim government forces fled on Sunday in a chaotic retreat from the town of Bani Walid, after failing in yet another attempt to storm the final bastions of loyalists of ousted leader Muammar Qaddafi.


Patience, Perseverance, and Prayer

By Huda, Guide

During times of deep trial, despair, and sadness, Muslims seek comfort and guidance in the words of Allah in the Qur'an. Allah reminds us that all people will be tried and tested in life, and calls upon Muslims to bear these trials with "patient perseverance and prayer."


31 Personal Duas to Choose From

by Abdul Malik Mujahid

Dua (supplication) is the essence of worship. (Anas, may Allah be pleased with him related that the Prophet said this as reported in Tirmidhi).

The Prophet said: Duas of three persons are not refused: a fasting man when breaking the fast, a just ruler, and an oppressed person, Allah's blessings be upon him. (Abu Huraira in Tirmidhi).

No one makes a Dua without Allah giving him what he asks for, or keeping away from him a similar amount of evil, provided he does not ask for something sinful, or for breaking family ties (Jabir related this as the Prophet saying: Tirmidhi).


A College Junior Converts to Islam

By KELLY POE | The Daily Tar Heel

Close ups: The Convert to Islam

This installment of Close ups focuses on Matt Stevens, a junior business administration major who decided to convert to Islam from Christianity.
Before sunrise, Matt Stevens is closest to God.


Reasons Why Female Converts to Islam Have Increased in the West

Over the past few years, more and more Americas have converted to Islam, particularly women and I was curious to find out why.

It appears that women are converting to Islam at such rapid rates that they outnumber men 4 to 1, reports a study on female converts to Islam titled “Women and Conversion to Islam: The American Women’s experience.”


Islam In Russia

By Elmira Akhmetova
Freelance Writer

Part 1

There are about 20 million indigenous Muslims living in the Russian Federation where the total population is over 140 million (about 15 percent of the total population). Unlike other Muslim minorities in Europe, Russian Muslims are not foreign immigrants. They are native citizens of the country in which they live in.


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