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Ramadan and the making of our moral fiber

Source : Mariam Murphy |  Al Jumuah
08 Aug 2011  

Ramadan is here, and as we move through this blessed month there are many goals we've planned to reach. Each person is unique and will have individual goals, but here are five aspects of worship that we ought to work on this Ramadan.


OIC pledges $350 million to Somalia at Turkey summit

Source : Reuters
Istanbul | 18 Aug 2011

Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries have pledged $350 million in aid to fight famine in Somalia at an emergency summit in Istanbul, OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said on Wednesday.

With some 3.7 million Somalis at risk of starvation in the Horn of Africa country, Ihsanoglu said he hoped the aid would soon reach $500 million and urged donors to improve drought-stricken Somalia's long-term food security by helping it rebuild infrastructure and agriculture.


Ramadan in Makkah: Hotels that offer luxury and proximity to the Grand Mosque

Source : Rima Al-Mukhtar | Arab News
Makkah | 10 Aug 2011

"Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to Haj with me,” said Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). As a result, Muslims from all over the world wish to perform Umrah especially during Ramadan.

Makkah receives visitors and guests in large numbers in the holy month; many of them stay in hotels near the Grand Mosque to be able to view the Holy Kaaba from their rooms.


Ramadan recipes: Harira

Source : Selma Roth | Arab News
Jeddah | 17 Aug 2011

Harira is a very popular Moroccan soup, mixing chickpeas, lentils, lamb and celery with spices as turmeric, cinnamon, and saffron. Traditionally, it is eaten to break the fast in Morocco during Ramadan, as the soup is gentle for the empty stomach and full of important vitamins. In Saudi Arabia, it is one of the main soups in Ramadan as well, along with lentil soup and soup with oats. Harira knows many versions — such as with beef, chicken, or vegetarian, or with beaten eggs stirred in at the end — so it definitely suits any taste!


‘Pilgrimage to Mecca’: The first British Muslim woman on record to have visited the Holy Cities of Madinah and Makkah

Source : Lisa Kaaki | Arab News
17 Aug 2011

During the 19th century, many women, particularly Englishwomen, were fascinated by the Arab world. Most of these female travelers, like Lucie Duff Gordon, Lady Ann Blunt, Gertrude Bell, Isabelle Eberhardt and Freya Stark, to name but a few, are known to us through their impassioned travelogues.


Mubarak slams Syria’s Assad, advises him to step down: report

Source : Al Arabiya with Agencies
Cairo | 17 Aug 2011

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has criticized President Bashar Al Assad’s crimes in Syria, advising him to respond to the will of his people and step down, Egyptian newspaper Al Gomhouria reported on Wednesday, quoting a “source close” to Mr. Mubarak.

Mr. Mubarak reportedly made the comments from a special wing of the International Medical Center where he is being held during his trial.


Netanyahu snubs Clinton over Turkey apology

Source : Agencies
JERUSALEM | 18 Aug 2011

Israel has rejected a US request to apologize to Turkey over its 2010 commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine Turkish activists, local media reported Wednesday.

Reports by Israel's two main radio stations said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday with a direct request that he make an apology, but he turned her down.


Yemen’s opposition meets to elect council to take power

Source : AFP
Sanaa | 17 Aug 2011

Yemen’s opposition met on Wednesday to elect a “national council” aiming to take over power from President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in Riyadh for 10 weeks recovering from a bomb blast.

“The national council will lead the forces of the revolution, determined to stand strong until Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure,” said a key opposition leader, Soltan Al Atwani.


Iran says Russian plan could revive nuclear talks

Source : Reuters
TEHRAN | 16 Aug 2011

Iran welcomed on Tuesday a Russian attempt to revive talks with six world powers that are concerned about the its uranium enrichment program, a potential pathway to nuclear weapons, but was vague about what the agenda should be.

After meeting Russian Security Council secretary Nikolai Patrushev, his Iranian counterpart said a proposal by Moscow — details of which have not been made public — could be used to re-launch the talks that stalled in January.


Syria forces "hold hundreds in Latakia stadium"

Source : Reuters
Latakia | 17 Aug 2011

Syrian troops raided houses in a Sunni district of the besieged port of Latakia on Wednesday, residents said, arresting hundreds of people and taking them to a stadium after a four-day tank assault to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad.


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