Day: July 9, 2014

Experts restore rare manuscripts in Yemen

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The pictures show experts repairing manuscripts at a government-run restoration centre in Sana’a recently. The centre, which was established in Yemen in 1980, has about 16,000 manuscripts and 20,000 parchments of the Quran dating back to 622-719 CE…....

In Syria, Mannequin Parts Become Artificial Limbs

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DOUMA — Thousands of Syrians have lost limbs during the country’s three-year war. Here in the Damascus suburbs, two men have opened a workshop where functioning prosthetics are fashioned out of found materials. When Omar al-Ahmad celebrated his 13th birthday this year, he didn’t mark the milestone by shopping for new clothes with his father…...

Gaza 4.0 Startup Weekend for entrepreneurs

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STARTUP WEEKEND GAZA 4, June 19-21, was the fourth and largest SW held in Gaza.  Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. The first Startup Weekend in Gaza was launched by Google, SADAF Technologies, Mercy Corps,…...

No Muslim country in top 10 Halal meat exporters

Pakistan’s newspapers have reported quoting Malaysian officials that no Muslim country features among top 10 halal meat exporters. The market is dominated by companies in Western countries.  A team of officials from Malaysian department of Islamic development visited several abattoirs in Lahore recently to inspect and ensure that the meat being exported to their country…...

Study on why Muslim world lags behind

TORONTO, Canada – The 57 countries that form the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) account for 23% of world population, yet less than 11% of the world’s GDP.  A study from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and the Saudi-based Madinah Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship compared Muslim countries with the rest of…...

Battle of Chaldiran Part 2: Coming to a country near you?

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THIS year sees the 500th  anniversary of the Battle Of Chaldiran – an important moment in the history of the muslim world, and one that kicked off  the Ottoman-Persian Wars. These wars put the Ottoman empire up against the various Persian dynasties and descended into a series of bloody Shia- Sunni conflicts for control over…...

Islam grows in free Malawi

LILONGWE – Tasting the fruits of freedom after decades of oppression in the southern African nation, Malawi Muslim community has hailed the impact of multi-party democracy which has allowed the growth and expansion of Islam. Until 1993, Malawi was under a dictatorship that imposed crippling restrictions on the entire population including Muslims. “The dawn of…...

Oman exhibits message of Islam in Japan

For the first time in the far-east country, a Japanese university at the city of Kyoto has hosted an Omani exhibition of the message of Islam, introducing Japanese people to an approach of coexistence and tolerance as embedded in the exhibition’s message. “The Japanese public is open to learn new things. The Japanese are interested…...

How Muslims Helped Ireland During Famine

IN mid 19th century, Ireland was engulfed in a terrible famine. One million people lost their lives. The plight is now commonly referred to as ‘The Great Hunger’. Foreign aid played a vital role in providing assistance to the afflicted. One of the most noteworthy donors was the Muslim Ottoman Caliph, Abdul Mejid, who is…...