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61 Thousand Children Participate in Konya’s Pray & Play Project

61 Thousand Children Participate in Pray & Play Project

KONYA – The municipality of Konya in Turkey launched on July 2 its ‘Come to Mosque and Have Fun’ Project that encourages children between 7 and 14 years old to pray the Fajr (Dawn) prayer daily for 40 consecutive days. The children are encouraged through prizes and granting the diligent kids a bonus mark at …

Turkish Red Crescent Aids 10M People in Ramadan

ANKARA – Setting a new target, the Turkish Red Crescent aims to help 10 million people during the holy month of Ramadan. “We deliver aid to people in Turkey; we helped 145,000 families with US$75. We also operate in more than 35 countries this Ramadan,” head of the Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay), Kerem Kinik, announced …

Inspired by Teacher, Student Converts to Islam

ISTANBUL – A Beninese student in a scholarship to Turkey has converted to Islam, for being highly inspired by his teacher. “I heard the Azan (the Muslim call to prayer) and loved it but never thought that I would become a Muslim someday,” Thibaut Gbetolossi Gbaguidi, 27, told Anadolu Agency. Gbaguidi came to Turkey in …

Atheist Finds Islam

Atheist Finds Islam Through Fasting Ramadan

I started to fast in Ramadan even though I wasn’t a Muslim and I found it very pleasing in many ways, quite challenging in others, but very pleasing. I enjoyed the fast, I enjoyed especially the few moments before the Adhan of Al-Maghrib (sunset prayer).

World Summit & Congress of Muslim Minorities Launched

ABU DHABI – An international organization that addresses challenges facing Muslim minorities across the world has been launched on Monday, April 16, in Abu-Dhabi, Emirates, as Istanbul hosted a four-day summit to discuss the problems of Muslim minorities. “The International Muslim Minorities Congress (IMMC) seeks to promote civil and political rights of Muslim minorities as …

Ghanaian Converts to Islam, Preaches to Pagan Villages

ACCRA – A Ghanaian student, Faruk Arango Groupore, who converted to Islam in Turkey, is now introducing his religion to the pagans in his West African country. “After studying in Istanbul, I returned and joined an Islamic preaching mission which visits the pagan northern villages in Ghana. We first contact the tribal leaders and tell them we are …

Elderly Muslim Woman Preserves Armenian Church

MARDIN– An elderly Turkish Muslim woman has devoted herself to taking care of an ancient Armenian church, and she has been doing this for years, seeking God’s blessings. “I do it for Allah’s blessing. It is a good deed after all. I am here every day,” Hatun Çaçur told Daily Sabah on April 10. The …

Istanbul Hosts International Islamophobia Conference

ISTANBUL – An international three-day conference on Islamophobia started in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 6 to discuss strategies and policies for combatting prejudice against Muslims. “We need to have a way of thinking around how we understand the phenomenon of Islamophobia,” said Salman Sayyid of the University of Leeds, co-editor of the book Thinking Through …

OIC Islamic Bank Funds 100K Surgeries in Africa

ISTANBUL – The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has created a US$30 million fund to conduct more than 100,000 cataract surgeries and provide glasses to a million children in Africa, the OIC’s International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) head announced on Monday. “About 33 million people in Africa suffer …



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