Wednesday , 17 January 2018

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Cyclone Winston wreaks devastation in Fiji

At least five people have been killed and of widespread damage reported in Fiji after a massive cyclone hit the Island nation on Saturday. Tropical Cyclone Winston is believed to be one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere with winds of over 300km/h (200mph). Read More »

European banks fail to sell Coco bonds

UK and European banks have failed to sell any so-called Coco bonds this year amid worries about the health of the banking sector. Cocos – short for contingent convertible bonds – are turned into shares if a bank starts to struggle. European banks raised around €45bn from the bonds last year. But in 2016 none have been issued, according to ... Read More »

Snowspeed: Why shouldn’t a sledge go at 150mph?

The world speed record for a gravity-powered snow sledge is currently 83mph (134km/h) but three Norwegian friends who have spent much of their lives messing about in snow have a plan to beat it – by about 70mph. The first step, writes Jorn Madslien, one of the trio of speed freaks, is to make sure the sledge is the right ... Read More »

Refugees caught between hope and harsh winter

Thousands of people defy the bitter cold to continue risking the dangerous journey to Europe The bitter winter weather has truly set in across much of Europe, but that has failed to deter thousands of refugees from risking the dangerous journey in the hope of a better future. From the rough Aegean Sea waters, through the snowy trek across the ... Read More »

France, Israel and Palestine: Same as it ever was?

While Syria burns and great powers run towards collision there, the French government has formally put forward a new initiative for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The three-step process (consult with both sides, convene an international support group, and convene an international summit to restart talks) is the brainchild of now former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. Despite Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya, ... Read More »

Impoverished Gaza turns to crowd-funding to meet needs

Creative use of crowd-funding has helped Palestinians in Gaza raise money to study abroad or start their own businesses. Gaza Strip – With economic conditions continuing to deteriorate in the Gaza Strip, more Palestinians living in the coastal enclave are resorting to crowd-funding websites to fulfil their dreams. A growing number of young people have successfully raised the money needed ... Read More »

Russia Enters War in Syria

Russia enters the war in Syria Russia shocked the West by having its aircraft attack rebel sites in Syria — not just so-called Islamic State, but also groups backed by Western powers. It’s a big boost for President Assad and a big slap in the face for President Obama. But how far is it an attempt to make the world ... Read More »

Car Bomb Targets Security Forces in Cairo

 Car Bomb Targets Security Forces in Cairo   ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack, in which no deaths were reported A massive car bomb claimed by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ripped into a national security building in a working class residential neighborhood in Cairo early Thursday, wounding at least 29 people and blowing the facades ... Read More »

Hadith 25

Riyad-us-Saliheen Volume 1 Chapter 3 25. Narrated Abu Malik Al-Harith bin Asim Al-Ashari (RA): Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “Cleanliness is half of Faith; the utterance of الحمد لله (Al-hamdu lillah- all praise belongs to Allah) fills the scales of good actions; the utterance of سبحان الله و الحمد لله (Glory be to Allah and all praise belongs to Allah) fills the space between ... Read More »

PREPARATION OF RAMADAN

PREPARATION OF RAMADAN   1. Voluntary Fasts What better way of preparing ourselves to fast for 30 consecutive days in Ramadan than to fast the voluntary fasts. Fasting Monday and Thursday: Abu Hurairah reported that the most the Prophet, (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasalam) would fast would be Monday and Thursday. He was asked about that and he said: “The deeds of ... Read More »