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Rafiq A. Tschannen

Rafiq A. Tschannen is a Swiss national. He converted to Islam and joined the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the age of 16 after reading the German translation of the Holy Qur'an. He worked in 15 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, first as Finance Director in the private industry and later as Chief Executive Officer of NGOs and International Governmental Organizations. He is now devoting his time to The Muslim Times as Editor for Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and Switzerland and as Associate Chief Editor.

Empowering Africa’s humanitarians

Aug 20,2017 – JORDAN TIMES – Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré The scale of human suffering currently engulfing drought-stricken Somalia is almost indescribable. It is difficult to find words to convey the devastation and misery gripping the country, now in the midst of a prolonged period of record-low rainfall. I watched emaciated herds of […]

A step-by-step guide to Hajj

A look at the rituals Muslims perform during the annual pilgrimage. Al Jazeera Staff The Muslims pilgrimage is made up of a series of steps that take place in several locations around Mecca [Ahmed Masood/Reuters] Millions of Muslims from around the world gather annually in Mecca in anticipation ofHajj – the Muslim […]

‘Voice of reason:’ Arab tweeps welcome Qatar’s Sheikh Abdullah as possible mediator to end rift with Doha

Aisha Fareed | Arab News Staff | Published — Saturday 19 August 2017 Qatar’s Sheikh Abdullah Ali Al-Thani. (Photo courtesy: social media) JEDDAH: Following a series of high profile meetings with the Saudi leadership which resulted in King Salman ordering the easing of border restrictions and offering to cover all […]