Lauren Booth, the sister-in-law of former British prime minister and Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair, has converted to Islam following a visit to Iran. The 43-year-old Booth, half sister of Cherie Blair, said she is now a “proud member” of the Muslim community, after having what she described as a “holy experience” during a visit to the shrine of Fatima al-Masumeh in the city of Qom.
She said that when she was in Iran, “I sat down and felt this shot of spiritual morphine, just absolute bliss and joy.”
Oct 04, 2010 by Anli Serfontein
Trier, Germany, 4 October (ENI)–Islam is part of a modern, changing Germany, the country’s president, Christian Wulff, told the nation in an address on the 20th anniversary of the reunification of the once divided nation.
“Christianity is, of course, part of Germany. Judaism is, of course, part of Germany. This is our Judeo-Christian history. But, now, Islam is also part of Germany,” the president told the assembled dignitaries in the northern city of Bremen, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, on 4 October.
Tabung Haji is the Malaysian name for the Pilgrims Management Fund and Board of Malaysia. This organization was formed in 1963 with the purpose of helping Malaysian Muslims perform the ancient rite of Hajj (or Haj), which is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Tabung Haji has led to many positive changes in how effectively Muslims save for their pilgrimage.
The time has come for the next pilgrimage for all those registered with Tabung Haji to perform their Hajj starting this month.May Allah provide them the health and strength to perform the Hajj and acquire Haji Mabrur. A Hajj Mabrur (an accepted Hajj) is a Hajj performed–overall–in a manner pleasing to Allah, and its signs are that a person returns with resolve and determination to fulfill their duty to Allah in a pleasing manner. If this is the case, then such a person’s duas are likely to be answered–not just 40 days after their return, but beyond as well.