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Happy days for Halal tourism

By: Sinan Tavsan and Erwida Maulia, Nikkei staff writers Source: Nikkei Asian Review KONYA, Turkey/JAKARTA The global economy may be in a funk, but the travel market is still going strong. Muslim-friendly halal tourism is showing particularly healthy growth and is becoming a top priority for two of the world’s biggest Muslim democracies, Turkey and Indonesia. At the beginning of May, Turkey hosted the second International Halal Tourism Conference, one of the world’s biggest events of its kind, in Konya. Situated in the country’s pious Anatolian heartland, this city is where the 13th-century Persian poet, philosopher and Sufi mystic Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi spent the last...

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The woman behind Hijarbie

By: Maggie Downs Source: Baby Center Blog Mattel recently gave Barbie a makeover, unveiling dolls in petite, tall, and curvy body shapes, seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, and 14 new face sculpts. But Nigerian medical student Haneefah Adam has given Barbie something else — religion. Meet Hijarbie, who flaunts mini hijab fashion that is both stylish and modest. Adam was inspired to create an Instagram account for Hijarbie after seeing accounts for other dolls, like Barbie. None of them reflected Adam’s reality — or the reality for millions of hijab-wearing Muslim girls all over the world. Adam wanted a doll that was a little more relatable. “I decided to fill that gap and started documenting...

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Too much TV or sitting can actually kill you

By: Rick Pantaleo Source: VOA News A new Japanese study finds that binge watching television could kill you. Binge watching, or viewing a number of movies or a television program’s episodes in one sitting, has become a popular pastime in parts of the world. This 18 year study, involving more than 86,000 people, revealed that those who sit and watch a lot of television in a day have a higher risk of dying from a pulmonary embolism or PE – a sudden blockage or blood clot in one of the lung’s pulmonary arteries. According to the Mayo Clinic, in most cases a pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots that travel to the lungs from mostly the legs but also, rarely, from other parts of the body...

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