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Simon Rettig, left, and Massumeh Farhad, curators of the exhibit "The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts," look at pages from a 5-foot by 7-foot Quran displayed as part of the exhibit, at the Sackler Gallery in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

US: First ever major Quran exhibition in Washington DC

By: AP Source: AP via Chicago Sun Times WASHINGTON (AP) — Books come in all sizes, but one 15th century Quran was so enormous, it’s said that a wheelbarrow was needed to carry it. Two consecutive pages of this Quran will be on display during the show “The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts,” which opened Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The sprawling pages, each measuring 5 feet by 7 feet, have rows of calligraphy standing 8 to 9 inches high. They date from about 1400, and have been on long-term loan with the Smithsonian museum. The passage on display is from a chapter explaining that “signs of God and evidence of His goodness are all...

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The UAE replaces Turkey for 2nd place in Halal tourism

By: Abdul Basit Source: Khaleej Times The UAE moved up one spot to second place in terms of Muslim travel friendliness, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) for 2016. Rising spending on Halal tourism might be one of the reasons for the country’s better ranking this year. Total spending on family tourism in the UAE is projected to increase by 4.4 per cent, according to a study conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The outbound family travel expenditure of Emirati citizens is set to rise at 3.6 per cent this year, it adds The study coincides with the 3rd Global Islamic Economy Summit, which, bearing the theme “Inspiring Change”, will be held...

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World’s first Halal retreats to open in November

By: Source: The world’s first-ever halal retreat will be launched in November this year, combining spirituality with personal development for the fast-growing urban global Muslim traveller. The Productive Muslim Retreat will be a unique personal development journey over seven days with the aim of empowering attendees to live healthier and spiritually connected lives. It is looking to target Muslim entrepreneurs, students and professionals who are looking to take time off to reassess their lives and learn practical life skills – while adhering to their faith-based requirements. The Productive Muslim Retreat is a joint project launched by HalalTrip and...

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