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Muhammad Marmaduke William Pickthall

pickthallMuhammad Marmaduke Pickthall (1875-1936) was an English traveler, novelist, polemicist, and educationist. He studied Islam and Qur-an and finally accepted Islam in 1919 AD. His father Rev. C. G. Pickthall was rector of Chelmsford and his mother Mary was daughter of Admiral D. H. Ovrian. He mastered French, German, Italian and Spanish while studying at various places in Europe. His travels throughout the Muslim world formed the basis of several of his novels set in the Middle East and allowed him to become fluent in Arabic, Turkish, and Urdu. After his conversion, he served as the acting Imam of the London Mosque (Notting Hill).

Africa’s Thriving Fast Food and Chicken Industry

Fast food is one of the high-growth modern retail business in Africa. With chicken representing the continent’s primary source of protein, this industry has to keep pace with the growing demand from the fast food chain.

With the emergence of a sizeable middle class in Africa, estimated around 313 million, the African families now have a comfortable disposable that can permit them to eat out on regular basis. Quick service restaurants have become a family outing for a Saturday or Sunday night meal. With African population growing and incomes rising fast, restaurant businesses are thriving like never before across the continent. Much of Africa remains a virgin landscape for food business. As the African consumers have an inclination for fast food rather than full service dinner, the franchise owners of fast food chains, such as Nando, KFC, Steers and Wimpy, are multiplying their outlets in the main African cities. Despite growing competition from international rivals, local fast food groups are also starting to make breakthrough by targeting the lower-income group through lower price menu items.


Leçon 61: Why We Need Anger?

Although anger clearly has some connection with hostility and aggression, they are not the same. Hostility is an attitude of ill will, aggression refers to behaviour that is always meant to hurt, whereas anger is an emotion - plain and simple. Anger is neither a positive or negative emotion; it is the way we handle our anger - what we do with it - that makes it negative or positive. For example, when we use our anger to motivate us to make life changes or to make changes to dysfunctional systems, anger becomes a very positive emotion.

French Converts to Islam

A relatively small, but growing trend in Europe involves Christian converting to Islam. Despite the heated "clash of civilizations" rhetoric that 9/11 has provoked, many people are stepping across the Christian-Muslim divide. Peter Ford wrote in the Christian Science Monitor that "[a]lthough there are no precise figures, observers who monitor Europe’s Muslim population estimate that several thousand men and women convert each year."

In recent years, several I the ranks of these converts to Islam have come from the world of soccer. Most have come from France, the country with the largest Muslim population in Europe.

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