Ukrainian Woman Becomes First Muslim in Ukraine to Memorize Quran

Rabat - Despite language barriers, Vera Verinak, a Ukrainian woman who accepted Islam 17 years ago, has become the first Muslim woman in Ukraine to completely memorize the holy Quran. After several years of learning, Vera, 35 years old, whose Muslim name is Iman, meaning faith, accomplished her dream and became the first Ukrainian woman to learn the Quran by heart. “I started by learning the Arabic language ...

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Fifty Young French Religious Leaders to Be Trained in Morocco

Rabat - Fifty young French imams (religious leaders) will be trained annually in Morocco, the Union of Mosques in France (UMF) announced on Friday. The Union obtained on July 30, 2014, the approval by HM King Mohammed VI to the request of receiving fifty French students yearly for a three-year training in Morocco, said a UMF statement. The first batch, which includes 20 students from the different French re ...

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Geert Wilders faces 136 compensation claims for anti-Moroccan remarks

Rabat- Geert Wilders, an anti-Islam and anti-immigration Dutch politician, is facing “136 compensation claims ahead of his trial for discrimination and inciting hatred,” according to Dutch News. The Netherlands Public Prosecutor summoned thefar-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders for questioning for charges of insulting and inciting discrimination against Moroccans. According to the same source, the compla ...

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Moroccans Are Happy When They Have Peace of Mind, Survey

Taroudant - A recent study sponsored by Atlanta Assurances on Moroccans’ perception of happiness revealed that Moroccans are happy when they have “peace of mind.” Ipsos, a global market research company, surveyed about 2,100 individuals aged 25 to 64 to find out what makes Moroccans happy — what are their joyful moments? According to the survey, Moroccans are happy when they have “peace of mind.” "Many woul ...

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RAM Pilot Avoids New York-Casablanca Plane Crash

Rabat - A Royal Air Maroc Dreamliner from New York came within seconds of disaster over the Atlantic Ocean after it began to descend too quickly on Thursday at around 7.50 pm Eastern Time. RAM flight number AT 201 was en route to Mohammed V International Airport From JFK International Airport and had just taken off about 15 minutes earlier when all of a sudden it started a free fall of about 500 meters whil ...

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Over 800,000 Moroccans Live in Spain: Official

Madrid - The number of Moroccan nationals in Spain was estimated at 800,000 by the end of 2014, Spanish general secretary in charge of immigration and migration, Marina Del Corral Téllez said on Wednesday. Moroccans are thus the largest legally residing non-EU community in Spain, Del Corral Téllez said at a meeting of the immigration network in Spain. The Brits came second with 270,000 nationals, followed b ...

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Belgium: Immigrants Retiring in Morocco to Benefit From Health Insurance

Rabat- Moroccans who lived and worked in Belgium and are now considering retiring in Morocco can still receive health benefits from the Belgian state, Telquel reported. Thanks to a Belgian-Moroccan agreement that was signed last year, Moroccans and Belgians of Moroccan origins can still enjoy their health benefits from the Belgian social security upon arrival in Morocco either for retirement or to start a n ...

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The Fault in Our Character

Nador - We do what we publicly denounce. We criticize what we believe. We defend what we doubt. And we teach what we hate. The humane principles and values we have been taught seem illusory in contemporary life. Philosophy admits that the human being is a very complex creature. The intricacy of this tiny creature goes far beyond the simplistic personal traits they possess. Marxist creed deems that the human ...

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Morocco’s Al Akhawayn Leader of the Year Award Honors Community Leaders

Rabat - Each spring semester, the Leadership Development Institute of Al Akhawayn University organizes a “Leader of the Year Award.” The ceremony will take place on April 23rd. The ceremony awards the winner of competition between leaders of Ifran-Azrou and Meknes. The “Leader of the Year Award” aims at enhancing community leadership and to celebrate the accomplishments of people and associations who work t ...

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Moroccans, Most Affected by Unemployment in the Netherlands

Rabat - Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands are the most affected population by the rise in unemployment rates, says Dutch daily De Volkskrant quoting figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). More than half of the non-EU migrants in the Netherlands are sitting at home without paid work. OECD data has shown that only 49.5 percent of immigrants have access to employmen ...

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Chabat Calls for Amnesty for Cannabis Farmers

Rabat - Hamid Chabat, Secretary General of the Istiqlal Party, one of Morocco's major opposition political parties, has again called for amnesty for Cannabis growers. Speaking during a pre-election rally over the weekend in Ouzzane, northern Morocco, Hamid Chabat called for the adoption of a bill granting amnesty to small cannabis growers in the north of the kingdom. He said that nearly 80,000 cannabis grow ...

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Princess Lalla Salma, Most Beautiful First Lady in Africa

Rabat- The African website Africacradle the reference site in the world of African people, released its 2015 ten Most Beautiful First Ladies in Africa, ranking Princess Lalla Salma, consort of Mohammed VI, king of Morocco, on top of the list. “Physically as well as intellectually, Lalla Salma is beautiful. She has a beautiful face crowned with red hair, and holds a degree in engineering,” the website wrote. ...

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