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Founder of Shiite Islamic centers in Europe passed away (AhlulBayt News Agency) – Hujjat al-Islam Sheikh Safar Joushghun, Friday Imam and the head of the Islamic Center of Imam Ja’far Sadiq (A.S.) in Germany, passed away. He founded the Islamic Center of Imam Ja’far Sadiq (A.S.) 35 years ago in the city of Berlin, Germany. He was the founder of numerous Islamic centers in Western European countries – such as Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria. Hujjat al-Islam Joushghun was a member of the General Assembly of the AhlulBayt World Assembly from Germany from the beginning. He was also the founder of the “Union of European AhlulBayt Scholars” and spent his life in publishing and promoting a rich culture of Shi’ism and promoting the rich values and culture of AhlulBayt (A.S.). The late Sheikh Safar Joushghun was educated in the seminary of Najaf and Qom and was the first translator of Imam Khomeini’s Tawdih al-masa’il in Turkish. The late Sheikh Safar Joushghun will be buried on Friday, July 13 in Berlin. Ayatollah Abdolhamid Bonabeh, representative of the Secretary-General of the AhlulBayt World Assembly led the funeral prayer. Blind girl memorizes Quran despite cancer (AhlulBayt News Agency) – A visually-impaired Egyptian girl has learned the entire Quran by heart despite suffering from cancer. Hunain Ashraf Abolainan Muhammad, 9, began memorizing the Quran at the age of three, according to al-Yawm al-Sabi website. Hunain had been diagnosed with cancer when she was just 9 months old. Two months later she lost her eyesight to cancer. But even this did not prevent her from striving to learn the Quran. She managed to memorize the entire Holy Book at the age of 7. The 9-year-old, who is a fourth-grader at an Al- Azhar educational center in Egypt’s al-Sahrqia governorate. She has won several local, regional and national Quran competitions so far. Iranian Cultural Center gifts Quranic calligraphy work to Philippines Archbishop (AhlulBayt News Agency) – The Iranian Cultural Center in Manila, the Philippines, gifted a precious calligraphy work to Archbishop of Manila Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle. The work, by prominent Iranian calligrapher Tandis Taghavi, features verse 45 of Surah Al-e Omran- “(And remember) when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a word from him, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (unto Allah).” The Archbishop of Manila received it in a ceremony held Saturday on the sidelines of a calligraphy exhibition in the city. In a message earlier this week, the Philippines Catholic bishops appreciated Iran’s move to hold the calligraphy exhibition in Manilla during a meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). “The Philippines Bishops are glad that the Iranian  people, through the Cultural Section of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Manila, are setting up a calligraphy exhibition of interreligious dialogue on the occasion of the 117th Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP),” it said in the message.