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Jordan's King Abdullah and Queen Rania join underprivileged school children in Amman October 31, 2005. The king and queen helped distribute dozens of winter coats, out of a total of 750,000, to impoverished students in public schools at the start of winter and Muslim holidays marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji(Pics from ANP, Reuters, and Gettyimages)
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I've yet to find another muslim Royal Family that seems to do as much as the Hashemite Familyto help the poor and needy during Ramadan. Moreover it seems tio be quite a long-standing tradition and not just a recent development, it's really encouraging.
I particularly like the coat distribution, it's a wondrful idea.
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Save the Children Launches Two Regional Youth Programs in Middle East

11/1/2005 7:02:00 AM

To: National and International desks

Contact: Mike Kiernan of Save the Children, 202-261-4686, mkiernan@dc.savechildren.org

AMMAN, Jordan, Nov. 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Save the Children USA has announced a major expansion of its efforts to engage youth and teenagers throughout the Middle East in community-based development programs.

At a ceremony attended Monday night by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, Save the Children USA President and CEO Charles MacCormack announced the launch of two new programs -- NASEEJ and NAJAH -- calling them "an important next step in our continuing efforts to help teenagers and young adults determine their own futures."
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=55954

If you click on the link you can read a more detailed account of the Save the Children programs
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Pet0123 4 0118 King Congratulates President of Algeria For Newspapers Use..................... Amman, Nov. 1 (Petra) -- His Majesty King Abdullah II on Tuesday sent a cable to President of Algeria Abdul Aziz Butafliqa congratulating him in his name and on behalf of the Jordanian people and government on the anniversary of the Algerian Revolt. King Abdullah wished president Butafliqa continued good health and happiness and the people of Algeria further progress and prosperity. //Petra// 011142 Local NOV 2005 
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Pet0340 4 0168 King Leaves For Libya Amman, Nov. 1 (Petra)-- His Majesty King Abdullah II left Amman on Tuesday heading for Tripoli on a several-hour-visit during which he will hold discussions with Libyan President Moammar Qadhafi on the bilateral relations. Discussions will touched to the latest developments in the Middle East and to enhancing the cooperation between the two countries in the various fields. The King is accompanied by President of the Royal Court Faisal Fayez and Acting Director of the King's Office Ma'rouf Bakhit. HRH Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein was sworn in as a Regent in the presence of the cabinet. //Petra// 011509 Local NOV 2005 
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2005/Nov/01/28501000.htm

This Ramadan seems to have been particularly busy for Abdullah and Rania, I hope they get to squeeze in some time with the children!
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I've yet to find another muslim Royal Family that seems to do as much as the Hashemite Familyto help the poor and needy during Ramadan. Moreover it seems tio be quite a long-standing tradition and not just a recent development, it's really encouraging.
I particularly like the coat distribution, it's a wondrful idea.
I agree. I love the hands-on and personal approach the JRF has, not just from the King and Queen but many members of this family. I cant think of any other royal family, Muslim or non-Muslim that has this level of personal interaction with its subjects. I think the feeding of orphans during Ramadan, distributing coats during winter and other similar gestures are wonderful but to be personally involved in the process is even better. The fact that the royal family is out and about especially during Ramadan and sharing meals with ordinary and underprivileged Jordanians is so commendable. I'd love to see other royal families participate in similar activities.
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Old 11-02-2005, 02:19 AM
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I've yet to find another muslim Royal Family that seems to do as much as the Hashemite Familyto help the poor and needy during Ramadan. Moreover it seems tio be quite a long-standing tradition and not just a recent development, it's really encouraging.
I particularly like the coat distribution, it's a wondrful idea.

I agree with you , Hashemite family do great jobe in to help the poor and needy during Ramdadan :)
but I don't think they the only muslim Royal Family do that , I believe that a lot of muslims royals family do the same if not more to help poor not just in Ramadan but also in the rest of the year .
and I don't blame you or any one to not know that because those royals don't put all what they do on the media although I think they should do that because it may encourage other to do the same .

because tomorrow is the EID I want to say happy EID to you and all muslims members here and for the Hashemite Family may Allah bless them :)
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"and I don't blame you or any one to not know that because those royals don't put all what they do on the media although I think they should do that because it may encourage other to do the same ."

True there is that. But then from friends in other countries, I've often heard grumbligs that the Royal families don't seem to do that much..
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Pet0688 4 0391 King, Gaddafi Open Talks Amman/Nov.1(Petra)-- His Majesty King Abdullah II on Tuesday held talks with Libyan President Moammar Al Gaddafi on bilateral relations and the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the peace process and situation in Iraq. The two sides affirmed the historical and depth relations Jordan and Libya enjoy. The two leaders expressed their keenness to promote these relations in various domains to achieve mutual interest for the people in both countries. King Abdullah and President Gaddafi, during a meeting attended by Royal Court Chief Faisal Fayez, Acting Director of King's Office Maaruf Al Bakit, agreed on continuous consultation and coordination towards developments in the region and support all efforts to enhance Arab joint action and solidarity. King Abdullah referred to the importance of supporting efforts to achieve just, lasting, and comprehensive peace in the Middle East and help the concern parties to resume negotiation to reach the establishment of Palestinian state in line with road map and international related resolutions. The two leaders expressed their support for their Palestinian National Authority to achieve the Palestinian people's aspirations. On Iraq, His Majesty King Abdullah noted to the success of the referendum on Iraqi constitution as an important step to build on to involve all Iraqi people in the political process to achieve a national conciliation to reach secure, stable and united Iraq. Wardat/Petra 012059 Local NOV 2005 
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Pictures of the Libya visit:

http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2005/Nov/01/1938I.htm
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2005/Nov/01/1940I.htm
http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2005/Nov/01/1942I.htm
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Thanks for the pictures of the Save the Children event, Princess Aya looks so much look like her mother! And Rania's suit is lovely.
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The article is a month old nearly, but it is still informative.



First Published 2005-10-04, Last Updated 2005-10-04 16:16:54


The assistance will cover 21,000 families across Jordan


Jordan to feed, house needy during Ramadan


Impoverished families reeling from recent price hikes are expected to receive precious royal assistance.


By Assaad Abboud - AMMAN

Thousands of impoverished Jordanian families reeling from recent price hikes are expected to receive precious royal assistance, including roofs over their heads, during the holy fasting Muslim month of Ramadan.



The royal court has announced a series of measures to alleviate the financial burden faced by many Jordanians since an unpopular decision last month to raise oil prices for the second time in months.



Breaking with tradition, this year the court will not organise its daily lavish iftar meals to break the dawn-to-dusk fast which it usually holds for officials, diplomats, the media, tribal leaders and other figures. Instead the money spent on these huge events will be handed out to feed the poor.
http://www.middle-east-online.com/en...rdan/?id=14696
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because tomorrow is the EID I want to say happy EID to you and all muslims members here and for the Hashemite Family may Allah bless them :)
Happy Eid/Eid Mubarak to you too houri and to everyone else:)
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In the pictures at Mecca, I noticed Rania was wearing a black and white outfit. The other women wore either black or white. Is there a significance to Rania's choice? Or does it not matter as long as it is black or white?

Just curious.
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In the pictures at Mecca, I noticed Rania was wearing a black and white outfit. The other women wore either black or white. Is there a significance to Rania's choice? Or does it not matter as long as it is black or white?

Just curious.
There's no significance to Rania's choice. One can wear any color while at Mecca but because it is a religious pilgrimage the majority tend to go for sober colors (black,white). I hope that helped. Curiosity leads to better understanding and more knowledge, something that's desperately needed in today's world. :)
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Thank you for explaining this. I guess I've never seen photos of anyone at Mecca in any colors but black or white. It's interesting to learn any color is permissible. Are there any "rules," per se, to be observed when visiting Mecca?

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There's no significance to Rania's choice. One can wear any color while at Mecca but because it is a religious pilgrimage the majority tend to go for sober colors (black,white). I hope that helped. Curiosity leads to better understanding and more knowledge, something that's desperately needed in today's world. :)
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Thank you for explaining this. I guess I've never seen photos of anyone at Mecca in any colors but black or white. It's interesting to learn any color is permissible. Are there any "rules," per se, to be observed when visiting Mecca?
You're very welcome. In Mecca the sexes are not strictly segregated like in other places because it is extremely difficult to keep apart when there are thousands and millions of pilgrims. Men and women are asked, however, to maintain modesty and limit inter-gender communication with non-related people. For women, they must have a mahram, a male relative or husband, accompanying them OR they may travel with a group of trustworthy women (their respected elders preferably) for safety reasons. It must be noted that the pilgrimage to Mecca is quite safe but women are recommended to travel in large groups for further security. Men and women are expected to perform the same duties.

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When you say "women are recomended to go with another women in big groups" , I mean what can happen to them? since going to La Mecca is such highly and sacred route, please explain Im fascinated by this peregrinaje.

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When you say "women are recomended to go with another women in big groups" , I mean what can happen to them? since going to La Mecca is such highly and sacred route, please explain Im fascinated by this peregrinaje.

thanks a lot
Like I said in my previous post, the pilgrimage is very safe but being in a group is better than being alone in any case and anywhere in the world because it provides more security. Just look at the case of the American girl in Aruba; when she left her group, she went missing and nobody knows what happened to her. Travelling in a group in Mecca just provides a sort of mini community and a great network of support. I haven't heard of anything bad happening to women in Mecca and perhaps that's mainly because, like you said, it is a sacred journey and everyone is trying to make the best of it. Let me know if you have any further questions. :)
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