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  • Buckingham Palace in England has over six hundred rooms.
  • Although the Great Wall of China is more than 2,000 years old, it remains one of the great wonders of the world.
  • India is.......the Largest democracy in the world, the 6th largest country in the world AND one of the most ancient and living civilizations (at least 10, 000 years old).
  • The Japanese commonly refer to their country as Nihon Koku, Nippon Koku or Nihon or Nippon. These names translate to mean "The Sources of the Sun" or "Land of the Rising Sun."
  • The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people!
  • Egyptian mummies that have been dead for 3,000 years still have their fingerprints intact.
  • Surma girls of Ethiopia put clay disks in their lower lip, stretching the lip outwards. Size of the disk indicates how many cattle a man needs to provide to marry the girl – they can be up to 15 centimeters (6 inches) across.
  • In some parts of Africa and on some Pacific islands, people make patterns of raised scars on their skin as a decoration or to show their bravery. The wounds are made with sharp spikes or thorns from plants and often rubbed with special kinds of earth or leaves to created colored tattoos.
  • The Bedouin people in the Middle East consider it polite to burp after a meal.
  • Pilgrims to the Tirupati temple in India give some of their hair as a sacrifice. The temple employs 600 barbers who work day and night to shave pilgrims, taking 6.5 million gifts of hair a year. The hair is sold to wig-makers and for use as fertilizer.
  • India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.
  • Children in Vietnam may be named in the order of their birth.
  • In Japan there is no need to send invitations to weddings, funerals, and the like as they are community events which are shared by all in Japanese villages. All of the village women prepare food and the entire village either mourns or congratulates the newly-wed couple.
  • When eating in this Japan, forget what your mother taught you about having good manners and not slurping. It is Japanese custom to slurp while you eat foods such as soup. If you do not slurp, then your host will think that you do not like your food and will take offense.
  • In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

Hadeeth Newsflash

Reported by Jundub bin `Abdullah (RA): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "Once someone said: `By Allah! Allah will not forgive such and such (a person).' Thereupon Allah, the Exalted and the Glorious, said: `Who is he who takes an oath in My Name that I will not grant pardon to so-and-so? I have granted pardon to so-and-so and rendered your good deeds fruitless.''' [Muslim]

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