Customers pay more attention to spending

In Germany importation of grains was drastically reduced after Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine in February this year. Grain cultivation and harvest in Germany was nevertheless good and of high quality last season. But the constant increase in the cost of fuel and electricity also has caused food prices to rise steadily. Bright Igbinovia of the tünews-INTERNATIONAL team works at the Unterjesingen mill and sometimes assists in sales there. He says: “I can see that the majority of consumers now give a better and proper attention to prices.” Customers ask him how much and why prices constantly increase. Therefore,… Read More

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“This bread” or “that one”—German bread culture explained to refugees

By Oula Mahfouz “There is a joke that says there are hundreds of types of bread in Germany, most of them are called ‘that one’, directly followed by ‘No, the one next to it’.” That was the answer of Hubert Berger, an organic baker from Reutlingen, to a question from tünews INTENATIONAL about the many types of German bread. The presentation of the many breads in the bakeries makes it difficult to recognise the small labels with the names. And that’s why Syrians point to the bread they want with their hand and say “this bread, please”. The names are… Read More

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Mostafa, his wallet, the police

by Mostafa Elyasian and Wolfgang Sannwald Mostafa was at Europapark Rust on Saturday. In the toilet, he put his wallet on the holder for toilet paper. And he forgot it there. After an hour, he wanted something to eat and drink. “Where is my wallet?” Mostafa hurried back to the boat he had been travelling in. No, it wasn’t there. Then he remembered the toilet; when he got there an hour and a half later, the wallet was not there. The cash, credit cards, driving licence, medical card, everything was missing. Someone from security sent him to the information desk.… Read More

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Syrian experience: Saving and replacing electricity

By Youssef Kanjou The German media is full of recommendations on how to save electricity and energy and paints grim scenarios of potential blackouts. Here, our Syrian editorial board member Youssef Kanjou recounts experiences during the war in Syria. “Waking up in the morning without electricity and having to shave your beard, use a toothbrush or even comb your hair in complete darkness is an experience we lived through daily in Syria. But necessity is the mother of invention, this is always true for Syrians when they are in trouble and need help. When the war came to Aleppo in… Read More

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Zakat—the obligatory donation in Islam

By Oula Mahfouz Paying Zakat to the needy is an Islamic religious obligation. The rules of zakat are derived directly from the Quran. Muslims who live in Germany after fleeing from war and following the Quran rules also practice this duty for God and a right for the poor. Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. Therefore, failing to comply with Zakat is considered a serious offense and a sin. The word “Zakat” has both the meaning of “purify” and “growth” derived from the explanation of Muslim scholars: “Whoever pays zakat, Allah purifies and increases his wealth.” Muslims… Read More

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Refugees with Swabian totally there

“Nothing is more surprising than hearing a dialect spoken by a migrant.” This is how Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann responded when he was asked if he recommended that refugees learn Swabian during his visit to the editorial team of tünews INTERNATIONAL on August 16, 2022, in the Tübingen district office. Kretschmann narrated his own experiences as a child of a family that had fled from the Soviet Armed Forces to West Germany in 1945. According to him, migration is not just a word “that you hear and that only affects others. I’ve already had some vivid experiences with it.” His… Read More

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For Muslims, the Prophet’s instruction is: “Do not be wasteful”

By Oula Mahfouz In the face of global economic crisis, inflation, resource scarcity and drought, governments are asking everyone to save resources and energy. This also means changing daily habits that waste energy resources, such as long showers. Recently, Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, caused a stir for his tip to save on showering when he said: “The flannel is also a useful invention.” He was also criticised in part for this. But how did Muslims take it? And how does Islam deal with wastefulness? There are many verses in the Qur’an and hadiths that forbid extravagance and miserliness and… Read More

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Geflüchtete mit Schwäbisch total dabei

„Nichts überrascht so, als wenn ein Migrant Dialekt spricht.“ So reagierte Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann bei seinem Besuch der Redaktion von tünews INTERNATIONAL am 16. August 2022 im Landratsamt Tübingen auf die Frage, ob er Geflüchteten empfehle, Schwäbisch zu lernen. Kretschmann hatte von seinem eigenen Erleben als Kind einer Familie, die 1945 vor der sowjetischen Armee nach Westdeutschland geflüchtet war, berichtet. Insofern sei für ihn Migration nicht nur so ein Wort, „von dem man halt hört und von dem nur andere betroffen sind. Ich habe da schon auch einigermaßen lebendige Erfahrungen damit gemacht.“ Sein Vorteil sei gewesen, dass er hier geboren… Read More

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Syrian recipes against heat

“Bolo” with lots of mint In summer, a drink called “Bolo” is often sold in Syria against the heat. It consists mainly of fresh lemon juice and lots of mint. Then add water, ice cubes and sugar as you like and mix everything in a blender. The green drink tastes very good and gives fresh energy in the heat. Help for stressed skin When we spend too long in the sun, we easily get sunburnt. For the skin stressed by heat, there is a traditional recipe in Syria. It involves mixing yogurt with cornstarch to make a creamy mixture. Then… Read More

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Festival of Sacrifice under German conditions

The Festival of the Sacrifice or “Eid al-Adha” is one of the most important festivals for Muslims. The festival has its origins in the story of Prophet Ibrahim, who almost sacrificed his son out of obedience to his God. Instead, God sent him a sheep. That is why the sacrifice of an animal, such as a sheep, camel, or cow is the focus. The meat is prepared and then shared: depending on the degree of kinship, the man gives one-third to the poor people, another to relatives and friends. Also, man can keep very little for one’s own family. In… Read More

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