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Why are dates always on the iftar table at Ramazan?
 

The month of Ramadan, or Ramazan in Turkish, has started. The holiest of months for Muslims, Ramazan commemorates the time when the Ku’ran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammed. For the next thirty days, all healthy Muslims will fast during daylight hours. This means not eating or drinking anything from sunrise to sunset. Dates […]

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A guide to bereavement and the five stages of grieving

Unfortunately, when it comes to losing people that we love, our emotions are usually uncontrollable for a long time afterwards. There is never a good time to lose the people we love most, but in this period of great uncertainty and fear, somehow the loss of a loved one seems more amplified because of the […]

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UK Turkish coronavirus deaths top fifty, as report finds 1 in 3 COVID-19 critically ill patients are from ethnic minorities

At least fifty-one people from the British Turkish community have died from coronavirus, the vast majority of Turkish Cypriot origin. The death of doner chef Yaşar Cevahir, formerly of Güzelyurt, North Cyprus, meant the virus has now claimed the lives of forty Turkish Cypriots in Britain. Nationally, a total of 5,373 patients have died in […]

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TRNC PM Ersin Tatar addresses the nation ahead of tonight’s London Mevlit for coronavirus victims

Ersin Tatar, the Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC), has delivered a heartfelt message in English to the Turkish Cypriot nation ahead of tonight’s Mevlit in London to commemorate the 35 Turkish Cypriots who have died after contracting coronavirus. The Turkish Cypriot leader started his message by stating: “I address you […]

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WWW.Turks with Selim Kumbaracı
 

Each print issue of T-VINE Magazine has a section called WWW.Turks, short for the ‘Weird and Wonderful World of Turks’, where we invite amateur and professional photographers of Turkish origin to submit a range of photos of the world around them. They range from the quirky to the stunning. Selim Kumbaracı is one of Cyprus’s […]

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Burials: North Cyprus vs the UK
 

Few of us want to talk about death much less plan for it, and yet its inevitability means at some point in our lives we are all likely to have to deal with the funeral arrangements for a loved one. For Muslims, the Islamic code requires a whole burial. However, the rising cost of buying […]

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Turkey adopts European time and calendar, 26 December 1925

The founders of the Republic of Turkey took steps to make people’s lives easier and to modernise the country in line with Western standards. One of the measures was to adopt European time and calendar. There were a few different systems used to decide the time in the Ottoman Empire: under the Alaturka system, sunset […]