Saudi women call for help on social media - end to male hegemony

SHAFAQNA - The Saudi women who need their fathers, husbands and brothers' permission to benefit their legal rights of working, studying and traveling, are now using social media in a bid to end males' rule over their life. The Saudi women…

Islamic banking in Africa

SHAFAQNA - The African market for Islamic banking and finance is unique for several reasons. Among other things, the continent is witnessing an unprecedented economic growth in in last decade combined with huge market potential. Indeed, almost…

Rohingya Muslims ‘trapped’

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SHAFAQNA - The first time he tried to escape a tough existence in his village in western Myanmar in 2004, Junaid Zafar was thrown in jail for five years. Like many other Rohingya Muslims, Zafar was seeking to flee poverty and persecution…

CHALDEAN PATRIARCH TO MUSLIMS: DISOWN ISIS

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SHAFAQNA - The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern rite in full communion with the Catholic Church, called on Muslims to speak against the Islamic State. Patriarch Louis Sako, in an August 27 statement, said, "[It]'s time for…

Muslim Americans strive to make their voices heard at the polls

SHAFAQNA - Alena Khan was catching up with friends at the start of the Pakistan Day parade in Edison, N.J., last weekend when she spotted a large blue-and-white banner for the New Jersey Muslim Voters Project (NJMVP), urging her to register…

Selling cheque with specified pay date to the third person at lower price/the Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about selling cheque with specified pay date to the third person at lower price. Question: Is there any problem in selling cheque with specified pay date to the third person…

What's It's Like Being a Syrian Muslim Who Feels Ignored by the West

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SHAFAQNA - I've changed my profile picture on social media many times since terror came in horrific waves, drowning the world in sorrow over the last year. But I could only use the official Facebook profile filter to show solidarity for Paris…

First halal hotel draws Muslim tourists

SHAFAQNA - The first halal hotel in Bangkok is attracting Muslim visitors with the management hoping to tap deeper into a growing market. Nearly 30 million foreign tourists came to Thailand last year but only about 658,000 were from the…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered a question about Fususi Gnosticism.

SHAFAQNA - Question: Considering that some sites published words attributed to you regarding the approval of (Fususi Gnosticism), please express your views about this case. The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Regarding the Islamic belief (Islamic…

Can you be a practising Muslim and identify with the Australian way of life?

SHAFAQNA - With growing concerns over national security, and the increased threat of those wishing to divide us, there has been recent public discussion about the future of our immigration program, and whether the values and customs of some…

Discrimination against Muslims at airports hurts fight against terrorism

SHAFAQNA - Recently, newspapers across the world — including in the United States, Britain and Israel — have reported on the challenges that Muslims, and people perceived to be Muslim, have faced at airports and on planes. Just last week,…

Muslims fear 'awkward coincidence' of Eid festival falling on 9/11

SHAFAQNA - Muslim leaders in America have expressed concerns over the "awkward coincidence" that this year's festival of Eid could fall on September 11. There are fears the holiest day in the Islamic calendar, which sees Muslims enjoy feasts,…

French Minister: Enemy Seeks to Divide Muslims, Non-Muslims

SHAFAQNA - France's interior minister said Monday that the country is at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims, making it urgent to create a strong bond between the nation and citizens of the Islamic faith. Bernard…

The ruling about downloading film, music or internet games without permission/the Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a questions about downloading from internet without permission. Question: Is downloading film, music or game from the internet with assumption that the owners do not agree with it, considered…

A Fatwa by the Grand Ayatollah Shobairi about cursing the person who commits sins openly

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about cursing the person who commits sins openly. Question: Is it allowed to curse the person who commits some sins openly? The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi: Cursing a believer…

Norwegian Muslims gather to pray for Utøya attack victims on 5th anniversary

SHAFAQNA - Muslims from across Norway gathered on the island of Utøya to pray for victims of the Norway attacks. Six years ago in 2011 34-year-old Anders Breivik shot and killed 69 people on the very same island. The Island is owned by…

Enemy within? German army looking for Radical Islamist infiltrators in its ranks, report says

SHAFAQNA - German Military Intelligence (MAD) is looking into nearly 300 cases of potential extremists, including Islamist infiltrators in its ranks, and is mulling tougher screening for recruits because of the situation, Die Welt reports,…

Afghan FM hails Iran's support for Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Sunday praised Iran's support for the Afghan government and people. He also thanked Iranian people for their hospitality for Afghan refugees and praised Iranian Supreme Leader,…

Restaurant Refuses to Serve Muslim Women in France

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SHAFAQNA- A restaurant manager humiliates two Muslim women and refuses to serve them in Tremblay-en-France in the suburb of Paris on Saturday night, telling them “terrorists are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists.”  One of the…

MOVING PERSPECTIVES - "Yemen has taught the world a beautiful lesson in Resistance" says Professor Mohammad Marandi

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SHAFAQNA - In order to bring you, our readers, closer to realities and truths, Shafaqna will conduct a series of exclusive podcast interviews with renown political analysts politicians, officials, religious leaders, and academics. As always…

The politically shrewd option for French and German Muslims

SHAFAQNA - If they know what is good for them, German Muslims should be stoutly, if silently, supporting the partial burqa ban announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. And French Muslims should be agreeing, even if only sotto voce,…

Turkey permits Muslim policewomen to wear hijab on duty

SHAFAQNA- Female police officers in Turkey will now be able to wear a headscarf as part of their uniform, according to a new ruling published on Saturday. Turkey’s Official Gazette carries a new rule which will allow policewomen to wear…

Shaykh Saduq, the Great Shi‘a Authority in the Age of Minor Occultation

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SHAFAQNA- By: Ali Naghi Zabihzadeh Abstract Abu Ja’far Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Babiwayh al-Qummi was one of the greatest scholars of Shi‘a Islam. His honesty, which earned him the title al-Saduq, assisted him in his success as a great traditionist…

The definition, meaning, value, and effect of Taqwa

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SHAFAQNA- By: Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari Abstract In part I of this article, Ayatollah Mutahhari elaborated on the definition, meaning, value, and effect of taqwa, or Godwariness, and self-restraint, as emphasized in the Qur’an and Nahj…

Kiwi-Muslims tackle misconceptions during Islamic Awareness Week

SHAFAQNA - Islamic artifacts, ethnic cuisine, and traditional clothing were being showcased at mosques and public spaces throughout the country in celebration of Islamic Awareness Week. Auckland's Aotea Square hosted an Islam open day on…

Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador

SHAFAQNA - Iraq's foreign ministry has asked Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador in Baghdad, Thamer al-Sabhan. Ahmed Jamal, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said Sunday that senior Iraqi officials have requested Riyadh to adopt proper…

War refugees' number to grow to 300,000

SHAFAQNA - Germany expects up to 300,000 refugees to arrive this year, less than one-third of the total during 2015’s record influx, the federal office for migrants and refugees (BAMF) has said. Frank-Jürgen Weise, the head of BAMF, told…

Russia and US fail to agree on Syria and Ukraine

SHAFAQNA - Russia and the United States concluded the last round of negotiations on the Syrian settlement in Geneva - after meetings between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry to make progress in the…