Pope Francis warned on the risk of eliminating Christians from the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis warned that there is the risk of “eliminating Christians” from the Middle East.  Speaking to a group that assists Eastern Christian Churches, Pope Francis warns of the risk that Christians could be eliminated…

Bahrain will form ties with Israel

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SHAFAQNA - An official from Bahrain said this country does not view Israel as an enemy and Bahrain will be the first [Persian] Gulf state to form ties with Israel. An official from the Kingdom in Bahrain told i24NEWS that Bahrain will be…

Lebanon: one suicide attempt every six hours

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SHAFAQNA - The rate of suicide is close to national alarm in Lebanon. The rate of suicide among the youth in Lebanon is rising at an alarming rate according to health professions. As many as one suicide attempts are being reported every six…

OPEC reaches deal to boost oil output after Iran’s approval

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SHAFAQNA - Leaders from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed on Friday to raise oil production by around 1 million barrels per day from next month after a week of tense negotiations. OPEC’s de facto leader…

Political alliance of Iraqi PM al-Abadi and Shia cleric al-Sadr

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SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and cleric Moqtada al-Sadr  said their political blocs, which came in third and first place in a parliamentary election respectively, would enter into an alliance in an effort to form a new government…

Why does Allah (s.w.t.) test people?

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SHAFAQNA – via 180 Questions Enquiries About Islam | par Ayatullah  Nasir Makarim Shirazi: The topic of Divine trial is an issue of great debate and discussion. The first question that comes to mind is: Are trials not for understanding…

Photo: Kazemayn in 20th Century

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SHAFAQNA: A Rare Picture of  Imam Kazem and Imam Javad's Shrine in Kazemayn, Iraq, which has been taken in 20th Century.   Read more from Shafaqna: Pictures of Ashura Ashura Procession in Zaria City (Nigeria Oct 2016)  …

A power struggle between Persian Gulf states

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Shafaqnq- A power struggle has grown more intense among the Persian Gulf States. A case in point is the current conflict between Saudi Arabia (and the UAE) and Qatar.  "The European Union (EU) supports Kuwait efforts to mediate between…

Turkey elections: Will Erdogan era continue?

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SHAFAQNA - Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in power for more than 15 years, either as prime minister or president of Turkey. One more time Erdogan is the frontrunner, but polls suggest it’ll be close. Turkish citizens will be voting on June…

World cup 2018: Nigeria may go to the next round

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SHAFAQNA - Nigeria won Iceland magically. Now in Group D Croatia is safely through to the next round but the second spot is up for grabs; Nigeria or Argentina. Nigeria reinvigorated its World Cup campaign — and gave a boost to Argentina’s…

They Insist That Business is Like Ar-Riba

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SHAFAQNA- In the Name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful "And Allah has permitted business (bai'a) and prohibited Ar-Riba," The Qur'an says in continuation of the captioned quote from verse Q: 2.275. The subject caption above is…

Forum in Japan to Discuss ‘Islam, Christianity, Buddhism Dialogue’

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SHAFAQNA- According to the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, the Iranian Cultural Center in Japan will organize the program in cooperation with Ryukoku University. “Iran’s policy after the Revolution”, “Iranian society…

Who is the Companion?

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SHAFAQNA- Before broaching the subject of reliability of the Sahabah, I have to define who the Sahabi is as identified by them (Sunnis), and the most adequate definition in view of the Jumhur (Sunnis) being that one mentioned by al-Bukhari: In…

8th Shawwal, The Sacrilegious Act of Destroying Holy Shrines in Jannat al-Baqi Cemetery

SHAFAQNA-On 8th Shawwal, Wednesday, in the year 1345 AH (April 21, 1925), mausoleums in Jannatul al-Baqi (Madinah), the famous burial place of great personalities without whom the history of Islam is incomplete, were demolished by the Wahabbi…

Azerbaijan hosts Iran's National Orchestra

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SHAFAQNA - The performance is scheduled on the occasion of Iran’s cultural week in Azerbaijan. The orchestra will perform various Persian and Azeri music pieces. Fereidun Shahbazian along Tehran Symphony Orchestra is in Russia right…

Morocco's breaking record in tourism

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SHAFAQNA -  Morocco recorded a bumper year for tourist arrivals in 2017, breaking through the 11-million barrier for the first time, the tourism ministry announced on Monday.      Visitor arrivals numbered some 11.4 million, a 10% increase…

US Foreign Policy in Crisis

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in response to Mike Pompeo's claims about Iran:  Following the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)…

What is the ruling on not learning about religious decrees? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question regarding not learning religious decrees. Question: Is the person who neglects to learn about religious decrees a sinner? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: (Such a person) is a sinner…

25% of Muslim women wearing headscarf shoved on NYC subway: survey

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SHAFAQNA-One in four Muslim women wearing a headscarf in New York City has been pushed on a subway platform, a new survey has found. The survey, released Tuesday by New York's Commission on Human Rights, reveals widespread discrimination…

Future of Iran’s Nuclear Deal- SHAFAQNA EXCLUSIVE

SHAFAQNA- Islamic Students Associations in Britain held a discussion panel on the “Future of Iran’s Nuclear Deal” at Kanoon Towhid in London which is the centre of their London Branch. Mohammad Hossein Amirhosseini, the President of the…

The 8th of Shawwal: The Anniversary of the Demolition of al-Baqi' Cemetery

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SHAFAQNA - via WikiShia : Demolition of al-Baqīʿ (Arabic: تخریب البقیع) refers to the event of demolition of historical and religious graves and shrines of al-Baqi' cemetery by the Wahhabis of contemporary time. Demolition of al-Baqi'…

World Cup 2018: Iran has still a chance to knockout stage

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SHAFAQNA - Diego Costa breaks tie in 54th minute; Spain and Portugal have four points in Group B Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lead Spain to a 1-0 win over Iran on Wednesday at the World Cup. Costa broke the deadlock in the 54th…

Why helping others is so important in Islam?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated that Imam Hassan Mojtaba (AS) was observing the period of I’tikaaf (an Islamic practice which include staying in a Mosque for a certain number of days, devoting oneself to worship of God) and went out to help a needy…

First Iraq-flagged oil tanker in three decades left Basra for USA

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SHAFAQNA - Iraq has Exported First Crude Oil Cargo through Iraq-flagged tanker for the first time in three decades. Iraq, which has been ravaged by a series of wars since the 1980s, is the oil cartel OPEC's second-biggest producer with 153…

Badab-e Surt, a vibrant destination for nature lovers

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SHAFAQNA - Tehran Times | by Amir Ali Razzaghi: A photo collection depicts views of Badab-e Surt, a scenic destination for eco-travelers and nature lovers in northern Iran, November 3, 2017. Badab-e Surt bargains its visitors with a striking…

Minute's silence marks one-year anniversary of London mosque terror attack

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Shafaqna- Relatives of victim Makram Ali joined survivors, Muslim leaders and politicians gather for a moment of silence to mark London mosque attack anniversary , killing father-of-six Makram Ali and injuring 12 others when a man drove his…

What is the ruling when Sijdah Ayah is heard whilst performing Salaat? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about hearing Sijdah Ayah (verse) whilst performing Salaat. Question: What is the ruling if Sijdah Ayah is heard whilst performing Salaat? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: If Sijdah…

Rise of violence against shia muslims in South Africa: some withdraw from the Cape Accord

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SHAFAQNA - In South Africa, Shia Muslims face violence by their religious identity. Earlier this month, the Cape Accord – a document meant to encourage peace and unity and eradicate extremism – was signed in Cape Town by several Islamic…

Iran vs. Spain: If all goes well Carlos Queiroz will have secured his reputation

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SHAFAQNA: Iran is now at top of Group B and has a high chance of advancing to the knockout stage for the first time in their history.  If all goes well versus Spain, and then against Portugal, Carlos Queiroz will have secured his reputation…

Iran-Iraq coordination to reach an accord on tourism

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SHAFAQNA - MNA : “2.3 million Iranians visit Iraq annually without taking into account the millions of Iranian pilgrims who travel to Iraq for Arbaeen rituals,” Hamid Mohammadi told Mehr News Agency correspondent on Tuesday. Mohammadi…