Sunni and Shia organisations, leaders and activists in the UK deplore executions by Saudi

Shafaqna (international Shia News Agency) - Sunni and Shia organisations, leaders and activists in the UK released statement over Saudi’s execution of Sheikh Nimr as follows: "We, the undersigned, deplore the execution of prominent Shia…

Bankrupting the kingdom: Is Saudi Arabia facing a pending economic collapse?

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SHAFAQNA - In October 2015 the International Monetary Fund released a report mapping Saudi Arabia’s economic future, or rather, its downturn. While the kingdom remains one of the richest countries in the world per capita, with an estimated…

145 Quran Activists to Attend Int’l Quran competition in Egypt

SHAFAQNA- According to Al-Youm Al-Sabi’, the ministry announced that Sharm el-Sheikh city in South Sinai Governorate will host this edition of international competition on Quran memorization and recitation in April. It will be organized…

Ahlul Bayt World Assembly Released Statement over Saudi's Execution of Sheikh Nimr

SHAFAQNA-In the wake of the cruel execution of prominent Shiite cleric, Sheikh Nimr Baqer al-Nimr, the Ahlulbayt World Assembly issued a statement as follows: In the Name of Allah (( … And do not speak of those who are slain in the way…

Germany FM criticizes execution of Sheikh al-Nimr; calls Saudi death sentences 'inhumane'

SHAFAQNA-Germany's Foreign Ministry has condemned the mass executions conducted in Saudi Arabia. Germany does not allow the death penalty. "Our position is clear: the death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that we reject under all…

Islamic Human Rights Commision: Saudi's Execution of Sheikh Nimr another blow to reform movement

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SHAFAQNA- The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia represents another assault by Riyadh on the forces of reform and political empowerment in the Muslim world. The outspoken leader was executed after being convicted in 2014 under…

Exclusive / Grand Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili calls for respecting international treaties following attack on Saudi embassy

SHAFAQNA - Following the death of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by the Saudi authorities, and the wave of violence which swept across the Islamic world as a result of it, Grand Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili condemned the execution of Sheikh al-Nimr in the…

The Grand Ayatollah Shahroodi answered questions about a disbelieving child inheriting from a Muslim mother

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroodi answered questions about a disbelieving person inheriting from a Muslim person. Question: 1) Can a disbelieving child inherit from a Muslim mother? If the non-Muslim child cannot inherit, considering…

The Grand Ayatollah Vahid answered a question about having association with the family of spouse who have corrupt belief

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Vahid Khorasani answered a question about having association with the father of the wife who has corrupt belief. Question: The father of my wife does not believe in religion, he is a usurer and makes fun of…

The only weapon used by Sheikh Nimr was his words

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SHAFAQNA - It was King Salman who back in May 2015 told the world that “The Saudi Arabian government guarantees freedom of expression and opposes discrimination.” Addressing Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Human Rights Commission (HRC),…

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani severely condemned the execution of Sheikh Nimr

SHAFAQNA - Following the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on January 2, 2016, the Grand Ayatollah Sistani issued a statement in which he condemned the death of the prominent cleric. A man of peace, for whom justice and freedom remained important…

Islamic Center of England denounces Saudi Arabia over Sheikh al-Nimr's execution

SHAFAQNA - On January 2sd, 2016, Saudi officials confirmed in a press release that Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric and pro-democracy activist from Qatif, was executed alongside 46 other prisoners. The news was received with an…

Protesters set fire at Saudi embassy in Tehran over Sheikh Nimr execution + photos

Shafaqna - (International Shia News Agency) Protesters in Tehran mobilized to denounce the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by the Saudi Arabia and meanwhile Iran stresses maintaining security of Saudi diplomats, buildings. Saturday night…

Al Khoei Foundation condemns the killing of Sheikh al-Nimr - Exclusive

SHAFAQNA - Al-Khoei Foundation deplores the execution of prominent Shia Muslim scholar, Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr, in Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Al-Nimr was arrested in July 2012, following his demand for political reform and support for protests…

Yemenis kill 26 Saudi forces in Jizan

SHAFAQNA - Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters and allied army units have launched fresh retaliatory attacks against Saudi Arabia inflicting heavy casualties on the kingdom’s forces. At least 24 Saudi soldiers were killed and nearly 40 others…

Terror profiteering: Turkey’s little house of horrors

SHAFAQNA - If Turkey’s links to terror have been splashed over the headlines of late, underscoring Ankara’s shady dealings with Wahhabi-inspired radicals across the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa), little still has been written,…

Al-Khoei Foundation strongly denounced the execution of Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr

Shafaqna - Al-Khoei Foundation issued the following statement in response to the execution of Sheikh Al-Nimr and three other Shia Muslim activists in Saudi Arabia: "The Foundation deplores the execution of prominent Shia Muslim scholar, Sheikh…

Sheikh al-Nimr's brother calls for peace and restraint over execution

SHAFAQNA - Mohammad al-Nimr, brother to the Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr called on Saturday for calm and restraint over his brother's execution. "We urge you again to prevent any reaction outside the peaceful framework." Sheikh al-Nimr…

Professor warns of pending uprising in Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA - Alexander Azadgan, a professor of Strategic Global Management from California, discusses Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in an interview with PressTV.  The following is a rough transcription…

Letter of Sheikh Nimr to His Mother before Execution

SHAFAQNA - Today Saudi Arabia announced the execution of prominent Shia Muslim cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. The following text is the letter that Sheikh Nimr left to his mother before his martyrdom:   For My Patient Mother Umme…

Bahrain back to protests as court sentences 22 protesters to life in prison

SHAFAQNA - Demonstrators in Bahrain have taken to the streets across the Persian Gulf Arab country after a court sentenced 22 people to life in prison and another to death over anti-regime rallies. Protesters staged a rally on the island…

Sheikh Nimr Al-Nimr- The Man Behind A Movement

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SHAFAQNA - Sheikh Nimr  al-Nimr, commonly referred to as Sheikh Nimr was an independent Shia Sheikh in al-Awamiyah, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. He was popular among youth and critical of the Saudi Arabian government during the 2011–2012…

The Grand Ayatollah Makarem answered a question about the egg inside a dead hen

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question regarding the egg inside a dead hen (chicken). Question: What is the ruling about an egg that comes out of a dead hen (chicken)? The Grand Ayatollah Makarem: It is clean…

The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz’s answer to a question about the share of inheritance of parents from their son

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz answered a question regarding the share of parents when they inherit from their son. Question: What is the share of inheritance of parents from their son? The Grand Ayatollah Fayyaz: The total inheritance…

Protest in London underway to denounce Sheikh al-Nimr's execution

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SHAFAQNA - Rights activists in the UK have already mobilized to denounce the execution today of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by the Saudi regime. A prominent Shia cleric and a fearless advocate for human rights and peace, Sheikh al-Nimr was beheaded…

Restrictions on freedom of movement against Nabeel Rajab - Press Release

SHAFAQNA - The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests…

Harvesting fog in western Yemen - How Yemen fights back with ingenuity

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SHAFAQNA - “God has given us the fog to quench our thirst,” says Umm Ali, mother of six, who lives in Manakha, Yemen. Manakha is a rural district in the mountains, where residents live in scattered settlements across the remote highlands.…

The connection between hypocrisy and non-remembrance of God

SHAFAQNA - Ayah 142 of Surah Al-Nesa says: "Hypocrites try to outwit God but they are being outwitted themselves. Whenever they stand up to perform Salaat, they stand up lazily to be seen by other people and they seldom mention Allah (SWT). There…

The Grand Ayatollah Mosavi’s answer to a question about making a condition at the time of Nikah so both parties do not inherit from each other

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Mosavi Ardebili answered a question about making a condition at the time of Nikah in order that both parties  do not inherit from each other. Question: Can the couple make a condition at the time of Nikah,…

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr is executed by the Saudi regime despite calls for mercy

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SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia said Saturday it has executed 47 prisoners, including Shiite cleric and activist Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Al-Nimr was a central figure in Shiite protests that erupted in 2011 as part of the Islamic Awakening, and carrying…