2015 Arbaeen Procession to be held in the UK on December 6th,

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SHAFAQNA - The Husaini Islamic Trust UK works all year around to bring you the UK Arbaeen Procession. It is for all those Momineen who are unable to reach Karbala for Arbaeen, to come together and walk and pray in the love of the Ahlulbayt…

What is Islam’s view regarding waste?

SHAFAQNA - Allah (SWT) is beautiful and loves beauty but at the same time does not love waste and extravagance and this is evident in verses of the holy Quran. For example, Ayah 31 of Surah Al-A’araaf says: “O’ children of Adam, wear your…

The best deed and pillar of the religion

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from mam Ali (AS) who said: For God's sake, keep in mind God about Salaat because Salaat is the best of deeds and pillar of your religion [1] [1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 78, Page 100

“Tarateel Sajjadiyyah” Int’l Festival Kicks Off in Karbala

SHAFAQNA-The second edition of “Tarateel Sajjadiyyah” international festival started on November 7 in the holy city of Karbala. According to non14.net, the program has been organized on the occasion of the martyrdom anniversary of Imam…

Quran Invites Everyone to Intellectualism, Rational Dialogue

SHAFAQNA- The Holy Quran urges everyone to resort to intellectualism, wisdom, and logical dialogue, a senior cleric said. Speaking in the 186th meeting of the Supreme Council of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought…

Repentance

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: Make yourself smell nice with repentance so that the stinking and unpleasant smell of sins does not put you to shame [1]. [1] Behrul Anwaar, Vol. 6, page 22 and Vol. 93, Page 178.

Necessary factors for accomplishment of the belief

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Jawad (AS) who said: Three factors are needed for a believer to travel the route of belief to accomplishment; first divine grace, second a warner from inside and third acceptance of true advice by others.…

Cholera outbreak in Iraq spreads to neighboring countries: UNICEF

SHAFAQNA - A severe cholera outbreak in war-torn Iraq has now spread to neighboring Syria, Kuwait, and Bahrain,Reuters reports. The news comes from UNICEF Iraq director, Peter Hawkins, who told media that "Kuwait, Bahrain and Syria have…

How does the Middle East view climate change compared with the rest of the world?

SHAFAQNA - A Pew study showed only 29 percent of those polled in the Middle East were worried about immediate effects of climate change. A recent study by the National Climate Change said the Gulf will be so hot by the end of…

This US town faced a backlash after electing the first Muslim-majority city council

SHAFAQNA - Voters in Hamtramck, Michigan made history last week by electing the United States’ first Muslim-majority city council. But not everyone is happy about it. Muslim candidates in the city council elections won landslide votes in…

US Department of State Urges Bahrain to Drop Charges Brought Against Sheikh Ali Salman

SHAFAQNA - The State Department’s spokesperson, John Kirby, has said in a daily press briefing that charges against Sheikh Ali Salman that were brought on the basis of freedom of peaceful expression should be dropped. Sheikh Salman, Secretary…

First Saudi woman to run in elections

SHAFAQNA - Their election leaflets cannot contain photographs, and they are not allowed to address men directly at campaign meetings. But in a breakthrough moment for Saudi Arabia, a country known neither for voting nor for female emancipation,…

Powerful blast rocks Stockholm

SHAFAQNA - A powerful explosion has rocked central Stockholm. Friday’s blast happened in the Sodermalm area of the Swedish capital. Police are at the scene, and at least one street has been sealed off. ''It is unclear what happened,''…

Israelis harvest organs of executed Palestinians

SHAFAQNA - Riyad Mansour, the PA envoy to the UN has said that the Israeli occupation harvested organs of Palestinians executed during October, with the dead returned to their families with body organs missing. “After returning the seized…

What was the illness of Imam Sajjad (AS) in Karbala?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sajjad (AS) had severe stomach ache in Karbala to an extent that he could not carry weapons or fight [1,2,3]. The illness started in Karbala and not from the time Imam Hussain (AS) started his journey towards Iraq. Of course…

Largest US Jewish group slams Israel's ‘misguided’ policies

SHAFAQNA - The leader of the largest Jewish group in North America has criticized Israel’s policies toward Palestinians as “misguided.” “Asking Jews around the world only to wave the flag of Israel and to support even the most misguided…

International representative for NOI: Islam buried in DNA of African-Americans

SHAFAQNA - Akbar Muhammad, International representative for the Nation of Islam (NOI), the oldest Black Nationalist organization in the US, underlined that there is a strong connection between black people and teachings of Islam, saying Islam…

Call to prayer banned in northern Cyprus

SHAFAQNA - A court in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) has temporarily banned reciting the Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer. adhan The local court has banned the recitation of the dawn adhan through minaret speakers on the…

Iranian Film 'Muhammad (PBUH)' Screened in Beirut

SHAFAQNA - According to the beirut.icro.ir website, the movie’s director Majid Majidi was present at the screening session, which was held with the cooperation of the Iranian Cultural Center in Lebanon. A number of Shia and Sunni scholars,…

Who buried the martyrs of Karbala? (Part Five; Last part)

SHAFAQNA - There are various narrations regarding the burial place for the holy head of Imam Hussain (AS) but the most popular one among Shia Muslims and the majority of Sunni Muslims is that Imam’s head was taken back to where the rest of…

The types of food and drink which can be consumed by Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Allah (SWT) in holy verses of the Quran sometimes generally and in other times specifically pointed to the types of food and drink which are suitable for Muslims to consume. Some of these verses are; Ayahs 57 and 267 of Surah Al-Baqarah;…

Muslims feel disenfranchised in Myanmar’s election

SHAFAQNA - Khin Maung Cho does not much look like the hope of his people. He is a soft-spoken intellectual property lawyer who runs a small practice with his daughter. The one time he ran for election, in 1990, he got trounced. And at 64, he…

Britain shuts down plan for mega-Mosque

SHAFAQNA - The Department for Communities and Local Government has rejected an appeal against the refusal to grant permission to build a large mosque in East London. The Tablighi Jamaat (meaning 'Society for spreading faith'), is an international…

Millennial Muslims and the technology of love

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SHAFAQNA - MUSLIMS INSPIRED BY SERVICES LIKE TINDER AND AIRBNB ARE CREATING THEIR OWN MUSLIM APPS TAILORED TO THEIR CULTURE. Khalil Jessa, a 25-year-old Muslim developer who lives in Vancouver, Canada, was just like other young people his…

Radiomedicine to relieve cancer pain developed in Iran

SHAFAQNA - Researchers from Amirkabir University of Technology have produced and labeled scandium-47 radioisotope to relive pain and treat bone wounds in advanced cancers. Fatemeh Fathi, the Project Manager of “Developing a Radiomedicine…

Major national press expo kicks off in Tehran

SHAFAQNA - The 21st edition of Press and News Agencies Exhibition with the participation of over 700 news media opened on Sat. at Tehran Grand Musalla. The slogan of this year’s edition of the exhibition is “Fair Criticism, Responsible…

UN warns about environmental impact of wars

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SHAFAQNA - The UN warned on Fri. about the devastating impact of war on the environment and how often the conflicts are the result of the exploitation of natural resources. In the context of the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation…

Bahrain authorities ban opposition societies in support for Palestine

SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini Authorities have banned the National Democratic Opposition from holding a peaceful assembly on Friday. The opposition societies have, as usual, filed a notification at the Ministry of Interior for the demonstration…

Imam Hussein holy shrine invites Sunni Endowment delegation

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim Sunni delegation visited the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine stand participating in the Baghdad International Fair. His Eminence sheikh Qutaiba Ammash, director of the commemoration office in the Sunni Endowment bureau said:…

8 NGOs condemn Bahraini authorities’ decisions to revoke nationality of Bahraini citizens

SHAFAQNA - 8 national human rights organisations condemn the revocation of nationality decisions carried out by the Bahraini authorities. These NGOs are : Bahrain Human Rights Observatory, SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights, Bahrain Center…