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Imam Sadiq (PBUH) : On The Quest for Knowledge

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- ‘Unwaan Basri was 94 years old when he heard about Imam Sadiq’s (PBUH) high level of knowledge in all matters. Therefore, he wished to acquire knowledge only from the Imam, who had just entered Medina. However, the surveillance the government had placed upon the Imam, along with the Imam’s own overscheduled hours, […]

Interpretation of Sura Hud – Verses 69-71

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- The Angels sent by Allah first meet – Abraham Abraham’s wife given the glad tidings of Isaac and – Jacob Abraham pleads for the people of Lot but asked to leave the people to have their own earning – The Angels appear to Lot – Lot admonishes his people who […]

bbc.com/ Obama: Air strikes on Iraq dam ‘to protect US interests’

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- US air strikes in support of Iraqi forces’ efforts to retake the country’s largest dam are aimed at protecting US interests there, President Obama says. The failure of Mosul dam may put US staff and facilities, including the US embassy in Baghdad, at risk, Barack Obama warned Congress in a […]

Alwefaq/ Alaali: political naturalization is a heavy weight on Bahrain’s economy

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-“The political purpose behind naturalizing foreigners is to change the demographic structure and to destabilize political security in Bahrain”, said Dr. Hasan Alaali, the Secretary-General of the National Gathering Society. The Bahraini opposition parties have launched a media campaign to highlight the serious consequences of naturalizing tens of thousands of foreigners […]

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait to abide by UN blacklisting of citizens

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- Saudi Arabia and Kuwait agreed to comply with a United Nations resolution aimed at stopping financing for Islamist militant groups in Syria and Iraq after four of their nationals were named among a group blacklisted by the international body.  The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Friday intended […]

Westerners should try to understand Islam

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- JOHN G. Stackhouse states Islam’s scriptures forbid forcible conversion (“Peace under Islam requires submission”, 18/8). He is referring to one verse in the Koran. However, several stronger verses abrogate this weaker verse. These stronger verses demonstrate the duality in Islam and, unlike Western logic, there are two contradictory positions on […]

How the US Policy on Syria is Backfiring Fear of ISIS

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- Fear of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis, who now refer to themselves the Islamic State) is the new uniting factor for states in the Middle East and beyond who normally hate each other. The sudden emergence of Isis’s still expanding caliphate, with its terrifying blend of brutality, bigotry […]

Syria’s tragedy has created a world of opportunity for the Islamic State

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- War spreads deadly viruses of the ideological as well as disease-bearing variety. Just as the First World War created the opportunity for Bolshevism to capture Russia, so today’s turmoil in the Middle East relentlessly promotes the spread of al-Qaida’s brand of Islamist zealotry. But for Europe’s catastrophe, Lenin would have […]

abna.ir/India Muslims Deplore Anti-Muslim Author’s Visa

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- Leaders of India Muslim community have been voicing increasing anger at Indian government’s latest decision to grant long-term residence permit to Bangladeshi exiled author Taslima Nasrin, who has been ridiculing Islam for many years. “Contrary to the practice in India, she gets residence permit which is being extended regularly,” Zafarul-Islam […]

huffingtonpost.com/Saudi Contrition Fighting Terrorism: Much Too Little, Much Too Late

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- On August 14th the New York Times informed us that Saudi Arabia, increasingly concerned about the spread of Islamist militant extremism reaching its own doorstep, had donated $100 million to the United Nations counterterrorism agency the day before. Thank you, Saudi Arabia. That is the equivalent of what the United States […]

nytimes.com/For Chinese, Pope Seems Worlds Away in South Korea

SHAFAQNA-  Pu Ge sat on a green bench outside Beijing’s oldest Catholic cathedral and stared at the ornate gray edifice, contemplating God and his shepherd. She said she had thought that Pope Francis would stop in China during his current trip to Asia. “I thought he would visit a church here and we would get […]

al-akhbar.com/Warplanes roar over Tripoli as clashes intensify

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-Unidentified warplanes flew over the Libyan capital Tripoli and explosions were heard early on Monday, residents said, in what could mark a sharp escalation of more than a month of street fighting between armed factions. Several Libyan TV channels said planes targeted bases of militiamen from Misrata who have been battling […]

aljazeera.com/Imran Khan’s party quits Pakistan parliament

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-The party of Pakistan’s opposition leader Imran Khan has quit the national assembly and vowed to intensity anti-government protests, a day after he called for a campaign of civil disobedience in protest at the government of Nawaz Sharif. “We are resigning from the National assembly, Punjab assembly, Baluchistan assembly and Sindh assembly,” […]

onislam.net/HRW Lambasts Kenya’s Abusive Police

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-An international rights organization has accused Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) of being responsible for a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, urging international donors to halt support for the biased unit. “Kenyan counterterrorism forces appear to be killing and disappearing people right under the noses of top government officials, […]

6.1-Magnitude Quake Jolts Western Iran

SHAFAQNA- According to the Iranian Seismological Center, the magnitude 6.1 quake struck 3 kilometers off Murmuri, a small town in Iran’s western province of Ilam, at 07:02 local time (0232 GMT Monday). The epicenter was determined to be at 32.703 degrees north latitude and 47.695 degrees east longitude. Tremors from quake were felt in four provinces. […]

Micheal Brown Family Holds News Conference in Ferguson

SHAFAQNA- The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, plans to address reporters Monday after a private autopsy found that Brown was shot at least six times. The family plans to speak at a news conference at 10:30 a.m. ET. Earlier in the day, […]

‘We drank urine to survive’

SHAFAQNA- Thirteen people lost at sea for two days when their tourist boat sank in Indonesia were rescued on Monday after a horrific ordeal that had forced other survivors to swim to a volcanic island and drink their own urine. Two Spanish men were still missing after the boat, which was also carrying Indonesian crew, sank […]

reuters.com/Texas Governor Perry calls indictment politically motivated

SHAFAQNA – Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, said on Saturday an indictment against him for abuse of power was a political move that he intends to fight. Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold in the heavily Republican state, on two […]

ap.com/Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Shot At Least 6 Times: Report

SHAFAQNA – An unarmed black teenager killed by a white officer in Missouri was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy has found. The New York Times reported that the autopsy by Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City chief medical examiner, found that one of the […]

usatoday.com/Chaos, violence in Ferguson; National Guard called in

SHAFAQNA – Another night of chaos and violence gave way to an uneasy quiet Monday as residents cleaned up from looting and vandalism and awaited the arrival of the National Guard. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered the Guard into Ferguson hours after police cited “pre-planned” acts of aggression by protesters. Sunday night and early Monday […]

Missouri Governor ordered National Guard to Ferguson

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has ordered the National Guard to Ferguson as tensions rise following the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed black teenager. The Governor said the National Guard would “help restore peace and order” after days of protests over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. On […]

WikiLeaks founder will be leaving Ecuadorian Embassy soon

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Julian Assange has told a news conference he will leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London “soon” after more than two years inside the building. Assange described his next moves alongside the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. It is suggested that the WikiLeaks founder needs hospital treatment for heart and […]

IQNA/French, Bangladeshi Protestors Slam Zionist Attacks on Gaza

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-On Saturday, a group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered in front of the Pantheon in Paris to express their support for Palestinian resistance against Israel, Al-Alam news network reported. They carried Palestinian flags as well as placards depicting late Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, French World War II resistance leader Jean […]

IQNA/French, Bangladeshi Protestors Slam Zionist Attacks on Gaza

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-On Saturday, a group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered in front of the Pantheon in Paris to express their support for Palestinian resistance against Israel, Al-Alam news network reported. They carried Palestinian flags as well as placards depicting late Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, French World War II resistance leader Jean […]