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Role of Imam Hussain in Reviving Islam

SHAFAQNA – On the third day of the blessed month of Sha’ban, the fourth year after Hijrah and a year after the birth of Imam Hasan (A.S.), the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his household) was given the news of the birth of Imam Husain (A.S.). He hurried to the house of Imam […]

Imam Hussain in Holy Quran

SHAFAQNA – Imam Hussain (as) is the example for the self-conscious, uncompromising revolutionary, the one who advocated the rights of the oppressed. He is one of the near relatives of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his household) whom Almighty God orders us to love: ﴾Say: I do not ask of you any reward […]


German parliament condemns violence against Rohingya

SHAFAQNA – German parliament on Friday condemned the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. In a voting held in the parliament, a joint draft resolution prepared by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU), Social Democrat Party (SPD), Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens was accepted by the votes, […]

Freedom Flotilla ships to sail against Israeli blockade

SHAFAQNA – A ship dubbed “Al-Awda” (The Return) is to sail to Gaza from Norway next month to challenge the decade-long Israeli blockade in the region. As part of this year’s campaign launched by the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC), the boat, together with five others, will sail to the Gaza Strip on May 15, the […]


UK Muslim body commemorates 20th anniversary

SHAFAQNA – The Muslim Council of Britain, an organization representing Muslims across the UK, held its annual Muslim Leadership Dinner on Friday celebrating progress made by the organization as well as the Muslim community in the UK. It was attended by MPs such as opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Naz Shah and Stephen Timms as […]

Assad returns French Legion of Honor medal

SHAFAQNA – Syrian President Bashar Assad has surrendered his Legion of Honor award, France’s most prestigious decoration, given to him by Jacques Chirac in 2001, saying he will not wear honors bestowed by a “slave country” that bombs Syria. “The ministry of foreign affairs… has returned to the French republic… the decoration of the Grand Croix […]


SHAFAQNA – The Amir said: “Night and day my heart and Soul are intent upon serving God, but because of my responsibilities with Mongol affairs I have no time for such service.” Rumi answered: Those works too are work done for God, since they are the means of provid-ing peace and security for your country. You […]

Sufism in Egypt

SHAFAQNA – Sufism (tasawwuf) is an Islamic modality that emphasizes self-purification and the attainment of spiritually advanced states through the assumption of specific practices and disciplines, typically through affiliation with a particular brotherhood and its leader, a sheikh. Sufism has deep roots historical roots in Egypt, and the Egyptian landscape is marked with hundreds of sites […]

The Birthday Anniversary of Imam Husain (A.S) – 3rd of Shabaan

SHAFAQNA – The first celebrative Islamic occasion of the glorious month of Shabaan is the birth-anniversary of our 3rd Infallible Imam and the 3rd descendant of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) The second star of Hazrat Ali (A.S) and Janabe Fatema Zehra (S.A) enlightened Madina-e-Munawwara a year after the birth of Hazrat Hasan (A.S). Imam Husain (A.S) […]

Swedish Activist Continues Walking for Palestine

SHAFAQNA – A 25-year-old Swedish activist who commenced a long walk from Sweden to Palestine to raise awareness about human rights violations in the occupied territory, has reached Turkey’s northwestern Duzce province. Benjamin Ladraa crossed Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria to reach Istanbul last week. Ladraa was in Duzce on Sunday. He will continue […]

A Shia Muslim shopkeeper is gunned down in Pakistan’s Quetta

SHAFAQNA – A shopkeeper belonging to the Shia Hazara community was martyred in a terrorist attack in Quetta on Wednesday, police said. Takfiri terrorists have been claiming responsibility for Shia genocide and targeted murders of other communities in Pakistan. Quetta Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Abdur Razzaq Cheema said gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire at […]


Amnesty International strongly condemns Buhari regime, calls to release Sheik El Zakzaky & his wife

SHAFAQNA – Responding to a violent crackdown by Nigerian police on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) protesting the detention of their leader in Abuja, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said: “This was a needless resort to violence by Nigerian police against a group of unarmed protestors. The IMN members gathered in Abuja were […]

Is cancer a taboo in Muslim communities?

SHAFAQNA – When Saroj Sethi was diagnosed with cancer she felt like her community shunned her. “Some of the ethnic minorities try to hold back their feelings from the family and the community, and it can lead to mental illness,”she said. “There have been a few patients who have had a very adverse reaction [from their family]. Some […]


Why This Photographer Set Out to Break Muslim Stereotypes

SHAFAQNA – Lynsey Addario talks about her experience working within these communities across the U.S. during a years-long reporting project. When Lynsey Addario moved to India in 2000 and began covering Muslim communities throughout Asia, she was introduced to nuanced views of Islam and the people who practice it. After returning home to visit the U.S., […]

Muslim Slaves: America’s First Muslims

SHAFAQNA – In the face of rising Islamophobia and claims that Islam is a recent import onto the Western world Shafaqna felt necessary to offer context to such narrative. Islam as it were, is no more foreign to the West than Judaism or Christianity. If anything one may argue that ideas, faiths, and belief systems […]