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Turkey vows to bring Israel to ICC over Gaza carnage, Tel Aviv says Ankara will be there first

SHAFAQNA – Turkey suggested that Palestine appeals to the International Criminal Court over Israeli actions in Gaza, saying “crimes against humanity” should not remain unanswered. Tel Aviv said Turkey will appear there first. “Israel should be taken to the International Criminal Court [over the killing of Palestinians]. Since third parties cannot do it, Palestine needs to […]

Japanese victims of forced sterilization file more lawsuits over inhumane eugenics law

SHAFAQNA – Three Japanese pensioners have filed separate lawsuits against the government over irreversible damage caused by forced sterilization conducted under Japan’s eugenics law, which was in place for almost 50 years. Faced with life-long hardship, three Japanese citizens in their 70s filed lawsuits on Thursday, seeking total compensation of 80 million yen ($720,000) for being […]

Consumerism and the month of Ramadan

SHAFAQNA – Most Muslims believe retailers are not responding to their Ramadan needs which could earn them more than £200m. It is a time for family, friends and, most importantly, faith – but as British Muslim’s get ready to mark Ramadan, which starts next Tuesday, there are calls for retailers to wake up to the untapped […]

Not even water? Answers to questions Muslims hear every Ramadan

SHAFAQNA – It’s that time of the year again where about 1.6 billion Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan. It’s a time for inner reflection, self-control and an abundance of questions from friends. To Muslims, it’s a kind of tune-up for their spiritual lives. Fasting, a religious obligation of Islam, has numerous […]

US, Saudi & Israeli alliance threatens world peace, democracy & HR

SHAFAQNA – The decision by the US president last night to abrogate, unilaterally, the most celebrated achievement of his predecessor, the nuclear deal with Iran, has been criticised worldwide and caused a major split within the Western political and military alliance. Although the decision had been anticipated, many observers hoped that the lobbying by Germany, France […]


Sweden Allows Mosque Call to Prayer

SHAFAQNA – Swedish police Tuesday granted a mosque permission to hold a weekly call to prayer, triggering divisions among politicians and the public, five months ahead of elections in a country which has taken in waves of asylum seekers in recent years. The police permit, which is valid for a year, has caused concern among some […]


German police records 1,075 Islamophobic crimes in 2017

SHAFAQNA – German police recorded 1,075 Islamophobic crimes in 2017, according to new government figures announced on Tuesday. Far-right extremists or groups carried out some 994 attacks against Muslims and mosques, which made up 92.5 percent of all Islamophobic crimes, the report by the Interior Ministry said. Last January, police began registering Islamophobic crimes under a […]

Al Khalifa forces detain young man in new violent raids

SHAFAQNA – At least one person was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning as Manama’s security forces carried out a series of raids across Bahrain. The young man identified as Mohammed Ahmed al-Akri was reportedly detained in the coastal village of Sadad after security forces stormed his home. Online activists are reporting that al-Akri’s […]


Every year British Muslims fall victim to Hajj fraud

SHAFAQNA – Britain’s Muslims have lost almost £1 million (Dh4.97m) to bogus travel agents who target families booking once-in-a-lifetime trips to perform the Hajj. Victims lost £988,743 between 2013 and 2017, anywhere between £1,000 (Dh4,974) to £33,000 (Dh164,000) per person, Action Fraud, the City of London Police operation which works with The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, […]

Islam Religion of Co-existence, Peace says Rector of Pakistani University

SHAFAQNA – He was addressing the participants during concluding ceremony of 27th International Human Resource Development Program for Muslim minority countries organized by Dawah Academy (IIUI) at Allama Iqbal Auditorium in Islamabad. He said that it’s the prime responsibility of Muslims to spread attributes of Islam across the world, adding that it’s the need of the […]

Bahrain’s Jaw Prison draws up list of Shiite religious texts banned at facility

SHAFAQNA – Authorities in Bahrain’s Jaw Prison have drawn up a list of books that are now banned at the facility. The list includes a number of widely circulated Shiite religious texts and other educational materials. The restrictions come amid deteriorating living conditions in Jaw especially with respect to the treatment of political detainees, who routinely […]

Head of Iran’s Islamic seminary: “Hamburg Islamic center become base for deep scientific dialogues in West”

SHAFAQNA – At Germany’s Islamic academy and international capacities of Islamic seminary convention that was held at the Imam Khomeini center for higher education in Qom, Ayatollah Arafi expressed hope for the longevity of this Islamic establishment in Germany and Europe and said, “This good tree has grown roots in Europe and we hope it will […]

Afghan police kill would-be suicide bomber in Kabul

SHAFAQNA – Afghan police shot dead a suicide bomber on Monday as he was apparently preparing to attack an outdoor blood donor facility in a busy area of central Kabul, officials said. As the man approached the center, in a park in the Shar-e Naw commercial district, police opened fire, setting off the explosives in his […]

Qom preacher: “Teachers capable of creating a civilization”

SHAFAQNA – In his Friday prayer sermon delivered to a large and fervent crowd of believers in Qom’s Qods Prayer Hall, Sayyed Mohammad Sa’idi commemorated Labour Day, saying, “In some countries, such as France, which claim to have freedom, we have witnessed that workers have faced violence while these countries are claimants of having human rights.” […]


Bahrain’s Shiite cleric reaffirms commitment to peaceful approach

SHAFAQNA – Speaking during a sermon at Manama’s Imam al-Sadiq Mosque on Thursday evening, Bahraini Shiite cleric Sayed Abdullah Al-Ghuraifi reaffirmed his commitment to a peaceful approach in dealing with Bahrain’s political crisis. Sayed Al-Ghuraifi said that he has always “emphasized the prohibition … of violence, extremism, terrorism … and sectarian incitement.” “All sincere efforts must […]

Ramadan and the new generation of Muslim consumers

SHAFAQNA – In recent years, Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, has gained increased importance for marketers as the Muslim population around the world rapidly expands — and particularly for a new generation of Muslim youth. Muslims represent the second largest population worldwide, driving a significant share of consumer spending across sectors. While marketers in the Middle […]


Iraq’s new political class – Abdul Hussein Abtan wants a new political narrative

SHAFAQNA – On 28 January 2007 Iraq security forces foiled a sinister plot in a surrounding village to the sacred city of Najaf. The plotters belonged to a messianic cult: the Soldiers of Heaven, a group hell-bent on seeing through its members’ aspirations to hasten the apocalyptic events promised in the Islamic religious scriptures. Temptation to […]


Burma Muslims jailed for praying in the street

SHAFAQNA – Seven Muslim men have reportedly been jailed in Burma (Myanmar) for three months for organising Muslim prayers in the street about a year ago, after local Islamic schools were shuttered prior to the holy month of Ramadan. According to the UK-based Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) the men were sentenced on Monday under Burma’s […]