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Muharram mourning in Nabatieh, southern Lebanon 1437-2015

SHAFAQNA – Muharram is a month of remembrance and modern Shia meditation that is often considered synonymous with Ashura. Ashura, which literally means the “Tenth” in Arabic, refers to the tenth day of Muharram. It is well-known because of historical significance and mourning for the murder of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUT). […]

Iran – Attack on Shias during Muharram mourning kills 2

SHAFAQNA – An attack was reported at a Shiite religious site in Iran on Friday, and at least two people are reported killed. Gunmen opened fire on a group of Shias who had gathered for the ritual mourning for Imam Hussein in the ongoing month of Muharram in Iran’s western province of Khuzestan, Press TV reported. Two people were […]

84-year-old Mosque in Malaysia to Be Relocated

SHAFAQNA  – Masjid Zakaria, which is one of the oldest mosques in Selangor, Malaysia, will be relocated nearby to Jalan Gombak. The mosque, which was built in 1931, could not accommodate the large number of Muslims attending Friday prayers, with some resorting to praying outside the mosque beside the main road. Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali, […]


Exclusive – #FreePalestine protest in London

SHAFAQNA – Pro-Palestine activists staged a counter-protest outside London’s Palestinian mission against pro-Israel groups, also rallying at the mission against of a spate of stabbings in Israel and the Occupied Territories, which they brand as ‘incitement’. Pro-Palestine groups are gathering in response to a protest organized by the pro-Israel Board of Deputies, the Zionist Federation (ZF) […]


The Historical Significance of ‘Ashura

SHAFAQNA – Hakam ibn Al-Arat (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates: I went to Ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu ‘anh)… I said to him: Tell me about fasting on ‘Ashura. He said, “When you seen the new moon of Muharram count the (days) and (begin to) observe fast on the 9th.” I said to him: “Is it how the Holy Messenger […]


What is the mourning of Muharram

SHAFAQNA – The Mourning of Muharram, Remembrance of Muharram, or Muharram Observances, is a set of rituals associated with Shia Islam, which takes place in Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. Many of the events associated with the ritual take place in congregation halls known as Hussainia. Majlis in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The […]

Muslims in Nigeria gather to mark Muharram

SHAFAQNA – Some Muslim organisations in the country have called on the federal and state governments to declare Muharram 1, the first day of the Muslim lunar calendar, as a public holiday. The groups, in their separate Hijrah 1437 A.H messages, said such a declaration would be in line with the rule of law, fairness and […]

Army troops arrived Lahore for Muharram security duties

SHAFAQNA – Pak Army troops will provide security during Muharram mourning processions and Majalis. According to ISPR the Army troops riding on dozens of vehicles to the sensitive places, the courts flag marched on the main routes of public meetings. Army will assist law enforcement agencies and the armed forces to keep peace in the city. […]

Ottawa police alert Muslim women after reports of verbal abuse

SHAFAQNA – Ottawa police are asking Muslims to report “all forms of abuse” after three Muslim women reported being verbally harassed by strangers while wearing a head scarf, including one incident at a polling station. Staff Sgt. David M. Zackrias, head of the diversity and race relations section, told CBC News that leaders in the Muslim community passed along concerns to […]

Exclusive Interview With Sheikh Mohammad Bahmanpour – On faith, community and fighting ignorance

SHAFAQNA – Just before the beginning of the month of Muharram, Shafaqna sat down with Seyyed Mohammad Bahmanpour from the Islamic Centre of England to discuss community, faith and solidarity. SHAFAQNA – The Islamic Centre of England has done a great deal in terms of offering the local community a space where to discuss faith, solidarity and social […]

Muslims holds Muharram mourning processions

SHAFAQNA – Shia Muslims across the world prepare for taking part in ceremonies held annually in the month of Muharram to mourn the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein and his companions, peace be upon them, in the Battle of Karbala. Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar, will begin this week as Muslims […]

Iran Urges Cultural Move by Muslims against Terrorism

SHAFAQNA – Iran and Indonesia can cooperate to resolve the problems of the region and the Muslim world, President Rouhani said in a meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Rento Marsudi. Meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani said that Indonesia is a significant country in the world of Islam and a very old friend of the Islamic Republic of […]


Al Khoei Foundation Organizes Majalis for Muharram

SHAFAQNA – To commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain Ibn Ali (A.S.) and his devoted companions, Imam Khoei Islamic Centre in London holds daily majalis from Wednesday evening 14/10/2015, for 11 nights The majlis will start from 7.30pm with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran followed by Ziyarat Ashura, Arabic lecture and recitations On the day of Ashura the maqtal (story of Ashura) […]


Anti-muslim protest in the US ends with a hug

SHAFAQNA – A hug from a Muslim woman has convinced a protesting anti-Islamic American woman to enter a mosque for the first time and learn more about the religion and the people she said she hated. Hugs and kindness have won over an anti-Islamic protester who turned up to an American mosque to rally against Muslims. […]

“Emulate the Prophet to reunite Muslims” says Malaysian official

SHAFAQNA – Former Chief Justice of Malaysia Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad urged Muslim leaders, regardless of their positions in the government, opposition or non-governmental organisations, to emulate the Prophet Muhammad in re-uniting Muslims and strengthening the religion. “Like what happened 1,437 years ago, Muslims in Malaysia are in a worrying state. This is not because we […]


Unity call Muslim Scholars from Turkey

SHAFAQNA – A galaxy of Muslim scholars from across Asian and Pacific countries will come together this week in Istanbul, in a bid to achieve unity among Muslims. The event’s purpose is “a recognition of Muslims in Asian and Pacific countries, exchanging ideas on problems the Islamic world encounters and discussing solutions, re-establishing historical ties with […]

Moscow Islamic Center to Host Mourning Ceremonies in Muharram

SHAFAQNA – According to the Iranian Cultural Center in Russia, the mourning rituals will start from Wednesday, October 14, with the participation of the devotees of Imam Hussein (AS). Beginning after Maghrib and Isha prayers every night, the program includes lectures by Hojat-ol-Islam Ameri followed by eulogy recitations. Shia Muslims, and others in different parts of […]


Bahrain launches aggressive campaign against Ashura

SHAFAQNA – Activists on social media said that the Bahraini Interior Ministry’s security forces continued to take down on Tuesday (October 13, 2015) banners and flags for the Ashura season which the country’s Shiite majority commemorates each year. Some information stated that the security forces took down the Ashura banners in the villages of Shahrkan, Al-Malkiya, […]


Sheikh Isa Qassim: Bahrain’s Muharram motto is “Ashura for Islam, peace and unity”

SHAFAQNA – Bahrain’s leading Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassem said the Ashura uprising was aimed at bringing about full and comprehensive reform. Speaking at a ceremony to unveil Bahrain’s motto for this year’s Ashura, he added that the reform that Islam advocates is one that covers all aspects of life both in this world and […]