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Senior Muslim cleric deplores Mina tragedy, calls for oversight

SHAFAQNA – Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, the head of Tqrib Global Association condemned the Saudis neglects in Mina event and asked the World Court and other international associations to investigate the case. Ayatollah Araki who was interviewing with the correspondent of the Center of Supervision on Mosques Affairs, stated his words in condemning Saudis. He said: “Saudis […]

WikiLeaks cables implicate UK & Saudi Arabia in secret deal to secure UNHRC seats

SHAFAQNA – Two years after the controversial appointment of Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s leading human rights offenders, to the UN human rights council, Wikileaks cables have revealed a “secret deal” suggesting that the British government was a key player behind Riyadh’s nomination. Some of the 61,000 files from the Saudi Foreign Ministry, dated January […]


Time to boycott Saudi Arabia – OpEd

SHAFAQNA – The horrific, bloody stampede that killed more than 700 in Saudi Arabia and injured some 900 more last week on the pilgrimage of the Hajj took me back to a moment during my family’s pilgrimage in the winter of 2003. Back then, we found ourselves at the gates of the “Sacred Mosque” of […]

Sufi sheikh writes a book on Imam Ali’s grievance, delivers a poem on Imam Sajjad

SHAFAQNA – The committee of the Sajjadian Rhythmical Supplications Conference invited Dr and sheikh Mazin Esh-Shereef, a Sufi scholar, to deliver his poem he wrote on Imam Sajjad (Peace Be Upon Him). Esh-Shereef was born in Er-Ruadhi, Tunisia, in 1979. He is a poet, thinker, narrator, litterateur, expert in security and military affairs, specialized in […]

Book Review: The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad

SHAFAQNA – The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad by Barnaby Rogerson 415pp, Little,Brown On the morning of his death, the Prophet Muhammad unexpectedly appeared before his followers in the city of Medina as they gathered for prayers in the makeshift mosque that also served as his home. No one had seen him for some time. Rumours […]

Book Review: Encounters With Islam: On Religion, Politics and Modernity by Malise Ruthven

SHAFAQNA – Malise Ruthven is recognised as one of foremost commentators on the Islamic world and its relations with the predominantly secularized and Christian societies of the West. In Encounters With Islam he seeks to offers astute and topical insights across the whole spectrum of Middle East and Islamic studies. These essays will be widely appreciated by […]

A lesson in humility – Hagar’s role in Islam and the echo of Islam’s tenets in Hagar

SHAFAQNA – The modern relevance of the hajj is reflected in the symbolic actions of one woman: Hagar, the African servant slave of Abraham and Sarah, who historians estimate lived between 1930 BC and 1840 BC. But, how, exactly, can one black slave living in Biblical times transcend history and inspire social justice and gender equality today? The answer […]


Ahlul Bayt Foundation of South Africa – Press Release on the Mina Tragedy

SHAFAQNA – And whoever leaves his home migrating toward Allah and His Apostle, and is then overtaken by death, his reward shall certainly fall on Allah, and Allah is all – forgiving, all -merciful.100:4 The catastrophic disaster of Eid al-Adha in the holy land of Mina, which resulted in the death and injury of hundreds of guests of Allah, […]

14,000 Chinese Muslims performed Haj this year

SHAFAQNA – Chinese Ambassador Li Chengwen has said that about 14,000 Chinese Muslims came to Saudi Arabia to perform Haj this year, and more than 20 million Chinese Muslims celebrated Eid Al-Adha with their Muslim brothers and sisters all over the world. Chengwen made his observation prior to his country’s 66th anniversary of the founding of […]


Islam and the two aspects of death

SHAFAQNA – Although the phenomenon of life counts as the most precious of gifts and its loss is extremely grievous and terrifying, none can doubt that just as surely as man embarks on his life involuntarily to spend some time in this guesthouse we call the world, he must ultimately confront the painful and frowning face […]

On the reappearance of the Madhi

SHAFAQNA – The Signs of the Reappearance of the Twelfth Imam (ajtf) The Signs of the Reappearance (Qiyam) of the (Imam) who undertakes the Office (al-Qa’im), Peace be on him, the Period of Time of his Appearance, an Explanation of his Life and an Extract of what is revealed about his State. Traditions have been reported […]

Face off – Putin and Obama meet at UNGA

SHAFAQNA – President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin remained at odds about the role Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would play in his country’s future, according to a U.S. official. The two leaders met following highly contentious and conflicting speeches at the UN General Assembly earlier in the day. A senior administration official who briefed reporters about […]

Amnesty calls for protection of civilians in CAR

SHAFAQNA – Amnesty International on Monday called for civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR) to be protected and for the speedy disarmament of sectarian groups involved in a recent wave of violence that has left dozens dead. “The recent deadly violence in the capital illustrates that CAR remains in a very fragile state and that immediate […]

Why is Riyadh blaming Iran’s pilgrims for Mina tragedy?

SHAFAQNA – As outrage against Saudi Arabia’s mis-management of the Hajj has grown exponentially, the kingdom has been keen to deflect blame by offering media outlets an alternative scapegoat, hoping to manipulate the public opinion via a well-funded propaganda campaign. Over the past few days, Saudi Arabia’s media have gone to great length to blame […]

30th Quran and Etrat Students Festival to be held in Qom

SHAFAQNA –  The 30th edition of the national Quran and Etrat festival for university students will be organized in the holy city of Qom. This is according to Ali Asghar Shu’a’I, deputy of Quran and Etrat Office of the University of Quranic Teachings and Sciences, who said that the festival will be held from November […]

Repentance in Islam

SHAFAQNA – Feelings of remorse and guilt are natural reflections of sinning, if the person who has sinned has a conscious which is alive. After committing a sin, a person who fears Allah and give high respect to Him would feel a sense of despondency and despair thinking, “How will God forgive me for this sin?” […]

Repentance and Self-cleansing

SHAFAQNA – Prevention and refrainment from sins is the best way for attaining self-refinement. A person who has never been contaminated by Sins and possesses his original purity and righteousness certainly is far superior than a sinner who has repented after committing a sin. The person who has not yet tasted the pleasure of sin and […]

Islam piety of actions and intentions

SHAFAQNA – Allah, The Most Exalted, says: Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous,- Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity, or in adversity; who restrain anger, and pardon (all) men;- […]

Justice and Resistance: Tribute to Imam Ali (AS)

SHAFAQNA – Ali Shariati was an Iranian revolutionary and sociologist, who focused on the sociology of religion. He is held as one of the most influential Iranian intellectuals of the 20th century and has been called the ‘ideologue of the Iranian Revolution’. Following is a extract of a speech he wrote on Imam Ali, faith and resistance against oppression. In […]

China authorities ban Islamic names, threatened to bar

SHAFAQNA – Chinese authorities have banned many Muslim names in China’s northwestern district of Xinjiang and threatened to bar students with such names from attending schools, in the latest crack down on Uighurs’ religious rights. “My daughter’s name is Muslime, so the village police came to our house and told us that we must change our […]

US, Russia mull joint coordination against ISIL

SHAFAQNA – It is vital that there is coordination of all efforts, including those of the U.S. and Russia, in the fight against ISIL, America’s top diplomat said on Sunday. “The critical thing is that all of the efforts need to be coordinated,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters at a joint press conference […]

Israeli troops clash with Palestinians at Al Aqsa

SHAFAQNA – Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound have entered their second day, according to reports in Al Jazeera. Witnesses have spoken to Al Jazeera saying that Israeli police used stun grenades and fire crackers as they entered the mosque shortly before 7 am local time on Monday. According to reports, […]