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Slander and bias against Muslims in politics

SHAFAQNA – The Michigan gubernatorial race took an ugly turn last week, when a Republican contender accused a Democratic candidate of being part of a “civilizational jihad” to take over America. The Republican, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, stands by his accusation that former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Just […]

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Yemen risks new cholera outbreak as rainy season begins

SHAFAQNA – Yemen’s rainy season will likely trigger another wave of cholera, putting millions at risk in the war-torn country, which is still reeling from one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the killer disease, scientists warned on Thursday. Experts also called for a public health campaign during Ramadan, which begins mid-May, after research suggested that […]

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Court in the US Restores Damages Claim by Muslims on No-Fly List

SHAFAQNA – The Second Circuit revived a suit Wednesday involving three Muslims whose refusal to become FBI informants landed them on the no-fly list. Queens-based Muhammad Tanvir brought the underlying suit with others in 2013, accusing FBI agents of violating the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by placing them on the no-fly list without an iota of evidence that […]

Amnesty International slams Bahrain over military court

SHAFAQNA – In a report released on Wednesday, the UK-based rights group pointed to the death sentences issued against the four individuals, including three civilians, by the Military Court of Cassation on 25 April. “Despite the King’s commutation of the sentences to life imprisonment the following day, Amnesty International remains concerned that these sentences were issued […]

Seminaries, clergymen must explain issue of Mahdism to avoid deviation says Ayatollah Makarem

SHAFAQNA –  During his jurisprudence class held at Qom’s Grand Mosque, Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi offered his congratulations on the birth anniversary of the twelfth imam, Muhammad al-Mahdi and emphasized the necessity of praying to hasten the reappearance of Imam of the Age. ”Praying is useful and necessary,” the Qom-based source of emulation said, adding, “But […]

Over 60 percent of refugees worldwide are Muslims: SESRIC Report

SHAFAQNA – The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), based in the Turkish capital Ankara, has revealed that 61.5 percent of the world’s displaced people, whose number is estimated at more than 25 million, are from the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). In addition to the […]

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A lesson in compassion and partnership

SHAFAQNA – Young Jews and Muslims joined together to collect more than £500 for refugees sleeping rough in Calais last Sunday. The youngsters asked shoppers at Camden Sainsbury’s to add an extra item onto their shopping list for refugees, the goods being delivered to northern France this Friday, where they will be distributed by ‘Care4Calais’. “The […]

4400 Bahraini workers left jobless due for their political views, sectarian affiliation

SHAFAQNA – The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society paid tribute to Bahrain’s workforces on the occasion of International Workers’ Day or May Day. In a statement released on Tuesday, the opposition group noted that 4400 Bahrainis have lost their jobs in recent years over their political views and sectarian affiliation. Al-Wefaq warned that such cases are on […]

Moukebs in Karbala to host pilgrims on 15th of Sha’ban

SHAFAQNA – More than 650 Moukebs (resting places with special facilities and services for pilgrims) are ready to provide services to the pilgrims of Imam Hussein’s (AS) holy shrine in Karbala on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi (may God hasten his glad advent) on the 15th of Sha’ban (May 2). According to […]

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Bahrain – Haji Majeed Abdulla Hasan returns home after incarceration

SHAFAQNA – One of Bahrain’s most well-known anti-regime protester was welcomed home on Sunday after spending several months in detention for taking part in an unsanctioned gathering. Haji Majeed Abdulla Hasan was arrested in the early morning hours of November 21, 2017, during police raids in his hometown of Dumistan. Honored with the nickname Haji Somoud, […]

Al Khalifa forces raze recently reconstructed Shiite mosque

SHAFAQNA – Religious discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite majority has been extended to the relaying of bricks from a toppled mosque. On Sunday, bulldozers accompanied by Manama’s security forces destroyed a Shiite mosque in Hamad Town without any prior warning. The destruction of the Imam al-Askari mosque comes after it was painstakingly rebuilt by local residents. The […]

Top Pakistani cleric ‘Allama Sajid Naqvi’ condemns Shia genocide in Quetta, DI Khan

SHAFAQNA – Pakistan Shia Ulema Council chief Allama Syed Sajid Ali Naqvi has condemned the recent unabated targeted murders of innocent Shia Muslims in Quetta and Dera Ismail Khan and demanded immediate action to eliminate terrorist network. He expressed solidarity with the martyrs’ families and offered condolences over the irreparable loss of precious lives of their […]

Fears of Muslim domination unwarranted

SHAFAQNA – ‘Every Continental (European) under the age of 40 — make that 60, if not 75 — is all but guaranteed to end his days living in an Islamified Europe,” polemicist Mark Steyn wrote in 2006. “Native populations on the continent are aging and fading and being supplanted remorselessly by a young Muslim demographic.” So […]

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Ramadan worth £200m to UK economy

SHAFAQNA – Muslims observing Ramadan were reported to be worth at least £200m to the UK economy in 2017, as food and gift expenditure rose during the month-long religious observation. According to the report published by Islamic brand consultants Ogilvy Noor entitled ‘The Great British Ramadan’ gift-giving is a “core ritual for Eid”, with 50% of […]

At Least 4 Killed in Twin Blasts in Kabul

SHAFAQNA – The attacks came just a week after a blast at a voter registration center killed 60 people, in the wake of warnings by security officials against the risk of increasing attacks ahead of parliamentary elections planned in October. Monday’s first explosion in the Shashdarak area close to buildings of the NDS intelligence service was […]

Bahraini Shiite clerics threatened with ‘legal action’ over appeal for commutation of death sentences

SHAFAQNA – Bahrain’s leading Shiite clerics provoked a furious reaction from the regime in Manama for merely appealing for the commutation of death sentences in the Gulf kingdom. The country’s interior ministry threatened the religious figures with ‘legal action’ on Saturday and accused them of attempting to stoke unrest. Earlier in the week, Sayed Abdullah Al-Ghuraifi, […]

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Free Zakzaky processions sweep across northern Nigeria

SHAFAQNA – From Adamawa to Zamfara, thousands of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and their sympathizers held massive Free Zakzaky processions on Saturday 28/04/18, to further call for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky. This unanimous action simultaneously taken across the Northern region comes at a time the government is shifting its position towards […]

American professor converts to Shia Islam, visits Imam Ali holy shrine

SHAFAQNA – The coordinator between Muslims and Christians in Senegal, the American professor Maria Lifini, had the honor of visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). The employees of the Public Relations Department welcomed and accompanied her. “I knew Muslims’ life-styles and conduct through communicating with them in Michigan, Lebanon, and Senegal. Because of what […]

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Life on Seoul’s ‘Muslim Street’

SHAFAQNA – “Koreans who have visited Turkey visit my shop for these sweets,” says Ebru Uzun, the Turkish proprietor of a Turkish bakeshop in Itaewon, the Muslim district of Seoul. “This street is the home of halal food in Seoul, it’s very popular.” Uzun migrated to Korea 14 years ago, after her husband found work on […]

Jews and Muslims united against hate

SHAFAQNA – Muslims joined Germans of all faiths in a march against anti-Semitism this week, with a few Muslim women photographed donning kippahs over their hijabs in solidarity with their Jewish neighbors. The demonstrations took place across the country, with the largest event happening in Berlin, after an anti-Semitic attacker targeted two Jewish men wearing […]

Renowned Pak Shia scholar ‘Allama Jafari’ warns GB govt. against occupation of Baltistan land

SHAFAQNA –  Renowned Shia Muslim religious scholar Allama Shaikh Mohammad Jafari has warned the Gilgit-Baltistan government of stiff resistance and public reaction if it occupies Baltistan land in the name of Khalsa Sarkar anymore. Speaking at a ceremony, he said, Land Reforms Commission should not make biased and unfair decisions regarding the people’s land. He […]

Sayyed al-Safi: Ayatollah Sistani’s ‘jihad fatwa’ was unique

SHAFAQNA – Speaking at the fourteenth international “Spring of Martyrdom” cultural conference held on behalf of the holy shrines of Imam al-Hussain and Hadrat Abbas in the Iraqi city of Karbala, Sayyed Ahmad al-Safi said, “Ayatollah al-Sistani’s obligatory jihad fatwa to confront the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group had a wide range of political, jurisprudential, economic, social […]