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Scholars Decipher One of Last Remaining Mysterious Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Oldest Bible Texts

SHAFAQNA – Israeli researchers have reportedly deciphered one of the last remaining unread parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than half a century after their initial discovery. A Haifa University spokesman told AFP on Sunday that scholars pieced together more than 60 tiny fragments of parchment, finding that the encrypted Hebrew writing makes up one scroll. […]


Bangladesh delays repatriation of Rohingya Muslims, says ‘a lot of preparation’ still needed

SHAFAQNA – The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar will not begin as planned, Bangladesh said Monday, with authorities admitting “a lot of preparation” was still needed. Dhaka had been due to start the huge process on 23 January, after agreeing a two-year timescale with Yangon. But Bangladesh’s Refugee […]

Greek neo-Nazi group threatens Muslim association

SHAFAQNA – A neo-Nazi organisation has threatened the Muslim Association of Greece and pro-migrant organisations, amid an uptick in anti-immigrant violence in the Greek capital. On Thursday, the organisation said it had received a menacing phone call from Crypteia, a far-right group that attacked the home of an Afghan child last year. “We are the group that […]

US politician questions freedom of religion for Muslims

SHAFAQNA – A prospective candidate in South Dakota’s U.S. House race is questioning the application of religious freedom to Muslims. The freedom of religion has been constitutionally guaranteed to Americans for 227 years by the portion of the First Amendment that says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the […]

The Advice the Prophet (S) gave to Abu Dharr

SHAFAQNA – The Advice the Prophet (S) gave to Abu Dharr From Makarim al Akhlaq: Chapter Twelve Section Five, Page 458 Compiled by Sheikh al Jaleel Radiyu al Deen Abu Nasr al Hasan bin al Fadl al Tabrasi, one among the great scholars of the 6th Century A.H. وصية رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله لابي […]

UN calls for nearly $3 billion in humanitarian aid for Yemen

SHAFAQNA – The United Nations is calling for what it refers to as a record $2.96 billion aid for war-ravaged Yemen where Saudi airstrikes, looming famine, and cholera have claimed the lives of thousands of people. According to a statement released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Sunday, the aid […]

244 Seminary students from Al-Mustafa university attended Imam Reza Holy Shrine

SHAFAQNA –  244 graduates of the Al-Mustafa International University of Qom attended the Imam Reza’s (A.S.) Shrine. The supervisor of the caravan, stating that 244 of professors and foreign seminary students from Qom’s Al-Mustafa International University along with their families in the form of the program “Mehr Derakhshan”, visited Imam Reza’s (A.S.) Shrine said, “More than […]

Exclusive Interview with Denis Bauchard – Adviser for the Middle East at the French Institute of International Relations

SHAFAQNA – Earlier this month Shafaqna had the privilege of conducting an interview with Denis Bauchard, Adviser for the Middle East at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). A former diplomat, he was Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, Ambassador to Jordan, Director for North […]

Exclusive interview with Jeremy Corbyn

SHAFAQNA – Earlier this month Shafaqna had the privilege of conducting an interview with Jeremy Corbyn. Among other subjects, we discussed rising intolerance in British society against religious minorities on the premise that their beliefs set them outside Western society. One of the most controversial figures of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn has often been […]

Eight Palestinians injured by Israeli occupied soldiers in Gaza

SHAFAQUNA – Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, eight Palestinians in border areas, in the besieged Gaza Strip, including six near the Shuhada Graveyard, east of Jabalia refugee camp, in northern Gaza. Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the soldiers shot six Palestinians with live fire, near the Shuhada Graveyard, and two […]

UAE Quran Contest Sees Participation of Women from Other Countries

SHAFAQNA –  Titled Hessa bint Mohammed Award for Holy Quran, it has been organized by the UAE’s Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Organization in different cities. It includes several sections for women, school girls, girls attending Quran memorization centers, and women and girls with physical or mental disabilities, Al-Bayan website reported. The section for those with […]

Int’l Quran Contest for Muslim Students Likely to Be Held in April

SHAFAQNA – Speaking to the Quran Radio, Hojat-ol-Islam Seyed Mostafa Hosseini, head of the Awqaf and Charity Affairs Organization’s Quranic Affairs Center, said that, like in 2017, the International Quran Competition of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the international Quran contests for women, seminary students and the visually-impaired will be held simultaneously. The four contests […]

Saudi aggression warplanes wage 2 strikes on Marib

SHAFAQNA – The US-backed Saudi aggression coalition launched two air strikes overnight on Serwah district of Marib province, a security official told YemenNews Agency on Sunday. The strikes targeted areas east of Serwah, damaging civilians’ homes. Meanwhile, artillery force of Saudi-paid mercenaries shell homes and farms of civilians in the same district.

Extremist Jewish settlers break into Nablus shrines to perform Talmudic rituals

SHAFAQNA – Hundreds of Israeli extremist settlers at dawn Sunday stormed Awarta town, east of Nablus city, to perform Talmudic rituals in one of its historical sites. Eyewitnesses reported that 13 buses carrying hundreds of settlers entered the town under the escort of the Israeli occupation forces who later closed Awarta’s entrances and prevented both entry […]

Palestinian journalists call for media boycott of US VP’s regional visit

SHAFAQNA – The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) and the Forum of Palestinian Journalists (FPJ) have called on the media to boycott US vice president Mike Pence’s regional visit in protest at Washington’s position on Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). In a press release, the PJS affirmed its adherence to the Palestinian national consensus on the need to boycott […]


Germany stops selling weapons to Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA – Germany has stopped selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and almost all of its allies waging war on Yemen, in a decision likely to have both an impact on the Riyadh regime and a domino effect on other Western and non-Western countries exporting arms to Saudi Arabia. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Friday […]


SHAFAQNA – The idea of Mahdaviat is based on the solid principle of divine vow which says that the end of humanity will be in the best form The idea of Mahdaviat is based on the solid principle of divine vow which says that the end of humanity will be in the best form, and for […]


SHAFAQNA – In Islam, ziyarah or is a form of pilgrimage to sites associated with Prophet Muhammad, his family members and descendants, his companions and other venerated figures in Islam such as the prophets, Saints and Islamic scholars. Sites of pilgrimage include mosques, graves, battlefields, mountains, and caves. Shia view There are many reasons for […]

Arbaeen soon in list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

SHAFAQNA – Karbala Center for Researches and Studies of Imam Hussein Holy Shrine organized a joint meeting with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities in order to coordinate the registration of Arbaeen Pilgrimage internationally in the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Abdul-Amir al-Quraishi, center director, stated in the meeting attended by several […]

Imam Ali shrine translates nine books to foreign languages and prints over three thousand copies in 2017

SHAFAQNA – Ameerul Mumineen Center for Translation that belongs to the Intellectual and Cultural Affairs Department in the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH) translated nine books into English, French, Turkish, Swedish, Urdu, Persian and German. In a statement to the Media Center of the Holy Shrine, the head of the Follow up Division Hassanain Shaba’ […]

Hundreds rally in besieged Gaza over Trump’s cut of funding to UNRWA

SHAFAQNA – Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets in the blockaded Gaza Strip after the U.S. administration decided to suspend millions of dollars in aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Activists and civil society representatives rallied in al-Nuseirat camp near UNRWA’s distribution center to protest the recent U.S. […]

Profiles of The Benevolent Companions of The Prophet (S)

SHAFAQNA – Abu Dharr (r.a.) Abu Dharr was his patronym and the given name was Jundab bin Junada. He belonged to the tribe of Bani Ghaffar of Arabia. There are recorded traditions to prove that after the Infallibles of the Prophet’s Family, the most exalted amongst the companions were Salman, Abu Dharr and Miqdad. The traditions […]

Frank Gaffney speaks on the vetting of Muslims to the US

SHAFAQNA – Frank Gaffney, president of the anti-Islam group Center for Security Policy, told The Conservative Review’s senior editor Daniel Horowitz that he believes the United States needs to use vetting systems for immigrants coming from majority-Muslim countries that are akin to those that were used to prevent entry of Nazis and communists. Today on “Secure […]