Entries by Yahya

Walking is Great Form of Exercise to Improve Fitness

SHAFAQNA- Walking is great form of exercise that anyone can do to improve their fitness or to lose weight. It does not require any special equipment and is a great low impact and low intensity exercise that even those who are ill or frail can enjoy. Health benefits of walking Studies show that walking can: […]

Are We Truly Awaiting Our Imam?

SHAFAQNA- As the devotees of our beloved occulted Imam (may Allah hasten his reappearance), we often speak about the idea of awaiting our Imam. There are many narrations which confirm that exercising Intidhar Al Faraj (awaiting the relief) is the best and most important type of worship. It is the best form of Jihad, and Imam […]

Wearing Hijab Helps Body Confidence

SHAFAQNA- British Muslim women who wear the hijab feel generally better about their body image than those who don’t wear the hijab. The research, conducted by Dr Viren Swami from the University of Westminster and colleagues looked at body image issues amongst British Muslim women. Dr Swami explained: “In the West anxiety about body image, […]

10 Tips to keep your bones strong and healthy

SHAFAQNA- Bones play many roles in the body — providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles and storing calcium. While it’s particularly important to take steps to build strong and healthy bones during childhood and adolescence, you can take steps during adulthood to protect bone health, too. Why is bone health important? Your bones are continuously changing […]

New York Islamic Organization Holds Interfaith Open House

SHAFAQNA-According to Ehtisham Siddiqui, President of the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier, the purpose of the event was to bridge religious divides within the community and educate people on the beliefs and traditions of Islam. Informational posters lined the walls of the mosque with headlines like “Our beliefs”, “Our Scholars”, “What is the Quran?”, […]


Slovakian PM Says Country Will Stop Muslim Refugees from Entering

SHAFAQNA- Prime Minister Robert Fico made the comments while declaring that multi-culturalism is “a fiction,” the Independent reported. He told reporters that he would resist the European Commission’s plan for mandatory quotas to share 120,000 asylum seekers among the EU’s member states. He said: “Not only are we refusing mandatory quotas, we will never make […]

French Mosques Open their Doors to Non-Muslims

SHAFAQNA- Dubbed “a brotherly cup of tea”, local mosques are handing out hot drinks and pastries, offering guided visits, holding debates and calligraphy workshops, and even inviting people to attend one of the five daily prayers. Organized by the country’s leading Muslim body, the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), it aims to stimulate dialogue […]

Interfaith Effort Works to Beautify Philadelphia Mosque

SHAFAQNA- People were dabbing paint onto sections of fabric that, within the next several months, will cover the mosque’s huge north wall with colorful geometric designs and faux arches – a complement to the murals and tiles created in 2004 that now cover the mosque’s front facade and part of its south wall. The murals […]

Bahrainis Hold Fresh Rallies against Sheikh Nimr’s Execution

SHAFAQNA- The protests took place after Friday prayers in several regions, including the villages of Karzakan, Ma’ameer, Hamalah, Diraz, Sanabis and Dair. The protesters held pictures of Sheikh Nimr and banners in condemnation of the Saudi and Bahraini regimes, Press TV reported. The al-Khalifah regime’s forces also fired tear gas and birdshots at the defied young […]

Sheikh Nimr Spoke in Favor of Democracy, Human Rights

SHAFAQNA- Saudi Arabia shocked the Muslim world on Saturday by announcing the execution of top Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al Nimr, who peacefully called for reforms in the Saudi political system. He had been baselessly charged with terrorism. Amnesty International denounced the killing of Sheikh Nimr, saying Riyadh used the execution to “settle political […]

Muslims Presence in Bulgaria Goes Back to 1000 Years Ago

SHAFAQNA- Made the remarks in a forum held Monday at the International Cultural Studies Center of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) here in Tehran. Vadat Ahmed added that the Ottoman Empire played a significant role in the spread of Islam in Bulgaria. Most Bulgarian historians have attempted to portray people’s conversion to Islam […]

Ayatollah Makarem issued a note on Strategies and Solutions of Muslim World to Confront Al Saud Crimes

SHAFAQNA- Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, in a recently issued note, counted the key strategies for the world of Islam to confront violence and crimes committed by Saudi Arabia denouncing the recent execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al Nimr. Top cleric in this note expressed regret over execution of Sheikh Nimr and that the crime […]

Do Shiite Muslims Insult Prophet’s Companions?

SHAFAQNA- By Nasir Hashim; Article from Islamic Movement of Nigeria Insult is prohibited in Islam regardless of whoever the target of the insult is. Although he did not made mention of any specific people, however, considering the context of the discussion, it was obvious that Emir of Kano (Nigeria) was referring to Shia Muslims. Now, the […]

Nigerian former Minister warns President Buhari over torturing, poisoning or murdering of Sheikh Zakzaky

SHAFAQNA- A former Nigerian minister has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that “all hell will break loose” if the three prominent prisoners currently being detained by the state are harmed in any way, Nigerian newspaper Premium Times reported. Femi Fani-Kayode, who served as minister of culture and tourism and then minister of aviation under former president Olusegun […]

Sheikh Saeed Hafez, Egyptian Quranic Figure Passes Away

SHAFAQNA- Sheikh Saeed Hafez, who was a leading Mubtahil (invocation reciter) died after a long-term illness, al-Yawm al-Sabi website reported. Sheikh Mahmoud al-Tahami, the director of Egypt’s Association of Tawasheeh and Ibtihal, has extended condolences to the Arab country’s Quranic community over the death Sheikh Hafez. A memorial service is planned to be held for the […]

Course on Quranic Teachings Held in Kabul

SHAFAQNA- The Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (PBUH) Quranic Center in the capital city held the 15-day course separately for girls and boys. Introduction to the infallibles (AS), moral principles in family and society, health issues, the necessity of unity in the Afghan nation and the Islamic Ummah, the necessity of Hijab and enjoining good and forbidding evil […]

Bahrain Police Attack Execution Protesters

SHAFAQNA- The clashes broke out on Monday as protesters gathered in the village of al-Daih west of Manama, witnesses said. Dozens of men and women took part in the demonstration shouting “down with the house of Saud.” The gathering was the latest in a series of similar demonstrations that have turned violent following the execution […]

Sayyed Jafar Fadlallah: Sheikh Nimr Strived for Equal Rights in Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA- Sayyed Jafar Fadlallah said the Saudi regime’s allegations against Sheikh Nimr and accusing him of terrorist activities were absolutely baseless. He said Sheikh Nimr sought equal rights for people and amendment of the constitution and these have nothing to do with terrorism. Saudi Arabia on Saturday carried out the death sentence unfairly handed to Sheikh […]

145 Quran Activists to Attend Int’l Quran competition in Egypt

SHAFAQNA- According to Al-Youm Al-Sabi’, the ministry announced that Sharm el-Sheikh city in South Sinai Governorate will host this edition of international competition on Quran memorization and recitation in April. It will be organized in four categories including memorization of the entire Quran with Telawat principles and Quranic sciences, memorization of 15 Juzes (parts) of Quran […]

Germany FM criticizes execution of Sheikh al-Nimr; calls Saudi death sentences ‘inhumane’

SHAFAQNA-Germany’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the mass executions conducted in Saudi Arabia. Germany does not allow the death penalty. “Our position is clear: the death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that we reject under all circumstances,” the ministry statement said. “Together with its EU partners, Germany is working to abolish and ban the […]


Islamic Human Rights Commision: Saudi’s Execution of Sheikh Nimr another blow to reform movement

SHAFAQNA- The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia represents another assault by Riyadh on the forces of reform and political empowerment in the Muslim world. The outspoken leader was executed after being convicted in 2014 under charges that included disobeying the ruler, inciting sectarian strife and encouraging, leading and participating in demonstrations. His killing […]

Hamid Al-Basri, Al-Wefaq Member Arrested by Bahraini Forces

SHAFAQNA-Activists on social media outlets said that Bahraini security forces raided on early Monday morning (December 28, 2015) the house of the former member of the municipality council Hamid Al-Basri in the village of Sanabis. Sources close to the family said that the authorities confiscated his mobile phone, personal laptop and an external hard-drive without […]