Egypt: Cemetery Workers sold human parts to Medical schools

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SHAFAQNA- Some local sources reported yesterday that a number of traders in Egypt’s Sayeda Zeinab neighbourhood have confessed that they had sold skulls and human body parts to medical schools. The police station in the local town said the…

A Muslim woman from Ethiopia becomes Minister of Defense

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SHAFAQNA- On Tuesday, Ethiopia's Prime Minister appointed a hijab wearing Muslim woman as the Minister of Defense for the African nation. The decision of Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, to name a woman, Ayisha Mohammad, as the Minister…

2018 Nansen Refugee Award dedicated to South Sudanese Surgeon

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SHAFAQNA- The only functional hospital in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State runs by Dr. Evan Atar Adaha, serving more than 200,000 people, including 144,000 refugees. Evan Atar Adaha, head surgeon and medical director at a remote hospital…

An Egyptian woman activist jailed for speaking out on sexual harassment

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SHAFAQNA- An Egyptian woman human rights defender, Amal Fathy, who has already spent 141 days in prison, has been convicted for posting a Facebook video decrying sexual harassment and criticizing the Egyptian to two-year jail sentence. Amal…

Mohammed Salah wins FiFa Puskas Award

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SHAFAQNA- The price "Puskas", the most beautiful goal of the year, went to the pearl of the Muslim player Mohammed Salah. The Egyptian player scored an extraordinary goal in the derby between Liverpool and Everton last season. Competitors…
Shiites, Nigeria, Ashura, Tassoua

Video: the ceremony of Imam Hussain (P) Mourning in Nigeria

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SHAFAQNA - A ceremony of mourning for anniversary of Imam Hussain (P) martyrdom was held in Kano, Nigeria. Nigerian shiites gathered for mourning on the day of Tassoua of Muharram, on September 19, 2018. Source:…

Kenya Muharram Mourning Ceremonies

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SHAFAQNA- IQNA: In Kenya, Shia Muslims began holding rituals to mourn Imam Hussein's (AS) martyrdom anniversary. The Board of Trustees of Kenyan Jafari Shias’ Islamic Education Center has invited Ghanaian cleric Sheikh Abdul Jalil Nawui…

Photos: Raas Al-Hussein (P) Mosque in Cairo

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SHAFAQNA - The Al Hussein Mosque is one of the most sacred Islamic sites in Egypt and famously known for it’s housing the oldest complete manuscript of the Holy Qu’ran. It’s location is also in an immensely popular street of Cairo…

Shiites protest in Abuja as El-Zakzaky Spends 1,000 day In Detention

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SHAFAQNA- Shia Muslims protest in Abuja  to demand the release of their leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who spends 1,000 days in detention. The group also vowed to lay down their lives for their leader’s cause. Speaking during the protest,…

Egypt sentenced 4 people to 14 years in prison over Massacre of 4 Shia Muslim

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SHAFAQNA- An Egyptian Court sentenced four people to 14 years in prison for the 2013 killings of a prominent Shia leader, Hassan Shahata, and three other members of the shrinking Egyptian Shia Muslim community. The case is known in media as…

You need to try Egyptian halal street-food startups now

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Ahmed Gabr: In the Middle East and Africa region, Egypt is the second only to Saudi Arabia  for consumer spending on eating out, with almost 12 per cent of the total value of the food-and-beverage industry in 2016.…

Victory for Muslim women as Court Orders South Africa to Recognize Muslim Marriages

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SHAFAQNA- A court in South Africa ordered that the State was obliged to introduce legislation to formally recognize Muslim marriage as valid for the first time. Muslim men and women are effectively deprived of their right to seek legal…

Nigeria has to explain AI about Missing Shias

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SHAFAQNA- Nigeria’s government accused by Amnesty International because of carrying out unlawful arrests and practicing “enforced disappearance,” calling on Abuja to clarify the fate of hundreds of Shia activists taken into custody. In…

Al-Azhar: harassment of women is religiously forbidden and should be punished

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SHAFAQNA- Egypt’s top Sunni Muslim authority, Al-Azhar, has issued a statement expressing harassment of women is religiously forbidden and should be punished 'regardless of the context or conditions'. Al-Azhar, which has huge influence…

Egypt's Plan to build Mosques with Contemporary Islamic Architecture

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SHAFAQNA- IQNA: The country is building new mosques and restoring some old ones based on the contemporary Islamic architecture, Egypt’s Awqaf minister said. According to al-Ahram daily, Mohamed Mokhtar Goma said the ministry is also planning…

Eid Al-Ghadir will be celebrated in Kenya

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SHAFAQNA-  A ceremony on the occasion of Eid Al-Ghadir, will be held at the mosque of Shia Muslims in Park Road district of Nairobi, the capital, by The Iranian Cultural Center in Kenya .  According to the website of the Islamic Culture…

How different countries celebrate Eid al-Adha?

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Adha, also known as "Feast of Sacrifice" or "Big Eid", is an Islamic religious festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow God's command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event. This…

Morocco's ancient city of Volubilis rises again

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam : Situated in a fertile plain at the foot of Mount Zerhoun, the sprawling remains of Morocco’s oldest Roman site — Volubilis — have survived pillage and long periods of neglect. After decades of decay, however,…

Pope Francis calls for international community to act decisively for end of migrant shipwrecks in Mediterranean

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SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis expressed sorrow over recent deaths of migrants from Africa in the Mediterranean Sea in Sunday’s Angelus among thousands of the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square, and appeal to the international community to…

Women challenge social standards in Egypt by practicing Parkour on the streets

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SHAFAQNA - A group of women in Egypt collect at a park in a Cairo once a week , climbing up wall surfaces and jumping about in the strenous physical technique known as Parkour to form the first professional Parkour team in Egypt, while also…

IMF warns of wider unrest across the Middle East due to job crisis

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SHAFAQNA - The International Monetary Fund has warned of unemployment crisis among young people in The Middle East and North Africa risks fuelling wider unrest across the region, so countries in the region must accelerate economic reforms to…

Egypt wants to impose taxes on tech giants' profits

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SHAFAQNA - The Egypt unveiled plan to impose taxes on profits of tech giants including Facebook and Google. The Egyptian parliament last month approved the organisation of the press and information draft law, which states that no website…

Water crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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SHAFAQNA - The Middle East and North Africa has become water stressed region in the world because it owns hottest and driest weather on earth and water withdrawals in some countries are more than the amount naturally available. Hence it faces…

Algeria will become a tourist destination

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SHAFAQNA- Algeria holds clear potential for tourism. Noureddine Mansour, the city's director of tourism said most tourists coming to Algiers are willing to visit the Casbah, el-Khabar newspaper reported. Mansour said that the capital "will…

Ibrahim Musa: Zaria massacre orchestrated in Israel bankrolled by Saudis

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SHAFAQNA - Ibrahim Musa, the President of Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, believes that Israel and Saudi Arabia were the main plotters behind Zaria massacre in Nigeria. Ibrahim Musa is the President of Media Forum of the…

South Africa Mosque Attacker Was Outpatient at Cape Town Psychiatric Institution

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SHAFAQNA - IQNA : The knife-wielding suspect in the deadly attack at a Cape Town mosque was an outpatient at a psychiatric institution‚ the Hawks said on Thursday. "The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Nur Arawal‚" Brig Hangwani…

PEW: Global Rise of government restrictions and social hostilities against Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - In many countries around the world, the government imposed restrictions and hostilities on religious activities and limited freedom of religion that tend to target Muslims. In recent years, Restrictions on Muslims rose by governments…

South Africa has promised Iran to resume oil purchases

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SHAFAQNA -  Less than a month ago, Iranian foreign minister visited South Africa, a country which is considered as an old friend and strong supporter of the Iran nuclear deal. The formation of the technical commission to track the agreements…