Christians and Muslims murdered in sectarian violence in Central Africa

SHAFAQNA - Christians in Central African Republic have been murdered in revenge for an attack on Muslim rebels. At least seven people have been killed this week in fights between Muslims and Christians. Three Muslim official were taken…

A group of suspected radicals target Imam Hussain mourners in Jos, Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - "The thugs, under the order of one of the Wahhabi cleric in Jos, Sheikh Aliyu bn Aliyu, popularly known as Ali Dan Ali, attacked the peaceful mourners using cutlasses, knives and iron rods, and injured about 30 at varying degrees…

Visiting prof. talks Islam, activism in Middle East

SHAFAQNA - Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen, a professor in the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, lectured in the School of Social Work on Tuesday about the life and significance of Egyptian Islamic activist…

Muslims, Christians participate in Ashura procession in Kaduna, Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - Muslims and some section of the Christian community have on Saturday commemorated the Day of Ashura by way of a procession in the city centre. The tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar is set aside by the Muslim world…

Africa: Muslims, Christians mark Ashura in Kaduna

SHAFAQNA - There had been daily mourning sessions, which culminated in a large procession on Saturday that drew about one million participants. The procession, which took off in the morning from Maiduguri Road Juma’at Mosque amidst tight…

Lucknow Shiite clerics in demand abroad for Muharram programs

SHAFAQNA -  Do not be surprised if you find the airport crowded with Shia clerics, because these clerics from Lucknow are now being invited from all parts of the world to address the Muharram majlis, a religious congregation during the period…

Niger says two soldiers killed in suspected Boko Haram attack

SHAFAQNA - A thwarted attack by suspected Boko Haram Takfiri militants has claimed the lives of two Nigerien soldiers and left several others wounded, Niger’s defense minister says. Karidjo Mahamadou said that the casualties came in Niger’s…

Liberia: Ahmadiyya Muslims Donate to Schools

SHAFAQNA - The Ahmadiyya Muslim Agency has identified with less fortunate students across Liberia. The Muslim group is said to be operating in 40 countries in Africa, including Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria. The agency, which is based in the…

Egyptian parliamentary elections kick off as polls open to expats

SHAFAQNA - Polls are opening Saturday in Egyptian embassies and consulates worldwide to allow Egyptian nationals to vote in the first stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections. Polling will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 9pm, according…

Muslims in Nigeria gather to mark Muharram

SHAFAQNA - Some Muslim organisations in the country have called on the federal and state governments to declare Muharram 1, the first day of the Muslim lunar calendar, as a public holiday. The groups, in their separate Hijrah 1437 A.H messages,…

The sacred month of Muharram in Morocco

SHAFAQNA - The festival of Muharram will be celebrated in Morocco on Thursday October the 15th. Muharram is held to be the second holiest month, following Ramadan. Some Muslims fast during these days Muharram has significant religious importance…

Sisters of the Islamic Movement wrapped up Conference In Mafara

SHAFAQNA - Conference for the Sisters of the Shiite Islamic Movement wrapped up In Mafara, Zamfara state (northwestern Nigeria) on Sunday the 11th of October 2015. The 3-day conference, aimed at character building, was attended by sisters in…

Lecture on Abu Talib, the uncle of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) - the great protector of Islam

SHAFAQNA - The Renowned lecturer of History in Bayero University Kano Prof Dahiru Yahaya has urged the Muslims Ummah to emulate the virtues of Sayyid Abu-Talib A.S who sacrificed his life, wealth ideas and family in giving the highest protection…

Egypt to restore Tutankhamun’s beard after botched repair

SHAFAQNA - Pharaoh’s gold burial mask will be removed from display for restoration work more than a year after beard was glued on with epoxy. The restoration of King Tutankhamun’s gold mask will begin on Saturday, more than a year after…

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize

SHAFAQNA - A group of Tunisian trade unions, lawyers and human rights activists have won the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. A collection of civil-society groups dubbed the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet won the accolade on Friday for what…

Egypt under fire over face-veil ban

SHAFAQNA - Seventy-seven niqab-wearing faculty members from across Cairo University are preparing to file a law suit against the university president, a lawyer involved in the case told Aswat Masriya. Ahmed Mahran, the head of the Cairo…

Muslims, Christians give 'Message of Hope' during Sallah Festival in Zaria, Nigeria / Pics

SHAFAQNA - The Resource Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria orgainsed 2015 Sallah Feast (Great Eid or al-Adha celebration) on Sunday the 4th of October 2015. The Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky met with…

Libyan unity govt could be unveiled Wednesday

SHAFAQNA - Bernardino Leon, the UN’s special envoy for Libya, announced late Tuesday that a Libyan unity government could be unveiled on Wednesday following months of negotiations. Speaking to reporters in the Moroccan city of Skhirat,…

UN Chief decries Boko Haram violence

SHAFAQNA - “The continuing violence by Boko Haram is an affront to international law, to humanity and to religious faith, said Mr. Ban in a statement issued yesterday evening by his spokesperson. According to the statement, the UN chief…

Hajj Stampede: Nigerians would no longer stone devil – Sanusi

SHAFAQNA - The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, on Friday said Nigerians will no longer participate in the stoning of devil ritual, except they get accommodation close to Jamrat, where the exercise will take place. He also reiterated…

French translation of Imam Sajjad's work released in Senegal

SHAFAQNA - The book, 'Secrets of Haj' or 'Shebli's Hadith' by the forth Shi'ite Imam, Zain ul-Abedin (AS) was translated into French and released in Senegal by Iran's Cultural Attaché in this country. According to IBNA correspondent quoting…

Joint Prayer of Shia-Sunni Brothers in Lucknow

SHAFAQNA - This is being seen as a path-breaking step by both the communities as such an event has never happened in the past. Shias and Sunnis usually offer namaz (prayer) separately, with the former congregating at Asafi Masjid and the…

Amnesty International reports on Boko Haram genocidal campaign

SHAFAQNA - The deaths in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger come despite apparent military advances against the terrorist militants in recent weeks, the rights group said in a statement. "The number of people killed so far this year is truly…

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…

Ghana Council of Shia Ulama donated food items to needy people

SHAFAQNA - The Council of Shia Ulama (CSU) in Ghana has donated food items to the Osu Children’s Home and the Accra Psychiatric Hospital to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Sheikh Abdul Salam Bansi, the Founder of Shia in Ghana. The…

Eid Al-Adha Unites Malawi Faiths

SHAFAQNA - A cross section of the Christian community in Malawi has commended Muslims for sharing `Eid Al–Adha celebrations with non-Muslims, a gesture which united people of diverse religions in the Southern African nation. “Honestly,…

Libya rejects peace deal amendments

SHAFAQNA - Libya's internationally recognised government said on Tuesday it had rejected changes introduced by its rivals to a draft UN peace deal, denting hopes of a breakthrough in the country's political crisis. A statement from the recognised…

Egyptian mogul identified & negotiating to buy 2 Greek islands for refugees

SHAFAQNA - An Egyptian billionaire, who has been offering to buy a Mediterranean island to provide refugees with decent living conditions, has identified potential locations and is now in talks to purchase two private Greek islands.Egyptian…