Egypt: Sisi to Attend Ceremony Marking Prophet Muhammad's Birthday Anniversary

SHAFAQNA - President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi witnessed on Tuesday 22/12/2015 a ceremony organized by Awqaf Ministry marking the Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (Al-Mouled) anniversary. During the ceremony, Sisi honored eight scholars from Egypt and…

Boko Haram Violence Forces More Than 1 Million Kids to Leave School

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SHAFAQNA - Violence in northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries targeted by Boko Haram has forced more than one million children out of school, leaving them prey to abuse, abduction and recruitment by armed groups, the United Nations said…

Zaria Army Genocide: Free Sheikh Zakzaky Now!

SHAFAQNA - In the name of Allah, the destroyer of tyrants… The alleged assassination attempt as traded by the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, has now come to be known for what it really was - an orchestrated work of Zionists who oversee…

Bringing December 12, 2015 Nigeria Massacre To the International Criminal Court

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SHAFAQNA EXCLUSIVE - This December, Mohammad H. Zakerhossein, the Director of Iranian Center for International Criminal Law postulated that recent events in Nigeria - the killing en masse of Shiite Muslims in Zaria on December 12, 2015 constitute…

Al-Wefaq Condemns Nigeria Heinous Crime, Urges Release of Sheikh Al-Zakzaky

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain's main opposition group Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society denounced what it described as "the heinous crime" that hit Nigeria, leaving many innocent people killed. In a statement issued on Wednesday (December 16, 2015),…

Saudi Arabia labels Shia massacre in Nigeria as fight against terror

SHAFAQNA - President Mohammadu Buhari has had a telephone conversation with the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. During their conversation, both leaders discussed crucial issues of bilateral relations and ongoing events…

Iranian Culture Minister Condemns Criminal Massacre in Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - Iran’s Minister of Culture Ali Jannati, on Wednesday, issued a message condemning the criminal act against Muslims in Nigeria. The news of murdering and arresting hundreds of Muslims in Nigeria, while boycotted by the news outlet…

Iranian president phones Buhari over killing of Shia muslims

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, has  made a phone call to President Muhammadu Buhari over the army’s clash with Shi’ite members and the detained  Shi’ite leader, Ibrahim el Zakzaky, BBC Hausa Service reported. Iranian…

Nigeria army evacuates dead Shiite Muslims after clashes

SHAFAQNA - Nigerian troops on Monday evacuated the bodies of Shiite Muslims killed in two days of clashes with the army in northern Zaria, home base of a pro-Iranian group, its spokesman and residents said.  The army carried out crackdowns…

Anti-Shia massacre in Nigeria prompts outrage

SHAFAQNA - Following last Saturday’s violent clash between the Nigerian Army and Shia Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna State, Iran has called on Nigerian authorities to respect religious figures and sites. “Nigeria… is now dealing with problems…

Africa: Strengthen Steps to End Child Marriage

SHAFAQNA - African governments should coordinate action to improve laws, education, health care, and public awareness to end the scourge of child marriage, Human Rights Watch said today on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2015.…

90,000 flee Somalia clashes: UN

SHAFAQNA - At least 20 people were killed, 120 wounded and over 90,000 forced to flee days of rival militia battles in central Somalia, although the situation has now calmed, the UN said Tuesday. Fighting broke out in the town of Galkayo…

Nigerian Shiites brave terror threat

SHAFAQNA - Among the millions of Shiite Muslims marking Arbaeen, an important fixture on the Islamic calendar, are pilgrims in Nigeria. They intend to join the final stretch of a pilgrimage despite the terrorist threat. They come from northern…

President Geingob Affirms Namibia's Unwavering Support For Palestine

SHAFAQNA - Namibian President Dr Hage Geingob reaffirmed his country's unwavering support for the Palestinian people and restoring peace and stability in the Middlie East region on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the…

Muslims and Christians welcome pope to Central African Republic

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis arrived in the Central African Republic on Sunday, with Muslim as well as Catholic representatives welcoming him at Bangui airport in the hope that he would promote reconciliation in the country torn by inter-religious…

Egypt's Coptic pope in rare visit to Jerusalem

SHAFAQNA - Egypt's Coptic Pope Tawadros II arrived in Jerusalem on Thursday for the funeral of a senior cleric, the first visit by the head of Coptic Christians in decades, the church said. He will attend the funeral of Archbishop Anba Abraham,…

Pope Francis in Africa says dialogue vital to avert violence in God’s name

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis said on Thursday in Kenya, a country that has seen a spate of attacks by Islamist militants, that dialogue between religions in Africa was essential to teach young people that violence in God’s name was unjustified. Bridging…

Nigerian Shiites to hold Arba’een symbolic trek in Zaria

SHAFAQNA - Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqub Zakzaky across the country will embarked on this year’s Arba’een symbolic trek to Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah, Zaria, Kaduna State. According…

Pope in Africa wants to bridge Muslims and Christians

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis steps onto African soil for the first time on Wednesday to address the continent’s fast-growing Catholic congregation during a trip that will test his ability to bridge faultlines between Christians and Muslims. The…

Yemenis seek refuge from war in Africa

SHAFAQNA - Fighting has intensified in Yemen with more than 120,000 people fleeing the country April. Roughly 30,000 have sought safety across the Gulf of Aden in Djibouti to the town of Obock, quadrupling the local population.  

Senegal considers implementing a ban on the burqa

SHAFAQNA - Senegal is considering banning women from wearing the burqa, amid rising fears of extremism in the west African country. The Interior Minister, Abdoulaye Daouda, said, “Women would no longer be allowed to wear the Islamic dress,…

Sudan's struggle with human trafficking

SHAFAQNA - Haddas Sisay, a young woman from Eritrea, had hoped to reach Italy via Sudan -- but her hopes were dashed when she was abducted by human traffickers in Sudan’s eastern region. For two grueling months, she was held in the Tasanai…

Egypt Voices Concern Over Racism Against Muslims, Migrants in Austria

SHAFAQNA - Egypt voiced on Wednesday 11/11/2015 serious concerns over racism and hatred against foreigners in Austria, especially the migrants, Africans and Muslims. This came in the statement the Egyptian delegation under Egypt's delegate…

S.African police clash with strikers at parliament

SHAFAQNA - Riot police fired stun and smoke grenades within South Africa's parliament complex on Wednesday in a clash with striking workers who stormed committee rooms and forced lawmakers to abandon meetings. Amid swirling multi-coloured…

Uganda: Muslims Ready to Welcome Pope Francis With Open Hands

SHAFAQNA - During his upcoming visit to Uganda, Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with among others, a delegation representing members of the Muslim community in the country. The head of communication and information at the Uganda Muslim Supreme…

Muslim clergy charged to educate congregations

SHAFAQNA - The National Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, has entreated Muslim clergy to educate their congregations on the need for them to access the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to ensure heath security. He said sustainable…

Muslims offer prayers for victims of stampede in Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA - The National Chief Imam, Shiekh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu yesterday offered special prayers to the departed souls of Ghanaian Pilgrims who lost their lives during a stampede in Mecca.This is line with Muslim tradition to pray for God's…