Rise of violence against shia muslims in South Africa: some withdraw from the Cape Accord

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SHAFAQNA - In South Africa, Shia Muslims face violence by their religious identity. Earlier this month, the Cape Accord – a document meant to encourage peace and unity and eradicate extremism – was signed in Cape Town by several Islamic…

Shia Rights Watch: 412 cases of violence against Shia Muslims in May 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch : The first five months of 2018 stood witness to 2,573 cases of anti-Shiism. Incidents include death, detention, discrimination, and denial of freedoms systematically or culturally. Anti-Shiism is a conflict at…

Comoros’s democracy under threat - country slip into political repression

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SHAFAQNA - A budding democracy Comoros stands to unravel under the weight of political repression, as freedom of speech is called into question following the return of Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, the island’s former president on account of his…

Advocating tolerance in South Africa following mosque attack

SHAFAQNA - Changing discourses and perspectives in communities is complex and tough. This is indeed the case with current day sectarian discourses among Muslims. But, discourse, or what and how we choose to talk, also kills. This has been…

Islamic Movement Press Statement: Whereabouts of Sheikh Zakzaky now unknown

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has expressed great concerns about the whereabout of its Leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, claiming that he was last seen or heard from yesterday soon after he was arraigned before a Kaduna state high…

Free Zakzaky processions sweep across northern Nigeria

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SHAFAQNA - From Adamawa to Zamfara, thousands of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and their sympathizers held massive Free Zakzaky processions on Saturday 28/04/18, to further call for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky. This…

IHRC: Nigeria: Charges against Sheikh Zakzaky make a mockery of legal process

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SHAFAQNA - The decision by Nigerian authorities to charge the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, after illegally holding him in detention for two years demonstrates the desperation of the government and is…

Two suicide bombers kill three in north Nigeria mosque

SHAFAQNA - Two suicide bombers killed three Muslim worshippers in a mosque in a northeast Nigerian town still being rebuilt after virtual destruction by Boko Haram in 2014, sources told AFP Sunday. The bombers, a man and a woman, detonated…

Press Statement: IMN condemns police attack on IMN peaceful procession in Abuja

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SHAFAQNA - The Nigerian police yesterday (4.16.2018) opened fire on peaceful Free Zakzaky protesters, killing at least one and injuring many others. It all started in the afternoon after the police laid siege on the venue of Free Zakzaky sit…

Rallies Held in Solidarity with Sheikh Zakzaky in Different Countries

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SHAFAQNA - Rights activists held rallies in Britain, Pakistan, Turkey and Switzerland in solidarity with jailed Nigerian Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. According to al-Laulau website, the participants condemned the continued detention…

Senegal Introduces Contenders in Iran Int’l Quran Contests

SHAFAQNA - According to the Iranian Cultural Center in Dakar, they will take part in the recitation and memorization categories of the international Quran competitions for men, women, and seminary students. Ms Maymouna Lu will be the West…

Global "Free Zakzaky" protests planned for 15th April 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Global Protests are being planned next week, on 15 April 2018, to coincide with a hundred days of continuous Free Zakzaky protests in Nigeria demanding the immediate release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh…

Tunisian Islamic scholar scolds KSA over condoning of Israel

SHAFAQNA - Bashir bin Hassan censured MbS for recognizing the Zionist regime of Israel and attempts to normalize ties with the occupying regime. He also referred to the prince’s remarks about donating copies of the Quran to African countries,…

OPED - Nigeria: The North Is An Orphan

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SHAFAQNA - Although Nigeria has been divided into six geo-political zones, as the name suggests, to suit the Nigeria’s politics, Northern Nigeria is made up of 19 out of all the 36 states in Nigeria. For religious, cultural and historical…

Lebanese Youth Foundation runs fundraiser for children in Burundi - Africa

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SHAFAQNA - The Lebanese Youth Foundation has launched a new fundraiser in collaboration with AhlulBayt Africa to assist impoverished children in Burundi. The appeal reads as follow: Bismillah Ar-Rahmān Ar-Rahīm, Give to the near of…

Book written on "2015 Zaria massacre" launched in Kaduna

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SHAFAQNA- The Kaduna zone of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria has on Sunday, 11th of March, 2018, launched a book written on "2015 Zaria Massacre". The spectacular event took place at the premises of Fudiyyah D/Madami, H/Rigasa Kaduna with numerous…

Int’l Conference of Ahlulbayt and Islamic Sects held in Tanzania

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SHAFAQNA- The first day of International Conference of Ahlulbayt and Islamic Sects was held in Dodoma, Tanzania on Thursday, February 22. In today’s meeting whose chairman was Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Mofid Husseini Kouhsari, head of the…

UNHCR seek US$157 million to aid Boko Haram displaced

SHAFAQNA - The UN refugee agency has appealed for $157 million to help over 280,000 people affected by the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group. On Wednesday, the UNHCR announced that the amount was required to aid some 208,000 Nigerian refugees…

Central African Republic: Priest says UN is failing to protect Muslim refugees

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SHAFAQNA - With violence escalating across the Central African Republic (CAR), a priest has condemned UN failure to protect the vulnerable - including Muslims being sheltered by the Church. Father Yovane Cox told Aid to the Church in Need that…

Moroccan Memorizer Wins Khartoum Int’l Quran Award

SHAFAQNA - The panel of judges announced Ahmed Abdul Wahhab Ashiri from Morocco as the top winner of the contest. The runner-up was Muhammad Ahmed from Sudan and the third prize went to Salim Abdullah Alim from Libya. The three top winners…

Islamic Movement in Nigeria press conference on health situation of Sheikh Zakzaky

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Movement in Nigeria on Wednesday 10th January, 2018 addressed a Press Conference on the health situation of Sheikh Zakzaky, who is being illegally detained despite a valid court judgement declaring his continued detention…

Seminar in Egypt Features Divine Religions’ Opposition to Violence

SHAFAQNA - The Arab country’s parliament has organized the one-day forum in cooperation with Ministry of Youths Affairs, according to al-Misri al-Yawm website. It seeks to discuss and analyze the view of divine religions in rejection of…

School children stage Free Zakzaky protest in Abuja

SHAFAQNA - A fresh Free Zakzaky protest was staged in Abuja, the Nigerian Capital today Thursday the 4th of January 2018 by School Children. Source - ABNA

At least 14 killed in mosque attack in Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - A suicide bomber killed 14 worshipers at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, a vigilante leader said, a day after terrorist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a string of attacks in a rare video. The bomber targeted those…

Gunmen storm church in southern Nigeria, killing at least 17

SHAFAQNA - Unknown gunmen killed 17 people following a new year's day church service in southern Nigeria, a local official said, the latest violence to hit the oil-rich region. Local government official Osi Olisa said Tuesday that the attackers…

Khartoum Quran Contest to Be Held with 70 Contenders

SHAFAQNA - An official with the organizing committee of Sudan’s 9th international Quran competition said 70 Quran memorizers will take part in the contest . Maaz Fatih al-Hajj said the total number of the participants, who will compete…

Sheikh Zakzaky's health condition deteriorating; his left eye lost vision

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SHAFAQNA - Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife are in a deteriorating health condition, a senior member of the movement said. "Sheikh Adam Suhu a member of the IMN said that unfortunately,…

Interior and Islamic Affairs Ministries Hunt for Extremist Books in Moroccan Bookstores

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SHAFAQNA - Morocco World News : Commissions from both ministries have begun a campaign in bookstores around the kingdom to search out religious extremist books, especially those whose authors are preachers known for praising terrorism and radicalism,…