Chant of ‘Allahu akbar’ for Muslim victims at Genoa bridge funeral

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SHAFAQNA - Allahu Akbar prayers for the victims of a collapse of the bridge, who included two Albanian Muslims, rang out at a solemn Catholic state funeral in the Italian city of Genoa. They were among at least 38 people who have died in…

How "smart hajj" can help pilgrims?

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SHAFAQNA - over 2 million Muslim from all over the world descend on Makkah this week to take part in the Hajj. Hajj begins on the eighth day of Dhu Al Hijjah, which falls on August 19 this year. It will end on August 24. By Thursday,…

Two Birmingham mosques attacked with catapults during evening prayers

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SHAFAQNA - Both mosques were hit by heavy-duty catapult ball bearings which broke windows during evening prayers. Muslim groups in the UK have condemned catapult attacks on two mosques in the city of Birmingham, which smashed several windows…

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…

Why should you eat Halal even if you are not a Muslim?

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SHAFAQNA - The Seattle Globalist | By: Muaadh Nalir : Being a student for a summer exchange program at Seattle, I couldn’t complain about anything except for one thing, FOOD! I, being a Muslim, found it difficult in finding halal meat (raw…

156 million Muslims are expected to travel by 2020

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SHAFAQNA - By 2020, it is estimated by Regional travel trade show ITB Asia, that there will be 156 million Muslim travellers, growing nearly 30% since 2016. By 2026, the total purchases by Muslim travellers is expected to rise to US$300 billion,…

The Xi’an Mosque

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SHAFAQNA- Asian Inspirations: The Xi’an mosque is located near the Drum Tower – on 30 Huajue Lane of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China. It is one of the oldest standing Mosques in China, built around 700 AD. It was further expanded during…

Israel attacks Gaza as Hospitals faces lack of fuel

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SHAFAQNA - Israel bomb the occupied Gaza Strip on Wednesday again while Hospitals in Gaza were about to run out of fuel for generators. UN humanitarian coordinator warned that Israel immediately permit the entry of emergency fuel into Gaza. Gaza’s…

Yemen: the grotesque, shameful attack which killed 40 children

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SHAFAQNA - Of the 51 people who died in the Saudi airstrike on August 13, 40 were children. This strike was the worst attack on children since Yemen's brutal war escalated in 2015. Saudi Arabia denies targeting civilians and defended the incident…

A closer look into the contemporary history of Azerbaijan

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SHAFAQNA- OZY | By: DAN PELESCHUK: The brief but inclusive Azerbaijan Democratic Republic shows that innovation can come from where it’s least expected. The exotic, cosmopolitan city buzzed with activity, its multicultural lifeblood driven…

How the First All-Girl Muslim Robotics Team is Founded by a Stereotype-Smashing Teen

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SHAFAQNA - How a 15-year-old  girl from Chino Hills, CA, can break down barriers and smash stereotypes? Zaina Siyed answered that question by creating the FemSTEM Robotics Scholarship Program, a free STEM program for Muslim girls aged 10 to…

Photos: A Qur’an Stand belonging to 14th Century

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts : This Qur'an stand was made by Hasan [ibn] Zain ibn Sulaiman al‑Isfahani for endowment to a madrasa, or theological college, in the year 1360.  The surface of  this stand has been covered by Three layers of…

Canadian Muslim families are encouraged to become foster caregivers in GTA

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SHAFAQNA- The Star | By: Olivia Bowden : When an employee from the Children’s Aid Society visited Shahzad Mustafa's mosque, in order to talk about the significance of Muslim families fostering children of the identical religion, he remembered…

Bloomberg: Chinese Paper Says Muslim Region Crackdown Prevented Another Syria

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SHAFAQNA- Bloomberg News : A Communist Party-run newspaper issued a harsh rebuke to criticism of China’s security crackdown on its Muslim-dominated frontier, arguing that authorities had saved the region from becoming another Syria, According…

Why Indian Muslims are silent in the face of BJP’s aggressive Hindutva?

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SHAFAQNA- The Print | By: Hilal Ahmed: While Muslim disregard for Modi is in line with national sentiment, Babri Masjid has lost its provocative essence, surveys showed. Why don’t Indian Muslims react to aggressive Hindutva politics?…

The story of Madinah's Mosque of the Two Qiblas

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam : The historical Islamic sites of Al-Madinah are frequented by visitors to the Saudi Arabian city because it reminds them the prophet’s teachings and the spreading of Islam to all parts of the world. Among Madinah’s…

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,…

Eid Al Adha likely to begin on August 21st in Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Eid Al Adha, The second biggest eid of Muslims, would likely to begin on August 21st in Saudi Arabia for this year 2018. Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court on Thursday called for sighting the crescent of Dhul Hijja on Saturday evening.…

The big diplomatic war between Canada and Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - What began with a statement of concern over human rights has ballooned into the biggest diplomatic feud in years between Canada and Saudi Arabia. The clash between the two countries arose following Saudi Arabia’s move to detain…

Iran's Supreme Leader: “There will be no war, and we will not negotiate with the US”

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SHAFAQNQ - Commenting on the US President’s offer of negotiations, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday “There will be no war, and we will not negotiate.” Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said "The U.S. has…

Can Muslim Marriage be covered by English law?

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim women in Britain have been “given hope” by High Court judge ruling that a Muslim woman can have a British court dissolve her religious marriage and was entitled to maintenance from her husband after they split even though…

Health during Hajj

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SHAFAQNA - Science mag | by Ziad A. Memish : Starting from 19 August, Saudi Arabia will host people from over 180 countries for 5 days for Hajj, the world's largest annual religious pilgrimage. Associated with this mass transnational movement…

When travelling, every Muslim needs 7 apps

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam : While planning the perfect trip abroad can be stressful for every muslim because of things like finding out halal food, prayer times, and even the correct Qibla direction, technology has made sure them not to worry…

Sixteen Indian women Broke tradition by going for Haj without male guardian

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SHAFAQNA - Shamshadabai Isarail Sayeed, 62, is among the first groups from Maharashtra to visit Haj, the annual pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites in Saudi Arabia, without a mehram (husband or male blood relation as guardian). She is worried about…

Photos: Martyrdom Anniversary of Imam Muhammad al-Taqi (A.S.) in London

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SHAFAQNA: A ceremony was held in London's Imam Ali (A.S) Institute, to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Muhammad al-Taqi (A.S.).   Source: Shafaqna Persian   Read more from Shafaqna: Martyrdom…

Turkey's Yivli Minaret eyes UNESCO world heritage list

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SHAFAQNA - The eight centuries-old Yivli Minaret, which is a landmark and symbol of Turkey's southern tourism capital Antalya, aims to be included in UNESCO's World Heritage list. The historical piece, whose six-domed worship place attracts…

Muslim Walls of Madrid

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SHAFAQNA - Atlas Obscura : Among the oldest structures in Madrid, these Moorish walls once guarded the medieval city of Mayrit. The remains of the Muslim Walls of Madrid (Muralla Islamica de Madrid) are among the oldest structures…

Bus firm apologized after driver demands Muslim mother remove her niqab

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SHAFAQNA - A Bristol bus company has been forced to apologize after one of its drivers said he would only allow a Muslim woman onto a bus if she removed her veil. The 20-year-old mother was with her two-month-old child when the man asked…