Two Shia Muslims martyred in terrorist attack in southwestern Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA - Two Shia Muslims from Hazara community hailing from Balochistan Shia Conference embraced martyrdom while third was injured in a terrorist attack in Quetta's Western Bypass area on Sunday. Police sources said Shia martyrs were…

A Shia Muslim shopkeeper is gunned down in Pakistan's Quetta

SHAFAQNA - A shopkeeper belonging to the Shia Hazara community was martyred in a terrorist attack in Quetta on Wednesday, police said. Takfiri terrorists have been claiming responsibility for Shia genocide and targeted murders of other communities…

Halal Certified Restaurants on Rise in Singapore, More Tolerance Needed

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SHAFAQNA - With the increase in the number of Halal Certified restaurants, or restaurants that are currently in the process of getting their Halal Certification, in Singapore, more tolerance is needed from those of other races. Many have…

Myanmar's First Rohingya Repatriation is 'A Deception’ call rights groups

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SHAFAQNA - Rights groups are expressing skepticism over the announcement that Myanmar has repatriated the first Rohingya Muslim family, despite warnings from the UN. "This is a deception," Rohingya Blogger, a watchdog and Rohingya rights…

Brunei Sultan Urges Introducing Congregational Prayers at Schools

SHAFAQNA - "In Arabic and religious schools, congregational prayer is held, either at the surau (an Islamic assembly building) or the nearby mosque. This is very good to be continued, not only for students but also for parents and guardians…

Senior Kashmiri Shia leader condemns Kulgam killings

SHAFAQNA - Senior Kashmiri Shia leader, Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi expressed deep anguish over the “massacre” of innocent people going on continuously in the Valley due to “stubborn attitude of government of New Delhi regarding the…

War Crimes Prosecutor Seeks Jurisdiction over Rohingya Muslim Deportations

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SHAFAQNA - A ruling affirming jurisdiction could pave the way for Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate the deportation of many thousands of Rohingya Muslims, though Myanmar is unlikely to cooperate. “This is not an abstract question…

Official Says Malaysia Committed to Promoting Quranic Activities

SHAFAQNA - He said this was reflected through the government's policies and programs to empower a Quranic society which includes organizing Recitation and Memorization of the Quran Ceremony. "Many efforts had been done by the government…

Indian editor arrested for fake news on Muslims attacking a monk

SHAFAQNA - Indian police have arrested the editor of a website for publishing a fake report that Muslims had attacked a monk from the Jain faith, officials said Friday. Mahesh Vikram Hegde was arrested in southern Karnataka state on Thursday…

Prominent Pakistani Shia scholar escapes takfiri-led attack

SHAFAQNA - Reports from Pakistan confirmed that prominent Shia scholar barely escaped an attack on his life. Pakistani security guards foiled the attempted murder on Allama Mousavi - renowned Shia religious scholar and secretary general…

Daesh Attack Near Shia Mosque in Western Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - A suicide attack near a Shia mosque in the Western Afghan city of Herat killed at least one person and wounded eight others, police and health officials said on Sunday. The Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group claimed responsibility…

Anti-Muslim attacks continue despite Sri Lanka's state of emergency

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SHAFAQNA- uddhist mobs attacked mosques and businesses belonging to Sri Lanka's minority Muslims overnight, police said Wednesday, despite the imposition of a state of emergency to restore peace in the bitterly-divided island. Sri Lanka…

Thousand of Uighur Muslims detained in Chinese 're-education' camps

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SHAFAQNA - More than 100,000 minority Uighur Muslims are reportedly being indefinitely detained in overcrowded “re-education” camps on China’s western border. The detention centres - reminiscent of Mao-era laogai forced labour…

Bangladesh delays repatriation of Rohingya Muslims, says 'a lot of preparation' still needed

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SHAFAQNA - The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar will not begin as planned, Bangladesh said Monday, with authorities admitting "a lot of preparation" was still needed. Dhaka had been due…

Islamophobia growing in Australia;anti-Islam sentiment on rise

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims are just the latest group to be demonised in Australian society in a practice that dates back to the earliest days of European settlement, according to the head of Australia's peak Muslim body. Australian Federation of…

1800 Pakistani clerics issue fatwa: Suicide bombings forbidden in principles of Islam

SHAFAQNA - More than 1,800 Pakistani clerics from different schools of Islamic thought have issued a fatwa declaring that suicide bombings are un-Islamic. The clerics declared that suicide bombings are forbidden, or "haram," under the principles…

Pakistan: First Shia party representative became minister in Balochistan government

SHAFAQNA - Agha Syed Mohammad Raza, a Member of Balochistan Assembly, has taken oath as provincial minister for law and parliamentary affairs yesterday. He became first elected legislator of any Shia party in Pakistan that has been appointed…

95 Attend Quran Competition in Southern Thai City

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SHAFAQNA - Ninety-five memorizers from 20 Quran memorization centers in Thailand took part in the competition, according to al-Qabas daily. They competed at five levels on memorization of the Holy Quran. The al-Rahma World Association,…

Myanmar Military Admits Part in Killings of Muslims Found in Mass Grave

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SHAFAQNA - Soldiers in Myanmar’s military and villagers were behind the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims whose bodies were found in a mass grave in Rakhine state’s Inn Din village, commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing said Wednesday in a statement…

Vice Chairman of Pakistan Shiite Ulema Council passes away

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SHAFAQNA - Hujjat al-Islam Seyed Abdoljalil Naqvi, a renowned Shia leader and son-in-law of Allama Seyed Sajid Ali Naqvi, Member of the Supreme Council of AhlulBayt World Assembly, has died of protracted illness in Rawalpindi. His Salat al-Janazah…

Indian pilgrims walk 6000 km to visit Imam Hussain in Karbala

SHAFAQNA - A group of seven Shia Muslim pilgrims from Hyderabad old city has left for pilgrimage in Iraq on foot. They will complete their journey of 6000 km by walk to reach the city of Karbala in Iraq. The enthusiastic pilgrims are expected…

Four policemen killed in Kashmir bombing

SHAFAQNA - Four police officers have been killed in a bomb blast set off by militants fighting Indian rule in a northwestern town in disputed Kashmir, according to police. The explosion ripped through a market in the town of Sopore on Saturday,…

Sunni, Shia Muslims at peace and unity in remote village of Cambodia

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SHAFAQNA - Uneasiness is in the air in the small, predominantly Muslim village of Vihear Sambo in Tboung Khmum province. From the time the villagers first settled, they have always been practising Sunni Islam. However, things began to change…

Kabul blast kills, injures 70 at Shia news organisation, Taliban denies any involvement

SHAFAQNA - Multiple blasts near an office of a media outlet in the Afghan capital of Kabul have left at least 40 people dead and 32 others injured, officials say.  At least 40 people have been killed and 30 wounded in a suicide attack at a…

In Myanmar, hatred for Rohingya Muslims runs so deep that a diplomat called them 'ugly as ogres' — and got promoted

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SHAFAQNA - Inside his monastery stands a tall stone monument to students killed in pro-democracy protests. In 2007, he and tens of thousands of monks marched peacefully in streets nationwide, staring down columns of soldiers in what was dubbed…

500,000 Rohingyas Unlikely to Receive Schooling in 2018

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SHAFAQNA - A humanitarian organization has warned of a "lost generation" with more than 500,000 Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh unlikely to receive schooling in 2018. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said unless interventions…

Special Sermon Calls On Muslims To Defend Glory Of Jerusalem

SHAFAQNA - A special sermon at the Putra Mosque here today called on Muslims to defend the glory of Jerusalem, akin to the Baitullah in Makkah and the Nabawi Mosque in Madinah. The sermon was delivered by Federal Territory Mufti Datuk Dr…

Taliban kill 11 Afghan police in attack on checkpoints in Helmand

SHAFAQNA - Taliban terrorists attacked checkpoints in the southern Helmand province early Sunday, killing 11 police, an official said. Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said Afghan forces eventually repelled the attack…