Japan's Sakurajima volcano erupts some 50km from nuclear plant - Met Agency (VIDEO)

SHAFAQNA - Japan’s Sakurajima volcano, situated about 50km from the Sendai nuclear station, has erupted with the country's meteorological agency issuing an orange warning not to approach it. Residents in the area were evacuated in August…

Shia cleric hails Modi govt for steps taken to ensure peace and security for minorities

SHAFAQNA- A delegation of Muslim clerics and social leaders met union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday and discussed issues concerning the community. "The delegation emphasised that Indian Muslim youth have not fallen prey to any propaganda…

Halal Food for Muslim Travelers in Japan

SHAFAQNA- Using produce grown by local farmers, the meals will be prepared in accordance with Islamic dietary laws to ensure Muslims don’t have to worry about their food while on vacation in Japan. There are currently few restaurants…

NZ Muslims reach out with 'true teachings'

SHAFAQNA - The Muslim community in south Auckland is using its annual convention to distance itself from Islamic State (IS). It's concerned about the growing anti-Muslim rhetoric which stems from the bloodshed committed by the terrorist group. Images…

South Korea Has 200,000 Muslims, Including 2000 Nationals

SHAFAQNA- This is according to Kim Kwang-jun, the secretary general of the Korean Conference of Religions for Peace, addressing the 5th round of dialogue between the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization’s (ICRO) Center for Interreligious…

Conference to mark 40th day of Sheikh al-Nimr in Karachi - Sunni and Shia clerics to attend

SHAFAQNA - Shiite leaders in Karachi have confirmed they will hold a conference to mark the 40th day of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr's martyrdom, under the banner: In support of the oppressed. The conference will cover the persecution of Shiite leaders…

Muslims suffer in Myanmar - The forgotten genocide

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SHAFAQNA - The government of Myanmar’s departing president, Thein Sein, oversaw the systematic persecution of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority — a human rights debacle that one study has described as genocide. Mr. Thein Sein also…

“Peace and Wisdom” Int’l Conference Planned in Myanmar

SHAFAQNA- According to the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), the program will be attended by the head of the organization, some high-ranking Buddhist representatives, religious leaders and intellectuals. Sitagu International…

Muslim group using anime to construct mosque in Shizuoka

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim group here has turned to anime to raise funds for its plan to build a mosque in the city of Shizuoka. The Shizuoka Muslim Association intends to use the facility not only for prayers but also for exchanges between Muslims…

Daesh says it wants to assassinate Indian Premiere and FM

SHAFAQNA -  Indian officials have confirmed this Wednesday that an anonymous letter purportedly signed by Daesh terrorist group threatened the life of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar. Goa Police…

HRW urges Pakistan to extend Afghan Refugee Status through 2017

SHAFAQNA - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Pakistan to respect the rights of Afghan refugees, demanding an extension to the displaced people’s legal residency status until at least the end of 2018. The New York-based rights organization…

Muslims denounce Jakarta terror attack

SHAFAQNA - Following Jakarta terror attack scholars, clerics, and politicians have come out to denounce such an act of violence, stressing that Islam is not an advocate of violence. The public also came to reject terror militants' ideology,…

Major Tourism Players Urged to Push for Developing Philippine Halal Tourism

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SHAFAQNA- In a roundtable discussion at Dermpath at SM City on Tuesday, Marilou Ampuan, a trustee of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, said that they are encouraging business establishments to seek for accreditation from a certifier…

Taliban targeting of girls school in eastern province stands against Islamic tradition

SHAFAQNA - At least three schoolgirls have lost their lives and eight others sustained injuries in a mortar attack by the Taliban militant group in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost. The Afghan Ministry of Education announced in…

The Muslim Chicken

SHAFAQNA - The Muslim Chicken sells poultry, but no, the chickens are not followers of Islam ― they are slaughtered in a halal method by Malay-Muslims in a business run by Malay-Muslims. The fact that Malay-Muslims are running the company…

Pakistani Shia political faction is hacked

SHAFAQNA - Indian Hackers hacked the official website of MWM, political party of Shias of Pakistan, earlier today however, Shia website administration has recovered the website by blocking it. MWM spokesperson said in comments to the press that…

Japan’s Muslim Friendly Airports

SHAFAQNA - Striving to get a larger share of Muslim visitors, international airports in Japan have opened new prayer rooms as well offering halal food for Muslims, amid a wider plan to make Japanese ports more Muslim friendly. “We will…

Myanmar authorities ban mosque's centennial jubilee celebration

SHAFAQNA - Myanmar Authorities have banned a mosque on the outskirts of the commercial capital Yangon from celebrating its centennial jubilee on Monday, following complaints from the country's firebrand nationalist monk Wirathu. A caretaker…

Indonesian Hospital opens in Gaza

SHAFAQNA- A hospital in the Gaza Strip funded entirely by donations from Indonesians has opened its doors on Sunday. The workers said on Tuesday that Rumah Sakit Indonesia began operating nearly five years after the idea was conceived by…

Exclusive - Interview with Prince Ali Seraj of Afghanistan

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SHAFAQNA - Forced into exile by the Soviets in 1978, Prince Ali Seraj of Afghanistan has remained instrumental in his country’s affairs, working from afar to reaffirm Afghanistan’s independence, away from the grip of foreign powers. A…

Turkey processes Afghan heroin - The New Drug Trade

SHAFAQNA - Turkish laboratories are processing Afghan opium into heroin for deliveries to Europe, the director of Russia’s Federal Narcotics Control Service said Tuesday.  Earlier on Tuesday, Viktor Ivanov said that Russian and Afghan…

"Fiji Muslims seen as the way Islamic faith should be,"says official

SHAFAQNA - Muslims living in Fiji are an example to Islamic faiths around the world of how the world should be. This was the message from Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya as he spoke at the Prophet Mohammed's birthday celebrations…

President Rouhani urges Muslims to fight poverty as root cause of terrorism

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged Muslims to fight economic, cultural, scientific poverty as root causes of terrorism. What has happened to the Islamic nation to keep silent against all of the violence and bloodshed and…

Afghanistan - The Rise Of The Taliban

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SHAFAQNA - Interview with Prince Ali Seraj of Afghanistan A weekly podcast hosted by Catherine Shakdam, Breaking Point offers its audience a new narrative on current events, away from the restrictive viewpoints offered  by mainstream media…

E-cigs declared 'haram' for Muslims in Malaysia

SHAFAQNA - Malaysia's National Fatwa Council has declared smoking electronic cigarettes 'haram', citing religious and 'dangerous' health concerns. Local e-smokers are incensed, calling on the council to reconsider its strict edict. "From…

Eid Milad festivities in full swing in Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - Citizens of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are finalising preparations to celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) with religious festivity on Thursday. The homes, mosques, public, private buildings, schools, colleges are being decorated…

Peace loving Australian Muslims deserve a ‘fair go’!

SHAFAQNA - Recent talks of an open debate over the "link between Islam and terrorism" is exactly what ISIS are waiting for. A county whose politicians become self-made experts on other religions is an early warning of further division and…

Rally condemns massacre of Shia Muslims in Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - A rally was organised by the Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) on Saturday to condemn the massacre of Shia Muslims allegedly carried out by Nigerian troops in the city of Zaria. The rally, which started from the Mazar-e-Quaid…