Canadian hostages, machetes to their necks, beg government to pay ransom as execution deadline looms

SHAFAQNA- Philippians kidnappers say they'll kill a pair of Canadian hostages on April 25 if their ransom demand isn't met. In a new video posted on social media Friday, the terrorists demand 300 million pesos -- $8.3 million -- for each…

Philippines Plans ‘Halal’ Project for Tourism

SHAFAQNA- The Department of Tourism (DOT) in the Philippines is pushing for “halal consciousness” in the country’s tourist hubs as a way of inculcating respect for the Islamic religion and to attract more Muslim visitors. Tourism Secretary…

South Korea to launch Muslim-friendly certificate system for restaurants

SHAFAQNA - A South Korean state-run tourism promotion agency is pushing to introduce a "Muslim-friendly certificate" for local restaurants in South Korea where visitors could be served well-prepared halal food, industry sources said on Thursday,…

S. Korea to launch Halal certificate system for restaurants

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SHAFAQNA- A South Korean state-run tourism promotion agency is pushing to introduce a "Muslim-friendly certificate" for local restaurants where visitors could be served well-prepared halal food, industry sources said Thursday. According…

Myanmar religion minister angers Muslims with comments

SHAFAQNA - Myanmar’s new minister for religious and cultural affairs came under fire from Muslim and Hindu communities in the country recently for referring to them as “associate citizens,” during a radio interview. Thura Aung Ko,…
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Suicide attack in Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - A suicide blast  rocked Parwan in northern Afghanistan earlier today leaving nearly 30 people dead, local officials said. The incident took place in Seya Gerd district but the target of the attack has not been ascertained so…
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Analysis: Afghanistan Tough Times with Three Warring Sides

SHAFAQNA - Afghanistan’s developments have kept unfolding in 2015 within completely opposing courses. On the one hand there were increased efforts to push the Taliban group and the Afghan national unity government towards negotiations and…
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Terrorist attack against Afghan state institutions

SHAFAQNA -  A huge explosion took place on Monday as a rocket landed near the Afghan parliament building. The blast took place when senior security officials were on their way towards the building to brief lawmakers on the current situation…
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Rapprochement in between Iran and Pakistan in couterterrorism

SHAFAQNA - “Both countries are determined to develop mutual ties, especially in the field of economy,” said President Rouhani after signing of 6 cooperation agreements between Iran and Pakistan. The documents were signed by the high-ranking…
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Saving Afghanistan through economic reforms - a way out of failed statism

SHAFAQNA - A country in perpetual war Afghanistan has seen more violence and bloodshed than any other countries in the region. Sitting atop a powerful juncture of geopolitical lay lines, this broken institutional shell of a nation has ironically…

Malaysia PM: "Muslims should keep an open heart"

SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today called on all Muslims in the country to keep an open heart in tackling differences of opinion. He said in Islam, Muslims are allowed to have difference of opinion, to voice out their…

Great British Bake Off winner proud to represent Muslims and Bengalis

SHAFAQNA - As the first female Muslim contestant on British reality TV culinary series The Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain naturally attracted a lot of attention. And even more so since winning the sixth season which aired in the…

Myanmar Rohingya Muslims Abandoned

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SHAFAQNA- Both the military and pro-democracy movements in Myanmar have been against recognizing the Myanmar Muslims as equal citizens. This is according to Massoud Shadjareh, the head of Islamic Human Rights Commission, who, in an interview…

Chinese Officials Call for National Standards on Halal Food

SHAFAQNA - The Chinese characters for “pure” and “true,” signifying “halal,” hang over numerous restaurants across China, a symbol of a commitment to prepare food in accordance with Islamic law, including its ban on pork and alcohol. But…

Azerbaijan Bans over 730 Religious Books

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SHAFAQNA- The Republic of Azerbaijan’s government banned the import of 732 books on religious issues. The Caucasian country’s government committee for religious groups has made the decision, the Caucasus Religious Center reported. It…

Muslim community in New Zealand changing public perceptions

SHAFAQNA- An Auckland Muslim community is stepping up its charity work in an effort to overcome negative public perceptions of Islam. The Ahmadiyya Muslim community hopes to raise thousands for the Blind Foundation in Walk for Humanity today. Spokesman…

Change of narrative in Australia vis a vis Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The moment was surreal for Australian Muslims. The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, was addressing the Islamic Council of Victoria and said: “I believe in acknowledging the enormous contributions that Muslims have made to Australian…

OIC Drafts Declaration on Palestine

SHAFAQNA- Drafts of the documents on the pursuit of peace in Palestine discussed at the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit were finalized and are ready to be endorsed at the heads of state meeting on the final day of the two-day…

At least 8 Killed, 27 Injured In Suicide Attack at Pakistan Court

SHAFAQNA - A suicide attack at a court compound killed at least eight people in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks in areas around the volatile Mohmand tribal area. Senior police official Sohail…

Discrimination in Myanmar

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations has warned that persecuted Rohingya Muslims continue to live in “dreadful conditions” despite promises by the election-winning opposition party to protect the rights of the minority in the Southeast Asian country. John…

Japanese Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Islamic Fashion

SHAFAQNA- Extremism has spawned many misconceptions about Islamic culture, and one of the most enduring ones concerns the veil worn by Muslim women. The "hijab," as that form of headdress is called in Arabic, has long been viewed by feminists…

Muslims and the Marginalized in India Increasingly Live in a Shadow of Fear

SHAFAQNA - India's western state of Gujarat, where Mahatma Gandhi, the apostle of nonviolence, was born, also has a long history of communal violence. The most recent case of large-scale violence in the state was in 2002 when inter-communal…

Afghanistan calls on tribesmen to stand to the Taliban

SHAFAQNA - Ahmad Zia Masooud, the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy for reform and good governance, has recently asserted that presence of the Mujahedeen in all political and military fields was a vital need of the country, as…

Australia university Muslim prayer room vandalized

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic prayer rooms at a prominent Australian university have been vandalized and flooded with racist notes accusing Muslims of being rapists and thieves. At 10 on Monday morning, Muslim students entered their prayer room…

University of Nebraska-Lincoln's MSA Looks to Bring Understanding, Love to Islam Dialogue

SHAFAQNA- MSA began preparing for the event last fall and has worked with faculty advisor Hany Makkawy, as well as listened to non-member student input. The group will host educational events at the City Union from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25. "We’ve…

Australian Politician Proposes 10-Year Ban on Muslim Immigration

SHAFAQNA- Australian politician Kirralie Smith proposed today a 10-year hiatus on Muslim immigration, saying that Islamic values are“not compatible to our democratic values of freedom.” The comments were made in an interview with Sky…

Indonesian students create halal App in Taiwan

SHAFAQNA - Two Indonesian students have created Android-based application program to help in finding halal products and services in Taiwan. The creation of Aris Kusumo Diantoro and Faisal Fahmi, both Indonesian students studying master programs…

Fatimiyah Mourning Rituals to Begin in Australia, Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA- The mourning ceremonies will start on Sunday night to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (SA), the beloved daughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In Adelaide, Australia, the Jafariya Islamic Center will host the…