Hindus convicted for massacring Muslims on Modi’s watch

SHAFAQNA -An Indian court has convicted 24 men over a massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, one of a series of communal killings by Hindus 14 years ago that has long cast a shadow over the political career of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr Modi…

Bahrainis Condemn Extension of Sheikh Ali Salman's Jail Sentence

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SAFAQNA- Bahrainis held hundreds-strong protests throughout Manama, venting rage at a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that has more than doubled the jail sentence against the country’s top opposition leader. On Tuesday, the protesters…

3,000 Rohingya Muslims have nowhere to go

SHAFAQNA - Dil Mohammed, 71, is not sure if he wants to go back to Myanmar and neither does he want to live in a state of penury. He just wants to have good food and a clean bed to sleep. Emerging out of his plastic tent near Fatima Masjid…

Conference about Imam Mehdi (AS) Held in Jammu and Kashmir

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SHAFAQNA- A daylong conference about Imam Mehdi (AS) was held at Iqbal Khomeini Hall at Mohalla Syed Afzal in Alamgari Bazar in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday. In was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Ahlulbayt (AS) Foundation. People from all…

Australian PM congratulates Muslims on advent of Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull has congratulated Australian Muslims on the occasion of the advent of the holy month of Ramadan. "For Australian Muslims, Ramadan is a holy month as well as a time of both personal reflection…

Discrimination in Delhi against Muslims

SHAFAQNA - A recent study by a top Helsinki-based institute has found “strong evidence of discrimination against Muslim applicants” seeking to take house on rent in the National Capital Region of Delhi. The study is based, to quote, “A…

Sumatra, Halal tourist place in Indonesia

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SHAFAQNA-Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry plans to develop West Sumatra as a halal tourist destination to attract more tourists from Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries. Minister Arief Yahya said at a coordination meeting…

Violence against Muslims in Australia

SHAFAQNA - A mosque in Geelong, 75km south of Melbourne, Victoria, was destroyed in a suspicious fire on Wednesday morning. Police say the fire was reported at 2.15am after a nearby resident heard a loud bang. The resident went to investigate…

Myanmar Doesn't Recognize Its Muslims And Doesn't Want US To, Either

SHAFAQNA - Despite the push for human rights in Myanmar, the majority party leader told a U.S. ambassador to not call the minority Muslim population "Rohingya." Myanmar still doesn't recognize a minority Muslim population in its borders…
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Huge Fire Adds to Woes for Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Nearly 450 Rohingya Muslims are homeless after a huge fire burned down several shelters at a camp for internally displaced people Tuesday. About 50 shelters were destroyed at the Baw Du Pa camp located near Sittwe, the capital…

City Council in Australia Rejects Mosque Plan

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SHAFAQNA- A city council in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, rejected a development application for a mosque in the city's south-east. Casey City Council, in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, voted down plans for a mosque at their meeting on…

Is China changing its policy towards Uighur Muslims?

SHAFAQNA - Has China just issued its first conciliatory statement towards the Uighur Muslim ethnic group, which has been persecuted for years? And has it done so out of fear or embarrassment that Uighur Islamic militants have now gone global,…

Thai Muslim leader Phitakkumpon opens mosque in PNU campus

SHAFAQNA - Thai Muslim religious leader Aziz Phitakkumpon opened a mosque located on the campus of Princess of Naradhiwas University (PNU), an institute where most students are Muslims, in Thailand. Phitakkumpon presided over the opening…

The birth anniversary of Hazrat Ali a.s Celebrated in the Aligarh Muslim University

SHAFAQNA - The Aligarh Muslim university celebrates the birth anniversary of Hazrat Ali (a.s) as Ali Day which is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm without any distinction of religion or region. The Ali Day is marked with a book exhibition…

Obama to increase US funding for bomb clearance in Laos

SHAFAQNA - The United States is set to boost funding for the removal of cluster bombs and other unexploded ordnance in Laos, the fatal legacies of its “secret war” during the 1960s and 1970s. Deaths and injuries from unexploded ordnance,…

Praying for rain in Malaysia

SHAFAQNA - Muslims in Malaysia have been urged to perform the Istisqa prayer on Tuesday, supplicating for rain and better weather. Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha made the call Monday…

Imam Ali’s (AS) Birth Anniversary to Be Celebrated in Quetta, Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - A three-day program is scheduled to be organized in Quetta, Pakistan to celebrate the birth anniversary of Imam Ali (AS). Shia Muslims all over the Islamic country are getting ready to celebrate the auspicious occasion on the…

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…