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…

Fatimiyah Mourning Ceremonies to Begin in Australia, Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - The devotees of the Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) in Australia and Pakistan will hold ceremonies to marking the Fatimiyah Mourning Days. The mourning ceremonies will start on Sunday night to commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Fatima Zahra…

Indian Land Islamic Center opens doors to neighbors

SHAFAQNA - A boy begins. Arabic verse fills the block building, an uncommon sound for many of the roughly 200 people there. Not until the next boy translates will many recognize the familiar story of Mary and Jesus. It was the first hint…

"ISIS is enemy of humanity and Islam", says Indian minister

SHAFAQNA - Indian Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said that terror groups like ISIS are enemies of both humanity and Islam. Naqvi was in Anand district in the western Indian state of Gujarat…

Unity is the best defence against fundamentalist tendencies

SHAFAQNA - In a wide-ranging policy speech last month, Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam identified four interconnected challenges to Singapore’s multireligious and multicultural harmony: Direct terrorist attacks, radicalisation of…

Social Media Used to Tarnish Image of Islam

SHAFAQNA- "We find that some isolated issues are often played up to tarnish the image of Islam, and religious institutions, heads of religious departments, muftis, and Muslim intellectuals are subjected to character assassination," he was quoted…

KTO publishes guidebook to attract Chinese Muslims

SHAFAQNA  - Korea's tourism industry is introducing programs to attract Chinese Muslims to Korea. The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) said Thursday that it has published its first Chinese-language tour guidebook designed…

Islamophobic Graffiti Attack on Car in Australia

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SHAFAQNA- A man has been charged after a car was vandalized with Islamophobic messages in Sydney's south-west. Police had launched an investigation after a black Audi 4WD was found with smashed windows and covered in graffiti on Johnson…

Halal Park in Malaysia- Johor Aims to Be Major World Player with New Halal Park

SHAFAQNA- Mohamed Khaled Nordin, an official in the state, said Johor had the advantage compared with other states which also have their own halal parks as the JHP was totally different in its set up. "You have to be different in order to…

“Ali ibn Abi-Talib (AS)” Mosque Opens in Indonesia

SHAFAQNA - A mosque named “Ali ibn Abi-Talib” (AS) was opened in Indonesia’s Java Island on the weekend. The mosque will host about 100 worshippers and provide them with copies of the Holy Quran as well as some important Islamic sources…

Taliban suicide bomber kills 3 Afghan soldiers in Balkh province

SHAFAQNA - At least three Afghan soldiers have been killed and 18 wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up near an army minibus in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province, according to officials. The attack took place in Dehdadi district…

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…