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…

Kazakhstan launches major halal meat processing plant

SHAFAQNA - Kazakhstan’s LLP Aktep has opened a major meat processing plant in the Aktobe region in the west of the country. The new facility is certified to halal standards and will process 7,200 tonnes of beef annually. It is believed…

ISO to stage protest across Pakistan in solidarity with Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - ISO will carry out nationwide protest on Friday against military-led violence against Shiite communities in Nigeria. ISO Pakistan will observe a protest day on Friday, 18th September against Parachinar incident and Ayatollah Ibrahim…

Pakistan vows revenge one year after Taliban school massacre

SHAFAQNA - Pakistan's leader called Wednesday for vengeance under portraits of children killed by Taliban bullets as the country marked the first anniversary of a school massacre that left 151 people dead in its worst-ever extremist attack. Families…

Pakistan market bomb

SHAFAQNA - A bomb explosion in a market has killed 22 minority Shia Muslims and wounded 45 others in Pakistan’s Kurram tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said. The bomb exploded on Sunday when the market in the town of Parachinar…

Protesters in Tibriz denounce Azerbaijan's campaign against Shiites

SHAFAQNA - Scores of people in the northeastern city of Tabriz demonstrated in front of the Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Thursday to express their protest to the violence against Muslims in the Azeri city of Nardaran. The…

Kiwi Muslims: Suffering stigma for extremists' actions

SHAFAQNA - The members of the Wellington Islamic Centre represent 40 different ethnicities, but their common identity is Kiwi. One woman at Friday prayers arrived in New Zealand from Egypt just yesterday. She is introduced to a group…

Pakistan media welcomes resumption of India-Pakistan dialogue

SHAFAQNA - Pakistani media today welcomed the resumption of Indo-Pak comprehensive dialogue, describing it as a “major breakthrough” and a pleasant turn in bilateral ties following three top-level meetings in 10 days. The decision to…

Azerbaijani intellectuals criticizes government-led crackdown on Shias

SHAFAQNA - Azerbaijani security forces carried out a raid involving hundreds of personnel on a Shia gathering mourning the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam, in Nardaran, a municipality in the capital, Baku, on November…

Prince Ali Seraj of Afghanistan calls for drastic stand against Daesh aka ISIL

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SHAFAQNA - I implore all the Islamic Religion Clerics, Mullahs, Imams and all other leaders from every Islamic nation in the world, to convene a Religious (SHURA), conference, in Mecca. During this conference, all those attending, must, in…

Afghan president condemns terror 'savages'

SHAFAQNA - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday that Europe had helped to create Islamic civilization and denounced the "savages" who carry out terrorist attacks in the name of the religion. "As a freely elected Muslim leader I…

The world's biggest pilgrimage is underway - In the name of Imam Hussain (AS) Indian Muslims march

SHAFAQNA - The pilgrimage of Arbaeen has begun. In the world’s largest annual gathering of people, Shia Muslims from across the world throng to the city of Karbala in Iraq to mark the fortieth day after the death anniversary of Imam Hussain,…

Protesters attack Indian newspaper over anti-ISIS piggy bank cartoon

SHAFAQNA - Violent protests took place in western Indian after a local newspaper published an anti-Islamic State cartoon featuring a piggy bank with the terrorist group’s flag. Protesters said the cartoon was blasphemous, although social…

Sydney Muslims are feeling under pressure: Islamophobia on the rise

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims in Sydney experience discrimination and verbal slurs at three times the rate of all other Australians, a study that is the first of its kind in the country has found. Nearly two thirds of Muslims surveyed had been…

The radicalisation myth: Islam doesn’t propagate hatred, it teaches equality

SHAFAQNA - The disturbing footage of people running helter-skelter in the streets of Paris trying to evade the bullets of the savage gunmen, the photograph of a dead child on a beach — a refugee, who succumbed to the difficulties of a treacherous…

Sufi Muslims to hold ‘spiritual summit’

SHAFAQNA - A body of Sufi Muslims — All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board — has announced that it will hold the first World Islamic Spiritual Summit in New Delhi in March. The organisers claimed that the conference aims at apprising the…

China Likely To Invest Over $1 Trillion Overseas By 2020

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SHAFAQNA - China is likely to invest more than $1 trillion abroad in the next five years, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Tuesday, according to the state-run China Daily. He was speaking at the Meeting of Heads of Government of China and Central…

Motorbike taxis launched for Muslim women in Indonesia

SHAFAQNA- Indonesia has recently launched a new motorcycle-taxi service that caters to Muslim women who have reservations regarding riding with men they are not married to, an act forbidden in Islam. The new taxi will also help women who are…