China Cracks Down on Uighur Clothing

SHAFAQNA - A few months after banning face-veil or burqa in restive Xinjiang province, where the Uighur Muslims have a majority, China has amended its criminal law stipulating that forcing others to wear "extremist garments" is a crime. "Anyone…

Japanese Shia Muslims presence at Imam Reza holy shrine in Mashhad

SHAFAQNA - Mourning ceremony for Imam Hussein (A') at the Razavi Holy Shrine had a different feeling with presence of a number of devotees of the Ahl al-Bayt (A.S.) from Japan. Razavi Holy Shrine was the host of a group of Japanese Shi’as…

A lone Muslim campaigns in Myanmar's stronghold of radical Buddhism - REPORT

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SHAFAQNA - The city of Mandalay in northern Myanmar is a Buddhist religious centre so crowded with temples, monasteries and monks that they can sometimes seem innumerable. The city of Mandalay in northern Myanmar is a Buddhist religious…

Muslims with citizenship barred from Myanmar election, living in poverty

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SHAFAQNA - Thousands of Kaman, ethnic Muslims who are citizens of Myanmar, remain displaced in Rakhine state, unable to return to their homes or have their say in the country's November elections. On an isolated island, accessible only by…

Advertisement Agency in Australia rejects religious hate-ads

SHAFAQNA - A major Australian outdoor advertising agency has been applauded by the Muslim community after refusing to post ads ridiculing aspects of Islam and Christianity, saying they contradict with its code of ethics. “The one about…

Sydney more hostile to Muslims, but Australia embraces multiculturalism: survey

SHAFAQNA - Melbourne is by far the most tolerant major Australian city towards Muslims, with Sydney most likely to be hostile. Yet across the nation Australians show barely any support for calls from far-right groups to officially discriminate…

Afghanistan's female marathon runner defies danger to go the distance

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SHAFAQNA - Even if chasing her athletic ambitions were only a matter of physical ability, odds would already be stacked against Zainab*. For two months leading up to Afghanistan’s first official marathon in Bamiyan this month, her fitness…

Muslims open arson-hit mosque to public on SundayAusr

SHAFAQNA - If you've ever been interested in what the inside of a mosque looks like, you'll get your chance this Sunday. Despite the Garden City Mosque being ravaged by a fire earlier this year, in what was the second arson attack on the…

Persistent anti-Muslim violence in India (1992-2015): Gainers and losers

SHAFAQNA - The massive violence leading up to the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6 1992, an iconic event in Indian history and politics, was preceded by the biggest mass mobilisation in independent India centred on the theme of…

Bangladesh bomb attack on Shia Muslims at Ashura

SHAFAQNA - One person has been killed and at least 50 others wounded in a bomb attack on Shia Muslims in Bangladesh. Thousands of worshippers had gathered for the annual Ashura procession in the capital, Dhaka, when several home-made devices…

Kashmir Police: Won’t Allow 8th Muharram Procession

SHAFAQNA - Inspector General of Police SJM Gillani Wednesday said that the police will not allow the Alam Sharief procession of 8th Muharram on the traditional routes on Thursday. “We won’t allow the Muharram procession taking the security…

For the love of Hussain

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SHAFAQNA - Earlier this month, as Shia Muslims around the world mourned the martyrdom of Imam Hussain—the grandson of Islam’s Prophet who was assassinated at the Battle of Karbala in 680—a small town in Pakistan’s Sindh province offered…

Pressure forces Muslims to stop prayers at schools near Yangon

SHAFAQNA - Hard-line Buddhist groups in Myanmar have escalated their anti-Muslim campaign ahead of the country's Nov. 8 elections, forcing Muslims near Yangon to halt sacred Friday prayers at local madrasas. Pressure from a Buddhist group…

Muslims being targetted, says Azam

SHAFAQNA - In the backdrop of lynching and defacing of Muslims in the name of consuming beef, senior Uttar Pradesh minister and Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam Khan today said Muslims were being targetted. "Muslims are being targetted in…

Blasphemy charges: Are all the cases probed thoroughly?

SHAFAQNA - The Supreme Court on Thursday granted the bail plea of a woman who had been incarcerated for three-and-a-half years under blasphemy charges.A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, granted bail to Waliha Irfat –…

84-year-old Mosque in Malaysia to Be Relocated

SHAFAQNA  - Masjid Zakaria, which is one of the oldest mosques in Selangor, Malaysia, will be relocated nearby to Jalan Gombak. The mosque, which was built in 1931, could not accommodate the large number of Muslims attending Friday prayers,…

Army troops arrived Lahore for Muharram security duties

SHAFAQNA - Pak Army troops will provide security during Muharram mourning processions and Majalis. According to ISPR the Army troops riding on dozens of vehicles to the sensitive places, the courts flag marched on the main routes of public…

"Emulate the Prophet to reunite Muslims" says Malaysian official

SHAFAQNA - Former Chief Justice of Malaysia Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad urged Muslim leaders, regardless of their positions in the government, opposition or non-governmental organisations, to emulate the Prophet Muhammad in re-uniting Muslims and…

Muharram in India

SHAFAQNA - Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, also the month in which Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was martyred in the Battle of Karbala in 680, begins on Wednesday. Shias in the city of Mumbai gear up to commemorate…

First summit of Asian, Pacific Muslims to focus on cooperation

SHAFAQNA - The first summit of Muslim religious leaders from the Asian and Pacific countries opened yesterday in Istanbul with the Turkish head of the Presidency of Religious Affairs Mehmet Görmez calling for a renewal of cooperation between…

Australia plans tougher controls on teen 'terror suspects'

SHAFAQNA - Australia on Tuesday outlined plans to tighten counter-terrorism laws further, including restricting the movements of suspects as young as 14 in the wake of a deadly attack by a teenager this month. Attorney-General George Brandis…

Plight of Indian Muslims

SHAFAQNA - These days India is hosting Baloch separatist leader Hyrbyair Marri. India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup confirming Marri’s presence in India, has said, “India has always been home to the ‘persecuted’…

Muharram procession is attacked in Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - It has been revealed in a secret report issued by Sindh Police that Sipah e Sahaba known as (ASWJ) has hired many Afghan target killers in Korangi and Orangi Town areas of Karachi and they have also conducted several secret meetings…

Pakistan asks India to protect Muslims' rights

SHAFAQNA - Commenting on the eruption of violence in India over the slaughter of cows, the Foreign Office of Pakistan on Thursday said the country which claimed to be a secular state should guarantee the basic rights of minorities, particularly…

Non-Muslims help repair Punjab mosque

SHAFAQNA - The sharp lines drawn between Hindus and Muslims since the lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq in Dadri get blurred in a village near Ludhiana. Everyone in Nathowal village knows that temperatures have reached boiling point over beef eating…

Malaysia: Speed dating event approved as 'halal' for Muslims

SHAFAQNA - A matchmaking event in Kuala Lumpur, 'Halal Speed Dating', is helping Muslims find marriage partners within the bounds of Islamic law. The event works around the concept of letting two interested people meet, however the women have…

Eid Al Ghadir in Australia - PHOTOS

SHAFAQNA - On March 10, 632 CE, in the tenth year of Hijra, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) received a revelation from God, ordering him to halt the pilgrims at a pond called Khum, a place near Mecca, and to designate Imam Ali (PBUH) as his successor…

War crimes say MSF after US blunder in Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA -  Seeing their colleagues and patients die was a horrifying shock, according to survivors of the deadly air raid on a hospital in Afghanistan. The tragedy, medical staff said, simply cannot be dismissed as “collateral damage”…