India held the 26th Annual Hussain Day Convention

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussain: Under the title “Rise above Hate”, The 26th edition of the Hussain Day convention was held in the Indian city of Bengaluru . Eminent dignitaries from around the world attended and participated in the international…

Imam Hussein (AS) Mosque in Baku Reopened after decades

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SHAFAQNA- In Baku, the capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan, a Shia mosque was reopened in a ceremony attended by the country’s Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva. According to Azertaj news website, the ceremony for reopening the Imam Hussein…

Afghanistan's parliamentary election voting opened despite security threats

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SHAFAQNA- Polls opened in Afghanistan's parliamentary election on Saturday, the third since the Taliban's fall in 2001, despite security threats from the Taliban armed group and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country's 34 provinces. Voting…

Xi'an, the Muslim Quarter

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SHAFAQNA- China Highlight: The Muslim Quarter, Just as its name implies, is the hub of the Muslim community in Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province. Located to the north of the West Street in the city center, the quarter covers several blocks inhabitated…

UNESCO: Kuala Lumpur to be World Book Capital 2020

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SHAFAQNA: On the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee, which includes representatives of the International Publisher's Association, the International Federation of Library Associations and UNESCO, Kuala Lumpur was named World…

Muharram in Afghanistan: an occasion to remember the tragedies of Hazāra community

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SHAFAQNA: Most Afghans are Sunni Muslims, but a sizable minority are Shiites, mostly part of the Hazāra ethnic group, whose Asiatic features denote their Mongolian roots and set them apart from other Afghans. So the great majority of Shiʿites…

Ta'ziyeh: play of the war between good and evil

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SHAFAQNA- Ta’zieh, condolence theater or passion play, is a traditional Persian theater, in which actors convey the dramatic events through music and songs. The Ta’zieh plays retail the wars between good and evil where dialogues symbolize…

Video: India's Prime Minister attends mourning ceremony for Imam Hussein (AS)

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SHAFAQNA- India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, attends mourning ceremony for Imam Hussein (AS). Hindu Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, participated at the Muslims mourning ceremony in Indore city on Friday. For the first time…

How Beijing violates the rights of Uyghur Muslims?

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SHAFAQNA - Rights groups have accused Beijing of the systematic mass detention of tens of thousands of ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslims in political re-education camps without being charged or tried. It isn't the first time the Chinese government…

The Biggest Handwritten Quran in the World

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussain: A Pakistanis man from Faisalabad, has claimed that he has reproduced the world’s largest Quran. Imtiaz Haider handwrote the Quran on a piece of fabric measuring 16-meters long and 2.5-meters wide. The 10-page…

Halal Tours to Japan and New Zealand for Southeast Asian Muslims

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SHAFAQNA-  A program of the halal tour to Japan offered by Tourism agency H.I.S. Travel Indonesia,  for its Muslim customers. “Japan has been categorized as a Muslim-friendly country. And H.I.S., through its umrah department, will…

India Released a Quran Interpretation in Urdu

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SHAFAQNA-  In India, an Urdu book was released by Moulana Shah Jamal Ul Rahman at Madina Education Centre in Nampally. This book is titled ‘Rooh-e-Quran’ (Spirit of Quran) and it is compiled, interpreted and published by Moulana Gayas…

Video: Muslim man pray in Sikh temple as he can’t find a mosque

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SHAFAQNA - a Muslim man praying towards Mecca inside a Sikh temple in Malaysia has been seen in a video shared widely on Facebook. The man was spotted in Gurdwara Sahib Bercham Ipoh in Malaysia praying while Sikh hymns were being sung on…

Traditional Malay Wedding

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SHAFAQNA- Asian Inspirations: A traditional Malay wedding is one of the most diverse, not to mention lavish, cultural traditions in the world. An amalgamation of local and Islamic customs, there are numerous activities that are included…

Kolkata's Prominent Mosque Imam asks Muslims to Keep Citizenship Documents

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SHAFAQNA - Maulana Shafique Qasmi, The Imam of  Nakhoda mosque in Kolkata, at the congregation after the Friday prayers, asked people of the community to ensure that documents proving their citizenship and other legal records were in order…

UN accuses China of holding more than a million Muslims in secret prison

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SHAFAQNA - The United Nations has accused China of holding as many as a million Uighur and other Muslim people in a vast web of detention camps in the far western Xinjiang province. United Nations' human rights experts have voiced alarm over…

Indian campaign Calls for ending discrimination against Muslims as tenants

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SHAFAQNA- a voluntary groups in India’s Kolkata state runs the campaign Open a Door making it possible for the Muslims to find a place to live. According to Enewsroom, in Kolkata, people were refusing to rent out their apartments or flats…

Muslim woman accuses One Nation leader of double standards: "I am as much an Australian as you are"

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SHAFAQNA - The young Muslim woman’s challenge to the One Nation leader of double standards  received overwhelming applause from the studio audience after she accused Ms Pauline Hanson in a bold declaration of Australian pride. The One…

Mongolia's Halal meat exports on the path to growth

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SHAFAQNA- Mongolia has an estimated 30 million sheep - more than New Zealand - but has until recently only managed to export a thin slice of its overall meat output. It hopes that will change as it taps overseas appetite for halal mutton from…

Fatwa called measles vaccine 'religiously forbidden' in Muslim-majority Indonesia

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SHAFAQNA- In a fatwa, or religious ruling, issued by the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI), point out country’s measles vaccine religiously forbidden because it contains ingredients derived from pigs. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) says…

First prayer held by victoria islamic center in new mosque

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SHAFAQNA- Silhouetted figures remove their shoes and enter a quiet room in the rear of the Victoria Islamic Center, one by one, smiling and greeting each other silently as the air filled by the words of the Islamic chant called Takbir: allahu…

Violent Mob Vandalised Muslim man’s house in Rohtak over suspicion of cow slaughter

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SHAFAQNA-A Muslim man's house was vandalized by a mob at Titoli village in the Rohtak district of Haryana state, India on last Wednesday after that a calf died on being hit with a stick by a Muslim youth to protect his relative’s children…

Hindu families displaced by Kerala floods can use Mosques as a shelter

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SHAFAQNA- A mosque in Kerala’s Malappuram district has prepared shelter and food for several Hindu families displaced by the massive floods. Also two groups of Muslim men have assisted in cleaning two Hindu shrines affected by the deluge. The…

Australian Muslims prayed for rain for their farmers

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SHAFAQNA- To help drought-affected Australian farmers, tens of thousands of Muslims across Australia  prayed altogether for rain . Sixteen mosques dedicated their celebrations during the holy celebration of Eid al-Adha — one of Islam's…

Photos: Karachi's Ashiq Mosque

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SHAFAQNA - Beautiful Mosque: The first mosque of Karachi’s Bahria Town opened for the residents and visitors recently. Masjid-e-Ashiq is named after the father of Malik Riaz Hussain. Sprawling over 2.5 acres of land, Masjid-e-Ashiq has…

Australian PM condemned call for white-only immigration policy

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SHAFAQNA- An Australian politician was widely criticized after demanding "a final solution", while calling for a return to the White Australia policy that favored "European Christians". However, the prime minister, Turnbull noted that Australia…

Indian Traditional Islamic Wedding

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SHAFAQNA - Cultural India : Islam is one of the prominent religions in the world with over 1.6 billion zealous followers of the religion. Wedding is an integral part of Islamic culture and are mandated by the Holy Quran as one of the primary…

How different countries celebrate Eid al-Adha?

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Adha, also known as "Feast of Sacrifice" or "Big Eid", is an Islamic religious festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow God's command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event. This…