Taliban kill 11 Afghan police in attack on checkpoints in Helmand

SHAFAQNA - Taliban terrorists attacked checkpoints in the southern Helmand province early Sunday, killing 11 police, an official said. Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said Afghan forces eventually repelled the attack…

Over 80,000 Indonesians rally to protest Trump’s Al-Quds decision

SHAFAQNA - Indonesian people held mass rally on Sunday in the country's capital city Jakarta to protest US president's provocative decision to recognize al-Quds as Israeli regime's capital. Over 80,000 people, estimated by police, marched…

No Progress in Investigations about Theft of 17th-Century Quran Copy

SHAFAQNA - The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday asked CBI to submit latest status of its investigation regarding theft of Aurangzeb-era copy of the Holy Quran from Shri Pratap Singh (SPS) Museum in Srinagar in 2003. As hearing of…

Anti-Islam Group Sing ‘Islamophobic’ Christmas Carols in Perth, Australia

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SHAFAQNA - Shoppers at an up-market Perth mall were left “shocked and appalled” after a group of right-wing protesters from the Australian Liberty Alliance took over a Santa display to sing “Islamophobic” Christmas carols. Three…

Malaysia rises against Trump's Jerusalem declaration

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SHAFAQNA - MALAYSIA’s Prime Minister has called on Muslims around the world to unite in opposition to Donald Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Najib Razak told Muslims at an annual gathering of his ruling party…

Rohingya Crisis Needs International, Urgent Action

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SHAFAQNA - Two Vancouver residents have been working tirelessly to bring attention to the unfolding crisis of the Rohingya Muslim people in Bangladesh and Myanmar. But they say so much more needs to be done to help this group of people and…

Young Southeast Asian Muslim Women Are More Religious Yet More Progressive, Study Finds

SHAFAQNA - Young Southeast Asian Muslim women are more cosmopolitan and global and yet more religiously observant compared with the older generation of female Muslims, according to a recent study. The study -- conducted by the New York-based…

The Top 3 Muslim Millennials’ Favorite Destinations Are In Asia

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SHAFAQNA - Malaysia, Indonesia, and Japan have been named the three favourite destinations among millennial Muslims, according to a recent survey. The survey published in “Muslim Millennial Travel Report 2017” found that the majority…

Islam finds a place in Japan

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SHAFAQNA - Japan is not a country one would associate with Islam, with it recognised as a Shinto-majority country. Of the 127 million people living in Japan, only 100,000 Muslims reside in the country, with majority being foreign nationals. However,…

JAPAN: "Muslim-friendly Tohoku" campaign launched to promote tourism

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SHAFAQNA - The Reconstruction Agency is developing a "New Tohoku" Project to promote tourism in Tohoku. As part of the project, SUNNY SIDE UP Inc. started the "Muslim-friendly Tohoku" campaign on November 1 and is operating the "Muslim-friendly…

The Muslims of South Korea

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SHAFAQNA - This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan, which was a turning point in the history of Islam in Korea. Today, South Korean Muslims make up a tiny minority, 0.2 percent, of the predominantly Christian…

Rohingya massacre: Accounts of rape, burning children and murder

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SHAFAQNA - Discarded and left for dead, Mumtaz says she found herself on top of a mound of charred, entangled bodies. "They killed and killed and piled the bodies up high. It was like cut bamboo," says Mumtaz, a Rohingya woman from the village…

At least 22 Afghan police killed in Taliban attacks

SHAFAQNA - The Afghan Taliban attacked more than a dozen checkpoints over six hours in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 22 police and wounding 15, officials said on Tuesday, as militants killed eight soldiers in the west in a growing…

Blast rocks foreign embassy district in Afghan capital Kabul – reports

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SHAFAQNA - A loud explosion has reportedly rocked the central area of the Afghan capital of Kabul, where embassies and government buildings are located. Local agency TOLOnews‏ said the blast took place in the city’s Wazir Akbar Khan…

Four Rohingya Drown as Refugee Boat Capsizes off Bangladesh

SHAFAQNA - Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, police said. People living…

MUSLIMS BANNED FROM SINGAPORE FOR ANTI-CHRISTMAS COMMENTS

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SHAFAQNA - Two Muslim religious leaders were banned from entering Singapore on Monday because they planned to spread anti-Christmas propaganda on a religious-themed cruise, government officials said. Ismail Menk and Haslin Baharim, citizens…

Taliban kills 15 Afghan policemen in separate attacks

SHAFAQNA - The Taliban have killed 15 Afghan policemen in two separate attacks on checkpoints in the east and south of the country, officials said on Monday. Arif Noori, the spokesman for the governor of the eastern Ghazni province, said…

Senior Afghan official abducted in Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - The deputy governor of Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunar has been kidnapped in neighboring Pakistan, officials said Sunday. Muhammad Nabi Ahmadi arrived in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday for…

Quran Memorization Contest Held in The Philippines

SHAFAQNA - The Iranian Cultural Center in the Philippines organized a Quran memorization competition at the Blue Mosque in Manila, the capital city. According to the center, the "Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)" Dar-ol-Quran at the blue mosque…

Pakistan, Land of the Intolerant

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SHAFAQNA - This country has a poor record of protecting its religious minorities, but we outdo ourselves when it comes to Ahmadis. Members of the sect insist on calling themselves Muslims, and we mainstream Muslims insist on treating them like…

Iran, Pakistan discuss border security, regional issues

SHAFAQNA - A delegation from Pakistan Balochistan Province and Iran's Deputy Foreign Minsiter Morteza Sarmadi discussed bilateral and regional issues, including border security. The delegation, headed by Balochistan Assembly Speaker Rahila…

Japanese Firms Keen to Tap Into Halal Market

SHAFAQNA- Japanese companies active in food, cosmetics, logistics, transportation and storage are keen to tap the Malaysian market in a drive to appeal to Muslim customers globally, Yoshimi Gunji, the head of SMBC’s Malaysia operations…

Terrorists Strike Shiite Shrine in Pakistan's Balochistan, Killing 20

SHAFAQNA - A bombing outside a shrine in a remote village of Pakistan’s southern province of Balochistan has claimed the lives of at least 20 people and left 25 others wounded. Local officials said the blast took place after a bomber detonated…

Another woman stabbed in Karachi despite police claim of ‘important arrest’ in knife attacks

SHAFAQNA- As the city police chief on Thursday claimed to have made a key arrest in the mysterious ‘knifeman’ attacks in Gulistan-i-Jauhar and Gulshan-i-Iqbal, another woman was stabbed and injured in Gulistan-i-Jauhar in the evening despite…

Malaysia crackdown on Shia Muslims resumes over Ashura

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SHAFAQNA - Disturbing reports from Malaysia confirmed that Shia Muslims yet again saw their religious freedom impeded on the Day of Ashura - a date that marks the martyrdom of the Prophet of Islam, grandson: Imam Hussain ibn Ali. Deemed heretics…

Pakistani Speaker: Imam Hussein (a.s) noblest example of Quranic principle of Martyrdom

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SHAFAQNA - Pakistani National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged the nation to rise above parochial differences, narrow mindedness, sectarianism, ethnicity and maintain harmony, unity and brotherhood in the ranks in accordance with golden…

Philippine Lawmakers Approve Annual National Hijab Day

SHAFAQNA- The House Committee on Muslim Affairs has approved the proposal put forward by House Representative Sitti Djalia A Turabin-Hataman. She urged the final approval of the bill, saying ‘Hijabis’ across the world continued to…

Afghan Shias fear further attacks on Ashura

SHAFAQNA - The Afghan capital Kabul braced on Saturday for further possible attacks ahead of Ashura, a day after an attack claimed by Daesh that killed at least five people near a large Shia mosque. Ahead of the celebration on Sunday, signs…