Shia Rights Watch: 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism in the first half of 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch: The first half of 2018 saw 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism take place in over a dozen countries. Anti-Shiism is extended to June, and compared to May, the number of people killed and wounded has almost tripled.…

Japan Is the Place to Be for Muslim Travellers

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SHAFAQNA - MVSLIM : Japan, an archipelago situated in north East Asia, is a fascinating and beautiful country visited by tourists from around the world. A country with rich traditions, beautiful landscapes, interesting history and culture,…

PEW: Global Rise of government restrictions and social hostilities against Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - In many countries around the world, the government imposed restrictions and hostilities on religious activities and limited freedom of religion that tend to target Muslims. In recent years, Restrictions on Muslims rose by governments…

Cham Muslims: Vietnam’s Isolated Islamic Community

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SHAFAQNA - MVSLIM | by Simone Doenvang : While traveling in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, I was surprised to find Muslims in an isolated village near the Cambodian border on the Mekong River Bank. Arriving by a small boat, the group…

Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities

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SHAFAQNA - Mehr News Agency | by Syed Zafar Mehdi : Indian analyst Prof. Dibyesh Anand says that Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities, especially Muslims, so that majority of Hindus would think if…

Photo exhibit to explore life in Tehran, Kabul

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SHAFAQNA - Tehran Times: A collection of photos depicting scenes of daily life in Kabul and Tehran will be showcased in an exhibition at Tehran’s Shalman Gallery. The collection contains photos from a number of Iranian and Afghan photographers.…

Abe will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt

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SHAFAQNA - During to his European and Middle Eastern countries tour next month, Shinzo Abe will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to visit Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt countries next…

Turkey elections: Will Erdogan era continue?

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SHAFAQNA - Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in power for more than 15 years, either as prime minister or president of Turkey. One more time Erdogan is the frontrunner, but polls suggest it’ll be close. Turkish citizens will be voting on June…

Civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan

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SHAFAQNA - ISIS violated the holiday ceasefire in Afghanistan and Taliban rejected government's suggestion to extend the ceasefire. However, different kinds of civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber has struck…

Eid shopping across Pakistan in full swing

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA: Eid shopping in full swing across Pakistan and almost all markets in different cities of the county are crowded with people buying new clothes and other accessories on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr. Eid-al-Fitr is the Islamic…

Kim signed a "historic" agreement with an untrustworthy negotiator

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SHAFAQNA - The US and North Korean leaders have signed an agreement after historic talks held in Singapor, while Iran has warned North Korea that President Donald Trump is not a trustworthy negotiator. Trump and Kim arrived in the signing…

Rouhani: a secure and stable Afghanistan is a must for regional security

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SHAFAQNA - ISNA: President Rouhani described a secure and stable Afghanistan a must for regional security and development and stressed that Tehran always supports peace and stability in Afghanistan.    President Rouhani described a secure…

Afghanistan announced Cease-fire with Taliban for Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA - As Ramadan approaches , Afghani President Ashraf Ghani has called for a week-long cease-fire with the Taliban, drawing wide support from the international community and NATO.     Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced…

There are Muslims in Tibet, too

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SHAFAQNA - Mention Tibet, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Dalai Lama and Buddhism. However, Muslims have been as much a part of the fabric of Tibetan culture as their Buddhist counterparts. It is hard to…

Renowned Pakistani religious scholar calls for Muslim unity to help oppressed Palestinians

SHAFAQNA - Renowned religious scholar and president of Federation of Pakistan’s Shia seminaries Allama Syed Riaz Hussain Najafi has expressed concern on the disunity of the governments of the Muslim majority countries due to which enemies…

Prominent Kashmiri Shia scholar 'Agha Syed Hassan' leads protest against massacre in Palestine

SHAFAQNA - Anjumna Shari Shian Friday organized a massive protest demonstration against massacre of innocent people of Palestine by Israeli Forces in Central Kashmir’s Budgam. Thousands of people participated in the protest demonstration…

China reportedly holding thousands of Muslims in internment camps

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SHAFAQNA - Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist…

Japanese victims of forced sterilization file more lawsuits over inhumane eugenics law

SHAFAQNA - Three Japanese pensioners have filed separate lawsuits against the government over irreversible damage caused by forced sterilization conducted under Japan’s eugenics law, which was in place for almost 50 years. Faced with…

Afghan police kill would-be suicide bomber in Kabul

SHAFAQNA - Afghan police shot dead a suicide bomber on Monday as he was apparently preparing to attack an outdoor blood donor facility in a busy area of central Kabul, officials said. As the man approached the center, in a park in the Shar-e…

Burma Muslims jailed for praying in the street

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SHAFAQNA - Seven Muslim men have reportedly been jailed in Burma (Myanmar) for three months for organising Muslim prayers in the street about a year ago, after local Islamic schools were shuttered prior to the holy month of Ramadan. According…

Top Pakistani cleric 'Allama Sajid Naqvi' condemns Shia genocide in Quetta, DI Khan

SHAFAQNA - Pakistan Shia Ulema Council chief Allama Syed Sajid Ali Naqvi has condemned the recent unabated targeted murders of innocent Shia Muslims in Quetta and Dera Ismail Khan and demanded immediate action to eliminate terrorist network. He…

At Least 4 Killed in Twin Blasts in Kabul

SHAFAQNA - The attacks came just a week after a blast at a voter registration center killed 60 people, in the wake of warnings by security officials against the risk of increasing attacks ahead of parliamentary elections planned in October. Monday’s…

Life on Seoul’s ‘Muslim Street’

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SHAFAQNA - “Koreans who have visited Turkey visit my shop for these sweets,” says Ebru Uzun, the Turkish proprietor of a Turkish bakeshop in Itaewon, the Muslim district of Seoul. “This street is the home of halal food in Seoul, it’s…

Renowned Pak Shia scholar 'Allama Jafari' warns GB govt. against occupation of Baltistan land

SHAFAQNA -  Renowned Shia Muslim religious scholar Allama Shaikh Mohammad Jafari has warned the Gilgit-Baltistan government of stiff resistance and public reaction if it occupies Baltistan land in the name of Khalsa Sarkar anymore. Speaking…

At least 3 killed, 30 injured in IED blast on wedding in NW Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - At least three people were killed and 30 others injured on Friday by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast at a wedding ceremony in northwestern Pakistan, near its border with Afghanistan, local officials confirmed. “The…

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims reportedly in detention in Xinjiang, China

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SHAFAQNA - US Diplomat Laura Stone said last week that the crackdown and curtailment of rights of the Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in China is worsening, amidst reports that several thousand people are being held in so-called re-education…

Two Shia Muslims martyred in terrorist attack in southwestern Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA - Two Shia Muslims from Hazara community hailing from Balochistan Shia Conference embraced martyrdom while third was injured in a terrorist attack in Quetta's Western Bypass area on Sunday. Police sources said Shia martyrs were…

A Shia Muslim shopkeeper is gunned down in Pakistan's Quetta

SHAFAQNA - A shopkeeper belonging to the Shia Hazara community was martyred in a terrorist attack in Quetta on Wednesday, police said. Takfiri terrorists have been claiming responsibility for Shia genocide and targeted murders of other communities…