Myanmar Military Admits Part in Killings of Muslims Found in Mass Grave

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SHAFAQNA - Soldiers in Myanmar’s military and villagers were behind the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims whose bodies were found in a mass grave in Rakhine state’s Inn Din village, commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing said Wednesday in a statement…

Vice Chairman of Pakistan Shiite Ulema Council passes away

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SHAFAQNA - Hujjat al-Islam Seyed Abdoljalil Naqvi, a renowned Shia leader and son-in-law of Allama Seyed Sajid Ali Naqvi, Member of the Supreme Council of AhlulBayt World Assembly, has died of protracted illness in Rawalpindi. His Salat al-Janazah…

Indian pilgrims walk 6000 km to visit Imam Hussain in Karbala

SHAFAQNA - A group of seven Shia Muslim pilgrims from Hyderabad old city has left for pilgrimage in Iraq on foot. They will complete their journey of 6000 km by walk to reach the city of Karbala in Iraq. The enthusiastic pilgrims are expected…

Four policemen killed in Kashmir bombing

SHAFAQNA - Four police officers have been killed in a bomb blast set off by militants fighting Indian rule in a northwestern town in disputed Kashmir, according to police. The explosion ripped through a market in the town of Sopore on Saturday,…

Sunni, Shia Muslims at peace and unity in remote village of Cambodia

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SHAFAQNA - Uneasiness is in the air in the small, predominantly Muslim village of Vihear Sambo in Tboung Khmum province. From the time the villagers first settled, they have always been practising Sunni Islam. However, things began to change…

Kabul blast kills, injures 70 at Shia news organisation, Taliban denies any involvement

SHAFAQNA - Multiple blasts near an office of a media outlet in the Afghan capital of Kabul have left at least 40 people dead and 32 others injured, officials say.  At least 40 people have been killed and 30 wounded in a suicide attack at a…

In Myanmar, hatred for Rohingya Muslims runs so deep that a diplomat called them 'ugly as ogres' — and got promoted

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SHAFAQNA - Inside his monastery stands a tall stone monument to students killed in pro-democracy protests. In 2007, he and tens of thousands of monks marched peacefully in streets nationwide, staring down columns of soldiers in what was dubbed…

500,000 Rohingyas Unlikely to Receive Schooling in 2018

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SHAFAQNA - A humanitarian organization has warned of a "lost generation" with more than 500,000 Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh unlikely to receive schooling in 2018. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said unless interventions…

Special Sermon Calls On Muslims To Defend Glory Of Jerusalem

SHAFAQNA - A special sermon at the Putra Mosque here today called on Muslims to defend the glory of Jerusalem, akin to the Baitullah in Makkah and the Nabawi Mosque in Madinah. The sermon was delivered by Federal Territory Mufti Datuk Dr…

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…