Chinese police order Xinjiang’s Muslims to hand in all copies of the Quran

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SHAFAQNA - Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered ethnic minority Muslim families to hand in religious items including prayer mats and copies of the Quran to the authorities, RFA has learned. Officials across…

Muharram Ceremonies among the non-Muslims in Andhra Pradesh, India

SHAFAQNA- By: Prof. Dr. Sadiq Naqvi Osmania University, Hyderabad, India The royal patronage and the participation of the Sultans and nobles made Muharram an occasion of great importance to the Muslims. It had the religious sanction and therefore…

Rocket attack hits Kabul airport hours after Mattis, , NATO chief arrives

SHAFAQNA - The Taliban claimed it fired at least six rockets at Afghanistan's main airport Wednesday in an attack after US Defense Secretary James Mattis and NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg arrived in the country on an unannounced…

Hundreds of Bohra community members flock to Karachi to observe Ashura

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of members of the Bohri community have flocked to Pakistan from all over the world to observe Muharram rituals after almost nineteen years. More than 2,000 Bohra community members applied for visas in the United Arab…

Quran Competition Planned in India

SHAFAQNA - The 18th edition of a Quran competition for Muslims in India will be held in the capital, New Delhi, in early December. According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), it will be organized by…

Pakistan: Shia leader wants Muharram events open for all sects

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SHAFAQNA - The Shia Ulema Council (SUC) on Thursday demanded the government ease security protocols and facilitate the local population, including those belonging to the Sunni school of thought, to participate in Muharram activities. “As…

Four people killed in bomb blast in southern Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - Four people, including two bomb disposal squad personnel, have been killed in an explosion in southern city of Sukkur, state media reported on Wednesday. The blast took place when personnel of Bomb Disposal Squad were defusing explosives…

Britain Announces Ban on Military Training in Myanmar amid Rohingya Muslim Crisis

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SHAFAQNA- The British Ministry of Defence will "stop all defense engagement and training of the Burmese military” until it ends its security crackdown against the Muslim Rohingya minority, the Prime Minister said. More than 310,000 people…

Pakistani ambassador in Iraq visits Imam Ali's Holy Shrine

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SHAFAQNA - Dr. Ali Rahmani, the Pakistani ambassador in Iraq, visited the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (a.s.). Mohammad Razooqi, the head of the Administrative Committee, received him in the hospitality house of the holy shrine. In a statement…

Muslim Woman Becomes Singapore’s President

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SHAFAQNA- Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was declared elected as Singapore's first woman president on Wednesday, after the returning officer announced she was the sole candidate to qualify for the contest. Aiming to strengthen…

S. Korea pins hopes on halal foods to woo Muslim tourists

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SHAFAQNA - South Korea has high hopes that halal food will help breathe new vitality into the local tourism industry hit hard by a sharp drop in Chinese visitors over the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system here. Easy access…

Mere Condemnation Not to Alleviate Rohingya Muslims’ Sufferings

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SHAFAQNA-A Lebanese Sunni scholar urged immediate action to put an end to the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Speaking to IQNA, Sheikh Ahmed Qattan said the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) and Muslim countries ought to make…

Suu Kyi and Myanmar face chorus of anger over Rohingya crisis

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SHAFAQNA- Muslim countries in Asia and a Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai led a growing chorus of criticism on Monday aimed at Myanmar and its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the plight of its Rohingya Muslim minority. Iranian…

Why aren't Uyghur Muslims in China allowed to go to Hajj?

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SHAFAQNA - As millions of Muslims around the world celebrate the beginning of Hajj, Uyghur Turks continue to face state-led discrimination. As we celebrate the beginning of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that unites millions…

Japan calls for UNSC meeting

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SHAFAQNA-Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for a UNSC meeting over North Korea's launching of a projectile over its territory, describing it as an ‘unprecedented, serious and grave threat.’ "Their outrageous act of firing…

US could cut aid to Pakistan, wants more help in fighting Taliban – Tillerson

SHAFAQNA - The US may cut aid to Pakistan or review its status as a major non-NATO ally if Islamabad does not do more to help fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. Pakistan said it is disappointed with…

‘Quran university’ to be established in Baling, Malaysia

SHAFAQNA - Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, a lawmaker representing Baling in Malaysia’s parliament, has pledged to allocate 12.8 hectares of land for a so-called “Quran university” in his constituency. He said he will award the land to Permata…

Pakistan to have enhanced cooperation with Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - Pakistan top-level civil and military officials during a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) have resolved to work with the Afghan government for the resolution of issues including cross-border firing and support network…

Indonesia to hold International conference on 'Quran and Hadith'

SHAFAQNA - The Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta, Indonesia, plans to organize an international conference on Quran and Hadith studies later this year. Slated for November 6-8, the conference will focus its discussion…

Indonesia clinic gives relief to Muslims with tattoo regrets

SHAFAQNA - Each staccato rat-a-tat-tat of the laser firing an intense beam at the elaborate red, green and black dragon on Taufiq Hidayat's arm is, he prays, bringing him closer to God. The shirtless, slender 30-year-old says he got his…

Five killed during clashes in Kashmir

SHAFAQNA - Two soldiers and three suspected militants were killed in an overnight gunbattle in India-held Kashmir, officials said on Sunday, in the latest bloodshed in the disputed Himalayan territory. Hundreds of Indian soldiers surrounded…

Taliban seize strategic area in northern Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - Taliban militant group seized a key area in the north of Afghanistan after launching coordinated attacks from three different directions on Sayad district in the northern province of Sar-e Pol. According to Zabi Amani, a spokesman…

Muslims’ fight for burial ground brings succour to Hindus & Christians

SHAFAQNA - ‘Hindu-Muslim bhai bhai’ — this pre-Independence era slogan rarely has any relevance in the contemporary day, especially in the country’s current scenario with communal tensions being reported from several areas. Metropolis…

Myanmar Must Protect Rohingya Muslim Rights: OIC

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SHAFAQNA - Myanmar must protect the rights of its Rohingya Muslim minority, the chief of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Thursday, urging the southeast Asian nation to join hands with Muslim-majority neighbors in tackling…

China's Muslims are banned from using their language in schools

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SHAFAQNA - Authorities in China's Xinjiang region have banned China's Muslims from using their language in schools. Last month, the Hotan government in north western China prohibited the use of the Uighur language from being used in schools…

"Bada Imambada" of Lacknow among largest, oldest Hussianiah throughout the world

SHAFAQNA - The Bada Imambara of Lucknow; the capital of Uttar Pradesh (India) is one among the oldest and largest Hussianiah of the world. The Bada Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous monuments of the India. Also known as Asfi Imambara,…

Deadly blast leaves 29 martyrs at Shia mosque in Herat

SHAFAQNA - At least 29 dead and more than 60 wounded in a powerful explosion inside a mosque belonging to Shia Muslims in western Afghanistan. The deadly bomb attack was carried out in the city of Herat, the capital of a province with the same…

Discussion in Australia on Muslim rights

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim community leaders gathered in Astoria, Queens, New York City, to address legal and social issues facing American Muslims in Trump era, discussing travel ban, immigrant rights and mosque operations. "It’s good to know…