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…

The Xi’an Mosque

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SHAFAQNA- Asian Inspirations: The Xi’an mosque is located near the Drum Tower – on 30 Huajue Lane of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China. It is one of the oldest standing Mosques in China, built around 700 AD. It was further expanded during…

A closer look into the contemporary history of Azerbaijan

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SHAFAQNA- OZY | By: DAN PELESCHUK: The brief but inclusive Azerbaijan Democratic Republic shows that innovation can come from where it’s least expected. The exotic, cosmopolitan city buzzed with activity, its multicultural lifeblood driven…

Bloomberg: Chinese Paper Says Muslim Region Crackdown Prevented Another Syria

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SHAFAQNA- Bloomberg News : A Communist Party-run newspaper issued a harsh rebuke to criticism of China’s security crackdown on its Muslim-dominated frontier, arguing that authorities had saved the region from becoming another Syria, According…

Why Indian Muslims are silent in the face of BJP’s aggressive Hindutva?

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SHAFAQNA- The Print | By: Hilal Ahmed: While Muslim disregard for Modi is in line with national sentiment, Babri Masjid has lost its provocative essence, surveys showed. Why don’t Indian Muslims react to aggressive Hindutva politics?…

Sixteen Indian women Broke tradition by going for Haj without male guardian

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SHAFAQNA - Shamshadabai Isarail Sayeed, 62, is among the first groups from Maharashtra to visit Haj, the annual pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites in Saudi Arabia, without a mehram (husband or male blood relation as guardian). She is worried about…

A Temple School In Karachi Where Muslim Teachers Teach Hindu Students

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SHAFAQNA - After the members of the local Hindu community gave the permission to set up the school in the place of worship, a temple school was set up by an NGO. It isn’t a common sight to find a school running inside a temple. It is more…

Inscriptions on Chinese ‘swatow’ dish, include the word 'Allah'

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts : Coarsely potted and covered with a thick, crackled glaze, this dish belongs to a distinct group of porcelain, the so-called ‘Swatow wares’. Swatow is a Dutch mistranslation of Shantou, the port from which such…

Chinese Muslims Make the Hajj Pilgrimage Wearing GPS-Enabled Smart Cards

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims from some Chinese regions going to Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage are wearing tracking devices that allow the government to track them. Some Photos published by the state-controlled China Islamic Association shows Chinese…

Systematic violation of human rights against Uighurs, Muslims around the world stand silent!

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SHAFAQNA - The future of more than 10 million Uighurs, the members of China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority, is looking increasingly grim. Politicians and many religious leaders are silent in the face of China’s political and economic…

Four million muslims risk losing citizenship in Indian state

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SHAFAQNA - India was braced for unrest in its north eastern Assam state after the authorities declared some four million residents to be foreigners, effectively stripping them of their citizenship and raising fears of deportation. The residents,…

Indian Muslim clerics advised potential grooms not to accept dowry vows

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim clerics in Bihar have called for potential grooms to make a proper declaration in mosques well before wedding that they’d not agree with dowry vows for performing their “nikah” (wedding ceremony). This uncommon move…

Why the Mamak Culture is so Famous in Malaysia?

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SHAFAQNA - Asian Inspirations : While there are a zillion street food options that beckon you to savour the authenticity of the cuisine in Malaysia, street hawkers can be considered as the local pro chefs as they churn out some delicious…

Photos: Jamal Abdel Nasser Mosque in Ramallah - Palestine

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SHAFAQNA - Beautiful Mosques : Jamal Abdel Nasser Mosque (Arabic: مسجد جمال عبد الناصر‎‎ Masjid Jamal 'Abd an-Nasser) is the largest mosque in al-Bireh, in the central West Bank. Located in the Downtown district of the…

Japan welcome Muslims by launching Mobile Mosque ahead of 2020 Olympics

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SHAFAQNA - As Japan prepares to host visitors from around the world during the 2020 Summer Olympics, a company created the Mobile Mosque that accommodate up to 50 people  to make Muslim visitors feel at home. Yasuharu Inoue, the CEO of…

Why is Halal Food so Important in Malaysia?

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SHAFAQNA - Asian Inspirations: A large majority of the population in Malaysia comprises of Malay Muslims and it is of utmost importance for them to consume meat that is lawful or permissible. Halal food is consumed by the Muslims as a fundamental…

JKSM: Muslim Child marriages in Malaysia have been decreasing

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SHAFAQNA - Statistics from the Malaysian Syariah Judiciary Depart­ment (JKSM) showed that Applications for child marriage fell in recent years with 877 applications recorded in last year. Judges in shariah court have the authority to give…