ISESCO Condemns Suspected Arson Attack at Swedish Mosque

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SHAFAQNA- The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) strongly denounced the suspected arson attack at a mosque in central Sweden, China's Xinhua news agency reported. The ISESCO urged Swedish authorities to severely…

European ambassadors to US firmly support JCPOA

SHAFAQNA - The ambassadors from Britain, France, Germany and the European Union to the United States have expressed their countries’ strong support for a landmark international nuclear agreement Iran clinched with the P5+1 group of countries…

Merkel set for fourth term as far right enters parliament

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SHAFAQNA- German Chancellor Angela Merkel secured a fourth consecutive term on Sunday after her Christian Democrats (CDU) and the allied Christian Social Union (CSU) won the largest parliamentary bloc with 33 percent of the vote. Merkel’s…

Facing far-right gains, Merkel, Schulz urge undecided Germans to vote

SHAFAQNA- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, poised to win a fourth term in Sunday’s election, and her center-left challenger Martin Schulz urged supporters on Saturday to keep fighting for votes with a third of the electorate still undecided. Merkel…

The hot-button issue of Muslim integration in Germany

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SHAFAQNA - The topic of integration of Muslims has become a “hot-button” issue in Germany. Many wonder whether people whose roots are in the Islamic Middle East can succeed in integrating. They are afraid of parallel societies and refer…

Denmark urges Manama to free Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja

SHAFAQNA - Denmark’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva reiterated his government’s call for the release of prominent Bahraini human rights defender, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja. “We reiterate our call for … release of…

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…

France opens door to strengthen Iran nuclear deal for post-2025

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SHAFAQNA - France on Monday gave a staunch defense of the Iran nuclear deal, suggesting there could be talks to strengthen the pact for the post-2025 period but that allowing it to collapse could lead Iran’s neighbors to seek atomic weapons. “It…

European Parliament Passes Resolution to Impose An Arms Embargo on Saudi Arabia for Human Rights Violations in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA - On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution urging EU Member States to improve the implementation of the EU Common Position on Arms Export. The resolution calls for more transparency, a supervisory body and a sanctions…

Islamic Groups in Germany Publish Election Survey for Muslim Voters

SHAFAQNA- The Central Council of Muslims in Germany, as well as the German Muslim League (Deutsche Muslim Liga) and the Islamische Zeitung newspaper on Monday published the results of a survey sent to the parties expected to be voted in to…

The Azan Recited at Spanish Palace for 1st Time in 500 Years

SHAFAQNA- In the video shared by Mouaz Al-Nass, a Saudi-born Islamic musician of Syrian descent, Al-Nass can be seen chanting the adhan in the typical rhythmical manner inside the palace. The palace, which was built by Muslim rulers…

Over 100 to Attend European Quran Contest in Sweden

SHAFAQNA - The fifth edition of a European Quran contest will kick off in the Swedish capital of Stockholm on Friday. The city’s Imam Ali (AS) Islamic Center will host the event, held on the occasion of Eid al-Ghadir. Rahmatollah Bayat,…

2 arrested in anti-terrorism operation near Paris

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SHAFAQNA - Two men have been arrested after the discovery of explosives and bomb components at an apartment in Villejuif, a suburb of Paris, local media reports. Following a tip-off from a man doing maintenance work, police raided an apartment…

Doll Wears Hijab, Recites Quran Verses

SHAFAQNA- French businesswoman and mother Samira Amarir struggled to find toys which could help impart her Islamic faith to her young daughter, so she invented her own. Now the "Jenna” doll, which she designed from scratch to recite four…

Hamburg Islamic Center to Celebrate Imam Hadi (AS) Birth Anniversary

SHAFAQNA- According to izhamburg.de, it will be held at the center on Thursday with the participation of devotees of the Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS). Wednesday, the 15th day of the lunar Hijri month of Dhul Hajja, marks the auspicious occasion of…

Free Sessions Focus on Comparing Bible and Quran in Oxford, Mississippi

SHAFAQNA-  A University of Mississippi professor is opening her fall religion course to people in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community, inviting them to come learn what both the Bible and the Quran teach on several topics. The class,…

Barcelona – The Hypocrisy of Sorrow

SHAFAQNA- By Peter Koenig Featured image: King Felipe VI of Spain (Source: Wikimedia Commons) Barcelona, 17 August, 5 PM – a white van plows with 70 km/h into a mass of pedestrians, many of them tourists, on the famous Las Ramblas, in…

Mosque in Kingston Holding Open Weekend

SHAFAQNA- Today and tomorrow (August 5 to 6), there will be an exhibition, free food, some activities for children and the opportunity for a guided tour of the mosque. The exhibition is aimed to teach visitors a little about Islamic teachings…

Priest condemns selfie-taking tourists disturbing worshippers

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SHAFAQNA- Telegraph: A senior priest at England's most-visited parish church has condemned "disrespectful" tourists who enter simply to take selfies. Worshippers have found themselves surrounded by groups of visitors posing for…

Germany: Muslim Biker Gang Vows to "Protect" Fellow Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - German Muslims have established a self-styled biker gang — modelled on the Hells Angels — aimed at protecting fellow Muslims from the "ever-growing hatred of Islam," according to Die Welt. The emergence of the group, which…

FRANCE: Christians and Muslims together in memory of Fr Jacques Hamel’s martyrdom

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SHAFAQNA - The Archbishop of Rouen led the Mass in the church where the priest was murdered. Emmanuel Macron thanks the Church of France for her "power of forgiveness". Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray has become a place of pilgrimage for Christians…

Stockholm hosts European Quran a competition

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SHAFAQNA- The Swedish capital of Stockholm will play host to a Quran competition for European countries. He said the contest used to be held under the title of Northern Europe Quran Competition but, due to requests from Qaris and memorizers…

Turkey to grant citizenship to 7,000 highly qualified Syrians

SHAFAQNA- Turkey's government is about to sign an order granting citizenship to a total of 7,000 highly qualified Syrians who "will not create a security problem", local media reported on Sunday. The country's Interior Ministry’s Directorate…

Vigil held to protest Islamophobic attacks

SHAFAQNA- A group of activists held a vigil Wednesday in the British capital to support the victims of the most recent anti-Muslim attacks in the U.K. Stand Up To Racism held the vigil in Stratford, east London, to show “solidarity”…

Eight Wounded in Shooting near French Mosque

SHAFAQNA - Eight people were wounded in a shooting in front of a mosque in the southern French city of Avignon in an incident police consider to be a settling of scores rather than a militant attack, a source close to the investigation said…

Dutch state partly responsible for deaths of 350 Muslims in Bosnia war: Court

SHAFAQNA - A Dutch appeals court has largely upheld a 2014 ruling finding the Netherlands responsible for the deaths of 350 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men in the Srebrenica massacre. The Dutch state acted unlawfully in July 1995 as peacekeepers…

UK fire fears continue as 60 high-rises deemed unsafe

SHAFAQNA- The fallout from London's devastating tower block blaze continued on Sunday with the government announcing 60 high-rises have failed safety tests, as an insurance body said they had warned officials of the fire risks. The massive…

Shia Scholar at EU Parliament Conference Condemns Terrorism

SHAFAQNA- Hojat-ol-Islam Seyed Ziaeddin Salehi Khansari, the prayer leader of Mahdiyeh Islamic Center in Brussels, Belgium, recently attended a conference on Freedom. Hojat-ol-Islam Salehi Khansari told IQNA that in an address to the conference,…