Erdogan arrives for election rally in Bosnia

SHAFAQNA- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Bosnia on Sunday to hold his only election rally outside Turkey, while other EU countries have banned such events ahead of Ankara's presidential and parliamentary elections next…

Not even water? Answers to questions Muslims hear every Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - It's that time of the year again where about 1.6 billion Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan. It's a time for inner reflection, self-control and an abundance of questions from friends. To Muslims, it's a…

Reports of Bin Salman assassination: Kayhan newspaper claimed

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"There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the absence of nearly 30 days of Mohamed Bin Sulman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, is due to an incident which is being hidden from the public", an Iranian newspaper claimed. According to the…

Rohingya Muslims Face Difficult Ramadan in Refugee Camps

SHAFAQNA- The 12-year-old Rohingya refugee dreamed of Ramadan back in his own village - fish to break the day's fast, gifts from his family and relaxing beneath the trees before evening prayers at the mosque. But for M.D. Hashim and others…

Top incredible health benefits of fasting in Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA- The month of Ramadan is a period of fasting, sacrifice, giving, piousness and self-training with the hope that these qualities will extend beyond this month and stay with us throughout the year. Indeed, the essence of fasting…

BIDDING FAREWELL TO HOLY RAMADHAN

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SHAFAQNA- AN EXTRACT FROM THE SUPPLICATION OF IMAM ALI BIN HUSAYN (AS)Â This month stood among us in a standing place of praise, accompanied us with the companionship of one approved, and profited us with the most excellent profit of…

The Prophets and Revealed Religion

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SHAFAQNA- What the prophets of God received through revelation and as a message from God and conveyed to mankind was religion (Din), 1 that is, a way of life and human duties which guarantee the real happiness of man. Revealed religion…

First US hijab-wearing Barbie to honour fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

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SHAFAQNA- American group Mattel unveiled its first ever hijab-wearing Barbie doll Monday in honor of US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who in 2016 became the first American Olympian to wear a headscarf while competing.   The…

1,075 Islamophobic crimes in Germany in 2017

SHAFAQNA- German police recorded 1,075 Islamophobic crimes in 2017, according to new government figures announced on Tuesday. Far-right extremists or groups carried out some 994 attacks against Muslims and mosques, which made up 92.5 percent…

Bahrain Opposition Block UK denounces King Hamad’s wealth grab

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SHAFAQNA - Ahead of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s visit to the United Kingdom, Bahrain Opposition Block UK held an event at Friends House in London, briefing members of the press and the public on a topic mainstream media made a point at…

Every year British Muslims fall victim to Hajj fraud

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SHAFAQNA - Britain’s Muslims have lost almost £1 million (Dh4.97m) to bogus travel agents who target families booking once-in-a-lifetime trips to perform the Hajj. Victims lost £988,743 between 2013 and 2017, anywhere between £1,000…

Darul Quran w’al Itrah presents Ladies only daily Programme

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SHAFAQNA- By Sister Zainab Jaffer Ladies only Starting Wednesday 16 May 2018 Time: 7.30pm (during darsa) Where: ELC Hujjat Stanmore

Over 1200 papers submitted to Int’l congress on Shia Islam’s role in development of sciences

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SHAFAQNA - The secretariat of an international congress on the role of Shia Islam in the development of sciences has received more than 1200 papers, an official said. Sheikh Akbar Mahmoudi, the event’s scientific deputy, said that the…

Online Quran education good opportunity for women: Iraqi Quran activist

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SHAFAQNA- Zaman Abdul Kadhim said women usually find it difficult to attend Quranic classes for various reasons and online learning gives them a chance to learn the Quran and enhance their Quranic skills. She also noted that various online…

11th round of Islam-Orthodox Christianity dialogue planned in Tehran

SHAFAQNA - Religions and Environment” is the theme of the 11th round of the religious dialogue between the Iranian Center for Interfaith Dialogue and the Russian Orthodox Church, which will be held from May 5 to 7 in Tehran. According…

Court in the US Restores Damages Claim by Muslims on No-Fly List

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SHAFAQNA - The Second Circuit revived a suit Wednesday involving three Muslims whose refusal to become FBI informants landed them on the no-fly list. Queens-based Muhammad Tanvir brought the underlying suit with others in 2013, accusing…

Ayat. Afif Nabulsi: Message of mid-Sha’ban, the ending of oppression

SHAFAQNA- On the occasion of mid-Sha’ban that marks the auspicious birth anniversary of Imam Zaman (ajtf), the Takleef celebration ceremony (celebrating the start of religious obligations for individuals) was held in the presence of Lebanese…

A lesson in compassion and partnership

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SHAFAQNA - Young Jews and Muslims joined together to collect more than £500 for refugees sleeping rough in Calais last Sunday. The youngsters asked shoppers at Camden Sainsbury’s to add an extra item onto their shopping list for refugees,…

4400 Bahraini workers left jobless due for their political views, sectarian affiliation

SHAFAQNA - The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society paid tribute to Bahrain’s workforces on the occasion of International Workers’ Day or May Day. In a statement released on Tuesday, the opposition group noted that 4400 Bahrainis have lost…

Imam Al-Mahdi (A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-Title:  Al-Mehdi, Saheb-ul-Asr and Al-Hujjat Kunyat:  Abul Qasim Born at Samarra, on Friday, the 15th Shaban 255 A.H. Father’s name:  Imam Hasan-al-Askari Mother’s name:  Nargis Khatoon He is still living…

Ramadan worth £200m to UK economy

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims observing Ramadan were reported to be worth at least £200m to the UK economy in 2017, as food and gift expenditure rose during the month-long religious observation. According to the report published by Islamic brand…

The Day of Judgment—Resurrection

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SHAFAQNA- Among sacred texts the Qur'an is the only one to have spoken in detail about the Day of Judgment. Although the Torah has not mentioned this Day and the Gospels have only alluded to it, the Qur'an has mentioned the Day of Judgment…

Imam Hussain as a model of sacrifice for entire world without discrimination

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SHAFAQNA - Convert to Shia Islam Ann Sackat noted during her visit to Iraq: "I am so happy to visit the city of Karbala and the Holy shrine of Imam al- Hussein (pbuh). When I read about this great personality, I find him a model of sacrifice…

Grand Ayat. Hakim receives African students

SHAFAQNA - Senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Saeed al-Hakim received a group of African Muslim students in his office in the holy city of Najaf on Friday, April 27 during which he advised them to make better efforts in order…

UK Sells $445 Million of Arms to Israel, Including Sniper Rifles

SHAFAQNA- Britain has approved the sale of arms to Israel worth $445m since the 2014 Gaza war, including components for drones, combat aircraft and helicopters along with spare parts for sniper rifles, according to figures seen by Middle East…

Shia Studies Int’l Conference Planned in Berlin

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SHAFAQNA-The second edition of a Shia studies international conference in Germany titled “Science, Ethics and Art in Shia World with a Focus on Medina” is planned to be held on October 19-20 in Berlin. According to the Iranian Cultural…

Holy city of Qom to host national meeting of Hajj religious scholars

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SHAFAQNA - A national meeting of the clerics set to attend this year’s Hajj to help Iranian pilgrims in performing their Hajj rituals will be held in the holy city of Qom, Iran on Thursday. According to Sheikh Ali Parvaneh, an official…

Emotional moments for a Yemeni child on body of his dead father after US-Saudi airstrikes on wedding

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SHAFAQNA- From the latest US-Saudi airstrike of a wedding site, a video of a child clinging to his dead father chest. Under the fear of another airstrike the people who rushed to help victims are trying to convince the little boy to let go…