Imam Hussain's Revolution

SHAFAQNA - The story of Karbala’ begins with the birth of Husayn. The Holy Prophet had shown affection and love for his grandson as any grandfather should show,but there was something more positive and profound in this love. Several…

Muharram - Reflections from our readers

SHAFAQNA - Today is the 1st day of the month of Moharrum (Al Haram). In other words today is the start of the Islamic New Year. However, as I have said almost every year before,the Islamic new year does not begin with messages of "Happy…

Ayatolah Khamenei: "The American elite should be ashamed of having such a president.”

SHAFAQNA- Ayatollah Khamenei made the comments in a meeting with members of Iran’s Assembly of Experts in Tehran on Thursday. The statements by the US president did not bring any pride to the American nation, said Ayatollah Khamenei. "The…

Registration Begins for Al-Mustafa University Quran, Hadith Olympiad

SHAFAQNA - Al-Mustafa International University announced the start of registration of non-Iranian seminary students willing to partake in the university’s 23rd international Quran and Hadith Olympiad. According to the university’s website,…

French President speaks in defense of Iran nuclear deal in UN speech

SHAFAQNA - French President Emmanuel Macron has taken the podium at the UN to speak in defense of the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, warning that a failure to honor the accord will be “irresponsible.” “This is a good agreement,…

American Danielle LoDuca and how a new chapter in the story of her life began with Islam

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SHAFAQNA- Danielle LoDuca is a third generation American artist and author. Drawing inspiration from personal life experiences, her writings highlight the familiarity of Islam in a climate that increasingly portrays the Islamic faith as…

Master of Water wins top rank in Najaf Int’l Festival

SHAFAQNA - An animation titled “Sayyed Al-Maa’” (master of water) featuring the courage and bravery of Hazrat Abbas (AS) in the Battle of Karbala (680 A.D.), was selected as the best 3D animation in the 11th edition of Ghadir Media Festival…

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…

Iranian Muslims preparing for mourning season of Muharram

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Muslims mourn for 50 days during the lunar months of Muharram and Safar for Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions who were martyred in a battle against the oppressive Umayyad dynasty in Muharram in 680 CE. The mourning ceremonies…

Meeting held to maintain peace, harmony in Muharram

SHAFAQNA - Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony here on Monday held a meeting to maintain peace and harmony during holy month of Muharram-ul-Harram. Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousuf…

Kulsoom Sharif wins key vacant parliament seat in Lahore

SHAFAQNA- Kulsoom Sharif, the wife of ex-Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has won a key parliamentary seat, which was left vacant after the ouster of her husband by the Supreme Court amid a corruption scandal in July. Official results…

Iraq’s Nujaba Movement condemns terrorist attacks in Nasiriyah

SHAFAQNA - The secretary general of Iraq’s al-Nujaba Movement, a major Shia resistance group, condemned the recent terrorist attacks in the Arab country’s southern province of Dhi Qar. On Thursday, more than 90 people, including ten Iranians,…

No freedom of religion for Bahrain Shia community

SHAFAQNA - Security authorities in Bahrain prevented the country's Shiite majority from holding their largest Friday prayers for the 61th consecutive week, by continuing to impose a siege on the town of Diraz that is resided by over 20 thousand…

Michigan doctor believes US ready for first Muslim governor

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SHAFAQNA- Perhaps no state has embraced the political outsider as much as Michigan, where a venture capitalist won the last two governor's elections and a real estate baron carried the presidential vote. Now Abdul El-Sayed is putting that…

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…

‘Myanmar crackdown marks death of Nobel’

SHAFAQNA- Myanmar’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims marks the “death of the Nobel Peace Prize”, Iran’s supreme leader said on Tuesday. “A cruel government, at the top of which sits a cruel woman who was awarded a Nobel prize, kills…

UN Security Council set to hold emergency meeting on Rohingya crisis

SHAFAQNA- According to Presstv, The UN Security Council is set to hold a meeting to discuss the deteriorating situation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, a day after the world body’s rights chief voiced alarm over apparent “ethnic cleansing”…

Rohingya Muslim Crisis: 400,000 Sign Petition to Strip Aung Sang Suu Kyi of Nobel Prize

SHAFAQNA- The leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy party was given the prestigious award in 1991 for campaigning for her country to hold full and free elections. But more than 405,000 people have now signed a petition on…

Yemen celebrates Eid al-Ghadeer - Tradition returns to Yemen

SHAFAQNA - On the occasion of the anniversary of Imam Ali, peace be upon him, an official and popular presence was held in the governorate of Taiz in the province of Taiz. It was represented by the supervisory council of Ansar Allah, a number…

Critics circle Aung San Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

SHAFAQNA- World leaders, NGO's and fellow peace prize winners speak out over Aung San Suu Kyi's role in Myanmar's Rohingya crisis. Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize winning Aung San Suu Kyi is facing intense scrutiny for her role in the…

Heads of OIC Member States to Discuss Plight of Muslims in Myanmar: Iranian President

SHAFAQNA - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the heads of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) plan to hold a separate meeting in Kazakhstan about the ongoing “human tragedy” in Myanmar. Speaking to…

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…

Iran urges action on Rohingya genocide before 'it's too late'

SHAFAQNA- Iran’s foreign minister has chided the international community for remaining silent on the violence directed toward Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, calling for swift action to end the genocide. “The international community…

UN chief warns of ethnic cleansing risk in Myanmar

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SHAFAQNA- The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a rare letter to the Security Council on Tuesday expressed concern that the violence could spiral into a “humanitarian catastrophe” and warned there was a risk of ethnic cleansing…

The Respect for Woman in Islam

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SHAFAQNA- In the Islamic society the woman has an honored position and, beside her legal and civil rights, enjoys special respect, love, affection and the gentle feelings which she deserves most. Is she not the compassionate mother, the beloved…

Take in London's best Muslim sites by open-top bus

SHAFAQNA - London is one of the world’s top Islamic tourist spots, and visitors now have the chance to view the capital’s historic Muslim sites by open-top bus. Billed as “London’s first halal bus sightseeing tour”, the four-hour…

Feeding the poor in Yemen and Gaza - The New Revolutionary Frontier

SHAFAQNA - As the world community is waking up to the extent of both Yemen and Gaza’s humanitarian crises - which crises very much bear the mark of asymmetrical warfare since their architectures have served both political and geopolitical…

Ayatollah Makarem calls Islamic nations to probe Myanmar Muslims plight

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SHAFAQNA - Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, top Shia jurisprudent, started his weekly teaching session in the Grand Mosque of Qom referring to the oppression of Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar government and urged for all-out support of the Muslim…