Ayatollah Bashir Hussain al-Najafi: Conflict in Iraq is not between Shias and Sunnis

SHAFAQNA- The brutal conflict in Iraq is not between Shias and Sunnis, but against the dreaded Islamic State militant group which is killing members of both the sects, an Indian-origin top Shia cleric here has said. "Daesh is a brutal terrorist…

Piety and Devotion

SHAFAQNA- "The strongest thing Allah imposes on his creation is that they should remember Allah many times. I do not mean that they should say, Allah akber, subhanallah, la-illaha illallah, though these are parts of it, I mean they should…

The White Flags of the Yamani

SHAFAQNA - There are many signs of the reappearance of Imam Mahdi (a) which have been mentioned in traditions and religious texts. Sometimes one can get lost in these signs. Many of the signs have already appeared and confuse people as to why…

Women refugees in Lebanon suffer

SHAFAQNA - Syrian refugee women in Lebanon are at risk of being exploited by people in positions of authority, in part because of the government's refusal to renew residency permits for Syrian refugees and a severe lack of international aid…

Influential Muslims in the West reject Wahhabism en masse

SHAFAQNA - Almost all influential British Muslims consider the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, to be an illegitimate organization. At least, that's according to a survey released this week by the Muslim news site 5Pillars and circulating…

"Justice will be served says," International League For Yemen War Crimes

SHAFAQNA - This Friday, the International League For Yemen War Crimes headed by Kim Sharif, a UK-based lawyer will kick-start its legal campaign against all, and each individuals, organizations or powers which have played a hand in the destruction…

A Christian King and the Oppressed Muslims

SHAFAQNA -  Muslims believe that like all other prophets, Jesus came to teach people these fundamental truths: That God is only one and He alone is worthy of worship. That he (Jesus) is a messenger like previous messengers, his mission…

"Life consists of two days"

SHAFAQNA- “Life consists of two days, one for you one against you. So when it's for you don't be proud or reckless, and when it's against you be patient, for both days are test for you.”

Islamic microfinancing in Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - In Pakistan, millions of low-income households face an extra hurdle when looking for financial products: finding a loan that complies with Islamic law, or Shariah. Traditional loans don’t comply with Shariah because interest,…

Muslims use social media to counter rising Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA - Outraged by what they call a surge in racial profiling following the November terror attacks in Paris, Muslims in Europe are striking back on social media. They are publicly shaming the police officers allegedly using racial profiling…

Foreign journalists arrested in Bahrain during anniversary of uprising

SHAFAQNA- Bahraini authorities have arrested four foreigners, including journalists, during protests marking the fifth anniversary of a Shia-led uprising in the kingdom, police said on Monday. The four are believed to be American. A US…

Holy Prophet (PBUH) in View of Kids (Video)

SHAFAQNA-Holy Prophet (PBUH) in View of Kids

The truth about the war in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - On March 25, 2015 Saudi Arabia, arguably one of the richest countries in the world, unilaterally declared war on Yemen, in a last ditch attempt to impose both its religious and political diktat. Unruly, and fiercely independent,…

Violence & Intimidation in Bahrain rampant say right orgs

SHAFAQNA - Five human rights organizations commemorated the fifth anniversary of the February 14 uprising amid a lack of political solution oppurtunities and said in a statement issued on February 12, 2016 that "the political situation in the…

French teacher suffers unjust witch-hunt - Freedom of Expression in France

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SHAFAQNA - Under the cover of its state of emergency Paris has allowed for an insidious intellectual witch-hunt to be carried out against all those the "Establishment" feels stands beyond its pre-ordained narrative. Today one teacher is speaking…

10-minute saliva test could revolutionise cancer diagnosis

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SHAFAQNA- A ten-minute saliva test for cancer that scientists claim could revolutionise diagnosis has been unveiled. The €20 "liquid biopsy" test looks for fragments of genetic material in a tiny drop of saliva. Early results from…

Human Rights Organizations Call on Manama to Respect Freedom of Speech

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SHAFAQNA- The European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, Justice Human Rights Organization, Center for Human rights in Bahrain and Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Bahrain signed…

US urges Turkey to stop shelling Kurdish and Syrian forces

SHAFAQNA - Washington has called on Turkey to cease massive artillery fire on Kurdish targets near the city of Azaz in northwest Syria, including an air base recently retaken from Islamist rebels, and to “deescalate tensions on all sides.” “We…

Google Islamophobia?

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SHAFAQNA - In a rather alarming turn, search engine giant Google suggests Muslims support terrorism. Upon searching “American Muslims report terrorism,” Google suggests that perhaps you mean to type “American Muslims support terrorism.” Google’s…

Hazrat Zainab: Lady of knowledge and virtue

SHAFAQNA- Peace be upon you. Oh daughter of the Commander of the faithful (Pbuh)! Peace be upon you, Oh daughter of Fatimah, Two Worlds" Radiant Lady (SA). Peace be upon you. Oh righteous one, pleasing to Allah. We speak of Hazrat Zeinab…

Yemen’s Resistance movement and its roots

SHAFAQNA - This February Iran will celebrate once more its grand victory against monarchical despotism – this year maybe more than ever, millions will be reminded of the sacrifice Iranians had to commit to for Freedom and political self-determination…

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr's Arbaeen draws worldwide support

SHAFAQNA - Thousands of people stage rallies in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to mark the 40th day since the execution of prominent cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia. A protest was held in Qatif in the restive Eastern Province, where…

Nigerian Shia reject 'secret trials'

SHAFAQNA- Nigeria's Shia community has rejected what it calls a “secret trial” of 191 people detained over a Dec. 12 stand-off between protestors and the army. Shia spokesman Ibrahim Musa insisted in a statement on Thursday that any court…

Why I Have Hope For American Muslim Equality

SHAFAQNA - At a time of rising anti-Muslim rhetoric and discrimination, communities nationwide are coming together to push back. This is the first in a series of blog posts meant to highlight this fight for equality and religious freedom. President…

On the Heart

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SHAFAQNA- The heart of man: It possesses the substance of wisdom as well as the opposites contrary to it ... for if hope arises in it, it is brought low by covetousness: and if covetousness is aroused in it, greed destroys it. If despair possesses…

The hidden resistance – Communities unite against the intolerance of Daesh

SHAFAQNA - Unknown to mainstream media, or maybe untold by mainstream media, communities in Syria and Iraq have been active in their resistance against the threat, and cancerous evil which is Daesh – the ultimate acronym of terror, this abomination…

Imam Hadi's lesson of power - "So many mighty men through the history..."

SHAFAQNA - Ali Ibn Muhammad al-Hadi was the tenth Imam of Islam. A man of restraint and piety, he, like his forefathers before him, faced incredible hardship as men sought to deny his truth, and legitimate authority in the name of greed. Following…

Unethical Journalism - Why is The Independent trying to stir controversy about al-Nimr family?

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SHAFAQNA  - This Tuesday The Independent published an article in which it articulates once more al-Nimr's family agony over the imprisonment of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr - nephew to late Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. While the article might come across…