Saudi teen held incommunicado ahead of excecution

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SHAFAQNA - ESOHR (European Saudi Organisation for Human Rights) would like to express their deep concern regarding the sudden transfer of youngest activist on death row Abdullah Al-Zaher’s, to Aseer prison which located in the southern region…

Ayatollah Alavi Gorgani: God protects Shia, Sunni brotherhood

SHAFAQNA- Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammad-Ali Alavi-Gorgani met with Sunni scholars from the northeastern Iranian province of Golestan on Tuesday, saying: “God protects the brotherhood and sincerity between the two groups [of Muslims], Sunnis…

How Trump's comments on Muslims fit into the country's history of religious demagoguery

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SHAFAQNA - One night in 1834, renowned Presbyterian minister Lyman Beecher delivered a sermon in Boston railing against the "despotic character and hostile designs of popery upon our country." Not far away that night, a mob stormed an Ursuline…

France: Muslims Protect Church During Christmas Mass

SHAFAQNA - A dozen of Muslim men stood outside a church in France to protect Christians from any potential attacks during midnight Christmas Mass on Thursday. Members of the Muslim community in Lens (Pas-de-Calais), northern France, arrived…

Corsican mob trash Muslim prayer room and burn Koran on Christmas Day

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SHAFAQNA - On Friday afternoon around 150 people had gathered in front of the prefecture in a show of support for the police and firefighters, officials said in a statement. But some in that crowd broke away and headed for the low-income…

Christmas in Damascus

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SHAFAQNA - Syria has endured another year of devastating civil war and strife. However, thousands of civilians in Damascus have been trying to live as normal a life as possible, celebrating Christmas and giving them some respite from the chaos. Things…

Nigeria Igbo mandate Congress Call President Buhari Must Apologise for Zaria Massacres; Seeks Release of Sheikh Zakzaky

SHAFAQNA- Igbo Mandare Congress, IMC wishes to officially condole with families of massacred members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN, over the massacre of Zaria where estimated one thousand persons Shiite Muslims met untimely death. Igbo…

Grand Ayatollah Makarem blames TV channels for insulting Sunnis

SHAFAQNA- Extending his congratulations on the occasion of the beginning of Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi’s Imamate to all Shi’as in the beginning of his advanced jurisprudent course in the Qom’s Grand Mosque, Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi…

A holiday letter from Muslim leaders in Minnesota Two faiths, one hope — for peace

SHAFAQNA - To our Christian brothers and sisters: Out of our shared love for the Messiah, Jesus, Son of Mary, Peace Be Upon Him, we greet you with peace and joy during your celebration of his life. The Bible refers to him as the Messiah…

The Afghan debacle: How the Taliban made a mockery off Western military interventionism

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SHAFAQNA - Anger has surged in the UK over news that the British government dispatched more troops to Afghanistan now that the Taliban threatens to regain control of the Helmand province - a former stronghold of the Wahhabi outfit. Afghan…

Germany to Host 4th Quran Competition in Europe

SHAFAQNA- The 4th edition of the European Quran competition will be held in Germany on March 25-27, 2016. The Dar-ol-Quran Center of Germany will organize the contest in different sections for men and women. According to the center’s…

Wahhabism - The School of Ibn Taymiyyah - The Root of Terrorism?

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SHAFAQNA - look at the root and ideology of Wahhabism. Founded by Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahab who was influenced by the writings of Ibn Taymiyyah. This documentary studies their teachings and why so much hatred is seen towards other religions and…

What Is Mawlid? How Muslims Celebrate The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday During Rabi’ Al-Awwal

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SHAFAQNA - In much of the Muslim world, the date is marked with songs and poems in honor of the Prophet Muhammad. A famous 13th-century poem, "Qasida Burda," is often read in praise of the prophet and the mercy he is believed to have brought.…

otest Held in Sweden against Nigeria Shia Killing

SHAFAQNA- A number of people in Sweden held a rally in front of the Nigerian embassy in Stockholm to protest against the massacre of Shia Muslims in the African country and call for the release of senior Shia cleric Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky…

Shia National Imam of Ghana: Shia Muslims are not ISIS; ISIS are not Shias

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SHAFAQNA- The Holy Qur`an states “And follow not that which you have no knowledge of, Indeed, the hearing, the sight, and the heart, all of these, shall be questioned (by Allah)”. Quran 17:36 The Islamic Scripture like any other Divine…

Top Judge Stands Up For The Constitutional Rights Of Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - The Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice has issued a powerful and encouraging reminder to Muslims amid a wave of Islamaphobic sentiment: The U.S. Constitution is on your side. Chief Justice Ralph Gants spoke at the state's…

How Muslims shielded Christians in al Shabaab terror attack

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SHAFAQNA - Al Shabaab terrorists sprayed a Mandera bus with bullets on Monday, killing two people, but a passenger said he and fellow Muslims defied demands from the attackers to help identify Christians travelling with them. A year ago,…

NIGERIA - Statement from Nusaibah El Zakzaky: We are not the Shia Movement of Nigeria; we are the Islamic Movement of Nigeria

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SHAFAQNA - I am not a Shia Muslim, I am just a Muslim, and NOTHING comes before the name Muslim. We Muslims should not accept names like that. Names that segregates us into different types of Islam, there is only one type of Islam brought by…

"We are all Muslims" - Michael Moore's message to Donald Trump

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SHAFAQNA - American filmmaker Michael Moore, who is also left wing political and social activist, writes a letter to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump denouncing him on his recent anti-Muslim remarks and his call to “ban all…

Muslims hold prayer meeting outside Trump Tower in protest

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SHAFAQNA - Some 200 protesters gathered outside Donald Trump's New York City headquarters on Sunday, accusing the presidential hopeful of "fascism" and "racism" following his call for Muslims to be barred from entering the United States. "Say…

ISIS Attack against Askari Holy Shrine Fails to Cause Serious Damage

SHAFAQNA- ISIS Takfiri terrorist group carried out a rocket attack against al-Askari holy shrine in the city of Samarra, Iraq’s Salahuddin province. The attack on Saturday failed to cause any serious damage, Mahmoud Khalaf, governor…

Building of Nigeria Islamic Movement Completely Demolished by Army

SHAFAQNA- A report reaching which says Husainiyyah Baqiyyatullah Zaria Building has been completely demolished by the Nigerian Soldiers on Sunday the 20th of Dec. 2015. The building was reduced to rubble at around 2pm local time. The building…

Rome-to-Paris climate marcher says COP21 failed poor nations

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SHAFAQNA - Globally influential climate activist Yeb Saño has just returned home to the Philippines disappointed, having recently trekked 1,500km from Rome to Paris only to see the COP21 climate change summit reach a spectacularly bad result…

Four ways U.S. is already unfairly banning Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump’s proclamations about banning all Muslims from entering the United States - even temporarily - have triggered welcome condemnation. Yet those of us engaged with policies affecting U.S. Muslims between election cycles…

Bringing December 12, 2015 Nigeria Massacre To the International Criminal Court

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SHAFAQNA EXCLUSIVE - This December, Mohammad H. Zakerhossein, the Director of Iranian Center for International Criminal Law postulated that recent events in Nigeria - the killing en masse of Shiite Muslims in Zaria on December 12, 2015 constitute…

Disgrace in Saudi Arabia: US ally set to behead third teenager for attending a protest

SHAFAQNA - Abdullah al-Zaher was 15 years old when he was arrested for attending a protest in close Western ally Saudi Arabia. Human rights advocacy organization Reprieve said he was beaten on the spot by police and was subsequently tortured.  Now…

Amid violence and politics, local Muslims focus on faith

SHAFAQNA - Show love to those who show hostility. Aamir Sheikh stood in front of hundreds of Muslim congregants Friday afternoon with that message. "Be an ummah (or community) of patience, of generosity," he said. "We will change the…

Nigerians Hold Rallies to Condemn Killing of Shias

SHAFAQNA- People in different parts of Nigeria held rallies to denounce last week’s attacks by the country’s army against Shias in Zaria, north of Nigeria. The largest demonstration was held in Kano where people carried placards condemning…