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…

British Government threatened with legal action over weapon sale to Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA  - The British Government could be taken to court in order to halt arms exports from British companies to the Saudi Arabian regime, campaigners and lawyers have said. Law firm Leigh Day, which is representing Campaign Against the…

$42 Million From Seven Foundations Helped Fuel The Rise Of Islamophobia

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SHAFAQNA - Following a six-month long investigative research project, the Center for American Progress released a 130-page report today which reveals that more than $42 million from seven foundations over the past decade have helped fan the…

Mass grave discovered in Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - According to the Human Rights Commission there are credible evidences, including but not solely, photographs and testimonies of mass graves where the army operated a series of raids against Shiite communities near and around Zaria. Several…

Professor Suspended For Saying Christians And Muslims Worship The ‘Same God’

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SHAFAQNA - A major evangelical Christian university has suspended a tenured professor after she argued that Christians and Muslims “worship the same God” and donned a hijab to express solidarity with Muslims. On December 10, Dr. Larycia…

Accusations against Nigeria’s Shias Unfounded

SHAFAQNA- The Nigerian government’s accusations against the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and the country’s Shia community are unfounded since the nature of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria has proved to be peaceful over the past years. At…

Stop Using The Word “Terrorism”- Culture As An Antidote To Bigotry And Fear

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SHAFAQNA - Do Muslims perpetrate the vast majority of terrorist attacks around the globe? Pull most people aside on the side of the road and they'll either explicitly respond with a 'yes' to that question, or if they're politically correct,…

Connecting The Dots- Muslims and Social Justice in Southern California

SHAFAQNA - This past October, a 2 year old was found wandered off into the night as his 4 year old sibling and parents slept in Love Park in Philadelphia. In a city full of abandoned homes and warehouses, homelessness should not be a problem.…

Iran President: Some pursue discord among Muslims; Buhari: I will punish culprits of the incident

 SHAAFQNA- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called for the establishment of a fact-finding committee in Nigeria to investigate the recent military crackdown on Shia Muslim community in the African country. “Under the present circumstances,…

French teacher admits inventing story on Daesh attack

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SHAFAQNA - A French nursery school teacher who claimed on Monday he was stabbed in his classroom by an Islamic State supporter has admitted to prosecutors that he invented the story. The 45-year-old teacher at a school in Aubervilliers,…

U.N. officials slam hatred against Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Two senior U.N. officials said Monday they are "sickened by blatant manifestations of hatred and intolerance" by public figures and others, particularly against Muslims, in response to recent extremist attacks. Adama Dieng, the…

Anti-Muslim attacks occurring in record numbers across US

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SHAFAQNA - Crimes against Muslims and vandalism at mosques appear to have hit an all-time high in the wake of terrorist attacks in France and California. Mosques are struggling with security, as some have hired armed guards or asked the federal…

Al-Khoei Foundation Welcomes the Statement of Sultan of Sokoto and Urges Nigerian Authorities to Protect all Religious Communities

SHAFAQNA- Statement on the recent attacks on Shias in Nigeria 14/12/2015 The Al-Khoei Foundation expresses its deep concerns on the arrest and wellbeing of a prominent Nigerian Shia leader, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. During a raid…

The Zaria Massacre - A martyr’s testimony A Shafaqna Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA - Bukhari Muhammed Bello Jega was one of the victims of a recent bloody anti-Shia crackdown in the town of Zaria, Nigeria. A man of peace, and a man of faith, Bukhari was slain by radicals alongside his wife and baby daughter, for…

70,000 Indian Muslim Clerics Issue Fatwa against ISIL and Other Terror Groups

SHAFAQNA- Nearly 70,000 Indian Muslim clerics have signed a fatwa against ISIL and other terror groups saying they were "not Islamic organisations". Around 1.5 million Muslims visiting a shrine dedicated to an Islamic saint near the city of…

Imam Reza - An inspiration for humanity

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SHAFAQNA - This video was made available by Comet, an artist based in Iran.  

A winter in Yemen - When charity becomes a religious duty

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SHAFAQNA - Yemen remains enthralled in a war of attrition, burdened  by poverty and Saudi Arabia’s determination to turn this one nation of Southern Arabia into acquiescent vassal of the crown. But for all their hardship and the daily humiliation…

Young Scottish Muslims 'scared to speak about politics in case they are branded terrorists'

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SHAFAQNA - Young Muslims are scared to speak out about politics or foreign policy because they fear being branded as potential terrorists. AMINA, the Muslim Women's Resource Centre, claims that young people are feeling the brunt of Islamophobia…

Coming together for Islam's Imams - Answering the call of faith

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SHAFAQNA - Millions of Muslims have gathered in Iran’s holy city of Mashhad to mark the passing anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and martyrdom of Imam Hassan (PBUH), the second Shia Imam. People from across the country, along with…

Millions come to honor Imam Reza on the anniversary of his demise

SHAFAQNA - More than three million pilgrims from all over Iran and other countries have flocked to the holy city of Mashhad, northeastern Iran, to mourn the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Reza (AS), the 8th Shiite Imam. The pilgrims converged…

Yemen At War - The New Faces Of Humanitarian Heroism

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SHAFAQNA - The Mona Relief Organization is actively combating poverty and hopelessness in Yemen, at a time when Saudi Arabia and its allies have renewed their aggression against the impoverished nation. With no aid and little hope the international…

Jeremy Corbyn makes a stand against war - puts back ethics in politics

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SHAFAQNA - Jeremy Corbyn has defied his critics in the Labour Party by turning out at a fundraising dinner for the left-wing Stop the War coalition. Labour MPs and party activists had called on their leader to give the event a miss despite…

Muhammad Ali speaks up against Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA - Muhammad Ali hit out against Islamic extremists and Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslims from entering the United States on Wednesday. “I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino,…

Human Rights Day

SHAFAQNA - It’s International Human Rights Day today – so here’s everything you need to know. What is Human Rights Day? Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on December 10, the day on which, in 1948, the UN adopted the Universal…

Quran Manuscript Attributed to Imam Hassan (AS) Attracts Pilgrims in Mashhad

SHAFAQNA- A Quran manuscript attributed to Imam Hassan (AS) has attracted many visitors in the last few days to the museum of Imam Reza’s (AS) holy shrine in Mashhad, northeast of Iran. On the occasion of the anniversary of the Holy Prophet’s…