St. Louis Joins Billboard Campaign Challenging Myths About Islam, Muslims

SHAFAQNA- The St. Louis chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-St. Louis) joined the Islamic Center of Rolla Missouri (ICRM) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) in launching a billboard campaign to help dispel…

2015 Arbaeen Procession to be held in the UK on December 6th,

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SHAFAQNA - The Husaini Islamic Trust UK works all year around to bring you the UK Arbaeen Procession. It is for all those Momineen who are unable to reach Karbala for Arbaeen, to come together and walk and pray in the love of the Ahlulbayt…

This US town faced a backlash after electing the first Muslim-majority city council

SHAFAQNA - Voters in Hamtramck, Michigan made history last week by electing the United States’ first Muslim-majority city council. But not everyone is happy about it. Muslim candidates in the city council elections won landslide votes in…

Major national press expo kicks off in Tehran

SHAFAQNA - The 21st edition of Press and News Agencies Exhibition with the participation of over 700 news media opened on Sat. at Tehran Grand Musalla. The slogan of this year’s edition of the exhibition is “Fair Criticism, Responsible…

UN warns about environmental impact of wars

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SHAFAQNA - The UN warned on Fri. about the devastating impact of war on the environment and how often the conflicts are the result of the exploitation of natural resources. In the context of the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation…

Why mitzvahs are for Muslims, too

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SHAFAQNA - Last month, I sat down for Shabbat dinner with Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski of Golders Green Synagogue. We talked about many things. Our conversations ranged from politics to family to football to the legitimacy of eating locusts. What…

UN Right Group: Sheikh Ali Salman Detained Arbitrarily

SHAFAQNA-A United Nations rights group says the prominent Bahraini Shia cleric, Sheikh Ali Salman, has been detained arbitrarily, calling on the Manama regime to release him immediately. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention announced…

More difficulties ahead for Yemen as winter nears - Mona Relief Organization launches new campaign - Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA - If Yemen continues to occupy the headlines, few media have bothered look beyond Saudi Arabia’s punitive narrative to recognise the sheer breadth and depth of this one nation’s  humanitarian catastrophe. Brought to its knees…

Ridhayatullah’s Theatre production: “The Free Man”

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SHAFAQNA - “The Free Man” is the true story of a man named Hurr (meaning ‘The Free’) who was the Chief Commander of an army that blindly executed the orders of a self appointed King in 6th Century Mesopotamia. Hurr is overwhelmed by…

Poems from Iran - Just like no one else!

SHAFAQNA - Following is the translation of an Iranian poem courtesy of a talented young woman: Comet. In her desire to bridge cultures and open a window on the beauty and soul of Iran, Comet shared her work with Shafaqna.  All world…

#IBelong #Bahrain Campaign kicks off on November 6 - Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA - November 6th represents the anniversary of the first decision to strip the nationality of Bahraini citizens on account of their political affiliations, stand or desire to oppose injustice in the kingdom island. But Bahrain remembers…

On Hummus - mania and spreading tolerance

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SHAFAQNA - Hummus is a signature dish of Middle Eastern cuisine -- a delicious spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and seasonings. On Thursday, hummus will become a symbol of peace as 15 Muslim and Jewish activists break…

I am British, Muslim, and afraid of my own government

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SHAFAQNA - It seems I’m the reason why Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy is going to fail. Though raised in an inner-city London neighborhood, I’ve been blessed with great opportunities in this wonderful town. I’ve set up a successful…

And the crackdown begins - Turkish 'new president' arrests journalists and political rivals

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SHAFAQNA - The Turkish government has resumed a crackdown on journalists and political rivals of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan just two days after a major electoral victory for his party that will see it return to single-party rule. Police officers…

Americans becoming less religious, new poll shows

SHAFAQNA- The percentage of Americans who say they believe in God, pray daily, and attend church regularly is declining, a new poll shows. The survey which was conducted  by the Pew Research Center among more than 35,000 US adults, registered…

#SaveALifeInYemen - The Mona Relief Organization goes to war against hunger in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA - In March 2015 Saudi Arabia, the richest country in the Arabian Peninsula and regional superpower declared war on impoverished Yemen. Backed by a grand regional coalition and the tacit agreement of the international community,…

Don't Bomb Syria-Meeting in Parliament - Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA - Foreign Affairs Committee urges David Cameron not to press for Syria air strikes vote until 'coherent international strategy' is in place. David Cameron was warned by Tory MPs on an influential committee not to press ahead with…

The Mystics Of Islam

SHAFAQNA - Sufism, the religious philosophy of Islam, is described in the oldest extant definition as 'the apprehension of divine realities,' and Mohammedan mystics are fond of calling themselves Ahl al-Haqq, 'the followers of the Real.' {Al-Haqq…

History of the Shrine of Imam Husayn Ibn Ali Ibn Abu Talib

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SHAFAQNA - Unlike any other city, Karbala has its named engraved in the memory of generations, and in the expanse of the Muslim world... Believers remember that name with sorrow and distress, for they remember the history of the master of…

Sinai plane crash: cockpit recordings suggest no distress call

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SHAFAQNA - Russian news service says transcripts show cause was sudden and unexpected, while Egypt president says claims of a terror link are propaganda. Cockpit recordings from the Metrojet flight that crashed in the Sinai desert appears…

Muslim activists alarmed by the FBI’s new game-like counterterrorism program for kids

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SHAFAQNA - The FBI has designed an unusual game-style Web site about extremism meant to be used by teachers and students to help the agency spot and prevent radicalization of youth, say Muslim and Arab advocacy groups who were briefed by the…

Protesters gather outside Downing Street on Dignity Day - Exclusive

SHAFAQNA - Over a hundred people rallied outside 10 Downing Street to demand their dignity be respected. Global Dignity Day featured a number of impassioned speeches for a crowd who was galvanised and determined. The focus was placed on the…

Shaker Aamer - the long walk home

SHAFAQNA - Waiting at Biggin Hill airport on Friday was a solemn white man holding a square placard. On it were two hearts and a handwritten message in black and orange: “Welcome Home Shaker Aamer”. The last British resident held in Guantanamo…

Manama dialogue participants urged to press for political dialogue between opposition and regime

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SHAFAQNA - Al Wefaq’s Secretary General Sheikh Ali Salman has sent a message to the participants in the Manama Dialogue security summit welcoming them from his prison cell in Bahrain. In his message he said: I hope you receive my message…

Division and dissension among Muslims biggest blows to Islam - says Grand Shia cleric to Sunni scholars

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SHAFAQNA - "Islam is a set of principles. If taken together they result in securing the dignity of the religion," Grand Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani said today, in a meeting with a group of Sunni scholars from India and Mauritania. Referring…

Over 2600 Palestinians have been shot and injured by Israeli forces in October: Red Crescent

SHAFAQNA- At least 2,617 Palestinians have been shot and injured by Israeli forces using live and rubber bullets in the month of October, a Red Crescent officials says. On Sunday, the Palestinian news agency Ma'an released a report quoting…

Anti-Muslim sentiment targets women on Melbourne's streets

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SHAFAQNA - Multicultural Melbourne might win plaudits as Australia's most tolerant city, but social campaigners warn comforting statistics can obscure the personal damage from anti-Muslim sentiment and other bigotry. Saara Sabbagh​, director…

A lone Muslim campaigns in Myanmar's stronghold of radical Buddhism - REPORT

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SHAFAQNA - The city of Mandalay in northern Myanmar is a Buddhist religious centre so crowded with temples, monasteries and monks that they can sometimes seem innumerable. The city of Mandalay in northern Myanmar is a Buddhist religious…