I Walk for Husain a

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SHAFAQNA- I walk I walk through the valleys and the shadows of the death that surrounds me Entrenched in the smell of blood lingering in my soul Searching for their stories repeatedly told and simultaneously ignored And I walk I walk and…

Abdullah al-Saleh: Bahrain Inseparable Part of Shia History

SHAFAQNA- A Bahraini cleric underlined that Bahrain has always been a center of love and devotion for the Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS). Abdullah al-Saleh, whose Bahraini citizenship has been revoked by the Al Khalifa regime made the remark in a forum…

The story of Arbaeen

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SHAFAQNA - The moon was almost setting, casting its dying rays on the waters of the rivulet Al Quma and the few tents that were pitched on its banks. Beside these tents, there were a few graves, which were scattered over some distance, providing…

Muslims Lose Out in Myanmar Elections

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims are turning out to be among the biggest losers in Myanmar’s historic elections, with many not allowed to vote and no Muslim representation in parliament. Several Muslims have been serving in the current nominally…

Bahrain leading Shiite opposition figure 'Majeed Milad' sentenced to two years in jail

SHAFAQNA - A Bahraini court today jailed a member of the main opposition Al-Wefaq bloc for two years for "inciting freedom of speech", the Shiite grouping and authorities said. Majeed Milad, a member of Al-Wefaq's delegation which took part…

Why British Muslims need a 'poppy hijab' to remember World War One

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SHAFAQNA - Tabinda-Kauser Ishaq's Remembrance Day hijab is being sold by the Royal British Legion for the first time. She tells Radhika Sanghani why she designed it and why it's important for British Muslims to embrace it. Poppies are…

British in the UK face a crisis - Islamophobia is real and it's rampant

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SHAFAQNA - The majority of British Muslims say they have witnessed discrimination against followers of the Islamic faith and that a climate of hate is being driven by politicians and media, a study has found. Six out of 10 Muslims in Britain…

Imam Sajjad International Conference kicked of in holy KarbalaSHAFAQNA

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SHAFAQNA - Coinciding with the commemoration of the martyrdom of Imam Ali al-Sajjad, son of Imam Hussain (A'), the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine witnessed the opening of the Sajjadain Rhythmical-supplication Second International Conference on the…

Ridiculous misconceptions about Muslims in the UK and Remembrance Day

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SHAFAQNA - According to one survey, the proportion of Muslims who identify with Britain is actually higher than that of the general population. Another day, another myth about Muslims. The most recent one to set tongues wagging is that…

Britain To Have First Muslim-Led Remembrance Service This Year

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SHAFAQNA - The first Islamic-led commemoration for British soldiers who lost their lives will take place on Thursday after years of pressure from a local council and the first Muslim chaplain to the UK armed forces, BuzzFeed News has learned. The…

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…