Ayatollah Sistani suspends weekly political sermons

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SHAFAQNA- Top Shia cleric said on Friday he would no longer deliver regular weekly sermons about political affairs, which for years have been a source of guidance for Iraqi politicians and his millions of followers. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani…

National Security or National Paranoia? How Europe is policing itself into despotism

SHAFAQNA - A former beacon for human rights and civil liberties, the Old Continent has become its own worst enemy, a devolution onto its own, as governments have exploited and engineered fears to expand both their control and oversight. In…

Shamefaced UN Secretary Gen. admits to failures in the Mid-East

SHAFAQNA - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he feels embarrassed by the lack of progress in the so-called peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. “I feel guilty, ashamed of the lack of progress,” he said in London on Friday. Violence…

Feminism and Islam - Islam protects and asserts women rights

SHAFAQNA - Today, society’s most prominent ills are frequently attributed to Islam. Islam’s own view is then dismissed. Given the daily misfortunes we witness, the urge to have a catch-all blame name is understandable. However, that does…

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif makes official visit to London

SHAFAQNA - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in London late Wednesday to attend The Syria Donors Conference 2016. Zarif, who is in London on the official invitation of his British counterpart, is also scheduled to meet top…

The Mechanics of Globalism – Migration as a weapon of war and ethno-engineering

SHAFAQNA - Today, war refugees have become headlines onto themselves! Whether refer to as migrants or asylum seekers by a well-thinking media complex, the semantics of this new crisis nevertheless betrays a very globalist agenda – yet another…

The semantics of Wahhabi hatred - What motivates Terror’s ideology?

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SHAFAQNA - Over the past days Wahhabism, the dogma enacted by the likes of Daesh (aka ISIL), Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra and so other infamous acronyms claimed new horrors in both the Middle East and Africa – adding to an already long…

Rise of Salafism in China prompts fear of radicalisation

SHAFAQNA - They call it "Little Mecca": a city of prayer caps and hijab, minarets and oxidized green domes. In some ways, Linxia, in northern China's Gansu province, is a city united. About 60% of its 250,000 people are Muslim. On a frigid…

War crimes – Saudi Arabia makes a parody of international law

SHAFAQNA - If bombing, maiming, destroying and starving were not enough, Saudi Arabia has now added legal parodying to its ever-extending list of abominations, uncovering yet another perversion to its pallet. Unabashed by its abysmal human…

Boko Haram targets children in Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - Boko Haram militants killed 86 people, including children, in their recent attack on villages in northeastern Nigeria on Saturday. Horrifying details of the attacks emerged on Sunday. The Saturday night assault on the outskirts…

Obama to Visit Mosque for First Time

SHAFAQNA- "On Wednesday, February 3rd, the President will travel to Maryland to visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque to celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom…

Dozens Killed, More than 110 Injured in Damascus Zainabia Explosion + VIDEO

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  Al-Alam News Network correspondent announced that explosion happened in Damascus Zainabia, at least 45 killed and 110 injured. Twin bomb expositions have rocked a suburban area of the Syrian capital, Damascus, leaving…

Religious confusion fuels misunderstanding and misrepresentation

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SHAFAQNA - Christian Today, a news media dedicated to Christian related news published a report in which it likens Islam’s belief in Imam Mahdi, with the Christian antichrist, implying thereof that Muslims stand in fact outside any “acceptable”…

Mothers' hands in Yemen are empty

SHAFAQNA - Yemen today has suffered a million deaths! Yemen today has been turned into a sanglant humanitarian hole - a forgotten people left to wither in despair and isolation. Mothers have been forced to watch their children slowly disappear…

The Sunni-Shia Divide Which Never Was

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SHAFAQNA  - The following documentary which is the first volume of a broad series on the Sunni-Shia divide and the history of Islam is a product of the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies.  

Islam: One God, One Message, One Allegiance, One House

SHAFAQNA - There is a war being waged within Islam we have been told! This war many have said, arose in between Sunnis and Shiites, the two main branches of Islam. The Islamic world we have been told, stands now in division, fragmented within…

Political posing? International community reacts to Riyadh’s crimes in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - “Better late than never” said the wise man … “better late than never” indeed! In Yemen’s case “late” came 10 months into a punishing Saudi-led military campaign waged in the name of political legitimacy and hegemonic…

Torture Allegations Expose Sham Reforms in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA- Credible and consistent allegations of torture and mistreatment of detainees in Bahrain during 2015 undermined claims of reform, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. The Bahraini government and its allies, chiefly…

A conversation on equality, integration and Islam as a religious marker

SHAFAQNA - “Muslim communities are not like others in Britain and the country should accept they will never integrate,” Trevor Phillips, the former head of the equalities watchdog said at the Policy Exchange think tank in Westminster this…

Shia communities in Aden face relentless persecution - Exclusive

SHAFAQNA - As the international community is slowly coming to terms with the reality of Saudi Arabia's war against Yemen: its relentless assault on civilian populations and infrastructures, its inhumane and unlawful humanitarian blockade and…

Erdogan’s dealings with terror are exposed once more – Israel and Greece step up

SHAFAQNA - It was Russia back in November who first rung the alarm bell over Turkey, alleging that President Erdogan held interesting friendships and alliances with hardened Wahhabi-inspired terrorists in Turkey. While Moscow backed its claims…

Al-Wefaq Urges Al-Khalifa Regime’s Positive Response to Int’l Calls for Dialogue

SHAFAQNA- Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, urged the al-Khalifa regime to respond positively to the international calls for an inclusive national dialogue in the Persian Gulf country, regretting that the…

Bahrain is still a human rights blackhole

SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International issued a scathing critic of al-Khalifa regime this January as the rights group noted how the regime utterly failed to address calls for restraints vis a vis the political opposition. Amnesty International…

Misguidance and ignorance are the footsoldiers of religious bigotry - Editorial

SHAFAQNA - Islam of late has sat in the middle of a raging storm - accused, besieged and attacked the Muslim faith has been lambasted by state officials and world thinkers, on account its Scriptures and traditions are allegedly violent, bloodthirsty,…

Sheikh Zakzaky was flown to France for treatment

SHAFAQNA - Media outlet Vanguard reported this Monday that Sheikh Ibraheem al-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, had been secretly  flown to France for treatment for fear his death would lead to an uprising. sheikh Zakzaky…

Engineering tensions in Calais and the promotion of hate against minorities

SHAFAQNA - Tensions in the seaport city of Calais in France have reached boiling point. Blame of course has been put down on war refugees  - the new minority to be feared and hated on account of their vulnerability. While excuses have been…

Sheikh Ali Salman's Testimony at the Bahrain's High Court of Appeal

SHAFAQNA- This is a translated Arabic transcript of the testimony delivered by the Secretary General of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, Sheikh Ali Salman, at the High Court of Appeal on January 14, 2016: In the name of Allah, the Entirely…

Riyadh denies body of Sheikh al-Nimr to family - Exclusive

SHAFAQNA - In an exclusive interview with Shafaqna this January, Mohammad al-Nimr, son to late Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent cleric and rights defender from Qatif (eastern province of Saudi Arabia) revealed that his family was denied right…