Eid Al Ghadeer - Islamic Center of England event

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Ghadeer is a festival celebrated by Shia Muslim. This festive day is celebrated on the 18th day of the Zil-Hajj month according to the Islamic calendar. This festival is celebrated to mark the appointment of Imam Ali ibn Abi…

He named me Malala - The message behind the campaign

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SHAFAQNA - Stand #withMalala is a 12-month social action and advocacy campaign that will accompany the release of HE NAMED ME MALALA. Through audience engagement with global and in-country calls to action, the campaign aims to raise mass awareness,…

Calligraphy - an Islamic Art

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SHAFAQNA - Calligraphy is the most highly regarded and most fundamental element of Islamic art. It is significant that the Qur’an, the book of God's revelations to the Prophet Muhammad, was transmitted in Arabic, and that inherent within…

Saudi Arabia Hajj Tourism Crisis: After Deadly Stampede, Will Royal Family Improve Security?

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SHAFAQNA - As the home of the two most holy sites in Islam, Saudi Arabia is charged with not only taking care of the cities of Mecca and Medina but also accommodating the millions of Muslim pilgrims who visit them annually in what has become…

The Hounding of Muslims Must Stop - OpEd

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SHAFAQNA - In September, 14-year-old Texas high school student Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade digital clock to school, hoping to impress his teacher. Instead of receiving praise for his great work, however, he was handcuffed, booked and falsely…

Iran Leader Lashed out at Riyadh for Failing to Ensure the Safety of Hajj Pilgrims

SHAFAQNA- Ayatollah Khamenei says Saudi Arabia has not made good on its obligations regarding the recent deadly Hajj incident, saying Iran's possible response will be"tough and harsh." "Should we decide to show any reaction, our reaction…

VIDEO - I’m Muslim, and I’m Tired of Proving My Humanity

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SHAFAQNA - BuzzFeed recently released a video that has racked up over 15 million views. 15 million views is a lot, it must be pretty interesting, right? Well… The video consists of a few Americans listing things they like (rap music,…

Breaking fashion convention - H&M's latest look of Hijab-wearing Muslim model

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SHAFAQNA - This is the first time H&M, the world's second largest retailer, has featured a Muslim model wearing a hijab in a video designed to encourage consumers to recycle their clothes. And it's opened up the debate on Muslims in fashion. As…

How many pilgrims really lost their lives in Mecca - Lies and deceptions

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SHAFAQNA - As the Islamic community is still coming to grip with the extent of the Mina tragedy, more reports have come out pointing to a grand deception on the part of Saudi Arabia. Hoping to dispel allegations King Salman failed short of…

‘The Sea and the Flying Fish’ to vie at Busan Filmfest

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian filmmaker Mehrdad Ghaffarzadeh’s The Sea and the Flying Fish will go on screen in Busan International Film Festival's Window on Asian Cinema section from September 30-October 10. The social drama is about a teenage…

Ahlul Bayt Foundation of South Africa - Press Release on the Mina Tragedy

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SHAFAQNA - And whoever leaves his home migrating toward Allah and His Apostle, and is then overtaken by death, his reward shall certainly fall on Allah, and Allah is all - forgiving, all -merciful.100:4 The catastrophic disaster of Eid…

Islam and the two aspects of death

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SHAFAQNA - Although the phenomenon of life counts as the most precious of gifts and its loss is extremely grievous and terrifying, none can doubt that just as surely as man embarks on his life involuntarily to spend some time in this guesthouse…

Palestinian artist lets the coffee pot speaks - Testimony of a life under siege

SHAFAQNA - Palestinian artist Salwa Sbakhi brews a traditional cup of coffee in her Gazan art shop. But for Sbakhi, it isn’t about getting her next caffeine fix, she uses the leftover mixture in her artwork. “I came up with the idea…

Saudi King Orders Concealing Mina CCTV Records: Report

SHAFAQNA - "The Saudi king's order came after some videos showing the main cause of the Mina tragedy were released on the Internet," the Arabic-language Middle East Panorama news website reported. It noted that another reason for collecting…

Two Iranian Qaris are confirmed dead - Mina tragedy brings more heartbreak

SHAFAQNA - A number of internationally-known Quranic figures sent messages of condolences over the deaths of two prominent Iranian Qaris (reciters) in a recent tragedy in Mina, near the Saudi city of Makkah. At least 169 Iranian pilgrims,…

Timeline of fatal Hajj incidents in Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA- Over the past four decades, there have been numerous deadly incidents in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj pilgrimage. Here is a look at some of these fatal incidents. 2015 24 September: According to Saudi…

Movie on Prophet Muhammad's (AS) life to represent Iran at Oscar

SHAFAQNA - The selection committee declared Prophet Muhammad(AS) to represent Iran at the Oscar in a statement released on Saturday. Set in the sixth century the movie revolves around the childhood of Prophet Muhammad (AS). Iran’s jury…

Reclaiming Islam away from Al Saud’s Wahhabi religious devolution - Mecca belongs to the Ummah

SHAFAQNA - Tragedy has stricken again in Mecca - this time it is not a crane which fell over unsuspected pilgrims but a stampede which claimed the lives of hundreds devoted Muslims as they performed the Mina ritual. For the second time during…

The statement of Ahlul Bayt World Assembly over 'Tragedy in Mina'

SHAFAQNA - In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful “.. And whoever goes forth from his house towards Allah and His Messenger, and then death overtakes him, his reward is indeed with Allah…” The catastrophic disaster…

Syrian refugees are not wanted in Ireland because they’re Muslim, Irish aid worker claims

orth Lebanon in 2013. He has witnessed indescribable horror and heartache in a situation he has compared to “Armageddon”. This week the Irish Government confirmed it will take in 4,000 people under “relocation and resettlement”…

Champions for Justice: Bahrain’s Imprisoned Politicians

SHAFAQNA - Last year marked the first general elections to be held in Bahrain since the pro-democracy uprising of 2011.  Since the election, which has been named amongst the worst elections in 2014 alongside those in Syria and Afghanistan,…

Iranian photographer to share prize money with Syria refugees

SHAFAQNA - Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian has said she will donate part of a 100,000-euro ($112,000) Dutch award to charity, including Syrian and Iraqi refugees. "It is hard for me to enjoy this prize as much as I would like to,…

Christians and Muslims discuss unity and tolerance in London - EXCLUSIVE

SHAFAQNA - On Sunday religious leaders from both the Christian and Muslim communities gathered at the Islamic Center for England to discuss matters related to religious tolerance, unity, social responsibility and other related issues. The…

Shia Muslims Mark Martyrdom of Imam Jawad

SHAFAQNA - Over a million mourners have flocked to Kadhimiya, a neighborhood in the Iraqi capital Baghdad in recent days to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the ninth Shia Imam, Imam Jawad. Martyred at the age of 25, Imam Jawad is known to…

Sheikh Ali Salman - A Letter to My Beloved Daughter

SHAFAQNA - My dear son Mojtaba, My dear daughter Naba’, You are the joy of my heart and you know how much I love you, long to see you, and dream about the future I desire for you. Allow me, dear Mojtaba, to address your little sister…

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS - New Muslims and Born Muslims: A Question of Identity and Community Spirit

In this one day conference, keynote speakers and participants shared their views under the general themes of identity and community. First key speaker of the conference was Dr Shaykh Shomali, the director of the Islamic Centre of England,…