British Government do not support a ban on wearing the veil in public

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SHAFAQNA- Boris Johnson has sparked anger by claiming that women wearing burkas look like letter boxes and bank robbers. His comments have been furiously condemned by Muslim leaders and Labour, with MP David Lammy branding him a ‘pound-shop…

Australian PM condemned call for white-only immigration policy

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SHAFAQNA- An Australian politician was widely criticized after demanding "a final solution", while calling for a return to the White Australia policy that favored "European Christians". However, the prime minister, Turnbull noted that Australia…

Eid ul Adha

SHAFAQNA-The tenth day of the month of Zul-Hijjah is celebrated by the 1800 millions strong Muslim Ummah as the Eid (Festival) of Qurbani (Sacrifice) during the Hajj (The Annual International Assembly of the Muslims in the World) rituals performed…

How different countries celebrate Eid al-Adha?

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Adha, also known as "Feast of Sacrifice" or "Big Eid", is an Islamic religious festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow God's command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event. This…

Hajj Day-by-Day

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SHAFAQNA- Day One: The 8th Day of Thul-Hijjah MinaOn the eighth day of Thul-Hijjah (Yawm-e-Tarwiyah), the pilgrim put on his Ihraam after the Salaat of Zohr & Asr and head out of Makkah to Mina. He spends the rest of the day and night…

‘Shi’a’ and Imamate

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SHAFAQNA- The term ‘Shi’a’ means ‘follower’, and now refers, conventionally, to the group of Muslims who, after the death of the Holy Prophet, believed that the function of leadership in the Islamic community was the prerogative of…

Yemen: the grotesque, shameful attack which killed 40 children

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SHAFAQNA - Of the 51 people who died in the Saudi airstrike on August 13, 40 were children. This strike was the worst attack on children since Yemen's brutal war escalated in 2015. Saudi Arabia denies targeting civilians and defended the incident…

State-run religious oppression - Saudi Arabia’s war against God

SHAFAQNA - If Saudi Arabia has long toed the line of religious oppression to placate an ever-more ‘demanding’ clergy, the kingdom’s campaign to disappear, that, which Islam holds dearest by way of memory, cultural, and religious heritage…

The big diplomatic war between Canada and Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - What began with a statement of concern over human rights has ballooned into the biggest diplomatic feud in years between Canada and Saudi Arabia. The clash between the two countries arose following Saudi Arabia’s move to detain…

A New Convert from Church to Mosque; Viacheslav Polosin

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SHAFAQNA- Viacheslav Polosin, a former priest of the Russian Orthodox Church and chairman of the Committee of the Supreme Soviet on Freedom of Conscience, recently announced his conversion from Orthodoxy to Islam. This unprecedented event…

Pilgrimage - Hajj

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SHAFAQNA- Hajj is a worship act.  It means to visit the holy house of Allah in Mecca at a certain period of time - in the month of Dhil-hajj and complete certain rituals according to the Islamic Laws.   WHO HAS TO HAVE HAJJ One…

Iran's Supreme Leader: “There will be no war, and we will not negotiate with the US”

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SHAFAQNQ - Commenting on the US President’s offer of negotiations, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday “There will be no war, and we will not negotiate.” Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said "The U.S. has…

Can Muslim Marriage be covered by English law?

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim women in Britain have been “given hope” by High Court judge ruling that a Muslim woman can have a British court dissolve her religious marriage and was entitled to maintenance from her husband after they split even though…

the office for the protection of Iran interests will open in Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia has agreed to admit an Iranian diplomat to head an office representing Iranian interests in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic relations with its long-time regional rival, Iran, in 2016 following attack…

Martyrdom Anniversary of Imam Muhammad Taqi al-Jawad(A.S.)

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SHAFAQNA-Imam Muhammad Taqi al-Jawad (A.S.) the Ninth Infallible Imam of the Shi'ites and the Greatest Miracle of his age who enriched and expanded the Islamic thought and Shari'a during the period of his Imamat which lasted for seventeen years. Imam…

UN warned on The well-being of two million people in Gaza

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SHAFAQNA - Israel reimposed a blockade on fuel deliveries to Gaza and Palestinians in Gaza deprived of the most basic elements of a dignified life. The well-being of two million people, half of whom are children, is at stake. Without fuel,…

Majlisi: Iran and the US have serious disagreements over Israel

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SHAFAQNA- A Former Iranian diplomat said "Trump has raised up the proposal of negotiation so that if he could negotiate, then he would guarantee his own interests at the lowest cost and if this offer becomes refused, he will tell the world that…

First Iraq, Then Iran: U.S “Intelligence” Copied and Pasted Off the Internet

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SHAFAQNA- Fake intelligence as well as plagiarized quotations had been slipped into an official intelligence report pertaining to Iraq’s WMD presented to the UN Security Council by Secretary of State Colin Powell on February 5, 2003.…

Islamic Lifestyle Conference in Stockholm

SHAFAQNA-A conference on “The West and Islamic Style of Life” is planned to be organized in Stockholm, Sweden, next month. The Imam Ali (AS) Islamic Center will host the event on September 1. It will be held in the Swedish language…

Systematic violation of human rights against Uighurs, Muslims around the world stand silent!

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SHAFAQNA - The future of more than 10 million Uighurs, the members of China’s Turkic-speaking Muslim minority, is looking increasingly grim. Politicians and many religious leaders are silent in the face of China’s political and economic…

Four million muslims risk losing citizenship in Indian state

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SHAFAQNA - India was braced for unrest in its north eastern Assam state after the authorities declared some four million residents to be foreigners, effectively stripping them of their citizenship and raising fears of deportation. The residents,…

My Journey to Islam; “No Alcohol” Attracted Me to Islam

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SHAFAQNA- I was born and raised in the United States in a very small town in a very small state in the Northeast of the country, in New Hampshire. It’s not diverse at all, it’s a very small white Christian town. One store, no street…

Climbing Mountains: A Quest to Find the Truth-Part 2 - From Christianity to Sunni Islam

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SHAFAQNA-This is the story of British born Dr Kate Godfrey-Faucett and her incredible journey from Christianity to Shia Islam via Sunnism.Kate is a Chartered psychologist & psychotherapist with specialist training and experience in working…

Meeting with Trump would be very hard for Iran

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SHAFAQNA - It would be very hard for Iran’s political leaders to meet with Trump, given his opposition to the nuclear accord they spent years negotiating, his travel ban that effects many Iranians interested in studying or working in the…

Climbing Mountains: A Quest to Find the Truth

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SHAFAQNA- Part 3 - From Sunnism to Shia Islam It was now 2000, a new millennium, and due to personal circumstances, I found myself moving and living in a different locality and in a situation where for the first time I could freely study and…

Islam, Hiroshima and the Atomic Bomb

SHAFAQNA- OpEd: Dr Inayatullah Andrabi Born in Srinagar, the capital city of Indian Held Kashmir, Dr Inayatullah Andrabi, an intellectual-activist, has been intimately involved in understanding, speaking and writing about global politics and…

The presence of Iran's Religious minorities in the city council became reinstated/ what was the fatwa of Ayatollah Sistani?

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SHAFAQNA - On July 21, 2018, the Iran Expediency Council approved a plan for the presence of religious minorities in the city councils with two-thirds of the votes. Great scholars and various people groups reacted differently to this plan…

Climbing Mountains: A Quest to Find the Truth

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SHAFAQNA- This is the story of British born Dr Kate Godfrey-Faucett and her incredible journey from Christianity to Shia Islam via Sunnism.Kate is a Chartered psychologist & psychotherapist with specialist training and experience in working…