SHAFAQNA 2017 post-Arbaeen Roundtable

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SHAFAQNA - Guests: Seyed Mohsen Abbas and Dr Riaz Karim

Samuel from Canada: I decided to change my life and seek my true purpose

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SHAFAQNA- First of all I would like to thank you for agreeing to hold an interview and also for the time you allocated to us. Please introduce yourself. Tell us a little bit about your background, field of study, degrees, etc. My name is…

Post Arbaeen 2017 SHAFAQNA Roundtable - Trailer

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SHAFAQNA - SHAFAQNA ROUNDTABLE with Seyed Mohsen Abbas and Dr Riaz Karim

Visiting a Mosque Helped Me Discover Islam

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SHAFAQNA- How did I come to Islam? Well, that’s actually a very tricky question. I was 15 and enjoying the teenage life of your typical English girl. All I can say is that the path that I was heading towards was anything (in my own…

Yahya Mohammed Saleh: “Yemen will rise a secular democracy or the region will fall”

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SHAFAQNA - A member of one of Yemen’s most powerful political dynasties, Yahya Mohammad Saleh, nephew to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and former Chief of Staff of the Central Security Forces, opened up to me this November on Yemen’s…

An interview with Ali Scott Vitkovic, new Muslim from Czech Republic

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SHAFAQNA- An interview with Ali Scott Vitkovic, new Muslim from Czech Republic. He was born in the Czech Republic, he is former medical science student of Harvard University and follower of nehzat Emam Khomeyni(ra).   1.When…

My Story My Journey My Islam – Kelly Klasson

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SHAFAQNA- Kelly Klasson is an American lady who talks about the “new path” she found in her life after years of internal struggle to attain peace and happiness. God was always there, I was the one who had turned away from God.…

Interview with Mr. Mohammad Arab Iranian-American revert to Islam

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SHAFAQNA- When you retuned to Islam, how did this affect your family? Ok, this is Mohammad Arab I love this opportunity that you have given me to speak to your listeners. Altogether, I have experienced a different lifestyle in the West…

Arbaeen:The Great Walk - Interview with Reza John Vedadi

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SHAFAQNA - #ArbaeenWalk DISCLAIMER - Questions to this interview have been designed to address those bias and prejudices we seldom face for, more often than not, criticism has been relegated to a silent passive aggressive exercise, rather…

American converted Muslim feels safe to be in Karbala

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SHAFAQNA- “I feel safe being in Iraq, and that’s enough for me” Jasmine, a recent American female Muslim convert said during her visit to the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine. (AhlulBayt News Agency) – Jasmine, who lives in Georgia – U.S.,…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Western Azadari Hybrid

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SHAFAQNA - Sohail Chohan is a British based Architect and professional Nawhakhwan. He hosts his own regular television show featuring internationally recognized  recitors of Azadari poetry, naat, manqabaat and marsiya’s. He is also currently…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Foundation of Azadari with Ayatollah Milani

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SHAFAQNA - Ayatollah Dr Sayed Fazel Milani has been awarded a PhD by the University of Oxford in Islamic Philosophy. He was born in the Holy City of Karbala in 1944. His paternal grandfather was the late Grand Ayatollah Sayed Muhamad Hadi…

‘Trump is likely the most dangerous man to have ever graced the corridors of power’

SHAFAQNA - In an interview with Muslim Press, political commentator Catherine Shakdam said she thinks “Trump is likely the most dangerous man to have ever graced the corridors of power.” “It may be time for the international community…

SHAFAQNA Round Table - Dr Riaz Karim & Reverend Nadim Nassar

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SHAFAQNA - The root cause of terrorism and how to best denounce it as a global threat? A polarized debate about the underlying causes of violent extremism in the Islamic world has taken place among western policymakers, analysts, and academics…

An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam from America, Mrs. Dehdasht

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SHAFAQNA- Rahyafte team appreciates Fatima Dehdasht formerly known as Melody Baker for the time allocated to us. Mrs. Dehdasht is former hostess of Pure Home (Shabakeh Sahar) recent revert to Islam from Massachusetts, America. She was a…

Interview: The Pitfalls of 'Buy American'

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SHAFAQNA- Labor Notes/Chris Brooks: Backed by a huge banner reading “Buy American—Hire American,” President Trump declared in March that his administration would make the U.S. the “car capital of the world” again. “For…

Fazlun Khalid, Founder of the first Islamic environmental organisation, IFEES, discusses his work linking Islam with modern environmentalism

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SHAFAQNA - Fazlun Khalid is Founder of The International Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES), a registered charity officially formed in 1994, that seeks to explore the relationship between Islam, ecology and environmentalism…

Irem Mumtaz, a mother from Birmingham, UK, explains why she has chosen to home educate her two children

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SHAFAQNA - Irem Mumtaz lives in Birmingham with her husband and two children aged two and four. Instead of sending her children to school, she has decided to educate them at home as part of a growing movement of “home educators”. Irem previously…

Daniel Chard, American writer: US claim on fighting terrorism is contradictory

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SHAFAQNA- An American writer has said that US has no single definition for terrorism and is pursuing a contradictory approach regarding the vicious phenomenon. “Trump’s discriminatory, counterproductive Muslim travel ban targets citizens…

Uzma Asghar, a female Muslim entrepreneur shares her personal journey of trying to live and share the healthy organic lifestyle

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SHAFAQNA - Uzma Asghar is a 38 year old female Muslim entrepreneur and mum of two young children living in Birmingham, UK. Uzma, self-declared “hippy” has a degree in Medical Biochemistry, but decided after having children to make her passion…

Very Few Sunni States in the So-Called Sunni Alliance against Iran: An Interview with Prof. Emile Nakhleh

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SHAFAQNA, Exclusive Interview- The Saudi kingdom, seemingly emboldened by the peculiar U.S. president’s recent visit to its land, now feels and seeks to act as the new “gendarme of the Persian Gulf.” Hastily climbing up the ladder of authority,…

Iran-Qatar Relations will not Go Beyond Good Neighborly Exchanges: An Interview with Dr. Eckart Woertz

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SHAFAQNA, Exclusive Interview- More than a month into the Qatar-Saudi rift, there still is no way out in sight. The U.S. adventures in the region under its new president and deep-rooted regional rivalries have just complicated the affairs. To…

This Muslim Convert Is Prepping The Next Batch Of Muslim Scholars To Be More In Tune With UK Society

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SHAFAQNA- When Tim Winter became a Muslim in 1979, Islam was still something of a mystery to the West. He was a 19-year-old undergraduate student at Cambridge University and a self-described “freelance monotheist.” Today,…

A Shiite perspective on political systems in Iraq - By Ayatollah Sayyid Jafar al-Hakim

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SHAFAQNA - The relationship with heritage is a significant trait in religious thought, one which also interacts with it on the basis of that it is absolute and unerring (always rights and accurate). It is the relationship to one’s tradition…

Lovin Malta, New Muslim from Malta; I fell in love with Islam

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SHAFAQNA- I was born and raised in Malta as a Catholic. My parents, especially my mother, are devout believers; so I was Baptised and did my Holy Communion and Confirmation. By then I was very fond of Catholicism, there were no questions…

S. Arabia pursuing hysterical gunboat diplomacy: scholar

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SHAFAQNA- By M.A. Saki  A professor of global thought and comparative philosophies tells that “Saudi Arabia pursues a form of hysterical gunboat diplomacy that is the outgrowth of an anxious state.” In an exclusive interview with the…

Dr. Susan Carland, New Muslim from Melbourne, Australia: I really believe in Islam as a religion

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SHAFAQNA- Dr. Susan Carland has opened up about her conversion to Islam in an interview, admitting she was “terrified” to tell her loved ones she had become a Muslim. The academic and wife of The Project host Waleed Aly appeared on this…

Volunteering with A World Without Barriers - Sayyid Mohammad

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SHAFAQNA - We asked Sayyid Mohammad, a dentist who dedicates a lot of his time to volunteer for the charity organisation A World Without Barriers a few questions about his experiences in Iraq and fundraising for the charity. Below are his beautiful,…