Astana Peace Talks: Turning Point for Syria and World Politics? INTERVIEW

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SHAFAQNA - On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined to by Marwa Osman, an independent political commentator; by Alexander Mercouris, the editor-in-chief of The Duran; and by Catherine Shakdam, a political analyst and author. Peace…

Shafaqna's News Round - Interview with Film-maker and commentator Mojtaba Ali Masood

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SHAFAQNA - Catherine Shakdam - Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies conducted earlier this month an interview with Mojtaba Masood, a British-Iraq filmmaker and commentator on MENA affairs. He has produced…

Shafaqna's News Round - Ali Mousawi speaks from Iraq on the realities of Iraq's misreported war

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SHAFAQNA -  Catherine Shakdam - Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies interviewed this week Ali Mousawi - a war journalist based in Iraq to discuss the hidden realities of war and the socio-political construct…

This Is Who I Am” – Lindsay Lohan Speaks Up On Islam Backlash

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This Is Who I Am” – Lindsay Lohan Speaks Up On Islam Backlash Back in April it was announced that Lindsay Lohan may be converting to Islam, and now the actress has opened up about her decision. According to rahyafte: Last year,…

SHAFAQNA's interview with Press TV on Syria and the US

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SHAFAQNA - US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent remarks about bombing Syria signals Washington’s willingness to start wars with countries that threaten its imperialist agenda, says an analyst in London. Catherine Shakdam, director…

Shafaqna's interview with Sputnik Brian Becker

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SHAFAQNA - On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by independent political analyst Marwa Osman. Syria brought in the New Year with a ceasefire brokered by Turkey and Russia, but the opposition has already frozen talks…

From Christianity to Islam The story of the conversion of Dr. Jeremiah D. McAuliffe, Jr., Ph.D.

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SHAFAQNA- Right from the start, it grabbed me. The very beginning– called Al-Fatiha– is a prayer. I immediately liked it as a prayer. It was, in essence, what I already prayed: You are God the Creator. Guide me, make me into one of those…

Dr. Ingrid Mattson from America The first female,and first convert to lead the Islamic Society of North America

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SHAFAQNA- Dr. Ingrid Mattson is the first female, first person born in North America, and first convert to lead the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). In 2001, she was elected vice president of ISNA and in 2006 she was elected president. She…

Jesus the Muslim

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SHAFAQNA - Few Christians know how important a role Jesus plays in Islam, where he stands out as one of the most revered prophets. Yet the narrative about him in the Quran is very different from the gospel accounts – starting with the story…

SHAFAQNA'S interview with father Laurence - Co-Director of the London InterFaith Centre

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SHAFAQNA - Reverend Laurence Hillel is the Co-Director of the London InterFaith Centre. He is also an Assistant Priest at St Anne’s, Brondesbury, and Willesden Area Inter Faith Adviser for the Church of England. Shafaqna had a short interview…

New Muslim From Iceland: How I Became Muslim

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SHAFAQNA- But finally, I managed to stop listening to the “little devil” and see clearly that Islam is the truth and that all I wanted was to submit myself to God and live my life as a Muslim. I was born in Iceland in 1976.…

My Reading about Malcolm X made me think about a God who did not have any physical limitations

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SHAFAQNA- Malik Mohammed Hassan from Canada: My Reading about Malcolm X made me think about a God who did not have any physical limitations I continued reading what I could about Islam, which wasn’t as much as it should have been. My reading…

Faith and secularism – the new cold war

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SHAFAQNA - Shaykh Ahmed Hanif is a Canadian now residing in the UK. He attended York University, and Mac Master University. While at University, he was involved in the black power struggles in the 1970's and the anti racism and apartheid struggles…

European Governments’ Approach to Tackling Extremism Counter-productive

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SHAFAQNA- This is according to Dr. Oliver Scharbrodt, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Chester, Britain, who paid a visit to Iran a few weeks ago to deliver a number of lectures on Islamic studies, Shia Islam in particular,…

Shafaqna’s Round-Table Weekly Podcast - Interview with Ton Jacobs, founder of Human Guardians

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SHAFAQNA - A weekly podcast hosted by Catherine Shakdam – Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies. Guest: Ton Jacobs, founder of Human Guardians: www.humanguardians.com  

Shafaqna speaks to Tasnim News Agency on Yemen and Saudi Arabia's ambitions in the region

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SHAFAQNA - Earlier this week Catherine Shakdam - Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies' Director of Programs spoke to Tasnim News Agency on Yemen. Following is the transcript of the interview: Tasnim: As you know, the Riyadh regime…

Louise from Denmark: Allah Wanted Me to Become a Muslim

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SHAFAQNA- I was thinking about wearing Hijab I think almost every day for six months. And in Ramadan 2007, I started wearing it, alhamdulellah. According to rahyafte:My name is Louise. I have been a Muslim for one and half years now. I…

Ho Ming Lee, New Muslim from Hong Kong: I was searching for guidance, inner peace and the purpose of life

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SHAFAQNA-An interview with Ho Ming Lee (Ahmad Hasnain)   Please give us a biography of yourself. Your name, where and when you were born, where you passed your education, your educational level and anything you see necessary to mention. I…

She attended a Donald Trump rally and later became a Muslim

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SHAFAQNA- “It was Trump’s hateful rhetoric that led me a year ago to pick up the Quran (I hadn’t read since studying comparative religions at university) and study it closely.” According to rahyafte, Time after time, we are made…

Noah Davis, New Muslim from America: My Converting To Islam Was More of a Reversion

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SHAFAQNA- In June of 2015, I had felt a strong urge to read the Quran. I had heard about it and listened to a little bit of it, but I wasn’t really interested until the date above. When I downloaded the Quran app on my phone and began reading…

I saw my father become more peaceful after converting to Islam

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SHAFAQNA- The son of a former anti-Islam Dutch politician, Arnoud Van Doorn: I saw my father become more peaceful after converting to Islam Almost a year after his father’s reversion to Islam, the son of a former anti-Islam Dutch politician,…

Moving Perspective - Shafaqna's Exclusive Interview with Waqar Hairder from the Hussaini Trust UK

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SHAFAQNA -  In order to bring you, our readers, closer to realities and truths, Shafaqna will conduct a series of exclusive interviews with renown political analysts politicians, officials, religious leaders, and academics. As always our…

zainab From England: The fates of Imam Hussain (as) and Fatima Zahra (as) was the final straw for me to become a Shi’a

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SHAFAQNA- When I heard Lady Zainab’s (as) story, I weeped over what had happened to her and I will never forget that moment and even to this day I have such a love for her. And in addition, I want to be a helper to the Imam of our time Imam…

Until the enemies of Islam are removed from the Hijaz - INTERVIEW

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SHAFAQNA - A version of the following interview was published by Ayatollah Ali Khameini's website.  Interview with Dr John Andrew Morrow, a scholar of Islam, and author of The Covenants Of The Prophet Muhammad With The Christians Of The…

MOVING PERSPECTIVES - "Yemen has taught the world a beautiful lesson in Resistance" says Professor Mohammad Marandi

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SHAFAQNA - In order to bring you, our readers, closer to realities and truths, Shafaqna will conduct a series of exclusive podcast interviews with renown political analysts politicians, officials, religious leaders, and academics. As always…

A catholic Christian from Portugal who converted to Islam: being a Muslim is not just by name it needs jihad with ourselves

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SHAFAQNA- An interview with Fatima Isabel Fernandes a catholic Christian from Portugal who converted to Islam: Hi Fatima. How long have you been Muslim? What was your name before? Please give us a short biography of yourself. I’ve been…

Moving Perspectives - Shafaqna Exclusive Interview with Yves Pernet

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SHAFAQNA -  In order to bring you, our readers, closer to realities and truths, Shafaqna will conduct a series of exclusive podcast interviews with renown political analysts politicians, officials, religious leaders, and academics. As always…