Interview: Joseph Nye on Iran and the End of American Exceptionalism

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SHAFAQNA - Professor Joseph Samuel Nye Jr. is the former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently serves on the Harvard faculty as a University Distinguished Service Professor. Along with Robert Keohane,…

"Not all powers allied against terror carry the same agenda" says retired US Colonel in exclusive interview

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Earlier this week Shafaqna had a conversation with retired US Colonel and former ambassador, Col. Edward Sommerson. Following is a transcript of the interview: SHAFAQNA - Paris attack led to an explosion of negative sentiments towards…

Shafaqna's Exclusive Interview with the Khoei Foundation

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SHAFAQNA - This November Shafaqna had the privilege to interview Siddika Gulamhusein, Al Khoei Foundation's UN delegate. Grand Ayatullah (marj’a) Sayyid Abul Qasim Musawi Al-Khoei, one of the most influential Shi'a Islamic scholars, established…

Paris attack survivor speaks of compassion not hate - Exclusive Interview

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SHAFAQNA - Shafaqna conducted a very special interview this week as we talked to Claire Santana, a young French woman who, on November 13, witnessed first hand the terror preached by the Wahhabi clergy. Rather than burden Claire with our…

"French Muslims have been hurt, as well," says activist

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SHAFAQNA - In the aftermath of Friday's terror attacks in Paris, many French Muslims find themselves suffering two kinds of anxiety. There's the trauma of the event itself — and also fear of a possible backlash against the country's Muslim…

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks about conversion to Islam, life as a Muslim at McSA Fall Keynote

SHAFAQNA - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played the majority of his Hall of Fame NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, but on Friday night, he spoke to a Ryan Auditorium audience deep in Bulls territory. “I came here a year or two after I retired,…

International representative for NOI: Islam buried in DNA of African-Americans

SHAFAQNA - Akbar Muhammad, International representative for the Nation of Islam (NOI), the oldest Black Nationalist organization in the US, underlined that there is a strong connection between black people and teachings of Islam, saying Islam…

Media Link’s Director: Takfiris, Israel Two Sides of Same Coin - Interview

SHAFAQNA - “I believe that the main issue is through classifying them (the terrorist groups operating in the Middle East). What I believe is that they are proposed Islamic wing in the Zionist movement,” Douba told Tasnim in an exclusive…

Single Moms, Super Moms, Working Moms

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SHAFAQNA - Mariam Ahmed is a regulatory lawyer. Raised in the U.S, Mariam moved from a law firm in the U.S. to work at a futures exchange in Dubai, where she is currently the Head of Compliance & Risk.  Mariam and her husband, Haroon,…

Discussion on Ashura and Muharram with Dr Naziha Saleh - Exclusive Interview

SHAFAQNA - As we continue to reflect on the month of Muharram and the sacrifice of Imam Husayn ibn Ali on Ashura, Shafaqna asked Dr Naziha Saleh, a PhD in Sociology and prominent journalist from Lebanon to share her thoughts and expertise. SHAFAQNA-The…

Perspective: On The Month Of Muharram, Ashura and Imam Husayn’s sacrifice Exclusive Interview

SHAFAQNA - Catherine Shakdam is a political analyst and commentator for the Middle East with Shafaqna. A convert to Islam she shared with us her understanding of Ashura and what it means to her as a Muslim woman. SHAFAQNA -The month of Muharram…

Exclusive Interview With Sheikh Mohammad Bahmanpour - On faith, community and fighting ignorance

SHAFAQNA - Just before the beginning of the month of Muharram, Shafaqna sat down with Seyyed Mohammad Bahmanpour from the Islamic Centre of England to discuss community, faith and solidarity. SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Centre of England has…

Terrorism is a great danger for the society: Ayatollah Rafsanjani’s interview with Shafaqna (Part Two)

SHAFAQNA - In his second part of interview with SHafaqna, Ayatollah Rafsanjani stated that in Islamic societies "if Howza (theological centres) and government do their duties right, they are not separated from each other, they are part of the…

Rafsanjani on future of Iran- Saudi Arabia relation and nuclear talks- Shafaqna

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SHAFAQNA - In an exclusive interview with Shafaqna, Ayatollah Rafsanjani declared that "Of course currently the situation in Saudi Arabia is not good. Meaning, the policies that the new rulers have adopted are not wise. But war is not the way…

An insight into Prophet Muhammad's life (PBUH) - Shafaqna Exclusive Interview

SHAFAQNA - Dr. John Andrew Morrow was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1971. Raised in a multilingual family, he lived in Montreal for ten years and in the Greater Toronto Area for another twenty. The product of a Catholic education, he…

Meet Mozzified, A Site For Ramadan Recipes and so much more ... Interview

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim pop culture website: The idea seemed so obvious, Zainab Khan waited years for someone else to make one. A place for jokes about nosy aunties, sharing hijab hacks and Ramadan recipes, and advice on navigating Minder (yup,…

The Organic RevolutionaryThe Environment matter says Jairo Restrepo to Shafaqna

SHAFAQNA - Jairo Restrepo is a leading champion of organic farming in Brazil whose influence and no sense attitude has spread across the world. His mission too has expanded to include campaigning for the rights of small scale farmers, and an…

An insight into Orthodox Christianity - Vladimir Saker Interview for Shafaqna

SHAFAQNA - Since the fall  of the Soviet Union Russia has witnessed a form of religious and of course spiritual renaissance, in that more people have been looking for answers through faith. This yearning to belong and find God has led them…

Wife of Raif Badawi: "All of this has taught me to be stronger"

SHAFAQNA - In 2013, the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail. His wife Ensaf talks about the effect it has had on their family. On an unremarkable residential street in the suburbs of Sherbrooke, southern…

From Wahhabism to Shia Islam - Conversion of a Muslim Cleric to AhlulBayt

SHAFAQNA -  [LINK=http://en.abna24.com/cultural/archive/2014/04/29/605458/story.html]Dr. Esam Ali Yahya El-Emad[/LINK], a Muslim researcher who was born to a Zaidiyyah family in A`b City, Yamen, 1968. He studied to get his PhD degree, through…

INTERVIEW - Japanese Buddhist offers praise over Imam Hussain's stand against terror

SHAFAQNA - Itsumo Okada, famous Japanese novelist and journalist, known for his great literary works and words derived from his previous environment where he lived in El-Hureya Eth-Thaneya area, Baghdad. He speaks the Iraqi accent; he wrote…