Inter-Religious Dialogue; a dream that was done in Isfahan four centuries ago

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SHAFAQNA- Varuz Minasian, the head of the Armenian Caliphate Council in Isfahan and the south of Iran, emphasized that Armenians have lived in peace in Isfahan for 400 years and they will live in the future. "Followers of the religions of…

Muslims in Sanskrit texts

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SHAFAQNA- The Hindu: A study of the works of historians Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya and Audrey Trushke suggests that the Muslim ‘other’ was really not so much ‘other’. While reading a recently published article of American historian…

The Position of Jesus(pbuh) in Islam Attracted Him

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SHAFAQNA-An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, Gregory Sowden from Canada by Atefeh Keyhani   First of all, Rahyafte team (related to Edoardo Agnelli Islamic Association) would like to thank you for agreeing to hold an interview…

Pope Francis calls for international community to act decisively for end of migrant shipwrecks in Mediterranean

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SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis expressed sorrow over recent deaths of migrants from Africa in the Mediterranean Sea in Sunday’s Angelus among thousands of the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square, and appeal to the international community to…

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…

Christians' Life in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA - Iraqi Christians live throughout Iraq, from Zakho in north to Basra in south. Iraq is home to some of the oldest followers of Christianity in the world for some 2,000 years. The number of Christian communities in 2003 was 1, 5 million.…

Photos: Badarak Ritual Ceremony at Saint Titus Church

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SHAFAQNA: The annual ritual ceremony of Holy Liturgy or Soorp Badarak, held at Saint Titus Church in Iran's Chaldoran city of Western Azerbaijan Province. This ceremony held on Saturday, with the presence of many Christians from Iran, Frence,…

Pope and Christian leaders gather to pray for peace in the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA- As war continues to threaten the Middle East, Pope Francis traveled to the southern Italian Adriatic port city of Bari, and dialogue with leaders of Catholic and Orthodox Christians and invites them to pray for peace in the Middle…

Bible Contradictions

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SHAFAQNA-PAUL SAID, "God is not the author of confusion," (I Corinthians 14:33), yet never has a book produced more confusion than the bible! There are hundreds of denominations and sects, all using the "inspired Scriptures" to prove…

UK Christian charity: Stop stereotyping Christians in the Middle East as victim

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SHAFAQNA - UK Christian charity Embrace the Middle East is calling for Christians in the region to be celebrated instead of stereotyped as victims. The charity says labelling the believers in the region this way is both unhelpful and degrading. Explaining…

Forum in Japan to Discuss ‘Islam, Christianity, Buddhism Dialogue’

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SHAFAQNA- According to the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, the Iranian Cultural Center in Japan will organize the program in cooperation with Ryukoku University. “Iran’s policy after the Revolution”, “Iranian society…

Pope calls for ending bloodshed in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA- In public remarks Sunday, Francis said he was following 'with worry the dramatic fate of the people of Yemen, already so exhausted from years of conflict,' AP reported. He appealed to the international community so that 'no effort…

The Revolutionary Roots of America’s Religious Nationalism

SHAFAQNA - A decade ago, it would have been difficult to conceive of Donald Trump as a key figure in America’s Christian image of itself. Yet the Religious Right’s support of his candidacy, followed by continued loyalty since he took office…

French Catholic Bishop: Iraq's holy shrines best places for humanitarian communication among all sects

SHAFAQNA - The French Catholic Bishop, Michael, expressed his extreme pride at visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). The employees of the public relations department welcomed him and took him round the landmarks of the holy shrine. “I…

Russian Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Kirill discusses Syria with Pope Francis

SHAFAQNA - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia has discussed US-led airstrikes on Syria with Pope Francis in a phone conversation, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church told reporters on Saturday. “We have come forward with this initiative…

Australia - Muslims decide to attend mass this Easter to promote tolerance

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SHAFAQNA - This Sunday, Catholic churches across Sydney, Australia will bear the usual signs of Easter: incense, fresh flowers, a lit Paschal candle — and a few rows of churchgoers wearing kufi and headscarves. Every year for the past 13…

Christian families return to Mosul - Religious pluralism returns after Daesh reign of Terror

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SHAFAQNA - More than 4,000 displaced Christian families have returned to Mosul since the city was fully liberated from Daesh militants, the governor of the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh said. Nawfal Hammadi stated that more than 4,000…

What is Easter: Understanding the History and Symbols

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SHAFAQNA - Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his cruxifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day. (Isaiah…

Israel targets Christian community in Jerusalem

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SHAFAQNA - Christian worshippers were targeted by the Israeli authorities on Sunday as they gathered to mark Sunday Palm near al-Salahia Church in Bab al-Asbat area in the Old City of Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). Local sources confirmed that…

Christians, Muslims come together to mourn victims of France attack

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SHAFAQNA-The bells of the Saint-Etienne church rang out under the grey sky in Trebes on Sunday (March 25) as hundreds of mourners, both Christian and Muslim, came together to pay their respects to the people who died in the deadly shooting that…

Photos: A Biblical Exegesis in Arabic from 1337 Commenced by Bismillah

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SHAFAQNA - A biblical exegesis in Arabic written in 1337. It begins with "Bismillah al-Khaliq al-Hayy al-Natiq" (بسم الله الخالق الحي الناطق).   Source: SHAFAQNA French

Muslim Berkeley Students Present Islam Lecture Series

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SHAFAQNA- Muslim scholar Ahmad Rashid Salim speaks to a full classroom of students who gave up their lunch hour to learn about the different sects within Islam on Tuesday, March 19 at Berkeley City College. Photo by Sarah Carpenter. During…

American Jews and Muslims have more in common than we thought, study finds

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SHAFAQNA- The more that American Jews and American Muslims interact with each other, the more likely they are to see the two faiths as more similar than different, a comprehensive study of Muslim-Jewish relations in America has found. Fifty-four…

Pope responds to Ayat. Arafi's Christmas message

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SHAFAQNA- Leader of the Catholic World Pope Francis has responded to a Christmas message sent by Head of Iran's Islamic Seminaries Ayatollah Alireza Arafi to Christian representatives. The text of Pope Francis' appreciation letter which…

Islam-Christianity dialogue planned in Ethiopia

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SHAFAQNA-  According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, the organization of the program was discussed in a recent meeting of Seyyed Hassan Heidari, Iranian cultural attaché in Addis Ababa, with the president…

The doubt about unacceptable teachings : ” Jesus as the son of God !”

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SHAFAQNA- I was raised in a fairly religious Christian family. We went to church and every week and I was very involved in the church’s youth group. I loved learning the stories of the prophets, but for some reason I never thought of Jesus…

American doctor: What we've seen contradicts what mass media portrays

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SHAFAQNA- An American Christian couple: Dr. Jack Pence and his wife – from Minnesota State – visited Imam Hussein Shrine in the holy city of Kerbela.   Pence said – in an interview – that some Americans fear coming to Iraq…

Christian Judge Orders Muslims to Memorize Qur’an

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SHAFAQNA- A Christian judge in northern Lebanon has ordered three young Muslims to memorize a chapter of the Holy Qur’an after they were convicted of insulting Mary, the mother of Jesus (peace be upon him). “The law is a school and…