Workshop on "Contemplating Hajj Verses" Held in Qatif

SHAFAQNA- A workshop on "contemplation on the Hajj verses of the Holy Quran" was organized at Imam Ali (AS) Husseiniyia in Qatif Province of Saudi Arabia. According to Qaaf news agency, tens of Muslim women from different parts of the…

Compassion Int'l Among Thousands Forced Out of India: We Must Speak Up for Religious Liberty

SHAFAQNA - "I believe that the most essential element of our defense of freedom is our insistence on speaking out for the cause of religious liberty. I would like to see this country rededicate itself wholeheartedly to this cause … We are…

3 Years Later, Genocide of Yazidis by ISIS Still Ongoing

SHAFAQNA - Iraq's Yazidis marked three years since Islamic State launched what the United Nations said was a genocidal campaign against them on Thursday, but their ordeal is far from over despite the ouster of the jihadist fighters. Militants…

Priest condemns selfie-taking tourists disturbing worshippers

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SHAFAQNA- Telegraph: A senior priest at England's most-visited parish church has condemned "disrespectful" tourists who enter simply to take selfies. Worshippers have found themselves surrounded by groups of visitors posing for…

Catholic bishop in Central African Republic sheltering Muslims in cathedral

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SHAFAQNA - Two thousand Muslims have taken refuge in the cathedral of Bangassou, guarded by UN peacekeepers. The rising violence between the Anti-Balakas (composed of mostly Christians and animists), and the predominantly-Muslim Séléka rebels…

Dozens of Residents in Illinois Visit Islamic Center to Know about Islam

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SHAFAQNA- Dozens of residents in Illinois, USA recently toured the Islamic Center of DeKalb as part of an effort to answer questions directly about the world's second-largest religion and know more about Islam. This was the first visit…

China bans religious beliefs for 88 million people

SHAFAQNA - The Chinese Government has banned members of the country’s ruling Communist Party from holding any religious beliefs. An article written by the Wang Zuaon Director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs revealed that…

Catholic cathedral shelters 2,000 Muslims as violence flares in Central African Republic

SHAFAQNA - Families took refuge there two months ago after attacks by the anti-Balaka militia Bullet-riddled roofs line the “boulevard of death” in Central African Republic’s southeastern town of Bangassou, where almost everyone who…

Where Christians and Muslims Live in Peace

SHAFAQNA - Before departing for my recent trip to Jordan in the Middle East, I was repeatedly asked if I feared for my safety. Such questions are not new to me. Since my daughter has lived in Jordan for the past three years, I have repeatedly…

It's unclear whether Christians will return to liberated Mosul

SHAFAQNA  - On Sunday July 9, the Iraqi army regained control of almost the entire city of Mosul, which has been an ISIS stronghold for over three years. Faraj Benoît Camurat, president of Fraternité en Irak (Brotherhood with Iraq), explains…

Cardinal Tagle urges Muslim-Christian unity amid Marawi conflict ‎

SHAFAQNA - Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle urged his countrymen on Tuesday to be the signs of love, hope and light amid ongoing clashes between government forces and armed Islamist terrorists in the south of the country.  The prelate…

Christian former-lawmaker sets out steps to help Muslims integrate - UK

SHAFAQNA - A Christian and former attorney general has set out a number of recommendations to help British Muslims integrate into wider UK society. Leading a new report to be unveiled in Westminster Cathedral on Monday, Dominic Grieve…

To defeat Trumpism, American Jews need to stand with Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The following is a guest post by Jon Sussman, a researcher for UNITE HERE, the hospitality workers’ union. Sussman has lived in Baltimore since 2014. He graduated with a B.A. in English and the History of Ideas from Brandeis…

Not In My Name: Indians protest attacks on Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Demonstrators stage silent protests in at least 10 Indian cities against wave of attacks on Muslims by 'cow vigilantes'. Thousands of people have turned out in protests across India against a wave of attacks on Muslims by mobs…

Christians and Muslims pray for peace

SHAFAQNA - THEY may differ in religion. But Christians and Muslims in Cebu set aside religious differences and came together for one purpose — peace. About 200 persons from different religions gathered at the Basilica Minore del Sto.…

The Saviour In World Religions

SHAFAQNA - World Religions have frequently spoken of the chosen one. A man who will rise from amongst the people, a saviour, a mystical figure and liberator who will fight to establish global security and save the World. This documentary examines…

Essex Muslims and Christians come together to feed homeless community

SHAFAQNA - Essex's Muslim and Christian communities came together on Sunday (18 June) to help feed Chelmsford's homeless. The annual event took place at Trinity Methodist church of Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, where local homeless people…

One in six young people are Christian as visits to church buildings inspire them to convert

SHAFAQNA - One in six young people are practising Christians, new figures show, as research suggests thousands convert after visiting church buildings. The figures, show that more than one in five (21 per cent) people between the ages…

Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints opens doors to Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Muslims observing Ramadan have found a unique place to gather with other members of their faith and celebrate – the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints on North Belair Road. “It’s a show of our support of religious…

Sharjah church hosts Iftar for 400 Muslims

SHAFAQNA - This is the second year for the church to host Iftar for Muslim workers from various labour accommodations. In an exemplary model of the UAE's peace and harmony, Muslims and Christians gathered in Sharjah's St. Michael Church…

White Supremacy and Racism Are 'Anti-Christ,' Russell Moore Tells Southern US Baptists

SHAFAQNA - The president of the Southern Baptist Convention's policy wing called white supremacy and blood and soil racism "anti-Christ doctrines," and urged all Baptists to be "a sign of contradiction to the world." Russell Moore reported…

Imam Ali (A.S.) and the Jews

SHAFAQNA- From the book "Certainty Uncovered", the translation of "Kashf al-Yaqin" Author: Allamah Jamal al-Din ibn Yusuf Hilli Imam Ali (A.S.) and the Jews (The Story of the Companions of the Cave) Abu-Ishaq Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Ibrahim…

Iraqi Christians fear metro Detroit ICE raids, deportations a 'death sentence'

SHAFAQNA - Advocates who say dozens of Iraqi Christians were targeted in immigration sweeps Sunday – outside churches and restaurants in metro Detroit – fear they'll be killed if returned to their home country. "These people have been…

Christians, Muslims Find Common Ground as Perth Church Hosts Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA- St Paul’s Anglican Church in Beaconsfield, Perth, Western Australia, has been opening its doors to local Muslims as a place to conduct their Friday prayers for almost six years. This year the church hosted Ramadan on every…

Pope Francis slams Tehran terrorist attacks

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis on Friday expressed his condolences to the Iranian families who lost their loved ones in Wednesday's terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital and described as barbaric such attacks. Pope Francis, in his message, which…

Christians of Iraq: history and immigration

SHAFAQNA - Almost 250 years before Christianity was officially declared as the religion of the Byzantine Empire, Christianity was already prevalent and practiced in what is now modern day Iraq since 50AD by the inhabitants. These were the first…

Adventists and Muslims Meet for Learning and Fellowship

SHAFAQNA - Adventists and Muslims from all over the San Diego area in California, United States, recently gathered at El Cajon Seventh-day Adventist Church for “One San Diego,” a day of mutual learning and fellowship. The day was the…

‘Jesus in View of Quran’ Published in Greece

SHAFAQNA- According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), Mohammad Ali Shomali is the author of the book, which was published in cooperation with the Islamic Center of England. An English translation…