This Week in Christian History: A Pope's Death, Theologian's Birth, and Preacher's Conversion

SHAFAQNA - Christianity is a faith with a long and detailed history, with numerous events of lasting significance occurring throughout the ages. Each week brings the anniversaries of great milestones, horrid tragedies, amazing triumphs,…

Why a member of an anti-Islamic party of Netherland converted to Islam?

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SHAFAQNA- Arnoud van Doorn (born 18 March 1966, The Hague) is a former far-right politician from the anti-islamic Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) of Geert Wilders. In December 2011, the party broke with Van Doorn. He decided to become a…

Orthodox Leaders Call for Boycott of Lidle, Nestle for Airbrushing Out Christian Symbols on Products

SHAFAQNA - Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church are asking worshipers to boycott Lidl and Nestlé, which removed Christian symbols from their food packaging in an attempt to be "religiously neutral." Earlier this month, shoppers noticed…

British Priest Translates Renowned Muslim Book (Nahju ul Balagha) into English

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SHAFAQNA-A Christian priest from Britain has translated 169 sermons by Imam Ali (AS), the son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), into English. Mohammad Reza Fakhr Rouhani, a faculty member at Qom University, says a thin but very important…

Human life has to be protected at all stages, Pope Francis says

SHAFAQNA - During an open-air Mass in the Colombian capital of Bogotá on Thursday, Pope Francis delivered a ringing call to defend human life in all its stages, especially when it's most vulnerable. As examples of the point, the pontiff cited…

Bishop sheltering Muslims in CAR says fear of death is real

SHAFAQNA - The Catholic bishop of a mid-sized town in the Central African Republic who's sheltering roughly 2,000 Muslims at his seminary seeking safety from attacks by largely Christian militias says they can't even set foot off seminary grounds…

Is Jesus Really God?

SHAFAQNA- Without a doubt, you have often heard the claim that Jesus is God, the second person in the "Holy Trinity." However, the very Bible which is used as a basis for knowledge about Jesus and as the basis for doctrine within Christianity…

Jesus the Prophet of God

SHAFAQNA- BIRTH OF JESUS ( A Quranic Conception) Relate in the Book (they story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our Angel, and he appeared…

What Others Say About Islamic Civilization

SHAFAQNA- Napolean Bonaparte Napolean Bonaparte as Quoted in Christian Cherfils, 'Bonaparte et Islam,' Pedone Ed., Paris, France, 1914, pp. 105, 125. Original References: "Correspondance de Napol�on Ier Tome V pi�ce n� 4287 du 17/07/1799;…

“Islam and Christianity” Course Held in Zimbabwe

SHAFAQNA- The Iranian Cultural Center in Zimbabwe organized an educational course on “Islam and Christianity” in Harare, the capital city of the African country. According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization…

Toronto Muslim and Jewish Women Find Power and Joy in Building a Sisterhood

SHAFAQNA - Have you ever noticed how acts of hate can spur acts of love? With the establishment of the Toronto chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, thirty-four Muslim and Jewish women have come together to support each other against hostile…

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…