Sufism: ‘a natural antidote to fanaticism’

SHAFAQNA - Jason Webster on why the republication of Idries Shah book about Sufism – whose enthusiasts have included Winston Churchill, Ted Hughes and Doris Lessing – couldn’t be more timely. Fifty years ago this autumn, Idries Shah…

How faith leaders became vital in the fight against Ebola

SHAFAQNA - In June 2014, the World Health Organisation announced the first case of Ebola in Sierra Leone. Despite warnings from the government and the ministry of health, immense distrust of those in authority (following years of failed leadership…

Catholic Church Bans Teaching Islam in UK Schools

SHAFAQNA - The Catholic Church in Britain has become embroiled in controversy after it effectively banned schools from teaching students about Islam as part of religious studies on Sunday, Express newspaper reported. Under new General Certificate…

Is Atheism a new religion?

SHAFAQNA - Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has argued that atheism is a religion that is rising in America, and is being openly supported by government-run schools. "AiG points out that as a non-theistic religion, atheism is…

Leader of Armenian Orthodox Christians invited to attend Imam Sajjad conference in Karbala

SHAFAQNA - The Imam Hussein Holy Shrine sent a delegation to invite the Archbishop Afak Asoderyan, leader of the Armenian Orthodox Christians in Iraq, to visit the Imam Hussein holy Shrine and attend the Sejjadian Rhythmical-supplication…

​Evangelicals and Muslims Commit to Oppose Religious Bigotry

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SHAFAQNA - A majority of evangelical pastors consider Islam to be “spiritually evil,” according to one just-released poll, but on October 23 an evangelical pastor and an imam took turns talking about their friendship and mutual respect. Texas…

The Pagan roots of Halloween

SHAFAQNA -Since Halloween itself originated in paganism, it is not surprising that its customs are related to pagan belief. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, "In ancient Britain and Ireland, the Celtic Festival of Samhain was observed…

Muharram Mirror

SHAFAQNA - “No battle in the modern and past history of mankind has earned more sympathy and admiration as well as provided more lessons than the martyrdom of Hussain in the battle of Karbala.” These are the words of Christian author…

Pope to meet with poor, refugees, Muslims and evangelicals in three-nation Africa trip

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis will tour a Kenyan slum, meet with Muslims and evangelical Christians and visit a refugee camp in the conflict-torn Central African Republic during his first trip to Africa next month, the Vatican said Saturday. Francis…

The Covenant of Abraham (as) in the Torah, Bible and Qur’an: Implications about the Universal Nature of the Lessons of Karbala

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SHAFAQNA - Allamah Iqbal once wrote, “The story of the Kaaba is unique, simple and colorful – it ends with Husain (as) and begins with Ishmael (as).” Some scholars have noted a relationship between the events we commemorate in Hajj…

Rebel cardinals accuse pope of stacking synod cards

SHAFAQNA -  Conservative cardinals have accused Pope Francis of stacking the cards against them in an ongoing battle over issues including the Church's approach to gays and to divorced and remarried believers, it emerged Monday. In a letter…

Buddhism and the God-idea

SHAFAQNA - Quite contradictory views have been expressed in Western literature on the attitude of Buddhism toward the concept of God and gods. From a study of the discourses of the Buddha preserved in the Pali canon, it will be seen that the…

Pope Francis to visit Mexico next year

SHAFAQNA - The troubled country is home to second-largest Catholic population The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Mexico in 2016, marking his first trip to this heavily Catholic country in throes of unrest over unresolved…

Messianic Judaism and the signs of the Blood Moon

SHAFAQNA - “And it will come to pass on that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel, declares the Lord God, that My blazing indignation will flame in My nostrils.” (Ezekiel 38:18) There are signs, both in current events and in…

Muslims Vs Vatican in Cricket Diplomacy

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SHAFAQNA - Extending bridges of interfaith relations, a Muslim cricket team will be travelling to Rome to play against Vatican next October 17. “We now have a trip to Rome to play the Pope’s team to look forward to in October. A brilliant…

Asian Catholics join Pope Francis in praying for Muslim hajj victims

SHAFAQNA - Catholics in Asia have joined Pope Francis in praying for Muslim pilgrims killed in the recent stampede near the holy city of Mecca even as they remain critical of Saudi Arabia. Saudi officials said at least 769 people were crushed…

Obama Clashes With Pope on Kim Davis and Religious Freedom

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis and President Barack Obama were on opposite sides of the ongoing dispute between religious freedom and gay rights in separate remarks. "And that even as we are respectful and accommodating genuine concerns and…

Has Pope Francis just cast the first vote in the US presidential race?

SHAFAQNA - An implicit papal endorsement of Democratic party policy might prove crucial among America’s Catholics in November next year. Three months ago, on the plane back from Bolivia – where he had excoriated unrestrained capitalism…

At 9/11 site, pope prays with Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindus

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis embraced survivors of 9/11 in the footprints of the Twin Towers, then prayed for peace at an interfaith service beside the last column of steel salvaged from the fallen skyscrapers. Arriving straight from his speech…

Christians, Muslims talk peace on Cyprus - EXCLUSIVE

SHAFAQNA - Talks between the heads of Cyprus’ Christian and Muslim communities and the leaders of the ethnically split island’s Greek- and Turkish-speaking communities give “great hope” that religion can better contribute to peace,…

A religious bridge: When Islam and Judaism traditions overlap PRESS RELEASE

SHAFAQNA - “Use words. Help me understand.” As mothers, we have both found this phrase useful from time to time in helping our children navigate the terrain of conflicting emotions. As people deeply engaged in conflict resolution and building…

Pope calls for every European parish to take in refugee family

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis on Sunday called on every Catholic parish in Europe to take in a refugee family, saying the Vatican's two parishes would lead by example. Calling for a "concrete gesture" ahead of a Jubilee Year of Mercy starting…

Rise of the Muslim Bishop - OPED

SHAFAQNA - It was not for nothing that detractors called Archbishop Josiah Idowu Fearon of the Anglican Communion a Muslim Bishop: he is a bishop, no doubt; but obviously, he is not a Muslim, even though he knows the religion better than many…