A Shia Muslim shot dead by 3 Burqa clad Deobandi women

SHAFAQNA - #FazalAbbas a Shia Muslim was shot dead by 3 Burqa clad Deobandi women who sneaked into his house on false pretences. His alleged crime was the “blasphemy” of being critical of Caliph Yazeed Bin Muawiya – a Deobandi icon who…

Bahraini Al-Khawaja's health deteriorates one week after open hunger strike

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SHAFAQNA - The health status of detained Bahraini rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja deteriorated one week after he launched an open hunger strike, reports said. Al-Khawaja started his hunger strike in protest against the "Jaw Central Prison"…

Police fire 'live bullets' at Nigerians urging Zakzaky's release

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SHAFAQNA - Nigerian police have reportedly used live bullets to disperse protesters demanding the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the revered leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). Local media in Kaduna state said a peaceful…

Fo'aa and Kafraya: Two Syrian Tows Massacred by U.S.- Backed Terrorists

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SHAFAQNA - Syrians took pride in the fact that their country was nonsectarian, secular and united. That is… until March 15th, 2011, when a carefully planned and calculated imposed war invaded their jasmine scented country. Since then, sectarian…

Takfiri terrorists kill Shia Muslim doctor in Karachi, Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - Notorious takfiri terrorists of banned Deobandi outfit ASWJ/Lashkar-e-Jhangvi attacked a Shia Muslim doctor in Lyari Khadda Market Area near Kharadar in district south yesterday. The injured doctor breathed his last, it is confirmed…

Amnesty launches public campaign in support of Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman

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SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International has launched a public campaign, which calls on the Bahraini regime to “immediately” and “unconditionally” release prominent Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman. The campaign’s statement, posted…

First Saudi Arabian Shia woman on trial over protests

SHAFAQNA - The Okaz daily said on Tuesday, without identifying the woman, that she was on trial over accusations of involvement in protests in the Shia-dominated region of Qatif. The daily said the woman, aged 43,  was involved in what…

Bahrainis rap death sentences, hefty jail terms for anti-regime activists

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini protesters have staged demonstrations across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom to express their outrage over death sentences and hefty prison terms handed down to opposition figures and political activists. The demonstrators…

Leader of Anjuman Shari Shian concerned about Kashmiri prisoners condition

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SHAFAQNA - Hurriyat leader and president Anjuman Shari Shian Aga Syed Hasan Almosawi concerned plight of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in jails. Expressing serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in jails, senior…

Saudi Arabia wants to disappear History and deny religious pluralism

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SHAFAQNA - It is with utmost concern that the Baqee Organization learnt of Saudi Arabia’s plans against its own Shia Muslim community as it is preparing to demolish yet another religious historic site in the name of absolutism and intolerance. “We…

Muslims Need to Admit Anti-Shia Oppression is a Problem

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SHAFAQNA - I’ve never felt comfortable in Muslim spaces dominated by those who openly or surreptitiously ascribe to a belief that I, a Shia Muslim, adhere to a religious doctrine that threatens the very heart of Islam — a doctrine they believe…

UN experts urge Saudis to halt demolitions of Shiite in Awamia

SHAFAQNA - United Nations experts on cultural rights, housing and extreme poverty called on the Saudi Arabia government to immediately halt the planned demolition of a 400-year-old walled neighborhood in the village of Awamia. The UN experts…

Bahrain revokes nationality of over 410 dissidents: Rights group

SHAFAQNA - A non-governmental rights group says Bahraini officials have revoked the citizenship of hundreds of people after convicting them of alleged terror charges as the ruling Al Khalifah regime continues with its heavy-handed crackdown…

Campaign to save Pakistani Shia Muslims from terror; sign petition online

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SHAFAQNA - The campaign of "Save Pakistani Shia Muslim from the terror" organized by Pakistani Shia Muslims who are under terrorist attack for several years. Stop killing the innocent people, Doctors, Engineers, Officers and Clerics and…

At least 22 martyred, 70 wounded in market blast in Pakistan Shiite area

SHAFAQNA - At least 22 people were martyred and 70 wounded Friday when a car bomb tore through a market in a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan’s tribal belt, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban. The military said it was sending…

Anti-Shi’ism

SHAFAQNA - The term “Anti-Shi’ism” means prejudice against or hatred of Shia Muslims. The term was first introduced by Shia Rights Watch in 2011. The act of Anti-Shi’ism, however, has a long history. Shia in History Shia have a…

Nigerian Shiites rally in Abuja, demand Sheikh Zakzaky's release

SHAFAQNA - Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, on Wednesday took to the streets in the Federal Capital Territory FCT demanding the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and his wife. The members, who were not in…

Bahrain MPs invite U.N. rights chief to visit Shiite villages

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s Parliament has invited the U.N. human rights chief to visit and promised him unrestricted access to prisons and Shiite villages, local media said Wednesday, following his criticism of the kingdom’s record. A senior…

Bahrain parliament invites UN rights chief for unrestricted visit in prisons and Shia towns

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s parliament has invited the UN human rights chief to visit and promised him unrestricted access to prisons and Shia villages, local media said on Wednesday, following his criticism of the kingdom’s record. A senior…