Pushing Daesh out – Why Aleppo could become the new graveyard where empires come to die

SHAFAQNA - If Western capitals long sold out Syria’s national sovereignty, hoping to lay waste a democratically elected government to better affirm their special brand of imperial exceptionalism, Syrians proven to be tougher than most give…

Turkey as the new face of radicalism

SHAFAQNA - Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said in his press briefing on Friday that weapons and ammunitions are continuously being delivered to the al-Nusra Front terrorists in Syria, allowing them to engage Syrian government forces and hindering…

Chinese Muslims on the Silk Road

SHAFAQNA - The World's Muslim community is largely unaware of their brotherhood in China, but now a photo exhibition in Islamabad is giving Pakistani Muslims an opportunity to learn about a shared culture. The photos were taken by a father-son…

UK Muslim women face gender, religious discrimination: Study

SHAFAQNA- A study has found that Muslim women face a double bind of religious and gender discrimination in the British society, which subjects them to harassment and abuse. Britain’s Faith Matter group and the European Network Against…

25 Prophets of Islam

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SHAFAQNA- How many prophets did God send to mankind? This is a debated issue, but what we know is what God has told us in the Quran. God says he sent a prophet to every nation. He says: “For We assuredly sent amongst every People a Messenger,…

US counter-terrorism chief slams anti-Muslim political rhetoric

SHAFAQNA - One of the leading counter-terror chiefs in the US warned against the blanket political denigration of Muslims, saying the integration of American Muslims into the country “has been a major boon to the law enforcement and intelligence…

Donald Trump gets closer to the presidency

SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump has officially done it, quietly moving past the magic number of delegates needed to ensure he is crowned Republican nominee for the White House in 2016. According to the delegate count kept by the Associated Press,…

Ahrar al-Sham's top figure visits US without trouble

SHAFAQNA - A top figure from the al-Qaeda-linked Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group has been allowed to pay a visit to the US on a European passport, despite the group’s deadly military campaign in Syria, a report says. Labib al-Nahhas, who calls…

"No Muslims allowed': how nationalism is rising in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar

SHAFAQNA - At the entrance to Thaungtan village there’s a brand-new sign, bright yellow, that bears the message: “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed to rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.” The post was erected…

Why did US seize Iran's $2b?

SHAFAQNA - What looked to be a new window of detente between the US and Iran, following the signing of  the Joint Comprehensive plan of Action on Iran's nuclear program has quickly turned opaque. A US decree was issued to seize $2 billion in…

Actor Parviz Parastui launches campaign against U.S seizure of Iranian assets

SHAFAQNA - Actor Parviz Parastui has launched a campaign against the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on April 20 that families of victims of a 1983 terrorist attack in Beirut are allowed access to $2 billion of funds belonging to Iran in a New…

Saudi Arabia follows the very policy Israel has followed against Palestine

SHAFAQNA - Have you ever wondered if there was a pattern to the madness which is the Middle East, and the many wars the region has witnessed over years? At which point should we look for the agenda behind the bloodshed, and the apparent nonsensical…

Sumatra, Halal tourist place in Indonesia

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SHAFAQNA-Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry plans to develop West Sumatra as a halal tourist destination to attract more tourists from Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries. Minister Arief Yahya said at a coordination meeting…

Muslims in Ireland Overcome Sectarianism

SHAFAQNA - Worshipping Allah side by side, the Muslim community in Northern Ireland has overcome ethnic and sectarian divisions, offering a role model to Muslims worldwide. “When we started, in the main, Friday prayer time, we only had about…

Poverty in the UK becomes pandemic

SHAFAQNA - The UK has 3.9 million residents who are living in “persistent poverty,” a new study shows, underscoring the country's precarious nature of work. The latest data was released Monday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)…

Topless Feminists Bum Rush Tariq Ramadan At Islamic Conference

SHAFAQNA-Muslim scholar and philosopher Tariq Ramadan got a nasty surprise Sunday when a group of feminist activists posing in Islamic dress jumped the stage he was speaking on and stripped to the waist. Ramadan was speaking on a panel…

Islamic Development Bank, World Bank jointly produce global report on Islamic finance

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group and the World Bank Group have jointly produced a global report on Islamic finance. Director General of the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), Prof. Mohamed Azmi Omar, announced…

For Muslim women in Canada, a sense of vulnerability

SHAFAQNA - The recent Environics Institute survey of Muslims in Canada reveals a community that belies facile stereotypes – no more so than when you analyze the results along gender lines. For example, the survey (for which I served as an…

New Mayor of London takes on Donald Trump's Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA - The new Mayor of London is determined to hug the headlines as he offered to educate Mr Donald Trump on Islam ... A career Islamophobe, Mr Trump has lived and breathed xenophobia over the past months, riding fear and prejudice to propel…

Zainab al-Khawaja writes from prison

SHAFAQNA - An activist in Bahrain has written an impassioned letter from prison describing her life in a cell with her infant son, just as the country faces growing international pressure to release her. Zainab al-Khawaja, 32, known as “Angry…

"Muslims must educate the West about Islam", says Saudi Princess

SHAFAQNA - Princess Ameera Al Taweel urged every Muslim to spread a positive message about Islam It is every Muslim's responsibility to spread the right message about Islam, urged Princess Ameera Al Taweel on the second day of the 15th…

Intelligence agencies now say Islamophobia is driving radicalization

SHAFAQNA - Muslim youths are being steered towards radicalization by videos highlighting incidents of violence against their community, which then go viral on social media. This is the claim of India's intelligence agencies, which have analysed…

The Syrian manipulation – Playing human misery to score political points

SHAFAQNA -As the Syrian army is fast closing in on ISIL militants in Aleppo - a victory which will undoubtedly restore Damascus’ authority over Syria; Washington, and its many echo chambers, have cried war crimes to politically discredit President…

Yemen’s hidden war secret – A war for territorial restoration

SHAFAQNA - If Yemen has been the forgotten war of our generation – the untold story of a violent war of theocratic occupation, Yemen has also suffered from much media bias, and political bigotry. In our day and age, military conflicts are…

Top Shia, Sunni Clerics in Beirut Summit: "Resistance Liberates, Terrorism Collapses"

SHAFAQNA - World Union of Resistance Ulema Summit ended its two-day summit in Lebanese capital of Beirut on Thursday with a final statement with the theme of “Resistance liberates, terrorism collapses”. The final statement of the international…

The Kurds, the Turkmen and the Great Middle Eastern unravelling

SHAFAQNA - As Iraq struggles against Daesh, ethno-sectarian tensions in northern Iraq threatens to throw off the country’s tentative national alliance against radicalism. Eaten away by religious bias, and deep-seated ethnic rancour Iraq stands…

'It could get a lot worse for Muslims in America'

SHAFAQNA - My neighborhood of Chevy Chase is a leafy and peaceful slice of Northwest Washington. But this week, the news here is of a woman assaulted outside the local Starbucks by a Donald Trump supporter, she says, for the sin of being Muslim. Police…