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…

Dr. Barrett discusses ISIS with Dr. Morrow

SHAFAQNA - Dr. Barrett discusses ISIS with Dr. Morrow in Chicago at the 32nd Annual Muslim Group Conference | Muhammad: Reclaiming The Narrative on Dec 24, 2015 in Lombard, IL (Chicago metro area) at Yorktown Center.

Women, Islam and the headscarf – the non-issue everyone is talking about

SHAFAQNA - In late April I took part in a debate with Patricia Chagnon, a French official, and member of the Front National on the issue of radicalization and the Muslim veil - aka hijab. A profoundly secular country, France operates under…

Hate Crimes Against Muslims in France Increased by 223% in 2015

SHAFAQNA - Hate crimes against Muslims in France more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, according to a new report by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH). The governmental agency’s annual report measures France’s…

Muslim’s Labour Candidacy Shapes London Mayoral Race

SHAFAQNA - The son of a London bus driver, Sadiq Khan has had a remarkable rise into the upper echelons of British politics. He grew up with seven siblings in a three-bedroom home in public housing and attended state schools before becoming…

U.S. Torpedoing the Nuclear Deal Will Reaffirm Iran’s Distrust

SHAFAQNA - The nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 world powers last summer, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was predicated on a basic give-and-take. In exchange for Iran agreeing to intrusive international…

Media Bias: London Muslims March Against ISIS Goes Unreported By Mainstream Media

SHAFAQNA - Mainstream corporate media is ruining the United States elections, and in this insightful video, Amy Goodman from Democracy Now explains why. She compares Bernie Sanders — someone who is currently making history and garnering…

Muslims must ‘participate’ in U.S. democracy

SHAFAQNA - The underlying stigma and hatred of Islam perpetuated by national political contenders like Donald Trump has left the 3.3 million Muslims in this country vulnerable and fearful of double standards in their own backyards. Most…

Secretary General of the Ahlul Bayt World Assembly Recieves Syrian Delegation

SHAFAQNA - Secretary General of the Ahlul Bayt World Assembly, HojjatulIslam Akhtari recieves Syrian delegation included sheikhs and tribes' cheifs from Homs, Hasakah and Rif Dimashq districts on Tuesday. In this meeting Syrian sheikhs praised…

ISNA ORGANIZES SUNNI-SHIITE DIALOGUE IN DC - EXCLUSIVE

SHAFAQNA - An intrafaith leadership summit was held in Washington, DC, on April 15, 2016. Organized by the Islamic Society of North America, the gathering included Dr. Sayyid Syeed from ISNA, Dr. John Andrew Morrow from the Covenants Initiative,…

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Imam Ali (AS)

SHAFAQNA - The birth of Imam Ali bin Abi Taleb (as) took place under unique circumstances inside the Holy Kaaba at Mecca on the 13th of Rajab (30th Amul Feel / Year of the Elephant) about 600 AD i.e. The age of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw)…

The 10th Day Gala - coming this June

SHAFAQNA - A group of passionate members and volunteers from various walks of life, The10thDay.com aims to promote peace, justice and the intrinsic principles set against tyranny which sits at the cornerstone of true humanitarian values. Through…

"The world needs to see Muslims under different light" says prominent Emirati filmmaker

SHAFAQNA - Fadel al-Mheiri is An Emirati filmmaker and author of the historical novel, "Kingdom of Peacocks — Mists of Time," the first of a trilogy about the Portuguese invasion of an imaginary kingdom in the Persian Gulf in the early 1500s,…

Women in Afghanistan: a story of hope and despair

SHAFAQNA - After fourteen years of struggle for democracy and women’s rights in war-torn Afghanistan, with support of international community, Afghan women are still subject to physical, sexual and mental abuses. In March 2015, 27 year old…
Imam Ali shrine

French officials visit Imam Ali shrine

SHAFAQNA - Second Counselor at the French Embassy in Iraq, Jean-Michel Antona visited Imam Ali Holy Shrine where he was received by members of the Board of Directors, Mr. Ahmed al-Jawahiri and the engineer Muzaffar Mahboba. After the meeting…

The new rising Islamic feminism ... tribalism, chauvinism, and patriarchism

SHAFAQNA - Islam these days has been blamed for many great things – rather, many great evils. From allegations that Islam stands the source of all radicalism, to claims it promotes radical chauvinism, Islam has been the target of much anger,…