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Sufism in Egypt

SHAFAQNA - Sufism (tasawwuf) is an Islamic modality that emphasizes self-purification and the attainment of spiritually advanced states through the assumption of specific practices and disciplines, typically through affiliation with a particular…

Seminar in Egypt Features Divine Religions’ Opposition to Violence

SHAFAQNA - The Arab country’s parliament has organized the one-day forum in cooperation with Ministry of Youths Affairs, according to al-Misri al-Yawm website. It seeks to discuss and analyze the view of divine religions in rejection of…

Azhar University professor encourages Muslims to celebrate the spirit of Christmas

SHAFAQNA - A professor of Comparative Fiqh at Al-Azhar University, Saad al-Helaly, encouraged the universal celebration of Christmas, saying Muslims can celebrate the festivity without following its religious elements, encouraging a sense of…

Egypt shows again that Muslims have most to fear from extremist Islamists

SHAFAQNA - It is not the first time that Egypt has seen attacks on mosques or other places of worship. But no one should be left in any confusion – Friday’s massacre was unprecedented. The Egyptian media are reporting in excess of 300 people…

Al-Wefaq condemns Friday’s carnage in Egyptian mosque

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SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society condemned Friday’s bomb and gun attack on a mosque in the Egyptian northern Sinai Peninsula, which killed at least 305 people. The terrorist attack, which is among the bloodiest in…

Al-Azhar Sheikh Calls Off Visit to Rohingya Refugee Camp

SHAFAQNA- Sheikh el-Tayeb had been planned to lead a senior delegation to Bangladesh but sent Abbas Shuman, al-Azhar’s deputy head instead. The decision came following Friday’s deadly terrorist attack on a mosque in Egypt. On Friday,…

SHAFAQNA- "Our thoughts and prayers are, and will continue to be with Egypt"

SHAFAQNA - At least 235 people have been killed after suspected militants set off a bomb and opened fire at a mosque in Egypt's restive northern Sinai province. The attack on Friday targeted supporters of the security forces attending prayers…

Al-Khoei Foundation offers heartfelt condolences to the Egyptian people

Shafaqna - Al-Khoei Foundation issued a statement denouncing  terrorist attack on worshippers in Egypt. The statement reads: attack on worshippers on Friday prayers today in Sinai, Egypt which resulted in the death of nearly 200 people and…

Coptic Christians Pelted With Rocks, Four Churches Closed as Government Treats Prayer 'as a Crime'

SHAFAQNA - Coptic Christians in Egypt have said that they have been pelted by rocks while the government in the southern province of Minya has closed down four churches this past month, much to the protest of the believers. "We stayed silent…

Quran manuscript museum planned in Egypt

SHAFAQNA - Egypt’s Awqaf ministry plans to launch a museum of handwritten Qurans, an official said. Jabir Tayi, director of the ministry’s religious affairs department, said some 4000 Quranic and Islamic manuscripts will be put on display…

Egypt has just qualified for Russia 2018 World Cup after defeating Congo

SHAFAQNA- After defeating Congo's national football team, Egypt has officially qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1990. Egypt’s football star Mohamed Salah scored the opening goal in the game's 62nd minute.…

Saudi, allies threaten more measures against Qatar; Qatar: we’re too rich to be threatened

SHAFAQNA- Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain say they are ready to adopt more punitive measures against Qatar, following Doha’s rejection of their demands to end an ongoing feud. In their statement, which was released…

Egypt Court Blocks Giving Islands to Saudis

SHAFAQNA- Egypt's top court has temporarily halted all verdicts on a contested deal to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia until it decides who has jurisdiction, a spokesman said on Wednesday. Egypt's parliament last week backed plans…

Arrests in Egypt as parliament agreed hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA - Egyptian police have arrested dozens of activists in the face of opposition calls for protests on Friday after parliament passed a controversial agreement to hand over two islands to Saudi Arabia. A lawyer working to release the…

Ramadan Restricted in Egypt by Government

SHAFAQNA- Over a billion Muslims around the world are preparing to observe the holiest month of the year, Ramadan. And whilst many plan to seclude themselves in Mosques during Ramadan’s final ten days in devotion to their creator, Egypt’s…

Al-Azhar to Hold Competition on Most Beautiful Quran Recitation

SHAFAQNA- Entitled "Beautiful Voices”, it will be held in the categories of best recitation, Tawasheeh and Ibtihal, khabarmasr website reported. The center’s "Quran, Recitations and Talented Voices” section will host the contest on…

What's behind Al-Hakim visit to Egypt?

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SHAFAQNA - Ammar al-Hakim, the head of Iraq’s biggest parliamentary bloc National Alliance visited Egypt on Tuesday. A delegation of members of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq also accompanied al-Hakim who made the visit in response to…

Egypt's Sisi meets leader of Iraq's Shiite National Alliance Hakim Al-Ammar

SHAFAQNA - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Ammar Al-Hakim, the leader of Iraq’s Shia National Alliance bloc in the Iraqi parliament, in Cairo on Tuesday for talks about Iraq and other issues. According to a statement issued…

Egypt identifies Alexandria church bomber as fugitive with militant ties

SHAFAQNA - Egypt on Wednesday named the suicide bomber who attacked a cathedral in Alexandria as 31-year-old Mahmoud Hassan Mubarak Abdullah, describing him as a fugitive with links to militant cells that carried out previous strikes in the…

Muslim Egyptians donate blood to deadly church blast victims

SHAFAQNA - Two attacks on Alexandria St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral and St. George church in Tanta, a city about 80 miles away, left 44 people dead and more than 100 injured, Al-Arabiya reported. In Tanta, Mohammed Ahmad Hassan,…

Bahrain's Al-Wefaq condemns terrorist attacks on Egypt churches

SHAFAQNA - Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society condemned the terrorist attacks that targeted two churches in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria and left large number of innocent victims. Deputy Secretary General of Al-Wefaq, Sheikh…

Egypt's Coptic churches hit by deadly blasts on Palm Sunday

SHAFAQNA - At least 26 people have been killed and more than 71 others injured in an explosion that hit an area near a church in the northern Egyptian city of Tanta, sources say. State television confirmed the explosion on Sunday but the…

White House Meeting With Egypt’s Tyrant Highlights Key Trump Effect: Unmasking U.S. Policy

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SHAFAQNA -  Egypt's hideous tyrant, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, is in the U.S. to visit the White House on Monday and this is how the New York Times’ Paul Krugman depicted this event: Paul Krugman: "Another morning in Trump's America"…

The art of hand clapping makes comeback in Egypt

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SHAFAQNA - Before the emergence of musical instruments, humans clapped their hands to define and create the rhythm of music. Actually, hand clapping was an art of its own. Dating back to the days of the pharaohs, the art of kaff — Arabic…

Egypt's deposed president Mubarak could be released 'within hours'

SHAFAQNA - Egypt's longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak, who was deposed in the January 25 revolution in 2011, could be freed and allowed to go home within hours, a judicial source told media. An east Cairo prosecutor has allowed the full release…

Egypt's Muslims Stand With Persecuted Christians, Condemn ISIS Attacks

SHAFAQNA - Islamic authorities in Egypt have condemned the jihadist violence that has seen Coptic Christians flee the terror of ISIS in northern Egypt. An Islamic group known as the House of Fatwa (Dar al Ifta al Misryah) has decried the…

Censorship against Shia media in Egypt

SHAFAQNA - On Oct. 10, Egyptian newspapers quoted Sabri as saying, “It is unacceptable and unreasonable to have a media platform in Egypt promoting Shiite ideology. Egypt is an Islamic state and the main source of legislation is Sharia under…

How Egyptian Muslims celebrate the birth of Jesus

SHAFAQNA - Streets decorated with lights, trees with garlands and ornaments in most malls and city centres, people taking pictures with the tree while Christmas songs play in the background—this is the Christmas spirit in Egypt. Despite…