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Photos: Haj pilgrims walk out after the Friday prayer

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim pilgrims walk out after the Friday prayer at the Grand mosque ahead of annual Haj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia August 17, 2018.   Read more from Shafaqna: Hajj, a Time for…

Why Indian Muslims are silent in the face of BJP’s aggressive Hindutva?

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SHAFAQNA- The Print | By: Hilal Ahmed: While Muslim disregard for Modi is in line with national sentiment, Babri Masjid has lost its provocative essence, surveys showed. Why don’t Indian Muslims react to aggressive Hindutva politics?…

Eid Al Adha likely to begin on August 21st in Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Eid Al Adha, The second biggest eid of Muslims, would likely to begin on August 21st in Saudi Arabia for this year 2018. Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court on Thursday called for sighting the crescent of Dhul Hijja on Saturday evening.…

Sixteen Indian women Broke tradition by going for Haj without male guardian

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SHAFAQNA - Shamshadabai Isarail Sayeed, 62, is among the first groups from Maharashtra to visit Haj, the annual pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites in Saudi Arabia, without a mehram (husband or male blood relation as guardian). She is worried about…

Iran, Saudi Arabia talk on Hajj ritual

SHAFAQNA - Senior Iranian and Saudi officials discussed on Wednesday ways to facilitate this year's Hajj for the Iranian pilgrims. According to Saudi media, the talks were held in Saudi Arabia by caretaker of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization…

Ayatollah Ali Khameini's message ahead of Hajj

SHAFAQNA - In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful And all praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and Allah’s greetings be upon our Master, Muhammad (PBUH), and upon his Immaculate Household and chosen…
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Shia Muslim cleric calls for accountability and transparency over the Haj pilgrimage

SHAFAQNA - Top Iranian scholar denounced constant dishonesty of Saudi Arabia on Hajj and stressed Iran will perform Hajj only if the honor and security of pilgrims are maintained. Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, senior Shia jurisprudent,…

A lesson in humility - Hagar's role in Islam and the echo of Islam's tenets in Hagar

SHAFAQNA - The modern relevance of the hajj is reflected in the symbolic actions of one woman: Hagar, the African servant slave of Abraham and Sarah, who historians estimate lived between 1930 BC and 1840 BC. But, how, exactly, can one black…