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What is the Qur'an?

SHAFAQNA - The Qur'an comprehends the complete code for the Muslims to live a good, chaste, abundant and rewarding life in obedience to the commandments of Allah, in this life and to gain salvation in the next. It is the "chart of life" for…

Facts about the Qur'an

SHAFAQNA - The Glorious Qur'an is the Word of Allah as revealed to His Prophet, Muhammad, peace be on him and his progeny. On reading the Qur'an one is at once convinced that it is the Word of Allah, for no man can write such perfect guidance…

A Close Look at Surah al-Fatihah

SHAFAQNA - There is no end to learning about Surat al-Fatihah. It’s the first surah in the Quran, and we recite it many times daily in our prayers. Here, we’ll try to understand this amazing surah and look at some of the amazing things…

Islam and Western Mainstream Media

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SHAFAQNA- Mainstream media demonise Muslims and Islam on a daily basis, with some studies claiming that an average of around eight headlines per day per newspaper vilify Muslims in one way or another. A Channel 4 Survey in 2013 confirmed…

What ways can you get involved in Ramadan 2018 if you're not Muslim?

SHAFAQNA - There are plenty of ways to get involved in Ramadan – even if you're not a Muslim. Across the world millions of Muslims will be fasting from sunrise to sunset. Even if you haven’t been fasting, you are still welcome to…

Preparations to hold 14th International Conference of Martyrdom Spring in Karbala

SHAFAQNA -  Imam Hussein, El-Abbas holy shrines are continuing the preparations to hold 14th International Cultural Conference of Martyrdom Spring in the holy city of Karbala on the 3rd of the month of Shaban based on the Islamic Calendar,…

Discovering ruins determine Imam Hussein's way from Mecca to Karbala

SHAFAQNA - Karbala Center for Studies and Researches of Imam Hussein Shrine has announced discovering some ruins through which the way Imam Hussein (Peace Be Upon Him) took when he came to the holy city of Karbala has been tracked and confirmed. Abdul…

Muslim Slaves: America’s First Muslims

SHAFAQNA - In the face of rising Islamophobia and claims that Islam is a recent import onto the Western world Shafaqna felt necessary to offer context to such narrative. Islam as it were, is no more foreign to the West than Judaism or Christianity.…

Grand Ayat. Noori Hamedani condemns tripartite missile attack on Syria

SHAFAQNA - In a meeting with several members of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Qom on Monday, April 16, senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Hussein Noori Hamedani asserted, “Al-Quds belongs to all Muslim community; Had the whole Islamic…

‘Islamic Philosophy’ Translated into Thai Language

SHAFAQNA - According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), the Iranian Cultural Center in Thailand cooperated in translating and publishing the first volume of the book in 1000 copies. It was a part of…

Senegal Introduces Contenders in Iran Int’l Quran Contests

SHAFAQNA - According to the Iranian Cultural Center in Dakar, they will take part in the recitation and memorization categories of the international Quran competitions for men, women, and seminary students. Ms Maymouna Lu will be the West…

Brunei Sultan Urges Introducing Congregational Prayers at Schools

SHAFAQNA - "In Arabic and religious schools, congregational prayer is held, either at the surau (an Islamic assembly building) or the nearby mosque. This is very good to be continued, not only for students but also for parents and guardians…

Eid al Mab'ath

SHAFAQNA - Millions of Muslims across the world will celebrate Eid al-Mab’ath, the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelation and was chosen as Allah’s final messenger. To commemorate the revered occasion…

The Prophetic Way of Treating the Earth

SHAFAQNA - Muslims try to emanate the Prophet Muhammad (may the blessings and peace of God be upon him) in all aspects of their life. As the person who achieved the strongest relationship with God, he became a natural role model for those who…

This American Muslim Reporter Changes Muslims’ Portrayal in Media

SHAFAQNA - Rowaida Abdelaziz is a reporter at HuffPost based in New York City. You may have seen her numerous articles discussing social justice issues and combatting Islamophobia online. Abdelaziz makes some much needed noise in the newsroom…

‘Teaching While Muslim’ Cofounder Shares Her Story About Becoming an American Muslim Educator

SHAFAQNA - Nagla Bedir, a high school social studies teacher in New Jersey. Bedir is the cofounder of Teaching While Muslim, an initiative that works to “fight against discrimination, implicit bias, and institutional racism, create a platform…

Does Representation Lead To Empowerment?

SHAFAQNA - Prior to her stepping down over anti-Israeli tweets, news that L’Oreal had featured their first hijab-wearing woman, Amena Khan, in a shampoo advert caused a stir on social media this week. The “history-making” decision was…

Int’l Quran Contest for University Students Underway in Turkey

SHAFAQNA - An international Quran recitation competition has been organized in Karabuk, Turkey, with the participation of Muslim university students from different countries. According to Sabah newspaper, the preliminary stage of the competition…

Sayings of Imam Musa Kazim (AS)

SHAFAQNA - *Imam al-Kazim (peace of Allah be upon him) said: “On the day of Resurrection, there will stand on the Divine Throne four individuals from the past generations and four from the later generations. Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus…

Islam’s green future: Inside Europe’s first eco-mosque

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SHAFAQNA - Green is the color of Islam and also the color that symbolizes eco-friendly, sustainable living. A building under construction in Cambridge seeks to marry both in what will be Europe’s first eco-mosque. The project is 10 years…

The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The Israeli army’s wanton slaughter of unarmed Palestinians trapped behind the security barriers in Gaza evokes little outrage and condemnation within the United States because we have been indoctrinated into dehumanizing Muslims.…

Course on Iraqi Style Quran Recitation Underway in Najaf

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SHAFAQNA - According to the website of the Astan, Seyyed Hani Mousawi, supervisor of the Quranic program, said that the course has been organized in line with a national plan titled “Alawi Support for Iraqi recitation style of the Holy Quran”. The…

There are now gold-backed cryptocurrencies for Muslims that conform with Sharia

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SHAFAQNA - Cryptocurrency is not great for your blood pressure. With prices soaring and plummeting on a weekly basis, there is a fast buck to be made, but also a lot to lose—and quickly. That doesn’t go down so well with Muslim nations.…

US Muslims teach neighbors about their religion during Open Mosque Day

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SHAFAQNA - Among throngs of people touring the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on Sunday were two lanky middle school girls who love to talk about religion. “What do you believe?” they often ask each other. Mary Matero,…

Imam gets shot in the UK - Sectarian based violence on the rise

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SHAFAQNA - An Imam who was shot in the arm moments after leading evening prayers says three thugs gunned him down in the street before fleeing in a BMW. The 47-year-old, who asked not be be named, was one of two men shot on Portland Road…

Ayatollah Arafi calls for serious attention to ethics courses at seminary

SHAFAQNA - During a meeting with the deputy of moral refinement of Iran's seminaries, Ayatollah Arafi referred to the arrival of month of Rajab as the spring of worship and stressed on the necessity of making the most of the blessings of Rajab…

83 Countries to Take Part in Iran’s 35th Intl Quran Contest

SHAFAQNA - Hojat-ol-Islam Ali Mohammadi, Head of the Awqaf and Charity Affairs Organization, told IQNA that representatives of 83 countries have announced their readiness to participate in the contest. He added that four other international…

Official Says Malaysia Committed to Promoting Quranic Activities

SHAFAQNA - He said this was reflected through the government's policies and programs to empower a Quranic society which includes organizing Recitation and Memorization of the Quran Ceremony. "Many efforts had been done by the government…