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Canyon Country's Al Umma Center for Muslim Worshipers

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SHAFAQNA- When you pass Al-Umma Center on Sierra Highway, less than a mile north of Soledad Canyon Road, you may not know that it is a place of worship if you aren’t acquainted with Islam. The Muslim mosque was established in 2013 and occupies…

Halal Travel in Madrid

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SHAFAQNA- Esmadrid: Madrid is a great halal destination for a holiday, business trip or a city break. It has plenty of Muslim-friendly services that take into consideration their necessities regarding food and other actions that are not allowed…

First prayer held by victoria islamic center in new mosque

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SHAFAQNA- Silhouetted figures remove their shoes and enter a quiet room in the rear of the Victoria Islamic Center, one by one, smiling and greeting each other silently as the air filled by the words of the Islamic chant called Takbir: allahu…

Islamic Architecture of Andalusia

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts: Spain’s Islamic centuries (AD 711-1492) left a particularly rich heritage of exotic and beautiful palaces, mosques, minarets and fortresses in Andalusia, which was always the  heartland of Al-Andalus (as the Muslim-…

It Takes 581 Years to Get All the World’s Muslims to Hajj

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SHAFAQNA - This year for the hajj, the annual five-day pilgrimage that Muslims from around the world make to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad, at least 1.7 million foreign pilgrims were in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. By…

How different countries celebrate Eid al-Adha?

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Adha, also known as "Feast of Sacrifice" or "Big Eid", is an Islamic religious festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow God's command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event. This…

Hajj Day-by-Day

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SHAFAQNA- Day One: The 8th Day of Thul-Hijjah MinaOn the eighth day of Thul-Hijjah (Yawm-e-Tarwiyah), the pilgrim put on his Ihraam after the Salaat of Zohr & Asr and head out of Makkah to Mina. He spends the rest of the day and night…

Hajj At-Tamattu'

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SHAFAQNA- 01. Ihraam: 02. Wukuuf-e-Arafaat: or staying in Arafaat. 03. Wukuuf-e-Mash'ar (or Muzdalifa): or staying in Mash'ar (or Muzdalifa). 04. Ramy Jamrah Al-Aqabah: Stoning of Jamrah Al-Aqabah in Mina. 05. Qurbani: The slaughter…

The Xi’an Mosque

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SHAFAQNA- Asian Inspirations: The Xi’an mosque is located near the Drum Tower – on 30 Huajue Lane of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China. It is one of the oldest standing Mosques in China, built around 700 AD. It was further expanded during…

Health during Hajj

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SHAFAQNA - Science mag | by Ziad A. Memish : Starting from 19 August, Saudi Arabia will host people from over 180 countries for 5 days for Hajj, the world's largest annual religious pilgrimage. Associated with this mass transnational movement…

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…

Chinese Muslims Make the Hajj Pilgrimage Wearing GPS-Enabled Smart Cards

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims from some Chinese regions going to Saudi Arabia for Hajj pilgrimage are wearing tracking devices that allow the government to track them. Some Photos published by the state-controlled China Islamic Association shows Chinese…

The Religious Affairs Department in the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH) Completes the Virtual Haj Project

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SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali Network : The Propagation Division in the Religious Affairs Department completed the virtual Haj project. They erected shapes resembling the Kaaba, Safa and Marwa, al-Aqaba, etc. in the Pilgrims City of the Holy Shrine of…

VIDEO: Frenchman commits suicide at Mecca

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SHAFAQNA - MNA : A Frenchman threw himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, in the proximity of Islam’s holiest shrine Kaaba, according to Saudi and French officials on Saturday. The incident was particularly shocking as Islam…

Saudi Arabia censors Mecca's religious authority

SHAFAQNA - Under order of the Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia government closed down the Twitter account of Mecca's highest religious authority: Sheikh Saud Al-Shuraim, imam in the Grand Mosque AlKhaleejonline.com confirmed. Al-Shuraim openly…

Old Photos of Hajj Rituals in Mecca

SHAFAQNA- Beautiful, Old Photos of Hajj Rituals in Mecca

Departure of Imam from Madina

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SHAFAQNA- After his departure from Madina Imam Husayn reached Makkah on 3rd of Shaban and sent his cousin Muslim bin Aqil to Kufa in the middle of Ramazan. From that time till the 8th of Zilhaj he continued to stay on in Makkah. None could…

1.4 million Muslims arrive in Saudi Arabia for Hajj: Officials

SHAFAQNA- More than 1.4 million Muslims have arrived so far in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj pilgrimage slated to begin next week, with this year’s rituals featuring the return of tens of thousands of Iranians. “So far 1,313,946 pilgrims…

Binladin Group to resume expansion of Mecca Grand Mosque: Report

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SHAFAQNA- Saudi construction conglomerate Binladin Group reportedly plans to restart a $26.6-billion project to expand the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, nearly two years after a deadly crane crash halted the development operation. The…

When is Hajj in 2017 - and what is the Muslim pilgrimage?

SHAFAQNA - An annual Muslim pilgrimage - and one of the most eagerly-anticipated religious events of the calendar year - is coming. Hajj will take place later this summer and is more commonly known as the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. It…

Saudi security forces kill "wanted man" in Mecca

SHAFAQNA - Saudi security forces shot dead a wanted man in the Muslim holy city of Mecca on Friday and arrested several others, Al Arabiya TV reported. The gunmen, who are wanted for terrorism, exchanged fire with the security forces who…

Miracle over Mecca for the 1st day of Ramadan?

SHAFAQNA - The National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics in Egypt has announced that the first day of this year’s Ramadan, which is set to take place on Saturday, will witness something unique: the sun will rise perpendicularly…

Saudi Arabia ups Iran's Hajj quota by 35 percent

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SHAFAQNA - Head of Iran Organization for Hajj and Pilgrimage Hamid Mohammadi said here on Monday that Saudi Arabia has increased by 35 percent the number of pilgrims Iran can send to Hajj this year. Talking to IRNA, Mohammadi underlined that…

Elected committee of Muslims should protect Islam’s holy sites

SHAFAQNA - Mecca and Medina, situated in west of Saudi Arabia, are Islam’s two holiest sites. The region is the birthplace of Islam and of the Prophet Mohammad. Every Muslim is required to make a pilgrimage (during Hajj) to Mecca at least…

Lies, lies and more lies over fabricated Mecca attack - the opportunism of religious politicking is shameful!

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia’s propaganda machine has hit over-drive … Mecca the world has been warned was almost hit by a treacherous missile, and Islam’s holiest of sites were almost disappeared. Wait a minute … I’m confused here!…

Huge fire at hotel in Mecca - VIDEO

SHAFAQNA - A raging fire has engulfed a hotel in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca, inflicting heavy damage to the building, Saudi officials say. According to the Saudi Civil Defense Department, the incident occurred in the ten-story…

Pre-Islamic Arabia - The days of ignorance in Mecca

SHAFAQNA - In pre-Islamic days, that Muslims call the Days of ignorance, the religious background of the Arabs was pagan, and basically animistic. Through Moon, Sun, Stars, Planets, Animals, wells, trees, stones, caves, springs, and other natural…

Prophecies of the Quran Addressed to Muhammad

SHAFAQNA - In the sixth year after the Prophet was forced to migrate from Mecca to Madinah, he saw himself visiting Mecca and performing pilgrimage in a vision mentioned in the Quran: "Certainly has God showed to His Messenger the vision…