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Denmark swings right on immigration and Muslims feel besieged

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SHAFAQNA - The Guardian  :  After a burqa ban, hardline rhetoric has entered the mainstream. In one coastal town, attitudes seem increasingly polarised  “It’s a lovely place,” says Jens Kramer, as he gazes across the harbour from…

The Son of Mina

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SHAFAQNA- "O! My dear son! Be aware that it is your life and nothing else, that fades away as the hours pass by; and also do know that you will not achieve a blessing, unless you are separated from another blessing. Thus, avoid prolonged wishes,…

Eid-Ul-Adha, Festival of Sacrifice

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SHAFAQNA- Eid ul-Adha or Festival of Sacrifice is in commemoration of the sacrifices of Abraham and his family. All the other Muslims in the world join the hajjis (pilgrims) in Mecca, in celebrating the Eid ul Adha (Festival of Sacrifice),…

Hajj pilgrims head for Mina

SHAFAQNA - Pilgrims attending the Hajj rituals in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday began moving toward Mina, five kilometers east of Mecca. After preliminary rituals this week at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the pilgrims started moving eastwards…

Bodies of another five Iranian Mina victims identified

SHAFAQNA - Head of Iran Hajj and Pilgrims Organization, Saeed Ohadi, said bodies of another five Iranian pilgrims who lost their lives during the Mina tragedy have been identified. He said the bodies were identified by the Iranian medical…

Body of Allameh Sayyid Heydar al-Hassani Killed in Mina Crush Identified

SHAFAQNA- The body of a Shia scholar from Lebanon who had been missing since the deadly crush in Mina, Saudi Arabia, last month, has been identified. The body of Allameh Sayyid Heydar al-Hassani, who was the Friday prayers leader of Markaba…

A senior Iranian cleric: Fact-finding committee on Mina crush must be formed

SHAFAQNA- A fact-finding committee must be formed to investigate the recent deadly crush during the Hajj rituals in Mina, outside the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Seyyed Ali Qazi-Askar, the Leader’s representative for Iran hajj…

World Muslims demand probe into Hajj stampede

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SHAFAQNA - Local Muslim scholars have demanded formation of an international probe team on the cause of last week Hajj stampede that took more than 4,173 pilgrims dead, joining the world camp of those accusing the Saudi authorities of inefficiency…

Lebanese Sunni scholar calls for inquest over the Mina tragedy

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SHAFAQNA - A Lebanese Sunni scholar pointed out the inadequacy of the House of Saud in managing the Hajj pilgrimage and emphasized that the Mina case should be reviewed by appropriate courts in Arab and Muslim countries. Shaykh Abdul-Naser…

Religious expert: Mina incident seems deliberate

SHAFAQNA - Hujjat al-Islam Mortaza Adib-Yazdi, an expert on religious issues, referred to last Thursday’s tragedy in Mina, saying that this disaster was “very painful, tragic and unprecedented and according to the evidence and witnesses,…

Iran Leader Lashed out at Riyadh for Failing to Ensure the Safety of Hajj Pilgrims

SHAFAQNA- Ayatollah Khamenei says Saudi Arabia has not made good on its obligations regarding the recent deadly Hajj incident, saying Iran's possible response will be"tough and harsh." "Should we decide to show any reaction, our reaction…

Senior Muslim cleric deplores Mina tragedy, calls for oversight

SHAFAQNA - Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, the head of Tqrib Global Association condemned the Saudis neglects in Mina event and asked the World Court and other international associations to investigate the case. Ayatollah Araki who was interviewing…

Time to boycott Saudi Arabia - OpEd

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SHAFAQNA - The horrific, bloody stampede that killed more than 700 in Saudi Arabia and injured some 900 more last week on the pilgrimage of the Hajj took me back to a moment during my family's pilgrimage in the winter of 2003. Back then, we…

How many pilgrims really lost their lives in Mecca - Lies and deceptions

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SHAFAQNA - As the Islamic community is still coming to grip with the extent of the Mina tragedy, more reports have come out pointing to a grand deception on the part of Saudi Arabia. Hoping to dispel allegations King Salman failed short of…

Ahlul Bayt Foundation of South Africa - Press Release on the Mina Tragedy

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SHAFAQNA - And whoever leaves his home migrating toward Allah and His Apostle, and is then overtaken by death, his reward shall certainly fall on Allah, and Allah is all - forgiving, all -merciful.100:4 The catastrophic disaster of Eid…

Hajj stampede latest: All Welsh Muslims taking part in pilgrimage to Mecca have been accounted for

SHAFAQNA - All the groups of Welsh Muslims taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca have been accounted for and are safe. More than 700 people died in a stampede during the annual pilgrimage on September 24. Between…

Saudi King Orders Concealing Mina CCTV Records: Report

SHAFAQNA - "The Saudi king's order came after some videos showing the main cause of the Mina tragedy were released on the Internet," the Arabic-language Middle East Panorama news website reported. It noted that another reason for collecting…

Two Iranian Qaris are confirmed dead - Mina tragedy brings more heartbreak

SHAFAQNA - A number of internationally-known Quranic figures sent messages of condolences over the deaths of two prominent Iranian Qaris (reciters) in a recent tragedy in Mina, near the Saudi city of Makkah. At least 169 Iranian pilgrims,…

Timeline of fatal Hajj incidents in Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA- Over the past four decades, there have been numerous deadly incidents in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj pilgrimage. Here is a look at some of these fatal incidents. 2015 24 September: According to Saudi…