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Oped: What Malcolm X Taught Me About Muslim America

SHAFAQNA - fell in love with Malcolm when I was fifteen. He was eloquent, handsome and, most importantly, revolutionary. Among a litany of emotionally stunted fictional white men, the Caulfields and Gatsbys of the standard high school English…

OPED: Hussainiyat’s Nemesis in the West

SHAFAQNA - As the dust settles on a weekend of Arba’een marches across the world; London successfully staged two of it's own processions- the eternal flame that is the Hussaini movement supported by thousands undoubtedly now lives on in the…

OPED: A Muslim politics of ‘ethics for all’ - Our fresh moral vision for Britain

SHAFAQNA - It’s been 400 years since the wall of separation between religion and politics began to rise; but with rising disillusionment at the ethics of so-many secular politicians, is it time for politics to invite religion in from the…

Trump’s America is not just losing, it has already lost to Iran

SHAFAQNA - “Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II.” clamored one boastful US President Donald Trump as he…

WHOISHUSSAIN.ORG - CAN WE EVER TRULY ACHIEVE WORLD PEACE?

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations General Assembly recognises Thursday, September 21st as the International Day of Peace. The Assembly is collaborating with various world nations and non-governmental organisations alike to coordinate a 24-hour…

It’s Time To Stop Stigmatising Muslim Recruits

SHAFAQNA - Colonel Richard Kemp was Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan and a former head of the international terrorist team at the Cabinet Office so no one can argue with his military pedigree - but that’s no guarantee of good sense. I…

Subconscious bigotry: When you associate Muslims with terrorism

SHAFAQNA - I posit that in the deepest recesses of the non-Moro’s psyche, he has some distrust, hate, or even a feeling of separation simply because his Moro friend is a Muslim. I am a Moro, a Muslim-Filipino-Moro-Maranao from Marawi…

Where is the Revised Order Banning Muslims?

SHAFAQNA - Seven days after his inauguration, US President Donald Trump signed the now infamous executive order that would ban all nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries. He apparently didn’t want to waste one minute in “Protecting…

How a United Iran, Russia and China are Changing The World - For the Better

SHAFAQNA - From the moment the Berlin Wall fell, the United States saw a unique opportunity to pursue the goal of being the sole global hegemon. With the end of the Soviet Union, Washington could undoubtedly aspire to planetary domination paying…

Why Hillary Clinton’s win will only benefit the Takfiris – by Ali Abbas Taj

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SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH THE WORLD SHIA FORUM - When Hillary Clinton boastfully giggled about Colonel Gaddafi, “We came, we saw, and he died!” she was lying as she has done on countless occasions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgcd1ghag5Y How…

America Should Quit Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen: the Senseless Killing Must Stop

SHAFAQNA - The latest ceasefire in Yemen is unlikely to prevent Saudi Arabia from resuming its brutal assault on its impoverished neighbor. The Yemeni people are paying the price for Riyadh’s determination to reinstate an unpopular government…

Who and What Reflect Muslim Values?

SHAFAQNA - The Moroccan king’s speech emphasizes the explicit need for Muslims to act according to values that promote comity, respect and dignity. The US presidential campaigns have staked out their positions on Muslim-Americans, Muslim…

"No, Muslims Aren't To Blame For Orlando Tragedy," says Canadian MP

SHAFAQNA - It was just two weeks ago that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the Pride flag on Parliament Hill for the first time. Gathering with colleagues from all sides of the House of Commons, I thought we were at the joyful end of a…

Did Muslims torch a refuge camp in Germany?

SHAFAQNA - It’s ungrateful and disrespectful to cause harm in a country has given you safe passage – especially at a time of peace and reflection. Enraged and disgusted are just some of the sentiments I felt reading how a refugeecamp…

Why Should I Fear Allah?

SHAFAQNA - Is loving God enough to earn a person a ticket to Paradise? A Christian may say “yes”, and a Muslim may also say “yes” and add that loving God is one of three elements necessary for entry to Paradise. The other two…

Viewpoints - Misunderstanding Islam

SHAFAQNA - There is a great misun­derstanding of Islam in the West, a fair amount of which falls under the banner of Islamophobia — the unfounded fear of Islam. True, much of this misconception has been accentuated by actions of Islamist…

'It could get a lot worse for Muslims in America'

SHAFAQNA - My neighborhood of Chevy Chase is a leafy and peaceful slice of Northwest Washington. But this week, the news here is of a woman assaulted outside the local Starbucks by a Donald Trump supporter, she says, for the sin of being Muslim. Police…

The new rising Islamic feminism ... tribalism, chauvinism, and patriarchism

SHAFAQNA - Islam these days has been blamed for many great things – rather, many great evils. From allegations that Islam stands the source of all radicalism, to claims it promotes radical chauvinism, Islam has been the target of much anger,…
Je suis Charlie

We need to apologize to our Muslim citizens - OPED

SHAFAQNA -  The following opinion piece was written on the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. While it was written with Paris, and France in mind, its relevance today remains the same since we continue to be plagued by the same narrative…
An American Muslim woman

A Solution to the So-called ‘Muslim Problem’

SHAFAQNA - As an American Muslim, I believe we have to confront the so-called “Muslim Problem” head-on and start a civilized discussion on this world-shaking controversy, with an eye toward what I see as a concrete, three-pronged solution. I…

It's time for Washington to get out of bed with the al-Saud – Senator calls to lose al-Saud

SHAFAQNA - While the powerful and dizzying rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to exert undeniable political traction in Western capitals, in view of its ability to wield both vital natural resources and financial incentives in the face…

National Security or National Paranoia? How Europe is policing itself into despotism

SHAFAQNA - A former beacon for human rights and civil liberties, the Old Continent has become its own worst enemy, a devolution onto its own, as governments have exploited and engineered fears to expand both their control and oversight. In…

Political posing? International community reacts to Riyadh’s crimes in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - “Better late than never” said the wise man … “better late than never” indeed! In Yemen’s case “late” came 10 months into a punishing Saudi-led military campaign waged in the name of political legitimacy and hegemonic…

Vulnerable minorities in Muslim lands must be protected

SHAFAQNA - I was one of the many Muslim scholars and other faiths leaders invited to a major summit of its kind in Morocco to debate the rights of religious minorities living in the Muslim world. The summit opened on 25 January and brought…

Saudi-Iranian standoff: When Takfirism broke its head on the Islamic Republic

SHAFAQNA - 2016 is set to be the year of a grand standoff in between the House of Saud and the Islamic Republic of Iran, now that both Riyadh and Tehran appear determined to hold firm on their positions. Only Iran is not looking to score…

Peace loving Australian Muslims deserve a ‘fair go’!

SHAFAQNA - Recent talks of an open debate over the "link between Islam and terrorism" is exactly what ISIS are waiting for. A county whose politicians become self-made experts on other religions is an early warning of further division and…

I am Christian, I Was Saved From a Genocide Thanks to Islam

SHAFAQNA -  Since almost everybody is speaking about Islamic terrorism and many people are accusing Islam of being a violent religion, I’d like to share this opinion, which is originally a speech I delivered in Stintino, Italy in January…

The game powers play: Jordan closes its borders to breed further unrest

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SHAFAQNA - Jordan has been the target of much criticism this week as Amnesty International, the prominent rights group, accused the Arab country of “fueling a humanitarian disaster” on its doorsteps by “denying entry to the refugees.” Taking…