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Who is dissatisfied with unity between Shia and Sunni?

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SHAFAQNA- The issue of concord and harmony among the Islamic Ummah, during our time, is an important point. Not only in the years after the revolution, but also many years before the revolution, we were making efforts to bring about concord…

The salubrity and Islamic tendency in the behavior of Shia towards Sunni

SHAFAQNA- As far as religious footings are concerned there cannot be any similarity between a Shia and a Sunni. The religious understanding can not be a platform common to both. “Argue them with that which is good”; is the beacon that…

Pinpointing the Nasibi founding forefathers

SHAFAQNA- Whilst defining a Nasibi the pen of the Ahl'ul Sunnah Ulema has been somewhat reluctant to pinpoint where Nasibis existed in history and who their Imams were. Al Muhaddith Shah Abdul Aziz makes two interesting comments in his…

Sunni, Shia Muslims at peace and unity in remote village of Cambodia

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SHAFAQNA - Uneasiness is in the air in the small, predominantly Muslim village of Vihear Sambo in Tboung Khmum province. From the time the villagers first settled, they have always been practising Sunni Islam. However, things began to change…

Christains, Sunnis and Shias in Karbala for Arbaeen

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SHAFAQNA- Arbaeen is a Shia Muslim religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (a.s), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the third Imam of Shia Muslims. Large crowds…

Ayatollah Safi praises Lebanese Mufti for not receiving unveiled French politician

SHAFAQNA - In his letter, the Shia source of emulation thanked Lebanese Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan, for his courageous stance in observing Islamic rules and refusing to receive the unveiled French women. Referring to the veil ban law…

Ashura is a Sunni and Shia tradition – by Kamran Khan

SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH THE WORLD SHIA FORUM - There are those who want to limit Ashura to politics and revolution – a far cry from when I was growing up in Karachi when it was about love and remembrance. Those were times when it was…

For the first time, Saudi Arabia is being attacked by both Sunni and Shia leaders

SHAFAQNA - The Saudis step deeper into trouble almost by the week. Swamped in their ridiculous war in Yemen, they are now reeling from an extraordinary statement issued by around two hundred Sunni Muslim clerics who effectively referred to…

Islamic conference in Chechnya: Why Sunnis are disassociating themselves from Salafists

SHAFAQNA - The world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, reported that an international Islamic conference was organised in Grozny, a city in Chechnya with more than 100 top Muslim clerics from all around the world. The agenda…

Pakistani Sunni leader slams anti-Iran remarks by Saudi Wahhabi Mufti

SHAFAQNA - Sunni leader Pir Syed Masoom Shah Naqvi who heads Jamiat Ulema Pakistan-Niazi group has condemned the Saudi Wahhabis fatwa against Iranian nation saying that fatwa or religious edict issued by Saudi clerics was provocative and shameful. “Iranians…

What Shiites and Sunnis unitedly believe about Imam Ali (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA- Did you know that both Shiites and Sunnis believe Verse 67 in Chapter Al-Ma’ida has been revealed on Ghadir day and for the sake of Imam Ali’s (A.S) guardianship (walaya)? Shiite: Usul Kafi, Vol. 1, P 290 Sunni: Shavahed at-Tanzil,…

Saudi Arabia says foils attack on Shia mosque in Qatif

SHAFAQNA- Saudi security forces shot dead a suspected militant who tried to detonate explosives outside a mosque in the Qatif region in eastern Saudi Arabia, where many Shia Muslims live, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. "The man was…

Top Shia, Sunni Clerics in Beirut Summit: "Resistance Liberates, Terrorism Collapses"

SHAFAQNA - World Union of Resistance Ulema Summit ended its two-day summit in Lebanese capital of Beirut on Thursday with a final statement with the theme of “Resistance liberates, terrorism collapses”. The final statement of the international…

Ayatollah Shirazi says "Sunni Muslims, Wahhabis differ widely"

SHAFAQNA - A senior Iranian Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi, said that one should differ between Sunni Muslims and Wahhabis as the latter have turned to puppets in the hands of Islam's enemies. Speaking at the ceremony…

Daesh & the engineering of sectarianism in Iraq

SHAFAQNA - This March AhlulBayt TV published a new documentary in which it analyses the rise of Daesh aka ISIL in Iraq, and how its ideology of Takfir attempted to fragment Iraq along sectarian lines. At the root of Daesh dogma lies Takfirism,…

Al-Azhar urges tolerance between Muslim sects

SHAFAQNA- Dr Shaikh Ahmad Al Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, on Monday urged more tolerance among different Islamic schools and doctrines, saying it was the best way to combat terrorism. Speaking in Jakarta during a meeting of the Muslim…

Shia, Sunni Muslims hold unity prayer in Baku

SHAFAQNA- Azeri Shia and Sunni Muslims have been holding unity prayer in Baku Heydar Mosque. Azerbaijani Muslims stress importance of unity and more solidarity among different Islamic denominations in joint Friday prayer with Shia and Sunni…

Saudis invest in creating division among Sunni, Shi’a: Sayyed Isa Hoseyni-Mazari

SHAFAQNA- An Afghan Shi’a scholar has said that Saudi Arabia has embarked on a project to sow discord between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims in the war-torn country and called for national unity. Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Isa Hoseyni-Mazari, the…

“Mahdism in View of Religions” Forum Held in Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA- According to Afghan Voice Agency (AVA), the Tebyan Center of Cultural-Social Activities hosted the program on January 15. Mowlavi Abdul Rauf Tavana, Sunni scholar and secretary of the Islamic Brotherhood Council in north of Afghanistan,…

Do Shiite Muslims Insult Prophet's Companions?

SHAFAQNA- By Nasir Hashim; Article from Islamic Movement of Nigeria Insult is prohibited in Islam regardless of whoever the target of the insult is. Although he did not made mention of any specific people, however, considering the context…

Senior Iranian Sunni Clerics Urge UN's Efforts to Free Sheikh Nimr

SHAFAQNA-Iranian Sunni clerics in a letter to the UN and other international organizations called for heightened efforts to free prominent Shiite cleric Nimr Baqr al-Nimr who has received a death sentence from a Saudi court. "We, a group…

Shia cleric: There has never been war between Shia and Sunni

SHAFAQNA- The dean of Al-Mustafa International University has aid there has never been a war between Shias and Sunnis. Ayatollah Alireza A’rafi on Wednesday said enemies try to create rift between Shia and Sunnis, Arab and non-Arab, Islam…

Grand Ayatollah Makarem's Open Letter Al-Azhar Warning Against Anti-Shia Sentiments

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SHAFAQNA - Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, sent an open letter to Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. In the letter, Ayatollah Shirazi criticized Al-Azhar's anti-Shia positions , accusing the Sunni institution of having deviated…

Expansion of Islamic unity, major mission of Shia Sunni promoters

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SHAFAQNA - Hujjat-ul-Islam Ali Nazari Monfared, top Shia cleric, in an interview with Iran’s RASA News Agency, hailed the arrival of Islamic Unity Week, saying that the unifying religion of Islam is owed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) who joined…

Grand Ayatollah Makarem blames TV channels for insulting Sunnis

SHAFAQNA- Extending his congratulations on the occasion of the beginning of Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi’s Imamate to all Shi’as in the beginning of his advanced jurisprudent course in the Qom’s Grand Mosque, Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi…

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…