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Yemen's warring parties reach Hodaidah ceasefire agreement

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SHAFAQNA- The first significant breakthrough for U.N.-led peace efforts in five years of conflict; Yemen’s warring parties agreed on ceasefire in Hodaidah and withdraw their troops. UN said both sides will withdraw from city under deal. Talks…

Swedish Pilgrim: That's why Muslims all around the world are keen to commemorate Arbaeen pilgrimage

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussain: From all over the world, Arab and foreign Hussainian service volunteer groups have entered the holy city of Kerbela to offer free services to the Arba’een pilgrims. Hasan ElMujteba Hussainian service volunteer…

Laila Ali Elmi becomes first Muslim woman in Sweden parliament

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SHAFAQNA- Leila Ali Elmi took a seat in the Swedish parliament as the first Somali-Swedish Muslim woman. Somali-Swedish politician Laila Ali Elmi has become the first East African Muslim woman  to be elected to the Swedish National Parliament,…

Islamic Lifestyle Conference in Stockholm

SHAFAQNA-A conference on “The West and Islamic Style of Life” is planned to be organized in Stockholm, Sweden, next month. The Imam Ali (AS) Islamic Center will host the event on September 1. It will be held in the Swedish language…

An Ex-Atheist: “When I started to read the Quran I fell for the feeling that I was reading the truth.”

SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview with a Revert to Islam, Malin Hansson, from Sweden, by Bentolhoda Mofakhami.   1. Please give us a biography of yourself.     I am a 24 years old Swedish girl who was raised…

Ten facts about Islam and Russia

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Tharik Hussain : There are a record-breaking seven Muslim-majority nations taking part in this year’s World Cup in Russia, meaning that millions of Muslim football fans have flooded the huge Eurasian country, turning…

My life feels so truly changed after converting to Islam

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SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, Robin, from Sweden, by Bentolhoda Mofakhami Please give us a biography of yourself. I’m Robin, I was born 14 October 1996 in Sweden as the youngest sibling in a family of…

400 refugees based in Egypt to be received by Portugal

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SHAFAQNA- Egypt welcomed an offer by Portugal to host 400 refugees who currently are in the country, as a part of the cooperation between the EU and Egypt on the migration, because of its own economic problems. According to Middle East Monitor,…

Which country is the most reputable one in the Middle East?

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SHAFAQNA - The UAE was ranked 36th in the ranking of world's most reputable countries while outperforms countries such as Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The UAE continues to enjoy the status of the most reputable country in the Middle…

Sweden Allows Mosque Call to Prayer

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SHAFAQNA - Swedish police Tuesday granted a mosque permission to hold a weekly call to prayer, triggering divisions among politicians and the public, five months ahead of elections in a country which has taken in waves of asylum seekers in…

Stockholm mosque vandalised again

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SHAFAQNA- A mosque in Stockholm was vandalised with racist words and symbols on Thursday, according to mosque officials. In a statement, the Södermalm mosque management said a big swastika symbol was spray painted at the mosque’s door. The…

Christian Democrats in Sweden want to ban mosque from broadcasting call to prayer

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SHAFAQNA- A mosque in Sweden that has requested the use of loudspeakers to call Muslims to prayer has ignited a firestorm, with right-leaning groups saying this should be banned while a Jewish leader has come out in defense of religious freedom. Mosques…

Swedish King Visits Mosque Gutted in Arson Attack

SHAFAQNA - The King of Sweden visited a mosque in Orebro gutted in an arson attack on September 26. Carl XVI Gustaf was in Orebro for a previously scheduled visit to the university, and paid a visit to the mosque afterwards on his own request. Orebro…

Swedish King Visits Mosque Gutted in Arson Attack

SHAFAQNA- Carl XVI Gustaf was in Orebro for a previously scheduled visit to the university, and paid a visit to the mosque afterwards on his own request. Orebro Mosque Deputy CEO, Hassan Mountagui, said, "It is an honor to us that the…

ISESCO Condemns Suspected Arson Attack at Swedish Mosque

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SHAFAQNA- The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) strongly denounced the suspected arson attack at a mosque in central Sweden, China's Xinhua news agency reported. The ISESCO urged Swedish authorities to severely…

Erdogan to be arrested in Sweden

SHAFAQNA - Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president has been filed with a lawsuit in Sweden by the Swedish lawmakers. He was accused of “genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.” Mr. Erdogan’s role in the bloody conflict between…

Sweden to Host European Quran Contest

SHAFAQNA - The Swedish capital of Stockholm will play host to a Quran competition for European countries. The Imam Ali (AS) Islamic Center of Stockholm plans to hold the Quranic event on September 8, Aqil Zahiri, an official with the center…

Stockholm hosts European Quran a competition

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SHAFAQNA- The Swedish capital of Stockholm will play host to a Quran competition for European countries. He said the contest used to be held under the title of Northern Europe Quran Competition but, due to requests from Qaris and memorizers…

Swedish largest Shia mosque set on fire in Stockholm

SHAFAQNA - Police spokesman Lars Bystrom said the fire, in the Stockholm suburb of Jakobsberg, appeared to have been “lit from the outside". No one was injured in the blaze at the Imam Ali Islamic Centre on Sunday evening, which caused…

Swedish Runner Vows to Fight Prejudice against Islam

SHAFAQNA- In an interview with Anadolu Agency over the phone, Kristina Palten said she intends to run again through an Islamic country and prove all such prejudices wrong. "I’m fighting against prejudices against Islam. There are 1.6 billion…

4 dead in Stockholm truck attack, 1 person arrested - Swedish Police

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SHAFAQNA - Stockholm authorities have confirmed that four people have died and 15 are injured, following the truck attack that took place outside Ahlens department store in the city. Swedish police have also confirmed one person has been arrested. Police…

Muslim, Christian congregations team up to help transit refugees in Sweden

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SHAFAQNA- Two of two biggest congregations in Sweden are joining together for an endeavor that would help refugees passing through the country. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees website, the Katarina Church…

UK, Sweden reject UN panel ruling in favor of Julian Assange

SHAFAQNA - Britain says it rejects a UN panel ruling that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the victim of arbitrary detention at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and insists he will still be extradited to Sweden if arrested in the UK. “This…

Racketeering made in the EU - preying on the most vulnerable

SHAFAQNA - From Saudi Arabia’s blood-trailing to Western powers’ engineered outrage over Madaya to pursue one very neocons’ narrative of military interventionism with sectarian undertone in the MidEast, Europe had to add its own political…

Margot Wallstrom stands for human rights - angers Israel

SHAFAQNA - The unusually frank approach of Sweden's foreign minister has seen fans send her flowers over her biting criticism of Saudi Arabia -- and now prompted Israel to declare her persona non grata.  Declared unwelcome by authorities…

Movie Muhammad (PBUH) Screened in Sweden

SHAFAQNA-The Movie ‘Muhammad (PBUH) Messenger of God’ by acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi was screened in Stockholm, Sweden. According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), Swedish Muslims and…

Iranian Film 'Muhammad (PBUH)' Received Well in Sweden

SHAFAQNA - Muslim and non-Muslim movie-goers in Sweden warmly welcomed a recent screening of the Iranian film ‘Muhammad (PBUH), the Messenger of God’, made by acclaimed director Majid Majidi. The film was screened in the Swedish capital…

Powerful blast rocks Stockholm

SHAFAQNA - A powerful explosion has rocked central Stockholm. Friday’s blast happened in the Sodermalm area of the Swedish capital. Police are at the scene, and at least one street has been sealed off. ''It is unclear what happened,''…