Social cohesion

SHAFAQNA -Social cohesion can exist when people are close to each other through helping each other and this emphasized in various narrations as well as the type of rewards which are mentioned for good acts in societies. It is narrated from Imam…

Appreciation

SHAFAQNA - Some people's ingratitude must not prevent you from doing good deeds because there are people who praise you without benefiting from you and this appreciation is more useful than ingratitude of those who do not appreciate your deeds…

Sunnism and Shi'ism - Interview Dr Yasir Qadhi

SHAFAQNA - Roshan Muhammed Salih from Press TV interviews Shaykh Yasir Qadhi, one of the most prominent Sunni Muslim preachers in the West. For the very first time Dr Qadhi gives detailed explanations about his previously harsh rhetoric towards…

Dubai tops the list of shopping destinations for Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - Singapore and London ranked among the top five destinations for Muslim shopping travellers. Dubai has been ranked the number one destination in the world for Muslims to travel to for shopping purposes, according to a new report…

The price of Hajj - should hotels profit from pilgrims?

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SHAFAQNA - According to Priceline Group CEO Darren Huston, Makkah is the most-searched-for destination in the world on Priceline’s Booking.com. But, he says, travellers aren’t booking Makkah hotels at the rate they’re searching for…

Cybercrime gang targeting MENA gov't organisations

SHAFAQNA - Kaspersky Lab has warned of an increase in activity by an Arabic-speaking cybercriminal group which targets government organisations in the MENA region. The ‘Gaza Cybergang' has been active since 2012, but has been particularly…

Gulf's Asian workers see remittance boom from strong dollar

SHAFAQNA - The US dollar's strength against Asian currencies is leading to a surge in remittances from migrant workers in the Gulf Arab region, exchange houses say, giving a boost to their home countries such as India, Philippines and Pakistan. But…

A clear account for the hereafter

SHAFAQNA -A believer must keep a clear account of this world for the sake of hereafter and the eternal life. It is narrated from Imam Hadi (AS) who said: Imagine the time when you are leaving this world in front of you family, neither doctors…

How can we identify our weaknesses and strengths?

SHAFAQNA -Imam Hadi (AS) said: Every opportunity in life must be used for purification of the soul and self-construction. If we want to be successful in these regards, then we must pay attention and assess ourselves in order to find out our…

VIDEO - I’m Muslim, and I’m Tired of Proving My Humanity

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SHAFAQNA - BuzzFeed recently released a video that has racked up over 15 million views. 15 million views is a lot, it must be pretty interesting, right? Well… The video consists of a few Americans listing things they like (rap music,…

The worst characteristics

SHAFAQNA - Imam Hadi (AS) said: Ignorance and lack of generosity are the worst characteristics and many people escape from this truth and do not have suitable behaviour towards their ignorance and deficiencies. That is why when they face calamities,…

Muslims can do better in handling Syrian refugee crisis — Sultan Nazrin

SHAFAQNA - The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah hopes that the Muslims can do better in handling the Syrian refugee crisis. He said over the past few weeks the world had witnessed the plight of Syrian refugees as they desperately fled…

How local Muslims are coping with the tragic Hajj stampede

SHAFAQNA - It feels like only yesterday. The masses of people shrouded in white with their hands extended to the skies. The crying of pilgrims making their last requests to God as the sun sets. The warm breeze on my skin as the call to prayer…

Australia to bid for U.N. Security Council seat

SHAFAQNA - Australia will bid to rejoin the United Nations Security Council by the end of the next decade, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement on Wednesday. Bishop said Australia, whose last two-year term ended in December…

Obama Clashes With Pope on Kim Davis and Religious Freedom

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis and President Barack Obama were on opposite sides of the ongoing dispute between religious freedom and gay rights in separate remarks. "And that even as we are respectful and accommodating genuine concerns and…

This Is Why Muslims Hold Muhammad in Such High Regard - OpEd

SHAFAQNA - What the world owes to Islam and its Prophet The principles, values and freedoms of which we can be proud of today are found in a book compiled some 1,400 years old. This book was given to us through the Prophet Muhammad (peace…

RSF tells Netanyahu attitude of Israeli soldiers towards media is unacceptable - Press Release

SHAFAQNA - In response to recent cases of violence against journalists by members of Israel’s security forces, Reporters Without Borders writes to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to end the climate of impunity enjoyed…

Cyprus’ top Muslim cleric sends message of peace

SHAFAQNA - Cyprus’ top Muslim cleric says Christians and Muslims can again live together peacefully on ethnically divided Cyprus as they did for hundreds of years. Turkish Cypriot Grand Mufti Talip Atalay says Muslims should emulate the…

Breaking fashion convention - H&M's latest look of Hijab-wearing Muslim model

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SHAFAQNA - This is the first time H&M, the world's second largest retailer, has featured a Muslim model wearing a hijab in a video designed to encourage consumers to recycle their clothes. And it's opened up the debate on Muslims in fashion. As…

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…

WikiLeaks cables implicate UK & Saudi Arabia in secret deal to secure UNHRC seats

SHAFAQNA - Two years after the controversial appointment of Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s leading human rights offenders, to the UN human rights council, Wikileaks cables have revealed a “secret deal” suggesting that the British government…

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…

What is the connection between knowledge and selfishness?

SHAFAQNA - Imam Hadi (AS) said: Selfishness will prevent a person to acquire knowledge as well as encouraging ingratitude and denying the truth [1]. [1] Beharul Anwaar, Vol. 72, page 199.

The real meaning of wealth and poverty according to Imam Hadi (AS)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Hadi (AS) who said: The real wealth is that you reduce you desires and be satisfied with what is enough for you; poverty is when the soul is insatiable and in the state of severe hopelessness [1]. [1] Mizanul…

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…

Sufi sheikh writes a book on Imam Ali's grievance, delivers a poem on Imam Sajjad

SHAFAQNA - The committee of the Sajjadian Rhythmical Supplications Conference invited Dr and sheikh Mazin Esh-Shereef, a Sufi scholar, to deliver his poem he wrote on Imam Sajjad (Peace Be Upon Him). Esh-Shereef was born in Er-Ruadhi, Tunisia,…

Could Dark Matter Cause Cancer?

SHAFAQNA- Astrophysicists speculate that “mirror” dark matter poses an entirely new form of radiation threat and could cause the mutations that lead to cancer. A few years ago, this blog looked at some work examining the likely effect…