OPEN LETTER - A Message to the Mass-Media, from a Muslim

SHAFAQNA - There's no doubt that there is something extremely terrible happening in our modern day world. Something that has incited immense fear, bigotry, hatred, and intolerance in the hearts and minds of millions of  people around the globe.…

Imam Jafar al-Sadiq's contribution to the sciences

SHAFAQNA - Below are extracts from the book “The Great Muslim Scientist and Philosopher - Imam Ja’far Ibn Muhammad As-Sadiq (a.s.)” This book is a translation of “Maghze Mutafakkir Jehan Shi’a”, the famous Persian book,…

Expert: Politics made Muslims forget pluralism

SHAFAQNA - It is shocking that pluralism is a dirty word in Malaysia, according to Nader Hashemi, the Director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. Nader explained that pluralism was always a huge part of Islamic…

The sleeping Muslims of Japan

SHAFAQNA - Sitting in the fourth-floor library of his place of worship, Yoshi Date recounts the story of his spiritual becoming. It is not unlike what you might hear from an eager Westerner gone East to find meaning. Except for Yoshi, it has…

Scots Muslims speak out over racist abuse after terror attacks

SHAFAQNA - High profile Scots Muslims have spoken of the racist abuse they and their friends and families have suffered in the wake of the terror attacks across Europe this summer. Many have had to endure everything from verbal abuse to…

Muslims Go to Catholic Mass Across France to Show Solidarity

SHAFAQNA - In a gesture of solidarity following the gruesome killing of a French priest, Muslims on Sunday attended Catholic Mass in churches and cathedrals across France and beyond.  Reporters on the scene said that between 100 and 200 Muslims…

Imam al-Sadiq - Sciences, Knowledge and Wisdom

SHAFAQNA - This video discusses the limitless Scientific and Philosophical knowledge that our 6th Holy Imam [a.s] had.

“Whoever saves a life it is as if he has saved the whole of humanity” – Saving Ali Mohammed Al-Nimr

SHAFAQNA - How far have we fallen if not even the life of a child can motivate us to speak truth in the face of tyranny? Who are we if not silent partners if we remain bound by our fears? What is left of our morals and ethics if cowardice becomes…

Nabeel Rajab’s name removed from list of people banned entering Egypt

SHAFAQNA - Lawyer Ahmad Ragheb, appointed by prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to represent him in Egypt, said that the administrative judiciary issued a verdict, removing Rajab's name from the list of people banned from entering…

“Coexistence in Quran” forum held for students in Karbala

SHAFAQNA - The principle of “coexistence in Quran” was highlighted in a forum recently held for students in the holy city of Karbala, Iraq. According to the Astan (custodianship) of Imam Hussein (AS) holy shrine, the program was organized…

After marriage, the mother of the husband claims that the bride has been breastfed by her and she was her wet nurse/the Grand Ayatollah Makarem’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered questions about the woman who is appointed to suckle another woman’s child. Question: If after marriage, the mother of the husband claims that she breastfed the bride and make an oath…

Unearthing Turkey’s political fault-lines – Failed coup or warning

SHAFAQNA - As I write these lines much of the world media community is still attempting to work its way through the maze of information, misinformation and potential geopolitical repercussions Turkey’s attempted, and failed coup will likely…

URGENT – Ali Mohammed al-Nimr and other youths face immediate execution

SHAFAQNA – The Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies received worrying information pointing to the pending execution by beheading of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, nephew to late Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. A young Shia Muslim from the eastern Saudi…

Ayatollah Kazzem Seddiqi Condemns Saudi's Barbarity in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Seddiqi said, "The Saudis in an attack on a Yemeni village worsened its black record of killing the Yemeni civilians; they…

Christians, muslims pay tribute to slain French priest

SHAFAQNA - Muslims and Christians have taken part in Friday prayers at a mosque in the northern Normandy region to pay tribute to an elderly priest who was recently killed by terrorists. The service was held at the Yahya mosque in the town…

An Interfaith Group Kicked Off to Fights Islamophobia In Ohio

SHAFAQNA - A new interfaith group has kicked off its work in Cincinnati, Ohio, to help combat anti-Muslim sentiment and promote interfaith dialogue and relationships with Greater Cincinnati’s Muslim community. “I look at it this way:…

Al Khalifah regime force arrest senior Shia cleric, Sayyed Majid al-Mashaal

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini regime forces have arrested yet another senior Shia cleric as the ruling Al Khalifah regime continues a heavy-handed crackdown on the Shia community in the country. Bahraini forces arrested Seyyed Majid al-Mashaal, the…

Grand Ayatollah Sistani: "I use all means to preserve Ayatollah Qassim’s rights, He is in our hearts"

SHAFAQNA - Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani, has praised efforts by Bahrain’s prominent Shi’a scholar Ayatollah Isa Qassim in defending people’s rights through peaceful means. In a telephone conversation on Thursday,…

Baqee Organization to take issue of world Islamic heritage to the United Nations - Petition

SHAFAQNA - In the coming weeks the Baqee Organization will circulate a petition calling on the public to support its conservation efforts. Faced with a veritable cultural, historical, and religious genocide, the Baqee Organization said it was…

Moderation in life according to Imam Sadeq (AS)

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated by Abdullah ibn Sanaan who said: When Imam Sadeq (AS) commented on this part of Ayah 29 of Surah Al-Isra which says: “Do not tie your hand to your neck”; he clenched his fist tightly and said to us: Avoid this;…

Standing up to Wahhabism - The Baqee Org Speaks Up

SHAFAQNA - It was Albert Einstein who said: “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Such a statement absolutely encapsulates the tragedy which has hit al-Baqee cemetery. There lies too the solution…

Crosstalk - Wave of Terror

SHAFAQNA - Some are calling 2016 the year of terror. The recent spate of terrifying violence and death has been roundly condemned – this is as it should be. What to do about this is an entirely different question. Does the West have a double…

Bahraini authorities summoned 15 Shiite clerics in a month

SHAFAQNA - A local Bahraini newspaper said that the security authorities summoned 15 Shiite clerics since the revocation of Bahrain's Shia spiritual leader Sheikh Isa Qassim's citizenship. "A series of security summonings of clerics were…

Doctors Without Borders fears famine in northeast Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - Severely malnourished children are dying in large numbers in northeast Nigeria, the former stronghold of Boko Haram militants where food supplies are close to running out, Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Wednesday. The medical…

US, Russian Military Experts to Discuss Situation in Syria in Geneva on July 29

SHAFAQNA - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that the Russian military experts will continue the work on the comparison of the maps pinning down locations of terrorists in Syria. Russian military experts will arrive in Geneva…