Shafaqna's Director 's interview with Press TV on Iran's military ambitions

SHAFAQNA - Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the country’s missile program is not designed to deliver nuclear weapons. Zarif said Iran’s missile program is not related to the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1…

The US Was Hardly Wide Open to Muslims Before Trump

SHAFAQNA - President Donald Trump's immigration order was so boorish, purposely hostile and ill-conceived that it has obscured an inconvenient truth for many of those who oppose it: The U.S. was refusing entry to many Muslims long before…

Michigan Muslims file suit against Trump order

SHAFAQNA - A group of Michiganders, including a Yemeni student and a Syrian seeking to become a permanent U.S. resident, are among those who Monday filed a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s order suspending the entry of refugees…

The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) conquered Mecca by conquering hearts

SHAFAQNA - When the Islamic army reached near Mecca, Saad ibn Ibadah who was carrying the flag of the Islamic forces recited the following poem: Today is the day of combat, today your lives and your wealth is Halal, today is the day of suffering…

AIM hosts Conversation with Massoud Shadjareh, the Chairman of IHRC

SHAFAQNA - Join #AIM live today on Facebook as we have a conversation with Massoud Shadjareh, the Chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission. Topic: The #MuslimBan and the environment of hatred in the United States This is an interactive…

Canadian PM says mosque shooting a 'terrorist attack on Muslims'

SHAFAQNA - Six people were killed and eight wounded when gunmen opened fire at a Quebec City mosque during Sunday night prayers, in what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a "terrorist attack on Muslims". Police said two suspects…

EDITORIAL: Quebec Mosque attack - Violence and hate can never be the answer

SHAFAQNA – Shafaqna would like to extend its most sincere condolences to the family of the victims of Quebec Mosque’s attack this Monday January 30th, 2017. We absolutely and categorically reject any form of violence or aggression against…

Making dolls and statues by machines / the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about making dolls and statues by machines. Question: Is it allowed to make dolls and statues in the shape of the human or the shapes of other creatures by special machinery? The…

The Native And The Foreigner: A Story of Bahrain

SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH PURE STREAM MEDIA - What legitimacy does the foreigner House of al-Khalifa have for it to rule over the sons and daughter of Bahrain?

Shafaqna speaks to Press TV on Bahrain's violence

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SHAFAQNA - Reports from the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain indicate that one person has died under torture amid growing crackdown on protesters. Bahraini activists say the man, whose identity is not revealed, was arrested and later died following…

Allegiance: The Shia of Yemen and Yemen’s religious history

SHAFAQNA - “…I found that endurance thereon was wiser. So I adopted patience although there was pricking in the eye and suffocation (of mortification) in the throat. I watched the plundering of my inheritance.” – Imam Ali, sermon ash-Shiqshiqiyah. Since…

Genomic Testing to be Harnessed for Precision Medicine in Oncology and Inherited Genetic Disorders

SHAFAQNA - Cancer is among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. According to National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research around 2.5 million people are living with cancer in India with over 7 lakhs new cancer registered…

Black Lives in Husain’s Eyes

SHAFAQNA - Black, brown, tan or white…what difference does it make?   African, Asian, European, or Middle Eastern…what difference does it make? Arab, Persian, Indo-Paki, or English-speaking…what difference does it make? We live…

Neturei Karta denounces Israel's draft law

SHAFAQNA - Orthodox Jews Rabbis and distinguished community leaders addressed hundreds of Orthodox Jews from numerous communities of the New York City region, on January 27th to voice their protest against the State of Israel’s forced drafting…

Shia Islam: Succession in the Teachings of Shi’ism and Sunnism / 7

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Shafaqna – Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Chapter 7: Succession in the Teachings of Shi’ism and Sunnism After the Prophet passed away, his followers unanimously agreed that there should be a successor…

Shia Islam: Baseless theories about the origins of the Shīʿa /6

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Shafaqna – Shīʿa Islam: History and Doctrines / Ayatullāh Jaʿfar Subḥānī Chapter 6: Baseless theories about the origins of the Shīʿa For a long time, theories have been developed to explain the appearance of the Shīʿa. Many of…

What is Dua?

SHAFAQNA - Dua (prayer) is to request from Allah (SWT) to fulfill the needs without any intermediator; and whilst uttering words of Dua, the human being speaks directly to Allah (SWT). Therefore, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) said: Dua is the…

Does payment of wife’s expenses become Wajib for husband after Nikah or after wedding ceremony? The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about the start of the time of the payment for wife’s living expenses by husband. Question: When the payment of wife’s living expenses becomes Wajib for husband? Is it after Nikah…

The theatrics of President Donald Trump: Let’s take the oil he says

SHAFAQNA - Who’s up for a little comic relief? What a busy week it has been in Washington … we must admit that in the few days Mr Trump has been in office, he has managed to ruffle more feathers than former President Obama ever could in…

Kindness towards parents is an Islamic duty

SHAFAQNA - Imam Sadeq (AS) explained about the holy verses in the Quran about kindness towards father and mother, by saying: Being kind to father and mother means you behave well towards them, and do not let them to be forced to express their…

If after divorce it is revealed that one of the witnesses was not just at the time of divorce / the Grand Ayatollah Shobairi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shobairi Zanjani answered a question about when one of the witnesses in divorce is not just. Question: What is the ruling, if after the (official) divorce (ceremony) it is revealed that one of the witnesses…

Intellectual Bigotry / Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:91-93, Part-1) - By: Mohammad Sobhanie

Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:91-93, Part-1) By: Mohammad Sobhanie Intellectual Bigotry بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ آمِنُوا بِمَا…

Shafaqna Interview with Sputnik on Syria and Trump's safe zones

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SHAFAQNA - On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by political analyst Catherine Shakdam - Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies.

Breaking the camel’s back – Bahrain’s quiet revolution no more …

SHAFAQNA - “So long as there is imperialism in the world, a permanent peace is impossible.” Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah Bahrain is bleeding … To the tune of western-made, western-sold weapons an entire people has been denied the right…

Telling Yemen’s War – New book on Yemen bravely breaks mainstream narrative

SHAFAQNA - A Tale of Grand Resistance: Yemen, the Wahhabis and the House of Saud Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, prominent UK-based political analyst, author and commentator, Catherine Shakdam broke…

Using cosmetics containing alcohol / the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about using cosmetics and perfumes containing alcohol. Question: Is there a problem using cosmetics and perfumes containing alcohol? How about prescribed skin solutions which contain…

The way Imam Ali (AS) treated his enemies

SHAFAQNA - Abdullah ibn Shareek narrated: On the day of Saffayn, Hujr ibn Adi, Amr ibn Hmq were openly cursing their enemies from Shaam. Imam Ali (AS) sent them a message and ordered them to stop it. They came to Imam Ali (AS) and asked him:…

Congresswoman calls on US to bring supporting terrorists to end

SHAFAQNA - The US must stop support for terrorism either through Turkey and Persian Gulf Ara or direct funding of ISIS, A high-profile Democratic congresswoman said. Tulsi Gabbard, of Hawaii, who met with Syrian President Bashar Assad during…