Rally in London denounces Bahrain's injustice vis a vis Sheikh Isa Qassim

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SHAFAQNA - Protesters gathered this Sunday in London to denounce al-Khalifa's wave of oppression against pro-democracy protesters and the systematic targeting of Bahrain's Shia leadership. Bahrain's most senior and revered Shia cleric, Sheikh…

Bahrainis rally ahead of Sheikh Isa Qassim’s trial

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SHAFAQNA - New wave of anti-regime protests has erupted in Bahrain since last week as Al Khalifa regime has set to hold on May 7 final trial session of the high-profile cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of the country’s uprising. The…

The Ahmadinejad effect: West & Iran still lost in translation decades into the Revolution

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SHAFAQNA - Iran’s presidential race has been marred by signs of ideological exhaustion. But can we really read into Iran’s political field through the lens of Western politics and not fail to recognize the singularity of its system of governance? He…

Islamophobia, populism, and the West’s headscarf conundrum

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SHAFAQNA - Who knew that a few yards of fabric plonked onto one’s head would send western democracies spinning onto their axis - threatening to bring “Society” as we, western folk, know it, and in the clutches of Islam see western civilization…

Imam Sajjad’s (a.s.) Birthday

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SHAFAQNA- The world brightened when Imam Sajjad (a.s.), peace be on him, was born, for he would split the fountain of knowledge and wisdom in the earth. He would also show, through his behavior, wonderful examples of self-negation, renouncing…

What is the ruling about criticizing and talking about negative points of candidates (in elections) in public? The Grand Ayatollah makarem’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi answered a question about candidates (in elections) criticizing each other in public. Question: What is the ruling about criticizing and talking about negative points of candidates (in elections)…

6 practical steps to empowering ourselves against moral fatigue

SHAFAQNA - When the Panama papers broke, social justice activists rejoiced. They thought there would be a huge, sustained reaction, a real movement. Surely, people would be so outraged, that they would stand up for their rights! But they were…

How Can One Say That The Children of Adam and Eve Married Between Themselves?

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SHAFAQNA - Question: I am shocked and have  real difficulty with your answer on this (Marriage between children of Adam & Eve) question. There are clear ahadeeth (narrations) which totally reject this opinion presented in your answer.…

Documentary - Aleppo Renaissance

SHAFAQNA - Documentary about the theft and destruction of the industrial cities of Aleppo by Sinan Saeed and Tom Duggan with Fares Shehabi (MP for Aleppo).

Ayatollah Alavi Gorgani urges seminaries to promote Int'l activities

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SHAFAQNA - "Promoting Islam and its valuable teachings is among top priorities of seminary schools and clerics." said Ayatollah Alavi Gorgani. In a meeting with Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Mofid Husseini Kouhsari, Head of Islamic Seminaries' Office…

First Halal Hotel in Malaysia seeks to profit from Muslim travel

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SHAFAQNA - Just steps away from the iconic Petronas Towers in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, it's the first hotel in Malaysia to be halal certified. Halal means permissible under Islamic Sharia law, and can refer to both goods and services. Practicing…

Canadian Muslims' Council Concerned over Anti-Muslim Hate Incidents in Ottawa, Toronto

SHAFAQNA- Ibrahim Hindy, a local Toronto Imam, has been the target of violent threats in recent days, linked to a bitter anti-Muslim campaign against prayers in the Peel District School Board (PDSB). Other Muslim advocates and students have…

First Halal Hotel in Malaysia

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SHAFAQNA- Halal means permissible under Islamic Sharia law, and can refer to both goods and services. Practicing Muslims account for more than 60% of Malaysia's population, and halal tourism is a growing and lucrative industry, attracting…

Austrian President Urges All Women to Wear Hijab in Solidarity with Muslims

SHAFAQNA- Alexander Van der Bellen, the left-wing former Green Party leader who narrowly beat a far-right candidate to take office in January, said freedom of expression was a fundamental right. "It is every woman’s right to always dress…

New Muslim from Canada, Jennah Heydari: says religion rejuvenated her Feminism is but a tool to mislead women, created by the Western ideology

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SHAFAQNA- Jennah Heydari lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, Nafe Heydari and her youngest son. She has two sons; the older son is already away in college. She is a book illustrator and is currently working on a children’s book that…

3rd Shaban: The Birthday Anniversary of Imam Husayn (A.S.) 4th Shaban: The Birthday Anniversary of Hadrat Abul Fazl Abbas (A.S.) 5th Shaban: The Birthday Anniversary of Imam Zainul Abedin (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- Imam Husayn (A.S.), the Doyen of the Martyrs, the Grandson of the Holy Prophet of Islam (S.A.W.), the Chief of the Youth of Paradise who saved Islam from complete destruction by his great sacrifice at the battlefield of Karbala was…

Must a Marja Taqleed (religious authority) be followed who is known to be the most knowledgeable? The Grand Ayatollah Shahroudi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Shahroudi answered a question about following a Marja Taqleed. Question: Must a Marja Taqleed (religious authority) be followed who is known to be the most knowledgeable? For example when it is well known that…

Who Doesn’t Get to Speak on Islam?: The Silencing of a Protest

SHAFAQNA - In the last week of February, I published an article on Shafaqna.com called, “Who Gets to Speak on Islam?” about the first ever conference on Fatima az-Zahra that was going to be taking place in a few days with an all-male panel…

London students protest Israeli envoy’s planned speech

SHAFAQNA - A planned speech by Israel’s ambassador to Britain at a university in London has been met with protests by anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian students on the campus. Mark Regev, the Israeli envoy, who is a former aide to Israeli…

Bahraini forces detain Shia cleric Sheikh Abdulzahra Karbabadi

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini regime forces have arrested another Shia Muslim cleric as the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty presses ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown and persecution of the members of the religious community in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom. Masked…

Islamic countries' Women Affairs Ministers urge expanding ties with Iran

SHAFAQNA - Participants in the specialized summit of the women affairs ministers from the Islamic countries in Mashad underlined the importance of Islamic solidarity and called for expanding ties with Iran. “Close cooperation between the…

What did God want to achieve by creating us?

SHAFAQNA - What is the motive behind our creation? Is it a question related to the objective of God in creating man, or does it only pertain to the aim of man as a creation? This article explores the different ontological depths of the question…

Dozens of Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers

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SHAFAQNA - Dozens of people have sustained injuries when clashes broke out between Palestinians demonstrating in solidarity with prisoners on an open-ended hunger strike in Israeli jails and Israeli military forces across the occupied West…

Daesh car bomb attack kills at least 4, injures several in Baghdad

SHAFAQNA - At least four people have been killed and several others sustained injures in a car bomb attack claimed by the Daesh Takfiri group in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. According to security and medical sources, the explosion took place…

SHAFAQNA: Fighting Islamophobia - the Debate

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SHAFAQNA - Austria’s President has revealed a controversial plan to fight Islamophobic sentiments. Alexander Van der Bellen is suggesting that EVERY woman should wear a head-scarf - in a show of support to Muslim women.

US State Dept Defends Israeli NGO’s Targeted By Netanyahu

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SHAFAQNA - Under intense attack from the far-right Netanyahu government, Israel’s anti-occupation NGOs B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence got support from an unlikely source today: the Trump Administration, whose State Department defended…

Is The OPCW Playing Politics In Idlib Gas Attack Investigation?

SHAFAQNA - While foreign nations that support regime change in Syria were quick to condemn the Syrian government for its alleged complicity in an April 4 gas attack in the country’s province of Idlib, other nations – notably Russia, Iran…

Israel seeking to divide Palestinian factions: Activist

SHAFAQNA - As tension mounts between Palestinian parties of Fatah and Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, ruled by Fatah in the West Bank, has decided to stop paying for the electricity that the Israeli regime supplies to the Gaza Strip. Some…