ICSRF calls on Manama to allow Bahraini detainee access to medical care

    SHAFAQNA - The International Center for Supporting Rights and Freedoms (ICSRF) called on the Bahraini monarch to immediately address Mohammed Al Ajami’s deteriorating health condition. Al Ajami was among hundreds of protesters…

Eid-Ul-Adha, Festival of Sacrifice

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SHAFAQNA- Eid ul-Adha or Festival of Sacrifice is in commemoration of the sacrifices of Abraham and his family. All the other Muslims in the world join the hajjis (pilgrims) in Mecca, in celebrating the Eid ul Adha (Festival of Sacrifice),…

North Korea threatens Japan with ‘destruction’

SHAFAQNA- North Korea has threatened Japan with destruction for siding with the United States shortly after Pyongyang fired a missile that flew over Japan. An article on North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on…

Dua Arafah [eng subs]

SHAFAQNA- This dua is prescribed for the Day of Arafah during the Hajj pilgrimage by the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad; the Master of Martyrs, Imam Husain (peace and blessings be upon them).

Dua Arafah

SHAFAQNA- Duas Translated presents the first ever Dua Arafah recorded in English. This is the prayer of The Grandson of the Holy Prophet (saww) Imam al Hussain (as) on the Day of Arafah. Bishr and Basheer, narrated that they once accompanied…

Hajj pilgrims head for Mina

SHAFAQNA - Pilgrims attending the Hajj rituals in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday began moving toward Mina, five kilometers east of Mecca. After preliminary rituals this week at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the pilgrims started moving eastwards…

The Day of Arafah

SHAFAQNA - The ninth day of Dhul Hijjah is the day of 'Arafah. It is the day when Hajj pilgrims stand on the plain of 'Arafat' (a flat wide desert about 22 km south east of Makkah Mukarramah) to pray. 'Arafat literally means knowledge and…

What is the ruling about prostrating (Sijdah) on the carpet in Masjid-ul-Nabi? The Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoil’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli answered a question about prostrating (Sijdah) on the carpets of Masjid-ul-Nabi. The Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli: There is no problem in prostrating (Sijdah) on the carpet in Masjid-ul-Nabi, and…

Nigeria: Hundreds forcibly disappeared to instil fear

SHAFAQNA - Enforced disappearances are being used to instil fear into civilian population living in areas of the country wracked with conflict and insecurity, said Amnesty International as the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared…

Action Alert: Demand African Union intervene in Sheikh Zakzaky case

SHAFAQNA - A call to action has been made to anybody reading this message to take a moment and write an urgent letter to the African Union demanding their immediate intervention in the matter of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. The letter or email…

410,000 More Pilgrims in Hajj This Year

SHAFAQNA - The number of pilgrims attending this year’s Hajj is nearly 410,000 more than that of those taking part in the rituals last year. Saudi Arabia’s Passports Department Chief General Sulaiman bin Abdul Aziz al-Yahya made the…

Lebanon to commemorate Imam Musa Sadr

  SHAFAQNA - Lebanese people are expected to commemorate the country’s prominent religious figure, Imam Musa al-Sadr, on Wednesday, 39 years after his disappearance. A large number of the Lebanese people from all walks of life…

500 ISIS terrorists besieged in Ayadiyah area of Tel Afar

    SHAFAQNA - Iraqi military estimates that 500 ISIS terrorists are remaining inside Ayadiyah, the last district held by the ISIS terrorists in Tel Afar. Iraqi media outlets, quoting military sources in Tel Afar, reported…

Current Extremism a Byproduct of Saudi-Type Islam says Malaysian Academic

SHAFAQNA - A Malaysian academic has warned of an extremist interpretation of Islam that may have an adverse effect on religious harmony in the Southeast Asian country, saying it was a byproduct of local teachers who were subjected to a “salafist”…

UN chief calls for lifting of Gaza blockade

SHAFAQNA - UN chief Antonio Guterres called for the blockade of Gaza to be lifted Wednesday as he visited the Palestinian enclave enduring "one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises" he had seen. The secretary general's comments came as…

Ayatollah Bashir al-Najafi: Pilgrimage to Ahlulbayt’s shrines provides opportunity to seek proximity to God

SHAFAQNA - Different groups of Shia Muslims from Wasit Governorate, Saudi Arabia as well as Azerbaijan Republic met with senior Iraqi cleric Grand Ayatollah Bashir al-Najafi in his office on Wednesday. In a meeting with Saudi Shias, Grand Ayatollah…

Hundreds of Rohingyas stranded on Myanmar-Bangladesh border

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SHAFAQNA - The International Organization for Migration says over 18,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh last week following a fresh wave of crackdown in Myanmar.

Who has the most regrets on the Day of Judgment?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Baqer (AS) who said: The most regrets on the Day of Judgment are for the person who recommends justice to other people but he/she practices the opposite towards others [1]. [1] Tohaful Oqool, Page 308,…

Imam Mohammad Baqer (A.S.) "Baqer al-Uloum", "The Splitter and Spreader of Sciences"

SHAFAQNA- Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz The 3rd of the month of Safar, which although the birthday of an Infallible Imam, we do not mark it with celebrations out of respect for the tragedy of Karbala and its equally tragic aftermath, which…

Why aren't Uyghur Muslims in China allowed to go to Hajj?

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SHAFAQNA - As millions of Muslims around the world celebrate the beginning of Hajj, Uyghur Turks continue to face state-led discrimination. As we celebrate the beginning of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that unites millions…

French schools ordered to offer Muslims alternative to pork

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim association won what it called a landmark victory today as a court ruled that schoolchildren who do not eat pork must be offered alternative dishes. Dijon Administrative Court quashed a decision by Gilles Platret, the…

A380 Hajj service could change the way pilgrims travel

SHAFAQNA - The annual Hajj pilgrimage is big business for those working in aviation, with vast numbers of Muslims from around the world flying in and out of Saudi Arabia. For tour operators, airlines and brokers, Hajj and Umrah traffic represents…

Hurricane Harvey: Muslim youth group hits streets to help Houston residents during storm

SHAFAQNA - As tropical storm Harvey hit Texas with devastating floods, a group of young Muslim men hit the streets to help their neighbours. More than 100 members of Muslim Youth USA, and 40 members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association,…

UK - Bradford Muslims threatened with acid attack

SHAFAQNA - Police have launched a hate crime investigation after anonymous letters threatening acid attacks on Muslims were posted in Bradford. West Yorkshire police said they were taking the threats “extremely seriously” and had increased…

Bahraini security forces erect walls around besieged villages

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini security forces appear to be tightening their siege on Diraz by deploying additional concrete barriers around the country’s northwestern village on Monday. The structures normally used for military fortifications reinforced…

12 people killed as car bomb explodes at Shia neighborhood in Baghdad

SHAFAQNA - A car bombing has struck a busy market area in eastern Baghdad, killing at least 12 people, Iraqi officials say. The explosives-laden car went off at the wholesale Jamila market in Baghdad's Shia district of Sadr City on Monday…

Bahraini regime denies imprisoned activist cancer treatment

SHAFAQNA - The family of the Secretary-General of the Bahraini Movement for Rights and Democracy, "Haq", Hassan Mushaima, revealed that Jaw prison's administration continues to deprive him of his right to receive medical treatment. According…

What is the ruling for Nikah during Ihram? The Grand Ayatollah Safi’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Safi answered a question about performing Nikah (concluding the marriage contract) at the time of Ihram (when pilgrim changes into pilgrim’s garb to perform Hajj). Question: What is the ruling for performing…