“They Are Not Our Brothers” Hate Speech by Saudi Officials

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SHAFAQNA - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia traces its origins to a 1744 pact between a religious leader Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, and the Al Saud family, under which al-Wahhab’s movement enabled the Saudi rulers to expand their political rule…

We are the Bright Beacons of Guidance

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SHAFAQNA - The couplets that Imam Husayn (as) recited on the afternoon of Ashura while he was fighting the enemies. This is me, son of Ali (as) of virtue from the Family of Hashim clan and such a pride of such a relationship is sufficient And…

EDITORIAL - BIRMINGHAM KNIFE CANNOT SERVE AS AN EXCUSE FOR FURTHER VIOLENCE

SHAFAQNA - Shafaqna would like to offer their thoughts and prayers to the family of of Birmingham’s knife attack this September 30, 2017. A young man battles today for his life on account a misguided few saw violence as a catalyst for…

BIRMINGHAM STABBING OUTSIDE MOSQUE

SHAFAQNA - Statement by British Muslim communities following the knife attack outside Small Heath mosque We condemn, in the strongest terms, the knife attack on a 14-year-old boy outside the Idaara Maarif-e-Islam Hussainia Mosque and Community…

Nigeria: Police attack and arrest civilians marking Ashura

SHAFAQNA - Armed police in Nigeria have broken up a gathering of civilians marking the historical events of Ashura, arresting at least six people. The six, all members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, whose leader Ibrahim el-Zakzaky remains…

Iran urges world to meet obligation to Rohingya Muslims

SHAFAQNA- International community's responsibility to Myanmar's Rohingya refugees becomes increasingly heavier as their dire situation becomes more complicated, Iran's Foreign Ministry's spokesman said on Saturday, IRNA reported. 'With…

Ashura Encyclopedia

SHAFAQNA- By Javad Muhaddithy Detailed accounts of people, places and events surrounding the al-Taff Battle and the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a), members of his household and companions on Ashura Day. A - Aabis Ibn Abi Shabib Al-Shakiry One…

Ashura, a Critical Juncture in the Life of Mankind

SHAFAQNA- By: Ayatullah Shaykh Muhammad Mahdi al-Asifi, Najaf, Iraq Days of Separation The days of separation are distinct occasions in history that classify people into two or more groups. The place of these occasions in history is similar…

The Events of the Night of ‘Ashura’

SHAFAQNA- By: Shaikh Muhammad Hadi al-Yusufi al-Gharawi The Speech of al-Husayn (as) on the Night of ‘Ashura’ ‘Ali bin al-Husayn (as) says: “Al-Husayn gathered his companions after ‘Umar bin Sa‘d went back, and this was just before…

Imam al-Husayn (A.S.), the reviver and the savior of Islam

SHAFAQNA- By: Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi Imam al-Husayn (a.s.) was the reviver of Islam and the savior of the nation after it had been a prey in the hands of the Umayyads who subjected it to severe torment, killed its men and spared its women.…

Mukhtar al-Thaqafy - revenge for Imam Hussain's death

SHAFAQNA - In the month of Rajab, 60 AH, Mu'awiyah died. He had ruled the Muslim countries for twenty years. He killed many companions of Prophet Muhammad (saw). Hajar bin Adi al-Kindi, Amr bin al-Hamq al-Khazay and Rasheed al-Hajry were of…

Why mourning ceremonies in Muharram need to be in the right direction?

SHAFAQNA - In the early years of his appointment as Marja’a, the late Grand Ayatollah Borojerdi (RA) with his extraordinary influence, he was informed that the situation of Taziah (kind of performance to portray the characters in Karbala)…

Tasu'a

SHAFAQNA - On Muharram 9th, 61 A.H. Umar bin Saad started his attack at night. He advanced towards Imam Husayn's camp. Zaynab, Imam Ali's daughter, heard the enemy's voice. She said to her brother al-Husayn: The enemies have approached! Imam…

Tasua; The Exam of Loyalty

SHAFAQNA- Sometimes, a one or two, or a few day life of a person, which its description might fit in few pages writing, is glorious to an extent that can prove the worthiness of a person better than dozens of books. His majesty Ab al-Fazl…

Syria demands immediate international move against US-led coalition

      SHAFAQNA - The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry of Syria addressed on Thursday new letters to the chiefs of the UN and the international Security Council over the constantly repeated attacks of the US-led coalition…

World would ‘breathe sigh of relief’ if Russia, US mended ties - Lavrov

SHAFAQNA - A number of international issues today require cooperation between Moscow and Washington, and the world is expecting this from the two states, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. The world would“breathe with…

US embassy issues warning about neo-Nazi demonstration in Gothenburg, Sweden

SHAFAQNA - The US embassy in Sweden has issued a warning to its citizens ahead of a planned neo-Nazi march in Gothenburg on Saturday. The diplomats said the event could turn violent. The demonstration has been organized by the Nazi group Nordic…

Blast near Shiite mosque in Afghan capital causes casualties – officials

SHAFAQNA - Suicide attackers hit the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday near a large Shiite mosque, causing several casualties, Reuters reported, citing officials and witnesses. The blast hit the Qala-e Fatehullah area, near the Hussainya mosque.…

The story behind Muharram and why we must know it

SHAFAQNA - Thirteen centuries on Muharram still echoes of a battle fought ... it echoes of the stand of a man, an Imam appointed by God at a time when darkness threatened to disappear that which had been apparent, and that, which communities…

What special privileges are granted to Imam Hussain (AS) by Allah (SWT)?

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Mohammad ibn Moslem who said: I heard from Imam Baqer (AS) and Imam Sadeq (AS) who said: Allah (SWT) has granted three special things to Imam Hussain (AS) instead of his martyrdom. Granted Imamate to his children,…

Turkish PM: Ankara, Tehran, Baghdad to meet on Iraqi KRG referendum

SHAFAQNA- Turkey, Iran and Iraq will soon hold high-level talks on the recent referendum conducted by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government, the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told reporters on Thursday. Yıldırım, after…

Imam Husain's (A.S.) Words with Ali Akbar (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- Uqbah bin Sam'an says, that we went along with the Imam Husain (A.S.) on the way to Kufa and he took a short nap on the horse's back. Then he woke up and uttered the words: "Verily we are from Allah's and verily unto Him shall we…

Imam Husain's Discourse with Qasim ibn Hasan(A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- After Imam Hussayn (A.S.) delivered his sermon on the eve of Ashura, Then Qasim bin Hasan (A.S.) asked, "Am I too included in the list of the martyrs"? Hearing this Imam was moved and said, "O my dear son! How do you consider death…

Ali Akbar, the Hashmite Prince

SHAFAQNA- The whole town of Medina was humming with activity. People from all parts of the town were looking into the street of the Hashimites where a caravan was getting ready for a journey. The elders of the town were talking to each other…

The error-free Imams

SHAFAQNA - As we believe our Twelve Imams to be error-free – M’asumin – why do they themselves often ask God for forgiveness? Most of our prayers of supplication – du’a – are from the Imams and these clearly indicate that the Imams…

Shafaqna's interview with Sputnik on women driven in KSA

SHAFAQNA - Earlier this week King Salman granted women in the kingdom the right to drive. Lauded for its magnanimity Saudi Arabia's concession however feels much more like a PR exercise than true change. The most violent, repression and reactionary…

Chinese police order Xinjiang’s Muslims to hand in all copies of the Quran

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SHAFAQNA - Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered ethnic minority Muslim families to hand in religious items including prayer mats and copies of the Quran to the authorities, RFA has learned. Officials across…

Amnesty urges UNSC to impose arms embargo on Myanmar

SHAFAQNA - The UN Security Council must do everything it can to end the crimes against humanity and ongoing ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya civilian population in Myanmar, including by imposing a comprehensive arms embargo on the country,…