The Qur’ān and Religious Pluralism

SHAFAQNA - Some Muslim intellectuals have attempted to read the theory of religious pluralism into the Qur’ān itself. The most famous argument used by them is that the term “Islām,” in the Qur’ān, should not be taken as a noun but…

Islam and Religious Pluralism - Social Pluralism

SHAFAQNA - Social Pluralism As far as social pluralism is concerned, Islām seeks for peaceful co-existence and mutual tolerance between the people of different religions and cultures. Among the three Abrahāmic religions, it is only Islām…

CAIR Condemns Trump's Incitement to Violence Against U.S. Muslims on Twitter

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SHAFAQNA - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned what it called President Trump's "incitement to violence against American Muslims" after he retweeted…

What is the effect of helping poor people in the hereafter?

SHAFAQNA - In a letter to his eldest son Imam Hassan (AS), Imam Ali (AS) wrote: If you see a poor person who can carry your provision to Day of Judgment, and tomorrow when you need it, give it back to you, make the most of this opportunity of…

Amnesty calls on Manama to drop charges against Ebtisam al-Saegh

SHAFAQNA - Amnesty International called for a show of solidarity with Bahrain’s Ebtisam al-Saegh on the occasion of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. In a Tweet posted on Wednesday, the group urged Manama “to drop all…

UN seeks report from Myanmar on rapes, deaths of Rohingya women

SHAFAQNA - A United Nations women’s rights panel called on Myanmar on Tuesday to report within six months on rapes and sexual violence against Rohingya women and girls by its security forces in northern Rakhine state and measures taken to…

Attacks on Mosques rising in Netherlands

SHAFAQNA - There has been an increase in the number of attacks targeting mosques in the Netherlands, according to a report released by a Turkish university on Monday. Issued by Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, the 2016 Netherlands Human…

The Sixth Talk - SEEKING ALLAH'S PROTECTION FROM SATAN

SHAFAQNA - In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful إِنَّ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَواْ إِذَا مَسَّهُمْ طَائِفٌ مِّنَ الشَّيْطَانِ تَذَكَّرُواْ فَإِذَا هُم…

The Fifth Talk - SEEKING ALLAH'S PROTECTION FROM SATAN

SHAFAQNA - In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful إِنَّ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَواْ إِذَا مَسَّهُمْ طَائِفٌ مِّنَ الشَّيْطَانِ تَذَكَّرُواْ فَإِذَا هُم…

Saudi anti-terrorism summit uses Palestinian intifada clip, draws angry response

SHAFAQNA - Social media users have reacted to a Saudi Arabian anti-terrorism summit in which a video was played showing a Palestinian fighting Israeli occupation forces. Palestinians and Arabs on social media have reacted with anger after a…

Yahya Mohammed Saleh: “Yemen will rise a secular democracy or the region will fall”

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SHAFAQNA - A member of one of Yemen’s most powerful political dynasties, Yahya Mohammad Saleh, nephew to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and former Chief of Staff of the Central Security Forces, opened up to me this November on Yemen’s…

Quran Index (A to Z)

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SHAFAQNA- A Aaron, 4:163, 6:84, 7:122, 7:142, 7:150, 7:172, 10:75, 19:53, 20:30, 20:40, 20:90, 20:92, 21:48, 23:45, 25:35, 26:12, 26:48, 28:34, 37:114-120 House of, 2:248 Ablution, 4:43, 5:6 circumstances requiring, 4:43 Abraham,…

Undercover as a Muslim for a Week

SHAFAQNA- Don’t judge a book by its cover. This was the fact Katie Freeman reached after spending a week as undercover Muslim in Manchester. “You could say I followed the herd,” Katie, 43, says today, as she shares tea and cake in…

Palestine: Israel killed 14 Palestinian children in 2017

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SHAFAQNA-Israeli forces have killed 14 Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since the start of this year, according to a Palestinian statistics agency. In a statement on Sunday, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS)…

Buying, selling and keeping products which promote non-Islamic values / the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s answer

SHAFAQNA - The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered a question about buying, selling and keeping products which promote non-Islamic values. Question: Is it allowed to buy, sell, and keep products with “Barbie” photos on them which are produced…

Muslim-targeted hate crimes reduced in Canada

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SHAFAQNA- Hate crimes in Canada directed at Muslims dropped in 2016 after four years of steady increases, according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday. Police recorded 139 such crimes last year, down by 20, marking a decrease from…

Facebook guide to improve the safety of Muslims online

SHAFAQNA- Facebook has created a guide to improving the safety of Muslims online, in an effort to combat Islamaphonia, racism and hate speech levelled at the community. Keeping Muslims Safe Online: Tackling Hate and Bigotry was written in…

Al Khalifa Playing with Fire

SHAFAQNA-  Bahrain’s Center for Human Rights and Democracy warned about the deteriorating health conditions of the country’s top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim. In a statement, the center criticized the ruling Al Khalifa regime for holding…

Divine (Allah’s) Judgment (Hokm) versus Human Judgment (Hokm)

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SHAFAQNA- AUTHORS(S): Dr. Hatem Abu Shahba TRANSLATOR(S): Jerrmein Abu Shahba Divine (Allah’s) Judgment (Hokm) versus Human Judgment (Hokm) Written by: Dr. Hatem Abu Shahba Translated by: Jerrmein Abu Shahba This…

Temet Nosce (Know Thyself)

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SHAFAQNA- Despite Satan’s deliberate disobedience and efforts to lead man astray, the scope of his influence is certainly limited. There are some who ‘rise above the influence’.  “…God has treasures there which are neither gold…

Surat Al-Fajr - A Commentary

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SHAFAQNA- An Enlightening Commentary of the Holy Qur'an Vol. II In The Name of Allah, The Beneficent the Merciful! Sura Fajr - Break of Dawn No. 89 (30 Verses) Contents of the Sura: This Sura, like many other Meccan Suras, contains…

Ahl al-Bayt's (A.S.) Status on the Day of Resurrection

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SHAFAQNA- The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) said: The first who will join me by the Hawd of Kawthar are my Ahl al-Bayt and those of my Ummah who love me. Al-Imam Ali (A.S.): The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) informed me that among the first who will…

Donald Trump Wins Muslim-Hate Award

SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump was voted Islamophobe of the Year at this years Islamophobia Awards 2017 event this weekend in London. Hundreds of people attended the unique tongue in cheek awards ceremony hosted by the Islamic Human Rights Commission,…

The Fourth Talk - SEEKING ALLAH'S PROTECTION FROM SATAN

SHAFAQNA - In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful وَقُل رَّبِّ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ هَمَزَاتِ الشَّيَاطِينِ وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ رَبِّ أَن يَحْضُرُونِ Say…

Young Southeast Asian Muslim Women Are More Religious Yet More Progressive, Study Finds

SHAFAQNA - Young Southeast Asian Muslim women are more cosmopolitan and global and yet more religiously observant compared with the older generation of female Muslims, according to a recent study. The study -- conducted by the New York-based…

Swedish MP forced to resign over Islamophobic scandal

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SHAFAQNA - A nationalist politician in Sweden was forced to resign on Monday after declaring that Muslims are the opposite of humans. "On one end of the scale you are 100 percent human, a person, everything that’s part of that concept.…

200 tons of aid arrives in Syria's Deir Ezzor

SHAFAQNA - A twenty-truck convoy carrying more than 200 tons of relief substances provided by the Syria Trust for Development arrived in Deir Ezzor city on Monday. Speaking to the source, Deir Ezzor Governor Mohammed Ibrahim Samra said that…

Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Oxford award over Rohingya crisis

SHAFAQNA - Aung San Suu Kyi has been formally stripped of the Freedom of the City of Oxford award over her response to the repression of her country’s Rohingya Muslims. Oxford city council voted unanimously to permanently remove the honour…