Entries by asadian

Eid shopping across Pakistan in full swing

SHAFAQNA – IRNA: Eid shopping in full swing across Pakistan and almost all markets in different cities of the county are crowded with people buying new clothes and other accessories on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr. Eid-al-Fitr is the Islamic festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which Muslims […]

Israel closes Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

SHAFAQNA – Middle East Monitor : The Israeli occupation forces closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron to Muslim worshippers without prior notice. Israel’s 0404 website claimed that an explosive device was found in the vicinity of the mosque earlier in the day. Israel forces intensified their presence in the area and closed […]

Seven Shia Muslims martyred while defending in Syria

SHAFAQNA – Abna24 : Seven people martyred including one civilian, and two other civilians were injured in terrorist attacks with sniper and macinegun fire on the terrorist-besieged Shiite towns of al-Fouaa and Kefraya in northern countryside of Idleb. Seven people martyred including one civilian, and two other civilians were injured in terrorist attacks with sniper and […]

Muslim-American food truck owners fast during Ramadan, no matter how much chicken they smell all day

SHAFAQNA – Business Insider| by Shirin Jaafari : Fasting can be tough for pretty much anyone. But what about the men and women who are fasting during daylight hours and spend all day preparing and serving food to the public? This question got video producer Aymann Ismail thinking. What’s it like to be a Muslim food […]

Rouhani: a secure and stable Afghanistan is a must for regional security

SHAFAQNA – ISNA: President Rouhani described a secure and stable Afghanistan a must for regional security and development and stressed that Tehran always supports peace and stability in Afghanistan.    President Rouhani described a secure and stable Afghanistan a must for regional security and development and stressed that Tehran always supports peace and stability in Afghanistan. In […]

Yemeni forces deal heavy blow to Arab coalition

SHAFAQNA – IRNA: Yemeni army and popular committees on Saturday dealt a heavy blow to forces of Saudi-lead coalition of Arab countries in Al Jah region on the western coasts of the country, killing 58 military men. According to Almasirah news network, the Yemeni forces consisting of army personnel and popular committees in a tactical operation […]

Shia Rights Watch: 412 cases of violence against Shia Muslims in May 2018

SHAFAQNA – Shia Rights Watch : The first five months of 2018 stood witness to 2,573 cases of anti-Shiism. Incidents include death, detention, discrimination, and denial of freedoms systematically or culturally. Anti-Shiism is a conflict at an international scale, affecting both political and grassroots dynamics.  In May 2018, at 412 cases of violence against Shia Muslims, […]

VIDEO: Frenchman commits suicide at Mecca

SHAFAQNA – MNA : A Frenchman threw himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, in the proximity of Islam’s holiest shrine Kaaba, according to Saudi and French officials on Saturday. The incident was particularly shocking as Islam prohibits self-killing. Warning: The video contains footage that may be upsetting to some viewers.   […]

The G7 summit was a mess: France push Trump to make policy concessions on Iran nuclear deal

SHAFAQNA – During the summit, Trump’s meetings with leaders from the other G7 members — which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, plus the European Union (which is not technically part of the G7 but participates) — were reportedly pretty tense and confrontational. That was to be expected. Trump has placed […]

Iraq election: some Ballot boxes burned before recount in east Baghdad

SHAFAQNA – A massive fire broke out Sunday in three warehouses containing ballot boxes of Iraq’s parliamentary election in downtown capital Baghdad. According to BBC, the fire hit Iraq’s biggest ballot paper warehouse that was being used to store votes ahead of a recount. Votes for the eastern district of the Iraqi capital Baghdad were being held […]

Afghanistan announced Cease-fire with Taliban for Ramadan

SHAFAQNA – As Ramadan approaches , Afghani President Ashraf Ghani has called for a week-long cease-fire with the Taliban, drawing wide support from the international community and NATO.     Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced a weeklong cease-fire with the Taliban to coincide with the holiday marking the end of Ramadan, The Christian Science Monitor reports. […]

In eastern Iraq, a small town builds weightlifting champions

SHAFAQNA – Arabian Business :A 1993 weightlifting training centre is keeping the competitive sport alive some 200 km east of Baghdad.  While some towns in Iraq are known for producing oil or textiles, Badra boasts its own special conveyer belt – churning out weightlifting champions. In cafes along the main road dissecting the small town, […]

Why Is Najaf So Holy?

SHAFAQNA – slate | Brendan Koerner : Najaf is considered so sacred because it’s the site of the tomb of Ali, ʿAli b. AbiṬāleb, the first imam of the Shiites with graves attributed to Adam, Nuḥ (Noah).  Muslim who revered Ali (a.s)  as Mohammed’s rightful heir became known as the Shi’at Ali, or “faction of […]

Rouhani-Putin emphasis on successful cooperation in Syrian conflict

SHAFAQNA – Despite Israeli claims about rising tensions between Iran and Russia in Syria, the Presidents of these two nations talked about their successful cooperation in Syrian conflict. President Vladimir Putin noted specific results of the cooperation between Russia and Iran in settling the Syrian conflict as he spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on […]

Syrians return home to spend Ramadan holiday

SHAFAQNA – Anadolu Agency | by Handan Kazanci: 39,000 Syrians have already returned to liberated areas in Syria, says Turkish migration official.   Thousands of Syrian refugees are returning to their home country for the Ramadan holiday after the Turkish army liberated terrorist hotbeds near the border. Nearly 39,000 Syrians have returned to areas, including Azaz, Afrin, […]

Ramadan’s spirit of generosity throughout Lebanon

 SHAFAQNA – Annahar | by  Ghadir Hamadi and Tala Hammour : People all over Lebanon are currently wishing each other “Ramadan Kareem,” which means “have a generous Ramadan.” More than just a well-wished sentiment, the month is a time of heartfelt giving, particularly to those less fortunate, as part of an encouragement to worshipers to strengthen their […]

Austrian far-right government is closing 7 mosques

SHAFAQNA – Vox | by  Tara Isabella Burton: The far-right government claims it’s due to “national security” concerns. On Friday, the Austrian government announced that it plans to close down seven mosques and potentially expel about 60 imams from the country. The announcement, which was made by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, is rooted in a 2015 law […]

Trump White House under fire for lack of Muslim-American representation at Ramadan celebration

SHAFAQNA – VOX | by Tara Isabella burton: The White House hosted its first Iftar dinner after declining to hold it last year. Wednesday night, to commemorate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Trump White House hosted its first Iftar dinner — the meal that ends the daily fast. The White House has hosted an […]