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The Call of Karbala and the Awe of Arbaeen

SHAFAQNA – From the time I embraced Islam over thirty years ago, I was aware of the importance of visiting the Prophets, Messengers, Imams, and other Friends of Allah, peace and blessings be upon them all.   As the Most Merciful of the Merciful mentions in the Glorious Qur’an, “Whoever honors the symbols of Allah — […]

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CANADA: Activists to call for an end to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA – Arms deals are not merely a financial transaction. They are a powerful expression of political support and partnership between two governments. When Stephen Harper signed the $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia in 2014 – the largest contract in Canada’s history – he attempted to justify the controversial deal by pointing to Saudi Arabia […]

State-run religious oppression – Saudi Arabia’s war against God

SHAFAQNA – If Saudi Arabia has long toed the line of religious oppression to placate an ever-more ‘demanding’ clergy, the kingdom’s campaign to disappear, that, which Islam holds dearest by way of memory, cultural, and religious heritage has gone unanswered for far too long. Should we dare fall silent before the plundering of our collective patrimoine, […]


There are Muslims in Tibet, too

SHAFAQNA – Mention Tibet, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Dalai Lama and Buddhism. However, Muslims have been as much a part of the fabric of Tibetan culture as their Buddhist counterparts. It is hard to distinguish Muslim Tibetans from their Buddhist compatriots since they share the same language, food, clothing, […]


French Muslim student in media storm over headscarf

SHAFAQNA – A Muslim student at one of France’s top universities has found herself at the centre of a media storm after she appeared in a documentary wearing a headscarf. Maryam Pougetoux had appeared in the film to talk about student protests in the country, which have been ongoing since April this year. The student activist […]

The Revolutionary Roots of America’s Religious Nationalism

SHAFAQNA – A decade ago, it would have been difficult to conceive of Donald Trump as a key figure in America’s Christian image of itself. Yet the Religious Right’s support of his candidacy, followed by continued loyalty since he took office despite numerous scandals, has shifted the nation’s traditional boundaries. Evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham and Jerry […]

Oped: What Malcolm X Taught Me About Muslim America

SHAFAQNA – fell in love with Malcolm when I was fifteen. He was eloquent, handsome and, most importantly, revolutionary. Among a litany of emotionally stunted fictional white men, the Caulfields and Gatsbys of the standard high school English syllabus, the central character in The Autobiography of Malcolm X stood apart. As the only Muslim in […]

Islamophobia – Danish minister blasts Muslims over Ramadan fast

SHAFAQNA – There are about 250,000 Muslims living in Denmark, and the Danish integration minister thinks that those fasting for Ramadan are better off staying at home until the month-long holiday is over. “I want to call on Muslims to take leave from work during the month of Ramadan to avoid negative consequences for the rest of Danish […]

The surprising halal delights of Ho Chi Minh

SHAFAQNA – Forever ‘Saigon’ to many, Ho Chi Minh City (HCM) — named after the revolutionary socialist leader who united North and South Vietnam — curiously ‘feels’ like Vietnam’s capital city, but it isn’t. That would be Hanoi in the ‘socialist’ north. Here in the ‘capitalist’ south, HCM’s abundance of glassy towers, business centres and wide […]

Renowned Pakistani religious scholar calls for Muslim unity to help oppressed Palestinians

SHAFAQNA – Renowned religious scholar and president of Federation of Pakistan’s Shia seminaries Allama Syed Riaz Hussain Najafi has expressed concern on the disunity of the governments of the Muslim majority countries due to which enemies of Islam and Muslims plotted against the sacred land of Palestine and oppressed Palestinians. Speaking at a congregation at Jamiatul […]

Advocating tolerance in South Africa following mosque attack

SHAFAQNA – Changing discourses and perspectives in communities is complex and tough. This is indeed the case with current day sectarian discourses among Muslims. But, discourse, or what and how we choose to talk, also kills. This has been shown by the recent attack on a Shi’a mosque in Durban. Speculation is that this is a […]

Study: At least 78% of humanitarian aid intended for Palestinians ends up in Israeli coffers

SHAFAQNA – Diplomats may have a reputation for greyness, obfuscation, even hypocrisy, but few have found themselves compared to a serial killer, let alone one who devours human flesh. That honour befell Laars Faaborg-Andersen, the European Union’s ambassador to Israel, last week when Jewish settlers launched a social media campaign casting him as Hannibal Lecter, the […]

Florida Man Arrested for Threatening to Blow Up Mosque

SHAFAQNA – Dustin Hughes, 26, is alleged to have called Jamaat Ul Muttaqeen Mosque in Pembroke Pines, Florida, four times in a week. Hughes made the first call on May 5, claiming he had planted a bomb in the mosque and planned on detonating it, according to a federal complaint. “I planted a bomb in your […]


OIC Member States Underline Protection of Palestinians against Israeli Crimes

SHAFAQNA – Heads of Muslim states who gathered in Turkey for a special summit on recent Israeli massacre Gazans called for an international force to be deployed to protect Palestinian people against Israeli crimes. In a final communiqué issued following an emergency meeting in Istanbul on Friday, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the May […]

Prominent Kashmiri Shia scholar ‘Agha Syed Hassan’ leads protest against massacre in Palestine

SHAFAQNA – Anjumna Shari Shian Friday organized a massive protest demonstration against massacre of innocent people of Palestine by Israeli Forces in Central Kashmir’s Budgam. Thousands of people participated in the protest demonstration that was led by Anjuman Shari Shian President Agha Syed Hassan Almosvi Alsafvi. Agha strongly condemned Israel’s open aggression against Palestinian people which […]



SHAFAQNA – In the Name of the Most-High. Respected Professor and Doctor John Andrew Morrow. May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you. We would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude for accepting to be interviewed by the Dalil Foundation Magazine which is published by the Holy Sanctuary of Imam Husayn. […]

Noor Orphans Fund – RAMADHAN REACH-OUT 2018

SHAFAQNA – Let’s share some food, eid gifts and most importantly some love with the orphans this Ramadhan. Many of them are facing terrible living conditions, food shortages and excessive heat in the desserts of Iraq. The Noor Orphans Fund #RamadhanReachOut2018 is here and we need to join together to #sharethelove. Ramadhan is the month of […]

A peek into the lives of Puerto Rican Muslims

SHAFAQNA – For Juan, Ramadan is a balancing act. On the one hand is his religious faith and practice. On the other is his land, his culture, his home: Puerto Rico. Although he weaves these two elements of his identity together in many ways, during Ramadan, the borderline between them becomes palpable. For the Puerto Rican […]