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Fears of Muslim domination unwarranted

SHAFAQNA – ‘Every Continental (European) under the age of 40 — make that 60, if not 75 — is all but guaranteed to end his days living in an Islamified Europe,” polemicist Mark Steyn wrote in 2006. “Native populations on the continent are aging and fading and being supplanted remorselessly by a young Muslim demographic.” So […]


Ramadan worth £200m to UK economy

SHAFAQNA – Muslims observing Ramadan were reported to be worth at least £200m to the UK economy in 2017, as food and gift expenditure rose during the month-long religious observation. According to the report published by Islamic brand consultants Ogilvy Noor entitled ‘The Great British Ramadan’ gift-giving is a “core ritual for Eid”, with 50% of […]

At Least 4 Killed in Twin Blasts in Kabul

SHAFAQNA – The attacks came just a week after a blast at a voter registration center killed 60 people, in the wake of warnings by security officials against the risk of increasing attacks ahead of parliamentary elections planned in October. Monday’s first explosion in the Shashdarak area close to buildings of the NDS intelligence service was […]

Bahraini Shiite clerics threatened with ‘legal action’ over appeal for commutation of death sentences

SHAFAQNA – Bahrain’s leading Shiite clerics provoked a furious reaction from the regime in Manama for merely appealing for the commutation of death sentences in the Gulf kingdom. The country’s interior ministry threatened the religious figures with ‘legal action’ on Saturday and accused them of attempting to stoke unrest. Earlier in the week, Sayed Abdullah Al-Ghuraifi, […]


Free Zakzaky processions sweep across northern Nigeria

SHAFAQNA – From Adamawa to Zamfara, thousands of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and their sympathizers held massive Free Zakzaky processions on Saturday 28/04/18, to further call for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky. This unanimous action simultaneously taken across the Northern region comes at a time the government is shifting its position towards […]

American professor converts to Shia Islam, visits Imam Ali holy shrine

SHAFAQNA – The coordinator between Muslims and Christians in Senegal, the American professor Maria Lifini, had the honor of visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). The employees of the Public Relations Department welcomed and accompanied her. “I knew Muslims’ life-styles and conduct through communicating with them in Michigan, Lebanon, and Senegal. Because of what […]


Life on Seoul’s ‘Muslim Street’

SHAFAQNA – “Koreans who have visited Turkey visit my shop for these sweets,” says Ebru Uzun, the Turkish proprietor of a Turkish bakeshop in Itaewon, the Muslim district of Seoul. “This street is the home of halal food in Seoul, it’s very popular.” Uzun migrated to Korea 14 years ago, after her husband found work on […]

Jews and Muslims united against hate

SHAFAQNA – Muslims joined Germans of all faiths in a march against anti-Semitism this week, with a few Muslim women photographed donning kippahs over their hijabs in solidarity with their Jewish neighbors. The demonstrations took place across the country, with the largest event happening in Berlin, after an anti-Semitic attacker targeted two Jewish men wearing […]

Renowned Pak Shia scholar ‘Allama Jafari’ warns GB govt. against occupation of Baltistan land

SHAFAQNA –  Renowned Shia Muslim religious scholar Allama Shaikh Mohammad Jafari has warned the Gilgit-Baltistan government of stiff resistance and public reaction if it occupies Baltistan land in the name of Khalsa Sarkar anymore. Speaking at a ceremony, he said, Land Reforms Commission should not make biased and unfair decisions regarding the people’s land. He […]

Sayyed al-Safi: Ayatollah Sistani’s ‘jihad fatwa’ was unique

SHAFAQNA – Speaking at the fourteenth international “Spring of Martyrdom” cultural conference held on behalf of the holy shrines of Imam al-Hussain and Hadrat Abbas in the Iraqi city of Karbala, Sayyed Ahmad al-Safi said, “Ayatollah al-Sistani’s obligatory jihad fatwa to confront the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group had a wide range of political, jurisprudential, economic, social […]

Grand Ayat. Hakim receives African students

SHAFAQNA – Senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Saeed al-Hakim received a group of African Muslim students in his office in the holy city of Najaf on Friday, April 27 during which he advised them to make better efforts in order to promote Islamic teachings in African countries. The Shia source of emulation also advised […]

Ayatollah Khamenei: To achieve prosperity, Muslims should act according to Quran

SHAFAQNA – Masters, reciters, participants of 35th International Quran Competitions met with Ayatollah Khamenei this morning, April 26, 2018. During the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei asserted: “If friendly relations are not established among believers and good relations between believers and disbelievers continues, great corruption might occur on Earth.” Referring to certain Islamic states that reject Muslims yet […]

Syria – 80% of Raqqa’s buildings destroyed says the UN

SHAFAQNA – The United Nations confirmed that Raqqa city is living in tragic conditions, noting that 70 to 80 % of its buildings were devastated. “The UN assessment mission visited Raqqa city on April 1 to assess the humanitarian situation there clarified that there are large quantities of unexploded ordnance and mines ,” Tass news agency […]

Got 24 hours to spend in London? Try these 4 halal food hotspots

SHAFAQNA – When you jet to a non-Muslim destination for a very quick stay, it makes sense to choose convenience at meal times and opt for something vegetarian or seafood-based. However, with more and more halal restaurants and takeaway options popping up, finding good cuisine is becoming a lot easier. One of the destinations witnessing a […]

Bahraini Al-Wefaq speaks against collective political death sentences

SHAFAQNA – Reacting to reports that Manama intends to soon carry several death sentences against political prisoners, Al Wefaq issues the following statement: The Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society said that the military court in Bahrain issued final death sentences against six citizens in a secret trial of peaceful civilians on charges that did not occur […]


15 Percent Rise in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes in US

SHAFAQNA – Hate crimes targeting US Muslims rose 15 percent in 2017, the second year of increases, according to a study released on Monday by advocacy group the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR attributed the increase in part to the policies of US President Donald Trump, particularly restrictions on immigration from Muslim-majority countries.“There has been nothing […]

Conference on “Science, ethics and art in Shia World with a focus on Medina” planned in Germany

SHAFAQNA – The second edition of a Shia studies international conference in Germany titled “Science, Ethics and Art in Shia World with a Focus on Medina” is planned to be held on October 19-20 in Berlin. According to the Iranian Cultural Center in Germany, the international program will also mark the establishment anniversary of the first […]