Entries by Yahya

Shelter for Muslim women to open in Montreal this summer

SHAFAQNA- A transitional shelter designed specifically to support Muslim women in Montreal is set to open its doors this June. Sakeenah Homes, a Toronto-based charity, has just signed a lease in the northwest part of the island for a physical space to welcome Muslim women who are navigating trauma and immigration issues as they search […]

Aamal for the nights of Qadr

SHAFAQNA- Good actions in it (Laylatul Qadr), like prayer and charity and (other) types of goodness, are better than deeds of a thousands months in which there is no Laylatul Qadr.  If Allah (SWT) would not multiply the rewards of believers like this, they would not be able to reach (salvation), but Allah multiplies for […]

Muslim group releases bullying survey, gives recommendations

SHAFAQNA- More than 60% of Muslim youths surveyed in Massachusetts reported being mocked, verbally harassed or physically abused because of their Islamic faith, the state’s chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a report released Tuesday. The Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization said about one-third of students also altered their appearance, behavior, or […]

Yale University elects first Muslim student body president

SHAFAQNA- Yale University, one of the oldest in the Ivy League, has elected a Muslim student as president of its student body for the first time. Bayan Galal, according to Connecticut-based news station WFSB, secured 56 per cent of the student body vote for Yale College Council President, making her the first Muslim in the […]

Muslim miners in Bosnia break fast underground

SHAFAQNA – Groups of men are preparing for long hours of hard labor deep underground in a trouble-plagued coal mine in Bosnia’s central city of Zenica. During Islam’s holy Month of Ramadhan, observant Muslims among them are easy to spot. Arriving for their shift and assembling for a roll call before riding an elevator into […]

Lady Fatima (SA) and the Night of Divine Decrees

SHAFAQNA- We know that Qur’anic verses have a literal meaning and a figurative meaning, and many interpretations. Without a doubt, the literal interpretation of the chapter of Qadr tells of the night in which the Holy Quran was descended upon the pure heart of the Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny), and in […]

Imam Ali (AS) – Success on the Nights of Qadr

SHAFAQNA- “By the Lord of the Kaaba, I am successful”. These were the profound words uttered from the mouth of the beloved Imam Ali (AS) upon being fatally struck by the sword of Abdul Rahman ibn Muljim (may Allah remove God’s mercy from him). When one discovers the circumstances in which Imam Ali (AS) was […]

Martyrdom of Imam Ali (AS) and Laylatul Qadr

SHAFAQNA- The night of 19 Ramadhan 40 A.H. marked the beginning of one of the greatest losses to humanity. A man who had given everything to others, who had been oppressed but never thought of revenge, who forgave his enemies, who helped the weak and fathered the orphans was preparing to meet his Lord. On […]

Britain’s first Hijab-wearing firefighter urges other Muslim women to follow her

SHAFAQNA- Uroosa Arshid says she gets some confused looks from members of the public as ‘a lot of people do still stereotype firefighters’ but she wants to see the fire service become ‘so diverse that a stereotype isn’t possible’. Britain’s first Hijab-wearing firefighter has called on other Muslim women to follow in her footsteps. Fire […]

A new novel from Uzma Jalaluddin resonates with readers across Canada, in part because it touches upon weighty topics like Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA- A new book resonating with readers across Canada is a romantic comedy featuring an inventive Muslim woman, while also touching upon Islamophobia and other weighty topics. “Hana Khan Carries On” — which has already landed on bestseller lists in Canada — is the second hit Author Uzma Jalaluddin. Her debut novel “Ayesha At Last” hit bookshelves […]

Imam Hassan (AS) the paragon of forbearance and generosity

SHAFAQNA- Imam Hassan (AS) was the second of the twelve Imams, the first grandchild of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the first of child Imam Ali (AS) and Lady Fatima (SA). Known as being the most similar in character and appearance to the Holy Prophet (PBUH), the Imam was the trustee and successor of his […]

European Plans for ‘Vaccine Passports’ Were in Place 20 Months Prior to the Pandemic; Coincidence?

SHAFAQNA- With the world being told that so-called ‘vaccine passports’ will be required for all international travel in future, and in many countries even to enter shops, restaurants, bars, gyms, hotels, theatres, concerts and sports events, the impression we are being given is that the measure is a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. In […]

Imam Hassan (AS), his Imamate and peace treaty

SHAFAQNA- His Caliphate On the 21st night of the Ramadhan of 40th Hijra Imam Ali (PBUH) passed away making all the people sorrowful and grieved. Imam Hassan (AS) who was 27 years of age came along with the people to the Mosque and climbed the tribune and said: “Last night, a man, who was unique […]

The COVID-19 Vaccine; Is the Goal Immunity or Depopulation?

SHAFAQNA- “There is absolutely no need for vaccines to extinguish the pandemic… You do not vaccinate people who aren’t at risk from a disease. You also don’t set about planning to vaccinate millions of fit and healthy people with a vaccine that hasn’t been extensively tested on human subjects.” Dr. Mike Yeadon PhD, Pfizer’s former Vice […]

Pray at Dome of Rock in Ramadhan! (Photos)

SHAFAQNA- During the holy Month of Ramadhan, Muslims pray in front of the Dome of the Rock in the compound in Jerusalem’s Old City. Muslims pray in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 23, 2021.(Photo: Xinhua)   A girl reads the Quran in front of Dome of the […]

Muslim community centre and Mosque opens in northern Quebec

SHAFAQNA- A Quebecer with Cree and Algerian roots is the driving force behind what is thought to be the first Muslim community centre and Mosque in the northern Quebec mining town of Chibougaumau. “I wanted to open a community centre when I saw that other Muslims lived in Chibougamau when I moved here a year […]

France can ban the headscarf but not our beliefs

SHAFAQNA- The French Senate passed an amendment that would make head scarves illegal for girls under 18, what does this mean for young women and girls wanting to practice their faith and express their autonomy? The French Senate voted for a “separatism bill” on March 30. In her article, “In France, the age of consent […]

Glasgow charity gives out ‘bumper’ food parcels to Muslim families

SHAFAQNA- A Glasgow charity is distributing ‘bumper’ food parcels to Muslim families as they prepare to celebrate their second Ramadhan in lockdown. GAU’s packs of rice, meat, fruit and vegetables have been super-sized for Ramadhan and include items like dates and lamb mince, which are traditionally eaten over the period. Each pack is designed to last […]