Entries by Yahya

Anti-Muslim Sentiment Higher in Quebec than Rest of Canada

SHAFAQNA- The study, published in the current issue of the Canadian Review of Sociology, also found that Muslims were the social group that, across the country, Canadians liked the least. Whites, Catholics, Indigenous people, and racial minorities  all received higher average scores than Muslims when Canadians were asked to assign a score between zero and […]

Muslim Houses Attacked After Interfaith Elopement

SHAFAQNA- By SALAI THANT ZIN 22 March 2018 PATHEIN, Irrawaddy Region — Some 30 people attacked Muslim houses with stones in Irrawaddy Region’s Lemyethna Township on Tuesday following an interfaith elopement. A Buddhist woman ran away with a Muslim man on Feb. 11 in Eai Thabyu village. Her parents had demanded an official proposal from his Muslim […]

Sanctuary for homeless

SHAFAQNA- A Maori Muslim woman has taken the plight of the homeless on her shoulders and is the driving force behind a homeless sanctuary she wishes to build. Lucy Shah Mohamady, 46, has been delivering home-cooked meals to rough sleepers on Queen St for six months with her group Homeless No-More Aotearoa. She’s noticed the […]


Start of the Universal Mission

SHAFAQNA-“And we have not sent you but to all mankind as a bearer of good news and as a warner, but most people do not know.” (Holy Qur’an 34:28) Like a shaft of light, divine revelation pierced the darkness of jahiliyya in the year 609 CE. As Archangel Gabriel brought the first few verses of […]


Taqiyyah or Dissimulation

SHAFAQNA- One of the most misunderstood aspects of Shi’ism is the practice of dissimulation or taqiyyah. With the wider meaning of taqiyyah, “to avoid or shun any kind of danger,” we are not concerned here. Rather, our aim is to discuss that kind of taqiyyah in which a man hides his religion or certain of […]


Shaykh Tusi

SHAFAQNA- Shaykh Tusi (Persian: شیخ طوسی‎), full name Abu Jafar Muhammad Ibn Hassan Tusi (Persian: ابوجعفر محمد بن حسن طوسی‎), known as Shaykh al-Taʾifah (Arabic: شيخ الطائفة‎) was a prominent Persian[1] scholar of the Twelver school of Shia Islam. He became known as “sheikh of the sect (shaikh al-ta’ifah),” authored two of the four main Shi’i books of hadith, Tahdhib al-Ahkam and al-Istibsar, and is believed to have founded the Hawza.[2] He […]

Palestinians Hold Rally on 100th Day since Trump ‘Nakba’ Move

SHAFAQNA- The rally was held Sunday in the city of Sidon which hosts Ain al-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, Lebanese paper The Daily Star reported. US President Donald Trump recognized Israel’s claim to the city last December, and set in motion a decades-long frozen plan to relocate the American embassy from Tel […]

British Governments Muslim Assimilation Agenda

SHAFAQNA- In the week that the British government finally released its Integration report The Muslim Council of Britain has published its own special report showcasing diverse voices on integration in the UK. That the British government urged on by right wing neoconservatives has been rolling out a socio political engineering programme of assimilation is no […]


Ritual Practices in Shi’ism

SHAFAQNA- The religious rites practiced by Twelve-Imam Shi’ites are essentially the same as those of the Sunnis with certain minor modifications of posture and phrasing which are little more than the differences that are to be found among the Sunni schools (madhhabs) themselves, except in the addition of two phrases in the call to prayer. […]

Survivors of Zaria massacre in Nigeria visits Imam Reza Holy Shrine

SHAFAQNA- Survivors of the attack happened in Nigeria’s Zaria came to the pilgrimage of Holy Shrine of the 8th Imam (A.S.), thanks to the endeavor of Astan Quds Razavi’s Center for International Affairs. Fifteen persons left from the Zaria attack attended Razavi Holy Shrine thanks to the endeavor of Astan Quds Razavi’s Center for International […]

Sheikh Musin Nejefi welcomes delegation of Imam Hussein and El-Abbas shrines in Islamabad

SHAFAQNA- Within the preparations to hold Neseem Kerbela Fifth Festival, the representative of the Shia Muslim Supreme Religious Authority in Islamabad – Pakistan, sheikh Muhsin Nejefey has received and welcomed the delegation of Imam Hussein Shrine and El-Abbas Shrine.   Sheikh Nejefey took the delegation on a tour throughout El-Kewther University where the festival is […]


Imam Hadi’s (A.S.) Standing against Deviation

SHAFAQNA- The social-political life of the Imams (A.S.) is exemplary in the way of feeling responsibility for protecting religion and increasing knowledge. Their stability in the fundamentals of religion in addition to their attention to the current situation of society has allowed researchers and historians to distinguish the similarities and differences in the lives of […]


A New Kind of UK Shia Social Space” – Shafaqna News Article / Exclusive

SHAFAQNA- Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission has successfully launched its new weekly community social events space at Muhammadi Trust in Willesden Green, London. A packed hall listened avidly to this weeks events key note speaker- Shaykh Zakariya, Lecturer at Islamic College (ICAS), who focused on Muslim education and the challenges of a secular liberal education system, which […]


Muslim in Canada face high rates of discrimination

SHAFAQNA- According to a recent study, Islamophobia, defined as prejudice and hostility toward Muslims, exists in Canada. In the University of Waterloo research, one in five Muslim Canadians said that they experienced discrimination due to their religion, ethnicity or culture at least once in the past five years. It also found that among the general […]

What it’s like to be a Muslim student in Britain today – report

SHAFAQNA- In 2017, the National Union of Students in the UK launched a survey into the experiences of Muslims studying in further and higher education in the UK. Two key issues arose from the findings: Hate crimes and Islamophobia. In the report published yesterday, one in three respondents said they were “fairly or very worried” about their […]

Hindu woman, converted to Islam

SHAFAQNA- The conversion ceremony was a very frigid one. I was looking for acceptance; they were looking for submission. In a room full of suspicious women, I was alone with a fear that numbed my senses. The Imam stepped into the foyer where I was seated as though it was a demonstration for public viewing. […]

Thousands demonstrate across country against racism and Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA- Tens of thousands braved the freezing weather Saturday to demonstrate against the rise of racism, Islamophobia and Donald Trump’s presidency across the country. Organised by the activist group Stand Up To Racism, over 20,000 people marched across cities in the U.K. including London, Cardiff and Glasgow, ahead of the UN’s Elimination of Racial Discrimination […]


Imam Baqir (a.s.) And Fruits Of Heaven

SHAFAQNA-Once a Christian asked our 5th Imam, Imam Baqir (a.s.), how it could possibly be true what the Imam Baqir (a.s.) had said about the fruits of Heaven not reducing when they were eaten? Imam Baqir (a.s.) told him not only was it true but he could give him an example of something being used […]


Success, challenges of Islam in America discussed at IECOC + Photos

SHAFAQNA- Dr. Sayed Mostafa al-Qazwini from Islamic Educational Center of Orange County (IECOC) in USA received students from the religious studies department of the university of Redlands, yesterday. During the meeting Dr. al-Qazwini and the students discussed the success & challenges of Islam in America. Dr. Mostafa al-Qazwini is Founding Imam of IECOC, founder of […]


German Muslim groups highlight new threat to mosques

SHAFAQNA- Germans should not dismiss mosque attacks by pro-Kurdish extremists as a foreign issue with no relevance to German society, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD), the Turkish Muslim organisation DITIB, and the Islamic Council said on Thursday. “Muslims have already been under constant threat by far-right extremists for decades anyway,” the groups […]


Mistress of the Ladies of the Worlds

SHAFAQNA-“Bi Ismillahy Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim – In the name of God the Beneficent the Merciful Inna ‘atai’nakal Kawthar – Verily We have given thee (O’ Our Apostle Muhammad!) The Kawthar (Abundance) Fa sally li Rabbuka wa inhar – So pray thou unto thy Lord! and offer sacrifice Inna shani-aka huwwal abtar” – Verily your enemy shall […]