Entries by Yahya

Germany mulls introducing ‘mosque tax’ for Muslims

SHAFAQNA- Lawmakers from Germany’s grand coalition government said on Wednesday that they were considering introducing a “mosque tax” for German Muslims, similar to the church taxes that German Christians pay. Thorsten Frei, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) told Die Welt daily that a mosque tax was “an important step” that would […]

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Mosques in Canada’s British Columbia to Hold Open Mosque Day in February

SHAFAQNA- In Canada’s British Colombia, many Mosques have regularly welcomed people of the wider community. For the first time, major mosques across British Colombia will host a province-wide “Open Mosque Day” on: Saturday, February 16th, 2019, from 10 am to 3 pm. Besides delicious snacks, friendly faces and wonderful conversations, volunteers will help visitors with […]

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Imam Hussain Shrine Quran reciter wins first place in 11th National Elite Quran Recitation Contest

SHAFAQNA- Representative of the Quran House of the Imam Hussain Shrine, international Quran reciter Usamah ElKerbela’i has won first place in the 11th National Elite Quran Recitation Contest. The director of the Academic Office of the Quran House, sheikh Khairud-Deen Ali Hadi, said it was a challenging contest held by the Shia Muslim Endowment Bureau in which Usamah […]

Swedish TV in a pickle over celebrating ‘Christmas classics’ with Muslim cook

SHAFAQNA- For its Christmas cooking session, SVT invited a hijab-wearing Muslim celebrity cook who doesn’t celebrate the Christian holiday to bake “Christmas classics”. “Of course, you don’t celebrate Christmas, because you are a Muslim”, program leader Anders Pihlblad told his guest Camilla Hamid. “No”, Hamid replied, pointing out that she nevertheless appreciates the Christmastide atmosphere. […]

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Miraclous Birth and the Date

SHAFAQNA- It is not bad to give a summary about the event of Mahdi’s birth. The birth of Mahdi the son of Imam Hasan Askari is recorded by historians as being a simple event. However the birth is surrounded by some strange signs. The writer is not willing to see or accept the strange signs […]

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Persian and Islamic art (painting) exhibition in London

SHAFAQNA- According to the Shafaqna correspondent, Persian and Islamic art (painting) exhibition took place in London early December. Maryam Mirzaei, an Iranian painter, exposed her artworks to the public in this exhibition. Maryam Mirzaei’s innovative approach to the traditional Persian art of miniature painting is a reflection of her personal journey as an artist. Although […]

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Care For Others For The Sake Of Allah

SHAFAQNA- Al-Qur’an al-Kareem, Surah Al-Insan verses 5-9 إِنَّ الْأَبْرَارَ يَشْرَبُونَ مِن كَأْسٍ كَانَ مِزَاجُهَا كَافُورًا ﴿٥ Verily the pious shall drink of a cup whereof the admixture is like Unto camphor. عَيْنًا يَشْرَبُ بِهَا عِبَادُ اللَّـهِ يُفَجِّرُونَهَا تَفْجِيرًا ﴿٦ From a fountain whence the bondmen of Allah will drink, causing it to gush abundantly. يُوفُونَ بِالنَّذْرِ وَيَخَافُونَ يَوْمًا […]

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Hadrat Fatima Masumah (A.S.)

SHAFAQNA- Name: Fatima Title: Masumah Born at: Medina,First Day of Zee Qa’dah 173 A.H. Father’s name: Imam Musa al-Kazim(A.S.) Mother’s name: Najma Khatoon mother of Imam Reza(A.S.) Died at the age 28,at Qum on 10th Rabi al-Thani,201 A.H. Buried in the holy shrine in the holy city of Qum. Noble Descent Hadrat Fatima Masumah(A.S.)the Blessed […]

Imam Sought for First Mosque in Greek Capital

SHAFAQNA-Greek Education Ministry’s committee for the new mosque in Athens (NPID) announced on Monday that Muslims who legally reside in Attica can apply to become an imam (prayer leader) of the mosque. The committee said that interested parties can submit their applications from December 20 until January 18 at the Education Ministry building in Maroussi, […]

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New Muslim-focused domestic violence shelter planned for Calgary

SHAFAQNA- Muslim women and children fleeing abuse could soon have access to a specialized shelter catering to their cultural and religious needs. While there are many organizations in Calgary offering services for Muslim women escaping domestic violence, there are no specialized shelters. Nisa Homes — a project of the National Zakat Foundation, a registered Muslim-focused […]

Persian and Islamic art (painting) exhibition in London

SHAFAQNA- According to the Shafaqna correspondent, Persian and Islamic art (painting) exhibition took place in London early December. Maryam Mirzaei, an Iranian painter, exposed her artworks to the public in this exhibition. Maryam Mirzaei’s innovative approach to the traditional Persian art of miniature painting is a reflection of her personal journey as an artist. Although […]

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Cancer patients face higher risk for shingles, new vaccines hold promise for prevention

SHAFAQNA- People newly diagnosed with cancer, particularly blood cancers, and those treated with chemotherapy have a greater risk of developing shingles, according to a new study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The findings may help guide efforts to prevent the often painful skin condition in cancer patients through the use of new vaccines. The large […]

For the first time in Karbala – university for women to be open soon

SHAFAQNA- The Imam Hussain Shrine has announced obtaining the Iraqi Ministry of Education’s approval to open a university for women in the holy city of Karbala. Deputy Secretary-General of the Imam Hussain Shrine Afdhel EshShamei said, “The Iraqi Ministry of Education has permitted us to found EzZehra’ University for Women,” noting that the approval has been […]

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Barnet Graduate organises interfaith conference between Muslim and Jewish women

SHAFAQNA- Saha ran the conference last Sunday with Sally Patterson, from Primrose Hill, who is currently the Equalities, Liberation and Access sabbatical officer at Bristol Student’s Union and a campaigner against hatred and division in the faith and wider communities. The event was run in conjunction with Nisa-Nashim, the charity that brings Jewish and Muslim […]

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The Meritorious Lady

SHAFAQNA- She was born in Medina on the 5th of the month of Jamadi al-Awwal in the 6th year of the Hijra. Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) was overjoyed at the birth of his first grand daughter and named her Zainab, which means Ornament of the Father. The loving father, Imam Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS) was […]

Annual Islamophobia Conference took place by IHRC in London

SHAFAQNA- IHRC’s annual Islamophobia Conference took place for the fifth consecutive time on this week. The location was particularly fitting as this year’s theme was ‘Islamophobia and Silencing Criticism of Israel.’ The event was co-organised by Scotland Against Criminalising Communities and their coordinating event was held in Scotland. The theme of the conference focused on […]

WORLD WAR 3 SCENARIOS AND THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY AND THE PLANET

SHAFAQNA- Global Vision 2000 the International Islamic thinktank held an one day thinktank event in London on World War 3 scenarios and the future of humanity and the planet. This was a launching of it’s ground breaking work on eschatology in the 21st century within the framework of interfaith and comparative perspectives.  Muslim, Christian, Jewish and […]

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My Mom Never Forced Islam on Me

SHAFAQNA- Eva is a German revert who lives in Germany. She is now 35 years old. This is her conversion story:   When I was thirteen years old, my mom embraced Islam. It was strange.   You know, being thirteen, everything was new. My body changed, my moods changed, my outlook on life. When we […]

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Islam and the Question of Violence

SHAFAQNA-Despite the presence of violence in many regions of the world ranging from Ireland to Lebanon to the Pacific Basin and involving many religions from Christianity to Hinduism, the Western world associates Islam more than any other religion with violence. The Muslim conquest of Spain, the Crusades – which were not begun by Muslims -, […]

Worcester mosque set to be approved by council planners

SHAFAQNA- An application by Worcester Muslim Welfare Association (WMWA) wants to build the mosque as well as apartments and a new sports centre on the old Stanley Road School car park in Worcester has been earmarked for approval by the city council’s planning officers. WMWA plans to move its mosque from Tallow Hill to Stanley […]