Photos: Silk Road’s largest caravansary of Miandasht

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SHAFAQNA- ISNA: The largest caravansary of the Silk Road is the historic Miandasht Caravansary which is located in the forty kilometers of Meyami-Sabzevar Road of Route 44 (Tehran-Mashhad). The caravansary, which has been built during the…

Indian Muslims are upset about bans on prayers in Taj Mahal

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SHAFAQNA- Indian Muslims are upset about a Nov. 5 order that restricts pray at the mosque located inside the compound of India's national landmark Taj Mahal, except on Fridays when the mosque is only open to locals. The Archaeological Survey…

Photos: Historical graveyard of Wadi al-Islam

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SHAFAQNA- Wadi al-Islam is a great historical graveyard in Najaf City. According to some traditions, this graveyard is the site of the retreat of some of the prophets and righteous. Tombs related to some Prophets like Hood and Salih, graves…

Photos: Iran's Lorestan province Wedding ceremony

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SHAFAQNA: In accordance with traditional customs, Wedding ceremonies are held in Lorestan province of Iran. Although modern life has impacted on traditional customs especially on weddings, there are still some families in Lorestan province…

Photos: First Neanderthal tooth discovered in Iran

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SHAFAQNA- ISNA: A tooth, belonging to a Neanderthal child, has been recently found in the rocky mountain of Baveh Yawan in western Province of Kermanshah, Iran.   Read more from Shafaqna: Photos: Twice-stolen Ancient Iranian…

Photos: Arabs’ tourist destination of Mashhad City

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SHAFAQNA- ISNA: The Mashhad City of Iran, is an ideal destination for Arab tourists and by walking through the city, many Arabs are seen in the streets. After Iran-Iraq War, many Iraqi people emigrated from Iraq to Iran and some of them…

GDP Impact of Muslim Travel In The Middle East To Hit $36 Billion

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SHAFAQNA- The GDP impact of Muslim travel in the Middle East is forecast to hit $36 billion by 2020, up 21% from $29.7 billion in 2017 and representing 19% of the total global GDP generated by the end of the decade, according to research unveiled…

Photos: Many pilgrims visited the Al-Kafeel Museum during Arbaeen

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel: During the Ziyarat Arba'een, large numbers of pilgrims have visited the Al-Kafeel Museum for Treasures and Manuscripts . During the period of Ziyarat Arba'een, the museum was visited by pilgrims from all over the world,…

More than 11 million pilgrims entered Karbala in the day of Arbaeen

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussain: On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, The Surveillance Center of the Imam Hussain holy Shrine stated that raw statistics indicated that 11,853,487 pilgrims entered the holy city of Karbala. Center Director Resool Fdhaleh…

Iraq begins reconstruction of ISIS-wrecked Mosul Churches

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SHAFAQNA- Iraqi authorities launched a campaign to reconstruct the churches that destroyed by the Daesh terrorist group during its takeover of Mosul. “The local government is making efforts to start the reconstruction of dozens of churches…

Canadian legislator: Arbaeen is the biggest and most peaceful gathering in the world +Video

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SHAFAQNA- Anam Kazim, member of the legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada during an official session represented the ceremony of Arbaeen to the Canadian Assembly and talked about the Great Arbaeen walk in Iraq.  She mentioned this gathering…

Photos: Servants of Arbaeen pilgrims return to Najaf

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SHAFAQNA- The images depict the return of Iraqi Arbaeen pilgrims from Karbala to Najaf. Some of them are servants of Arbaeen pilgrims in Moukebs in the path to Karbala who served the pilgrims of Imam Hussain(A.S.). …

Photos: Tazi'eh performance in Iran

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SHAFAQNA - ISNA : Every year, on the occasion of Arbaeen Hosseini, the Tazi'eh of the Day of Ashura holds at Imam Zadeh Shah Karam, the descendants of Imam Reza (AS), in the historic village of Arisman, which is located in the city of Natanz,…

Fashion World make a More Inclusive Space for Muslim Women

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SHAFAQNA- Designers and international brands in last few years have taken notice to the significance of Muslims in the fashion industry by creating Muslim clothing line featuring hijabs that allow Muslim women to express themselves while still…

Can Muslims Celebrate Halloween?

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam: While we are waiting for Christmas to come, it seems impossible to ignore Halloween in the meantime. It is full of fun and excitement which is why it is so popular among many people around the world. But, have you ever…

Video: Syria’s National Museum Reopens After Six Years

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SHAFAQNA- On Sunday, Syria's National Museum of Damascus opened its rich trove of antiquities to visitors again, seven years after war forced it to close and months after the government recaptured all rebel areas near the capital. According…

Photos: Thousands of free service processions for Arba'een

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel: More than 3500 service processions have provided their free services to the visitors of Arba'een within Dhi Qar province. The Department of Rituals and Hussayni Processions in the two holy shrines announced that the number…

Video: Photo Exhibition of Arbaeen at Mcgill University, Canada

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SHAFAQNA- A photo exhibition of Arbaeen, the world's largest annual peaceful gathering, was held in Mcgill University, Quebec, Canada, on 15 October 2018, to show how people stand for social justice, honor and peace. The exhibition was organized…

Photos: Pomegranates Harvesting

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SHAFAQNA- Mehr News:  In western Iran there is a mountainous region named Hawraman which is popular for its pomegranates, or as locals call it, 'Red Jewels'. The pomegranates become ripe for picking in autumn, and then are sent to different…

October is the Islamic Heritage Month in Canada

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SHAFAQNA- In 2007 the Government of Canada declared the month of October in each year as Canadian Islamic History Month to share with fellow Canadians the rich Muslim heritage and its valuable contributions to shaping Canada: Contributions in…

Is Working as Fashion Models allowed for Women in Islam?

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam: One way to answer this question is to consider it by itself and regardless of any side issues. One may thus say that Muslim women –together with the rest of the world– need clothes! women in Islam, too, deserve…
AL-BAQI’ RECONSTRUCTION IN VIEW OF AN AMERICAN RESEARCHER

Al-Baqi' reconstruction in view of an American researcher

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SHAFAQNA- Zoheir Hossein, the Afghan-American researcher, commented on Al-Baqi's restoration in the last panel of the second Shiite study at the University of Cologne, Germany, by providing a report on the architectural and building features…

Photos: the Historical Saveh Grand Mosque

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SHAFAQNA-  These pictures show the Saveh Grand Mosque in Markazi Province, central west of Iran. The mosque is valuable as its architecture goes back to pre-Islamic and Safavid eras.     Read more from Shafaqna: Erdogan…

Photos: Twice-stolen Ancient Iranian relic in National Museum of Tehran

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SHAFAQNA- These photos are about the ancient Iranian relic which was planned to be sold in an auction in New York for $2.5 m and was returned to Iran with legal follow-ups. It was unveiled in National Museum of Iran on Oct 7, 2018.   …

Drones and 3D tech recreate Middle East's war-torn heritage sites

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SHAFAQNA- Iconem - A French start-up is using drones and 3D technology to recreate digital reconstructions of cultural and historical sites destroyed by conflict in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of photographs of at-risk or destroyed…

Golden Eagle international tourism train arrived at its first station of Iran

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SHAFAQNA- Fars become first tourism rail station of Silk Road. Golden Eagle international tourism train named "Silk Road" arrived at its first tourism station of Iran, in Fars province. The General Director of Fars province railway told IRNA…

Syrian and Iraqi tour guides at Pennsylvania Museum

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SHAFAQNA- Iraqi, Syrian guides share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to the University Of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology's Middle East gallery, reopened in April after a $5 million renovation. The museum has…

Syria: 125,000 Religious Tourists Visited Country

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SHAFAQNA- Tariq Kerishati, Director General in Rif Damascus said that 125 thousand religious tourists visited religious sites in Syria since the beginning of the current year (for 10 months). The number of religious tourists entering Syria…