British baking contest crowns Muslim woman!

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SHAFAQNA - Britain just welcomed its new star baker - Nadiya Jamir Hussain. The lucky and uber talented baking sensation has already been hailed an “inspiration” to British Muslims, according to Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, president of the Muslim…

American Muslims want to change the political narrative - Interview

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SHAFAQNA - From the in-school arrest of 14-year old Ahmed Mohamed to Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson stoking the flames of Islamophobia, American Muslims are a frequent topic of discussion, but we rarely hear…

US Court defends free speech - this time Muslims benefit!

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SHAFAQNA - A US federal judge has overruled a decision taken by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to not run ads promoting a documentary about Muslims comedians. The judge argued the transportation agency had "improperly labeled them…

Muslim Leader in Canada: Campaign’s Focus on Niqab is “Unfortunate”

SHAFAQNA- A leader in London’s Muslim community is speaking out about his concerns with the direction of the federal election. Abd Alfatah Twakkal, the Imam of the London Muslim Mosque, says the discussion around niqabs and other issues…

Should Muslims boycott the pilgrimage to Mecca? OpEd

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SHAFAQNA - After the annual pilgrimage of the Hajj turned into a chaotic stampede near Mina last month, the images of hundreds of dead bodies piled in the street captured the world’s attention. Asra Nomani says those images pushed her over…

Raif Badawi wins free speech prize while in jail

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SHAFAQNA - Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Wahhabism, has won a major free-speech prize. Badawi was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize, which he shares with British poet James…

Two British Islamic organizations join clean-up campaign at Riverside park

SHAFAQNA- Two British Muslim organizations have joined hands in a clean-up campaign in South Tyneside, northeast England, offering upstanding citizen role models for fellow citizens in order to create a more pleasant environment for people…

Muslims, Catholics to gather for dialogue in the US

SHAFAQNA - Religious leaders from northwest Ohio will come together Thursday for this year’s Catholic-Muslim Dialogue at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo in Perrysburg. The center’s Imam Talal Eid will give a Muslim perspective.…

Islamic Centre of England to hold Muharram Majalis in English

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SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Centre of England is proud to present this years 10 Night Muharram Majalis for 1437. The nightly speaker will be His Eminence Shaykh Dr. Shomali, the UK Representative of Imam Khamenei and Director of the Islamic Centre…

Why should I have a need for God? OpEd

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SHAFAQNA - In a world where secularism has taken the place of God, it is no wonder why people have lost their appetite for a Creator. Most western countries follow the Darwinist philosophy which states all things were created on their own…

A senior Iranian cleric: Fact-finding committee on Mina crush must be formed

SHAFAQNA- A fact-finding committee must be formed to investigate the recent deadly crush during the Hajj rituals in Mina, outside the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Seyyed Ali Qazi-Askar, the Leader’s representative for Iran hajj…

Iran intellectuals and media industry petition the UN over Mina tragedy - Call for fact-finding mission

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SHAFAQNA - In the Name of Allah Excellency, We trust you have learned that during annual Hajj rituals this year in Saudi Arabia, a number of fatal incidents claimed the lives of hundreds of Muslim pilgrims and inflicted thousands of…

The First Defender of Imam Husayn

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SHAFAQNA - When the ninth of Dhu al-Hijjah comes by, we commemorate the occasion of the Day of Arafah where pilgrims from all over the world perform their Hajj rituals. However, many of us forget that the ninth of Dhu al-Hijjah also marks a…

Ghadeer: Perfection and Protection of Islam

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SHAFAQNA - “O Messenger! Deliver what has been revealed to you from your Lord; and if you do it not, then you have not delivered His message, and Allah will protect you from the people; surely Allah will not guide the unbelieving people.”…

Britain's PM pleads with Al Saud over Al Nimr's boy's execution - Don't kill him

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SHAFAQNA - British Prime Minister David Cameron urged its ally Saudi Arabia on Sunday not to go ahead with the execution of a Shi'ite Muslim sentenced to death over his participation in a peaceful anti-government protests. "Don't do it,"…

Fear of Muslims tearing British society apart - says Archbishop

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SHAFAQNA - Tensions have ‘seeped into our society in a way that is new to me in my lifetime’, warns Archbishop of Canterbury. Fear of Muslims has stirred up division between neighbours in Britain in a way not seen in living memory,…

On the leadership of Imam Ali (AS)

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SHAFAQNA - The history of mankind has witnessed many leaders over the ages. Many of these leaders achieved leadership through might or inheritance and some were chosen as leaders because of certain outstanding qualities that they possessed.…

In Mecca I saw little of Islam’s compassion, but a lot of Saudi Arabia’s neglect - OpEd

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SHAFAQNA - I am grateful to be alive after a distressing Hajj experience – and urge all Muslims to protest about the inhumane treatment of pilgrims. Radical change is needed. With 2 million people gathered in one small city for the hajj,…

World Muslims demand probe into Hajj stampede

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SHAFAQNA - Local Muslim scholars have demanded formation of an international probe team on the cause of last week Hajj stampede that took more than 4,173 pilgrims dead, joining the world camp of those accusing the Saudi authorities of inefficiency…

EU Commission says: "Muslims are no threat to Europe"

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SHAFAQNA - The EU Commission warned on Thursday (1 October) that the “age-old monster” of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are on the rise in Europe amid the refugee crisis and vowed to fight them, albeit with a limited legal arsenal. Frans…

The events of Al Ghadeer

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SHAFAQNA - It was in 10 A.H. and the time for Hajj. The Hijazi deserts witnessed large crowds of Muslims who unitedly chanted the same slogans and proceeded towards the same holy end. That year the sight of tie Hajj pilgrimage was much more…

Eid Al Ghadeer - Islamic Center of England event

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Ghadeer is a festival celebrated by Shia Muslim. This festive day is celebrated on the 18th day of the Zil-Hajj month according to the Islamic calendar. This festival is celebrated to mark the appointment of Imam Ali ibn Abi…

He named me Malala - The message behind the campaign

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SHAFAQNA - Stand #withMalala is a 12-month social action and advocacy campaign that will accompany the release of HE NAMED ME MALALA. Through audience engagement with global and in-country calls to action, the campaign aims to raise mass awareness,…

Calligraphy - an Islamic Art

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SHAFAQNA - Calligraphy is the most highly regarded and most fundamental element of Islamic art. It is significant that the Qur’an, the book of God's revelations to the Prophet Muhammad, was transmitted in Arabic, and that inherent within…

Saudi Arabia Hajj Tourism Crisis: After Deadly Stampede, Will Royal Family Improve Security?

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SHAFAQNA - As the home of the two most holy sites in Islam, Saudi Arabia is charged with not only taking care of the cities of Mecca and Medina but also accommodating the millions of Muslim pilgrims who visit them annually in what has become…

The Hounding of Muslims Must Stop - OpEd

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SHAFAQNA - In September, 14-year-old Texas high school student Ahmed Mohamed brought a homemade digital clock to school, hoping to impress his teacher. Instead of receiving praise for his great work, however, he was handcuffed, booked and falsely…

Iran Leader Lashed out at Riyadh for Failing to Ensure the Safety of Hajj Pilgrims

SHAFAQNA- Ayatollah Khamenei says Saudi Arabia has not made good on its obligations regarding the recent deadly Hajj incident, saying Iran's possible response will be"tough and harsh." "Should we decide to show any reaction, our reaction…