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…

Germans to partake in holding Iran’s tourism expo

SHAFAQNA - The 9th Tehran International Tourism Exhibition will be held from February 16 to 19 and its international section will be organized by a German company. Announcing the above, the exhibition secretary Ali-Bagher Nemati said that…

Researchers synthesize nanoparticles using pomegranate peel

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SHAFAQNA - Researchers at Amirkabir University of Technology have found an eco-friendly method to synthesize silver nanoparticles using two natural materials, Mignonette and pomegranate peels. Pointing to the importance of using environment-friendly…

Cyberspace is a top priority for Ahlul Bayt World Assembly: Mojtahed Shabestari

SHAFAQNA - the Head of Ahlul Bayt World Assembly's Supreme Council in unveiling ceremony of the new digital products of the Assembly emphasized the importance of expanding our knowledge about Ahlu Bayt (AS) and said: According to our traditions…

Why should a born Muslim practice Islam?

SHAFAQNA - I have come across many Muslim youth and even some adults I met in the U.S. who do not practice Islam. When I asked them why, their reply was, “we just inherited the title, but we are not interested in Islam.” I was not…

8th Intl. Iran Nano 2015 Festival kicks off - PRESS RELEASE

SHAFAQNA - The 8th International Iran Nano 2015 Festival began on Mon. at Tehran International Permanent Fairground with the participation of 160 Iranian and international companies, universities and research centers. Active institutes…

Jabir ibn Hayyan; Scientist and Student

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SHAFAQNA - Abu Musa Jabir ibn Hayyan is one of the most prominent Muslim scientists of the early Islamic period. His name has been for many centuries synonymous with utmost authority in alchemy. Jabir was a Shia Muslim and he was disciple of…

Malaysians Prefer Modest Hijabi Fashion

SHAFAQNA - Amid growing number of hijabi Muslim women in Malaysia, the demand for stylish modest fashion is becoming bigger, with many looking to be more fashionable while wearing the Islamic headscarf. “Choosing to cover up isn’t supposed…

Ayatollah Khamenei attends memorial ceremony for Mina tragedy victims

SHAFAQNA - The Supreme Leader on Sunday attended memorial service held at Imam Khomeini Hosseinieh to pray for souls of the Hajj pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia. A large number of officials and people mourning the high magnitude deaths were…

Man – Allah’s Vicegerent on Earth / Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:30; Part-1) By: Mohammad Sobhanie

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Shafaqna (International Shia News Agency) Commentary of the Quran (Chapter 2:30; Part-1) By: Mohammad Sobhanie     Man – Allah’s Vicegerent on Earth بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَإِذْ…

Islam: the most untapped opportunity in tech

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims represent almost a quarter of the world’s population. A recent Deloitte study says Asia is home to more than 1.05 billion Muslims, or about 62 percent of the global Muslim population. As such, Asia has seen a bit of action…

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,…

Grand Ayatollah Sistani calls for mobilization against Wahhabi-inspired radicalism

SHAFAQNA - “The battle with Daesh is destined for all Iraqis. But it’s not their battle alone but the whole world, because terrorists target with their dark ideology all humanity, its culture, and morals,” Ayatollah Sistani said through…

Necessities of a good temper

SHAFAQNA - A good temper is not possible without generosity and self-sacrifice. The one who has a good temper is definitely charitable, forgives, generous and is a good doer. Patience is also necessary because contacting people can have its…

A limitless entity

SHAFAQNA - It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: Every container is filled with whatever is poured in it, except the container of knowledge, whatever you place in it, it expands more [1]. [1] Nahjul Balaghah, Wisdom Number 205.

Lebanese Sunni scholar calls for inquest over the Mina tragedy

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SHAFAQNA - A Lebanese Sunni scholar pointed out the inadequacy of the House of Saud in managing the Hajj pilgrimage and emphasized that the Mina case should be reviewed by appropriate courts in Arab and Muslim countries. Shaykh Abdul-Naser…

Egypt’s interior ministry blocking release of pardoned prisoners: NGO

SHAFAQNA - Detainee Asmaa Abdel Aziz, a mother of two, was among 100 political prisoners pardoned by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on 23 September, during Eid Al-Adha, and ahead of Al-Sisi’s attendance of the 70th United Nations General…

Scientists devise new test that can find all human, animal viruses

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SHAFAQNA- Thanks to a newly developed test, doctors can now diagnose virtually any virus known to infect people and animals, researchers say.   There are thousands of viruses known to cause illness in people and animals. The sheer quantity…

What things enhance the spirituality in the family? (Part 1)

SHAFAQNA- Spiritual Blessings Many blessings have been bestowed upon man by God to live a pure life, and only God knows the value of these blessings. Some of these blessings left for us are the intellect, the Quran, Prophethood, Imamate, religious…

Social cohesion

SHAFAQNA -Social cohesion can exist when people are close to each other through helping each other and this emphasized in various narrations as well as the type of rewards which are mentioned for good acts in societies. It is narrated from Imam…

Dubai tops the list of shopping destinations for Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - Singapore and London ranked among the top five destinations for Muslim shopping travellers. Dubai has been ranked the number one destination in the world for Muslims to travel to for shopping purposes, according to a new report…

The price of Hajj - should hotels profit from pilgrims?

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SHAFAQNA - According to Priceline Group CEO Darren Huston, Makkah is the most-searched-for destination in the world on Priceline’s Booking.com. But, he says, travellers aren’t booking Makkah hotels at the rate they’re searching for…

VIDEO - I’m Muslim, and I’m Tired of Proving My Humanity

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SHAFAQNA - BuzzFeed recently released a video that has racked up over 15 million views. 15 million views is a lot, it must be pretty interesting, right? Well… The video consists of a few Americans listing things they like (rap music,…

RSF tells Netanyahu attitude of Israeli soldiers towards media is unacceptable - Press Release

SHAFAQNA - In response to recent cases of violence against journalists by members of Israel’s security forces, Reporters Without Borders writes to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to end the climate of impunity enjoyed…

Breaking fashion convention - H&M's latest look of Hijab-wearing Muslim model

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SHAFAQNA - This is the first time H&M, the world's second largest retailer, has featured a Muslim model wearing a hijab in a video designed to encourage consumers to recycle their clothes. And it's opened up the debate on Muslims in fashion. As…

Time to boycott Saudi Arabia - OpEd

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SHAFAQNA - The horrific, bloody stampede that killed more than 700 in Saudi Arabia and injured some 900 more last week on the pilgrimage of the Hajj took me back to a moment during my family's pilgrimage in the winter of 2003. Back then, we…

Sufi sheikh writes a book on Imam Ali's grievance, delivers a poem on Imam Sajjad

SHAFAQNA - The committee of the Sajjadian Rhythmical Supplications Conference invited Dr and sheikh Mazin Esh-Shereef, a Sufi scholar, to deliver his poem he wrote on Imam Sajjad (Peace Be Upon Him). Esh-Shereef was born in Er-Ruadhi, Tunisia,…