The Islamic New Year and the welcoming of Muharram

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SHAFAQNA - Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar, will begin this week as Muslims observe the Islamic New Year most likely on 15 October, depending on the moon sighting. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has declared a public holiday…

How US media is quietly lobbying for Israel's Temple

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SHAFAQNA - In an article on the Noble Sanctuary, or Temple Mount, in occupied East Jerusalem, New York Times reporter Jodi Rudoren twice refers to the Jewish extremists’ plans for the plateau. Many Palestinians point to recent visits…

Fashion phenomenon - From a home-based workshop to 14 stores: redefining the traditional thobe

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SHAFAQNA - The urge to customize his clothing led one young Saudi to quit his job and launch his own garment startup. When Jeddah resident Loai Nassim took a job with 3points he suddenly found himself required to wear a thobe, the traditional…

Black American Muslims reflect on hajj journey

SHAFAQNA - As Shahidah Sharif, an African-American Muslim, joined millions of fellow pilgrims from around the world on the hajj this year, she felt a renewed connection. To her own “blackness,” she says, but also to humanity as a whole. “When…

What is Muharram - Understanding Islam

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SHAFAQNA - The festival of Muharram has significant religious importance for Muslims, beginning with the first day, which is known as the Islamic New Year. Each year, the holiday falls on a different day because the Islamic calendar is…

Excellent advice for life

SHAFAQNA -In his advice to Abdulrahman ibn Siabeh, Imam Sadeq (AS) said: Tell the truth and give back deposits entrusted to you to their rightful owners, in this way you will become a partner in the wealth of people, then Imam Sadeq (AS) stuck…

LOVE within and without

Courtesy of The Islamic Centre of England for SHAFAQNA - Harun Yahya discusses the uplifting effects of true love and the problems that arise when human beings are devoid of such central emotion. Grief, anger and hatred: All these negativities…

Believing in true heroes

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Courtesy of The Islamic Centre of England for SHAFAQNA - There is a lot that can be said of a society by looking at their heroes and role models. We could almost say ‘tell me who your role model is and I’ll tell you who you are?’ To…

The Islamic Centre of England - Editorial

SHAFAQNA - Shafaqna has now partnered with The Islamic Center of England to bring you, our readers, additional content and news coverage. Like us, the Islamic Centre of England believes in cooperation and collaboration based on mutual trust…

10-year-old boy becomes youngest Qur'an memorizer in Bosnia

SHAFAQNA - A 10-year-old boy has become the youngest person in Bosnia-Herzegovina to memorize the holy Qur'an by heart, offering a role model for young Muslims worldwide. Abdulrahman Tabakovic, who hails from a town just a few miles outside…

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…