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Kristin, New Muslim Girl from USA

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SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, Kristin( Abedah), from the United States, by Bentolhoda Mofakhami - Rahyafteha   Would you please give us a biography of yourself! My born name was Kristin but after reverting…

AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW

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SHAFAQNA - In the Name of the Most-High. Respected Professor and Doctor John Andrew Morrow. May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you. We would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude for accepting to be interviewed by…

Elizabeth, from Scandinavia-All my questions are being answered and I know in my heart that this is the truth.

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SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, Elizabeth, from Scandinavia, by Bentolhoda Mofakhami   Elizabeth was born and raised in Scandinavia with German ethnicity. She is 22 years old. Her family was part of a Christian…

Imam Hussain as a model of sacrifice for entire world without discrimination

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SHAFAQNA - Convert to Shia Islam Ann Sackat noted during her visit to Iraq: "I am so happy to visit the city of Karbala and the Holy shrine of Imam al- Hussein (pbuh). When I read about this great personality, I find him a model of sacrifice…

Why This Photographer Set Out to Break Muslim Stereotypes

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SHAFAQNA - Lynsey Addario talks about her experience working within these communities across the U.S. during a years-long reporting project. When Lynsey Addario moved to India in 2000 and began covering Muslim communities throughout Asia,…

Interview with Jonas E. Alexis - expert on Israel-Palestine conflict

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SHAFAQNA - The following is the transcript of an interview Shia Followers published on its website in relation to the ongoing crisis faced by Palestinians by the hands of Israel. In an interview with Shia Followers, Jonas E. Alexis, an expert…

Exclusive interview with Jeremy Corbyn

SHAFAQNA - Earlier this month Shafaqna had the privilege of conducting an interview with Jeremy Corbyn. Among other subjects, we discussed rising intolerance in British society against religious minorities on the premise that their beliefs set…

BAHRAIN’S REVOLUTION & THE CONCEPT OF PEACEFUL RESISTANCE

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SHAFAQNA - Dr Mohammed Haidar & Jalal Fairouz To understand Bahrain and the drawn-out struggles Bahrainis continue to endure as they strive to achieve political independence and social justice one needs to contextualise Bahrain’s…

Yahya Mohammed Saleh: “Yemen will rise a secular democracy or the region will fall”

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SHAFAQNA - A member of one of Yemen’s most powerful political dynasties, Yahya Mohammad Saleh, nephew to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and former Chief of Staff of the Central Security Forces, opened up to me this November on Yemen’s…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Western Azadari Hybrid

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SHAFAQNA - Sohail Chohan is a British based Architect and professional Nawhakhwan. He hosts his own regular television show featuring internationally recognized  recitors of Azadari poetry, naat, manqabaat and marsiya’s. He is also currently…

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - Foundation of Azadari with Ayatollah Milani

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SHAFAQNA - Ayatollah Dr Sayed Fazel Milani has been awarded a PhD by the University of Oxford in Islamic Philosophy. He was born in the Holy City of Karbala in 1944. His paternal grandfather was the late Grand Ayatollah Sayed Muhamad Hadi…

MUHARRAM - INTERVIEW WITH MOHAMMAD KHANI, QOM SEMINARY

SHAFAQNA - Shafaqna had the privilege of interviewing Arash Mohammad Khani in Qom - Iran. Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Arash Mohammad Khani has been studying in the Islamic seminary of Qom since 2017. SHAFAQNA - How would you…

‘Trump is likely the most dangerous man to have ever graced the corridors of power’

SHAFAQNA - In an interview with Muslim Press, political commentator Catherine Shakdam said she thinks “Trump is likely the most dangerous man to have ever graced the corridors of power.” “It may be time for the international community…

Hate crimes against Muslims in Germany on the rise

SHAFAQNA - German civil rights activist Taner Aksoy argues that anti-Muslim sentiment has had a long history in Germany but is becoming increasingly violent because of external factors and the country's far-right xenophobic campaigns. Long-simmering…

Irem Mumtaz, a mother from Birmingham, UK, explains why she has chosen to home educate her two children

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SHAFAQNA - Irem Mumtaz lives in Birmingham with her husband and two children aged two and four. Instead of sending her children to school, she has decided to educate them at home as part of a growing movement of “home educators”. Irem previously…

Uzma Asghar, a female Muslim entrepreneur shares her personal journey of trying to live and share the healthy organic lifestyle

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SHAFAQNA - Uzma Asghar is a 38 year old female Muslim entrepreneur and mum of two young children living in Birmingham, UK. Uzma, self-declared “hippy” has a degree in Medical Biochemistry, but decided after having children to make her passion…

Very Few Sunni States in the So-Called Sunni Alliance against Iran: An Interview with Prof. Emile Nakhleh

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SHAFAQNA, Exclusive Interview- The Saudi kingdom, seemingly emboldened by the peculiar U.S. president’s recent visit to its land, now feels and seeks to act as the new “gendarme of the Persian Gulf.” Hastily climbing up the ladder of authority,…

Shafaqna Interviews Brother Mubashir Sheriff

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SHAFAQNA - Brother Mubashir Sheriff is a researcher at Zainab Rights and is involved at different levels in the World and Africa Federations of the Khoja community. Below are some thoughts he shared with Shafaqna on his contributions to society. You…

PREVENTING EXTREMISM IN BRITAIN

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SHAFAQNA - Syed Mohsin Abbas  has worked extensively in radio and television with broadcasters around the world, including Channel 4 and the BBC. During his long television career, he’s hosted and presented current affairs programmes, served…

Trump-Salman Alliance: All Eyes on Yemen

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SHAFAQNA - The recently rejuvenated military alliance between the US and Saudi Arabia could have enormous – and immediate – implications for the War on Yemen. The peninsular and impoverished country has been in a state of total warfare…

Sheikh Qassim’s Commuted Sentence Proves Al Khalifa Losing Ground in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - This week Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies conducted an interview with Tasnim news Agency to discuss Bahrain, and Sheikh Isa Qassim's sentence. Following is a transcript of the interview: In the interview Shafaqna…

Shafaqna Interviews Sister Qudsiyah Remtulla - Founder at The Visual Age

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SHAFAQNA - Sister Qudsiyah Remtulla is the founder of The Visual Age, an online platform where she pairs self-development with creativity to come up with resourceful faith-based works of art. We had the pleasure of interviewing her to gain some inspiration…

Shafaqna Interviews Brother Ali Salaam to Discuss his Documentary Series - American Hussaini

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SHAFAQNA - We had the pleasure of interviewing brother Ali Salaam who has a background in independent journalism, regarding his documentary series American Hussaini. Below he shares his wonderful thoughts on what led him to create the series…

Shafaqna Interviews Brother Ahmed Badri

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SHAFAQNA - We had the pleasure of interviewing brother Ahmed Badri who is an editor/producer for Safeer TV regarding his new show All About Men and the thought surrounding its inception. The show is ongoing and available on YouTube. On the rather…

Warring sides in Syria prefer own interests to civilians - VIDEO

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SHAFAQNA - A UN panel expresses grave concern about the safety of thousands of Syrian evacuees surrounded by radicalized militant groups. - Press TV's interview with Catherine Shakdam, director of Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies…

Shafaqna's Interview with Press TV on Yemen

SHAFAQNA - Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies spoke this week to Press TV on America's role in Yemen and Washington's claims it wants to defeat al-Qaeda.  

Bomb blasts threaten Syria peace talks

SHAFAQNA  - Could the current Syrian peace talks in Geneva break down just days after reconvening? Bomb blasts over the weekend have threatened to derail the talks that began just last week. Catherine Shakdam, Director of Program for the Shafaqna…