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Rise of violence against shia muslims in South Africa: some withdraw from the Cape Accord

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SHAFAQNA - In South Africa, Shia Muslims face violence by their religious identity. Earlier this month, the Cape Accord – a document meant to encourage peace and unity and eradicate extremism – was signed in Cape Town by several Islamic…

Are You Dead?

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SHAFAQNA- Many a times we come across individuals who take religion and religious activity lightly. They often mock at people who try to practise religious tenets. Similarly they treat the religion. The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) in one of his…

Humbleness

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SHAFAQNA- وَ عِباَدُ الرَّحْمٌنِ الَّذِيْنَ يَمْشُوْنَ عَلى الأَرْضِ هَوْناً “And the servants of the Beneficent Allah are they who walk on the earth in humbleness.” By…

Publication of 110 Works on Hadith by the Islamic Research Foundation

SHAFAQNA- Since the beginning of the establishment, Astan Quds Razavi’s Islamic Research Foundation has published 110 works on the subject of Tradition (hadith). According to Astan News, “The Customs Of Socialization from The Viewpoint…

What is the Difference between Islam and Iman?

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SHAFAQNA - via 180 Questions Enquiries About Islam | par Ayatullah  Nasir Makarim Shirazi: In verse 14 of Suratul Hujurat, we read: قَالَتِ الأََعْرَابُ آمَنَّا قُلْ لَمْ تُؤْمِنُوا وَ لٌكِنْ…

Dutch anti-Islam party to hold Prophet Mohammad cartoon competition, despite previous polemics

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SHAFAQNA : Despite provoking serious polemics in the past, The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. According to Reuters, the party said the plan to…

Islam: The World’s Fastest Growing Religion

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SHAFAQNA - World Atlas : Islam is currently the second most widely practiced faith in the world. It is also the fastest growing religion and expected to have the largest number of followers by the year 2100. This growth is expected both…

Shia Muslims shape 20 percent of global Muslim population

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SHAFAQNA – World Atlas : There are 1.6 billion Muslims around the world with Shia Muslims accounting for almost 20%. While most global Muslims are Sunni, a handful of countries have Shia majorities or pluralities. These countries are…

Ramadan’s spirit of generosity throughout Lebanon

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 SHAFAQNA - Annahar | by  Ghadir Hamadi and Tala Hammour : People all over Lebanon are currently wishing each other “Ramadan Kareem,” which means “have a generous Ramadan.” More than just a well-wished sentiment, the month is…

Austrian far-right government is closing 7 mosques

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SHAFAQNA - Vox | by  Tara Isabella Burton: The far-right government claims it’s due to “national security” concerns. On Friday, the Austrian government announced that it plans to close down seven mosques and potentially expel about…

London Mosque Becomes the UK’s First to Accept Cryptocurrency

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SHAFAQNA - The move would make the Hackney mosque in East London the first in the UK to take payments in digital currency. The chairman of the Shacklewell Lane Mosque told the UK’s news publications about the move to accept both Bitcoin…

There are Muslims in Tibet, too

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SHAFAQNA - Mention Tibet, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Dalai Lama and Buddhism. However, Muslims have been as much a part of the fabric of Tibetan culture as their Buddhist counterparts. It is hard to…

Turkey's Muslim-friendly resorts offer tourists modest holidays

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SHAFAQNA - Turkey's $26 billion tourism industry has been battered by security fears and political disputes in recent years but one corner of the market is quietly growing - beach holidays for conservative Muslims. Dozens of hotels and resorts…

French Muslim student in media storm over headscarf

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim student at one of France's top universities has found herself at the centre of a media storm after she appeared in a documentary wearing a headscarf. Maryam Pougetoux had appeared in the film to talk about student protests…

A peek into the lives of Puerto Rican Muslims

SHAFAQNA - For Juan, Ramadan is a balancing act. On the one hand is his religious faith and practice. On the other is his land, his culture, his home: Puerto Rico. Although he weaves these two elements of his identity together in many ways,…

All Hail Husayn! An Esoteric and Exoteric Exposition on the Lord of Martyrs

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SHAFAQNA - In the Name of Allah, the Light. Praise be to Allah, the Light of Lights, and peace be upon the Prophet Muhammad, his daughter Fatimah al-Zahra, and the Twelve Imams who were living reflections of divine luminosity. Greetings…

Revealing the generosity of the UK's Muslim community during Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - With Ramadan beginning this week, we wanted to look at the holy month for British Muslims and a little known aspect about the acts of generosity that happen during this time. Ramadan is a month when Muslims fast between sunrise…

Not even water? Answers to questions Muslims hear every Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - It's that time of the year again where about 1.6 billion Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan. It's a time for inner reflection, self-control and an abundance of questions from friends. To Muslims, it's a…

Sweden Allows Mosque Call to Prayer

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SHAFAQNA - Swedish police Tuesday granted a mosque permission to hold a weekly call to prayer, triggering divisions among politicians and the public, five months ahead of elections in a country which has taken in waves of asylum seekers in…

Islam Religion of Co-existence, Peace says Rector of Pakistani University

SHAFAQNA - He was addressing the participants during concluding ceremony of 27th International Human Resource Development Program for Muslim minority countries organized by Dawah Academy (IIUI) at Allama Iqbal Auditorium in Islamabad. He…

What drove me to convert to Islam was when I read the Quran

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SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, Cynthia, from the United States, by Bentolhoda Mofakhami Rahyafte team (related to Edoardo Agnelli Islamic Association) invites you on a special journey into the life of sister Cynthia.…

How Do We Know the Quran is Unchanged?

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SHAFAQNA- Since it is well accepted in academic circles that both the Torah of the Jews and the New Testament of the Christians have changed over the centuries, European academics erroneously believed the same must be true about the Quran.…

Women in Qur'anic Society

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SHAFAQNA-The first of these characteristics of a Qur'anic society which affect women is that both sexes are held to be equal in status and worth. In other words, the Qur'an teaches us that women and men are all creatures of Allah, existing on…

Fasting According to Five Islamic Schools of Law

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SHAFAQNA- By: ‘Allamah Muhammad Jawad Maghniyya Translated from the Arabic by Mujahid Husayn بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the ‘pillars’…

Qom preacher: "Teachers capable of creating a civilization"

SHAFAQNA - In his Friday prayer sermon delivered to a large and fervent crowd of believers in Qom’s Qods Prayer Hall, Sayyed Mohammad Sa’idi commemorated Labour Day, saying, “In some countries, such as France, which claim to have freedom,…

Ramadan and the new generation of Muslim consumers

SHAFAQNA - In recent years, Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, has gained increased importance for marketers as the Muslim population around the world rapidly expands — and particularly for a new generation of Muslim youth. Muslims represent…

Burma Muslims jailed for praying in the street

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SHAFAQNA - Seven Muslim men have reportedly been jailed in Burma (Myanmar) for three months for organising Muslim prayers in the street about a year ago, after local Islamic schools were shuttered prior to the holy month of Ramadan. According…

Muslims and prison: When crime collides with faith and morality

SHAFAQNA - How do Muslims ‘get on’ after prison? There is a grittiness to moral life seen in youth and crime. No one interviewed by Ryan Williams justified their crimes, but they did locate poor decisions within wider efforts to lead…