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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…

Lebanon to Host Int’l Quran Competition

SHAFAQNA - According to Lebanon24.com website, Quran activists from different Arab and Muslim countries are expected to take part in the contest. It will be jointly organized by the Dar al-Ifta of Lebanon and the “Resolve and Salvation”…

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri rescinds resignation

SHAFAQNA - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday and said all members of the government had agreed to stay out of conflicts in Arab countries. Hariri quit his job in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia a month…

Hariri to fly to Paris within 48 hours

SHAFAQNA - Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France within 48 hours, before flying home to Beirut to officially submit his resignation as Lebanese prime minister, a source close to Hariri told Reuters on Thursday. Hariri…

Saudi Detainment of Hariri Hostile Act against Lebanon: President Aoun

SHAFAQNA- For the first time in twelve days, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said it frankly: Premier Saad Hariri is held by Saudi authorities in Riyadh. The Lebanese President on Wednesday, described the move as a hostile act against Lebanon,…

Saad Hariri says he will return to Lebanon in next two days

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SHAFAQNA - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he will return to Lebanon in the next two days, after his surprise resignation in Saudi Arabia created a shockwave in Lebanon’s political scene. Hariri announced the news in a Twitter message…

Disgraced Lebanon PM Hariri's Interview Feeds Perception of Saudi Captivity, Pressure

SHAFAQNA - Lebanon's President Aoun said the interview was a Saudi move to sow "confusion, and we cannot take it as true or made by Hariri's own free will." By any standard imaginable, Lebanese (ex-)Prime Minister Saad Hariri's Sunday…

Lebanon to complain to UN over Israel's violation of its airspace

SHAFAQNA - Lebanon has declared it will lodge a complaint with the UN Security Council against Israel for violating the Lebanese airspace. Lebanon’s foreign minister is to address the Security Council in a protest over the issue. Israeli…

Lebanese cleric urges unity of Muslims, Christians against Takfirists

SHAFAQNA - Senior Lebanese cleric has slammed Takfiri terrorists as the enemy of humanity calling Muslims and Christians to confront them in a joint front. Grand Ayatollah Abdul Amir Qabalan, head of the Supreme Lebanese Shia Parliament, denounced…

Lebanese activists aim to block ‘extremist’ preacher Zakir Naik

SHAFAQNA - Activists in Lebanon have launched a campaign to ban Indian preacher Zakir Naik from entering the country, saying his extremist views do not belong in Lebanon. Naik, who is believed to have become a Saudi citizen last month,…

PM Hariri: Israel wants new war against Lebanon

SHAFAQNA - Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri says recent Israeli actions have indicated a desire for a new conflict after Tel Aviv unveiled the latest addition to its missile system. In an interview with France24 TV station after arriving…

Nativity scenes in Lebanon show harmony between Christians and Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Nativity scenes in public places in Lebanon demonstrate the harmony between Christians and Muslims living in the country. Even though war and persecution plague the Middle East, Lebanon manages to remain a peaceful island of co-habitation…

Church, mosque stand next to each other in Beirut

SHAFAQNA - The new bell tower of the 19th century Saint George Cathedral is Beirut’s tallest at 72m (236ft) – the same height as the four minarets of the Mohammad al-Amin mosque that has dominated the city skyline since it was built over…

Lebanese footballer martyred in Aleppo

SHAFAQNA- A professional Lebanese footballer has died fighting against opposition forces in Aleppo province.  Kassem Shamkha, who was just 19 years old, was killed on Thursday while repelling a rebel assault northwest of Aleppo city. Shamkha…

Lebanon lawmakers elect Michel Aoun as president

SHAFAQNA - Lebanon finally has a new president. Lawmakers have thrown their support behind Michel Aoun, a strong Hezbollah ally, to fill the country's long-vacant presidency. The parliament convened at noon (1000 GMT) Monday for the voting…

Lebanon Church leader tells Shafaqna "Middle East needs Christians and Muslims"

SHAFAQNA - The head of Lebanon's Maronite Church, Cardinal Bechara Rai, has issued a call for unity between Christians and Muslims and urged members of parliament to break the deadlock and choose a president for the troubled country, where…

No school for Syrian refugees in lebanon

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SHAFAQNA - More than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in Lebanon are not enrolled in formal education. Although Lebanon, which is hosting 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees, has allowed Syrian children to…

Lebanon Shows Christians and Muslims Can Live Together in Peace in the Middle East

SHAFAQNA - " Ithas been an explosive situation in the Lebanon for the past four years. But I’m amazed that while Lebanon is on the brink of an explosion the miracle is that there is no explosion,” Michael Zammit, S.J., Jesuit Refugee Service…

Seyyed Ali Fadhl Allah: Unity is a religious priority

SHAFAQNA - Seyyed Ali Fadhl Allah, Friday prayer leader of Beirut, in his speech on Monday referred to several challenges in front of the Arab world and Islam calling terrorism and religious pluralism as the most important of them. He said,”…

Women refugees in Lebanon suffer

SHAFAQNA - Syrian refugee women in Lebanon are at risk of being exploited by people in positions of authority, in part because of the government's refusal to renew residency permits for Syrian refugees and a severe lack of international aid…

Sky is the Limit for Lebanese Entrepreneurs

SHAFAQNA - There is a consensus that Lebanon is a great location to pilot an idea, test it and then transition to an international market for growth. [Listen to the podcast below.] For a country that has defined and redefined itself through…

Another Winter for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

SHAFAQNA - On a sunny day in the Jaharriyeh refugee camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, winter might seem far away. But for the 250 Syrian families living here in tents less than 20 kilometers from the Syrian border, it is coming. Camp leader…

Disruption in South Lebanon

SHAFAQNA - Lebanese militant group Hezbollah attacked an Israeli armored vehicle with a roadside bomb along the border Monday and Israel responded with artillery fire. Hezbollah said it set off a large explosive device as an armored patrol…

Al Wefaq Condemns Terror Attacks in Lebanon

SHAFAQNA - Al Wefaq National Islamic Society strongly condemns the attacks that took the lives of the innocent people in south Beirut, on Thursday evening. These attacks are carried out by the enemies of humanity and Islam. These hands work…

Arbaeen Exhibitions Open in Lebanon

SHAFAQNA- On the occasion of Arbaeen (the 40th day after Ashura), a series of exhibitions titled “The Path of Love” was opened in a ceremony in Beirut, Lebanon. According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization…

Iranian Film 'Muhammad (PBUH)' Screened in Beirut

SHAFAQNA - According to the beirut.icro.ir website, the movie’s director Majid Majidi was present at the screening session, which was held with the cooperation of the Iranian Cultural Center in Lebanon. A number of Shia and Sunni scholars,…

Saad Hariri seeks to free Saudi prince arrested in Beirut

SHAFAQNA- Hariri, also the leader of the al-Mustaqbal movement who has close ties with Saudi Arabia, was in contact with the Saudi embassy in Beirut and asked former Lebanese premier Fouad Seniore to help release Saudi prince Abdel Mohsen…