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UNESCO: Kuala Lumpur to be World Book Capital 2020

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SHAFAQNA: On the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee, which includes representatives of the International Publisher's Association, the International Federation of Library Associations and UNESCO, Kuala Lumpur was named World…

Malaysia expects 10pct increase in halal exports

SHAFAQNA- Its Director of Halal Hub Division, Datuk Dr Sirajuddin Suhaimee said, "This is backed by the consistently improving demand for halal-certified products not just from Muslim countries but also non-Muslim countries that seek hygienic…

Why the Mamak Culture is so Famous in Malaysia?

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SHAFAQNA - Asian Inspirations : While there are a zillion street food options that beckon you to savour the authenticity of the cuisine in Malaysia, street hawkers can be considered as the local pro chefs as they churn out some delicious…

Why is Halal Food so Important in Malaysia?

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SHAFAQNA - Asian Inspirations: A large majority of the population in Malaysia comprises of Malay Muslims and it is of utmost importance for them to consume meat that is lawful or permissible. Halal food is consumed by the Muslims as a fundamental…

JKSM: Muslim Child marriages in Malaysia have been decreasing

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SHAFAQNA - Statistics from the Malaysian Syariah Judiciary Depart­ment (JKSM) showed that Applications for child marriage fell in recent years with 877 applications recorded in last year. Judges in shariah court have the authority to give…

Singaporean Arabs seek for Their Ancestors in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA - Arab News : The first car to arrive in Tarim, a historic town in the Hadhramaut Valley of Yemen, was an American Studebaker. It had traveled across oceans and continents to get there — but not without the help of one prominent…

Amri Che Mat's disappearance and Shia-phobia in Malaysia

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SHAFAQNA - A Malaysian social activist, Amri Che Mat, went missing on Nov 24, 2016 that media reports saying it could be related to his alleged Shia belief. Already, Perlis Mufti Asri Zainul Abidin has attacked Amri Che Mat for following Shia…

Cham Muslims: Vietnam’s Isolated Islamic Community

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SHAFAQNA - MVSLIM | by Simone Doenvang : While traveling in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, I was surprised to find Muslims in an isolated village near the Cambodian border on the Mekong River Bank. Arriving by a small boat, the group…

Top 5 Muslim Honeymoon Destinations You Have To Consider!

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SHAFAQNA - MVSLIM | by Huda and Zain : As newly-weds, choosing a place to celebrate the start of your new life together can be both exciting and overwhelming. As Muslims we have a variety of travel needs, and alhamdulillah, there are plenty…

Official Says Malaysia Committed to Promoting Quranic Activities

SHAFAQNA - He said this was reflected through the government's policies and programs to empower a Quranic society which includes organizing Recitation and Memorization of the Quran Ceremony. "Many efforts had been done by the government…

Malaysia rises against Trump's Jerusalem declaration

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SHAFAQNA - MALAYSIA’s Prime Minister has called on Muslims around the world to unite in opposition to Donald Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Najib Razak told Muslims at an annual gathering of his ruling party…

The Top 3 Muslim Millennials’ Favorite Destinations Are In Asia

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SHAFAQNA - Malaysia, Indonesia, and Japan have been named the three favourite destinations among millennial Muslims, according to a recent survey. The survey published in “Muslim Millennial Travel Report 2017” found that the majority…

Malaysia crackdown on Shia Muslims resumes over Ashura

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SHAFAQNA - Disturbing reports from Malaysia confirmed that Shia Muslims yet again saw their religious freedom impeded on the Day of Ashura - a date that marks the martyrdom of the Prophet of Islam, grandson: Imam Hussain ibn Ali. Deemed heretics…

Current Extremism a Byproduct of Saudi-Type Islam says Malaysian Academic

SHAFAQNA - A Malaysian academic has warned of an extremist interpretation of Islam that may have an adverse effect on religious harmony in the Southeast Asian country, saying it was a byproduct of local teachers who were subjected to a “salafist”…

‘Quran university’ to be established in Baling, Malaysia

SHAFAQNA - Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, a lawmaker representing Baling in Malaysia’s parliament, has pledged to allocate 12.8 hectares of land for a so-called “Quran university” in his constituency. He said he will award the land to Permata…

Malaysia May Act against Myanmar for Blocking Rohingya Probe

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SHAFAQNA- Malaysia will consider action against Myanmar following the latter's decision to deny entry to a United Nations fact-finding mission probing the abuse of Rohingya Muslims in the country. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad…

Iran, Malaysia Joint Quranic Expo Launched in Kuala Lumpur

SHAFAQNA - It showcases Quranic calligraphy works by Iranian and Malaysian calligraphers as well as calligraphy-painting and Tazhib (illumination) works by several Iranian artists, the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization…

Christian preachers’ disappearance in Malaysia stokes fears of crackdown on religious minorities

SHAFAQNA - The disappearance of three Christians and a man accused of spreading Shia Islam in Malaysiahas prompted fears that authorities are targeting religious minorities with extrajudicial detention. Video and witness evidence indicate…

Malaysian Darul Quran to Be Upgraded to University College

SHAFAQNA- Effort is being made to upgrade Darul Quran, a religious institution under Malaysia's Islamic Development Department (Jakim), into a university college, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom. He…

First Halal Hotel in Malaysia seeks to profit from Muslim travel

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SHAFAQNA - Just steps away from the iconic Petronas Towers in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, it's the first hotel in Malaysia to be halal certified. Halal means permissible under Islamic Sharia law, and can refer to both goods and services. Practicing…

First Halal Hotel in Malaysia

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SHAFAQNA- Halal means permissible under Islamic Sharia law, and can refer to both goods and services. Practicing Muslims account for more than 60% of Malaysia's population, and halal tourism is a growing and lucrative industry, attracting…

Malaysia ready to help Japan's Halal industry ahead of Olympics

SHAFAQNA - Malaysia has signaled its readiness to share its expertise with Japan as it seeks to develop its halal industry ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. A representative of Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (MATRADE)…

Malaysia Halal exhibit set to kick off on April 5

SHAFAQNA - Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS), scheduled for April 5-8, will highlight all aspects of Islamic life. The halal concept goes beyond food items to cover fields like tourism, Islamic fashion, music, banking and arts,…

ANALYSIS: Malaysia's progressive Muslims want a secular future

SHAFAQNA - The abduction of protestant Pastor Raymond Koh missing since 13 February after being snatched from a street in Petaling Jaya near the capital Kuala Lumpur, comes against a background of pressure against non-Muslims. The growing…

Malaysia Urges Muslim World to Help Oppressed Rohingya

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SHAFAQNA- Malaysia on Thursday urged an organization of Islamic nations to help end the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, while Indonesia offered to be a facilitator to find a solution to the crisis. He warned that the…

Malaysian PM tells Myanmar to 'stop the killing' of Rohingya, as Muslims meet

SHAFAQNA - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called on Myanmar on Thursday to stop all discrimination and attacks on Rohingya Muslims, and urged the world's Islamic countries to act to end an unfolding "humanitarian tragedy". Malaysia…

Malaysian Islamic Leader ready to quit his post after flak for attending Tehran Unity Conference

SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH WILAYAH - PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said he is prepared to resign as vice-president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) after receiving flak from the union for his visit to Tehran. “I…

Malaysian PM urges intervention to stop 'genocide' of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called for foreign intervention to stop the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar on Sunday, as he joined thousands of Rohingya protesters in Kuala Lumpur. Muslim-Majority Malaysia has…