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France remains a target for radicals - foiled terror plot

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SHAFAQNA - French police have arrested two Egyptian-born brothers who they believe were plotting an attack using either explosives or the lethal poison ricin, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Friday. Ricin is a naturally occurring…

Variety of British converts’ tolerance towards the silent pain of radicalism

SHAFAQNA- Examining the conversion journeys of nearly fifty British men of all ages, ethnicities and faiths, Narratives of Conversion to Islam in Britain: Male perspectives, allows an unprecedented examination of the challenges and concerns…

Ibn Taymiyyah : The founder of ISIS

SHAFAQNA - Ibn Taymiyyah is one of the most quoted personalities of ISIS, Al Qaeda and Boko Haram. In this article we will learn about him, his ideas and why so many Muslims of the salafi sect go on to join terrorist groups or commit homeland…

INTERVIEW - Dr Marcus Papadopoulos: "Radicalism is bringing about change in society through changing the foundation of society itself."

SHAFAQNA - Dr Marcus Papadopoulos is the Publisher and Editor of Politics First magazine and an expert on Russia.  He earned his BA, in Law and Modern History, from London Guildhall University, his MA, in Modern History, from Royal Holloway,…

Rise in Extremism in Britain and how it is linked to radical fundamentalist ideology of Wahhabism and a need to challenge it

SHAFAQNA - In July 2013, The European Union recognized and declared Wahhabism as the main source of Global Terrorism. Because of their immense wealth and petrodollars the wahhabis managed to export their poisonous ideology far and wide, from…

No room for religious extremism in Singapore, say Muslim leaders

SHAFAQNA - Muslim leaders yesterday made clear their stand against religious extremism and called for calm amid the ongoing controversy over an imam's reportedly offensive remarks. Singapore's top Muslim leader, Mufti Fatris Bakaram, said…

Czech Muslims call for joint crusade against terror

SHAFAQNA - Terrorism is an evil that must be jointly fought by all regardless their faith, Vladimir Sanka, former head of the Prague Muslim Community, said at a congress with the motto Together Against Terrorism yesterday, and warned against…

China asks Muslims to oppose religious extremism, reject foreign influence

SHAFAQNA - China has asked its Muslim population to "resolutely oppose religious extremism" and adhere to the concept of "socialism with Chinese characteristics" while practicing their religion. The statement came from Wang Zuo'an, chief…

Editorial: Not-so-hidden Takfiris of Southeast Asia

SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH THE WORLD SHIA FORUM - In Afghanistan, the Deobandi Takfiris have killed over a dozen Shia Muslims mourning the death of Imam Hussain (AS). There is nothing new or unusual about it. In the Saudi Arabian financed…

The Awakening: The Antidote to Extremism

SHAFAQNA - Dr. John Andrew Morrow was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1971. Raised in a multilingual family, he lived in Montreal for ten years and in the Greater Toronto Area for another twenty. The product of a Catholic education, he…

French government goes after radicalism

SHAFAQNA - Minister of Internal Affairs Bernard Cazeneuve met with the representative of the French Council of the Muslim cult (Conseil français du culte musulman, CFCM) on monday to discuss measures to combat radicalization and jihadist propaganda. Bernard…

Armed Police raid German mosque in search of radical preachers

SHAFAQNA - Armed police officers have launched a raid on a mosque and several homes belonging to a group believed to be radicalising Muslims in Germany. Apartments belonging to eight board members of the radical German-speaking Islamic group…

France opens up its eyes to Salafism, rethinks counterterrorism

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SHAFAQNA - Could it be that France has just blown the whistle on Salafism, and finally anchored its counter-terrorism narrative against not Islam, but the devolution which has worked to hijack its Scriptures and redact its principles? France…

Marine Le Pen goes to war against radicalism

SHAFAQNA - Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right France's National Front party, expressed her condolences on Friday to the families and relatives of the victims of Nice terrorist attack, and urged to declare war on the Islamic fundamentalism. On…

US counter-terrorism chief slams anti-Muslim political rhetoric

SHAFAQNA - One of the leading counter-terror chiefs in the US warned against the blanket political denigration of Muslims, saying the integration of American Muslims into the country “has been a major boon to the law enforcement and intelligence…

Ahrar al-Sham's top figure visits US without trouble

SHAFAQNA - A top figure from the al-Qaeda-linked Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group has been allowed to pay a visit to the US on a European passport, despite the group’s deadly military campaign in Syria, a report says. Labib al-Nahhas, who calls…

UK: Extremism bill will destroy our freedoms not protect them

SHAFAQNA - Plans by the government announced in today's Queen's Speech to introduce a new law against non-violent extremism represent a direct attack on civil liberties and Britain's Muslim communities. The Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding…

France’s Weird Jihadi Re-Education Camps Could Become ISIS Incubators

SHAFAQNA - Young men from the northern districts of this most Muslim city in France are expected be among the first to be called up when the government in Paris kicks off its Orwellian new plan to fight the so-called Islamic State. The…

Boko Haram’s female suicide bombers

SHAFAQNA - The female suicide bomber has become the signature weapon of the Nigerian jihadist group, Boko Haram. Women have strapped explosives to their bodies in other recent conflicts – from Chechnya to Iraq, from Pakistan to Palestine,…
Libya

The Libyan front: How terror could soon metastasize in Africa

SHAFAQNA - The forgotten child of Western interventionism, Libya continues to battle those demons: terror, instability, mass migration, the NATO ever-so willingly unleashed onto the war-torn nation under the convenient label of “humanitarian…
Je suis Charlie

We need to apologize to our Muslim citizens - OPED

SHAFAQNA -  The following opinion piece was written on the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. While it was written with Paris, and France in mind, its relevance today remains the same since we continue to be plagued by the same narrative…

Might is right – How terrorism is fast becoming a political norm

SHAFAQNA - Turkey’s latest brush with terror was yet another reminder of the uncertainty of our time. While we may claim dialogue over belligerence, it is nevertheless wars which define nations’ dynamics, thus making terror the norm, rather…

A lesson in counter-extremism - Do we really need to hear from al-Saud?

SHAFAQNA - There must be something in the air which is prompting Saudi Arabia Royals from taking pen to paper those days, because never before have we witnessed such a deluge of editorial and opinion pieces, courtesy of the kingdom’s highest…

Self-confessed former radical labels headscarf under passive terrorism

SHAFAQNA - A rather disturbing white paper entitled Countering Violent Extremism: Scientific Methods & Strategies which was first published in 2011 resurfaced this February, labelling and associating the wear of the Muslim headscarf with…

Asymmetrical weapons of war: Mass-migration and the co-opting of the European Union

SHAFAQNA - There is a new dog in town and it does not play by any “rules of engagement”, militarily or otherwise. A disposable pawn in a grander game of chess, the EU stands those days at the mercy of a very potent threat: destabilization…

The truth about Islamic Fundamentalism

SHAFAQNA - The author has written at least five different versions of this essay, all in an attempt to relay the same message at different levels of overtness targeting different audiences. Bits and pieces of it have been used here and there…

Ghana for interfaith harmony and collaboration

SHAFAQNA - Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice-Presidential Candidate of the NPP, has cautioned Ghanaian Muslims to be on guard against extremists and their influence, and appealed to the Muslim Community to shun all divisions and continue to…

Hostage crisis in Western Africa - ISIL links feared

SHAFAQNA - An ongoing hostage situation is being reported at a hotel in the city center of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, after at least three armed turbaned men began shooting at a hotel frequently used by Westerners and UN staff,…