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A New Hope for Libya to Unite Against ISIS

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SHAFAQNA - A sign of hope for Libya arrived in the Moroccan town of Skhirat last week when rival political leaders came together to sign a UN-brokered agreement to form a national unity government. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon conveyed…

Justin Trudeau says linking sins of ISIS to all Muslims ‘irresponsible’

SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hesitated for just a moment before slamming the policies of Donald Trump during a town hall forum. “I think it’s extremely important that somebody of my position doesn’t engage in…

Hamtramck Muslims, allies rally against terror

SHAFAQNA - Hamtramck Muslims and their supporters held an anti-terrorism rally in front of the city hall there Friday. They called ISIS a group of “murderers and thugs” who represent “Islam’s biggest enemy.” The terror group…

Canadian Scholar: Ayatollah Khamenei's Letter, Deep Analysis of Global Terrorism’s Roots

SHAFAQNA - A former Canadian university professor described Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s second open letter to the youth in the West as a “deep analysis of the psychological and geopolitical roots…

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi says "Roots of Takfiri Ideology Must be Burned"

SHAFAQNA - Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi has stressed that we must extinguish the source of the fire – the ideology of Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhab and ibn Taymiyyah – in order extinguish the Takfiri ideology which gave birth to groups such as…

EU Union of Shia Scholars denounce Beirut, Paris terror attacks

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SHAFAQNA - Head of Islamic European Union of Shia Scholars and Theologians, during his speech at the fourth conference of dialogs among religions in Hamburg on Saturday, strongly condemned the recent terror attacks in Lebanon and France which…

Extremism distorting true face of Islam says Iran's FM

SHAFAQNA - Iran’s Javad Zarif has told Nigerian counterpart close collaboration of Islamic countries would help fight Boko Haram, ISIL, and other extremists. Mohammad Javad Zarif received Mr. Godffrey Onyema, Nigerian counterpart on…

Muslims in France condemn Paris attack

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SHAFAQNA - A French Muslim’s emotional plea for his community to lead the battle against Islamic terrorism is getting a lot of traction. In a video that has gone viral throughout his country, Bassem Braiki, who is from the city of Vénissieux…

False flag terror madness! Brussels, Paris under martial law

SHAFAQNA - EU authorities are using the fabricated menace of state-sponsored false-flag terror to impose martial law on their populations. Our correspondent in Brussels has reported that the streets are empty except for parades of military…

Terrorists using Islam as a cover: Top Egyptian cleric

SHAFAQNA - Terrorists use religion as a front, said Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, who is the head of the al-Azhar, one of the Muslim world’s most prestigious centers for Islamic learning. It will be unjust and blatant bias, the cleric stated…

Islam versus ISIS - the Truth against the deception

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SHAFAQNA - Earlier this November 2015, Dr John Andrew Morrow delivered a powerful lecture on radicalism, its ideology and how it absolutely does not align with Islam's teachings, philosophy and tenets at the Ivy Tech Community College in Fort…

Fear and paranoia in the US - when hate drives the bus

SHAFAQNA - The US is racked with fear and paranoia. Following last week's attacks in Paris, a raft of ugly sentiment has surfaced from across the political right demonising not only Syrian refugees but anyone who professes to follow the Islamic…

Paris attacks: Muslims shouldn't need to speak out against the violence

SHAFAQNA - While many Muslims around the world have publicly condemned the terrorist attacks that struck Paris on Friday, others have argued that Muslims didn't need to specifically speak out against the attacks. There are more than 1.6…

ISIS a blot on Islam: Indian Muslim leader

SHAFAQNA - Indian Muslim parliamentarian and President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday said that terror group ISIS is a blot on Islam and everybody needs to condemn its activities. The Lok Sabha member…

ISIS plot to attack Shia pilgrims on Arbaeen foiled

SHAFAQNA - Iraqi army forces has dismantled an ISIS cell in the region of "al-Yusufiyah", southern Baghdad, avoiding a major terror attack planned to target big Shia gathering in Arbaeen of Imam Hussein (AS). In this operation three explosive…

Paris’s Muslims and Jews are now more anxious than ever

SHAFAQNA - After the attacks, Muslims hope to escape a backlash. Jews hope the majority has finally understood the threat. UNDER a traffic bridge not far from the famous Saint-Ouen flea market in northern Paris is another, more dismal curbside…

A case of the pot calling the kettle black or just blind hypocrisy - Saudi Arabia decries Paris attack

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SHAFAQNA - As a political analyst for the Middle East I must say that rhetorical hypocrisy and double talks are occupational hazards, but I draw a line at complete and utter lunacy. While one would expect for the world to rally around France…

Islam vs ISIS - Dr John Morrow's keynote address at Interfaith Institute at the Islamic Center of Long Island

SHAFAQNA - A prominent scholar of Islam and renown academic, Dr John Andrew Morrow is the acclaimed author of The Covenants Of The Prophet Muhammad With The Christians Of The World. A man of peace at the service of Islam, Dr Morrow has been…

Muslims must speak out against violence, says Salleh

SHAFAQNA - Muslims must condemn and send a strong message that violence, whether against fellow Muslims or non-Muslims, cannot be tolerated, says Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak. The Communications and Multimedia Minister (Malaysia) said…

Saudi, Qatar attempt to spreading Wahhabism in Afghanistan says, Afghani cleric

SHAFAQNA - A top Afghan cleric warned of attempts by Saudi Arabia and Qatar at spreading Wahhabism in Afghanistan, stressing that both Shiite and Sunni groups are in defiant of emergence of the ideology in his country. “At present, Saudi…

Christians and Muslims fight to protect ancient Christian town against ISIS

SHAFAQNA - As ISIS advances on Sadad, a strategic Syrian town near Homs, hundreds of Christian and Muslim fighters are battling to defend it. Islamic State militants began an offensive in the ancient Assyrian heartlands on October 31, capturing…

Shaker Aamer - the long walk home

SHAFAQNA - Waiting at Biggin Hill airport on Friday was a solemn white man holding a square placard. On it were two hearts and a handwritten message in black and orange: “Welcome Home Shaker Aamer”. The last British resident held in Guantanamo…

Britain to announce new counter-extremism measures

SHAFAQNA - British Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce new counter-extremism measures aimed at countering Takfiri ideology and stopping young Britons from joining the Daesh terrorists in Syria. "We know that extremism is really a…

Australia plans tougher controls on teen 'terror suspects'

SHAFAQNA - Australia on Tuesday outlined plans to tighten counter-terrorism laws further, including restricting the movements of suspects as young as 14 in the wake of a deadly attack by a teenager this month. Attorney-General George Brandis…

Exclusive: Imams and Scholars denounce ISIS radicalism in new magazine

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SHAFAQNA - In the new edition of digital magazine Haqiqah (which means The Reality), UK Imams come together to denounce ISIS (aka Daesh). Developed to reclaim the digital space from ISIS (known in the region as Daesh) and to directly challenge…

Queen Rania Blasts Islamic Extremists: 'We Can't Let Them Be the Owners of Our Story'

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SHAFAQNA - Jordan's Queen Rania has a new mission: to reclaim Islam from those carrying out atrocities in its name. Speaking during a question-and-answer session at the Women in the World summit in London Thursday, she addressed the threat…

UN Chief decries Boko Haram violence

SHAFAQNA - “The continuing violence by Boko Haram is an affront to international law, to humanity and to religious faith, said Mr. Ban in a statement issued yesterday evening by his spokesperson. According to the statement, the UN chief…