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Sydney Interfaith Gathering Highlights Role of Religious Leaders in Social Unity

SHAFAQNA-  The 11th interfaith dialogue meeting in Sydney, Australia, was held earlier this week. The participants underlined the need for promoting the discourse of unity and combating prejudices and extremism. They also stressed…

Louise from Denmark: Allah Wanted Me to Become a Muslim

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SHAFAQNA- I was thinking about wearing Hijab I think almost every day for six months. And in Ramadan 2007, I started wearing it, alhamdulellah. According to rahyafte:My name is Louise. I have been a Muslim for one and half years now. I…

Parents opting for private schools over sex-ed curriculum

SHAFAQNA- There’s been an explosion of private religious schools opening in this province since the implementation of the new sex-ed curriculum in September of last year. According to numbers obtained from the ministry of education, 127…

Religion and Freedom

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SHAFAQNA- By: Dr. Mohammad Ali Shomali Despite the evolution of renaissance that led to the processes referred to as ‘liberalisation’, ‘consumer lifestyle’ and ‘gross materialism’, mankind still faces a kind of dichotomy. Humanity…

UK Muslim women face gender, religious discrimination: Study

SHAFAQNA- A study has found that Muslim women face a double bind of religious and gender discrimination in the British society, which subjects them to harassment and abuse. Britain’s Faith Matter group and the European Network Against…

The Role of Religion in Our Lives

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SHAFAQNA- The Role of Religion in Our Lives by Sayed Saleh AlQazwini

Sheikh Issa Qassem Slams Al Khalifa Regime’s Crackdown on Religious Figures

SHAFAQNA- Bahrain’s Shia scholars in a statement criticized the Al Khalifa regime for continuing to arrest clerics and imams of mosques in its ongoing crackdown on dissent. In the statement, released on Sunday, they said Shia clerics…

Azerbaijan Bans over 730 Religious Books

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SHAFAQNA- The Republic of Azerbaijan’s government banned the import of 732 books on religious issues. The Caucasian country’s government committee for religious groups has made the decision, the Caucasus Religious Center reported. It…

Honesty is the best policy By Harun Yahya

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SHAFAQNA- Mr. Davutoglu made his first visit to Tehran as prime minister. The timing of his trip is important since the sanctions on Iran were lifted following the JCPOA and the moderates who implemented this deal gained more power resulting…

Harvard Launches Free Online Class to Promote Religious Literacy

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SHAFAQNA- But the increased circulation of the Quran has not always helped people to better understand and respect the faith, especially due to the recent Paris attacks and rise of the ISIL terrorist group. If anything, fear and prejudice toward…

Religious voices respond to State of the Union

SHAFAQNA - In his last State of the Union address, President Obama made an impassioned case against religious bigotry and cast other key issues in moral terms. He rejected “any politics that targets people because of race or religion.” “This…

Americans becoming less religious, new poll shows

SHAFAQNA- The percentage of Americans who say they believe in God, pray daily, and attend church regularly is declining, a new poll shows. The survey which was conducted  by the Pew Research Center among more than 35,000 US adults, registered…