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Expansion of Anti-Shia Laws in Bahrain

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch | by Hannah Westphall :        After 9/11, the US adopted an ideology of “war on terror,” a systematic campaign using a variety of legislative and judicial methods designed to target extremist groups bent…

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…

Shia Rights Watch: 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism in the first half of 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch: The first half of 2018 saw 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism take place in over a dozen countries. Anti-Shiism is extended to June, and compared to May, the number of people killed and wounded has almost tripled.…

Photos: Masjid al-Sahlah, the Mosque of Imam al-Mahdi (aj)

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SHAFAQNA - The Al-Sahlah Mosque or Masjid al-Sahlah (Arabic: مسجد السهلة‎) is one of the primary significant mosques in the city of Kufa, Iraq. The mosque is of great importance to Shia Muslims, and it is believed that the…

Shia Rights Watch: 412 cases of violence against Shia Muslims in May 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch : The first five months of 2018 stood witness to 2,573 cases of anti-Shiism. Incidents include death, detention, discrimination, and denial of freedoms systematically or culturally. Anti-Shiism is a conflict at…

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…

Advocating tolerance in South Africa following mosque attack

SHAFAQNA - Changing discourses and perspectives in communities is complex and tough. This is indeed the case with current day sectarian discourses among Muslims. But, discourse, or what and how we choose to talk, also kills. This has been…

Al Khalifa forces raze recently reconstructed Shiite mosque

SHAFAQNA - Religious discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite majority has been extended to the relaying of bricks from a toppled mosque. On Sunday, bulldozers accompanied by Manama’s security forces destroyed a Shiite mosque in Hamad…

Two suicide bombers kill three in north Nigeria mosque

SHAFAQNA - Two suicide bombers killed three Muslim worshippers in a mosque in a northeast Nigerian town still being rebuilt after virtual destruction by Boko Haram in 2014, sources told AFP Sunday. The bombers, a man and a woman, detonated…

Two Shia Muslims martyred in terrorist attack in southwestern Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA - Two Shia Muslims from Hazara community hailing from Balochistan Shia Conference embraced martyrdom while third was injured in a terrorist attack in Quetta's Western Bypass area on Sunday. Police sources said Shia martyrs were…

Jaw Prison and the policy of religious persecution

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SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s most infamous incarceration center finds itself once again in the middle of controversy as reports pointed to systematic religious-based persecution have surfaced. Shia Muslims detainees - who account for the majority…

Shia Muslims visit Nigerian churches to celebrate Christmas with Christians

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim community group has visited a series of churches in a major Nigerian city to show their solidarity with its Christianpopulation. Members of the Islamic Movement, known as locally the Shia after their religious denomination,…

Taliban seizes Shia-dominated Mirza Olang in Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - Mirza Olang valley of Sar-e-Pul province has once again fallen to the Taliban, provincial council officials said on Saturday. Mohammad Noor Rahmani, the head of the Sar-e-Pul provincial council, said that Taliban carried out an…

Where are the Shia of Ali? Supporting the oppressed is a religious duty

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SHAFAQNA - The following was forwarded to Shafaqna by a rights activist based in Toronto, Canada. For his voice to carry louder the writer chose to remain anonymous - and thus permit readers to concentrate on the message rather than the person…

Gunmen attack Hazara Shia Muslims in Quetta city

SHAFAQNA - At least five killed, including three members of the Hazara community, in an attack in Pakistan's Balochistan province. Unidentified men have killed five people in an attack on the minority Hazara Shia Muslim community in the…

UK - Call for mobilisation over Shia activists disappearance

SHAFAQNA - Rights activists in the UK  have called onto the Pakistani authorities to immediately end the systematic oppression and atrocious human rights abuses of Shia activists across Pakistan Shia activists have been kidnapped and held…

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…

Saudi Arabia to execute 14 Shia Muslims warns HRW

SHAFAQNA - Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that 14 Shiite Muslims are at imminent risk of execution in Saudi Arabia after a supreme court upheld their death sentences in mid-July following an “unfair trial” over protest-related charges. In…

Saudi Arabia’s Shia genocides resumes under media blackout

SHAFAQNA - With most eyes set on what mainstream media has architected as “pressing issues” : Iraq’s alleged mistreatment of Daesh militants, Qatar-would-be declaration of war against the kingdom over the hajj management, or US President…

Car bomb explosion near Shiite cleric's home leaves 24 martyrs in Kabul

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SHAFAQNA - At least 24 people have been martyred and 40 other injured by a car bomb in the west of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. A suicide car bomb has killed at least 24 people as well as the bomber and injured another 40 people early on…

Shias subjected to strains, abuses in Azerbaijan

SHAFAQNA - After Iran, Azerbaijan is the second country with the largest Shiite Muslim population in the world. The country is home to a diversity of minorities as Sunni Muslims, Bahais, Wahhabis, and Jews. However, the Shiites remain accounting…

Pakistani pilgrims stuck at Iran border over lack of escort service from Taftan to Quetta

SHAFAQNA - More than a thousand Pakistani pilgrims have been stuck in Taftan for about a week after crossing Iran border due to lack of enough security forces to provide the pilgrims with escort service from Taftan to Quetta. The pilgrims…

Four members of Shia family martyred in southwestern Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA - Heavily-armed gunmen riding on motorcycles have shot dead at least four members of a Shia family and their driver in southwestern Pakistan. Local police chief Mohammad Ishaq said on Wednesday that the drive-by shooting took place…

Two shia scholars taken into illegal custody in Punjab, Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - Two Shia brothers studying in Iran and Iraq, respectively, were taken into illegal custody from their house in a locality in Kabirwala where they had returned to get medical treatment and marriage. The maternal uncle of the young…

Bahraini Shiite cleric arrested for 2 weeks pending investigation

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini Shiite cleric Sheikh Hasanain Al-Mhanna arrested for 2 weeks pending investigation and transferred to Dry Dock Prison in Al-Hidd. The prosecution accused him of "inciting hatred against the regime and inciting contempt…

Protest against Shia killings in Pakistan continues for 6th day

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SHAFAQNA - Members of the Shia community in Pakistan's northwestern city of Parachinar have continued their sit-in protest for the sixth consecutive day after twin terror attacks killed at least 75 people and injured over 300 there on Friday. Pakistani…

Shia Federation condemns killing of Shiite in Parachinar, Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - Shia Federation Jammu has turned tables on Pakistan for encouraging terrorism within country as well as in neighboring countries. The Shia Federation president Aashak Hussian in a statement here today while strongly condemning the…

Bahraini authorities summon 4 Shiite clerics for interrogations

SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini security authorities sent four subpoenas on Friday (June 16, 2017) summoning 4 Shiite clerics for interrogations on Sunday. The activists said that the authorities summoned each of "Sheikh Hani Al-Banaa, Sheikh Sadeq…