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New Iraqi government to safeguard unity and safety

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SHAFAQNA- Barham Salih Iraq’s new president has chosen veteran Shia politician Adel Abdul Mahdi as prime minister-designate to form a new government nearly five months after national elections were held. Barham Salih, the Kurdish moderate…

Kenya Muharram Mourning Ceremonies

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SHAFAQNA- IQNA: In Kenya, Shia Muslims began holding rituals to mourn Imam Hussein's (AS) martyrdom anniversary. The Board of Trustees of Kenyan Jafari Shias’ Islamic Education Center has invited Ghanaian cleric Sheikh Abdul Jalil Nawui…

Paintings about Muharram in the World's Museums

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SHAFAQNA:  The current paintings from different museums, display the important month of Muharram, and also its 10th day known as "Ashura Day" which is remembered by Muslims (Shia) community, as the day on which Hussein Ibn Ali was martyred…

Shiites protest in Abuja as El-Zakzaky Spends 1,000 day In Detention

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SHAFAQNA- Shia Muslims protest in Abuja  to demand the release of their leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who spends 1,000 days in detention. The group also vowed to lay down their lives for their leader’s cause. Speaking during the protest,…

Egypt sentenced 4 people to 14 years in prison over Massacre of 4 Shia Muslim

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SHAFAQNA- An Egyptian Court sentenced four people to 14 years in prison for the 2013 killings of a prominent Shia leader, Hassan Shahata, and three other members of the shrinking Egyptian Shia Muslim community. The case is known in media as…

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on followers to keep up attacks against Shi’ite Muslims

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SHAFAQNA : In a new 54 minute long speech for the ‘Eid Al-Adha holiday, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, instructed his followers to keep fighting, despite their several setbacks across Syria, Iraq, and…

Ghadeer Khum

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SHAFAQNA- Prophet Muhammed (P) went to Makkah in his last year of his life to perform the annual pilgrimage “Hajj”. He also invited all the Muslims to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage. In a short while, large number of Muslims was moving…

Media rights group calls for release of Bahraini activists

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SHAFAQNA- In a Twitter post, the media rights group noted that Rajab was sentenced to 5 years in jail only for posting a tweet. It called for the release of the activist and 16 journalists held in jail by the Manama regime. In June, the Bahraini…

Audio translations of Ghadir sermon to be released

SHAFAQNA- According to Mizab news agency, the center is affiliated to the Intellectual and Cultural Affairs Section of the Astan (custodianship) of Imam Ali’s (AS) holy shrine. The project is being implemented in cooperation with the Libraries…

How "smart hajj" can help pilgrims?

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SHAFAQNA - over 2 million Muslim from all over the world descend on Makkah this week to take part in the Hajj. Hajj begins on the eighth day of Dhu Al Hijjah, which falls on August 19 this year. It will end on August 24. By Thursday,…

‘Shi’a’ and Imamate

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SHAFAQNA- The term ‘Shi’a’ means ‘follower’, and now refers, conventionally, to the group of Muslims who, after the death of the Holy Prophet, believed that the function of leadership in the Islamic community was the prerogative of…

Photos: A Qur’an Stand belonging to 14th Century

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts : This Qur'an stand was made by Hasan [ibn] Zain ibn Sulaiman al‑Isfahani for endowment to a madrasa, or theological college, in the year 1360.  The surface of  this stand has been covered by Three layers of…

Imam Reza (A.S.) from the views of the Sunni Scholars

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SHAFAQNA- Thoughts and viewpoints of Sunni Muslims about Imam Reza’s (A.S.) scientific character were elaborated in a session held to pave the way for more solidarity and proximity among Islamic schools. This gathering was held by Astan Quds…

📣 Infidels Answer to This Question, plz

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SHAFAQNA- ✍️Ansar Imam Mahdi AJ: 👉 📣 Infidels answer to this question, plz: ⁉️ How can you disbelieve in God when you were lifeless and He brought you to life; then He will cause you to die, then He will bring you [back] to…

Climbing Mountains: A Quest to Find the Truth

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SHAFAQNA- Part 3 - From Sunnism to Shia Islam It was now 2000, a new millennium, and due to personal circumstances, I found myself moving and living in a different locality and in a situation where for the first time I could freely study and…

Will Shiite life be safer after Pakistan election?

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SHAFAQNA - Pakistan will go to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new prime minister in what will be the country's second ever civilian-to-civilian transfer of power. Political parties have started negotiating with Shia political parties, local…

Zaydism and Its Branches

SHAFAQNA-The Zaydis are the followers of Zayd al-Shahid, the son of Imam al-Sajj?d. Zayd rebelled in 121/737 against the Umayyad caliph, Husham ibn 'Abd al-Malik, and a group paid allegiance to him. A battle ensued in Küfah between Zayd and…

How to grow and develop, according to Imam Ali (a.s.)

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SHAFAQNA- Translated by: Manal Samhat By His Eminence, the Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) Imam Ali (a.s.) has talked a lot about fanaticism and its destructive impacts on individuals and groups…

Ibrahim Musa: Zaria massacre orchestrated in Israel bankrolled by Saudis

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SHAFAQNA - Ibrahim Musa, the President of Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, believes that Israel and Saudi Arabia were the main plotters behind Zaria massacre in Nigeria. Ibrahim Musa is the President of Media Forum of the…

Intensive Course on Shia Studies Planned in Vienna Austria

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SHAFAQNA - IQNA : Iran’s University of Religions and Denominations is organizing a Shia Studies course in Vienna, Austria. With its experience of organizing six intensive international courses on Shia Studies in the holy city of Qom and…

Pakistan: Political parties in talks to attract Shia voters

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SHAFAQNA - The News: The Shia community’s vote bank in some of Karachi’s constituencies has attracted the attention of major political stakeholders, who are flexing their muscles to win the maximum number of seats in the city’s electoral…

Shia and its History

SHAFAQNA- To understand the concept of Shia, it is necessary to first know Islam, and then define Shia based on Islam. The basics of Islam start from the belief in Allah (SWT) and the belief in all the prophets up to the last of them…

Photos: the tomb of Imam Sadiq (a.s) in Jannat al-Baqi‘ 

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SHAFAQNA - Jannat al-Baqi‘ (Arabic: جَـنَّـة الْـبَـقِـيْـع‎) is cemetery in Medina, the Hijazi region of present-day Saudi Arabia. It is located to the southeast of the Prophet's Mosque, which contains the grave of Muhammad…

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.…

British Legal System Vindicates Pro-Palestine Shia activist

SHAFAQNA- Pro Palestinian campaigners in Britain have won a major victory after the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to drop the proposed prosecution of a human rights activist by hard-line Zionists. The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism…

Is acquittal of Sheikh Ali Salman a sign of reform in Bahrain?

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SHAFAQNA - Acquittal of Bahrain Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman could be a sign for an end to repression against majority Shia population. Bahrainis rose up against the regime in 2011, calling for a constitutional monarchy and an…

USA called Bahrain government to release Shaikh Ali Salman

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SHAFAQNA - The detention of Shaikh Ali Salman led to widespread protests across the Bahrain Kingdom, which has been criticized by rights groups and governments alike, including Washington.   Washington has called upon the government of Bahrain…

Rise of violence against shia muslims in South Africa: some withdraw from the Cape Accord

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SHAFAQNA - In South Africa, Shia Muslims face violence by their religious identity. Earlier this month, the Cape Accord – a document meant to encourage peace and unity and eradicate extremism – was signed in Cape Town by several Islamic…