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Destruction of religiously and culturally significant Shia sites in Saudi Arabia

In 1926, Saudi reduced to rubles Moallah cemetery in Mecca and parts of Al-Baqi in Medina. Moallah cemetery dates back to the...

Sheikh Nimr’s nephew likely to be released in a few months

Saudi Arabia commuted the death sentence for Ali Al-Nimr to a ten year jail term. Al-Nimr was sentenced to death over his...

Photos: Jannat al-Baqi

Al-Baqi cemetery in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia suspends entry from 20 countries, including Pakistan

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday suspended entry to the kingdom from 20 countries, including Pakistan, with the exception of diplomats, Saudi citizens, medical...

Shia Uprisings in Saudi Arabia

Over decades of systemic discrimination in Saudi Arabia, Shia anger has periodically boiled  over, leading to widespread protests that have always been...

Covid-19 vaccination in Middle East

The Covid-19 vaccine is to be distributed to patients worldwide. In this article, we take a look at the countries that have...

Political situation of Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Shia Muslims are regularly marginalized and discriminated against in their daily lives, whether in education, political or social life. Although...

Islam Times: “Saudi Arabia paid millions of dollars to Nigerian government...

The United States, the Israel and the Saudi Arabia are the ones who ordered the Nigerian government to assassinate Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaki,...

Saudi Arabia deports Indians for protesting against CAA

Saudi Arabia has deported several number of non-resident Indians (NRI) living in the Gulf state for protesting against a highly...

Saudi Arabia arrests top Shia Scholar in Al-Ahsa

 A senior Shia cleric has been arrested by Saudi forces in Al-Ahsa Governorate in the country’s Eastern Province, local sources said. According...

Saudi Arabia commands destruction of Imam Hussein (AS) mosque in Qatif

Saudi authorities have ordered the demolition of a mosque in which Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr led the prayers.

Media pays a heavy price to show political upheavals in Middle...

Journalists across the Middle East are being harassed, intimidated, arbitrarily detained and deported, subjected to torture and other forms of violence, and...

Half a million pilgrims performed Umrah+ Photos

The General Directorate of Pilgrims and Travelers of Saudi Arabia announced the organization of entry and exit of nearly one million worshipers...

Saudi Arabia ready to host foreign umrah pilgrims

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is ready to host foreign Umrah pilgrims. Speaking to state TV on...

Human Rights Watch calls on Saudi Arabia to halt eight imminent...

Human Rights Watch has called on Saudi Arabia to stop the imminent execution of eight men charged with activities related to a...

Saudi Arabia allows prayers in Mecca’s Grand Mosque

Saudi Arabia allowed its citizens and residents to perform prayers in Al-Haram Grand Mosque in Mecca. Earlier this month...

China announces new rules for Muslims visiting Saudi Arabia for Haj

China has released new regulations for Muslims visiting Saudi Arabia for annual Haj stipulating that the pilgrimage should be organised only by...

Signs Saudis are edging towards historic Israel peace

Are Saudi Arabia's rulers, historically critics of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians, finally edging closer to normalising relations with the...

First phase of Umrah Pilgrimage- 16,000 register|

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA)/Shafaqna India: Some 16,000 Saudi nationals and expatriates have signed up for the Umrah pilgrimage in...

Bahraini Shia scholars: Bahrain-UAE ridiculous show is a prelude to publicizing...

Bahraini scholars agree on the united stance taken by Bahrainis against the Al-Khalifa regime’s move to normalize relations with Israel, and emphasize...

Coronavirus: Umrah to resume in gradual stages from Oct 4

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it would start allowing pilgrims to perform Umrah in gradual stages, while taking the necessary precautions.

The end of the Saudi era

As we approach the second anniversary of the state-sponsored assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia continues its retreat, losing direction...

Saudi Arabia on way to normalize ties with Israel, Mossad chief...

Arabia could soon normalize its ties with Israel, the head of Israel’s spy agency Mossad said Saudi. In an...

Saudi gestures signal kingdom’s endorsement of Arab rapprochement with Israel

The odds are that Saudi Arabia is not about to formalize relations with Israel. But the kingdom, with its image tarnished by...

Holy Kaaba washing ceremony with the presence of Emir of Mecca+...

SHAFAQNA- The washing ceremony of the House of God was held in the presence of Prince Khalid al-Faisal, Emir of Mecca, on behalf...

Photos | Muharram mourning ceremony held at “Ahlulbayt (AS)” mosque in...

SHAFAQNA-(ABNA): Muharram mourning ceremony held at “Ahlulbayt (AS)” mosque in Safavi, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia sentenced seven people to death for killing Shia Muslims

SHAFAQNA- A Saudi court has sentenced seven people to death for killing Shia Muslims. A court in Saudi Arabia has...

Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia mourn Imam Hussein (AS) martyrdom

SHAFAQNA-IQNA: Thousands of Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia attended mourning ceremonies on the weekend marking the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein...

Saudi Arabia: Shia Muslims mourn in front of Qatif mosques

SHAFAQNA- Despite threats from Saudi officials, Shia Muslims of Qatif mourn in front of mosques of the city. There have...

Nimrah mosque and the day of Arafah +Photos

SHAFAQNA- The “Nimrah” mosque in Holy Mecca is a place where Hajj pilgrims perform the noon and evening prayers on the day of Arafah, so...

Occupied Kashmir officials begin rounding up Rohingya refugees

Authorities in Occupied Kashmir have sent at least 168 Rohingya refugees to a holding centre, police said on Sunday, in a process...