Saturday, 17 March 2012

A media expert warned to Shafaqna: Wikipedia cannot be used as an unchallengeable source of religious information.

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)  - Wikipedia can be a good and rich source of religious information. How-ever, it cannot be used as an unchallengeable source.
In an interview with Dr. A.F, he added that Wiki aimed to provide readers with a neutral point of view and “everything is cited, to maintain the highest standards of reliability” (Wikinews 2010). Meanwhile, despite Wiki principles, there are studies that claim ‘important biases’ in Wikipedia content as the website ultimately reflects its users’ viewpoints (Royal & Kapila 2008).
Therefore, “according to data outlined above, if you ask me whether Wiki is a reliable source in the field of religion?, I would say readers need more consistent and reliable information in this field (religion). Wikipedia is not advised to be used as a substitute for original religious sources; in the same way academic experts do not take Wiki as their first and main sources of information as well”.
In other words, I think “Wikipedia can be employed as a good and rich source of general religious information. However, it cannot be used as an unchallengeable source; its data is constantly correcting or changing through brain-storming and its content ultimately reflects its users too”.

Why religious websites do not have high Alexa ranking / Top Tips to increase website traffic ranking based on Google trend, Alexa, Compete, Quantcast

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- The current internet traffic rank statistics suggest there is no a religious websites among the top 500 sites on the web. The reason may lie in how these website comply with the web standards. To create a more professional and high ranking website some principles including Functionality, Design, Content, Originality, and Professionalism has been accepted by most experts as the main quality criteria. Moreover, there are other factors affecting internet traffic rank as Exemplary Innovation, Quality Standards, Site Performance Analysis, Search Engine Visibility, and Search Engine Rankings. Currently Yahoo! Site Explorer,  Compete, Quantcast , Alexa, Feed Compare,, Socialmeter,  Tweetvolume, Qurarkbase, BlogPuls Profile, Technorati Blogging Central,, Cubestat, dnScoop and WebsiteOutlook are recognized as main traffic calculator that give the good estimate of the statistics, traffic and popularity a website. Shafaqna refers readers to some useful articles showing tips to drive targeted audience and increase website traffic.
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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Bahrainis hold mass anti-government rally in capital

 SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Bahrainis have held a mass anti-government demonstration outside the capital, Manama, to demand an end to the rule of Al Khalifa dynasty.
Tens of thousands of Bahrainis took the streets west of Manama on Friday in response to a call from the country’s top Shia cleric Sheikh Issa Qasim. Images coming from Bahrain show protesters filled up the main Budaiya highway in Diraz and Saar.
"We are here for the sake of our just demands that we cannot make concessions over and we stick with them because we have sacrificed for them," Sheikh Qasim said before the march in his weekly sermon in the village of Diraz.
Demonstrators also called for the immediate release of political prisoners and denounced the Bahraini dictatorship in.
"No to dictatorship and no to sectarianism. We want an elected government that represents all Bahraini citizens without any discrimination," main opposition bloc al-Wefaq said in its statement.
"Time has come for real implementation of the principle of ' people are sources of all powers' as stipulated in the National Action Charter, the constitution, and international conventions on civil and political rights," al-Wefaq stated.
Similar protest rallies were also held across the country. Activists say over 50 percent of the Bahraini population took part in the protests.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Muslim community leaders condemn Journalist Kazmi’s arrest

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Coordination Committee for Indian Muslims (CCIM), after an emergency meeting here at the Jamaat-e Islami Hind headquarters this evening, forcefully condemned the arrest of Journalist Muhammad Ahmad Kazmi by Delhi Special Police.
CCIM chairman Mujtaba Farooq, All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat President Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, Welfare Party of India General Secretary Dr SQR Ilyas, All India Shia Ulama Council leader Maulana Jalal Haidar Naqvi, Muslim Political Council of India President Dr Tasleem Rahmani, Political Secretary Jamaat-e Islami Hind Muhammad Ahmad, Shia Point President Zaheer Zaidi, Senior Urdu journalist Syed Mansoor Agha, National Council of Shia Ulama President Maulana Muhsin Taqwi,  Shia community leader Zafar Abbas, Students Organisation of India Secretary Shuaib Shaikh, Association for Protection of Civil Rights Secretary AK Kidwai, Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, head of the Shah Waliullah Institute, Urdu Journalist Muhammad Ahmad Khan and others said after the meeting that the continuing at random arrests of Muslim youth are not only a matter of grave concern for the community, they are also injurious to the democratic setup of the country. It is a matter of alarm that now a senior member of the Urdu journalist community has been arrested without any apparent evidence or proof. Muhammad Ahmad Kazmi is a senior Urdu journalist of long standing who works and writes in the higher interests of the country.
The meeting decided to write to the Union Home Minister, Delhi Police Commissioner, Lt Governor of Delhi and Delhi Chief Minister seeking their immediate intervention and to stop the serial arrests and torture of Muslim youth. The Muslim leaders will also meet these and other government officials and will approach Justice Markanday Katju, Chairman of the Press Council of India as well as the national and state minorities commissions.

Control of foreigners is dangerous for both Shia and Sunnite: Sheikh Saffar

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – A renowned Shiite scholar of Saudi Arabia has declared the foreign domination and political dictatorship as real threat to both Shiite and Sunnite sects.
Sheikh Saffar, the Friday prayer leader of Saudi Arabia’s Shiite based province Qateef, said that the reality is that neither Ahl-e-Sunnah is a threat to Shiite nor Shiite is threat to Ahl-e-Sunnah, but political dictatorship and occupation and possession of foreigners is considered as a mutual threat for both Shiite and Sunnite sects.
The Shiite scholar of Saudi Arabia, while expressing grief on the organization of seminars to force dispute among Shiite and Sunnite, said that promotion of intimidation culture will lead to the disagreement of people with each other, and that will injure the true outcome( that comes in the form of brotherhood).
He added that real threat for Shiite and Sunnite is lack of learning, increased poverty and unemployment and lack of public services in Islamic countries.
Hassan Saffar, while condemning the organization of seminar to create dispute among Shiite and Sunnite, said that these actions are considered as the culture of intimidation.