Canada’s Struggle Against the Privatization of Healthcare

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SHAFAQNA- Governments across Canada have been caught in a fiscal bind over the entire period of neoliberalism. On the one hand, they have pursued austerity and restraint almost without interruption since the 1990s; and, on the other, they remain…

American Islamic Outreach Foundation wants to end Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA - The American Islamic Outreach Foundation hosted a "Meet your Muslim neighbor" event, inviting thousands of people in the surrounding community to do just that. On Saturday afternoon, a Muslim call to prayer echoed through the…

Google Islamophobia?

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SHAFAQNA - In a rather alarming turn, search engine giant Google suggests Muslims support terrorism. Upon searching “American Muslims report terrorism,” Google suggests that perhaps you mean to type “American Muslims support terrorism.” Google’s…

You’re invited to Meet Your Muslim Neighbor

SHAFAQNA - The shooting of a Muslim taxi driver in Hazelwood over Thanksgiving dramatically brought home the rise of Islamophobia in America. As the result of such incidents and to express solidarity with Pittsburgh’s Muslim community,…

Arbaeen preparations underway for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in the US

SHAFAQNA - Mourners for late Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr will gather this Saturday to mark the 40th day of his passing, a date which carries great religious significance in Islam. Millions across the world are expected to take part in such ceremonies…

Brazil breaks ground with cross-sectarian unity group in Rio de Janeiro

SHAFAQNA - Keen to promote interfaith tolerance among all religious communities Brazil has spearheaded a cross-sectarian campaign, encouraging all communities to stand together against radicalism and intolerance, which evil affect everybody…

University of Iowa Gives Growing Muslim Student Population Prayer Space

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SHAFAQNA- "We’ve had students who have tried to find empty rooms, I’ve even heard of a student using a stairwell so we did think this was a very important and necessary thing to respond to,” Dean of Students Lyn Redington said, according…

Islam, Christianity meeting at Church of St. Augustine

SHAFAQNA - The one-day meeting of Islam and Christianity in collaboration with the Islamic Center of England and Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, was held at the Church of St. Augustine in Minnesota, USA.

US Obama denounces bias against Muslim - political posing?

SHAFAQNA - President Barack Obama made his first visit to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday, in an effort to allay the fears of Americans accustomed to pop-culture portrayals of Muslims as terrorists, and to reassure Muslim American youth about their…

Trump on Obama mosque visit: ‘Maybe he feels comfortable there’

SHAFAQNA- Donald Trump revived questions of President Barack Obama’s religion on Wednesday, saying the President went to a mosque in Baltimore because “maybe he feels comfortable there.” “I think that we can go to lots of places.…

Baton Rouge Muslims explain their faith

SHAFAQNA - A handful of Baton Rouge Muslims took the stage in a Methodist church hall Sunday afternoon to explain their faith, answer questions and dispel a host of misconceptions about Islam. The meeting, organized by the Interfaith Federation…

US President Obama visits Mosque in Baltimore

SHAFAQNA - The White House said he will "celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life." President Barack Obama will meet with Muslim community members…

Hartford Seminary establishes first Shia chair in North America

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SHAFAQNA- The first academic chair in North America dedicated to Shia studies has been established at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. President Heidi Hadsell said the chair would contribute to dialogue among Muslims and was a…

Ottawa Women's Group 'Outraged' At Anti-Islam Facebook Comments

SHAFAQNA- An Ottawa group’s invitation to wear a hijab in solidarity with Muslim women has spurred dozens of anti-Islamic and xenophobic comments on social media. The City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) posted details for "Ottawa Hijab…

Muslims For Life Campaign Holds Blood Drive in US

SHAFAQNA - Some Muslims living in Western New York are teaming with UNYTS to help save lives. The Buffalo Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA held a blood drive in Niagara Falls Saturday. The group began their national Muslim…

Commentary: The history of Muslims in the US

SHAFAQNA - There are about 3.3 million Muslims in the United States. That amounts to about 1 percent of our population. Most of them reside in metropolitan areas, where they belong to the Sunni, the Shi’a, the Sufi or smaller congregations…

Muslim Students in Canada hand out roses during Islam awareness week

SHAFAQNA- Muslim Students' Association (MSA) at University of Regina in Canada, was getting the conversation going about Islam by handing out roses at the university on Tuesday. The MSA hands out the flowers every year as part of Islam Awareness…

US Muslims donate 30,000 bottles of water as Flint water crisis deepens

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim philanthropic organisation Who is Hussain? has donated 30,000 bottles of water to help bail out the desperate residents of Flint, Michigan, as the city’s contamination crisis wears on. The donation comes after…

Congressman Hank Johnson calls out Saudi Arabia on links with Terror

SHAFAQNA - In a debate  on radicalism, Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson spoke on the need to address the internal political factors that contribute to Islamic extremism. He said that the global Jihadi movement is closely related to the…

America's Religious Freedom Day - Say What?

SHAFAQNA - "On Jan. 16, our nation will observe National Religious Freedom Day. This day commemorates the Virginia General Assembly’s adoption of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom back in 1786.," wrote Robert P.…

Why Are There So Many Misconceptions About Muslim Americans?

SHAFAQNA - Peaceful American Muslims are unfairly and ignorantly being lumped together with evil extremists in the aftermath of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks. Last month, Donald Trump -- dismayingly, still the Republican frontrunner…

Justin Trudeau, Canadian PM prays with Muslims (photos)

SHAFAQNA- A video documenting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to a mosque in Canada has recently emerged, showing him joining Muslim worshipers for evening prayers during Ramadan in 2013, nearly two years before he was elected. Trudeau…

US church boycotts five Israeli banks, one company

SHAFAQNA - The pension fund for the United Methodist Church in the US has blocked five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio in what it describes as a broad review meant to discard of enterprises that profit from abuse of human rights. According…

Muslim journalists no longer as rare in US newsrooms

SHAFAQNA - Rummana Hussain was one of those children whose Muslim parents envisioned her in a white coat with a stethoscope around her neck. Instead, she became a metro editor and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times, where she covers criminal…

New York Islamic Organization Holds Interfaith Open House

SHAFAQNA-According to Ehtisham Siddiqui, President of the Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier, the purpose of the event was to bridge religious divides within the community and educate people on the beliefs and traditions of Islam. Informational…

Interfaith Effort Works to Beautify Philadelphia Mosque

SHAFAQNA- People were dabbing paint onto sections of fabric that, within the next several months, will cover the mosque's huge north wall with colorful geometric designs and faux arches - a complement to the murals and tiles created in 2004…

Muslim woman kicked out by Trump campaign for silently protesting

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim woman wearing a hijab was escorted out of Donald Trump's campaign event on Friday by police after she stood up in silent protest during Trump's speech. Rose Hamid, a 56-year-old flight attendant sitting in the stands directly…

New York City settles lawsuits after police illegally target Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - America’s largest police department has been forced to agree that it would not conduct surveillance based on religion, race and ethnicity after it was accused of illegally monitoring Muslims in New York City. The city has settled…