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…

Professor ‘flabbergasted’ over Wheaton’s plan to fire her over worship comments

SHAFAQNA - Wheaton College, an evangelical college in Illinois, had placed associate professor of political science Larycia Hawkins on administrative leave after she made a controversial theological statement on Facebook that Muslims and…

UNSC condemns attack against Saudi embassy, silence over Sheikh al-Nimr's execution

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SHAFAQNA - The United Nations Security Council has condemned attacks against Saudi Arabia's diplomatic missions across the Middle East on Tuesday. A statement from the 15-member body, including the UK, US and Russia, made no mention of the…

150 Muslims Fired For Protesting Their Workplace’s Prayer Policies

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SHAFAQNA - About 150 Muslim workers at a meat processing plant have been fired for refusing to show up for work during an ongoing dispute over prayer accommodations. The controversy began on December 18, when 11 Somali Muslim workers at…

Muslim Congress offers condolences over Sheikh al-Nimr's passing

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SHAFAQNA - The following is a statement published by the Muslim Congress. Bismillahi Qasimil Jabbareen Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajeoon My condolences to the Imam of our time and the leader of the Muslim Ummah and to all followers…

Muslims Use New Year's Eve In Times Square To Stand Against Extremism

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SHAFAQNA - On Thursday afternoon, Salaam Bhatti was near New York’s Times Square, as thousands of Americans who had come from across the world prepared for the iconic New Year’s Eve ball-drop celebration. But Bhatti, a 29-year-old Muslim…

Hijab-Wearing Women in US Facing Abuse

SHAFAQNA- When Ms Tramaine Kaleebu, 19, flew home from Chicago to Washington DC for the holidays, she donned a headscarf as a sign of solidarity with Muslims. "I wore the headscarf to stand in embodied solidarity with Muslims who are…

Samuel L Jackson: 'Muslims Are America's New Black Men'

SHAFAQNA - Hollywood actor Samuel L Jackson has claimed that Muslims are the new blacks of America because of how they are being persecuted. The Django Unchained star, 67, said that the recent Islamist attacks in Paris and California meant…

Canadian Imam likens Trudeau to a king who helped Muslims and then converted to Islam

SHAFAQNA - Canadian Sheikh Shaban Sherif Mady (شعبان شريف ماضي), was a scholar at al-Azhar theological school in Egypt and served at the Ministry of Endowment and Ministry of Education of the Egyptian government. Today, he is…

A Brave New World: America’s bombing list and nuclear strategy

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SHAFAQNA - The United States is sitting once more in the middle of a fierce debate over both its foreign policy and “penchant” for over militarization of diplomatic disputes - only this time it appears it is Washington’s past strategies…

Fatima al-Zahra Islamic Center, an Active Shia Center in El Salvador, America

SHAFAQNA- Head of the Shia Muslims Society of El Salvador described the Fatimat-ul-Zahra (SA) Islamic Center as the most active Shia institution in Central America. Mustafa Elsalvadori said the center was launched in the Latin American country…

Christmas Day rally in Ann Arbor to show support for Muslims

SHAFAQNA - In downtown Ann Arbor, more than 50 people gathered for a Christmas Day rally. The interfaith event was intended to show support for Muslims. Participants sang song, held posters, and played trombone. Jacqui Hinchey, who organized…

Muslims ‘spread joy’ on Christmas Eve in Canada

SHAFAQNA - A multi-faith, multicultural gathering in Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday was meant to show that, despite hate crimes against Muslims, the best way to respond was with love. For Farheen Khan, Christmas Eve this year was about…

#Iwillprotectyou - a little Muslim girl's fear in America

SHAFAQNA - Melissa Yassini and her 8-year-old daughter, Sofia, spend some time every evening reading messages from the thousands of people who have told Sofia not to be afraid just because she’s Muslim. Sofia’s story of terror that she…

Top Judge Stands Up For The Constitutional Rights Of Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - The Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice has issued a powerful and encouraging reminder to Muslims amid a wave of Islamaphobic sentiment: The U.S. Constitution is on your side. Chief Justice Ralph Gants spoke at the state's…

Muslims hold prayer meeting outside Trump Tower in protest

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SHAFAQNA - Some 200 protesters gathered outside Donald Trump's New York City headquarters on Sunday, accusing the presidential hopeful of "fascism" and "racism" following his call for Muslims to be barred from entering the United States. "Say…

Muslims rally in Dearborn against hate, terrorism

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SHAFAQNA - A crowd of about 150 Muslims and supporters withstood the cold in Dearborn on Saturday to celebrate their religion and their American citizenship — while denouncing terrorism and hatred directed at their community. "Very simply,…

Hate Crimes Against Muslims Have Tripled Since Attacks In Paris, San Bernardino

SHAFAQNA - Americans may fear the threat of international terrorism, but Muslims in the U.S. are facing terror at home. Hate crimes against Muslim Americans have tripled since the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, and the terror attack in San…

Time to Stand up’ to Islamophobia: Mohammad Ali

SHAFAQNA- Muslim legendary boxer Muhammad Ali has called on Muslims to “stand up” against those who “use Islam to advance their own personal agenda" in reaction against anti-Muslim remarks by GOP candidate Donald Trump. “We as…

$42 Million From Seven Foundations Helped Fuel The Rise Of Islamophobia

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SHAFAQNA - Following a six-month long investigative research project, the Center for American Progress released a 130-page report today which reveals that more than $42 million from seven foundations over the past decade have helped fan the…

A Black Muslim Voice on Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA  - As a Black-American Muslim who feels deeply connected to both the Black and Muslim communities, there is a perspective that I want to share from my personal experiences that I know are not uniquely mine, but also not widely shared. Reports…

US Muslims reel at Trump supporters' hostility

SHAFAQNA - Hard-gambling, hard-drinking, hard-living Las Vegas is not, you might think, a natural fit for Islam. And yet, according to the Islamic Society of Nevada, there are six mosques and around 30,000 Muslims in this oasis of neon. For…

US Students in Alabama Working to Combat Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA- A group of about 60 students from Birmingham in Alabama, USA and beyond met on Sunday afternoon to begin efforts to combat "Islamophobia." The students said with there being so much negativity towards people of Muslim faith these…