California shooting and what it means for US Muslims

SHAFAQNA -California's Muslim community expressed its horror on Wednesday at a mass shooting that killed at least 14 in San Bernardino, after a local Muslim man was widely identified as a suspect. Syed Farook, 28, a US citizen who worked…

A refugee of war in America

SHAFAQNA - The only majority Muslim city in the US has welcomed Syrian refugees with open arms while the rest of America agonises over the security implications of taking in refugees fleeing from the horrors of Islamic State (IS). Muslims…

Young US Muslim Woman Challenges Trump's Anti-Islam Remarks with Rousing Facebook Post

SHAFAQNA- A young US Muslim woman from Los Angeles has challenged Islamophobia with a passionate Facebook post, in which she describes herself as a devotee of peace and unity, 9news reported. In a post to Facebook on November 21, Marwa…

Harrowing attack against Muslim woman in the US ignites more fear

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SHAFAQNA - Asma Jama had been at the Coon Rapids Applebee’s for just 25 minutes when the beer mug smashed into her face. She was left with 17 stitches, a persistent headache and scars that may be lifelong. The 38-year-old Minneapolis resident…

Calgary Muslims hold 'One Nation' meet and greet to increase understanding

SHAFAQNA  -Dozens of Calgarians got to 'meet a Muslim neighbour' and learn about Muslim culture, food and traditions at a meet and greet Saturday called One Nation. As Alberta prepares to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees over the coming…

Synagogue opens doors to Muslims following arson attack

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim group in Peterborough, Canada, will kneel and pray today at a local synagogue, where they will be welcomed after their own mosque was damaged in an arson attack earlier this month that police are investigating as a hate…

“Woman in Islam” Conference Held in Venezuela

SHAFAQNA- A conference titled “Woman in Islam; The End of Myths” was held by Iranian Cultural Center in Caracas, Venezuela.  According to the website of the Islamic Culture and elations Organization, the Center for Cultural Interactions…

Interfaith leaders in Chicago speak out against Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA - Religious leaders in Chicago on Wednesday condemned a wave of anti-Muslim discrimination sweeping across the country after terrorist attacks in Paris. “We urge everyone in metropolitan Chicago to oppose discriminatory actions…

Iran speaks stand against hegemony and political bullying

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SHAFAQNA - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran throws its weight behind those standing up to bullying and hegemony across the globe. “The Islamic Republic of Iran supports anyone, wherever in the world,…

Attacks on American Muslims are growing uglier by the day. It must stop.

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SHAFAQNA - Political opportunists running for president have been cooking up a heaping platter of anti-Muslim sentiment since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. They’ve geared us up for an epic Hategiving with their ugly proposals to…

The new realities of neo-fascism or the covenant of fear

SHAFAQNA - Prominent Muslim Americans have reacted with anger and dismay to the incendiary remarks of Donald Trump, the leading Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race who called for a database of all Muslims in the country to be…

Seattle-area Muslims aid homeless with Day of Dignity

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SHAFAQNA - The Muslim community held its annual Day of Dignity for Seattle-area homeless, a charitable event that participants say shows the true nature of the Islamic religion. Ken Peterson arrived at the Millionair Club in Belltown at…

Hillary Clinton blasts Donald Trump over ‘shocking’ remarks about registering Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on Friday condemned Donald Trump’s comments that Muslims in America should be registered in a data base. Trump, leading the polls for the Republican nomination, has issued several…

Fear and paranoia in the US - when hate drives the bus

SHAFAQNA - The US is racked with fear and paranoia. Following last week's attacks in Paris, a raft of ugly sentiment has surfaced from across the political right demonising not only Syrian refugees but anyone who professes to follow the Islamic…

Donald Trump calls for Muslims in the US to wear a sign - Hitler 's legacy lives on

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SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump stuck a toe across the Nazi line Thursday morning in the ongoing hysteria over Muslim immigrants. The Republican presidential front-runner refused to rule out requiring Muslims to carry special identification showing…

Americans receive false information on Islam, says US intellectual

SHAFAQNA - The majority of American people have a very limited and “primitive” knowledge about Islam and have mostly received false information about the religion, a political analyst in Virginia says. “Most Americans know very, very…

Vandals attack Texas Mosque with feces and tearing pages of the holy Quran

SHAFAQNA - When members of the Islamic Center of Pflugerville (ICP) in an Austin, Texas, suburb went to open their mosque for morning prayer on Monday, they found feces splattered in front of the mosque with torn pages from the Quran. “This…

Canadian Muslims lament need to defend religion after Paris attacks

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SHAFAQNA - Once again Muslims are being called upon to defend themselves after the Paris attacks, even though the perpetrators of the attack represent a radical fringe with little connection to the greater Muslim world. "Those that commit…

Muslims lobby for recognition at State House

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SHAFAQNA - Frustrated by a mismatch of political representation and population, and disappointed by a recent incident of vandalism at a Burlington mosque, a group of imams, students, and activists gathered at the State House Thursday to deliver…

Leaked emails from CAP president show efforts to silence Israel criticism

SHAFAQNA - Pro-Israel activism in the United States has historically served as a tool to silence dissent and criticism of the ongoing Israeli occupation of historical Palestine. A series of leaked emails obtained by The Intercept provide…

Muslims are facing a civil rights crisis in America, and it’s the media’s fault

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SHAFAQNA - Sut Jhally of the Media Education Foundation likens Orientalism to a pair of glasses that distort our perception of other cultures. Through these lenses, Arabs, Muslims and the Middle East come into view as backwards, threatening,…

Encore Presentation: The Perceptions of Muslims in America

SHAFAQNA - http://ideastream-production.s3.amazonaws.com/audio/2015/10/1001soi.mp3 On the presidential campaign trail, one candidate said a Muslim should never hold that office and another offered no challenge when a supporter…

Threat made to 'kill all Muslims' at Virginia Tech

SHAFAQNA - Etched on the walls of a bathroom stall on Monday in one of Virginia Tech’s buildings are the words: “I will be here 11/11/2015 to kill all Muslims,” according to the Virginia Tech Police Department. Virginia Tech students…

US Department of State Urges Bahrain to Drop Charges Brought Against Sheikh Ali Salman

SHAFAQNA - The State Department’s spokesperson, John Kirby, has said in a daily press briefing that charges against Sheikh Ali Salman that were brought on the basis of freedom of peaceful expression should be dropped. Sheikh Salman, Secretary…

Largest US Jewish group slams Israel's ‘misguided’ policies

SHAFAQNA - The leader of the largest Jewish group in North America has criticized Israel’s policies toward Palestinians as “misguided.” “Asking Jews around the world only to wave the flag of Israel and to support even the most misguided…

A Muslim woman in Texas teaches Police about cultural sensitivity

SHAFAQNA - It all happened after a Muslim woman threatened to sue the police department when they forcibly removed her hijab during her arrest. There’s a police officer in the room with me, and he’s shouting “You don’t know what you’re…

Hamtramck is 1st American city to elect majority Muslim council

SHAFAQNA - The Polish flocked to Hamtramck in the 1900s and evidence of the city's Polish roots remain. However, over the last few decades a new wave of immigrants, primarily from the Middle East, South Asia and Southeastern Europe, has…

US officials: ISIS bomb brought down Russian Airbus A321

SHAFAQNA - Days after authorities dismissed claims that ISIS brought down a Russian passenger jet, a U.S. intelligence analysis now suggests that the terror group or its affiliates planted a bomb on the plane. British Foreign Minister Philip…