Muslim-Americans want Yonkers school closure for holidays

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim American Society in Yonkers have advocated for adding the two major Muslim observances to the school calendar. Some Muslim-Americans want school officials to recognize their holidays by closing schools, Lohud reports.  Abdelnasser…

Us supreme court upholds travel ban

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SHAFAQNA - The Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Donald Trump's September order to restrict travel from several majority Muslim countries to the United States. The travel restriction, the administration's third, affects people from…

US Foreign Policy in Crisis

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in response to Mike Pompeo's claims about Iran:  Following the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)…

Iran's response to Tramp: Iran has changed their attitude toward the US government more than the past

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SHAFAQNA - After the withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal, less conversations or statements from Tramp heard in which there is no mention of Iran or threatening Iran. The US president recently said in a conversation with Fox News that…

For Ramadan, More Muslims Shape Diets Around Physical And Mental Health

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SHAFAQNA - NPR| by Maryam Jillani : Azka Mahmood wakes up at 4 in the morning for Suhoor, the meal Muslims eat before starting their fast. From the fridge, she grabs the barley porridge that she prepared the night before, and wolfs it down…

Muslim-American food truck owners fast during Ramadan, no matter how much chicken they smell all day

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SHAFAQNA - Business Insider| by Shirin Jaafari : Fasting can be tough for pretty much anyone. But what about the men and women who are fasting during daylight hours and spend all day preparing and serving food to the public? This question…

Kim signed a "historic" agreement with an untrustworthy negotiator

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SHAFAQNA - The US and North Korean leaders have signed an agreement after historic talks held in Singapor, while Iran has warned North Korea that President Donald Trump is not a trustworthy negotiator. Trump and Kim arrived in the signing…

The G7 summit was a mess: France push Trump to make policy concessions on Iran nuclear deal

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SHAFAQNA - During the summit, Trump’s meetings with leaders from the other G7 members — which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, plus the European Union (which is not technically part of the G7 but participates)…

SABA Islamic center in USA

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SHAFAQNA- Shia Association of Bay Area (SABA) is one of the most active Shia Islamic centers in North America. Let’s learn more about the history and current activities of this center. Background In the 1970's, organized Shia Religious…

Trump White House under fire for lack of Muslim-American representation at Ramadan celebration

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SHAFAQNA - VOX | by Tara Isabella burton: The White House hosted its first Iftar dinner after declining to hold it last year. Wednesday night, to commemorate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Trump White House hosted its first Iftar dinner…

Iftar and dialogue program for Christians and Muslims in Washington

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SHAFAQNA- Earlier this week, a group of Christians joined the Muslims at Islamic Education Center of Washington to have a dialogue. Meanwhile they helped Muslims to prepare and distribute about 1000 Iftar. They had also fasted, because…

Florida Man Arrested for Threatening to Blow Up Mosque

SHAFAQNA - Dustin Hughes, 26, is alleged to have called Jamaat Ul Muttaqeen Mosque in Pembroke Pines, Florida, four times in a week. Hughes made the first call on May 5, claiming he had planted a bomb in the mosque and planned on detonating…

A peek into the lives of Puerto Rican Muslims

SHAFAQNA - For Juan, Ramadan is a balancing act. On the one hand is his religious faith and practice. On the other is his land, his culture, his home: Puerto Rico. Although he weaves these two elements of his identity together in many ways,…

Slander and bias against Muslims in politics

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SHAFAQNA - The Michigan gubernatorial race took an ugly turn last week, when a Republican contender accused a Democratic candidate of being part of a “civilizational jihad” to take over America. The Republican, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck,…

Court in the US Restores Damages Claim by Muslims on No-Fly List

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SHAFAQNA - The Second Circuit revived a suit Wednesday involving three Muslims whose refusal to become FBI informants landed them on the no-fly list. Queens-based Muhammad Tanvir brought the underlying suit with others in 2013, accusing…

15 Percent Rise in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes in US

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SHAFAQNA - Hate crimes targeting US Muslims rose 15 percent in 2017, the second year of increases, according to a study released on Monday by advocacy group the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR attributed the increase in part…

Sotheby’s Auctions Islamic Art Pieces, Rare Qurans

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SHAFAQNA - New York-based firm Sotheby’s is auctioning over 200 works of art produced under the aegis of multiple Islamic Empires on April 25. These pieces were produced over three continents within a period of 1,200 years. Some of…

Protest in San Francisco against aIrstrikes in Syria

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered in San Francisco Saturday to protest the recent U.S. military airstrikes against Syria. “Stop the bombing,” was one of the many chants that were heard during the protests. The group…

US Muslim Lawmakers Urge Opposing Pompeo Confirmation

SHAFAQNA - US Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison and André Carson are calling on Senate Foreign Relations Committee leaders to oppose the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. Both officials cited Pompeo's "history of anti-Muslim…

Muslim group sues to block Trump terrorism report

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SHAFAQNA - Two anti-Trump organizations filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that a government report earlier this year linking immigrants to most of the country’s terrorism cases since 2001 is so misleading that it violates federal law. The…

US Muslims teach neighbors about their religion during Open Mosque Day

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SHAFAQNA - Among throngs of people touring the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on Sunday were two lanky middle school girls who love to talk about religion. “What do you believe?” they often ask each other. Mary Matero,…

Muslims: Settlement will prevent illegal NYPD surveillance

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SHAFAQNA - The New York Police Department has agreed not to conduct surveillance based on religion or ethnicity and to listen to Muslims as it develops new training materials as part of a deal to settle claims it illegally spied on Muslims for…

NYPD boosts patrols as online bigots urge attacks on Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - The NYPD will boost patrols around mosques Tuesday after an online meme urged bigots to assault people on what it called “Punish a Muslim Day.” It suggested readers “bomb a mosque” and “throw acid in [the] face of…

Vicious attack against Muslim woman in the US

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SHAFAQNA - A young Muslim woman was attacked by a man in a US hospital, local news reported on Friday, in an attack her lawyer claimed was Islamophobic. The 19-year-old had just walked into the emergency room at the Beaumont Hospital in…

Success, challenges of Islam in America discussed at IECOC + Photos

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SHAFAQNA- Dr. Sayed Mostafa al-Qazwini from Islamic Educational Center of Orange County (IECOC) in USA received students from the religious studies department of the university of Redlands, yesterday. During the meeting Dr. al-Qazwini and the…

Muslim groups raise money to help Florida shooting victims, families

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SHAFAQNA- Three Islamic groups rallied together under The South Florida Muslim Federation, Inc. banner to launch an online crowd funding site. They said the money would be given to an education fund to help those caught up in the “tragic…

A Protest Against Anti-Muslim Plano City Council Member

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SHAFAQNA- A Plano City Council member is under fire after posting a video to Facebook calling on President Donald Trump to "ban Islam in American schools." The video, posted Tuesday night by Tom Harrison, first elected to an at-large spot…

Rise in hate crimes against Muslims and other communities in US

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SHAFAQNA- A year after President Donald Trump’s election, there has been a substantial increase in hate violence against Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities in the US, a report said on Friday. Between November 9,…