America's long history of xenaphobia

SHAFAQNA - About a century ago, millions of Americans feared that members of a religious group were amassing an arsenal of weapons for a secret, pre-planned takeover of the United States. The feared religious group was not Muslims. It was,…

Canadian children’s choir welcome Syrian refugees with oldest Islamic song Tala al-Badru Alayna

SHAFAQNA- Late on Thursday night the first 163 of a planned 25,000 Syrian refugees arrived in Canada, and were greeted and given winter coats by prime minister Justin Trudeau. The day after their arrival, a video of a choir singing one of…

Being Muslim in America - fear and prejudice

SHAFAQNA - The recent mass shooting in San Bernadino, California and terror attacks in Paris have helped spark “an unprecedented and dramatic increase” in violent and hostile incidents against Muslims in America, advocates say. Such incidents…

US Sen. Mark Warner stands for interfaith tolerance and unity

SHAFAQNA - US Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) stood with Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Richmond Friday to emphasize the importance of religious freedom in the wake of comments against and attacks on Muslims in the United States. In front…

How Minnesota Muslims are countering Islamist propaganda

SHAFAQNA - As Minnesota leads the nation in the number of people who have left, or tried to leave, the country to fight with terrorists aligned with the Islamic State, local Muslim – and non-Muslim – communities took steps to fight back…

Seattle teen beaten to death in hate crime

SHAFAQNA - Police are investigating the death of Hamza Warsame, 16. He is believed to have died from injuries sustained in a fall from the roof of a Capitol Hill building, but some fellow students claim he had been beaten in a hate crime. The…

Who is Hussain's campaign in Washington - opening minds through an open heart

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SHAFAQNA - Spreading the message of Hussain ibn Ali on the Day of the Arbaeen Procession throughout Washington DC, USA 2015-1437 . Arba'een (Arabic: الأربعين‎, "forty"), Chehelom (Persian: چهلم‎‎, the fortieth [day]")…

What It's Like to Be a Muslim Woman in US

SHAFAQNA- “God, please don’t let them be Muslim.” Tina Aoun said those words to herself last week as she sat in the lounge of UC Riverside’s Middle Eastern Student Center, which she directs. Together, she and several students watched…

Pig’s Head Thrown at Philadelphia Mosque

SHAFAQNA- A mosque in US state of Philadelphia was vandalized, marking yet another hate attack against American Muslims in the aftermath of the last week’s California mass shooting. Marwan Kreidie, executive director of the Arab American…

Donald Trump: ban all Muslims entering US

SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump, the leading contender to become the Republican party’s nominee for US presidential candidate, has called for a “total and complete shutdown” of the country’s borders to Muslims in the wake of the San Bernardino…

Donald Trump calls for end to Muslims entering the United States

SHAFAQNA- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said a "total and complete shutdown" of all Muslims entering the United States should be put into place until Congress can act. In a statement distributed to the press, Trump said that…

Interfaith event to counter bias, suspicions directed at Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The backlash against Muslims has taken some ugly turns since the San Bernardino shootings. An interfaith event is being organized at a church in Lynnwood that's meant to build bridges between Christians and Muslims. The planning…

California Muslims Condemn Mass Shooting in San Bernardino

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SHAFAQNA- California’s Muslim community expressed its horror on Wednesday at the mass shooting that killed at least 14 in San Bernardino, after a local Muslim man was claimed to be a suspect. San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan…

US Muslims in Oklahoma worried for being criticized over terror attacks

SHAFAQNA - Oklahoma Muslims say they feel discriminated against and are worried for being criticized in the name of extremist terrorist attacks around the globe, such as the November attacks in Paris lead by ISIS. Building relationships…

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…