Anti-muslim protest in the US ends with a hug

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SHAFAQNA - A hug from a Muslim woman has convinced a protesting anti-Islamic American woman to enter a mosque for the first time and learn more about the religion and the people she said she hated. Hugs and kindness have won over an anti-Islamic…

Winnipeggers send message 'My Canada includes Muslims'

SHAFAQNA - Members of Winnipeg's Muslim community praised supporters who gathered Tuesday outside Winnipeg Central Mosque to send a message about inclusion and tolerance to Ottawa. "It's amazing the greater Winnipeg community is coming…

Interfaith support quashes anti-Muslim rallies in the US

SHAFAQNA - A series of planned anti-Islam rallies targeting more than 20 U.S. cities Saturday fizzled out despite extensive social media promotion; morphing instead into a welcomed show of support and tolerance. In Armarillo, Texas, police…

Calgary Imam calls on Muslims to vote

SHAFAQNA - Local Imam is hoping Muslims in Calgary, and across the country, will vote against racism, discrimination and Islamophobia. Syed Soharwardy of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and Muslims Against Terrorism called on Canadian…

Muslims mobilize in US to build Mosques and schools

SHAFAQNA - The Muslim families rallying in support of the new Qur’an school seemed to swallow up the opposition that night in 2013. Hundreds of adults and children overflowed the Blaine City Council Chambers, with school supporters stepping…

Muslims brace for series of anti-Islam protests in Phoenix, around U.S.

SHAFAQNA - A series of anti-Islam protests planned in more than two dozen cities, including Phoenix, this weekend has prompted community leaders to urge Muslims to take safety precautions in case the demonstrations turn violent. It remains…

North Carolina to open its first Mosque

SHAFAQNA - Catering to the growing number of Muslims, the North Carolina city of Chapel Hill will open its first mosque in the next few weeks, fulfilling a five-year-old dream of the religious minority. “Chapel Hill has been known to welcome…

US Court defends free speech - this time Muslims benefit!

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SHAFAQNA - A US federal judge has overruled a decision taken by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to not run ads promoting a documentary about Muslims comedians. The judge argued the transportation agency had "improperly labeled them…

Americans Protest Israeli Violations on Palestinians

SHAFAQNA - The demonstrators representing many communities, including a number of university campuses, gathered near the Israeli mission to the United Nations in New York City on Tuesday. Waving Palestinian flags and carrying anti-Israel…

Russia, US work on agreement to coordinate air operations in Syria – Moscow

SHAFAQNA - The Russian Defense Ministry and the Pentagon are working on an agreement to coordinate military flights in Syria, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry. “The Russian Defense Ministry has responded to the Pentagon’s request…

US analyst to visit Imam Hussein shrine during Muharram

SHAFAQNA - The Imam Hussein Holy Shrine has sent a formal invitation to the American strategic researcher Mr. Michael Robin, who works at the Enterprise American Institute for Strategic Studies, to participate in the Sejjadian Rhythmical-Supplications…

The Haj journey of black Americans 50 years after Malcolm X

SHAFAQNA - As Shahidah Sharif, an African-American Muslim, joined millions of fellow pilgrims from around the world on the Haj this year, she felt a renewed connection. To her own “blackness,” she says, but also to humanity as a whole. “When…

Muslims in Detroit are helping the homeless - social outreach program

SHAFAQNA - "This is godsend," said Francois, a homeless Detroit native who was waiting in line for a warm plate of food on a Sunday afternoon. "Without these people coming out here, we would probably starve. I really appreciate what these guys…

UN officials call on KSA to cancel young al-Nimr execution

SHAFAQNA - Ali al-Nimr was given the death penalty in May after taking part in demonstrations three years ago for democracy and equal rights in Saudi Arabia's oil-producing Eastern Province. "Any judgment imposing the death penalty upon…

How local Muslims are coping with the tragic Hajj stampede

SHAFAQNA - It feels like only yesterday. The masses of people shrouded in white with their hands extended to the skies. The crying of pilgrims making their last requests to God as the sun sets. The warm breeze on my skin as the call to prayer…

Face off - Putin and Obama meet at UNGA

SHAFAQNA - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin remained at odds about the role Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would play in his country’s future, according to a U.S. official. The two leaders met following highly…

Imam Al-Qazwini plans new mosque to educate about Islam

SHAFAQNA- It was close to midnight inside a community center in Dearborn as the religious leader spoke to a crowd of hundreds, many sitting on the floor because of the overflow crowd. “We have to speak for Islam,” Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini…

US, Russia mull joint coordination against ISIL

SHAFAQNA - It is vital that there is coordination of all efforts, including those of the U.S. and Russia, in the fight against ISIL, America’s top diplomat said on Sunday. “The critical thing is that all of the efforts need to be coordinated,”…

New billboard campaign in San Diego presents true image of Islam

SHAFAQNA - Presenting the true message of Islam, three billboards campaign are now up in San Diego, to correct misconception surrounding the faith and offer reliable answers to those seeking more information about Islam. Islamic Circle of…

US Muslims Debate How to Build Diverse Communities

SHAFAQNA - Discussing ways to reassure Latino, elderly and refugee Muslim communities, Muslim community leaders and activists have come together to discuss ways towards building diverse communities during North America largest Muslim convention. "Islam…

US - Student abused over Islamic attire

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim student was asked if he is going to follow the suit of those responsible for 9/11 attack in New York, reflecting a deep-rooted Islamophobia in the 14th anniversary of the horrific event. A 16-year-old boy at Runcorn…

Rochester Muslim Community Honors 9/11 Victims by Hosting Blood Drive

SHAFAQNA - A blood drive in Rochester's Ahmadiyya Muslim Community honored the victims of 9/11 Friday night. “Some people who claimed to be Muslims on that day took lives, so we’re giving our blood to save lives as Muslims,” said Mubarak…