Stanford psychiatrist studies mental health in Muslim

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SHAFAQNA - Rania Awaad, M.D., is a practicing Psychiatrist based at the Stanford University School of Medicine. She is also a researcher and the Director of the Stanford Muslims and Mental Health Lab. Rania Awaad, MD, studied Islamic law prior…

US government will reject the Palestinian right of return

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SHAFAQNA- The Trump administration will, in coming days, reject the UN definition of "Palestinian refugees" effectively snubbing the "right of return" of millions of Palestinian refugees to their homes.  The US government will "effectively"…

Islamophobia in American high school Textbooks

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SHAFAQNA - Most Americans’ exposure to the Middle East and Islam starts with what they learn in high school history class. American history textbooks similarly tend to degrade Arabs and Muslims by situating them as foreign and antithetical…

Irmo Mayor hosts 'Demystifying Islam' event, when slammed for anti-Muslim posts

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SHAFAQNA- Just a few months ago, Irmo Mayor, Hardy King came under fire because of his anti-Islam posts on Facebook. However now, Mayor stood behind his posts but he told The State that he didn’t know much about Islam. That was when Chaudhry…

Muslim-founded charter school must close in California

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SHAFAQNA- A charter school in Southern California with a new campus build by Muslim community leaders with nearly $30 million in tax-free bonds must close and now may have to repay the money. With Guidance Charter School's gleaming new campus…

Arab nations invest more on US homes

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SHAFAQNA- While International investment, in both the national real estate market and New York City specifically, has been on the decline this year, there are more investment from Saudi Arabia because of their better relationship with Trump. Despite…

"Super EID" held at U.S. Bank Stadium

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SHAFAQNA- Muslims in Minneapolis gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium on last Tuesday for prayer and festivities the Eid al-Adha and no animal sacrifices took place at the event as a pinch of fake news report. The holiday of of Eid al-Adha honors…

Muslim-Americans women on the ballot for congressional seats

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SHAFAQNA - Rashida Tlaib could be the first Muslim woman in the US Congress, but first has to defeat Detroit's Democratic establishment. According to npr, Muslim-Americans on the ballot for congressional seats are Rashida Tlaib and Fayrouz…

How different countries celebrate Eid al-Adha?

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Adha, also known as "Feast of Sacrifice" or "Big Eid", is an Islamic religious festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow God's command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event. This…

New York City’s Forgotten Muslim Past

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SHAFAQNA - The New Yorker | By  Rozina Ali : A Ph.D. student offers a free Muslim-history walking tour in Donald Trump’s home town. Back when Donald Trump was a Presidential candidate, he said, “I think Islam hates us,” and called…

Will a Muslim become Governor of Michigan for the first time in the US history?

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SHAFAQNA - The polls for the state's primaries held on Tuesday in Michigan. El-Sayed, a 33-year-old physician is a Muslim candidate who will be the first Egyptian-American Muslim governor of Michigan if he win the 2018 Democratic Party primary…

Meeting with Trump would be very hard for Iran

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SHAFAQNA - It would be very hard for Iran’s political leaders to meet with Trump, given his opposition to the nuclear accord they spent years negotiating, his travel ban that effects many Iranians interested in studying or working in the…

Muslim Democrats find a welcoming home at state convention

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SHAFAQNA - Dallas News | by Forrest Milburn : Zulikha Hussain wasn’t always a diehard Democrat. In the past, she’s even voted for a few Republicans, but that changed when Donald Trump secured his party’s nomination in 2016. Her opinion…

Natural burial, a new green trend, matches Muslim funeral traditions

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SHAFAQNA- Green burial is a new phenomenon in the United States, while Muslims practiced this “natural” method, that matches the guidelines of Islamic law for over 1400 years. Green burial, also called a natural burial, is an environmentally…

USA: Muslim girls Kicked Out Of public Pool, the mayor apologized

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SHAFAQNQ - Muslim children were kicked out of a public swimming pool in the US state of Delaware because they were wearing shirts and hijabs. Tahsiyn A Ismaa’eel brought campers from her Arabic summer enrichment programme to their…

Syria and Iran on Trump-Putin talks in Helsinki

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SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump met one-on-one with Russia's Vladimir Putin behind closed doors on Monday in Helsinki. Both leaders expressed confidence that Russia and the United States were entering a period of better relations and cooperation on…

NATO summit comes ahead of Trump’s direct meeting with Putin

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SHAFAQN — President Trump ripped into NATO allies on Wednesday, slamming Germany for its dependence on Russian energy and demanding that nations double their military spending commitments. Ultimately however, the group resolved differences…

The blue Muslim-American wave for public office

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SHAFAQNA - More than 90 American Muslims, nearly all of them Democrats, are running for public office across the country this year. Many are young and politically inexperienced, and most are long shot. Muslim Americans say they feel energized to…

PEW: Global Rise of government restrictions and social hostilities against Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - In many countries around the world, the government imposed restrictions and hostilities on religious activities and limited freedom of religion that tend to target Muslims. In recent years, Restrictions on Muslims rose by governments…

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…