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,…

Six links between America and the Muslim world

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SHAFAQNA - This January, U.S. President Donald Trump completed his first year in the White House, one of the toughest for American Muslims. As Islamophobia continues to rise in America, we think that it’s time to remind ourselves of the age-old…

Muslims, Christians in Calgary mark anniversary of Quebec mosque shooting

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SHAFAQNA - Nearly one year since a mass shooting left six dead and dozens more injured in a Quebec City mosque, members of Calgary’s Muslim and Christian communities joined together for a multi-faith prayer service Sunday evening in a show…

US diplomat quits Rohingya advisory board in protest

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SHAFAQNA - Bill Richardson, a US diplomat and long-time friend of Myanmar leader Aung Suu Kyi, has resigned from a panel formed to advise on the Rohingya crisis, where over 700,000 have fled and thousands of others murdered[1] by government…

Trump's 'Muslim Ban' one year on

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SHAFAQNA-One year after putting pen to paper on the Oval Office desk, US President Donald Trump has so far failed to achieve the promise he made during his election campaign of a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States". But…

US politician questions freedom of religion for Muslims

SHAFAQNA - A prospective candidate in South Dakota's U.S. House race is questioning the application of religious freedom to Muslims. The freedom of religion has been constitutionally guaranteed to Americans for 227…

Hundreds rally in besieged Gaza over Trump’s cut of funding to UNRWA

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets in the blockaded Gaza Strip after the U.S. administration decided to suspend millions of dollars in aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Activists…

New Muslim fellowship connects civic-minded students with city councillors

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SHAFAQNA - A pioneering diversity initiative at City Hall will pair 13 interns with city councillors and the mayor’s office to work as aides, starting today. The Muslim Youth Fellowship was organized by two leaders of the Urban Alliance…

Muslim girl suffers vicious attack in Canada

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SHAFAQNA - Toronto police are investigating an attack on an 11-year-old girl whose hijab headcovering was repeatedly cut on her way to school on Friday, heightening pressure on Canadian governments to take further action against attacks on…

Mohamed Among Top Baby Names in U.S. City

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SHAFAQNA- The St. Cloud Hospital in Minnesota’s announcement that ‘Mohamed’ came third in the city’s most popular baby names list has triggered a wave of hate comments, while Muslims celebrated the city’s growing diversity. “Our…

Islamic center of Boston shelters homeless in winter

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SHAFAQNA - The Islamic center of Boston, Wayland, Massachusetts has opened its doors to welcome homeless people suffering cold weather in the streets. The initiative, reported by wcvb.com, comes as several organizations are stepping up to…

Serving hot tea for love of Imam Hussain in Ottawa

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SHAFAQNA - Who is Hussain (WIH) - Ottawa, capital of Canada, volunteers warmed the hands and hearts of their fellow Canadians on December 27, 2017 by handing out cups of Hot Chocolate to passerby’s in cold Downtown Ottawa.  

Group Raises $150K in a Week for Heroic Mosque Shooting Survivor

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SHAFAQNA - Canadians are opening their wallets to help a man who took seven bullets and lost the use of his legs trying to protect others during the Quebec City mosque shooting nearly a year ago. As of Tuesday, the Canadian-Muslim non-profit…

Islamophobia under Donald Trump

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims in America are more vulnerable to bigotry and Islamophobia as a result of Donald Trump’s behaviour and actions than they were after the 9/11 attacks, according to a leading Muslim activist. As the country approaches…

In the age of Trump, a Muslim’s Christmas Message

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SHAFAQNA - Not long ago, President Trump retweeted anti-Islam propaganda videos from a far right British hate group - Britain First - to millions of his followers. The videos were meant to promote fear of Muslims around the world. One particular…

US Nat’l Quran Contest Slated for December 27

SHAFAQNA - The 7th edition of a national Quran competition in the US will be held in Chicago on December 27-29. Only US citizens or those holding US Green Card can compete at the Quranic event. Registration for the contest opened in August…