Quebec bans face covering in public services, raising worries among Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - Quebec has adopted a law that will force people to show their faces when taking the bus or borrowing a book from the library, pushing ahead with legislation that is being criticized for targeting Muslim Canadian women. Bill 62,…

Where are the Shia of Ali? Supporting the oppressed is a religious duty

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SHAFAQNA - The following was forwarded to Shafaqna by a rights activist based in Toronto, Canada. For his voice to carry louder the writer chose to remain anonymous - and thus permit readers to concentrate on the message rather than the person…

CANADA - Mentorship program sees Muslim professionals mentor Muslim students

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SHAFAQNA - The initiative links learners with established workers in fields where minorities lack representation. In one of the first jobs she had, Sabeen Saeed was told she would be the only woman on a team of 10 men and “asked if she…

EXCLUSIVE: ASHURA 2017 - TORONTO

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SHAFAQNA - To bring you a better coverage of Ashura across the world Shafaqna has asked Firas Al Najim, a well known activist and right defender and volunteer at International Reformers For Human Rights.  

Somali refugee faces terror charges in Canada attacks

SHAFAQNA- Canadian media say a Somali refugee has faced five counts of attempted murder and other terror charges in connection with the recent stabbing and car-ramming attacks in the western city of Edmonton. Police did not identify…

Letter from Canadian prime minister to Aung San Suu Kyi

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SHAFAQNA - The Prime Minister spoke with Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Burma, last week and he says he has also written her a letter. The Liberal government has been coming under increasing pressure from advocates to strip Suu Kyi…

Calgary Muslims aim for 200,000 volunteer hours for Canada 150

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SHAFAQNA - There's a group of volunteers across Canada that hope to log a million hours giving back to their communities — and the Calgary contingent was in full swing Sunday. About 100 Ismaili Muslims spent the afternoon digging potatoes…

Health Canada bans main source of artificial trans fats

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SHAFAQNA- Health Canada is taking the final steps toward a ban on the main source of artificial trans fats in Canadian diets. The department says it is banning partially hydrogenated oils or PHOs, which are the main source of industrially…

Canadian labor union joins boycott Israel campaign

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SHAFAQNA - Canada's largest private-sector labor union with over than 310,000 members across the country, has adopted a motion in support of a global movement calling for the boycott of the Israeli regime. Unifor, a general trade union in Canada,…

Rally planned in Vancouver to protest Islamophobia, immigration

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SHAFAQNA - Over 700 Vancouverites are expected to converge at Vancouver City Hall this Saturday (August 19) to protest a gathering planned by a group of Islamophobic and anti-immigrant activists. Hosted by local ad hoc committee Stand Up to…

Anti-racism rally planned in Vancouver to protest opponents of Muslims and immigration

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SHAFAQNA - Over 700 Vancouverites are expected to converge at Vancouver City Hall this Saturday (August 19) to protest a gathering planned by a group of Islamophobic, racist, and anti-immigrant activists. Hosted by local ad hoc committee Stand…

Finally Muslims to have their own cemetery in Quebec City

SHAFAQNA - Finally the Muslims living Quebec City will have their own cemetery. Mayor Regis Labeaume and members of the Muslim community said at a news conference that the cemetery would be located on a parcel of land of about 6,000 square…

Quebec’s Muslim to have their own cemetery

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SHAFAQNA- Quebec City's Muslims have been looking for a cemetery for two decades, but made a renewed push after they completed the payment for the city's main mosque in 2011 Muslims in Quebec City are going to have their own cemetery…

Canadians protest in front of Israeli consulate

SHAFAQNA - A Protest Rally was organized by United for Palestine in front of Israeli consulate in Toronto, Canada, in support of Palestinians in Jerusalem (Al-Quds) for their Heroic Resistance to Israeli brutal occupation. Canadians from all…

Canada’s Involvement in Supporting Terrorism and Aggressive Warfare By Mark Taliano

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SHAFAQNA- The Canadian government has disgraced itself by involving itself in aggressive warfare and by supporting terrorism. Publicly endorsing illegal regime change operations and falsely demonizing President Assad[1] and the Syrian…

Canada Halal Food Festival Takes Muslims Back in Time

SHAFAQNA- The Halal Food Festival Toronto, North America’s biggest halal fair, took Muslim visitors back in time to see their achievements and contributions in the Canadian society. Over the course of two days, more than 35,000 people…

Quebec City Muslim Cemetery Rejected in Referendum

SHAFAQNA -  It was by the slimmest of margins that a plan to establish the Quebec City area’s first Muslim-owned and run cemetery was defeated in a referendum Sunday by a vote of 19 to 16. Voters were deciding whether or not to allow a…

49 voters to decide fate of Muslim cemetery in Quebec city

SHAFAQNA- Whether the Quebec City region will get its first cemetery owned and operated by Muslims will be decided Sunday by 49 people in a referendum. The land for the cemetery was purchased in February and the project was approved May…

49 people to decide whether Quebec City's Muslims get their own cemetery

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SHAFAQNA - After six Muslim men were shot dead inside a Quebec City mosque last January, relations between Muslims and the rest of the community were excellent, said Mohamed Kesri — and then the cemetery issue came up. Plans are underway…

Halal food festival in Toronto

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SHAFAQNA - For the fifth year, the Toronto suburb of Mississauga is hosting what it bills as North America’s largest halal food festival from July 15 to 16. Halal food is that which is prepared according to Islamic law. Animals must be healthy…

Big Halal Food Festival in Toronto Slated for Mid-July

SHAFAQNA - For the fifth year, the Toronto suburb of Mississauga is hosting what it bills as North America’s largest halal food festival from July 15 to 16. Halal food is that which is prepared according to Islamic law. Animals must be…

Big Halal Food Festival in Toronto Slated for Mid-July

SHAFAQNA- For the fifth year, the Toronto suburb of Mississauga is hosting what it bills as North America’s largest halal food festival from July 15 to 16. Halal food is that which is prepared according to Islamic law. Animals must be…

Muslims in Canada thrive on brilliant legacy left by ancestors: Report

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SHAFAQNA - The presence of Muslims in Canada dates back to 1854 with the first recorded birth of a Muslim, to Scottish parents James and Agnes Love. From then on, history shows a small, diverse and widely dispersed community making noticeable…

Windsor, Canada Muslim charity food drive spreads across country

SHAFAQNA - A charitable food drive that began with Windsor's Muslim community is spreading to communities across the country and organizers hope to have it in every region of Canada within just a few years. Sousan Khaled helped launch…

Pro-Muslim rally peaceful ahead of anti-Islam rally planned for Sunday

SHAFAQNA - A group of Calgarians gathered at city hall on Saturday ahead of a march against Islam planned for Sunday at the nearby Olympic Plaza. Organized by the Calgary Anti-Oppression Network, the Saturday afternoon event drew about 70…

Muslim leaders urge government to help protect mosques, schools

SHAFAQNA - Statistics Canada report last week showed hate crimes targeting Muslims rose by 60 per cent across the country in 2015, but applications for government funding for protection often rejected. Some Muslim community leaders are urging…

Quebec City mosque has words of support for Muslims in London

SHAFAQNA - An attack Monday outside a mosque in London was all too familiar for Muslims in Quebec City, where just six months ago a gunman burst into a prayer room, killing six and injuring 19. In a speech broadcast live over social…

Canadian Politician Joins Muslims for Ramadan Fast

SHAFAQNA- A Canadian politician who is fasting for the month of Ramadan said he began the practice to raise money for a food bank, but has been overwhelmed at the support received from Muslims. Mark Holland, Liberal Member of Parliament…