French Muslim student in media storm over headscarf

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim student at one of France's top universities has found herself at the centre of a media storm after she appeared in a documentary wearing a headscarf. Maryam Pougetoux had appeared in the film to talk about student protests…

God helped me find the way to Islam.

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SHAFAQNA- My name is Amina, I’m from Russia, and I’m twenty-one years old. I was born in a Christian family, but I have never attached importance to religion or faith.   And, at the same time, I was always feeling like I live…

Sweden Allows Mosque Call to Prayer

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SHAFAQNA - Swedish police Tuesday granted a mosque permission to hold a weekly call to prayer, triggering divisions among politicians and the public, five months ahead of elections in a country which has taken in waves of asylum seekers in…

German police records 1,075 Islamophobic crimes in 2017

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SHAFAQNA - German police recorded 1,075 Islamophobic crimes in 2017, according to new government figures announced on Tuesday. Far-right extremists or groups carried out some 994 attacks against Muslims and mosques, which made up 92.5 percent…

First international conference of "Mahdism" held in Netherlands

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SHAFAQNA - The first international conference of "Mahdism" with the support of the Ahlul Bayt Assembly of the Netherlands and in cooperation with the AhlulBayt World Assembly, with the presence of diplomats, scholars from Iran, Afghanistan,…

A lesson in compassion and partnership

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SHAFAQNA - Young Jews and Muslims joined together to collect more than £500 for refugees sleeping rough in Calais last Sunday. The youngsters asked shoppers at Camden Sainsbury’s to add an extra item onto their shopping list for refugees,…

Anger in France as factions call for Quran to be redacted

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SHAFAQNA - A French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Quran to be removed on the grounds of rising anti-Semitism sparked anger Monday from Muslims who said their religion was being unfairly "put on trial". The open letter published…

Sha’aban Eids Celebrated in Islamic Centers in Europe

SHAFAQNA - Islamic centers in different European countries have been hosting ceremonies on the birthday anniversaries of Imam Hussein (AS), Hazrat Abbas (AS) and Imam Sajjad (AS) over the past few days. The ceremonies began one night before…

German parliament condemns violence against Rohingya

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SHAFAQNA - German parliament on Friday condemned the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. In a voting held in the parliament, a joint draft resolution prepared by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats…

Netherlands: Far-right groups attack 3 mosques

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SHAFAQNA - Far-right groups have attacked three mosques in the Netherlands, a Muslim charity fund official said Thursday. The extreme right-wing Rechts in Verzet group early Thursday put up banners with Islamophobic content in the entrance…

Human Rights Protest Against Israel's Corporate Funders

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SHAFAQNA- As Israeli attacks on peaceful Palestinian demonstrators outraged the world yet again ; in London the British based Human Rights Group - Inminds this weekend protested outside Adidas's flagship store on Oxford Street to demand Adidas…

Austria proposes Hijab ban for primary school students

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SHAFAQNA - Austria's government announced Wednesday its intention to bring in a ban on the headscarf for girls in kindergartens and primary schools. Education Minister Heinz Fassmann said that the draft law would be ready by the summer.…

Imam Ali shrine contracts with Berlin university to cooperate on working on manuscripts

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SHAFAQNA - A delegation from the German Pergamon Museum had the honor of visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). The delegation consisted of a group of archeologists. They visited the manuscripts division in the holy shrine. Sheikh…

‘Punish a Muslim Day’ Fliers Spur Warnings, Police Investigations

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SHAFAQNA - Authorities in the UK say that anonymous mailings of fliers advocating violence against Muslims on 3 April 2018 have triggered a counter-terrorism investigation. Fliers calling for violence against Muslims on 3 April 2018 (dubbed…

Fifth Edition of Nahj-ul-Balagha in Russian Published in Moscow

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SHAFAQNA - According to the Russian Islamic Studies Foundation, Sadra-Moscow Publication Institute has published the book, translated by Abdul Karim Taras Chernienko. The first edition of the book was published in 2007 by the House of Oriental…

Stockholm mosque vandalised again

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SHAFAQNA- A mosque in Stockholm was vandalised with racist words and symbols on Thursday, according to mosque officials. In a statement, the Södermalm mosque management said a big swastika symbol was spray painted at the mosque’s door. The…

Christian Democrats in Sweden want to ban mosque from broadcasting call to prayer

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SHAFAQNA- A mosque in Sweden that has requested the use of loudspeakers to call Muslims to prayer has ignited a firestorm, with right-leaning groups saying this should be banned while a Jewish leader has come out in defense of religious freedom. Mosques…

German Muslim groups highlight new threat to mosques

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SHAFAQNA- Germans should not dismiss mosque attacks by pro-Kurdish extremists as a foreign issue with no relevance to German society, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD), the Turkish Muslim organisation DITIB, and the…

‘Punish a Muslim’ day letters shook Muslims in UK

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SHAFAQNA-British police have launched an investigation after letters were posted to Muslims’ homes in the UK apparently calling for them to be killed and mosques to burnt down in a day of hate, UK daily The Mirror reported. The leaflets advertise…

Islam in Spain

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SHAFAQNA- Islam in Spain has a remarkable presence. Muslims in Europe in general and Spain in particular have always been categorized as immigrants. In recent years, however, there is a notable number of native Spaniards who have converted…

At least 950 attacks on Muslims reported in Germany in 2017

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SHAFAQNA- German authorities registered at least 950 attacks on Muslims and Muslim institutions such as mosques in 2017, the Neue Osnabrueckner Zeitung reported in Saturday editions, citing data provided to lawmakers by the Interior Ministry. The…

Netherlands reduces sentences of mosque attack convicts

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SHAFAQNA- Netherlands (AA): A court in eastern Netherlands on Tuesday reduced the sentences of four convicts who were involved in a Molotov cocktail attack on a mosque in Enschede in 2016. Five convicts had been sentenced to four years…

Iceland seeks to ban male circumcision

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SHAFAQNA- A bill in Iceland's parliament seeks to ban circumcision in the country arguing that the practice violates children’s rights, BBC reports.  The draft law in its effect would impose prison term that could gp up to a six-years…

Irfan and Sufism - Reaching for Perfection

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SHAFAQNA- Open Discussions in association with Gulf Cultural Club held an event entitled: Islamic mysticism; Sufism and Irfan: Self-realisation to achieve perfection. A packed audience at Abrar House in London heard Shaikh Faid Mohammad Sheikh…

Mosque comes under attack in Drachten town

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SHAFAQNA-A mosque in northern Drachten town has come under an arson attack, according to the manager of Islamic Center Drachten Foundation on Sunday. The mosque, visited mostly by Moroccan-origin people, is operated by the foundation. Speaking…

Bulgarian Govt blocks restoration of historical mosques

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SHAFAQNA- A total of 27 Ottoman-era mosques in Bulgaria are awaiting restoration, as their minarets, walls and doors have either collapsed or suffered considerable damage. But local Muslim authorities complain that Bulgarian officials…

German Far-right Politician Reveals Why He Converted to Islam

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SHAFAQNA- A member of the far-right, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) who converted to Islam recently revealed that he made the decision due to the Protestant acceptance of gay marriage which he saw as a sign of decline. “One…

Greek neo-Nazi group threatens Muslim association

SHAFAQNA - A neo-Nazi organisation has threatened the Muslim Association of Greece and pro-migrant organisations, amid an uptick in anti-immigrant violence in the Greek capital. On Thursday, the organisation said it had received a menacing…