Anti-Muslim sentiments spiral out after two mosques are vandalized in Wales

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SHAFAQNA - An investigation has been launched after two Newport mosques in Wales, UK, were vandalized with anti-Islamic graffiti. The Muslim Council of Wales (MCW) has said it is “extremely disappointed” as they have worked tirelessly…

UK protests austerity measures - London Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA - The finance minister will on Wednesday unveil budgets for government departments over the next five years, in a spending review expected to herald further austerity measures and bitter recriminations. George Osborne, a possible…

Hate crimes against Muslims rise following Paris attacks in the UK

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SHAFAQNA - Anti-Muslim incidents including attacks on women and hateful graffiti have flared up across Britain and France in the week since Islamist militants killed 130 people in Paris. Tell MAMA, a monitoring group said it had recorded…

Anniversary of Ayatollah Khoei in London/Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA - The Khoei Foundation in London held a special event to mark the anniversary of Ayatollah Khoei, the founder of the organization and inspiration behind its educational work. A prestigious charitable organization, the Khoei…

Muslims in France condemn Paris attack

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SHAFAQNA - A French Muslim’s emotional plea for his community to lead the battle against Islamic terrorism is getting a lot of traction. In a video that has gone viral throughout his country, Bassem Braiki, who is from the city of Vénissieux…

Imminent Terror Threat Shuts Brussels Metro

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SHAFAQNA - Brussels is at its highest level of terror alert after a warning that an attack like that seen in Paris is "imminent", forcing the closure of the city's Metro. The Belgian capital's underground transport system will be closed…

Serbia, Macedonia start filtering migrant flow to Europe

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says Serbia and Macedonia have limited refugee entries into their countries to Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans only. UNHCR spokeswoman Melita Sunjic said on Thursday that the two European…

Paris attacks: the Muslim victims of terrorist bullets

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SHAFAQNA - Houda Saadi, a 35-year-old waitress of Tunisian descent, was celebrating her birthday with her sister Halima and 10 other friends at La Belle Equipe in the 11th arrondissement when two terrorists sprayed the terrace with gunfire.…

Paris’s Muslims and Jews are now more anxious than ever

SHAFAQNA - After the attacks, Muslims hope to escape a backlash. Jews hope the majority has finally understood the threat. UNDER a traffic bridge not far from the famous Saint-Ouen flea market in northern Paris is another, more dismal curbside…

Why Muslims in France feel vulnerable - Paris' suburb speaks up

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SHAFAQNA - On a housing estate in Lucé about 100 metres from the local mosque, three young men of Arab appearance and an older white woman were chatting. “It was a guy called Omar Ismail Mostefai,” said one of the men. Mostefai was…

Welsh Muslims live in fear of sectarian repercussions after Paris attack

SHAFAQNA - Welsh Muslims are living in "immense fear" of backlashes following the Paris terrorist attacks, according to the assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Wales. Sahar Al Faifi said she "lost count" of incidents…

UK press watchdog urged to act against media slurs on Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The UK press watchdog must start considering cases of discrimination against groups of people, after some “grossly irresponsible” coverage of Muslim issues by some media, influential lawyers and community groups say. Britain’s…

Muslim-Led Remembrance Service Could Help Combat Extremism, Military Imam Says

SHAFAQNA - The first Islamic-led commemoration of Britain's war dead could help unite Muslims to reclaim the public perception of their religion from "extremists" who seek to hijack it, the first imam to the British military has said. Asim…

British in the UK face a crisis - Islamophobia is real and it's rampant

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SHAFAQNA - The majority of British Muslims say they have witnessed discrimination against followers of the Islamic faith and that a climate of hate is being driven by politicians and media, a study has found. Six out of 10 Muslims in Britain…

14th Palestinians in Europe Conference to be held in Sweden

SHAFAQNA - The presidency of the Palestinians in Europe Conference, the Palestinian Return Centre, London, and the Adalah Centre in Sweden officially declared the convention of its 14th conference in the Swedish city of Malmo on May, 07, 2016. The…

Young Muslims raise £400k for charities at Heaton Park run

SHAFAQNA - Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association took part in a 10k for charities including The Royal British Legion, Save the Children, NSPCC, and Barnardos. Thousands of young Muslims from across the country gathered in Manchester’s…

2015 Arbaeen Procession to be held in the UK on December 6th,

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SHAFAQNA - The Husaini Islamic Trust UK works all year around to bring you the UK Arbaeen Procession. It is for all those Momineen who are unable to reach Karbala for Arbaeen, to come together and walk and pray in the love of the Ahlulbayt…

Powerful blast rocks Stockholm

SHAFAQNA - A powerful explosion has rocked central Stockholm. Friday’s blast happened in the Sodermalm area of the Swedish capital. Police are at the scene, and at least one street has been sealed off. ''It is unclear what happened,''…

Britain shuts down plan for mega-Mosque

SHAFAQNA - The Department for Communities and Local Government has rejected an appeal against the refusal to grant permission to build a large mosque in East London. The Tablighi Jamaat (meaning 'Society for spreading faith'), is an international…

French city to introduce Islam classes in its schools next year

SHAFAQNA - Schools in Alsace-Moselle, a region in the eastern part of France, will reportedly introduce Islam as an option in theology class starting from the 2016 school year. The French website Yabiladi cited Le Figaro as saying that Islam…

Burlington Mosque Uses Messages of Love to Fight Vandalism

SHAFAQNA-A mosque in Burlington, the US state of Massachusetts, that was the target of graffiti by vandals on Sunday invited community members to write their own messages of love and patriotism on the exterior of the building.  On Wednesday,…

Italy closes Musa Sadr case - prominent Shia cleric

SHAFAQNA - Italy’s prosecutor general shut the book on the 1978 disappearance of prominent Shia cleric Musa Sadr, concluding that Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi was behind his the disappearance. The prosecutor general said that…

I am British, Muslim, and afraid of my own government

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SHAFAQNA - It seems I’m the reason why Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy is going to fail. Though raised in an inner-city London neighborhood, I’ve been blessed with great opportunities in this wonderful town. I’ve set up a successful…

Don't Bomb Syria-Meeting in Parliament - Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA - Foreign Affairs Committee urges David Cameron not to press for Syria air strikes vote until 'coherent international strategy' is in place. David Cameron was warned by Tory MPs on an influential committee not to press ahead with…

Aussie Police Targets Hijab Photo Shoot

SHAFAQNA - A famous hijab fashion house photo shoot was swarmed by police officers who mistook the white and pink clothes for "Islamic flags", which sparked angry criticism on social media. "I'm still baffled by how the police could have…

Islamic center of Swiss condemns death sentence for Sheikh al-Nimr

SHAFAQNA - The Ahl-ul-Bayt (AS) Islamic Cultural Center in Switzerland in a statement condemned the move by Saudi Arabia to sentence prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr to death. In the statement, the center called…

New Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies set to open in January

SHAFAQNA - After 13 years of wait, a stunning new Oxford Center for Islamic Studies is expected to open early next year, with state-of-art features donated by Muslim countries worldwide. Thirteen years after work started, a £100 million…

British MPs call for release of opposition leaders in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA - A group of British Members of Parliament have put forward a motion in the UK House of Commons on human rights abuses in Bahrain, calling for the release of Bahraini opposition leaders, mainly Al-Wefaq Secretary-General Sheikh Ali…