German Muslims Condemn New Year Mass Attacks In Cologne

SHAFAQNA - Members of Cologne's large Muslim community have joined the chorus condemning a string of assaults on women on New Year's Eve that have shocked Germany. But some are also voicing concern that pointing the finger of blame at Muslims…

Boris faces calls to pull London cash out of Saudi bank over al-Nimr's scandal

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SHAFAQNA - The Mayor of London is facing calls from Hillingdon Liberal Democrats to boycott a Saudi bank in protest at the country's human rights record. Boris Johnson is under pressure from Hillingdon Liberal Democrats to pull London money…

Exam timetable changed to accommodate Muslims during Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - GCSE and A level exams this summer have been timetabled to take the Muslim holy month of Ramadan into account. Exam boards said pupils would be tested in subjects taken by large numbers of students, such as GCSE English and…

Swiss FM summons Saudi diplomats, criticize execution of Sheikh al-Nimr

SHAFAQNA - The Swiss foreign ministry summoned the Saudi Arabian charge d’affaires to express its opposition to the mass execution of 47 people, including a prominent Shiite cleric. In a statement issued on Monday, the foreign ministry…

Exclusive - British PM Cameron slams Saudi Arabia over Sheikh al-Nimr's death

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SHAFAQNA - In view of the international outcry the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr prompted over the weekend, British Prime Minister David Cameron broke his silence by condemning the move. In exclusive comments to Shafaqna, his office confirmed…

Germany FM criticizes execution of Sheikh al-Nimr; calls Saudi death sentences 'inhumane'

SHAFAQNA-Germany's Foreign Ministry has condemned the mass executions conducted in Saudi Arabia. Germany does not allow the death penalty. "Our position is clear: the death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that we reject under all…

Islamic Center of England denounces Saudi Arabia over Sheikh al-Nimr's execution

SHAFAQNA - On January 2sd, 2016, Saudi officials confirmed in a press release that Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric and pro-democracy activist from Qatif, was executed alongside 46 other prisoners. The news was received with an…

The amazing survival of the Baltic Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - It may not be the kind of place you would expect to stumble upon a mosque, but Muslims have lived among the forests and lakes of Lithuania for more than 600 years - showing that tolerance reigned here in the Middle Ages, even when…

Man Pleads Guilty to Defacing Islamic Center in Springfield

SHAFAQNA- A man has admitted to helping deface the Islamic Center of Springfield and to burning two copies of the Quran. Adam David Smock, of Edgewater, California, pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a conspiracy to intimidate…

Bulgaria Mufti: " should get to know each other through dialogue"

SHAFAQNA - Takfirism has roots in ignorance and Muslims should use dialogue to know real beliefs of other sects and remove misunderstandings, Deputy Grand Mufti of Bulgaria Vedat Ahmed said. He made the remarks on the sidelines of International…

Muslims Helping With UK Flood Response But Britain First And EDL Nowhere To Be Seen

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SHAFAQNA - As Britain is still grappling with the flood in its northern regions, Muslim groups have stepped in to help victims. Groups such as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) have been active in areas affected by the flooding…

Thousands of Muslims to march through Bristol streets for celebrations

SHAFAQNA -  A colourful procession to mark the birth of the prophet Muhammad will take place early in January. Muslims from Bath and the surrounding areas are expected to be among the the thousands of worshipers to take to the streets…

British Muslim Delivers Presents to Homeless at Christmas

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim man on a mission to “spread peace and love” has captured the true spirit of Christmas — by delivering presents to homeless people. Nubaid Haroon, also known as Rambo Vlogs on social media, filmed himself giving…

Newcastle Muslim Community to Hold March to Promote Peace

SHAFAQNA- The North East Muslim community will take to the streets to make a stand against ISIL. The community will walk through Newcastle’s West End on January 3 for peace and to show they do not tolerate any organization which promotes…

Corsican mob trash Muslim prayer room and burn Koran on Christmas Day

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SHAFAQNA - On Friday afternoon around 150 people had gathered in front of the prefecture in a show of support for the police and firefighters, officials said in a statement. But some in that crowd broke away and headed for the low-income…

French Police Make 2,700 Raids in Month, Raising Tension With Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The French authorities have conducted more than 2,700 police raids under a nationwide state of emergency instituted after last month’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. Using extraordinary powers granted by France’s National…

U.S. Officials Allegedly Blocked a British Muslim Family From Flying to Disneyland

SHAFAQNA - The U.K. government is looking for answers after U.S. officials allegedly prevented a British Muslim family from boarding a flight from London to Los Angeles for a Disneyland vacation earlier this month. At the moment, no one seems…

Oxford Faith Leaders to Mark Both Christmas, Holy Prophet's (PBUH) Birthday

SHAFAQNA- Oxford faith leaders plan special service as Christmas Eve coincides with Muslim Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) birthday. Faith leaders are to host a joint ceremony on December 24 to mark the "happy coincidence" of Christmas Eve…

France: new law threatens to make emergency measures the 'new norm'

SHAFAQNA - Many people are being targeted solely on the basis of their religious practices or vague suspicions’ - Gauri van Gulik A proposed change to France’s Constitution would put many people at even greater risk of human rights violations…

Rome-to-Paris climate marcher says COP21 failed poor nations

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SHAFAQNA - Globally influential climate activist Yeb Saño has just returned home to the Philippines disappointed, having recently trekked 1,500km from Rome to Paris only to see the COP21 climate change summit reach a spectacularly bad result…

ISIS is using IP addresses the UK sold to Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - IP addresses being used by ISIS and traced by teenage computer hackers back to the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions are likely to be among those sold to Saudi Arabian telecoms companies this year, the British government has…

Trump's remarks on Muslims are 'divisive, stupid and wrong': Cameron

SHAFAQNA - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday strongly criticized remarks by US presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Muslims, branding them as “divisive, stupid and wrong”. “I think his remarks are divisive, stupid and…

Merkel now wants to curb migrants into Germany

SHAFAQNA - Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said  she wanted to “drastically decrease” the number of refugees coming to Germany, signalling a compromise to critics of her open-door policy from within her conservatives on the eve of…

Amputee soldier's heartfelt Muslim Facebook post goes viral

SHAFAQNA - A British soldier who had his leg blown off by a bomb while serving in Iraq has taken the internet by storm after his Facebook post attacking Islamophobia went viral. Chris Herbert, who served in the British Army in Basra, Iraq,…

Young Scottish Muslims 'scared to speak about politics in case they are branded terrorists'

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SHAFAQNA - Young Muslims are scared to speak out about politics or foreign policy because they fear being branded as potential terrorists. AMINA, the Muslim Women's Resource Centre, claims that young people are feeling the brunt of Islamophobia…

Karbala camp 2015 in Bolton UK at the Ahlul Bayt Centre

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SHAFAQNA - Karbala camp from 20 to 22 Nov. 2015 in Bolton UK at the Ahlel Bayt centre. Sisters from diverse cities including Bradford, Newport, Blackburn, Manchester, Birmingham among others camped at the Islamic centre. This year's camp focused…

The Humanitarian Crisis in the Middle East: Solutions and Consequences

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SHAFAQNA - “Dialogando” (in dialogue) was back again this year in the beautiful city of Stintino, a coastal commune in the Province of Sassari in the Italian Island Sardinia. The municipality of the Italian city opened on December 4, 2015…

Why did mainstream media ignored Muslims' stand against radicalism in London?

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SHAFAQNA - Organisers of an anti-ISIL march in London have spoken of their frustration after mainstream media outlets failed to cover the demonstration. Thousands of people took part in the annual UK Arbaeen Procession, coordinated by the…