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…

Blair Lied About Iraq, Here's the Evidence

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SHAFAQNA - Two weeks ago I found myself in conversation with Dr. Hans Blix, head of the United Nations weapons inspection team ahead of the Iraq invasion in 2003. Dr. Blix told me that Tony Blair’s claims about Saddam Hussein’s weapons…

Finnish Muslims broadly back Helsinki mosque – but question funding sources

SHAFAQNA - The city of Helsinki has not yet agreed on a site for the new building – an issue that has already aroused controversy among city residents. Muslim leaders hope that can be resolved by year's end. Plans for a major new mosque…

Interfaith Seminar - 30 priests from Denmark visited the Al Khoei Foundation in London

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SHAFAQNA - 30 priests from Denmark visited the Al Khoei Foundation in London to discuss issues related to interfaith relations and improve on religious exchanges and tolerance within the global community. The Khoei Foundation has exerted…

Archaeologists Discover 3,500-Year Old Mycenaean Warrior, His Treasures

SHAFAQNA - While digging for artifacts at the Palace of Nestor in southern Greece, an archaeological team headed up by researchers from the University of Cincinnati stumbled upon what they now believe is the grave of a wealthy Mycenaean warrior.If…

Islamic Human Rights Commission - A letter to the OHCHR regarding Sheikh Nimr

SHAFAQNA - Monday 26 October 2015 Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad Special Procedures Branch Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights c/o OHCHR-UNOG 8-14 Avenue de la Paix 1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland Sent by email to: urgent-action@ohchr.org Dear…

UK has an Islamophobia problem warn Muslim leaders

SHAFAQNA - The Muslim Council of Britain expresses concern at figures showing anti-Muslim attacks in London increased by 70% in year up to July. The Muslim Council of Britain has warned of increasing levels of Islamophobia in the UK after…

Azerbaijan and the case for peaceful religious coexistence

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SHAFAQNA - In April, the Kantor Center in Tel Aviv released a report highlighting that 2014 was one of the worst years for anti-Semitism in the last decade. This coincided with Israel’s war in Gaza against Hamas. Many of the anti-Semitic…

Two-day display on Islam turns mosque in England into museum

SHAFAQNA - More than 700 people visited recently the Jamia Masjid and Islamic Centre in Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, England to watch an exhibition about Islam and Muslims. More than 700 people visited recently the Jamia Masjid and Islamic…

Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign in London - Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA - To commemorate the day of Ashura and honor the sacrifice of our Imam Husayn ibn Ali. Hundreds of people volunteered over the weekend to donate some of their blood to those who need it most. The even was organized in collaboration…