Photos: Happy atmosphere in Moscow

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SHAFAQNA - ISNA : FIFA World Cup 2018 has begun since June 15 in Russia and it has created a happy atmosphere for football fans, especially in Moscow. Russia has provided an excellent service for football fans, therefore, many people from…

PEW: Global Rise of government restrictions and social hostilities against Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - In many countries around the world, the government imposed restrictions and hostilities on religious activities and limited freedom of religion that tend to target Muslims. In recent years, Restrictions on Muslims rose by governments…

Rouhani: US plan for Iran oil export may impact regional exports

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian president in Switzerland and Austria discussed boosting Tehran's ties with Europe which has been scrambling to save the 2015 nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani said that the Iranian nation has never bowed and will never bow to…

Germany calls for Turkey to explain over closure of school

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SHAFAQNA - Branch of German embassy school in the western city of Izmir was closed by regional office of Turkish education ministry, without any explain. Germany's embassy in Ankara on Saturday demands Turkish government to explain the reason…

Muslim Council of Britain accuses Conservative Party of Islamophobia

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim Council of Britain writes a second letter to the Conservative Party to warn about the presence of Islamophobes in the party’s ranks and to criticize that the party’s chairman has not responded to its call for an internal…

British man jailed for Islamophobic tweets

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SHAFAQNA - A man has been jailed for threatening to "slit a Muslim's throat" in a series of Islamophobic tweets. Rhodenne Chand was found guilty of inciting racial hatred. according to independent, The 31-year-old Rhodenne Chand told officers…

Ten facts about Islam and Russia

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Tharik Hussain : There are a record-breaking seven Muslim-majority nations taking part in this year’s World Cup in Russia, meaning that millions of Muslim football fans have flooded the huge Eurasian country, turning…

Guinness World Records launches Arabic website for MENA applicants

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SHAFAQNA - Guinness World Records has seen the number of applicants from the MENA region increase by 283% since it opened its first office in the UAE in 2012. In this regard, Global authority on record breaking launches Arabic website to cater…

Turkey elections: Will Erdogan era continue?

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SHAFAQNA - Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in power for more than 15 years, either as prime minister or president of Turkey. One more time Erdogan is the frontrunner, but polls suggest it’ll be close. Turkish citizens will be voting on June…

Minute's silence marks one-year anniversary of London mosque terror attack

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Shafaqna- Relatives of victim Makram Ali joined survivors, Muslim leaders and politicians gather for a moment of silence to mark London mosque attack anniversary , killing father-of-six Makram Ali and injuring 12 others when a man drove his…

The man behind "Punish a Muslim Day" letters appeared at Court

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SHAFAQNA - Two months ago Londoners reported receiving the letter which called for sickening acts of violence against Muslims. A man accused of 14 offences has appeared in court in connection with the investigation into the so-called Punish…

Photos: Eid al Fitr prayer at Alulbayt Foundation in London

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SHAFAQNA - In accordance with the fatwa of Grand Ayatullah Sistani, Eid al Fitr prayer offered at Alulbayt Foundation in London, on Saturday.

Denmark swings right on immigration and Muslims feel besieged

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SHAFAQNA - The Guardian  :  After a burqa ban, hardline rhetoric has entered the mainstream. In one coastal town, attitudes seem increasingly polarised  “It’s a lovely place,” says Jens Kramer, as he gazes across the harbour from…

Dutch anti-Islam party to hold Prophet Mohammad cartoon competition, despite previous polemics

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SHAFAQNA : Despite provoking serious polemics in the past, The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. According to Reuters, the party said the plan to…

Where Islam flourishes despite being half-underground

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SHAFAQNA - Economis : The strange social reality of Islam in Greece. ON A baking-hot Friday afternoon in the dusty Athenian district of Neos Kosmos, a cheerful assortment of (mostly male) worshippers greet one another in Arabic, Greek and…

Austrian far-right government is closing 7 mosques

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SHAFAQNA - Vox | by  Tara Isabella Burton: The far-right government claims it’s due to “national security” concerns. On Friday, the Austrian government announced that it plans to close down seven mosques and potentially expel about…

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.…