Austrian Muslims Say Religious Intolerance Is Growing

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SHAFAQNA - Across the street from Vienna's iconic Ferris wheel, the Schura Mosque is packed each Friday with Muslims who come to pray. It's one of some 300 mosques and prayer rooms serving 700,000 Muslims who live in Austria and who've enjoyed…

Catalonia election: Muslim woman on a political mission

SHAFAQNA - "It's sad to turn on the television and never see a black face or an Arab personality," says Najat Driouech, who is likely to become Catalonia's first female Muslim MP. She says she is used to being a pioneer, as the first girl…

How Many Muslims in Europe? Pew's Projections Fall Short

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SHAFAQNA - Europe's Muslim population is set to double — and possibly triple — between now and 2050, according to new projections by the Pew Research Center. The projections, contained in a report, "Europe's Growing Muslim Population,"…

“With this campaign we are trying to unit Muslims as well as Christians”

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SHAFAQNA - Dozens of Muslim youth braved freezing snowy weather to give away 6000 roses to the London public, in honour of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as part of the annual #RosesForPeace event organised by the Love Muhammad campaign…

1 in 5 Brits Don't Know Christmas Is Celebration of Jesus' Birth: Poll

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SHAFAQNA - A recently released survey has found that about 20 percent of Britons do not know that Christmas Day is a celebration of Jesus' birth. The History Channel and Onepoll.com surveyed 2,000 British adults and found that one in five…

British PM condemns Jerusalem move

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SHAFAQNA - Theresa May condemned the controversial action as she reiterated the UK's support for continued negotiations between Israel and Palestine in a bid to prevent a world wide religious divide. Mrs May said: "We disagree with the US…

France orders halal supermarket shut for not selling pork and alcohol

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SHAFAQNA - France has ordered a halal supermarket in Paris to close because it does not sell pork or wine. The Good Price mini-market in Colombes did not comply with the conditions of its lease, which stated the shop must act as a "general…

Swedish MP forced to resign over Islamophobic scandal

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SHAFAQNA - A nationalist politician in Sweden was forced to resign on Monday after declaring that Muslims are the opposite of humans. "On one end of the scale you are 100 percent human, a person, everything that’s part of that concept.…

PARIS MUSLIMS FIGHT FOR RIGHT TO PRAY ON THE STREETS AFTER SCUFFLE WITH LAWMAKERS

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SHAFAQNA - A group of Parisian Muslims announced Wednesday it is taking local politicians to court after a group of 100 lawmakers physically prevented 200 Muslims from praying on the streets of a Paris suburb. The scuffle between the Parisian…

Merci! Designer credits French burkini ban for sales boom

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SHAFAQNA- The woman who invented the burkini has reaped a tenfold jump in sales since France banned her swimwear, and says her coveralls have opened a whole new sporting life for Muslim women. Thousands of women in Europe – many non-Muslims…

Europe loses confidence in US after Trump’s Iran decision

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SHAFAQNA - US President Donald Trump’s decision to “decertify” Iranian compliance with an international deal breached the trust of Europe, which is now bracing for “major disruptions” in ties with Trump’s America. Trump on October…

Swedish King Visits Mosque Gutted in Arson Attack

SHAFAQNA - The King of Sweden visited a mosque in Orebro gutted in an arson attack on September 26. Carl XVI Gustaf was in Orebro for a previously scheduled visit to the university, and paid a visit to the mosque afterwards on his own request. Orebro…

Catalonia rejects snap poll as Spain mulls direct rule

SHAFAQNA- Speaking at the regional government’s headquarters in Barcelona on Friday, Puigdemont said the central government had not provided sufficient guarantees that holding elections would prevent the imposition of direct rule, Press…

Swedish King Visits Mosque Gutted in Arson Attack

SHAFAQNA- Carl XVI Gustaf was in Orebro for a previously scheduled visit to the university, and paid a visit to the mosque afterwards on his own request. Orebro Mosque Deputy CEO, Hassan Mountagui, said, "It is an honor to us that the…

Warwick Launches Islamic Education Research Network

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SHAFAQNA - The project is financially supported by the DCD Family Trust charity, who are keen to help with the creation of this international operation, that is designed to aid young Muslims across the world. The network was developed from…

JCPOA helps boost Iran’s relations with world says Dutch MP

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SHAFAQNA - Pointing to international consensus on preserving JCPOA, Dutch MP Raymond Knops voiced his country's parliament's strong support for implementing the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands,…

Lavrov: Return to situation before JCPOA impossible

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SHAFAQNA- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said return to a situation, which was before the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is impossible, adding “There can be no talk on the renewal of the UN Security Council’s…

France moves to restrict civil liberties for good

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SHAFAQNA - The French parliament has approved a new controversial anti-terrorism law, replacing the soon-to-expire two-year state of emergency. The new legislation has prompted fears it will severely limit civil liberties. The French senate…

Muslim cemetery in Lausanne is defaced - hate crime

SHAFAQNA - Muslim graves in a cemetery in the Swiss city of Lausanne have been vandalised. Fifteen out of 22 Muslim graves had Islamophobic slogans written on them over the weekend, according to local police. A specific section of the Bois-de-Vaux…

London Tube and Buses Chosen to Highlight Anti-Muslim Hate Crime

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SHAFAQNA- Transport for London (TfL) and police in the UK capital are working together on 200 events across in support of the broader National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Arab News reported. Muslims have been the targets of several attacks…

Muslim cleric in Greece call for a Mosque

SHAFAQNA - Decrying how Muslims in Athens have no choice but to pray in unsanitary conditions in basements, a top Muslim cleric from Greece said there is a great need for a mosque in the Greek capital. “Greece is the only country in the…

British Muslim women speak out against stereotypes

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SHAFAQNA - From a jaded TV chat show host to a Middle Eastern actress who longs to be cast as a ghostbuster, not endless jihadi brides, the stories in Sabrina Mahfouz's anthology of British Muslim women all do one thing: challenge stereotypes. Mahfouz,…

Tear gas used in Paris as strike against Macron’s labor reforms grips France

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SHAFAQNA - Police used tear gas in Paris on Tuesday to disperse a demonstration, part of nationwide strike against President Emmanuel Macron's labor reforms. The reforms especially affect public sector workers, and over 200,000 hit the streets…

Ayatollah Sistani's representative calls for Shia to support each other

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SHAFAQNA - "The faithful must help each other and support those who are in need." said Hujjat al-Islam Kashmiri. The representative of Grand Ayatollah Sistani in Europe Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Mortadha Kashmiri who is also the head of Imam Ali…

Muslim peace group raise £38,000 for Manchester Emergency Fund

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SHAFAQNA- A group which works to tackle Islamophobia has donated tens of thousands of pounds for the families affected by the Manchester Arena attack. Grassroots group Muslim Engagement and Development has handed over £38,000 to the Manchester…

Shia studies workshop held in Germany

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SHAFAQNA - The first edition of a workshop on studies of Shia Islam or Shi’ism was organized by the Iranian Cultural Center in Berlin, Germany. Experts in Islamic studies participated in the two-day workshop titled "A Thousand-Year Shia School”. A…

ISIS claims knife attack in Marseille - France

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the Marseille knife attack which left two women dead, Reuters reports, citing the IS affiliated Amaq news agency. The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL)…

Violence erupts as police try to stop Catalonia referendum

SHAFAQNA- Spanish riot police burst into polling stations across Catalonia on Sunday, confiscating ballot boxes and voting papers to try to halt a banned referendum on a split from Spain as Madrid asserted its authority over the rebel region. Police…