UK mosques rally against hate: hold open day for non-Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - More than 150 mosques around the UK will open their doors to non-Muslim visitors this weekend to offer people a better understanding of Islam and the chance to ask questions about the faith. Thousands of people are expected to…

British newspaper and Islamophobia

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SHAFAQNA - British newspapers have been accused of publishing a “consistent stream” of inaccurate stories about Muslims, after national titles were forced to make corrections over inaccurate reporting more than 20 times in recent months. Miqdaad…

Muslims seeking job are disadvantaged in UK: Govt

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim job-seekers in the UK are disadvantaged, the British government has acknowledged after Muslims were found to be facing significant pay gaps compared with those who identify as Christian. The Government Equalities Office…

Muslim woman spat on - UK Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim woman who was racially assaulted and spat on by a stranger in a restaurant has urged more female Muslims who have experienced hate crime to speak out. Nahella Ashraf, 46, was wearing a head scarf when she was attacked as…

Islamic Centre of England to hold a majlis in commemoration of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Centre of England will hold a majlis in commemoration of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani this Tuesday (January 7, 2017) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm  

Red Cross warns against NHS state, speaks of "humanitarian crisis"

SHAFAQNA - Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is facing a “humanitarian crisis” as hospitals and ambulance services struggle to keep up with rising demand, the British Red Cross has warned. The warning came following the deaths…

Speaking up against Yemen’s War - The Genocide we don’t talk about

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SHAFAQNA - As we prepare to pull the curtain on 2016 I believe we ought to reflect on what it is we are leaving behind, so that maybe we would learn not to repeat in our errors, misgivings and otherwise laggings. By all accounts 2016 has…

Islamic organisation sends Christmas message to Churches in UK

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SHAFAQNA IN COLLABORATION WITH WILAYAH - A UK-based Muslim organisation has produced Christmas cards and delivered a message to the Church wishing them a happy festive season. The letter which was published by the Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission…

UK Muslims press for peace at 10 Downing Street

SHAFAQNA - Engagement2030 campaign in more than 125 locations worldwide aims to dispel myths and build interfaith understanding. In an attempt to promote peace and dispel stereotypes surrounding Islam, a group of British Muslims visited…

London Muslims donate 10 tonnes of food for homeless at Christmas

SHAFAQNA - Muslims have donated 10 tonnes of food to feed the homeless across London at Christmas, religious and charity leaders said. Hundreds of Muslims flocked to the East London Mosque on Friday in a drive to feed London's homeless during…

Celebrating Christmas and Mawlid al-Nabi at the Khoei Foundation in London

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SHAFAQNA - On the 15th December 2016 the Christian Muslim Forum held an  event at the Al Khoei Foundation celebrating the festival of Christmas and the occasion of Mawlid al-Nabi. Ayatollah Milani, Dr Damian Howard SJ and Mariam Hakim…

Muslim restaurant offers free Christmas meal

SHAFAQNA - The London restaurant’s offer started with a simple note, handwritten on a sheet of white paper. “No one eats alone on a Christmas Day!” it read, with the exclamation point modified so that it included a heart. “We are…

Casey report criticised for focus on UK Muslim communities

SHAFAQNA - Muslim groups have raised concerns about the government’s community cohesion report, arguing that it confuses race, religion and immigration and focuses too heavily on Muslim communities. The study, commissioned by David Cameron…

British Muslims spread universal message of peace with bus campaign

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SHAFAQNA - To coincide with one of the most auspicious months of the Islamic calendar and part of a number of events arranged by British Muslims, a four week nationwide bus campaign will be launched in the UK from Monday 5th December 2016. The…

Muslims In UK: Muhammad Is Now The Second-Most-Popular Boy's Name In Britain

SHAFAQNA - Muhammad continues to be one of the most popular names in the United Kingdom, with a new survey finding it to be the second most common name given to baby boys in 2016. The traditional Muslim name was the number one baby boy’s…

Talks on Final Brexit Deal Will Have to Wait, UK Is Warned

SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister Theresa May will not be able to begin talks on a final Brexit deal until the U.K. has agreed how much money it will pay to leave the European Union and resolved border issues, Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat said. The…

Ayatollah Sistani's representative visits AhlulBayt school in London

SHAFAQNA - On November 12-13 Ayatollah Sistani's representative in the UK, Mr Shahrestani met with students at the AhlulBayt Foundation in London.  

My pupils are young UK Muslims – and they're scared about Trump

SHAFAQNA - I started talking about the US election at school in September, particularly in assemblies, because children were asking about it. They were worried about the things they were hearing. My primary school is in the Saltley area of…

Arbaeen Procession (Walk) in Manchester, UK

SHAFAQNA - Groups of Muslims commemorated Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (AS) and his followers by holding a procession in streets of Manchester city centre on Saturday 12 November 2016. The Manchester Arbaeen Peace Walk was organised by 10th Day Organisation…

Rights groups blast UK minister for securing Qatar contracts but keeping mum on human rights

SHAFAQNA - A British minister has received harsh criticism from human rights groups for his 2022 World Cup-related trip to Qatar to secure contracts, during which he failed to raise the issue of gross human rights abuses tarnishing the nation’s…

Severe weather warning issued as UK temperatures drop

SHAFAQNA - Parts of Britain could get up to six inches of snow on Tuesday night as temperatures drop below freezing. The Met Office issued a severe weather warning as temperatures fell to -5C (23F) in England on Monday night. It said snow…

Blair went ‘beyond the facts’ & damaged UK politics when advocating for Iraq invasion – Chilcot

SHAFAQNA - Former British PM Tony Blair resorted to rhetoric unsupported by any compelling evidence when he promoted the Iraq invasion to his cabinet and the British people, eroding public trust and inflicting long-term damage on UK politics,…

British PM attacks ‘outrageous’ FIFA ban on poppies

SHAFAQNA - British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned Wednesday world football’s governing body, FIFA for its "utterly outrageous" ban on wearing symbolic poppies in international matches. The red poppy is worn as a symbol of wartime remembrance…

Islamic Centre of England's workshop: How to concentrate in our prayers

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Centre of England will hold a special workshop on November 5th - How to concentrate in your prayers, organised by Dr Ali al-Hilli. For all enquiries please contact: info@ic-el.com

UK mosque raises £1,000 for Yorkshire cancer charity

SHAFAQNA - Members of Bradford's Al-Huda Masjid Mosque and Community Centre, in Legrams Lane, recently invited Cancer Support Yorkshire to talk to its members about the charitable work they do to support the local community and to present a…

UK taught Bahrain police how to whitewash custody deaths

SHAFAQNA - Reprieve, an international human rights organization, has published a report shedding light on a British program to train the Bahraini police on how to “whitewash” detainee deaths in custody. According to Reprieve, Bahrain’s…

7th London-Iranian Festival (28 Oct - 2 Nov)

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SHAFAQNA - London Iranian Film Festival is an annual, independent film festival held in London, United Kingdom. It is now entering its seventh year. It is the only festival in the UK that is dedicated to Iranian independent cinema, with this…

Shia Muslims in the UK prepare for Arbaeen

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SHAFAQNA - It’s not the Muslim Hajj, or the Hindu Kumbh Mela.. Known as Arbaeen, it is the world’s most populous gathering and you’ve probably never heard of it! Not only does the congregation exceed the number of visitors to Mecca (by…