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…

UK’s largest Muslim lifestyle expo

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SHAFAQNA - Asda, Turkish Airlines, the RAF and Al Rayan Bank are just some names that will be present in the UK’s biggest showcase of the trillion-pound Muslim consumer industry. The show, on October 29 and 30, is expected to attract record…

Is it ‘open season’ on Muslims, as Fatima Manji suggests?

SHAFAQNA - Kelvin MacKenzie has been cleared by Ipso over his column on the Channel 4 News presenter. What message does that ruling send? Here is what a few journalists had to say on the matter: Joseph Harker: Bigotry is now officially…

Man arrested under Terrorism Act over suspicious device on London tube

SHAFAQNA - A 19-year-old man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act after a suspicious device was found on a London tube train. The suspect was seized in the street on Friday in an armed operation in Holloway Road, north London. The…

Morgan Freeman visits the Khoei Foundation in London

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SHAFAQNA - Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman took part in the mourning of Ashura this October as he attended a majlis - sit-down gathering at the Al-Khoei Foundation mosque in Queen's Park, London. Morgan Freeman visited Al-khoei Center as…

Vigil for Nigeria martyrs to be held in London this Wednesday

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SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Human Rights Commission will be holding a vigil outside the Nigerian High Commission (9 Northumberland Ave, London, WC2N 5BX) this evening from 4.30pm - 6pm (12 October). IHRC is calling a vigil outside the High Commission…

Demonstration in London for Yemen on the Day of Ashura

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SHAFAQNA - In comments to Shafaqna, Kim Sharif a prominent rights activist for Yemen confirmed that a special demonstration will be held on the Day of Ashura before the Saudi Embassy in London (UK) to denounce the many grave war crimes and crimes…

London Muslims go to church in solidarity with Christians: 'We will not let hatred win'

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SHAFAQNA - Leading members of Britain's Muslim community have attended a London church service to show solidarity with their Christian neighbours. The Muslim men and women joined the congregation of St John on Bethnal Green for Sunday eucharist…