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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.…

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…

Austria to shut Islamic Kindergartens

SHAFAQNA - Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has called for the shutting down of Islamic kindergartens in the country. The comment was made at a public event set up by Kurier newspaper. “Of course, we don’t need them. There should…

Austria passes legislation banning distribution of Quran

SHAFAQNA - Austria’s government passed legislation on Tuesday, outlawing the use of garments that fully cover the face of women, such as the burqa, as well as the distribution of the Holy Quran in public. The provision is part of a larger…

Austrian President Urges All Women to Wear Hijab in Solidarity with Muslims

SHAFAQNA- Alexander Van der Bellen, the left-wing former Green Party leader who narrowly beat a far-right candidate to take office in January, said freedom of expression was a fundamental right. "It is every woman’s right to always dress…

Austria moves to strip rejected asylum seekers of food & shelter

SHAFAQNA - The Austrian government is increasing pressure on rejected asylum-seekers, introducing a draft law that would allow authorities to stop providing food and accommodation to those who refuse to leave the county. The package of…

Austrian FM, politicians call for a ban on full body veil

SHAFAQNA  - Austrian conservative politicians called for a ban on full body veils on Thursday, saying the veils would hinder women to integrate into the mainly Catholic Austrian society. Public debate about a ban on full body veils was…

Austria Gets First Islamic Bank Account

SHAFAQNA- Vienna-based BAWAG P.S.K. said it will offer current accounts that adhere to Shariah law, which prohibits the charging of interest or making money on savings. The Islamic law also prevents adherent banks from dealing with businesses…

Egypt Voices Concern Over Racism Against Muslims, Migrants in Austria

SHAFAQNA - Egypt voiced on Wednesday 11/11/2015 serious concerns over racism and hatred against foreigners in Austria, especially the migrants, Africans and Muslims. This came in the statement the Egyptian delegation under Egypt's delegate…