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The big diplomatic war between Canada and Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - What began with a statement of concern over human rights has ballooned into the biggest diplomatic feud in years between Canada and Saudi Arabia. The clash between the two countries arose following Saudi Arabia’s move to detain…

Destinations for the Distinct Artistic Style of Islamic Civilization

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam : Spanning over 1,400 years and featuring a wide range of domains, from architecture to calligraphy, Islamic art is not just a representation of religious beliefs and events but an artistic movement encompassing many peoples…

Which country is the most reputable one in the Middle East?

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SHAFAQNA - The UAE was ranked 36th in the ranking of world's most reputable countries while outperforms countries such as Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The UAE continues to enjoy the status of the most reputable country in the Middle…

For Ramadan, More Muslims Shape Diets Around Physical And Mental Health

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SHAFAQNA - NPR| by Maryam Jillani : Azka Mahmood wakes up at 4 in the morning for Suhoor, the meal Muslims eat before starting their fast. From the fridge, she grabs the barley porridge that she prepared the night before, and wolfs it down…

Canada Muslim Community's Hijab Event Cancelled ‘Over Security Concerns’

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SHAFAQNA- Terry Christopoulos, sales director at the Chateau Royal, said he received a call on Saturday asking if the reception hall could accommodate an event at the last minute. He checked and saw that there was space available, he said. Christopoulos…

Canadian MP stands with Yemen - calls for a weapon ban on Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Canadian-based NGO CD4HR (Canadian Defenders for Human Rights) and the Yemeni Community in Canada (@YemeniCanada) hosted MP Helene Laverdiere at their protest in Ottawa calling for an end to all weapon sales to Saudi Arabia on the…

Pages of Qur’an ripped, stuffed on car windshields at mosques

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SHAFAQNA- By Barry Ellsworth TRENTON, Canada, (AA): Various faith leaders and politicians gathered in the Toronto area Monday to condemn the actions of a woman who allegedly ripped pages from a Qur’an and put them on worshippers vehicle…

Muslim in Canada face high rates of discrimination

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SHAFAQNA- According to a recent study, Islamophobia, defined as prejudice and hostility toward Muslims, exists in Canada. In the University of Waterloo research, one in five Muslim Canadians said that they experienced discrimination due…

Canadian Judge Who Ordered Woman to Remove Hijab Loses Bid to Quash Investigation

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SHAFAQNA- That means more than three years after Judge Eliana Marengo told Rania El-Alloul to remove her hijab, an investigation by a special committee of the Quebec Council of the Magistrature can begin at last. Marengo tried to block…

St. Thomas Church opens doors to Muslims without prayer space

SHAFAQNA - For the first time, Muslims in St. Thomas (Canada) will have a place to worship thanks to a local church that's offered up a free weekly space. Officials at St. Hilda's St. Luke's Anglican Church, just south of London, have cleared…

Muslims, Christians in Calgary mark anniversary of Quebec mosque shooting

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SHAFAQNA - Nearly one year since a mass shooting left six dead and dozens more injured in a Quebec City mosque, members of Calgary’s Muslim and Christian communities joined together for a multi-faith prayer service Sunday evening in a show…

Tragedy lessened negative image of Muslims in Quebec: Poll

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SHAFAQNA - Favourable opinions of Muslims increased by 22 points following the Jan. 29, 2017 massacre at the Quebec City mosque that killed six, according to a poll by Léger for the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) shows. Only 28…

Quebec City Muslims alarmed by increasingly public displays of racism one year after mosque shooting

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SHAFAQNA - Rachid Raffa is tired and bitter. It's been 43 years since he chose to settle in Quebec City after leaving Algeria. But as his encounters with racism become more commonplace, he's come to feel less at home. "When I came to…

New Muslim fellowship connects civic-minded students with city councillors

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SHAFAQNA - A pioneering diversity initiative at City Hall will pair 13 interns with city councillors and the mayor’s office to work as aides, starting today. The Muslim Youth Fellowship was organized by two leaders of the Urban Alliance…

Muslim girl suffers vicious attack in Canada

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SHAFAQNA - Toronto police are investigating an attack on an 11-year-old girl whose hijab headcovering was repeatedly cut on her way to school on Friday, heightening pressure on Canadian governments to take further action against attacks on…

Serving hot tea for love of Imam Hussain in Ottawa

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SHAFAQNA - Who is Hussain (WIH) - Ottawa, capital of Canada, volunteers warmed the hands and hearts of their fellow Canadians on December 27, 2017 by handing out cups of Hot Chocolate to passerby’s in cold Downtown Ottawa.  

Canadian Muslims to PM: Designate Day Against Islamophobia

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SHAFAQNA- A Canadian Muslim civil rights group sent an open letter on Friday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging the government to designate January 29 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia. “The ongoing impact…

Group Raises $150K in a Week for Heroic Mosque Shooting Survivor

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SHAFAQNA - Canadians are opening their wallets to help a man who took seven bullets and lost the use of his legs trying to protect others during the Quebec City mosque shooting nearly a year ago. As of Tuesday, the Canadian-Muslim non-profit…

Canadians Raise Money for Paralyzed Mosque Hero

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SHAFAQNA- Canadians have started a new fundraising campaign for a Canadian Muslim who took seven bullets when he tried to distract the gunman inside Quebec mosque last January, after which he was paralyzed. “What a hero. He’s a hero…

Muslim-targeted hate crimes reduced in Canada

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SHAFAQNA- Hate crimes in Canada directed at Muslims dropped in 2016 after four years of steady increases, according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday. Police recorded 139 such crimes last year, down by 20, marking a decrease from…

Quebec City Muslims share their stories at human library event

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SHAFAQNA - Dozens of volunteers from Quebec City's Muslim community agreed to take part in a human library event on Saturday. People showing up at the Monique-Corriveau library in Sainte-Foy could sign out a "living book" and hear first-hand the…

Relax — 13 kids at Toronto City Hall is not a Muslim takeover: Paradkar

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SHAFAQNA - Some see the city’s decision to support a Muslim Youth Fellowship internship program as evidence of special treatment for Muslims. Toronto’s righteous prophets of doom were thrown into a tizzy after a recent motion by city…

Muslim students reconsider Quebec universities after face-covering ban

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SHAFAQNA - Two weeks ago, the passing of a controversial law in Quebec banning face coverings for those giving or receiving public services was met with public backlash. While Quebec’s Liberal government was forced to tone down its interpretation…

Saskatoon’s Muslim Community to Hold Awareness Day

SHAFAQNA- The Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (IAS) said Saskatoon is generally a tolerant and understanding community, but it’s important to continue offering opportunities to learn more. "People do have a great understanding, and…

Trial for Quebec City Mosque Shooting Suspect to Begin in March

SHAFAQNA- Superior Court Justice Raymond W. Pronovost announced the date on Friday, cp24.com reported. Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, is facing six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder using a restricted firearm. The…

Canada’s Response to Rohingya Muslim Crisis

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SHAFAQNA- Canada's ambassador to Myanmar is one of very few Canadians, or foreigners from anywhere, who have seen that troubled strip of land since the violence and displacement started, prompting many, including the UN and Canada, to describe…

Nine months after mosque killings, Quebec Muslims still waiting for promised change

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SHAFAQNA - ‘They came to see us, they sympathized with us, but there was not any big change,’ said mosque official Boufeldja Benabdallah. After a gunman killed six worshippers inside a Quebec City mosque in January, the outpouring of…

Quebec bans face covering in public services, raising worries among Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - Quebec has adopted a law that will force people to show their faces when taking the bus or borrowing a book from the library, pushing ahead with legislation that is being criticized for targeting Muslim Canadian women. Bill 62,…