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The Atlantic's report on Banning Muslim Veils across Europe 

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SHAFAQNA- Denmark has passed a ban on face veils in public which widely understood to be targeting Muslim face veil like the burqa and niqab. The Atlantic reports about this law in Denmark and other European countries and its effect on Muslim community…

Take a Knee for Freedom of Religion

SHAFAQNA - Freedom of religion depends on the willingness to stand up for (or take a knee for) the right not to be compelled to worship. What is freedom of religion? It is not actually or directly freedom to think or not think religious…

The Charter of Freedom

SHAFAQNA- This is, for me, a pleasant day. Of course, I had visited your university frequently during the terms of my presidency. But the present occasion has certain aspects which will turn it into a sweet, lasting memory in my mind: A few…

6 practical steps to empowering ourselves against moral fatigue

SHAFAQNA - When the Panama papers broke, social justice activists rejoiced. They thought there would be a huge, sustained reaction, a real movement. Surely, people would be so outraged, that they would stand up for their rights! But they were…

Israeli Lawmakers To Ban Adhaan

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SHAFAQNA - The Israeli parliament, Knesset, has given preliminary approval to a controversial bill that would ban Muslim calls to prayers from being announced via loudspeakers at mosques in the occupied Palestinian territories. The "muezzin"…

Where has America gone to with its friendships? Courting Gulf monarchies and theocracies

SHAFAQNA - It was Abraham Lincoln I recall who once proclaimed: “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.” And: “Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought. Let us have faith that right makes…

Religion and Freedom

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SHAFAQNA- By: Dr. Mohammad Ali Shomali Despite the evolution of renaissance that led to the processes referred to as ‘liberalisation’, ‘consumer lifestyle’ and ‘gross materialism’, mankind still faces a kind of dichotomy. Humanity…

A source of justice and restraint: Imam Ali’s thoughts on Freedom

SHAFAQNA - Islam these days has found itself sitting at the heart of furious debates – many of them dealing with the legitimacy of its teachings, the culture it has fostered by way of its Scriptures, and the political principles it has carried. Many…

Cynical illusion of 'freedom' in US

SHAFAQNA - By invoking the magic word ‘terrorism’ and unleashing a tidal wave of surveillance on its citizens, the so-called ‘Land of the Free’ undermines civil rights and makes a mockery of any notion of ‘freedom’. By Matt …