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German parliament condemns violence against Rohingya

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SHAFAQNA - German parliament on Friday condemned the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. In a voting held in the parliament, a joint draft resolution prepared by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats…

4th Gen Muslims in Germany Don't Feel at Home, Prone to Radicalization says Professoer

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SHAFAQNA - The number of Salafist adherents in Germany has doubled in five years, German newspaper Tagesspiegel reported, citing anonymous security sources. Professor Susanne Schröter, Director of the Frankfurt Research Center for Global Islam…

Imam Ali shrine contracts with Berlin university to cooperate on working on manuscripts

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SHAFAQNA - A delegation from the German Pergamon Museum had the honor of visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). The delegation consisted of a group of archeologists. They visited the manuscripts division in the holy shrine. Sheikh…

German Muslim groups highlight new threat to mosques

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SHAFAQNA- Germans should not dismiss mosque attacks by pro-Kurdish extremists as a foreign issue with no relevance to German society, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD), the Turkish Muslim organisation DITIB, and the…

New minister: Islam does not belong to Germany

SHAFAQNA- “Islam does not belong to Germany. Germany has been shaped by Christianity,” Seehofer told the Bild newspaper in an interview on Friday. Germany, already beset by anti-refugee violence, saw the rise to power of hard-line politicians…

Mosque in Cologne vandalised

SHAFAQNA- A mosque in Germany’s northwestern city of Cologne was vandalized overnight by alleged supporters of the PYD/PKK organizations, the latest in a string of attacks targeting the country’s Turkish-Muslim community. The assailants…

Another German mosque comes under arson attack

SHAFAQNA- The German website Local reported that the fire department had been called in to put out a fire caused by a suspected arson attack at the Koca Sinan Camii Mosque shortly after 2 am (0100 GMT) on Sunday morning. The blaze reportedly…

At least 950 attacks on Muslims reported in Germany in 2017

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SHAFAQNA- German authorities registered at least 950 attacks on Muslims and Muslim institutions such as mosques in 2017, the Neue Osnabrueckner Zeitung reported in Saturday editions, citing data provided to lawmakers by the Interior Ministry. The…

Germany stops selling weapons to Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Germany has stopped selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and almost all of its allies waging war on Yemen, in a decision likely to have both an impact on the Riyadh regime and a domino effect on other Western and non-Western countries…

Lena-Meryem Wielandt, New Muslim from Germany: Currents of Life

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SHAFAQNA-Islam is growing rapidly in the West. It is a fact that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and is expected to outstrip Christianity by the end of the century. Reports show that the number of Muslims will grow more than…

A new Muslim from Germany: Lena-Meryem Wielandt Currents of Life: Lena-Meryem Wielandt

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SHAFAQNA- Islam is growing rapidly in the West. It is a fact that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and is expected to outstrip Christianity by the end of the century. Reports show that the number of Muslims will grow more…

German Interior minister welcomes adoption of Islamic holidays

SHAFAQNA- German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he does not mind adopting a Muslim holiday in Germany, especially in states with a Muslim population, such as Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia, MENA reported. The German minister…

Merkel set for fourth term as far right enters parliament

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SHAFAQNA- German Chancellor Angela Merkel secured a fourth consecutive term on Sunday after her Christian Democrats (CDU) and the allied Christian Social Union (CSU) won the largest parliamentary bloc with 33 percent of the vote. Merkel’s…

Facing far-right gains, Merkel, Schulz urge undecided Germans to vote

SHAFAQNA- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, poised to win a fourth term in Sunday’s election, and her center-left challenger Martin Schulz urged supporters on Saturday to keep fighting for votes with a third of the electorate still undecided. Merkel…

The hot-button issue of Muslim integration in Germany

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SHAFAQNA - The topic of integration of Muslims has become a “hot-button” issue in Germany. Many wonder whether people whose roots are in the Islamic Middle East can succeed in integrating. They are afraid of parallel societies and refer…

Islamic Groups in Germany Publish Election Survey for Muslim Voters

SHAFAQNA- The Central Council of Muslims in Germany, as well as the German Muslim League (Deutsche Muslim Liga) and the Islamische Zeitung newspaper on Monday published the results of a survey sent to the parties expected to be voted in to…

Hamburg Islamic Center to celebrate birthday anniversary of Imam Hadi (AS)

SHAFAQNA - A ceremony will be held at the Islamic Center of Hamburg in Germany to celebrate the birthday anniversary of Imam Hadi (AS). According to izhamburg.de, it will be held at the center on Thursday with the participation of devotees…

Hate crimes against Muslims in Germany on the rise

SHAFAQNA - German civil rights activist Taner Aksoy argues that anti-Muslim sentiment has had a long history in Germany but is becoming increasingly violent because of external factors and the country's far-right xenophobic campaigns. Long-simmering…

Germany: Muslim Biker Gang Vows to "Protect" Fellow Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - German Muslims have established a self-styled biker gang — modelled on the Hells Angels — aimed at protecting fellow Muslims from the "ever-growing hatred of Islam," according to Die Welt. The emergence of the group, which…

Berlin: Saudi demands from Qatar ‘very provocative’

SHAAFQNA- Germany says the demands made by four Arab states in a dispute with Qatar are “very provocative.” Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties and cut all land, sea, and air contacts with…

Over 200 attacks on Muslims so far this year in Germany

SHAFAQNA - Some 208 attacks on Muslims in Germany were reported in the first quarter of this year, with incidents including online attacks, threatening letters, attacks on women wearing headscarves, as well as damage to property. Police and…

German official rejects military solution to Syria crisis

SHAFAQNA - A senior German official said Berlin envisages no military approach to settling Syria’s six-year civil war, stressing that the crisis needs to be resolved politically. Addressing journalists in Tehran on Saturday, State Secretary…

European far-right targets Muslims as new scapegoats

SHAFAQNA - Experts claim that European far-right groups have picked Muslims as the new scapegoat, in addition to their anti-Semitic sentiments, violently targeting Muslim communities across European cities. Reports also suggest that hate crimes…

German boat sends out SOS after taking on too many migrants in Mediterranean

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SHAFAQNA - A vessel rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea has issued a mayday distress call due to overcrowding on the boat, as rescuers struggle to handle this weekend’s unprecedented flow of people in such a short space of time. Jugend…

Germans slam Berlin's alignment with US on Syria

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SHAFAQNA - Thousands of Germans have staged a rally in Berlin to demand independence of their government in dealing with the situation in Syria, while condemning Berlin’s alignment with Washington in how to deal with a recent alleged chemical…

Germany sells arms to UAE despite Yemen conflict

SHAFAQNA - Germany has approved more major weapons deals with the UAE, including deliveries of high-caliber ammunition. The UAE is involved in a conflict in Yemen that has caused famine and humanitarian disaster. German media reported that…

Explosions in front of Borussia Dortmund team bus leave one injured

SHAFAQNA - Three explosions have occurred near a bus belonging to the German football team Borussia Dortmund, injuring one player. "Shortly after the departure of the Borussia Dortmund team bus from the hotel to the stadium there was an…

Vienna Islamic Center to celebrate Imam Ali (AS) birthday

SHAFAQNA - The birthday anniversary of Imam Ali (AS) will be celebrated in a ceremony in Imam Ali Islamic Center in Vienna, Austria. It includes speeches on different aspects of the Imam’s (AS) character and virtues, eulogy recitations and…