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German girls volunteer to wear Islamic headscarves in school ‘discrimination experiment’

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SHAFAQNA- The experiment last week saw the volunteers don the hijab as part of an assignment by their teacher at the Geschwister-Scholl comprehensive school in the town of Lünen in North Rhine-Westphalia, German broadcaster WDR reports. The…

Is it Allowed to Convert to Islam And not Wear Hijab?

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SHAFAQNA- Salam Islam: In order to answer to this question about wearing Hijab, firstly we should  understand why God has sent down religion to man and why He orders man what to do and what to avoid. Imagine a person who invents an electronic…

Muslim model Halima Aden becomes an ambassador for UNICEF

SHAFAQNA-She was the first Muslim homecoming queen at St. Cloud’s Apollo High School, the first Somali student senator at St. Cloud State University, and the first hijab-wearing contestant at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant. Now, Halima…

How cool is this hijabi parkour athlete!

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Haya Wakil : Recently we have seen an increase in female Muslim athletes in the media, particularly those who wear the hijab. This is an attempt on their part to break the stereotypes about Muslim women and encourage…

Hijabi Monologues’ at University of Texas

SHAFAQNA-According to rahyafte:  She said she has crushes and gets stressed about class, but is often reduced to the scarf she wears, not the woman she is — an issue the upcoming play “Hijabi Monologues” addresses. “Hijabi Monologues”…

Muslim woman assaulted in Belgium, her hijab and shirt pulled off

SHAFAQNA- A Muslim woman, whose name has not been made public, was brutally assaulted in what appears to be a hate crime carried out by two racist men in Anderlues town near Brussels on Monday, Belgian media reported. The 19-year-old woman…

25% of Muslim women wearing headscarf shoved on NYC subway: survey

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SHAFAQNA-One in four Muslim women wearing a headscarf in New York City has been pushed on a subway platform, a new survey has found. The survey, released Tuesday by New York's Commission on Human Rights, reveals widespread discrimination…

Hijab gave me the feeling of security and respect.

SHAFAQNA- An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam, Alya, from the Philippines, by Bentolhoda Mofakhami.   Alya is 32 years old and currently residing in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates) but born and raised in the Philippines…

French Muslim student in media storm over headscarf

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim student at one of France's top universities has found herself at the centre of a media storm after she appeared in a documentary wearing a headscarf. Maryam Pougetoux had appeared in the film to talk about student protests…

World Hijab Day Wonderful Event to Demystify the Hijab

SHAFAQNA- “In the Fall of 2015, the International Student and Scholar Services office partnered with the Women’s Center to create the International Women’s Group. The goal of this group was to connect and support women from the Middle…

Iranian women's futsal team on Hijab won the AFC championship

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SHAFAQNA-iranian women's futsal (arena football) team won the AFC championship for a second time, with a 5-2 win against japan. Defending champions Iran claimed a historic second successive win at the Asian Football Confederation Women's Futsal…

First US hijab-wearing Barbie to honour fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

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SHAFAQNA- American group Mattel unveiled its first ever hijab-wearing Barbie doll Monday in honor of US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who in 2016 became the first American Olympian to wear a headscarf while competing.   The…

Berlin court upholds headscarf ban for public servants in teacher's case

SHAFAQNA- Berlin court has ruled that a law prohibiting a Muslim teacher from wearing a headscarf in a public school doesn't violate her constitutional right to religious freedom. The dpa news agency reported Wednesday that the Berlin…

Austrian Muslims condemn school hijab ban proposal

SHAFAQNA- Nadine Osman Austria’s Muslim communities and civil right groups have slammed a proposal to impose a hijab ban after it was announced by the Austrian Chancellor. Sebastian Kurz announced legal preparations were underway…

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…

Muslim Woman Runs for Provincial Elections in Quebec

SHAFAQNA- A hijabi woman has announced plans to run in Quebec fall provincial elections, making her the first Muslim woman donning the religious headwear to run in the eastern Canadian district. “For the past 10 years in Quebec, Muslim…

The Orientalist Gaze Speaks Loud: William Shaler on Algerian Women

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SHAFAQNA - William Shaler (1773 – March 29, 1833) was an American government official who served as a diplomat and confidential agent in several foreign locations, including Algiers, Mexico and Cuba. He was one a key foreign agent in Algeria,…

Referee Forces Muslim Teen To Leave Basketball Game Because Of Her Headscarf

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SHAFAQNA- Nasihah Thompson, a 16-year-old African-American basketball player from Mastery Charter School, Philadelphia, was prevented from playing in a basketball game by the referee due to her headscarf. “My hijab is part of me, and I…

The Sound of Athan(the call to prayer) led me toward Islam.

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SHAFAQNA- You can ask me what I had for dinner yesterday, and I will stop and think. But ask me at any time, on any day, when I reverted to Islam… and the answer comes quickly to the surface of my mind.   Before I tell you “when,”…

California Muslim Students Host Hijab Day

SHAFAQNA- Muslim students at Chapman University, California, hosted the second “Hijab & Kufi Day” March 1, seeking to engage the community and raise awareness about the Islamic head wear. Coming in its second year, the first event…

See how this Latina found empowerment in wearing hijab

SHAFAQNA- If I had to say what the hardest part about reverting to Islam was, it would be conquering what was going on in my own mind. I didn’t have any outside obstacles really. My family and friends accepted my reversion well; even my…

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…

“YOU DO NOT SOUND AMERICAN”: A LIVE INTERVIEW ON WGN-TV, with a persian Muslim girl

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SHAFAQNA-I was on WGN for a live interview last week, and was asked to speak about my work and my book, but when I gave answers the hosts didn’t like, their questions (and comments) started to get hostile, literally telling me I “don’t…

Wearing Hijab with Confidence

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SHAFAQNA- Raising young Muslim girls in today’s world means raising them with an extra dose of confidence. After all when you look around, they are surrounded by images of women and fashion that contradict Islamic values of hijab and modesty.…

'Hijabi Monologues' at University of Texas

SHAFAQNA- She said she has crushes and gets stressed about class, but is often reduced to the scarf she wears, not the woman she is — an issue the upcoming play “Hijabi Monologues” addresses. “Hijabi Monologues” will be performed…

Can a Non-Muslim Woman Wear a Hijab?

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SHAFAQNA- By Liza FeatherstoneTwitter Dear Liza, 
 I’m a US woman of Scandinavian heritage who finds hijab beautiful. I love how they cover the entire head and neck and drape down the front. When I was younger, I…

Christian Librarian Dons Hijab to Support Muslims

SHAFAQNA - ancy Allen, a librarian, published author, and a member of a church choir from Conway, US state of Arkansas, has been wearing hijab for almost two years to support Muslim women and counter hateful rhetoric targeting the religious…

Nike releases its first sports hijab for Muslim athletes

SHAFAQNA - Nike Pro Hijab has gone on sale all over the world and is being promoted with the tag line 'sport is for everyone'. The sports manufacturing giant announced earlier this year it was working on bringing out a headscarf for female…