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Irish senate approves Bill to ban trade with Israel's illegal settlements

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SHAFAQNA- The Ireland senate approved the Bill, which bans all trade with Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. So Ireland is on its way to become the first EU nation to enforce a boycott. According to Middle East Monitor, The bill passed…

Third largest religion of Ireland is Islam

SHAFAQNA - There are over 63,000 practicing Muslims living in Ireland and approximately 50 mosques and prayer centers within the country, with five Muslim clergymen or qualified imams. There is more than one mosque or prayer centr in each province. According…

Mosque in western Ireland attacked by unknown assailants

SHAFAQNA - Irish police are investigating an attack on a mosque in the western city of Galway after rocks smashed the windows during late prayers on Monday, reports said on Tuesday. Imam Ibrahim Noonan told the Irish Times he believed the…

Muslims finding it harder to get place in school

SHAFAQNA - Muslim families are finding it increasingly difficult to secure a school place for their children, particularly at second level. The rules that permit the majority of the country's schools to prioritise entry for children of…

Galway Muslims hope to produce an Irish-language version of the Qur'an

SHAFAQNA - Imam Ibrahim Noonan, a Waterford man who converted to Islam and is now leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Galway, told Tuairisc.ie that selected verses of the Qur'an had been translated to Irish already along with other…

Ireland’s Muslims more educated than general population

SHAFAQNA - Ireland was one of few exceptions in Europe with Muslims completing an average of 11.8 years of schooling, or a year more than non-Muslims, the Religion and Education Around the World report by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre…

Muslims in Ireland encouraged to ‘get engaged, get involved’

SHAFAQNA - Muslims in Ireland have been strongly encouraged to remember that they are not “guests, or visitors” in Ireland, but here by right and they should engage more with Irish society “You are not guests or visitors. You are here…

Ireland wants to vote in reunification

SHAFAQNA - Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has raised the prospect of a referendum on Irish reunification as the fallout from the UK's decision to vote in favor of leaving the EU continues. Kenny said that Brexit negotiations should take…

Muslims in Ireland Overcome Sectarianism

SHAFAQNA - Worshipping Allah side by side, the Muslim community in Northern Ireland has overcome ethnic and sectarian divisions, offering a role model to Muslims worldwide. “When we started, in the main, Friday prayer time, we only had about…

Muslims denounce immigration website as fake

SHAFAQNA - Muslim representatives in Ireland have strongly criticised a new website purportedly been set up to encourage Muslims to emigrate here. The site, hijra2ireland.com, has been denounced by two major Islamic organisations in Ireland…

The lost Muslim - Baz Ashmawy

SHAFAQNA - Emmy-winning presenter Baz Ashmawy has hit out at the idea that the veil, burka or hijab should be banned in Ireland following Isil terror attacks. The Egyptian-born presenter has also spoken about being "pulled in" during airport…