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Bullied For Its Faith, Muslim Family Fights Back Through Education

SHAFAQNA - It started with a sign pinned to Sana Afzal's backpack after the election in 2016. "I like Trump, you're fired." At the 16-year-old's new high school in Gilroy, Calif., just outside San Jose, kids whispered in her Spanish class:…

Netherlands: Far-right groups attack 3 mosques

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SHAFAQNA - Far-right groups have attacked three mosques in the Netherlands, a Muslim charity fund official said Thursday. The extreme right-wing Rechts in Verzet group early Thursday put up banners with Islamophobic content in the entrance…

Does Representation Lead To Empowerment?

SHAFAQNA - Prior to her stepping down over anti-Israeli tweets, news that L’Oreal had featured their first hijab-wearing woman, Amena Khan, in a shampoo advert caused a stir on social media this week. The “history-making” decision was…

Muslim group sues to block Trump terrorism report

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SHAFAQNA - Two anti-Trump organizations filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that a government report earlier this year linking immigrants to most of the country’s terrorism cases since 2001 is so misleading that it violates federal law. The…

Imam gets shot in the UK - Sectarian based violence on the rise

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SHAFAQNA - An Imam who was shot in the arm moments after leading evening prayers says three thugs gunned him down in the street before fleeing in a BMW. The 47-year-old, who asked not be be named, was one of two men shot on Portland Road…

Austria proposes Hijab ban for primary school students

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SHAFAQNA - Austria's government announced Wednesday its intention to bring in a ban on the headscarf for girls in kindergartens and primary schools. Education Minister Heinz Fassmann said that the draft law would be ready by the summer.…

The hate Muslim women face ...

SHAFAQNA - Toronto-based Somali Canadian poet Naeema Hassan recently posted a video in response to Punish A Muslim Day on April 3rd, offering support to Muslim women who face the threat of Islamophobic violence daily. The reality is that…

Vicious attack against Muslim woman in the US

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SHAFAQNA - A young Muslim woman was attacked by a man in a US hospital, local news reported on Friday, in an attack her lawyer claimed was Islamophobic. The 19-year-old had just walked into the emergency room at the Beaumont Hospital in…

Muslim comedian answers vile taunt - Punish a Muslim Day

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Earlier in March, a horrifying letter spread through the United Kingdom in the form of a flier advocating “Punish a Muslim Day”. The anonymous letter, which was sent to multiple people throughout the country, suggested that April 3 be…

Muslim Houses Attacked After Interfaith Elopement

SHAFAQNA- By SALAI THANT ZIN 22 March 2018 PATHEIN, Irrawaddy Region — Some 30 people attacked Muslim houses with stones in Irrawaddy Region’s Lemyethna Township on Tuesday following an interfaith elopement. A Buddhist woman ran away…

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…

Islamophobia growing in Australia;anti-Islam sentiment on rise

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims are just the latest group to be demonised in Australian society in a practice that dates back to the earliest days of European settlement, according to the head of Australia's peak Muslim body. Australian Federation of…

Chief of Islamic PUIC urges Islamic countries to fight Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA - The chairman of the ongoing 13th session of the OIC Parliamentary Union on Tuesday called on Muslim nations to endeavor to defeat Islamophobia propaganda. The Islamic countries with the help of each other could overcome terrorism…

Anti-Islam Group Sing ‘Islamophobic’ Christmas Carols in Perth, Australia

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SHAFAQNA - Shoppers at an up-market Perth mall were left “shocked and appalled” after a group of right-wing protesters from the Australian Liberty Alliance took over a Santa display to sing “Islamophobic” Christmas carols. Three…

Donald Trump Wins Muslim-Hate Award

SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump was voted Islamophobe of the Year at this years Islamophobia Awards 2017 event this weekend in London. Hundreds of people attended the unique tongue in cheek awards ceremony hosted by the Islamic Human Rights Commission,…

Swedish MP forced to resign over Islamophobic scandal

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SHAFAQNA - A nationalist politician in Sweden was forced to resign on Monday after declaring that Muslims are the opposite of humans. "On one end of the scale you are 100 percent human, a person, everything that’s part of that concept.…

Muslim woman in India denied job for wearing hijab

SHAFAQNA - An Indian social worker says she was denied a job at an orphanage based in the Indian capital of New Delhi because her recruiter felt that her hijab made her look "like a Muslim lady". "Everything was going smooth, we exchanged…

How has Islamophobia changed over the past 20 years?

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SHAFAQNA - Anti-Muslim hatred has become more pervasive and entrenched in the UK, compared with 20 years ago, according to a report by the think tank that catapulted the term "Islamophobia" in 1997. Runnymede Trust's latest survey, released…

BBC Urdu has been caught red handed mistranslating and lying about Iranian FM’s claims on Iraqi paramilitary groups fighting ISIS

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    The BBC has long been known as a mouthpiece and propaganda for the British government’s neocolonial agenda in the world. It does not just represent the British government’s views, but it actively spreads misinformation…

UK Rights Group Calls for Fight Against Islamophobia as Anti-Muslim Crimes Surge

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SHAFAQNA - A British rights group has commented on a media report, citing police data, saying that the number of hate crimes against Muslim places of worship in the UK has doubled between 2016 and 2017. UK anti-racism advocacy group Hope…

Muslims and Islamophobia: Taking back the narrative

SHAFAQNA- By: Mohamed Ghumrawi, Ph.D. student in International Relations Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Yet here in the United States, it seems that Islam has become a topic filled with generalizations and misunderstandings.…

Muslim peace group raise £38,000 for Manchester Emergency Fund

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SHAFAQNA- A group which works to tackle Islamophobia has donated tens of thousands of pounds for the families affected by the Manchester Arena attack. Grassroots group Muslim Engagement and Development has handed over £38,000 to the Manchester…

Saudi Arabia execution toll reaches 100 in 2017

    SHAFAQNA - The Saudi Arabian authorities executed a man on Monday, bringing the total number of people put to death so far in 2017 to 100, with 60 people executed in the past three months alone, Amnesty International reported. "Since…

Islamophobic attack targets mosque in Netherlands

SHAFAQNA - An under-construction mosque in southeastern Netherlands was targeted by a group of far-right extremists, head of the mosque said on Saturday. The far-right ‘Identitair Verzet’ movement hanged anti-Islam banners at the roof…

Confronting Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA - Swami Tyagananda, a Hindu monk, offers a nugget of wisdom. For him, it is 'difficult to hate a religion when you personally know that warm, intelligent, and considerate people practice it.' Last week, Leloy Claudio invited me…

Science Shows That Discriminating Against Religious Groups Feeds Radicalisation

SHAFAQNA - Marginalising and discriminating against immigrants displaced from their traditional countries and cultures is a significant contributor to feelings of radicalisation, according to a new study. Two surveys involving approximately…

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…

Terrorism And Islamophobia Are Two Sides Of The Same Coin Of Hate

SHAFAQNA - By driving communities apart, anti-Muslim hate is undermining the ‘war on terror’ Last week, the world’s largest Muslim organisation - the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) - the second biggest intergovernmental…