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Islamophobic attack in Belgium was condemned by Muslims and Jews groups

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SHAFAQNA - Two assailants attacked on a young Muslim girl in Belgium On last Monday night, taking off her headscarf and inflicting injuries upon her with a sharp object. Muslim and Jewish groups condemned this Islamophobic attack. According…

More than 120,000 Saudi Women applied for driving license

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SHAFAQNA - More than 120,000 Saudi females had applied for driving license after Lifting ban on women driving as Saudi Arabia was considered as the last country on Earth to have a ban on women driving cars. The historic event is part of reforms…

Debunking three common myths about divorce and abuse in Muslim communities

SHAFAQNA - A recent ABC News investigation highlighted the difficulties some Muslim women in Australia have experienced in trying to obtain a religious divorce from imams. This in turn can many times trap Muslim women in abusive relationships…

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…

Muslim Women Fighting Racism

SHAFAQNA - To mark the end of this years Islamophobia Awareness Month, Student Stand Up To Racism and the Queen Mary's  AhlulBayt Society held a panel discussion led by Muslim women on a much neglected topic - gendered Islamophobia. Muslim…

Muslim woman's hijab pulled off by a man in London

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim woman’s hijab was pulled off allegedly by a man in a vicious assault in London, amid a spike in hate crime incidents following a series of terror attacks in the UK. Aniso Abdulqadir was waiting for a tube at Baker Street…

What are the minimum requirements of Hijab (Islamic modest dress) for a Muslim woman?

SHAFAQNA - Woman should conceal her body and hair from a man who is non-Mahram, and as an obligatory precaution, she should conceal herself even from a Na-baligh boy who is able to discern between good and evil, and could probably be sexually…

European Court upholds Belgium's full veil ban

SHAFAQNA -The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld Belgium’s ban on the Islamic full-face veil on Tuesday (July 11), rejecting a legal challenge by two Muslim women wearing the niqab. The court in Strasbourg, France found that the…

Muslim Women Wearing Hijabs Most at Risk of Islamophobic Attacks in Australia

SHAFAQNA - Women wearing hijabs are most vulnerable to public Islamophobic attacks in Australia, while only one in four bystanders speaks out on behalf of victims. These are the findings of a first-of-its kind report compiled by a number…

Is The Hijab Being Turned Into Everything It Stands Against?

SHAFAQNA - As a hijab wearing Muslim woman, it pleases me to see hijabis getting recognition. Companies have noticed Muslim women’s presence and have started catering to their modest fashion needs. For example, Nike recently came out with…

‘Defending society’ or ‘attack on freedom’: ECJ allows employers to ban headscarves

SHAFAQNA - A decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) paving the way for a workplace ban on headscarves has been met with outrage online. The ruling has left many confused, with some wondering if poppies and turbans will also be out…

World Hijab Day; UO students wear headscarves, glimpse Muslim culture

SHAFAQNA - After encouragement from her political science professor, Ariana Gallegos found herself sifting through a mound of free hijabs on a table outside the EMU, ready to wear one for her first time. Wednesday was the fifth annual World…

Muslim women feel threatened in America

SHAFAQNA - “I will walk out of the studio today and take off my headscarf because it’s no longer safe to walk on the streets with a headscarf now”- Alaa Basatneh, Justice writer Fusion.net America today has reached new levels of intolerance…

Muslims In Canada: Québec To Ban Burqas? Hijab Could Be A Security Issue, Officials Sa

SHAFAQNA - A burqa that would ban women from wearing the face- and body-covering veils — also known as hijabs and worn by Muslim women — during public ceremonies. The Assembly didn’t intend to target a specific clothing article or…

Islamophobia in France: After burkini ban, two Muslim mothers prevented from entering nursery school

SHAFAQNA - Two Muslim mothers wearing headscarves were accosted and prevented from entering a nursery school on the French island of Corsica by two other parents, officials said. The incident happened yesterday as parents were dropping off…

Burkini ban illustrates how unequal cultural power shapes lives of Muslims in Europe

SHAFAQNA - The banning of the ‘burkini’ by a number of French municipalities has generated heated discussion about the nature of secularism in France. George Kassimeris and Leonie Jackson write that the burkini ban, alongside attempts to…

Discrimination against Muslim women in the UK

SHAFAQNA - Muslim women face highest level of unemployment, according to MPs

The ice cream rant in California - rising hatred against Muslims

SHAFAQNA - His screams about Muslims left him without ice cream. A Southern California bigot who yelled at an ice cream store Monday that three young women wearing Islamic religious garb don’t belong in "my country” was kicked out of…

For Muslim women in Canada, a sense of vulnerability

SHAFAQNA - The recent Environics Institute survey of Muslims in Canada reveals a community that belies facile stereotypes – no more so than when you analyze the results along gender lines. For example, the survey (for which I served as an…

Women, Islam and the headscarf – the non-issue everyone is talking about

SHAFAQNA - In late April I took part in a debate with Patricia Chagnon, a French official, and member of the Front National on the issue of radicalization and the Muslim veil - aka hijab. A profoundly secular country, France operates under…

Veiled Muslim Women to attend 27th Asian Weightlifting Champs in Tashkent

SHAFAQNA - Several Muslim women who are wearing hijab are attending the 27th Asian Weightlifting Championship, it was reported on Tuesday. Before the beginning of the competitions, the International Weightlifting Federation agreed the Muslim…
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French PM wants to save Muslims from Islam

SHAFAQNA - France's prime minister says he'd favour a ban on Muslim headscarves in universities, prompting criticism from within his own government. In an interview with the daily Liberation, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France should…
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The grand hijab debate and being Muslim in the Western hemisphere

SHAFAQNA - Here we go again … Muslim women and their hijabs (headscarf) have become the source of yet another hot debate on freedom, male predominance, alleged submissiveness, and let’s just say it: Muslim women’s inability to choose…

Inside the booming Muslim fashion industry

SHAFAQNA - Anas Silwood moved to Jordan from Britain to study Arabic back in 2000. The 20-something was supposed to stay for only a few months, but he soon decided Amman was the place he wanted to be. He learned Arabic, converted to Islam and…

Muslim women fight back over PM Cameron "submissiveness" comment

SHAFAQNA - Earlier this week Britain's PM David Cameron made a political faux pas when he expressed his disdain of Muslim women, arguing that their alleged "submissiveness" had allowed for radicalisation to go rampant in the UK. Angered…