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There are Muslims in Tibet, too

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SHAFAQNA - Mention Tibet, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Dalai Lama and Buddhism. However, Muslims have been as much a part of the fabric of Tibetan culture as their Buddhist counterparts. It is hard to…

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…

China reportedly holding thousands of Muslims in internment camps

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SHAFAQNA - Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist…

A peek into the lives of Puerto Rican Muslims

SHAFAQNA - For Juan, Ramadan is a balancing act. On the one hand is his religious faith and practice. On the other is his land, his culture, his home: Puerto Rico. Although he weaves these two elements of his identity together in many ways,…

Europe's Muslim population to hit 8 pct by 2030: Global Muslim Diaspora Report

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SHAFAQNA- The Muslim population of Europe will rise to 8 percent and of the United States to 2.1 percent by 2030, according to Global Muslim Diaspora Report released on Saturday. The report was released at a workshop in Istanbul called “Muslim…

Ramadan and the new generation of Muslim consumers

SHAFAQNA - In recent years, Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, has gained increased importance for marketers as the Muslim population around the world rapidly expands — and particularly for a new generation of Muslim youth. Muslims represent…

Muslims and prison: When crime collides with faith and morality

SHAFAQNA - How do Muslims ‘get on’ after prison? There is a grittiness to moral life seen in youth and crime. No one interviewed by Ryan Williams justified their crimes, but they did locate poor decisions within wider efforts to lead…

Over 60 percent of refugees worldwide are Muslims: SESRIC Report

SHAFAQNA - The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), based in the Turkish capital Ankara, has revealed that 61.5 percent of the world’s displaced people, whose number is estimated at…

Fears of Muslim domination unwarranted

SHAFAQNA - ‘Every Continental (European) under the age of 40 — make that 60, if not 75 — is all but guaranteed to end his days living in an Islamified Europe," polemicist Mark Steyn wrote in 2006. "Native populations on the continent…

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims reportedly in detention in Xinjiang, China

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SHAFAQNA - US Diplomat Laura Stone said last week that the crackdown and curtailment of rights of the Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in China is worsening, amidst reports that several thousand people are being held in so-called re-education…

Anger in France as factions call for Quran to be redacted

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SHAFAQNA - A French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Quran to be removed on the grounds of rising anti-Semitism sparked anger Monday from Muslims who said their religion was being unfairly "put on trial". The open letter published…

What ways can you get involved in Ramadan 2018 if you're not Muslim?

SHAFAQNA - There are plenty of ways to get involved in Ramadan – even if you're not a Muslim. Across the world millions of Muslims will be fasting from sunrise to sunset. Even if you haven’t been fasting, you are still welcome to…

Is cancer a taboo in Muslim communities?

SHAFAQNA - When Saroj Sethi was diagnosed with cancer she felt like her community shunned her. “Some of the ethnic minorities try to hold back their feelings from the family and the community, and it can lead to mental illness,”she said. “There…

Why This Photographer Set Out to Break Muslim Stereotypes

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SHAFAQNA - Lynsey Addario talks about her experience working within these communities across the U.S. during a years-long reporting project. When Lynsey Addario moved to India in 2000 and began covering Muslim communities throughout Asia,…

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:…

Rights body probes anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

SHAFAQNA - CCTV footage shows mob looting shops as Buddhist monks look on, leading investigator says Kumuduni Withana and her team have been travelling from village to village in Sri Lanka's Central Province, interviewing the victims of recent…

US Muslims launch political campaigns against Trump

SHAFAQNA - Muslims who reside in the United States have launched different political campaigns against President Donald Trump's "oppressive" policies on the community, ahead of the gubernatorial elections scheduled in November this year. Various…

The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The Israeli army’s wanton slaughter of unarmed Palestinians trapped behind the security barriers in Gaza evokes little outrage and condemnation within the United States because we have been indoctrinated into dehumanizing Muslims.…

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…

Muslims: Settlement will prevent illegal NYPD surveillance

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SHAFAQNA - The New York Police Department has agreed not to conduct surveillance based on religion or ethnicity and to listen to Muslims as it develops new training materials as part of a deal to settle claims it illegally spied on Muslims for…

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…

Australia - Muslims decide to attend mass this Easter to promote tolerance

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SHAFAQNA - This Sunday, Catholic churches across Sydney, Australia will bear the usual signs of Easter: incense, fresh flowers, a lit Paschal candle — and a few rows of churchgoers wearing kufi and headscarves. Every year for the past 13…

‘Punish a Muslim Day’ Fliers Spur Warnings, Police Investigations

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SHAFAQNA - Authorities in the UK say that anonymous mailings of fliers advocating violence against Muslims on 3 April 2018 have triggered a counter-terrorism investigation. Fliers calling for violence against Muslims on 3 April 2018 (dubbed…

Ayat. Alavi Gorgani advises Muslims not to get involved in materialistic desires

SHAFAQNA-Senior Shia cleric Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Alavi Gorgani remarked, "Allah almighty sent mankind his prophets to guide them." Asserting that holy prophets were a divine blessing from Allah almighty for humanity, Ayatollah Alavi added,…

Amnesty: Myanmar army ‘continuing to force Rohingya Muslim out of the country

SHAFAQNA- The tactics of ethnic cleansing are still widespread, despite Myanmar signing a recent repatriation deal with Bangladesh, where close to 700,000 Rohingya refugees have sheltered since the start of a brutal military crackdown in August,…

St. Thomas Church opens doors to Muslims without prayer space

SHAFAQNA - For the first time, Muslims in St. Thomas (Canada) will have a place to worship thanks to a local church that's offered up a free weekly space. Officials at St. Hilda's St. Luke's Anglican Church, just south of London, have cleared…

Central African Republic: Priest says UN is failing to protect Muslim refugees

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SHAFAQNA - With violence escalating across the Central African Republic (CAR), a priest has condemned UN failure to protect the vulnerable - including Muslims being sheltered by the Church. Father Yovane Cox told Aid to the Church in Need that…