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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…

A lesson in compassion and partnership

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SHAFAQNA - Young Jews and Muslims joined together to collect more than £500 for refugees sleeping rough in Calais last Sunday. The youngsters asked shoppers at Camden Sainsbury’s to add an extra item onto their shopping list for refugees,…

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…

Something old, something new: The courtship rituals of today’s young Muslims

SHAFAQNA - As young people attempt to align their religious and cultural values with Western culture, many are increasingly moving their search online. Growing up, Olivia Smith-Elnaggar was definitely a romantic. “We watch movies and we…

The Power of Love in Society and in Refining the Soul

SHAFAQNA- The power of love is a great and effective force in relation to society; the best societies are those which are administered by the power of love: both the love of the leader and the ruler for the people, and the love and devotion…

Neoliberalism is creating loneliness. That’s what’s wrenching society apart

SHAFAQNA - What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness? Yet plagues of anxiety, stress, depression, social phobia, eating disorders, self-harm and loneliness now strike people down all over the world.…

Islam, Muslim values and the UK

SHAFAQNA - Trevor Philips’ comments on the 3rd of February, that Muslims “see the world differently” have prompted a wider, renewed discussion about the relationship between Muslims and British values. The Muslim Council of Britain has…

French minister condemns social exclusion of young Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The social exclusion of young Muslims in France partly explains their radicalization, and the government must give people from poor suburbs more hope of success to reduce the risk of more violent attacks, a cabinet minister said…

To fight ISIS, France should integrate its Muslim population - OpEd

SHAFAQNA - In the coming days, I will mourn with the nation of France as they bury their loved ones after brutal attacks in different locations in Paris left more than a hundred people dead. This incident — less than a year after the brutal…

Single Moms, Super Moms, Working Moms

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SHAFAQNA - Mariam Ahmed is a regulatory lawyer. Raised in the U.S, Mariam moved from a law firm in the U.S. to work at a futures exchange in Dubai, where she is currently the Head of Compliance & Risk.  Mariam and her husband, Haroon,…