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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…

No room for religious extremism in Singapore, say Muslim leaders

SHAFAQNA - Muslim leaders yesterday made clear their stand against religious extremism and called for calm amid the ongoing controversy over an imam's reportedly offensive remarks. Singapore's top Muslim leader, Mufti Fatris Bakaram, said…

Dr Craig Considine on tolerance and pluralism in Islam

SHAFAQNA - CRAIG CONSIDINE, PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, RICE UNIVERSITY

Muslims, Jews and Christians join together

SHAFAQNA - Members of different Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith groups have banded together to condemn the senseless violence committed against two Muslim men that happened in Queens last weekend. Last Saturday, an imam, or an Islamic…
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Standing United in the Face of Terror WHOISHUSSAIN campaign

SHAFAQNA - Terrorism, that pervasive and singularly frightening phenomenon, is a distinctly difficult entity to define. Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, has attempted to define terrorism as…
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Racist gang targets religious and ethnic minorities in Belgium

SHAFAQNA - According to media reports in Belgium, women hailing from ethnic and religious minority groups, most specifically Muslims, have been the subject of an intimidation campaign by far right groups in Brussels. Muslim women were confronted and…

Muslims and Christians in the Philippines find tolerance through food sharing

SHAFAQNA - There is a small “halo-halo” outlet in Sultan Kudarat’s seaside Lebak town helping sustain almost unnoticeably the solidarity among local Muslim and Christian folks for three decades now. The “R. Alarcon Snack Haus,”…
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US Senator speaks against Muslim ostracization

SHAFAQNA - U.S. Sen. Angus King said Friday that despite robust intelligence gathering, Islamic State terrorist attacks are “more or less inevitable.” Yet he cautioned strongly against discriminating against or marginalizing all Muslims,…
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Blaming God for the lunacy of Men

SHAFAQNA - There have been much hate and fear-tainted ignorance being thrown at Muslims, and of course by association Islam in the wake of Brussels’ attacks. Once more the mob came out calling for blood, demanding that something, someone…

Malaysia PM: "Muslims should keep an open heart"

SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today called on all Muslims in the country to keep an open heart in tackling differences of opinion. He said in Islam, Muslims are allowed to have difference of opinion, to voice out their…

Asymmetric weapons of war – The invention of sectarianism in the Middle East

SHAFAQNA - On March 10, 2016 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran warned against the danger of sectarianism – denouncing those powers which have engineered tensions within the Islamic World out of a desire…

US Library hosts event in New Jersey to dispel myths about Islam

SHAFAQNA - In an effort to promote tolerance through education, the South Brunswick Public Library (SBPL) in Monmouth junction, New Jersey hosted one in a series of conversations on major faiths around the world on Sunday. Suzy Ismail, author…

Unity is the best defence against fundamentalist tendencies

SHAFAQNA - In a wide-ranging policy speech last month, Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam identified four interconnected challenges to Singapore’s multireligious and multicultural harmony: Direct terrorist attacks, radicalisation of…

The hidden resistance – Communities unite against the intolerance of Daesh

SHAFAQNA - Unknown to mainstream media, or maybe untold by mainstream media, communities in Syria and Iraq have been active in their resistance against the threat, and cancerous evil which is Daesh – the ultimate acronym of terror, this abomination…

Ghana for interfaith harmony and collaboration

SHAFAQNA - Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice-Presidential Candidate of the NPP, has cautioned Ghanaian Muslims to be on guard against extremists and their influence, and appealed to the Muslim Community to shun all divisions and continue to…

Vulnerable minorities in Muslim lands must be protected

SHAFAQNA - I was one of the many Muslim scholars and other faiths leaders invited to a major summit of its kind in Morocco to debate the rights of religious minorities living in the Muslim world. The summit opened on 25 January and brought…

'A Letter for Second Thought' unveiled in Tehran

SHAFAQNA - ‘A Letter for Second Thought’ compiled by Rouh Al-Amin Saeedi was unveiled at Mehr News Agency on Jan. 24. The book is a collection of nine articles addressing various aspects of Iranian Leader’s letter to the Western…

Italy's Muslims invite Pope to visit Rome's main mosque

SHAFAQNA - Representatives of Italy's Muslim community have invited Pope Francis to visit the main mosque in Rome, just days after Francis paid his respects at the capital's main synagogue in a sign of interfaith friendship. The Vatican…

Multiculturalism and Muslim Belonging In the West

SHAFAQNA - The question of how Muslims fit into Western societies has been an uncomfortable one for many, especially in the years after 9/11. Considering the centuries-long well-documented history of Western suspicion towards Islam, constant…

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…

Sectarian hatred can never be justified - otherwise we become the evil we see in our enemies

SHAFAQNA EDITORIAL - Today I was sent a link to a video published by MEMRI featuring scenes from an Egyptian candid camera series. The show, includes clips of Egyptian celebrities being told they are appearing on an Israeli channel - not…

Grand Ayatollah Sobhani warns against world disunity and animosity

SHAFAQNA - Ever since Saudi Arabia raised the specter of sectarianism through the systematic targeting of Shiites and other religious minorities across the MENA, Shia clerics have made a point to counteract violence and hatred with compassion…

French mosques open their doors to non-Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of mosques and Islamic prayer rooms across France have opened their doors to encourage visits by non-Muslims in a country shaken by recent jihadist attacks. Dubbed "a brotherly cup of tea", local mosques are handing out…

Japan’s Muslim Friendly Airports

SHAFAQNA - Striving to get a larger share of Muslim visitors, international airports in Japan have opened new prayer rooms as well offering halal food for Muslims, amid a wider plan to make Japanese ports more Muslim friendly. “We will…

The only weapon used by Sheikh Nimr was his words

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SHAFAQNA - It was King Salman who back in May 2015 told the world that “The Saudi Arabian government guarantees freedom of expression and opposes discrimination.” Addressing Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Human Rights Commission (HRC),…

An Islamic Perspective on Religious Pluralism

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SHAFAQNA - Islam is often viewed as an inherently violent and intolerant world religion. This misconception is fueled in part by the miscreant deeds of some Muslims, particularly toward those of other faith beliefs. That conduct is then…

A holiday letter from Muslim leaders in Minnesota Two faiths, one hope — for peace

SHAFAQNA - To our Christian brothers and sisters: Out of our shared love for the Messiah, Jesus, Son of Mary, Peace Be Upon Him, we greet you with peace and joy during your celebration of his life. The Bible refers to him as the Messiah…

Amputee soldier's heartfelt Muslim Facebook post goes viral

SHAFAQNA - A British soldier who had his leg blown off by a bomb while serving in Iraq has taken the internet by storm after his Facebook post attacking Islamophobia went viral. Chris Herbert, who served in the British Army in Basra, Iraq,…