Canadian MPs vote to strip Myanmar leader of honorary citizenship

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SHAFAQNA-The Canadian parliament has voted unanimously to strip the honorary citizenship of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar leader, in response to the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims. In 2007, the House of Commons granted Aung San Suu Kyi the…

Canada's First Professional Muslim Theatre Company opens in Montreal

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SHAFAQNA- The Silk Road Theater Company, a Canadian Muslim non-profit organization, open "Canada's first professional theatre company in Montreal to bring diverse stores from within Muslim communities to the stage. The Silk Road Theatre Company…

Ashura 2018 in different Countries around the world +Video

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SHAFAQNA: Millions of Shia Muslims on Friday marked the climax of the annual ritual of Ashura with expressions of suffering where they mourn the slaying of Imam Hussain (A.S), grandson of the Prophet Muhammed. It is observed in Iraq and…

CANADA: Activists to call for an end to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Arms deals are not merely a financial transaction. They are a powerful expression of political support and partnership between two governments. When Stephen Harper signed the $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia in 2014 – the…

How different countries celebrate Eid al-Adha?

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Adha, also known as "Feast of Sacrifice" or "Big Eid", is an Islamic religious festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow God's command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event. This…

How the First All-Girl Muslim Robotics Team is Founded by a Stereotype-Smashing Teen

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SHAFAQNA - How a 15-year-old  girl from Chino Hills, CA, can break down barriers and smash stereotypes? Zaina Siyed answered that question by creating the FemSTEM Robotics Scholarship Program, a free STEM program for Muslim girls aged 10 to…

Canadian Muslim families are encouraged to become foster caregivers in GTA

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SHAFAQNA- The Star | By: Olivia Bowden : When an employee from the Children’s Aid Society visited Shahzad Mustafa's mosque, in order to talk about the significance of Muslim families fostering children of the identical religion, he remembered…

The big diplomatic war between Canada and Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - What began with a statement of concern over human rights has ballooned into the biggest diplomatic feud in years between Canada and Saudi Arabia. The clash between the two countries arose following Saudi Arabia’s move to detain…

For Ramadan, More Muslims Shape Diets Around Physical And Mental Health

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SHAFAQNA - NPR| by Maryam Jillani : Azka Mahmood wakes up at 4 in the morning for Suhoor, the meal Muslims eat before starting their fast. From the fridge, she grabs the barley porridge that she prepared the night before, and wolfs it down…

Canada Muslim Community's Hijab Event Cancelled ‘Over Security Concerns’

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SHAFAQNA- Terry Christopoulos, sales director at the Chateau Royal, said he received a call on Saturday asking if the reception hall could accommodate an event at the last minute. He checked and saw that there was space available, he said. Christopoulos…

Pages of Qur’an ripped, stuffed on car windshields at mosques

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SHAFAQNA- By Barry Ellsworth TRENTON, Canada, (AA): Various faith leaders and politicians gathered in the Toronto area Monday to condemn the actions of a woman who allegedly ripped pages from a Qur’an and put them on worshippers vehicle…

CANADIAN DEFENDERS 4 HUMAN RIGHTS call to end weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

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PRESS RELEASE - Coming March 26, 2018 Saudi Arabia will have been at war with impoverished Yemen for a punitive 3 years. Three years of an implacable and murderous military campaign that witnessed the death of over 15,000 people - of…

Muslim in Canada face high rates of discrimination

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SHAFAQNA- According to a recent study, Islamophobia, defined as prejudice and hostility toward Muslims, exists in Canada. In the University of Waterloo research, one in five Muslim Canadians said that they experienced discrimination due…

Canadian Judge Who Ordered Woman to Remove Hijab Loses Bid to Quash Investigation

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SHAFAQNA- That means more than three years after Judge Eliana Marengo told Rania El-Alloul to remove her hijab, an investigation by a special committee of the Quebec Council of the Magistrature can begin at last. Marengo tried to block…

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…

Muslims, Christians in Calgary mark anniversary of Quebec mosque shooting

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SHAFAQNA - Nearly one year since a mass shooting left six dead and dozens more injured in a Quebec City mosque, members of Calgary’s Muslim and Christian communities joined together for a multi-faith prayer service Sunday evening in a show…

Tragedy lessened negative image of Muslims in Quebec: Poll

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SHAFAQNA - Favourable opinions of Muslims increased by 22 points following the Jan. 29, 2017 massacre at the Quebec City mosque that killed six, according to a poll by Léger for the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) shows. Only 28…

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…

New Muslim fellowship connects civic-minded students with city councillors

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SHAFAQNA - A pioneering diversity initiative at City Hall will pair 13 interns with city councillors and the mayor’s office to work as aides, starting today. The Muslim Youth Fellowship was organized by two leaders of the Urban Alliance…

Canadian Muslims to PM: Designate Day Against Islamophobia

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SHAFAQNA- A Canadian Muslim civil rights group sent an open letter on Friday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging the government to designate January 29 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia. “The ongoing impact…

Canadians Raise Money for Paralyzed Mosque Hero

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SHAFAQNA- Canadians have started a new fundraising campaign for a Canadian Muslim who took seven bullets when he tried to distract the gunman inside Quebec mosque last January, after which he was paralyzed. “What a hero. He’s a hero…

Muslim-targeted hate crimes reduced in Canada

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SHAFAQNA- Hate crimes in Canada directed at Muslims dropped in 2016 after four years of steady increases, according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday. Police recorded 139 such crimes last year, down by 20, marking a decrease from…

Quebec City Muslims share their stories at human library event

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SHAFAQNA - Dozens of volunteers from Quebec City's Muslim community agreed to take part in a human library event on Saturday. People showing up at the Monique-Corriveau library in Sainte-Foy could sign out a "living book" and hear first-hand the…

Relax — 13 kids at Toronto City Hall is not a Muslim takeover: Paradkar

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SHAFAQNA - Some see the city’s decision to support a Muslim Youth Fellowship internship program as evidence of special treatment for Muslims. Toronto’s righteous prophets of doom were thrown into a tizzy after a recent motion by city…

Muslim students reconsider Quebec universities after face-covering ban

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SHAFAQNA - Two weeks ago, the passing of a controversial law in Quebec banning face coverings for those giving or receiving public services was met with public backlash. While Quebec’s Liberal government was forced to tone down its interpretation…

Saskatoon’s Muslim Community to Hold Awareness Day

SHAFAQNA- The Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (IAS) said Saskatoon is generally a tolerant and understanding community, but it’s important to continue offering opportunities to learn more. "People do have a great understanding, and…

Trial for Quebec City Mosque Shooting Suspect to Begin in March

SHAFAQNA- Superior Court Justice Raymond W. Pronovost announced the date on Friday, cp24.com reported. Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, is facing six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder using a restricted firearm. The…

Canada’s Response to Rohingya Muslim Crisis

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SHAFAQNA- Canada's ambassador to Myanmar is one of very few Canadians, or foreigners from anywhere, who have seen that troubled strip of land since the violence and displacement started, prompting many, including the UN and Canada, to describe…