Finnish Muslims broadly back Helsinki mosque – but question funding sources

SHAFAQNA - The city of Helsinki has not yet agreed on a site for the new building – an issue that has already aroused controversy among city residents. Muslim leaders hope that can be resolved by year's end. Plans for a major new mosque…

Interfaith Seminar - 30 priests from Denmark visited the Al Khoei Foundation in London

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SHAFAQNA - 30 priests from Denmark visited the Al Khoei Foundation in London to discuss issues related to interfaith relations and improve on religious exchanges and tolerance within the global community. The Khoei Foundation has exerted…

Archaeologists Discover 3,500-Year Old Mycenaean Warrior, His Treasures

SHAFAQNA - While digging for artifacts at the Palace of Nestor in southern Greece, an archaeological team headed up by researchers from the University of Cincinnati stumbled upon what they now believe is the grave of a wealthy Mycenaean warrior.If…

Islamic Human Rights Commission - A letter to the OHCHR regarding Sheikh Nimr

SHAFAQNA - Monday 26 October 2015 Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad Special Procedures Branch Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights c/o OHCHR-UNOG 8-14 Avenue de la Paix 1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland Sent by email to: urgent-action@ohchr.org Dear…

UK has an Islamophobia problem warn Muslim leaders

SHAFAQNA - The Muslim Council of Britain expresses concern at figures showing anti-Muslim attacks in London increased by 70% in year up to July. The Muslim Council of Britain has warned of increasing levels of Islamophobia in the UK after…

Azerbaijan and the case for peaceful religious coexistence

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SHAFAQNA - In April, the Kantor Center in Tel Aviv released a report highlighting that 2014 was one of the worst years for anti-Semitism in the last decade. This coincided with Israel’s war in Gaza against Hamas. Many of the anti-Semitic…

Two-day display on Islam turns mosque in England into museum

SHAFAQNA - More than 700 people visited recently the Jamia Masjid and Islamic Centre in Stoke Poges Lane, Slough, England to watch an exhibition about Islam and Muslims. More than 700 people visited recently the Jamia Masjid and Islamic…

Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign in London - Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA - To commemorate the day of Ashura and honor the sacrifice of our Imam Husayn ibn Ali. Hundreds of people volunteered over the weekend to donate some of their blood to those who need it most. The even was organized in collaboration…

Ashura in London

SHAFAQNA - Seyyed Hasan Mousavi will lead this Saturday this year Ashura mourning procession in Marble Arch - central London. An estimated 6,000 Muslims are expected to participate in the religious events. A date which carries momentous…

Muharram procession in the UK - VIDEO -

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SHAFAQNA - A month of mourning and reflection, Muharram is one of Islam’s most sacred and holy months, so much so that God instructed His faithfuls to observe it with utmost piety. Almighty Allah states in the Holy Quraan, "Four of them (…

Muslims in York try to move beyond cultural stereotypes

SHAFAQNA - Before starting at Central York High School, Rabyia Ahmed was told the school was among the more diverse in York County. "My sister and I were still the only Muslim American girls there," said the Springettsbury Township resident. The…

Marine Le Pen goes on trial charged with anti-Muslim hate speech

SHAFAQNA - Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National, is to appear in court in Lyon on hate speech charges after she compared Muslims praying in the streets to the Nazi occupation. Four anti-racism and human rights…

Britain to announce new counter-extremism measures

SHAFAQNA - British Prime Minister David Cameron is to announce new counter-extremism measures aimed at countering Takfiri ideology and stopping young Britons from joining the Daesh terrorists in Syria. "We know that extremism is really a…

British Woman Arrested over Abuse of Muslim Group on London Bus

SHAFAQNA - A British woman was detained by police and framed charges of a racially aggravated public order offence after she racially abused a Muslim group on a London bus. The dilemma started when a footage showing a woman's anti-Muslim…

EXCLUSIVE - Muslims in London observe the mourning of Muharram - 3rd day

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SHAFAQNA - A large numbers of worshipers came together in pray on the third day of Muharram to mourn the sacrifice of Ahlul Bayt and testify to their absolute bravery before the face of tyranny. Men and women from all nationalities joined…

Exclusive - #FreePalestine protest in London

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SHAFAQNA - Pro-Palestine activists staged a counter-protest outside London’s Palestinian mission against pro-Israel groups, also rallying at the mission against of a spate of stabbings in Israel and the Occupied Territories, which they brand…

Moscow Islamic Center to Host Mourning Ceremonies in Muharram

SHAFAQNA - According to the Iranian Cultural Center in Russia, the mourning rituals will start from Wednesday, October 14, with the participation of the devotees of Imam Hussein (AS). Beginning after Maghrib and Isha prayers every night,…

How Britain's Young Muslims Deal with the Media's Portrayal of Islam

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SHAFAQNA - Last week, a report revealed that if you're Muslim, you're half as likely to hold a managerial job than the average Brit, and far more likely to be unemployed. Papers scrambled to decipher why this was the case, offering up a range…

Nadiya’s hijab is problematic, but not for the reasons you think - OpEd

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SHAFAQNA - Last Wednesday, Nadiya Jamir Hussain, 30-year-old Muslim woman from Northern England, won BBC’s The Great British Bake Off. Adored for her quirky facial expressions and “acrobatic eyebrows,” Hussain has since become a praised…

Islamic Center of Ahlul Bayt opens in Brno, Czech

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Center of Ahlul Bayt (AS) was opened with the presence of Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s representative in Brno, the Czech Republic. Allameh Seyyed Morteza Kashmiri, the representative of the Shia source of emulation…

British Muslims pray in Parliament Square to raise climate awareness

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of Muslims flocked to Parliament Square on Friday to raise awareness on climate change and call on all people of faiths to join together in protection of the environment. Organizers urged Muslims to act responsibly within…

French Muslims 4 times less likely to get job interviews than Catholics: Study report

SHAFAQNA - Muslims in France are likely to get job interviews four times less than a Catholic counterpart. This was revealed in a study report published yesterday. This research study was conducted by Montaigne Institute Think Tank which…

Iran boycotts Frankfurt book fair over Rushdie speech

SHAFAQNA - Iran boycotted the forthcoming Frankfurt book fair because organizers have invited Salman Rushdie, one of the most hated figures in the Islamic world, to deliver his speech at the opening press conference. In response to this…

British baking contest crowns Muslim woman!

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SHAFAQNA - Britain just welcomed its new star baker - Nadiya Jamir Hussain. The lucky and uber talented baking sensation has already been hailed an “inspiration” to British Muslims, according to Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, president of the Muslim…

Hungary’s Muslims and Jews see no problem taking in refugees

SHAFAQNA - How will they fit in? What influence will religion have? Refugees entering Hungary by the thousands might want to move on, to Germany or Sweden, but the EU’s quota distribution system will restrict their choice. Hungary will…

Islamic Centre of England to hold Muharram Majalis in English

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SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Centre of England is proud to present this years 10 Night Muharram Majalis for 1437. The nightly speaker will be His Eminence Shaykh Dr. Shomali, the UK Representative of Imam Khamenei and Director of the Islamic Centre…

Britain's PM pleads with Al Saud over Al Nimr's boy's execution - Don't kill him

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SHAFAQNA - British Prime Minister David Cameron urged its ally Saudi Arabia on Sunday not to go ahead with the execution of a Shi'ite Muslim sentenced to death over his participation in a peaceful anti-government protests. "Don't do it,"…

Fear of Muslims tearing British society apart - says Archbishop

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SHAFAQNA - Tensions have ‘seeped into our society in a way that is new to me in my lifetime’, warns Archbishop of Canterbury. Fear of Muslims has stirred up division between neighbours in Britain in a way not seen in living memory,…