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Leaders of Shia community of California visited synagogue of Irvine

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SHAFAQNA- Leaders of Shia community of Southern California visited Beth Jacob Jewish congregation of Irvine to express their solidarity.  Dr Seyyed Mostafa Qazwini, President of Shia Muslim Council of Southern California and other members…

Imam Hussain (P) Shrine's Message to the United Nations

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussain: Imam Hussain Shrine's delegation who was sent to the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York, America, said that the head of the delegation Dr. Talal Elkamali delivered a speech in which he mentioned the crucial…

The Revolutionary Roots of America’s Religious Nationalism

SHAFAQNA - A decade ago, it would have been difficult to conceive of Donald Trump as a key figure in America’s Christian image of itself. Yet the Religious Right’s support of his candidacy, followed by continued loyalty since he took office…

Oped: What Malcolm X Taught Me About Muslim America

SHAFAQNA - fell in love with Malcolm when I was fifteen. He was eloquent, handsome and, most importantly, revolutionary. Among a litany of emotionally stunted fictional white men, the Caulfields and Gatsbys of the standard high school English…

In the US, Muslims are making slow inroads toward a greener Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Neekta Hamidi usually gets a few strange looks when she sits down for an iftar, the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan fast, at her mosque in Boston. Her fellow worshippers are digging into disposable plates piled with rice…

Florida Man Arrested for Threatening to Blow Up Mosque

SHAFAQNA - Dustin Hughes, 26, is alleged to have called Jamaat Ul Muttaqeen Mosque in Pembroke Pines, Florida, four times in a week. Hughes made the first call on May 5, claiming he had planted a bomb in the mosque and planned on detonating…

US, Saudi & Israeli alliance threatens world peace, democracy & HR

SHAFAQNA - The decision by the US president last night to abrogate, unilaterally, the most celebrated achievement of his predecessor, the nuclear deal with Iran, has been criticised worldwide and caused a major split within the Western political…

Numbers show how unwelcoming America has become towards refugees

SHAFAQNA - The number of Muslim refugees admitted to the United States in the first half of fiscal 2018 has dropped from the previous year more than any other religious group, falling to nearly 1,800 compared with the roughly 22,900 admitted…

Slander and bias against Muslims in politics

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SHAFAQNA - The Michigan gubernatorial race took an ugly turn last week, when a Republican contender accused a Democratic candidate of being part of a “civilizational jihad” to take over America. The Republican, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck,…

Court in the US Restores Damages Claim by Muslims on No-Fly List

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SHAFAQNA - The Second Circuit revived a suit Wednesday involving three Muslims whose refusal to become FBI informants landed them on the no-fly list. Queens-based Muhammad Tanvir brought the underlying suit with others in 2013, accusing…

15 Percent Rise in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes in US

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SHAFAQNA - Hate crimes targeting US Muslims rose 15 percent in 2017, the second year of increases, according to a study released on Monday by advocacy group the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR attributed the increase in part…

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,…

Muslim Slaves: America’s First Muslims

SHAFAQNA - In the face of rising Islamophobia and claims that Islam is a recent import onto the Western world Shafaqna felt necessary to offer context to such narrative. Islam as it were, is no more foreign to the West than Judaism or Christianity.…

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…

Protest in San Francisco against aIrstrikes in Syria

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered in San Francisco Saturday to protest the recent U.S. military airstrikes against Syria. “Stop the bombing,” was one of the many chants that were heard during the protests. The group…

Muslim group sues to block Trump terrorism report

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SHAFAQNA - Two anti-Trump organizations filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that a government report earlier this year linking immigrants to most of the country’s terrorism cases since 2001 is so misleading that it violates federal law. The…

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…

NYPD boosts patrols as online bigots urge attacks on Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - The NYPD will boost patrols around mosques Tuesday after an online meme urged bigots to assault people on what it called “Punish a Muslim Day.” It suggested readers “bomb a mosque” and “throw acid in [the] face of…

Exposing American Exceptionalism

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SHAFAQNA- In a heightened era of US belligerence under an overtly chauvinistic President and administration are we now seeing the total exposure of the USA's hierarchical elites and their neo-colonial nature? Islamic Human Rights Commission…

Six links between America and the Muslim world

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SHAFAQNA - This January, U.S. President Donald Trump completed his first year in the White House, one of the toughest for American Muslims. As Islamophobia continues to rise in America, we think that it’s time to remind ourselves of the age-old…

Interfaith demonstrators form human chain around Muslims in prayer

SHAFAQNA - Faith groups protested on Friday against ongoing efforts by the Trump administration to institute a ban on travel by residents of a number of Muslim-majority countries. The demonstration in New York's Washington Square Park took…

Judge Sides With Iraqi Christians Against Trump Deportations, Gives Them Shot at Freedom

SHAFAQNA - A U.S. district judge in Detroit ruled on Tuesday against part of President Donald Trump's deportations initiative by stating that hundreds of Iraqi nationals, many of them Christians, that were detained earlier this year must either…

US: Muslims to become second-largest religious group

SHAFAQNA - Muslims are expected to become the second-largest religious group in the United States after Christians by 2040, according to a new report. There were 3.45 millions Muslims living in the US in 2017 representing about 1.1 percent…

Islamic center of Boston shelters homeless in winter

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SHAFAQNA - The Islamic center of Boston, Wayland, Massachusetts has opened its doors to welcome homeless people suffering cold weather in the streets. The initiative, reported by wcvb.com, comes as several organizations are stepping up to…

Islamophobia under Donald Trump

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SHAFAQNA - Muslims in America are more vulnerable to bigotry and Islamophobia as a result of Donald Trump’s behaviour and actions than they were after the 9/11 attacks, according to a leading Muslim activist. As the country approaches…

In the age of Trump, a Muslim’s Christmas Message

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SHAFAQNA - Not long ago, President Trump retweeted anti-Islam propaganda videos from a far right British hate group - Britain First - to millions of his followers. The videos were meant to promote fear of Muslims around the world. One particular…

Muslim response to poverty in America

SHAFAQNA - When the Western world is only a few days before Christmas, most people are thinking about the presents they are getting and the presents they are giving, the menu for the big day is being reviewed and tweaked, the house is being…

America: Muslims help with church's homeless over Christmas

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SHAFAQNA - When a group of Oak Lawn Christians mentioned they needed a hand, a group of Bridgeview Muslims offered theirs. With Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday this year, Steve Hoerger, pastor of Salem United Church of Christ, had a dilemma. Like…