Posts

Why This Photographer Set Out to Break Muslim Stereotypes

,
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

,
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

,
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

,
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

,
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

,
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

,
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

,
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

,
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

,
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…

What Makes Muslim Ban 3.0 So Dangerous

SHAFAQNA - The Supreme Court's decision to let the indefinite ban go forward will certainly embolden Trump and his hardline supporters. Two years ago this December, Donald Trump issued his now infamous statement: “Donald J. Trump is…

Thousands protest Jerusalem decision in Washington

,
SHAFAQNA - Thousands gathered near by the White House on Saturday to protest President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel. The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organizations, Council…

Michigan Muslim Student Association Hosts Islam Awareness Week

,
SHAFAQNA - In the wake of escalating tension and prejudice throughout the US, Michigan State University’s Muslim Student Association hosted an Islam Awareness Week to promote understanding of the religion to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Anti-Muslim…

Ayt. Hashemi Shahroudi: World should not follow US in leaving JCPOA

SHAFAQNA - Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, the Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council, said that Iran is abiding by the JCPOA and the world should not follow US in leaving the agreement. “The countries of the world should not be afraid of US,”…

Donald Trump Has Never Stopped Lying About Muslims

,
SHAFAQNA - It’s been just over two years since then-candidate Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” It’s not quite 11 months since his administration first announced the institution…

Islam in America: Norfolk Mosque Brings Community Together

SHAFAQNA -  Hosting regular holiday dinners and informal chats over coffee, a Norfolk mosque has succeeded in creating friendship between the Muslim community and their neighbors, in their mission to educate the wider community about Islam. “It’s…

CAIR Condemns Trump's Incitement to Violence Against U.S. Muslims on Twitter

,
SHAFAQNA - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned what it called President Trump's "incitement to violence against American Muslims" after he retweeted…

America is Running Out of Muslim Clerics. That’s Dangerous

,
SHAFAQNA - Abu Marwan’s job has gotten a lot harder since Donald Trump took office. The president of the Masjid Al-Rahma outside San Diego, Marwan has relied on volunteers to serve as imam of the rapidly growing mosque ever since it opened…

Hate crimes against American Muslims shows no signs of stopping

SHAFAQNA - Hate crimes against American Muslims have increased since 2011 and may not be stopping anytime soon. In fact, a recent study by Pew Research Center done on new hate crimes statistics from the FBI shows that this is the highest it…

Why the idea of Thanksgiving resonates with Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Thanksgiving — with all its festivities and scrumptious dishes — has always been my favorite holiday. As an immigrant to America, I adore this holiday not only for its origin of fostering peace but as well for focusing on divine…

Arbaeen outside the White House

SHAFAQNA - Some 1,000 followers of Imam Hussain (a.s), grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (saww), gathered outside the White House Nov. 12 for Arbaeen, the day of remembrance marking the end of the 40-day mourning period for the martyrdom of the…