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Europe's Muslim population to hit 8 pct by 2030: Global Muslim Diaspora Report

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SHAFAQNA- The Muslim population of Europe will rise to 8 percent and of the United States to 2.1 percent by 2030, according to Global Muslim Diaspora Report released on Saturday. The report was released at a workshop in Istanbul called “Muslim…

Sweden Allows Mosque Call to Prayer

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SHAFAQNA - Swedish police Tuesday granted a mosque permission to hold a weekly call to prayer, triggering divisions among politicians and the public, five months ahead of elections in a country which has taken in waves of asylum seekers in…

German police records 1,075 Islamophobic crimes in 2017

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SHAFAQNA - German police recorded 1,075 Islamophobic crimes in 2017, according to new government figures announced on Tuesday. Far-right extremists or groups carried out some 994 attacks against Muslims and mosques, which made up 92.5 percent…

Fears of Muslim domination unwarranted

SHAFAQNA - ‘Every Continental (European) under the age of 40 — make that 60, if not 75 — is all but guaranteed to end his days living in an Islamified Europe," polemicist Mark Steyn wrote in 2006. "Native populations on the continent…

Netherlands: Far-right groups attack 3 mosques

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SHAFAQNA - Far-right groups have attacked three mosques in the Netherlands, a Muslim charity fund official said Thursday. The extreme right-wing Rechts in Verzet group early Thursday put up banners with Islamophobic content in the entrance…

Danger of Salafi and far-right extremism in the Europe

SHAFAQNA- During the International conference of "Islam in Europe: Prospects and Challenges" that was held on Wednesday in Qom, Hawzah News Agency interviewed professor Robert Gleave, Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam at University…

Greek neo-Nazi group threatens Muslim association

SHAFAQNA - A neo-Nazi organisation has threatened the Muslim Association of Greece and pro-migrant organisations, amid an uptick in anti-immigrant violence in the Greek capital. On Thursday, the organisation said it had received a menacing…

Croatia leader visits site of wartime massacre of Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic made an unexpected visit Thursday to the site of a massacre of Muslim civilians by Bosnian Croats during the country’s 1990s war, an atrocity that led to several war crimes convictions. Grabar-Kitarovic,…

Bosnian Mosque Defies Time with Minaret Resembling Clock Tower

SHAFAQNA - In Dabrica village, near the province of Stolac in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a Janissary soldier (soup maker), Sefer Agha, who arrived in the village at the beginning of the 1600s, built a mosque that shines with its clock tower-looking…

Greece makes shariah law optional for Muslims in family disputes

SHAFAQNA - The Greek Parliament yesterday made the practice of Islamic shariah law in family disputes optional for the country's Muslim minority, changing a century-old legacy. Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras immediately called…

Christian Librarian Dons Hijab to Support Muslims

SHAFAQNA - ancy Allen, a librarian, published author, and a member of a church choir from Conway, US state of Arkansas, has been wearing hijab for almost two years to support Muslim women and counter hateful rhetoric targeting the religious…

Austrian Muslims Say Religious Intolerance Is Growing

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SHAFAQNA - Across the street from Vienna's iconic Ferris wheel, the Schura Mosque is packed each Friday with Muslims who come to pray. It's one of some 300 mosques and prayer rooms serving 700,000 Muslims who live in Austria and who've enjoyed…

Catalonia election: Muslim woman on a political mission

SHAFAQNA - "It's sad to turn on the television and never see a black face or an Arab personality," says Najat Driouech, who is likely to become Catalonia's first female Muslim MP. She says she is used to being a pioneer, as the first girl…

France orders halal supermarket shut for not selling pork and alcohol

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SHAFAQNA - France has ordered a halal supermarket in Paris to close because it does not sell pork or wine. The Good Price mini-market in Colombes did not comply with the conditions of its lease, which stated the shop must act as a "general…

Attacks on Mosques rising in Netherlands

SHAFAQNA - There has been an increase in the number of attacks targeting mosques in the Netherlands, according to a report released by a Turkish university on Monday. Issued by Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, the 2016 Netherlands Human…

Swedish MP forced to resign over Islamophobic scandal

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SHAFAQNA - A nationalist politician in Sweden was forced to resign on Monday after declaring that Muslims are the opposite of humans. "On one end of the scale you are 100 percent human, a person, everything that’s part of that concept.…

Swedish King Visits Mosque Gutted in Arson Attack

SHAFAQNA - The King of Sweden visited a mosque in Orebro gutted in an arson attack on September 26. Carl XVI Gustaf was in Orebro for a previously scheduled visit to the university, and paid a visit to the mosque afterwards on his own request. Orebro…

Far-right ‘Identitarian’ movement aiming to launch UK branch, but who are they?

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SHAFAQNA - A far-right movement which has united young nationalists from Canada, the US and across the European Union, resulting in shocking, often hostile anti-migration campaigns, is plotting to set up shop in the UK. Génération Identitaire…

JCPOA helps boost Iran’s relations with world says Dutch MP

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SHAFAQNA - Pointing to international consensus on preserving JCPOA, Dutch MP Raymond Knops voiced his country's parliament's strong support for implementing the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands,…

Muslim cleric in Greece call for a Mosque

SHAFAQNA - Decrying how Muslims in Athens have no choice but to pray in unsanitary conditions in basements, a top Muslim cleric from Greece said there is a great need for a mosque in the Greek capital. “Greece is the only country in the…

Ayatollah Sistani's representative calls for Shia to support each other

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SHAFAQNA - "The faithful must help each other and support those who are in need." said Hujjat al-Islam Kashmiri. The representative of Grand Ayatollah Sistani in Europe Hujjat al-Islam Sayyed Mortadha Kashmiri who is also the head of Imam Ali…

Europe's cancer drugs mostly ineffective: Study

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SHAFAQNA- European regulators approved 39 new cancer drugs between 2009 and 2013 despite having no evidence that they worked better than existing medicines, or at all, researchers said Thursday. The number represented more than half…

Hamburg Islamic Center to celebrate birthday anniversary of Imam Hadi (AS)

SHAFAQNA - A ceremony will be held at the Islamic Center of Hamburg in Germany to celebrate the birthday anniversary of Imam Hadi (AS). According to izhamburg.de, it will be held at the center on Thursday with the participation of devotees…

Islamophobic attack targets mosque in Netherlands

SHAFAQNA - An under-construction mosque in southeastern Netherlands was targeted by a group of far-right extremists, head of the mosque said on Saturday. The far-right ‘Identitair Verzet’ movement hanged anti-Islam banners at the roof…

"Fresh waves of terror attacks in Europe" by Hanif Ghafari, political analyst

SHAFAQNA- The recent terror attacks in Spain and Finland have reignited security concerns in Europe. In the wake of the Paris terrorist assaults in 2015, the scope of such attacks in Europe was thought to be restricted to one or two countries. The…

Sweden to Host European Quran Contest

SHAFAQNA - The Swedish capital of Stockholm will play host to a Quran competition for European countries. The Imam Ali (AS) Islamic Center of Stockholm plans to hold the Quranic event on September 8, Aqil Zahiri, an official with the center…

Over 100,000 migrants crossed Mediterranean to Europe since Jan: UN

SHAFAQNA - More than 100,000 migrants and refugees have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe since the beginning of the year, and 2,247 have died trying, the UN said Tuesday. Between January 1 and July 3, more than…

Birmingham Hosts Largest Eid al-Fitr Celebration in Europe

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SHAFAQNA - Record numbers of Muslim worshippers from around the world came together at Small Heath Park for Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan. Organizers estimate that as many as 106,000 people were at this year’s event. Families,…