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Austrian far-right government is closing 7 mosques

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SHAFAQNA - Vox | by  Tara Isabella Burton: The far-right government claims it’s due to “national security” concerns. On Friday, the Austrian government announced that it plans to close down seven mosques and potentially expel about…

US politician questions freedom of religion for Muslims

SHAFAQNA - A prospective candidate in South Dakota's U.S. House race is questioning the application of religious freedom to Muslims. The freedom of religion has been constitutionally guaranteed to Americans for 227…

No freedom of religion for Bahrain Shia community

SHAFAQNA - Security authorities in Bahrain prevented the country's Shiite majority from holding their largest Friday prayers for the 61th consecutive week, by continuing to impose a siege on the town of Diraz that is resided by over 20 thousand…

Compassion Int'l Among Thousands Forced Out of India: We Must Speak Up for Religious Liberty

SHAFAQNA - "I believe that the most essential element of our defense of freedom is our insistence on speaking out for the cause of religious liberty. I would like to see this country rededicate itself wholeheartedly to this cause … We are…

Restrictions on Egyptian Muslims’ sermons not a good sign

SHAFAQNA - The Egyptian government is shortening the leash on Muslim congregations, and it’s not a good sign for religious freedom. Last week, Egyptian authorities announced that Muslim clerics will now be required to deliver identical sermons…

Georgia Baptist Official: "Religious Freedom Does Not Apply to Muslims"

SHAFAQNA - For American Christians, religious freedom is the hot topic of the day, but in they eyes of one Georgia Southern Baptist official, that liberty doesn’t apply to Muslims. Gerald Harris, who earlier this week sounded off about…

Islam stands for religious freedom - Conference in Morocco discusses religious minorities and tolerance

SHAFAQNA - After the Prophet Muhammad established the first Muslim state, he wrote the Charter of Medina to make sure his subjects lived in harmony, whether they were Muslims, Jews or people of other faiths. Nearly 1,400 years later, hundreds…

We categorically refuse any violation of Religious Independence - say Bahrain Clerics

SHAFAQNA - Clerics in Bahrain issued an official statement categorically refusing any violation of the freedom and independence of religious affairs, as well as the dominance of state authorities over religious affairs in any form whatsoever. In…

Freedom of Religion Requires Freedom From Fear - OpEd

SHAFAQNA - As anti-Muslim demonstrations loom, Americans have a responsibility to stand up for religious minorities. Imagine if Americans woke up one morning to news of a coordinated nationwide effort by a network of armed “patriots,”…