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French Muslim student in media storm over headscarf

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim student at one of France's top universities has found herself at the centre of a media storm after she appeared in a documentary wearing a headscarf. Maryam Pougetoux had appeared in the film to talk about student protests…

World Hijab Day Wonderful Event to Demystify the Hijab

SHAFAQNA- “In the Fall of 2015, the International Student and Scholar Services office partnered with the Women’s Center to create the International Women’s Group. The goal of this group was to connect and support women from the Middle…

Iranian women's futsal team on Hijab won the AFC championship

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SHAFAQNA-iranian women's futsal (arena football) team won the AFC championship for a second time, with a 5-2 win against japan. Defending champions Iran claimed a historic second successive win at the Asian Football Confederation Women's Futsal…

First US hijab-wearing Barbie to honour fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad

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SHAFAQNA- American group Mattel unveiled its first ever hijab-wearing Barbie doll Monday in honor of US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who in 2016 became the first American Olympian to wear a headscarf while competing.   The…

Berlin court upholds headscarf ban for public servants in teacher's case

SHAFAQNA- Berlin court has ruled that a law prohibiting a Muslim teacher from wearing a headscarf in a public school doesn't violate her constitutional right to religious freedom. The dpa news agency reported Wednesday that the Berlin…

Austrian Muslims condemn school hijab ban proposal

SHAFAQNA- Nadine Osman Austria’s Muslim communities and civil right groups have slammed a proposal to impose a hijab ban after it was announced by the Austrian Chancellor. Sebastian Kurz announced legal preparations were underway…

Canada Muslim Community's Hijab Event Cancelled ‘Over Security Concerns’

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SHAFAQNA- Terry Christopoulos, sales director at the Chateau Royal, said he received a call on Saturday asking if the reception hall could accommodate an event at the last minute. He checked and saw that there was space available, he said. Christopoulos…

Muslim Woman Runs for Provincial Elections in Quebec

SHAFAQNA- A hijabi woman has announced plans to run in Quebec fall provincial elections, making her the first Muslim woman donning the religious headwear to run in the eastern Canadian district. “For the past 10 years in Quebec, Muslim…

The Orientalist Gaze Speaks Loud: William Shaler on Algerian Women

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SHAFAQNA - William Shaler (1773 – March 29, 1833) was an American government official who served as a diplomat and confidential agent in several foreign locations, including Algiers, Mexico and Cuba. He was one a key foreign agent in Algeria,…

Referee Forces Muslim Teen To Leave Basketball Game Because Of Her Headscarf

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SHAFAQNA- Nasihah Thompson, a 16-year-old African-American basketball player from Mastery Charter School, Philadelphia, was prevented from playing in a basketball game by the referee due to her headscarf. “My hijab is part of me, and I…

The Sound of Athan(the call to prayer) led me toward Islam.

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SHAFAQNA- You can ask me what I had for dinner yesterday, and I will stop and think. But ask me at any time, on any day, when I reverted to Islam… and the answer comes quickly to the surface of my mind.   Before I tell you “when,”…

California Muslim Students Host Hijab Day

SHAFAQNA- Muslim students at Chapman University, California, hosted the second “Hijab & Kufi Day” March 1, seeking to engage the community and raise awareness about the Islamic head wear. Coming in its second year, the first event…

See how this Latina found empowerment in wearing hijab

SHAFAQNA- If I had to say what the hardest part about reverting to Islam was, it would be conquering what was going on in my own mind. I didn’t have any outside obstacles really. My family and friends accepted my reversion well; even my…

Canadian Judge Who Ordered Woman to Remove Hijab Loses Bid to Quash Investigation

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SHAFAQNA- That means more than three years after Judge Eliana Marengo told Rania El-Alloul to remove her hijab, an investigation by a special committee of the Quebec Council of the Magistrature can begin at last. Marengo tried to block…

“YOU DO NOT SOUND AMERICAN”: A LIVE INTERVIEW ON WGN-TV, with a persian Muslim girl

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SHAFAQNA-I was on WGN for a live interview last week, and was asked to speak about my work and my book, but when I gave answers the hosts didn’t like, their questions (and comments) started to get hostile, literally telling me I “don’t…

Wearing Hijab with Confidence

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SHAFAQNA- Raising young Muslim girls in today’s world means raising them with an extra dose of confidence. After all when you look around, they are surrounded by images of women and fashion that contradict Islamic values of hijab and modesty.…

'Hijabi Monologues' at University of Texas

SHAFAQNA- She said she has crushes and gets stressed about class, but is often reduced to the scarf she wears, not the woman she is — an issue the upcoming play “Hijabi Monologues” addresses. “Hijabi Monologues” will be performed…

Can a Non-Muslim Woman Wear a Hijab?

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SHAFAQNA- By Liza FeatherstoneTwitter Dear Liza, 
 I’m a US woman of Scandinavian heritage who finds hijab beautiful. I love how they cover the entire head and neck and drape down the front. When I was younger, I…

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…

Nike releases its first sports hijab for Muslim athletes

SHAFAQNA - Nike Pro Hijab has gone on sale all over the world and is being promoted with the tag line 'sport is for everyone'. The sports manufacturing giant announced earlier this year it was working on bringing out a headscarf for female…

Undercover as a Muslim for a Week

SHAFAQNA- Don’t judge a book by its cover. This was the fact Katie Freeman reached after spending a week as undercover Muslim in Manchester. “You could say I followed the herd,” Katie, 43, says today, as she shares tea and cake in…

Netherlands allows police officers to wear headscarves in certain positions

SHAFAQNA- A new ruling in the Netherlands will allow policewomen serving in certain positions to wear headscarves. The Human Rights Council ruling came Monday over a complaint by Sarah Izat, 26, a police officer who wore a headscarf, after…

Teachers and Muslim Students’ Hijabs in US

SHAFAQNA- The student took to Twitter after the incident Wednesday saying that her hijab was "ripped off her head” by a teacher she appreciated and valued, according to WJLA. An account that appears to belong to the student said she…

Ayatollah Hakim on hijab

Question : What should those girls do whose parents forbid them to wear the hijab? Answer : It is obligatory on the woman to wear hijab regardless of the position of the parents. It is prohibited to obey them in this case.

Islamic 'Hijab' For Men

SHAFAQNA- Compiled and Translated by Saleem Bhimji Along with the topic of Hijab for women, there is also another discussion which is hardly ever mentioned and that is of the Hijab for men. Although the term Hijab is used for the clothing…

Philippine Lawmakers Approve Annual National Hijab Day

SHAFAQNA- The House Committee on Muslim Affairs has approved the proposal put forward by House Representative Sitti Djalia A Turabin-Hataman. She urged the final approval of the bill, saying ‘Hijabis’ across the world continued to…

Doll Wears Hijab, Recites Quran Verses

SHAFAQNA- French businesswoman and mother Samira Amarir struggled to find toys which could help impart her Islamic faith to her young daughter, so she invented her own. Now the "Jenna” doll, which she designed from scratch to recite four…