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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…

Pakistan, Land of the Intolerant

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SHAFAQNA - This country has a poor record of protecting its religious minorities, but we outdo ourselves when it comes to Ahmadis. Members of the sect insist on calling themselves Muslims, and we mainstream Muslims insist on treating them like…

Who are the Sufis and why does ISIS see them as threatening?

SHAFAQNA - On Feb. 16, 2017, a bomb ripped through a crowd assembled at the tomb of a Sufi saint, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in southeastern Pakistan. Soon thereafter, the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. In recent…

Muslim Council of Britain criticised over anti-terror campaign

SHAFAQNA - Critics have questioned a prominent Muslim organisation's commitment to fighting extremism, and accused it of failing to expel a charity which has called for Ahmadi Muslims to be killed. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which…

Mecca rings of sectarianism as hatred is sung from the pulpits

SHAFAQNA - It is often that Islam those days has been labelled violent and reactionary – a faith to the image of those who have claimed its name to serve those passions which made them enemy of humanity. Islam, it needs to be said has…

To offset media bias against Muslims, make friends

SHAFAQNA - People whose only knowledge of Muslims comes from the media are very likely to have negative emotions and stereotypical beliefs about them, new research shows. In the Journal of Communication, Srividya Ramasubramanian, associate…

VATICAN STATEMENT accuses Polish politicians of creating fear of Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - As Poland prepares to welcome Pope Francis for World Youth Day a statement from the Vatican has denounced an “artificially created fear of Muslims” in the country which it says is being fed by some political parties. The problem,…

Avigdor Lieberman slams Christianity in atrocious sectarian comment

SHAFAQNA - Notorious for his bigotry and racist comments against Israel's 2.2% Christian population and being the head of Israel's far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, Israel's belligerent defense minister Avigdor Lieberman attacked his country's…

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…

Rising prejudice against Muslims lead to social ostracization in the US

SHAFAQNA - A hijab-clad Muslim woman in the US was reportedly removed from a Southwest Airlines plane after she asked for switching seats with a flight attendant saying she "did not feel comfortable" with the passenger. Hakima Abdulle, a…

Thug tells UK driver ‘all Muslims should be burned'

SHAFAQNA - A man was caught on camera verbally abusing a Muslim taxi driver in Derby, UK. The victim filmed the shocking abuse on his mobile phone after the passenger launched an unprovoked outburst, telling the driver “all Muslims should…

Ofsted chief's veil comments upset Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Muslim leaders in the West and a teachers' union have hit back at "threats" by education regulator Ofsted to downgrade schools which allow pupils to wear full veils to classes. Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw wrote to schools…

Professor Suspended For Saying Christians And Muslims Worship The ‘Same God’

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SHAFAQNA - A major evangelical Christian university has suspended a tenured professor after she argued that Christians and Muslims “worship the same God” and donned a hijab to express solidarity with Muslims. On December 10, Dr. Larycia…

The radicalisation myth: Islam doesn’t propagate hatred, it teaches equality

SHAFAQNA - The disturbing footage of people running helter-skelter in the streets of Paris trying to evade the bullets of the savage gunmen, the photograph of a dead child on a beach — a refugee, who succumbed to the difficulties of a treacherous…

How Britain's Young Muslims Deal with the Media's Portrayal of Islam

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SHAFAQNA - Last week, a report revealed that if you're Muslim, you're half as likely to hold a managerial job than the average Brit, and far more likely to be unemployed. Papers scrambled to decipher why this was the case, offering up a range…

Plight of Indian Muslims

SHAFAQNA - These days India is hosting Baloch separatist leader Hyrbyair Marri. India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup confirming Marri’s presence in India, has said, “India has always been home to the ‘persecuted’…

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,”…