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What ways can you get involved in Ramadan 2018 if you're not Muslim?

SHAFAQNA - There are plenty of ways to get involved in Ramadan – even if you're not a Muslim. Across the world millions of Muslims will be fasting from sunrise to sunset. Even if you haven’t been fasting, you are still welcome to…

Is cancer a taboo in Muslim communities?

SHAFAQNA - When Saroj Sethi was diagnosed with cancer she felt like her community shunned her. “Some of the ethnic minorities try to hold back their feelings from the family and the community, and it can lead to mental illness,”she said. “There…

Why This Photographer Set Out to Break Muslim Stereotypes

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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,…

Bullied For Its Faith, Muslim Family Fights Back Through Education

SHAFAQNA - It started with a sign pinned to Sana Afzal's backpack after the election in 2016. "I like Trump, you're fired." At the 16-year-old's new high school in Gilroy, Calif., just outside San Jose, kids whispered in her Spanish class:…

Rights body probes anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka

SHAFAQNA - CCTV footage shows mob looting shops as Buddhist monks look on, leading investigator says Kumuduni Withana and her team have been travelling from village to village in Sri Lanka's Central Province, interviewing the victims of recent…

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…

The Campaign to Exterminate Muslims

SHAFAQNA - The Israeli army’s wanton slaughter of unarmed Palestinians trapped behind the security barriers in Gaza evokes little outrage and condemnation within the United States because we have been indoctrinated into dehumanizing Muslims.…

4th Gen Muslims in Germany Don't Feel at Home, Prone to Radicalization says Professoer

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SHAFAQNA - The number of Salafist adherents in Germany has doubled in five years, German newspaper Tagesspiegel reported, citing anonymous security sources. Professor Susanne Schröter, Director of the Frankfurt Research Center for Global Islam…

Muslims: Settlement will prevent illegal NYPD surveillance

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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…

Austria proposes Hijab ban for primary school students

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SHAFAQNA - Austria's government announced Wednesday its intention to bring in a ban on the headscarf for girls in kindergartens and primary schools. Education Minister Heinz Fassmann said that the draft law would be ready by the summer.…

The hate Muslim women face ...

SHAFAQNA - Toronto-based Somali Canadian poet Naeema Hassan recently posted a video in response to Punish A Muslim Day on April 3rd, offering support to Muslim women who face the threat of Islamophobic violence daily. The reality is that…

Australia - Muslims decide to attend mass this Easter to promote tolerance

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SHAFAQNA - This Sunday, Catholic churches across Sydney, Australia will bear the usual signs of Easter: incense, fresh flowers, a lit Paschal candle — and a few rows of churchgoers wearing kufi and headscarves. Every year for the past 13…

‘Punish a Muslim Day’ Fliers Spur Warnings, Police Investigations

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SHAFAQNA - Authorities in the UK say that anonymous mailings of fliers advocating violence against Muslims on 3 April 2018 have triggered a counter-terrorism investigation. Fliers calling for violence against Muslims on 3 April 2018 (dubbed…

Ayat. Alavi Gorgani advises Muslims not to get involved in materialistic desires

SHAFAQNA-Senior Shia cleric Ayatollah Sayyed Muhammad Alavi Gorgani remarked, "Allah almighty sent mankind his prophets to guide them." Asserting that holy prophets were a divine blessing from Allah almighty for humanity, Ayatollah Alavi added,…

Amnesty: Myanmar army ‘continuing to force Rohingya Muslim out of the country

SHAFAQNA- The tactics of ethnic cleansing are still widespread, despite Myanmar signing a recent repatriation deal with Bangladesh, where close to 700,000 Rohingya refugees have sheltered since the start of a brutal military crackdown in August,…

St. Thomas Church opens doors to Muslims without prayer space

SHAFAQNA - For the first time, Muslims in St. Thomas (Canada) will have a place to worship thanks to a local church that's offered up a free weekly space. Officials at St. Hilda's St. Luke's Anglican Church, just south of London, have cleared…

Central African Republic: Priest says UN is failing to protect Muslim refugees

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SHAFAQNA - With violence escalating across the Central African Republic (CAR), a priest has condemned UN failure to protect the vulnerable - including Muslims being sheltered by the Church. Father Yovane Cox told Aid to the Church in Need that…

Tragedy lessened negative image of Muslims in Quebec: Poll

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SHAFAQNA - Favourable opinions of Muslims increased by 22 points following the Jan. 29, 2017 massacre at the Quebec City mosque that killed six, according to a poll by Léger for the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) shows. Only 28…

Evidence of protecting Christians’ rights, churches in Islam

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SHAFAQNA - Following allegations made by the U.S. Congress regarding violations committed against Coptic Christians in Egypt, Egypt Today provides evidence of Islam’s preservation of Christians’ rights. Recently, Egypt’s Minister of…

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…

Thousand of Uighur Muslims detained in Chinese 're-education' camps

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SHAFAQNA - More than 100,000 minority Uighur Muslims are reportedly being indefinitely detained in overcrowded “re-education” camps on China’s western border. The detention centres - reminiscent of Mao-era laogai forced labour…

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…

Quebec City Muslims alarmed by increasingly public displays of racism one year after mosque shooting

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SHAFAQNA - Rachid Raffa is tired and bitter. It's been 43 years since he chose to settle in Quebec City after leaving Algeria. But as his encounters with racism become more commonplace, he's come to feel less at home. "When I came to…

Int’l Quran Contest for Muslim Students Likely to Be Held in April

SHAFAQNA - Speaking to the Quran Radio, Hojat-ol-Islam Seyed Mostafa Hosseini, head of the Awqaf and Charity Affairs Organization’s Quranic Affairs Center, said that, like in 2017, the International Quran Competition of the Islamic Republic…

Frank Gaffney speaks on the vetting of Muslims to the US

SHAFAQNA - Frank Gaffney, president of the anti-Islam group Center for Security Policy, told The Conservative Review’s senior editor Daniel Horowitz that he believes the United States needs to use vetting systems for immigrants coming from…

China bans Muslim children from Quran classes

SHAFAQNA - Chinese government authorities have banned Muslim children from attending religious events during winter break, in a county in western Chinathat is mostly populated by Muslims. The notification for the ban has been posted online…

Myanmar Military Admits Part in Killings of Muslims Found in Mass Grave

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SHAFAQNA - Soldiers in Myanmar’s military and villagers were behind the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims whose bodies were found in a mass grave in Rakhine state’s Inn Din village, commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing said Wednesday in a statement…

Turkish religious head calls for Muslims to reunite

SHAFAQNA - The head of Turkey’s religious affairs on Thursday called on the Muslim world to reunite, saying it had become divided on the basis of race and denominations in recent years. "The Muslim world was united under one banner a…