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Intensive Course on Shia Studies Planned in Vienna Austria

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SHAFAQNA - IQNA : Iran’s University of Religions and Denominations is organizing a Shia Studies course in Vienna, Austria. With its experience of organizing six intensive international courses on Shia Studies in the holy city of Qom and…

Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities

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SHAFAQNA - Mehr News Agency | by Syed Zafar Mehdi : Indian analyst Prof. Dibyesh Anand says that Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities, especially Muslims, so that majority of Hindus would think if…

25% of Muslim women wearing headscarf shoved on NYC subway: survey

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SHAFAQNA-One in four Muslim women wearing a headscarf in New York City has been pushed on a subway platform, a new survey has found. The survey, released Tuesday by New York's Commission on Human Rights, reveals widespread discrimination…

Rise of violence against shia muslims in South Africa: some withdraw from the Cape Accord

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SHAFAQNA - In South Africa, Shia Muslims face violence by their religious identity. Earlier this month, the Cape Accord – a document meant to encourage peace and unity and eradicate extremism – was signed in Cape Town by several Islamic…

Denmark swings right on immigration and Muslims feel besieged

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SHAFAQNA - The Guardian  :  After a burqa ban, hardline rhetoric has entered the mainstream. In one coastal town, attitudes seem increasingly polarised  “It’s a lovely place,” says Jens Kramer, as he gazes across the harbour from…

Eid shopping across Pakistan in full swing

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA: Eid shopping in full swing across Pakistan and almost all markets in different cities of the county are crowded with people buying new clothes and other accessories on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr. Eid-al-Fitr is the Islamic…

Israel closes Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : The Israeli occupation forces closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron to Muslim worshippers without prior notice. Israel’s 0404 website claimed that an explosive device was found…

For Ramadan, More Muslims Shape Diets Around Physical And Mental Health

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SHAFAQNA - NPR| by Maryam Jillani : Azka Mahmood wakes up at 4 in the morning for Suhoor, the meal Muslims eat before starting their fast. From the fridge, she grabs the barley porridge that she prepared the night before, and wolfs it down…

Muslim-American food truck owners fast during Ramadan, no matter how much chicken they smell all day

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SHAFAQNA - Business Insider| by Shirin Jaafari : Fasting can be tough for pretty much anyone. But what about the men and women who are fasting during daylight hours and spend all day preparing and serving food to the public? This question…

Where Islam flourishes despite being half-underground

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SHAFAQNA - Economis : The strange social reality of Islam in Greece. ON A baking-hot Friday afternoon in the dusty Athenian district of Neos Kosmos, a cheerful assortment of (mostly male) worshippers greet one another in Arabic, Greek and…

Ramadan’s spirit of generosity throughout Lebanon

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 SHAFAQNA - Annahar | by  Ghadir Hamadi and Tala Hammour : People all over Lebanon are currently wishing each other “Ramadan Kareem,” which means “have a generous Ramadan.” More than just a well-wished sentiment, the month is…

Trump White House under fire for lack of Muslim-American representation at Ramadan celebration

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SHAFAQNA - VOX | by Tara Isabella burton: The White House hosted its first Iftar dinner after declining to hold it last year. Wednesday night, to commemorate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Trump White House hosted its first Iftar dinner…

Pray for Palestine this Ramadan, Union of Muslim Scholars says

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : Muslims the world over should use the coming auspicious days to firmly stand to address issues being faced by Islamic nations, especially the Palestinian people and Al-Aqsa Mosque, the International Union of…

There are Muslims in Tibet, too

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SHAFAQNA - Mention Tibet, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Dalai Lama and Buddhism. However, Muslims have been as much a part of the fabric of Tibetan culture as their Buddhist counterparts. It is hard to…

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…

China reportedly holding thousands of Muslims in internment camps

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SHAFAQNA - Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist…

A peek into the lives of Puerto Rican Muslims

SHAFAQNA - For Juan, Ramadan is a balancing act. On the one hand is his religious faith and practice. On the other is his land, his culture, his home: Puerto Rico. Although he weaves these two elements of his identity together in many ways,…

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…

Ramadan and the new generation of Muslim consumers

SHAFAQNA - In recent years, Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, has gained increased importance for marketers as the Muslim population around the world rapidly expands — and particularly for a new generation of Muslim youth. Muslims represent…

Muslims and prison: When crime collides with faith and morality

SHAFAQNA - How do Muslims ‘get on’ after prison? There is a grittiness to moral life seen in youth and crime. No one interviewed by Ryan Williams justified their crimes, but they did locate poor decisions within wider efforts to lead…

Over 60 percent of refugees worldwide are Muslims: SESRIC Report

SHAFAQNA - The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), based in the Turkish capital Ankara, has revealed that 61.5 percent of the world’s displaced people, whose number is estimated at…

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…

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims reportedly in detention in Xinjiang, China

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SHAFAQNA - US Diplomat Laura Stone said last week that the crackdown and curtailment of rights of the Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in China is worsening, amidst reports that several thousand people are being held in so-called re-education…

Anger in France as factions call for Quran to be redacted

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SHAFAQNA - A French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Quran to be removed on the grounds of rising anti-Semitism sparked anger Monday from Muslims who said their religion was being unfairly "put on trial". The open letter published…

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:…