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  • City Bodegas Will Close On Thursday To Protest Trump’s Immigration Ban

    Organizers in the city’s Yemeni community have also planned a meeting on Thursday evening to “share the impact the Ban has had on them and their loved ones.”

     

     

    Yemeni store owners in New York City will shut down over 1,000 stores across the city on Thursday to protest Donald Trump's recent executive orders, barring travel and immigration from Yemen and six other countries with majority-Muslim populations, BuzzFeed points out.

    “This shutdown of grocery stores and bodegas will be a public show of the vital role these grocers and their families play in New York’s economic and social fabric,” organizers wrote on Facebook. "During the shutdown, grocery store owners will spend time with their families and loved ones to support each other; many of these families have been directly affected by the Ban.”

    Stores participating in the strike will be closed from 12-8 p.m. on Thursday and organizers have planned a meeting on Thursday evening at Brooklyn Borough Hall, where “merchants will share the impact the Ban has had on them and their loved ones,” and "stories read on behalf of families who are afraid to come forward.”

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  • Morocco 'bans the sale and production of the burka'

    Afghan women wait to cast their ballot at a polling station dressed in blue and white burkasTwo women wearing the niqab walk on the beach in CasablancaImage copyrightAFPImage captionMorocco has not made any official announcement on the policy

    Morocco has banned the sale, production and import of the burka, according to local reports.

    Letters announcing the ban were sent out on Monday, giving businesses 48 hours to get rid of their stock, the reports stated.

    There was no official announcement from the government, but unnamed officials told outlets the decision was made due to "security concerns".

    It is unclear if Morocco is now intending to ban the garment outright.

    A high-ranking interior ministry official confirmed the ban to the Le360 news site, adding that "bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes".

    The burka, which covers the entire face and body, is not widely worn in Morocco, with most women favouring the hijab, which does not shroud the face.

    Women in Salafist circles, and in more conservative regions in the north, are more likely to wear the niqab, which leaves the area around the eyes uncovered.

    The decision has split opinion in the North African kingdom, led by King Mohammed VI, who favours a moderate version of Islam.

    Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionThe burka is not popular in Morocco. Pictured: Women in Afghanistan wearing burkas

    Hammad Kabbaj, a preacher barred from standing in parliamentary elections in October over his alleged ties to "extremism", denounced the ban as "unacceptable", mocking the "Morocco of freedom and human rights" which "considers the wearing of the Western swimsuit on the beaches an untouchable right".

    Meanwhile, the Northern Moroccan National Observatory for Human Development said it considered the measure an "arbitrary decision that is an indirect violation of women's freedom of expression and wearing what reflects their identities or their religious, political or social beliefs".

    But Nouzha Skalli, a former family and social development minister, welcomed the ban as "an important step in the fight against religious extremism".

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  • FACEBOOK FINALLY SAYS IT WILL NOT HELP BUILD MUSLIM REGISTRY

     

    AT THE BEGINNING of December, The Intercept reported on eight major American technology firms unwilling to state on the record that they would not help the Trump administration create a national Muslim registry. Since then, 22 different advocacy groups petitioned those companies to respond —today, Facebook breaks its silence.

    The following statement was issued to The Intercept by a Facebook spokesperson:

    “No one has asked us to build a Muslim registry, and of course we would not do so.”

    The statement comes the day after another Facebook rep accidentally emailed BuzzFeed News, dismissing the question of the Muslim registry as a “straw man.” This now makes Facebook and Twitter the only two companies willing to say they will not help build an unconstitutional, draconian list of Muslims. If any of the rest would like to join, we encourage you to do so.

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  • Somalia ranked 4th among countries whose people are kind to strangers -Report

    Somalia has been ranked 4th among countries whose people are kind to strangers despite years of conflict, terrorist attacks and general unrest. The latest finding by CAF World Giving Index 2016 states that more people than ever are carrying out random acts of kindness towards strangers.

    The CAF World Giving Index measures the average percentage of people in each country who donate money, volunteer or help a stranger. This year, 140 countries were surveyed. Interesting enough, of the global top10, four countries are of the fragile states index; They are ranked as follows

    1. Iraq 81%
    2. Libya 79%
    3. Kuwait 78%
    4. Somalia 77%
    5. United Arab Emirates 75%
    6. Malawi 74%
    7. Botswana 73%
    8. Sierra Leone 73%
    9. United States of America 73%
    10. Saudi Arabia 73%

    While we might expect a collective crisis to bring out the worst in people – think opportunistic collaborators or war-time looters – it seems that most people rally round and support others. “It appears that increasingly fragile civil societies, coupled with greater need among the population, encourages more people to be responsive out of sheer necessity,” the CAF report argues, World Economic Forum reports

     

     

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  • Muslim fashion designer makes history with hijab collection at New York Fashion Week

     

    Anniesa Hasibuan's collection featured silk hijabs in ivory, peach and grey silk

    A Muslim fashion designer has made history as the first ever designer to feature hijabs in every outfit on a New York Fashion Week catwalk.

    Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan, 30, delighted crowds with her Spring Summer ’17 collection D’Jakarta. Models wore flowing trousers and skirts in silk, lace and chiffon in an array of pastel colours. One stand-out garment included an intricate gold lace dress, featuring metallic embroidery at the bust and a fringed lace train.

    Each model wore a hijab in gold, pale pink or dove grey silk. It is believed to be the first time a New York Fashion Week catwalk show has featured hijabs on every model. Ms Hasibuan also made history as the first Indonesian designer to be featured at the fashion week and says her designs were inspired by her home city of Jakarta, where she also has a boutique.

    The show consisted of 48 different looks, of which 10 were evening gowns and 38 were ready-to-wear pieces. 

    Following the show, Ms Hasibuan took to the runway, where she received a standing ovation from the audience.

     

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  • She attended a Donald Trump rally and later became a Muslim

     

    SHAFAQNA- “It was Trump’s hateful rhetoric that led me a year ago to pick up the Quran (I hadn’t read since studying comparative religions at university) and study it closely.”

    According to rahyafte, Time after time, we are made to realise how Allah is truly the best of planners. Donald Trump and his supporters over the last year have made their Islamophobic sentiments well known to the masses, but what they would have never imagined is an American, attending Trump’s rally, would end up embracing Islam.
    Lisa A. Shanklin wrote a heartfelt Facebook post on the day Donald Trump became president, the post has gone viral.
    Urge to read the Qur’ān:

    “It was Trump’s hateful rhetoric that led me a year ago to pick up the Quran (I hadn’t read since studying comparative religions at university) and study it closely.”

    Getting to know and listening to Muslims was the second key:

    “This led me to begin interacting with Muslims, and eventually to embracing Islam for myself. For that I am so thankful.”

    As a Muslim woman, she wasn’t going to shy away from donning the Hijab, in fact she will proudly profess her Muslim identity:

    “I have now decided that on Inauguration Day: January 20, 2017; I will begin wearing hijab in public at all times.”

    I will PROUDLY wear hijab and I will call people out on their bigotry of all kinds privately and publicly!”

    Such inspiring stories are to be found at every event which deemed to be bad. Yes, Islamophobic rhetoric continues to haunt us all, but always know there’s a shining light at some corner. May Allah continue to guide those who are sincerely looking for the truth.

    “They plan, and Allah plans. Surely, Allah is the best of planners.”

    (Quran 8:30)

    It was the Qur’ān that guided her and many others. Get a free copy of the English translated Qur’ān or read it online.

    Source -  http://en.shafaqna.com/news/39307

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  • First Muslim woman to wear hijab with military uniform settles in at Norwich

     

     Despite being the first woman allowed to wear a Muslim headscarf beneath her military uniform at the nation's oldest private military college, Sana Hamze says she doesn't feel like a pioneer. Her focus is on learning details of life as a "rook" at Vermont's Norwich University, in the school's Corps of Cadets and not running afoul of the many rules and customs new students are required to master.

    As do all aspiring members of the corps, she's learned to walk at the side of the pathways, make square corners when turning, line up before eating and sleep when she is told. Like her freshman classmates, she yearns for the time when her class is "recognized" and they become official members of the Corps of Cadets and the rook restrictions end.

    But the uniform for the 18-year-old student from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a little different. Unlike other female members of the corps, Hamze wears her Muslim hijab, or head covering, beneath.

    As part of her effort to fulfill her lifelong dream of continuing her family's legacy of military and public service while staying true to her devout religious beliefs, she asked for a uniform accommodation to wear the hijab when she was applying to colleges earlier this year. Norwich, one of the nation's six senior military colleges, agreed to make the accommodation.

    "I don't really see it as me changing the world or changing the U.S., even," she said during an interview on the Norwich parade ground. "I just kind of see it as the school allowing an American student to practice her faith while also training to be an officer in the Navy."

    Hamze's great-grandmother was in the Air Force and two of her grandparents met while serving in the Navy in Puerto Rico. Her father is a police officer in Florida.

    Hamze said that she has been subject to hostile stares and comments while wearing her hijab in public, but never at Norwich, where she is not the first Muslim to attend the school, or in Vermont. The hostility to her faith hasn't made her bitter or curbed her dream of serving her country.

    "It doesn't scare me because I know what I'm doing is not to harm anyone," she said. "I know what I'm doing is to actually protect the country. I'm joining the task force that protects this country."

    Hamze's college plans made headlines this spring when The Citadel — the Charleston, South Carolina, military college she had hoped to attend — refused to change its uniform policy to accommodate her hijab. Norwich was quick to agree to make the accommodation, which will also apply to Jewish men who wish to wear a yarmulke along with their uniforms.

    Norwich, located in the town of Northfield, about 10 miles south of the Vermont capital of Montpelier, is the nation's oldest private military college. Last spring, it hosted a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Reserve Officers Training Program.

    Of its total on-campus student body of about 2,250, about two-thirds of students are in the Corps of Cadets, its military program, while the rest are civilians who don't participate in military training.

    Ali Shahidy, a Muslim senior civilian student at Norwich from Afghanistan, said he had met Hamze and attended a religious service with her at a nearby mosque, but did not know her well. Nevertheless, he thinks she's a leader even if she doesn't see herself that way.

    "I am definitely sure there will be students in the future like her (and) it will encourage other Muslim students who have the ambition to serve their country in the military yet are concerned about their look and their hijab," he said.

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