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Muslim Beauty queen defies stereotypes,to wear hijab at finale

LONDON: A 29-year-old student set to become the first to walk down the Miss England catwalk in a hijab. Sara Iftekhar, who studies law at the University of Huddersfield, is in the running to become Miss England - hoping to win the crown at Kelham Hall, Nottinghamshire, next week. Iftekhar has said she can't even comprehend how 'amazing' it is to have come this far in the competition. Back in July, she shared a selfie with a trophy on her Instagram account, writing: "Wowwwwwww!!!! I can't even comprehend how amazing…

Toronto police claim hijab-cutting attack on girl never happened

MONTREAL: An 11-year-old Toronto girl's claim that she was assaulted by a man who tried to cut off her hijab never happened, Toronto police claimed Monday. The police statement gave no indication as to what motivated Kwawlah Noman's claim on Friday, which drew national attention, including from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "After a detailed investigation, police have determined that the events described in the original news release did not happen," a police statement said. Read More: Canada schoolgirl attacked over…

Canada schoolgirl attacked over hijab

OTTAWA: A Toronto schoolgirl was assaulted Friday by a man who tried to cut off her hijab with scissors and then fled, police said. Khawlah Noman told reporters that she was walking to school with her younger brother when the man came at her with scissors. "He tried cutting (off) my hijab two times," she said. "I felt really scared and confused. I didn't feel comfortable that people are doing this." Police described the assailant as an Asian male wearing a black hoodie and glasses. He was said to be about 20, nearly…

WATCH: One of top UK’s restaurants refuses to serve woman because she was wearing hijab

LONDON: A Muslim woman was refused service at one of the top fast food restaurants in London because she was wearing a hijab. The 19-year-old student said she was stopped at the restaurant on Seven Sister's road in Holloway, North London. The restaurant has apologised and said the security guard responsible had been suspended. In footage of the incident, the woman, who asked not to be named, asks a guard why she cannot be allowed to queue. “It’s just a matter of taking it off," he says. She responds: “It’s not…

US teacher suspended after ripping off student’s hijab in viral video

NASHVILLE, US: A teacher was suspended after video footage showing her forcefully removing a schoolgirl hijab in front of other students and then ridiculing her. A film of the girl clutching her head as the religious headscarf is pulled off, appeared on the educator's Snapchat feed, alongside the caption "pretty hair". A second video was then posted with the caption: "Lol all that hair cover up!!!" The video was recorded at the New Vision Academy Charter school in Nashville,  WSMV-TV reported. The incident was…

Muslim, civil rights groups challenge Quebec veil ban

MONTREAL: Muslim and civil rights groups on Tuesday challenged a Quebec ban on officials or anyone receiving public services from covering their faces, arguing it infringes on women's and Muslim religious rights. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims asked the Quebec Superior Court to rule on the constitutionality of the law passed last month. They also asked for a stay of its implementation. Marie-Michelle Lacoste, who converted to Islam and wears a niqab, was…

Meet the force behind the Hijab Emoji

Apple is soon launching the Hijab emoji, thanks to Rayouf Alhumedhi, a Muslim teenager who wears hijab since she was 13. How it all started? According to hijabemoji.org, Rayouf Alhumedhi, 15, was creating a new WhatsApp group chat with her friends last year, the group wanted make the title of the group a series of emojis: one to represent each girl. But Rayouf had a problem, none of the emojis really looked like her, because she’s Muslim, and wears a hijab. Given the millions of women in the world who wear a headscarf…

Payout for US Muslim woman whose hijab was removed by police

LOS ANGELES: A California city has agreed to pay $85,000 (72,000 euros) to settle a lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman whose hijab was forcibly removed by the police. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR) which announced the settlement on Thursday, had sued the city of Long Beach on behalf of Kirsty Powell, an African-American Muslim, "after police officers forcibly removed her hijab in view of other male officers and dozens of inmates." Powell, who wears the head covering "as part of her religious beliefs,"…

Amaiya Zafar to become first boxer to compete in hijab

Amaiya Zafar, a 16-year-old Muslim boxer from Minnesota, is set to make history by becoming the first boxer to compete in her hijab on this coming weekend. Zafar wears hijab, long sleeves and leggings under her uniform, which got her disqualified at a fight in the last November for violating USA Boxing uniform regulations. However, she did not give up, neither the game nor her religion, she was determined to fight for the right to compete in the dress that does not compromise her beliefs. “Why should I have to…

Hungary court repeals town’s decree banning mosques, hijab

BUDAPEST: Hungary's highest court on Wednesday repealed a far-right mayor's decree banning the construction of mosques and the wearing of clothes such as the niqab in his town. The decree in Asothalom, close to the Serbian border, was "unconstitutional" and "infringed fundamental rights", the constitutional court in Budapest said. The directive was introduced last November by Laszlo Toroczkai, a vice-president of the radical-right Jobbik party. He gained prominence in 2015 when he filmed an action movie-style video at…