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Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr in a subdued mood for a second year as the Covid-19 pandemic again forced mosque closings and family separations.

The release of the new Kaaba images comes after a year in which access to Mecca's Grand Mosque has been limited by Covid-19.

As MBS rises, giant Bin Laden construction company declines

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As MBS rises, giant Bin Laden construction company declines

The giant Saudi Bin Laden construction company, founded by Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s father, survived the fallout of September 11 but declined under Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Chad bids farewell to Deby as France backs son

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Chad bids farewell to Deby as France backs son

France's President Macron and Sahel allies have backed Deby's son despite opposotion accusations of an 'institutional coup'.

Saudi Arabia approves shortened Taraweeh prayers for Mecca, Medina

The New Arab Staff

Saudi Arabia approves shortened Taraweeh prayers for Mecca, Medina

A new 30-minute limit will be placed on the nightly Taraweeh prayers in mosques across the kingdom.

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Muslim leaders battling misconceptions on vaccines, fasting this Ramadan

Top clerics have said that getting the coronavirus vaccine does not invalidate a fast, but local community leaders are working hard to reassure Muslims and promote vaccinations.

Faisal Ali

Turkey's growing influence in the Horn of Africa

Analysis: In the last decade, Turkey has moved from being a peripheral country with little presence in the Horn of Africa to one of the region's ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi Arabia replaces hajj minister

The hajj minister has been replaced by Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Friday.

The New Arab Staff

Israel refuses entry to Jordanian crown prince

Israeli officials at the King Hussein Bridge which connects Jordan to the Israeli-occupied West Bank reportedly took issue with the size of ...

Israeli army arrests five Palestinian children in West Bank

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Israeli army arrests five Palestinian children in West Bank

B'Tselem said the boys, who are aged between 8 and 12, were picking akoub plants when they were arrested by Israeli forces.

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Israeli settlers 'storm religious shrines' in Palestinian village

Israeli settlers stormed ancient sites in a nightly raid began on Wednesday night and continued until dawn in the Palestinian town of Kifl ...

Israel arrests <em>Al</em>-Aqsa preacher as far-right rabbi storms <em>mosque</em>

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Israel arrests Al-Aqsa preacher as far-right rabbi storms mosque

Israeli forces on Wednesday arrested Ekrima Sabri, the preacher of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as dozens of Jewish extremists stormed ...

Pope meets top Iraq Shia cleric in interfaith milestone

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Pope meets top Iraq Shia cleric in interfaith milestone

The two elderly, respected men of religion met at Sistani's humble home in the shrine city of Najaf on Saturday, the second day of the ...

Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali <em>al</em>-Sistani: A groundbreaking dialogue

Sofia Nitti

Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani: A groundbreaking dialogue

In-depth: There are high hopes in both Iraqi Christian and Shia Muslim communities ahead of Pope Francis' historic meeting with Grand ...

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

Harry Hagopian

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

Comment: Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to Iraq places a host of spiritual and political expectations on the charismatic pontiff. Here's ...

Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

Pope Francis in Iraq: A bridge of faith

In-depth: Pope Francis is making history with his trip to Iraq, bringing a message of solidarity to Iraqi Christians while forging a path of interfaith dialogue.

The New Arab Staff

Papal visit to Iraq to go ahead despite concerns

The 84-year-old pope will make his first visit to the country despite being in to coronavirus age risk group.

The New Arab Staff

Emirati preacher called out for 'stealing' Saudi researcher's tweet

It is not the first time the controversial preacher has been accused of stealing other people's work.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: The Assad regime's battle for religious legitimacy

Bashar Al-Assad is once again trying to claim the state's legitimacy in the religious sphere.

<em>Al</em>-Azhar professor says comments on inter-faith marriage were misunderstood

The New Arab Staff

Al-Azhar professor says comments on inter-faith marriage were misunderstood

Professor Amna Nosseir sparked public outcry after she said there is no text in Islamic law that prevents a Muslim woman from marrying a ...

The New Arab Staff

Palestine's fatwa council deplores UAE normalisation visit to Al-Aqsa

Palestine's fatwa council head Mufti Muhammed Hussain deplored an Israeli-funded UAE delegation to Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Palestine: A history punctuated by the intifadas

Maher al-Charif

Palestine: A history punctuated by the intifadas

Comment: To mark 20 years since the Second Intifada, Maher al-Charif takes a look back at the 1940 general strike and armed rebellion, ...

Thousands join Iraq's first weekly prayers since Covid-19

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Thousands join Iraq's first weekly prayers since Covid-19

Thousands of Iraqis gathered for socially distanced open-air prayers organised by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in his east Baghdad ...

Mecca Friday sermon causes outrage over Israel 'normalisation' hints

The New Arab Staff

Mecca Friday sermon causes outrage over Israel 'normalisation' hints

Social media users have responded angrily, claiming his religious rhetoric paves the way for Saudi Arabia to follow suit with the UAE and ...

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