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In pictures: Muslims celebrate Eid amid lockdowns, coronavirus fears

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In pictures: Muslims celebrate Eid amid lockdowns, coronavirus fears

Traditional celebrations marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan have been dampened by the coronavirus pandemic, forcing many to celebrate only with their immediate families.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Saudi Arabia lifts its lockdown, Egypt's doctors lay into the government, Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity reopens and Ikea's car parks host ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Muslims are preparing for a muted Eid as lockdown dampens upcoming celebrations, while Covid-19 funding for Yemen is at risk. Here's the latest.

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Coronavirus fallout dampens spirits as Muslims mark major holiday

For Muslims around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has put a damper on Eid Al-Fitr festivities.

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: War hinders Yemen's battle against coronavirus

This week we focus on Yemen's ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Houthi calls to liberate Mecca and a positive Eid story from Yemen.

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Indonesia calls for Saudi decision on Mecca pilgrimage

Last year around 2.5 million faithful travelled to Saudi Arabia from across the world to take part in the "hajj", which Muslims must perform at ...

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Billionaire Saudi banking tycoon dead at 79, family says

Saleh Abdullah Kamel, founder of the banking and real estate conglomerate Dallah Albaraka Group, died in a hospital at age 79.

Virtual Ramadan: How technology is helping Muslims stay connected

Tahmina Begum

Virtual Ramadan: How technology is helping Muslims stay connected

From virtual Iftars to live-streamed calls to prayer, technology has helped Muslims stay connected during Ramadan under lockdown.

Sabena Siddiqui

Mapping China's Health Silk Road in the Middle East

China is using medical diplomacy as a soft power tool in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia to enforce round-the-clock coronavirus curfew on Eid

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Saudi Arabia to enforce round-the-clock coronavirus curfew on Eid

Saudi Arabia will reimpose a full lockdown around the country during the five-day Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month.

Saudi Arabia installs self-sterilisation gates in <em>Mecca</em>, Medina

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Saudi Arabia installs self-sterilisation gates in Mecca, Medina

Saudi Arabia has installed self-sterilisation gates at the entrances of Islam's two holiest sites in Mecca and Medina.

Five books on Palestine to read during Covid-19 lockdown

Diana Alghoul

Five books on Palestine to read during Covid-19 lockdown

Book Club: From history, culture, to food, fiction and beyond, here are five brilliant books on the theme of Palestine to discover while on ...

Saudi Arabia relaxes coronavirus lockdown except in hotspot <em>Mecca</em>

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Saudi Arabia relaxes coronavirus lockdown except in hotspot Mecca

Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced a partial ease of 1 24-hour curfew to help stem the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Egypt arrests group for 'making mock Umrah in Alexandria'

Videos that emerged on social media on Friday showed dozens of Egyptians circling the streets of Alexandria with a model of the holy Kaaba, prompting backlash and jokes online.

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Watch: Saudi cleric's emotional recitation of Ramadan night prayer

Saudi Sheikh Saud al Shuraim held back tears as he recited the opening chapter of the Qur'an on the first night of Mecca's taraweeh prayers.

Austin Bodetti

How coronavirus has changed the way Muslims celebrate Ramadan

This year, Ramadan will bear little resemblance to the celebrations that have coloured Islam's history for centuries.

Sarah Khalil

Ramadan, fasting and Covid-19: Your medical questions answered

Dr Milad Hilli speaks to The New Arab to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the effects of fasting during Ramadan amid the ...

Saudi Arabia to sight Ramadan crescent on Thursday

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Saudi Arabia to sight Ramadan crescent on Thursday

Saudi authorities have urged citizens to carry out sightings of the new crescent moon on the evening of Thursday 23 April.

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: As Lebanon reports no new coronaviruses cases for 24 hours, one bizarre study has claimed that Middle Eastern genes make ...

Saudi Arabia suspends congregational Ramadan prayers in <em>Mecca</em>, Medina

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Saudi Arabia suspends congregational Ramadan prayers in Mecca, Medina

Islam’s two holiest sites will not host public nightly prayers this Ramadan, Saudi Arabia said on Monday, cancelling this year’s itikaf and ...

Will Saudi Arabia announce the 'wrong' date for Ramadan?

Taufiq Wan

Will Saudi Arabia announce the 'wrong' date for Ramadan?

Which day does Ramadan begin? The answer depends on who you ask.

Middle East braces for grim Ramadan amid coronavirus threat

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Middle East braces for grim Ramadan amid coronavirus threat

People across the Middle East are looking forward to a bleak Ramadan as social activities, communal prayers, and nightly get-togethers are ...

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